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‘Witch’ way to the party? Parks & Rec hosting free Halloween events

Published on October 27, 2022

Why celebrate the spookiest season of the year on just one night when you can have a ghoulishly good time for days?

Huntsville Parks & Recreation is hosting seven no-cost, family-friendly events. From fall festivals to haunted halls, there will be free candy, while it lasts, at each location and a chance to show off those costumes.

Thursday, Oct. 27

“Fall” into fun at Optimist Recreation Center, 703 Oakwood Ave. NE, Huntsville. From 6-8 p.m., all ages are welcome to satisfy their sweet tooth and creative tastes. In addition to Halloween treats, a free make-and-take art project will be available.

Get a jump start on your trick-or-treating at Brahan Spring Recreation Center, 3770 Ivy Ave. SW, Huntsville. Parks & Rec staff will be handing out candy from 6-8 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 28

Enter the “haunted hallways” of Cavalry Hill Community Center, 2900 Fairbanks St., Huntsville. From 3-7 p.m., daring guests can enjoy the thrills and chills of a guided tour through some frightful fun. All ages will enjoy the candy and festivities. A donation of one canned food item per family, benefiting a local food drive, is requested, but not required.

Do the mash at Mark Russell Recreation Center’s Monster Mash. Ages 12 and under are invited to trick-or-treat from 6-8 p.m. at the center, located at 429 Taylor Road, Huntsville. Please bring your own treat bags.

Monday, Oct. 31

As dusk begins to fall, Dr. Richard Showers, Sr. Recreation Center, 4600 Blue Spring Road NW, Huntsville, will undergo a transformation. From 5-8 p.m., visitors will find a “haunted house” in its place. For those who prefer less frightful fun, there will be games and other entertainment to enjoy, along with free candy.

The seventh-annual Spooktacular HallowFest is the best Halloween party in town. Dr. Robert Shurney Legacy Center and Lakewood Community Center will host the event from 6-8 p.m. at Lakewood Community Center, 3610 Kenwood Drive, Huntsville. There will be free candy, entertainment and fun for all ages. Special thanks to community partners DazzlinDymes Dance Team, Divas of Royalty, Huntsville Police Department, Rising Stars Tutoring, S.T.E.P.A.N.-N-Our City, Team Elusive, The Dukes and 103.1 WEUP for their support.

Make sure your trick-or-treating route takes you to the fall festival at Fern Bell Recreation Center, 107 Sanders Road, Huntsville. Come for the candy, stay for the fun and games from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

While you’re sorting through all your sweets, don’t forget to visit the Huntsville Parks & Recreation Facebook page to vote for Best Pumpkin. Recreation and community center staff, along with other division employees, are competing for this year’s Cauldron Cup. The pumpkin with the most online votes takes home the prize. The contest goes live at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 31.