October Haunts

A Guide to All Things October in Birmingham

As we reach midterms, take the opportunity to go out and explore Birmingham as a small break from the load of classes and social clubs. Even with the already well-known array of hiking trails, events, and restaurants, this October, our city is offering even more opportunities for residents to get active.

Barktoberfest, an Oktoberfest themed charity event, will take place on the 13th at Cahaba Brewing Company. The beer festival will benefit Hand in Paw, an organization that focuses on animal assisted therapy. From 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm patrons can try a variety beer, eat great food and enjoy the pet costume contest for only $15. In addition to the contest, festival-goers can participate in the beer stein hoist. In this contest, the participant takes a beer stein filled to the brim with water and competes against others to see who can hold it straight out in front of them the longest. The winner gets a special prize in addition to the novelty.

If dogs and beer are not your style, perhaps the haunted houses at Sloss Furnaces and Pelham’s Warehouse 31 are more your speed. Boasting the sights, sounds, and smells of a real horror movie, these two haunted attractions are sure to send you screaming. Sloss Furnaces promises to take you deep into the haunted history of its dangerous work site, while Warehouse 31 provides a pair of 3D glasses to view featured horror movies with themed snacks.

If you like the idea of running, but you do not wish to be scared, check out Sloss Furnaces’ Trick or Trot 5k. The race begins on October 22nd at 8am, and it features a goody bag, shirt, food and a “Bloody Mary bar” for adults. The race also has a costume competition, recognizing the biggest team, most spirited team, most spirited individual, and most spirited kid.

Not wild enough? Try the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, hosted by the Red Mountain Theatre Company on October 23rd. Featuring films about environmental activism, the festival promises to inspire you to go out and make a change in your community with a special series focusing on Alabama and the vast biodiversity of the state.

Finally, Birmingham-Southern will again be hosting the Organ Spooktacular on October 31st at 9pm in Hill Recital Hall. The event, coordinated by Dr. Leon Couch III, features pieces played by BSC students, faculty, and alumni.

These events are sure to surprise and spook all throughout October, so be sure to set aside some time from your busy schedule to enjoy the fun activities that Birmingham has to offer. 

Feature photo by Shannon McGee via Flickr.

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