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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LuLuPalooza 2012

If you can’t squeeze in enough live music during your busy evenings, you will be ecstatic to learn about the free shows at LuLuPalooza this Memorial Day Weekend at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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Great music, great fun! LuLuPalooza May 26 and 27, 2012 at LuLu's in Gulf Shores.

Starting at noon Saturday and again Sunday (May 26 and 27), four bands are scheduled each day. You’ll hear soul, blues, R&B, funk, gospel, punk, jazz, rock, roots and pop, sometimes all within the same song. The artists are from New Orleans, Florida, Texas, and even Australia: Honey Island Swamp Band, Eric Lindell, The Lee Boys, Geoff Achison, Roddie Romero and The Hub City All-Stars, Dread Clampitt, Bonerama, and Pat McCann. Take a look at our Concerts & Music page to find out who is playing when.

And all the time you are listening (when you can take a break from dancing), you can be enjoying the food for which LuLu’s is so well known. From appetizers to burgers and sandwiches to seafood, the fresh tastes will have your senses dancing. (Food allergies? Ask for any of their six special allergy menus.)

Between meals, kick back with a favorite drink from the full bar, including their original Loopty Lu or LuLu’s World-Famous Bushwhacker. And spend some time marveling over the talents of Frenchy, a renowned live performance painter.

Can’t make it this weekend? LuLu’s has live music every evening, and sometimes in the afternoon, too! Plan to come for a beach getaway any time, and make a visit to LuLu’s a must-do on your activity list. Check out the current specials on condos and houses in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan, Alabama, and Perdido Key, Florida.

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Three Mardi Gras Parades on the Island

You’ve been seeing the colors—purple, gold and green in particular—and you’ve been hearing all kinds of animated discussions about fancy balls and informal parties.

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How many throws can you catch? Find out at any of three parades in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach on Fat Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

It is Mardi Gras season, after all. And here on Pleasure Island we take on the holiday festivities with not just two, but three parades on the day itself, Fat Tuesday.

To start your day, bring lawn chairs, breakfast or snacks and a thermos of coffee and set up early along Highway 59 anywhere between the Intracoastal Bridge (south side) and the main public beach. The parade will roll at 10 a.m., supplying you with as many beads, moon pies and other treasures as you can catch.

You are bound to make new friends before and during the parade, so after stowing your goodies in your car or house/condo, meet them at any of our fine restaurants to renew your energy before gathering more throws at the next event.

The starting time for the Orange Beach parade is 2:00. You will again want to arrive early to claim your favorite spot along the parade route, so refill your thermos and snack bag and be ready to meet more new friends. Wintzell’s marks the beginning point, and the floats will process eastward to Highway 161.

But wait—there’s more! Scurry over to a spot along Canal Road for the 3:00 Intracoastal Waterway boat parade that runs from The Wharf to LuLu’s. When the parade ends, join everyone at LuLu’s for a daylong party that began at 11:00 with live music by Glen David Andrews from noon until 3. Stay for dinner accompanied by terrific Americana/roots music by Sugarcane Jane from 5 until 9 p.m. It will be a Fat Tuesday to remember: February 21, 2012!

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Mardi Gras Festival

It’s not just parades and fancy balls.

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Warm up your voices and your catching arms, and go home with plenty of treasures from the 2012 Pleasure Island Mardi Gras Festival at The Wharf.

Some of you may find that hard to believe, but the Mardi Gras season really does include a wide range of activities. Proof of such is offered this Monday, February 20, at The Pleasure Island Mardi Gras Festival held at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama.

The all-day party begins at 10 a.m. with street entertainers, face painting, clowns and fire breathers. Let the kids put their high energy to use in the bounce house and on the giant slide. At 2 p.m., even Fido can be part of the merriment during the Kid & Pet Parade along Main Street.

From 3 until 5 p.m., Wes Bayliss will break out his guitar and keep everyone happily engaged in the festivities with his country music.

The official Wharf Mardi Gras Parade begins at 5 p.m. Start warming up your voice now so your “Throw me some beads!” yell will bring you plenty of goodies for your bag. The people on the floats and go-carts are prepared to be generous, and the bands will punctuate the treasure collecting with their driving beats.

But don’t go away after that! Hang out with your friends and let those dancing feet prove their stuff as Knee Deep—with their funky blues, reggae and more—keeps things lively until 10 p.m.

Admission and parking are free, so if you can’t stay for the full day, feel free to come and go as you please. Don’t forget to shop, dine, ride the Ferris wheel or take in a movie while you are there. It’s a day for fun, and The Wharf is prepared to make that happen for you.

Can’t join us for Mardi Gras? How about a free night when you stay with us between March 1 and May 6, 2012? Find out how by checking out our spring special.

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TWO New Year’s Eve Celebrations at The Wharf

There is no shortage of opportunities on our island to celebrate the turnover of the calendar year. Some are catering to children and their families, some to the not-so-late-night partiers, some to the energetic adult crowd. But The Wharf in Orange Beach is offering something for all, and admission is free.

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Party with the kids all day and your friends all night. Free New Year's Eve celebrations at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama.

From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. December 31, families can enjoy discounted Ferris wheel rides, face painting, clowns, kids games and contests, special movie presentations, giant sand piles, a bounce house and more. The active day will ensure the kids an early, solid night’s sleep that your trusted babysitter will appreciate.

But your celebration is far from over. Beginning at 6 p.m., six bands on two stages will be cranking out the tunes and keeping your energy revved. As street dancers and firebreathers stroll the grounds, you will enjoy plenty of food and beverages to keep you active into the night. Count down with Lady Gaga as the New York celebration is shown on the JumboTron, then count down with the local crowd as the 14-foot jeweled marlin drops. Toast the new year as large, colorful fireworks marks the occasion.

The night doesn’t have to end at midnight. Head to the Las Vegas Club at the Orange Beach Event Center next to the Main Street area. Or hop a free shuttle to Flora-Bama or Live Bait to extend your festivities into the wee hours.

It’s not too late to gather your family or a group of friends and head to the beach. We’ll even give you TWO FREE NIGHTS! Perhaps a 2-bedroom condo in Orange Beach would be the perfect size, or maybe a 3-bedroom Perdido Key property would be ideal.

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New Year’s Eve at Flora-Bama

The staff and patrons of the world-famous Flora-Bama Lounge, Package and Oyster Bar know how to party. (If you’ve been there, no doubt you can attest to that fact.) So it’s no surprise that the biggest party night of the year will have the state-line roadhouse jumpin’.

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From a dinner buffet to breakfast, with 4 bands on 2 stages, Flora-Bama has it covered for New Year's Eve.

Beginning at 7 p.m., two stages of entertainment will keep things lively—and you’ll enjoy two bands on each stage. The Deck Stage will host Big Muddy and Troy Brannon, while J. Hawkins and Lucky Doggs will appear on the Tent Stage.

A sumptuous dinner buffet will be served throughout the evening, and there will be party favors for everyone. The champagne toast at midnight will kick off 2012, followed by a delicious breakfast.

Get your New Year’s Party tickets in advance to ensure your place at the party. Those 21 and older will pay just $35 for a night of festivities, while the 18–20 set will pay $45. You can also purchase tickets at the T-shirt trailer at Flora-Bama.

Last-minute beach trips are always welcome, so come celebrate the arrival of 2012 in our backyard. We’ll even give you TWO FREE NIGHTS! Make it a romantic getaway in a 1-bedroom property in Orange Beach or gather a large group and share a roomy 5-bedroom Perdido Key condo.

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