As Halloween draws near, the month of October offers a variety of fun, safe and entertaining ways to celebrate in Wetumpka and Elmore County. That costume that only gets worn one time could be repurposed for a number of events throughout the county this month.
From outdoor adventures, to safe trick-or-treating, children and adults can enjoy costume contests, haunted stories and of course, lots of candy and sweets. Here are a few highlights of upcoming Halloween events taking place in and around the county.
The Swayback Asylum
If haunted houses get your heart pumping, this is the place for you. The facility will be open 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 25-26. Admission is $10 per person and the event is located at 1251 Coosa River Pky. This event is not recommended for kids under 12 years old.
Haunted Paintball Fields
Each Friday and Saturday from now until Nov. 3, area residents will have the chance to battle zombies, monsters and clowns at Paintball 111 in its haunted paintball fields. The facility is open from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and is located at 8449 Holtville Rd. Concessions are available and outside cooler are not allowed. Ticket cost is between $10 to $30.
YMCA Camp Chandler Halloween Carnival
YMCA Camp Chandler will host its annual halloween carnival from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, The family-friendly event is open to everyone. The cost is $5 per child and $3 per adult and the carnival will be located at 1240 Jordan Dam Rd. Call 334-229-0035 for more information.
City of Wetumpka Candy Walk
For the seventh year, the City of Wetumpka will host its candy walk behind the city administration building from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Numerous businesses will set up decorative tables and don Halloween attire to pass out candy to the nearly 6,000 kids that are expected to flood the grassy area of 408 S. Main St. Make sure to dress your kids in their Halloween outfits. All participants are asked to bring a canned food item that will be donated to the Elmore County Food Pantry.
Elmore Community Hospital Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular
From 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 the Elmore Community Hospital will host a Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular at 500 Hospital Dr. The free event includes a carnival, coloring contest refreshments and cake walk.
Village Green Park in Millbrook is the place to be from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 26. The annual event will feature free hayrides around the park, bounce houses and additional activities. The park will be decorated with a Halloween/harvest theme. Area businesses and organizations will hand out candy, treats and other surprises to celebrate the harvest season. Kids are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes, but organizers ask for nothing too scary.
Creatures of the Night
Hosted by the Alabama Wildlife Federation, kids will get up close with nature through activities such as slithering snake encounter, creepy crawly for insects, ewwy-gooey touch table, flashlight spider search and a night hike. The evening is finished off with a movie under the stars. Glow sticks will be provided for the night hike. The event begins at 3 p.m. Saturday. Guests may bring a blanket or chairs. Admission is free.
Community Fall Festival
Hosted by Bethlehem East Baptist Church and Vessel Church, the festival will be held at the Kent community softball field 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 26. The event will feature games, trick-or-treat and fellowship. Admission to the event is one canned food item.
Santuck Baptist Church Fall Festival
From 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31, Santuck Baptist Church will feature fun for the whole family. Come out and enjoy a night of fun including hay rides, food, inflatables, a wide assortment of games, cakewalk, train rides and lots of candy. Admission is free.