Mobile, Alabama, is an old city, complete with it’s own ghosts and haunted houses. So, it is fitting that there is an abundance of activities that correspond to Halloween. They vary in price, location and fright factor. Not all are appropriate for children. When choosing an event think about those that will be involved. Choose an age appropriate site. This will ensure everyone has a good time.
Greater Gulf State Fair, in Mobile. This may not be a “Halloween” event, but it’s last day is on Halloween. It is always a great time. The details of events and shows have not been released yet. It’s the fair. There will be food, games on the midway, and fast rides. You can bet there will be ghouls and ghosts running around the midway on Halloween. After you go trick-or-treating, head to the fairgrounds. Ride the Gravitron and throw up. What better way to spend Halloween.
Seward Farms has an incredible corn maze and hayride. Seward Farms is located in Lucedale, Mississippi. They are a 3rd generation farm. The corn maze will be open from September 11 to November 6. During the day they have animal farm alley, the corn cannon, u pick flower patch, and the cow train, among others. They are very popular with scouts and school groups. My kids love the pig races. At night the fun changes. Starting October 22-23 and October 28-30, they have a Haunted Hayride. The hayride takes you to the spookier parts of the cornfield. According to the website, “You never know what is lurking in the corn”. You have to find your way out, through the maze, in the dark. Seward’s will also have a Trick-or-Treat event on Saturday, October 30. The times are 11am, 2pm, and 5pm. Here the kids dress up and go trick or treating and meet cartoon characters. This is very kid friendly. Seward Farms operates on a cash only basis. Admission is charges based on the activities you plan on participating in.
Balloon Glow in the Gardens. Bellingrath Gardens is located in Theodore. Bellingrath is a 65 acre Garden Estate on the banks of Fowl River. On October 30, from 5 – 8 Giant hot air balloons are scheduled to glow on the Great Lawn. Kids are encouraged to dress up for the occasion. There will be inflatables glowing throughout the gardens. Tricks and treats will be offered from area organizations and businesses. The cafe will even get in the act by selling Scary Pizza and Witches Fingers! I have never been to this event, but I have been to others held by Bellingrath, they are always a lot of fun. The kids love going through the gardens at night. They are beautiful even in the dark. This event is free for members. If you are not a member there is a special reduced rate starting at 5pm, $5 for those over 12, $3 for ages 4-12, and free for children under 3.
Events For the 9 and Over Crowd
Haunted Oakleigh, in Midtown Mobile, will be held from October 21-23. Oakleigh, built in 1833, is a T-shaped Greek Revival mansion. This is a unique Halloween experience. Guides lead visitors through scenes in a live theatrical production. This is a seasonal play. The production is put on by an acting group from the University of South Alabama. This event is not recommended for children under the age of 8. The cost of admission is $10.
Night at the Museum is held at the Museum of Mobile in Downtown Mobile. The museum is located in the Southern Market/Old City Hall National Historic Landmark (1857). According to the website, “When the clock strikes 5, the museum comes alive”. This event is also unusual. Visitors get to walk and talk to the spirits of historical figures from Mobile’s past. Spirits representing people from various parts of life will be present, pirates, presidents, and slaves to name a few. There is an admission fee, call the museum for dates and times.
Only the Brave Need Go
Nightmare Chambers Haunted House, in Fairhope. I’m sorry I don’t do Haunted Houses, and from what I hear this is the best haunted house in the area. According to the website, people have been known to faint, wet their pants, and run out screaming. Check out the site. It is a tour through a multilevel haunted house, that lasts 20-30 minutes. Tickets are $10 and can be bought online or across the street from the house. Go early long lines are common. They are open on the weekends starting October 1, and ending on Halloween. It is “meant to evoke your worst nightmares or fears”. This is not for children.
These are just a few of the offerings the Mobile area has for Halloween. There is a little for everyone. Tame Halloween trick or treating for the family set. If you like a little history and theater with your Halloween, we’ve got that. If you prefer to be scared to death we can even do that. Pick a place and celebrate Halloween in Grand Mobile style.