It’s not just Nick Saban’s birthday

October 31 isn’t just Nick Saban’s birthday in Tuscaloosa. It’s also Halloween.

While the temperature may still be in the 90s and the University of Alabama football coach is a few weeks away from turning 71, Halloween events are about to kick off. The Horror Tuscaloosa, a haunted house, begins on September 30, with more events taking place throughout October.

This year’s Halloween highlights in the Tuscaloosa area will also include a pumpkin patch, ghost hunting event at the Drish House, witches on bikes, the town’s Tech or Treat party and an interactive screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Bama Theater.

Attention costume shoppers: Spirit Halloween is at 1825 McFarland Boulevard North, Suite 150, Northridge Center Plaza this year. Two other stores that weren’t open last year but might be of interest to Halloween shoppers are Party Wow at 2610 McFarland Blvd. E in the former Stein Mart location at McFarland Plaza and Party City at 1800 McFarland Blvd. E in the former Nike Factory Store location in Midtown Village.

Also of note for ghosts, goblins, monsters, witches, wizards and zombies everywhere: Halloween falls on a Monday this year.

Here’s a look at Halloween and fall-related events this year around T-Town:

Child-friendly events

The Tuscaloosa Barnyard, a children’s farm at 11453 Turner Bridge Road, will hold its annual pumpkin patch beginning the last week of September and will continue through the second week of November. The fall-themed event will also include wagon rides, pillow hopping, a petting zoo, cow train, pony rides and other hands-on activities. Admission is $12. The Tuscaloosa Barnyard will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for the pumpkin patch. For more information, visit

Wayne Ford carves a pumpkin.

Fall on the Farm, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 1, will include a craft festival and pumpkin patch at Wilderwood Farm, 12611 Coyote Trail, Ralph. Admission is $7; children 1 year and under are admitted free. The festival includes craft vendors, a hay walk, a bouncy house, farm animals, craft demonstrations, farm crafts and farm games. Supplement for pumpkins and horse or pony rides. Email [email protected]

The T-Town Witches Ride, sponsored by Tuscaloosa Arch, will be held from 3-6 p.m. on October 16 at Government Plaza, 2106 Sixth St. The event will feature attendees dressed as witches costumes and riding decorated bicycles through the streets of Tuscaloosa to raise funds for the Arc , an organization that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The ride starts at 5 p.m. and the cost of admission is $25. Spectators are welcome. For more information, call 205-556-4900.

Witches fly on their broomsticks during the Witches Walk benefiting the Arch of Tuscaloosa, at Government Plaza in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Sunday, October 13, 2019. [Photo/Jake Arthur]

The Children’s Hands-on Museum will host a Carnival Spooktacular from 5-8 p.m. on October 20. There will be games with prizes, a costume contest, a haunted hallway and DJ Wade and the Monster Masquerade. Armbands for unlimited play are $15. The museum is located at 2213 University Blvd. For more information, visit

The City of Tuscaloosa’s sixth annual Tech or Treat event will take place from 6-8 p.m. on October 25, with free admission for all ages, at the Innovation and Discovery Gateway Center in Alberta, 2614 University Blvd. E. Similar to Trunk-or-Treat, Tech-or-Treat lets costumed kids go from table to table collecting candy while being introduced to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities through interactions with municipal services and community organizations. .

Children eagerly watch a science demonstration at Tech or Treat at Gateway Innovation and Discovery in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Thursday, October 24, 2019. [Photo/Jake Arthur]

Midtown Village will host Harvest Jam from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on October 28 on the Mall Green, 1800 McFarland Blvd. The event will include live music, a farmer’s market, a pumpkin patch and a craft beer tasting. Some proceeds from the craft beer tasting and pumpkin patch will benefit child abuse prevention services. Admission to the Harvest Jam is $5 and tickets are available at

Skate-O-Ween will take place at 2 p.m. on October 30, with games and prizes, at Super Skate, 5900 McFarland Blvd. E.

A free Halloween carnival sponsored by the Tuscaloosa Police Department is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. on October 31 at Snow Hinton Park, 1000 Hargrove Road E. Children are invited to make candy with TPD and the carnival will include candies, games and food trucks.

haunted houses

The Horror Tuscaloosa will be offering two themed experiences from September 30 through October 31 at its haunted house, 5477 Skyland Blvd. E., Cottondale. Tickets of $25 or more and entries each evening will be limited. Hours will be 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, September 30 through October 30. Oct. 29 and 7-10 p.m. on Oct. 20, 27, 30 and 31. Jobs are also available for crew and customer service positions; see

An actor dons his clown costume for his role in The Horror Tuscaloosa haunted house as preparations for the opening are underway on Thursday, September 30, 2021. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

The Southern Ghost Girls will be hosting an interactive ghost hunting event beginning at 7 p.m. on October 8 at the historic Drish House in Tuscaloosa, 2300 17e Admission to St. is $50. For more information, visit

For adults

Pink Box Burlesque performers perform scenes from

The 15the The annual screening of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” is scheduled for October 29. The Pink Box Burlesque presents the 1975 horror/musical film at 8 p.m. at the Bama Theater, 600 Greensboro Ave. Accessory bags will be available while supplies last. Doors open at 7 p.m., the costume contest is at 8 p.m., and the movie begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The event is for people aged 21 and over. To learn more, see

Helen L. Cuellar