Halloween on Alabama’s Gulf Coast

Spooky. Cute. Fictional characters. No matter your costume style, Halloween is a chance to let your imagination soar. Choose from a variety of opportunities for all ages to celebrate this fall holiday along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

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For spooky or not-so-scary Halloween fun for any age, the Alabama Gulf Coast is the place to be!

Nightly between 6 and 9 p.m. through October 31, LuLu’s in Gulf Shores becomes BooLu’s, including the Manor of Doom haunted house and maze plus age-appropriate games. The $5 donation goes to local school arts programs—and for another $5 donation, test your climbing and balancing skills on the Mountain of Youth Ropes Course.

Boo at the Zoo speaks to the softer side of the season. With furry, feathery and scaly friends all around, your little ones will squeal with extra delight Thursday, October 25 at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores. The costume contest for kids of all ages begins at 5 p.m., but games, prizes and snacks will round out the fun from 4 until 6 p.m. Admission is $2 for kids, $1 for adults.

Bring the whole family to the Uptown Foley Halloween Party on Thursday, October 25. This free event, 5:30–8:30 p.m., is a block party-style celebration. Local businesses will line the streets, where you’ll enjoy a food court, cake walks, spook house, obstacle course, face painting, free games and treats, an inflatable jump house, and a costume contest for all ages.

Combine trick-or-treating with a shopping excursion at SanRoc Cay in Orange Beach. This Friday, October 26, from 3 until 9 p.m., bring your own bag and pick up treats at the SanRoc Cay merchants. While you are there, enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants, shop to your heart’s content, and even paint a special Halloween mask at Life’s a Canvas.

Get spooked at the Terror on the Gulf haunted house at The Hangout in Gulf Shores. For just $5 (or $25 for a season pass), find your way through the maze—but watch out for creatures! Open 7–10 p.m. for all ages that can handle the fright, then the adults-only version will run from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m. for those 18 and over. Dates are Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27, then again October 29–31.

Let your pet in on the holiday fun! Bring your costumed pet, children and self to Magnolia By the Gulf Animal Clinic at Hwy. 59 and Co. Rd. 6 at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 27. Judging begins at 11 a.m. and prizes will be awarded for various categories for pets and people.

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Tiptoeing past a scary sight is just one of the many ways to celebrate Halloween in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama.

Halloween Family Fun Night at the Bodenhamer Recreation Center in Gulf Shores includes fireside stories, carnival games, dunking booth, a cake walk, and costume contests. This event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, October 27. Admission and popcorn are free, and game tickets may be purchased for 50 cents.

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets Saturday, October 27 for movie night on the marina lawn at The Wharf in Orange Beach. The full evening begins at 6:30 with Bugs Bunny’s Howl-oween Special, followed by Monsters, Inc. at 7 p.m. As the younger children head home, the screen will light up with the scary Poltergeist at 9 and Amityville Horror at 11. Admission and popcorn are free for all movies.

On Saturday, October 27, 7–11 p.m., join the Treasures of the Isle krewe for their Halloween Fundraiser at the Orange Beach Community Center. Your $20 donation includes a dinner of barbecue, chips and slaw. Ice, cups and set-ups will be provided, and you can dance to the music of Knee Deep. Be sure to dress up—you could win prizes in the costume contest!

Of course, you’ll need a place to relax after all the spooky fright of Halloween. Plan now to stay with Meyer Vacation Rentals any time of year for pure peacefulness at the beach.

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Hangout Halloween Party Features Beats Antique


That’s what the 4th Annual Halloween Party at The Hangout will be. That’s what the costume contest judges are looking for. And that’s what the music is when it comes from the evening’s performers, Jermaine Quiz and Beats Antique.

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Win your share of $2000 in cash and Hangout Fest tickets during the Halloween Party costume contest at The Hangout in Gulf Shores. Musical guests: Beats Antique and Jermaine Quiz.

The doors open at 9:00 p.m. this Friday, October 28, 2011, where Highway 59 ends in Gulf Shores. That gives you plenty of time to obsess over your costume and makeup—after all, $2000 in cash prizes and Hangout Music Fest tickets are at stake for the sexiest, the scariest and the most original costumes, so you’ll want to go all out.

Beginning at 9:30, Jermaine Quiz takes the stage with live horns enhancing his unique brand of “turntablism.”

At the stroke of midnight, Beats Antique will bewitch you with a seductive mix of electronica/world music created by classically trained David Satori and Tommy Cappel, and accompanied by ultra-fluid belly dance/ballet/modern movement expertly crafted by Zoe Jakes.

This out-of-this-world party is open to those 18 and older. Tickets can be purchased for $17 in advance or $20 at the door for those 21 and over. Those aged 18–20 may purchase tickets for $30 at the door; if purchased in advance at the $17 rate, a $10 underage fee will be collected at the door.

There’s no need to worry about driving home at such a late hour—grab a group of friends and share a vacation rental property nearby, such as a 3-bedroom condo or house in Gulf Shores. If you stay 4 nights or longer, be sure to enter the promo code 11FFN to get your 4th night free in a condo or 5th night free in a house!

Halloween Party 2011. The folks at The Hangout promise it’ll be a killer of a good time.

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Free Halloween Fun for All Ages

As Halloween creeps up on us, two free community events offer your family a head start on spooktacular celebrations.

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Two free family events help you start celebrating Halloween 2011 a little early.

From 5:30 until 8:30 this Thursday, October 27, the streets of downtown Foley will be buzzing with activity. Along with a costume contest for all ages, you’ll find games, a cake walk, face painting, treats, a bounce house, prize drawings and more. Admission is free, but bring along a little fun money for concessions (proceeds benefit the Boy Scouts), etc.

On Saturday, October 29, between 6 and 8 p.m., munch on free popcorn and pick up a free goodie bag at the Bodenhamer Recreation Center in Gulf Shores. But that’s not all! Carnival games (50 cents per ticket), a dunking booth, a cake walk, and of course a costume contest will round out the evening. And for the brave ghouls, follow the Haunted Trail ($2 per person).

Don your costumes and let the moon light your way to a scary good time at both Halloween celebrations.

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