Your favorite bar probably is throwing a Halloween party, your church is holding a Trunk-or-Treat and there’s a haunted house around the corner. But if you want to get weird for Halloween, Lower Alabama is piling on the opportunities.
In the Mobile area in the days leading up to Oct. 31, witches are riding all over the place, you can trick or treat via kayak if you like and even some museums are throwing parties – including one with a timely exhibition on “the science of fear.” And you can go through a haunted car wash on your way to whatever else you’re doing.
A dozen possibilities:
Wild Things Ball (Thursday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.-midnight) – The Alabama Contemporary Art Center’s “Urban Wild” exhibition is a whimsical and wondrous collection of work, including a complete church revival with a congregation of small game preserved via taxidermy. The Wild Things Ball serves as its closing celebration and a fundraising gala for ACAC. Costumes are encouraged, formal wear is acceptable, but one way or another “you must look fancy.” A dozen local fashion designers are participating in a show to present “the wildest thing they can imagine” based on the familiar image of Mobile’s Azalea Trail Maids. Other attractions include music, dancing and raffles. Tickets are $20 and include a 1-year membership; they’re available through www.alabamacontemporary.org.
Rocky Horror Movember Show (Thursday, Oct. 24, 11 p.m.) – The Crescent Theater, Alchemy Tavern and the Mystic Society of Rocky Horror present a special screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” as a fundraiser for the men’s health organization the Movember Foundation. Tickets are $20, which includes the movie plus live actors, prop bags and a complimentary beer for patrons 21 or older. Tickets are available through www.brownpapertickets.com.
Tunnel of Terror (Friday-Thursday, Oct. 25-31, 6-10 p.m.) – For the second year, the Daphne location of Rich’s Car Wash will offer “the scariest way to clean your car.” It’s $20 per carload, $10 for members. “No limit on riders, no guarantees on riding away nightmare-free.” 28823 U.S. 98.
Massacre Island Haunted Bike Ride (Friday, Oct. 25, 6:15 p.m.) – Registration is required (via Eventbrite.com) to participate in this five-mile costumed ride on Dauphin Island, but it’s free to watch. The $10 registration fees support the Animal Rescue Foundation. A Haunted Block Party follows at Dority’s Bar and Grill.
Halloween at the Exploreum (Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.) – The Exploreum Science Center’s ongoing exhibition “Fear: The Science of Phobias” provides an uneasy starting point for an extra spooky (yet kid-friendly) Halloween fest. Activities include frightful snacks, pumpkin races, a pumpkin explosion at noon, a costume contest, games, do-it-yourself spider webs and lanterns and performances throughout the day on the “fear stage.” Regular admission prices apply.
Foley Witches Ride (Saturday, Oct. 26, 5 p.m.) – Participation in this costumed bicycle ride requires registration ($40 via Eventbrite.com). Organizers specify that riders “must be over 21 and female.” Proceeds benefit Family Promise, a charity serving homeless families, and Feeding America’s Backpack Feeding Program. The event and after-party ($10, men welcome) take place in downtown Foley.
Haunted Ducks (Friday-Wednesday, Oct. 26-30, 9:30 p.m.) – Gulf Coast Ducks offers an amphibious tour focusing on “pirates, vagabonds, miscreants, soldiers, and ladies of the night” in a “spine-tingling tour of Mobile and the Mobile River.” Tickets are $29 for adults, $16 for children ages 3-12, $3 for children younger than 3. Tours depart from the Fort of Colonial Mobile in Downtown Mobile. For information, call 251-525-6933.
Boo at Bellingrath (Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.) – The folks at Bellingrath Gardens & Home invite parents to “dress up your little ghosts and goblins” for a day featuring magic shows, spooky storytime, on-site trick or treating, inflatable bounce houses and more. Admission is $14 for adults and $8 for ages 5-12. There is no charge for Bellingrath members and children 4 and younger. Full details can be found on Facebook or at www.bellingrath.org.
Woofstock (Saturday, Oct. 26, noon-7 p.m.) – If you like seeing dogs in costumes, you’ll want to be at Serda Brewing Co., 600 Government St. in Mobile, for this mini-festival. Aside from a dog costume contest (prizes at 5 p.m.) attractions at this Animal Rescue Foundation fundraiser include wiener dog races, food trucks, children’s activities, live music and more. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12. Full information can be found on Facebook. An after-party at the venue is geared more toward adults.
Mobile Witches Ride (Sunday, Oct. 27, 3:30 p.m.) – This costumed bike parade through downtown Mobile benefits Delta Dogs, a nonprofit that provides free veterinary care to the pets of people in need. Late registration is $30, available online via Eventbrite through Friday, Oct. 25, and in person at the event start.
Paddleween (Monday, Oct. 28, 6-9 p.m.) – There’s a regular Monday-night kayaking group on Dog River that’s open to newcomers, and one of its traditions is to conduct waterborne trick-or-treating at participating docks on the Monday before Halloween. Participants are encouraged to decorate their kayaks and themselves, but to remember the need for personal flotation devices when developing their costumes. Lights also are highly recommended. There is no fee to participate. Newcomers can launch from Luscher Park aka Navco Park aka Dog River Park; a group will be departing from a nearby private residence at 6 p.m. and will be plainly visible from the park’s boat ramp. For additional information and updates, visit the Paddleween page or the Kayak with Keve group on Facebook.
Fairhope Witches Ride (Tuesday, Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.) – The fifth Fairhope Witches Ride is sold out, which bodes well for the animal rescue efforts it supports. The route starts on North Bancroft Street, then goes west on Magnolia Avenue, Sound on Section Street, west on Fairhope Avenue, south on Church Street, east on Fels Avenue, north on Section Street and east on Fairhope Avenue to disband on South School Street.