How to Celebrate October in the Birmingham Area

It’s finally October! The season of fall that brings pumpkin spice, hayrides, and spooky things to our lives. The Birmingham area does not lack in Fall events. Whether you’re a fan of haunted houses, pumpkin patches, or fall festivals, there’s something for everyone this month!

In this blog we’ll cover all of the Fall Festivities in Birmingham so you don’t miss out! We’re starting with Haunted Houses, then Haunted Walks, then pumpkin patches, and ending this article with a list of Fall Festivals. So feel free to skip ahead to the section you’re most interested in.

Haunted Houses in the Greater Birmingham Area

There are so many haunted houses to choose from in the Birmingham area! Here is a list of the most popular haunted houses in the Birmingham area and within an hour of downtown.

Sloss Fright Furnaces

Sloss Furnaces has an event for just about everything, and they aren’t skipping out on Halloween! There are 5 different tours you can choose from.

Location: Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham

Date: Thursday through Sunday and open the entire week of Halloween. The last night is on Saturday, November 2nd

Time: Tickets start selling at sundown and close at 10:30 pm on weeknights (Sunday through Thursday) and midnight on Friday and Saturday. 


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Warehouse 31

Warehouse 31 has a traditional haunted house attraction as well as a 3D attraction for you to enjoy!

Location: 3150 Lee St, Pelham, AL 35124

Date: Open on select nights, check the website for more information: Open the entire week of Halloween, last night is on November 2nd.

Time: Tickets begin selling at 6:30 pm; the attraction opens at 7:00 pm


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Atrox Factory

Atroxy Factory is another place you can visit for a scream! Visit their website for more information on the attractions they provide and please note this haunted house is cash only!

Location: 8404 Parkway Dr, Leeds, AL 35094

Date: Open Wednesday – Sunday through November 2nd. 

Time: Opens at 6:30, on weeknights it closes at 10:00 pm and on weekends it closes at midnight.


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Nightmare 3008

This haunted house is located in Fultondale and is sure to make you jump!

Location: 1731 Decatur Hwy, Fultondale, AL 35068

Date: Open Friday through Sunday, the last day is on Halloween Night, Thursday, October 31st.

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm.


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Insanitarium Haunted Attraction

If you’re looking for something outside of the Birmingham area, then this haunted house is for you!

Location: 5320 Miles Springs Rd, Pinson, AL 35126

Date: Open Friday through Sunday. On Halloween it’s open Wednesday through Friday, ending on November 1st. 

Time: Friday and Saturday: 7:00 pm – Midnight, and Sundays from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


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Hellbilly Hollow

This is another attraction that’s about an hour outside of the Greater Birmingham area. 

Location: 425 Co Rd 467, Vincent, AL 35178

Date: Open Fridays and Saturdays. Open on Sunday ONLY on October 20th and the end date of November 3rd. 

Time: 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm


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Phobia Factory

This haunted house is in Columbiana and will expose all of your phobias!

Location: 455 AL-70, Columbiana, AL 35051

Date: Open on select weeknights and every weekend through November 2nd. 

Time: Check the website for details.


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Spook Trail Maze

The Spook Trail Maze of Monsters and Mahyem is located in Quinton, AL, about an hour from the downtown Birmingham area. This outdoor maze is sure to spook you at every turn!

Location: 17327 AL-269, Quinton, AL 35130 

Date: Open Friday and Saturday through November 2nd and also open on Halloween!

Time: 7:00 pm – Midnight


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Ghost Tours in the Birmingham Area:

If you’re not quite a fan of the full on experience of a haunted house, then a ghost tour might be the right experience for you! Learn about the spooky history of some haunted places in the Birmingham area. 

The Birmingham Historic Touring Company

Located in the heart of Birmingham, learn about our city’s spooky past! There are different tours you can go on, they are all about a mile long.

Location: Birmingham, Alabama: There are different locations for each ghost walk, so you will receive an address after you book your tour.

Date: Since there are multiple attractions, please visit the website for more details.

Time: Since there are multiple attractions, please visit the website for more details.


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Columbia Manor

Another haunted place you can visit is the Columbia Manor.

Location: 306 S Main St, Columbia, AL 36319

Date: Selected nights through October 31st. 

Time: Best to arrive before 7:00 pm to purchase tickets during the Halloween season.


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Pumpkin Patches in the Greater Birmingham and Surrounding Areas

Pumpkin patches are a great way to get in the October spirit! There are plenty of pumpkin patches in the Greater Birmingham area, and we’ve included a few that are a bit farther out as well. 

Helena Hollow

Visit this local pumpkin patch in Helena! There is also a kid friendly hayride. It’s a great place to celebrate the October season with your family and friends. 

Location: 6027 Hwy 17, Helena, AL 35080

Date: Open on the weekends through the month of October

Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm


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Pumpkin Patch Express at The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum

Another local place to get in the Fall season spirit is at The Heart of Dixie Railroad. There will be a hayride, inflatables, and a corn maze in addition to the pumpkin patch!

Location: Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum

Date: Open on the weekends through the month of October.

Time: Please view the website for departure times and tickets. 


Teshua Farms

This farm isn’t too far away! Located in Westover, Teshua Farms is offering a hayride, petting zoo, inflatables, and more in addition to their pumpkin patch! Bring the entire family out for a day of fun. There will also be a few Harvest Festivals where live music will be played on October 5th, 12th, and 26th. 

Location: 3922 Westover Rd, Sterrett, AL 35147

Date: Open Friday – Sunday through October 27th. 

Time: Fridays and Sundays from 1:00 – 6:00 pm, Saturdays from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm


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Old Baker Farm

Another great pumpkin patch is Old Baker Farm, located in Harpersville, Alabama. There are also several events at the Pumpkin Patch of Old Baker Farm, so be sure to visit their website for more information. 

Location: 1041 Farmingdale Rd, Harpersville, AL 35078

Date: Please see the website for more details.

Time: Please see the website for more details.


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Griffin Farm

This farm and pumpkin patch is located in West Blocton, AL. It features a hayride and corn maze that you and your family can enjoy!

Location: 826 Griffin Rd, West Blocton, AL 35184

Date: Saturdays and Sundays in October

Time: Saturday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sundays from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm


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The Great Pumpkin Patch

Located in Hayden, AL, this pumpkin patch is sure to please the entire family.

Location: 288 County Hwy 45, Hayden, AL 35079

Date: Daily through November 3rd. 

Time: Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sundays from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm.


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Penton Farms

This pumpkin patch is out in Verbena, Alabama, that offers a lot from wagon rides to corn mazes, a cow train, a large corn pit, animal barn, pumpkin bowling, and so much more!

Location: 3595 Co Rd 59, Verbena, AL 36091

Date: Sundays through Fridays through November 2nd (CLOSED on Saturdays)

Time: Mondays – Fridays from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Sundays from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


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4D Farm

Located in Cullman, AL, this pumpkin patch is so much more than your usual pumpkin attraction. Enjoy a jumping pillow, cow train, pig races, and more at this farm!

Location: 7182 County Rd 703, Cullman, AL 35055

Date: Please see the website for open days and hours.

Time: Please see the website for open days and hours.


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Fall Festivals in the Birmingham Area

Fall Festivals are a more family friendly way to celebrate the Fall season! There are plenty of events going on in the month of October that you can attend with friends or small children. The festivals below are in order by date:

Boo at the Zoo

This is another great event from the Birmingham Zoo!

Location: Birmingham Zoo

Date: October 11th – 13th and October 17th – 31st. 

Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm


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Oak Mountain State Park Harvest Festival

Oak Mountain always has great events, and this fall festival is no different! 

Location: Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham

Date: Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Mt. Laurel Fall Festival

The town of Mt. Laurel is known for its town farmers markets. This annual Fall Festival is not to miss!

Location: Mt Laurel

Date: Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


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Hoover Hayride and Family Night

Bring your family out for a fun night for the Hoover Hayride! 

Location: Veterans Park on Valleydale

Date: Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm


28th Annual Halloween Fairyland at Tannehill State Park

Tannehill is having another Halloween fest! 

Location: Tannehill State Park

Date: Saturday, October 26th, 2019

Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm / Trick or Treat from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Fall Fest 2019

Alabaster presents the Fall Fest 2019 at Buck Creek Trail!

Location: Buck Creek Trail

Date: Saturday, October 26th, 2019

Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm


Howls & Growls

This event is sponsored by the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.

Location: Buck Creek Trail

Date: Saturday, October 26th, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm – Sunday, October 27th at 1:00 am


National Veterans Day Parade 

This last event is technically not in the month of October, but it is a fall event that we want you to know about! 

Location: Birmingham, AL

Date: Monday, November 11th, 2019

Time: 1:30 pm


How will You Celebrate the October Season?

With all of those options, how do you plan on spending your month? Let us know what your favorite October festivities are in the Birmingham area!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Dianna Howell with The Howell Group: 205-568-5435 or

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