Halloween Hair Raisers: Birmingham’s Creepiest Events

Get a healthy dose of haunted and howling with our guide of where to see public altars to the dead and witches on bike instead of broomstick.


1. The Rocky Horror Masquerade Ball

Friday, Oct. 29, 8:30-11 p.m.
Alabama Theatre
Tickets: $22.50 in advance, $25 at the door, available at Ticketmaster

It’s not Halloween until a large group of Transylvanians dance to the “Time Warp.” Experience the weird and wonderful with a screening of classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the historic Alabama Theatre.

Newly engaged couple Brad and Janet encounter a problem when their car halts in the rain. They both look for contact only to find themselves at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite. A place to stay is offered, but will Brad and Janet want to remain there?

At the event, DJ Stevo wil be spinning the Ghoulish Groove. A costume contest begins at 8:30 p.m., and the feature will begin immediately after. Don’t forget to bring toilet paper, newspaper party hats, small bags of rice, and bells.

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Photo by JC Bravo Photography.

. Dia de los Muertos

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 4- 10 p.m.
Cahaba Brewing Company

Do something different (and colorful) this month by celebrating a long-held tradition. Presented by Bare Hands, Inc, Dia De los Muertos is an annual remembrance of lost loved ones inspired by Mexico’s sacred Day of the Dead tradition as well as Birmingham’s own history and community. Dress in bones, as a sugar skull, or for a fiesta and enjoy colorful artwork, food, and more.


3. Oak Hill Cemetery Horrorfest

Friday, Oct. 21-Saturday, Oct. 22
Oak Hill Cemetery

Get super spooked with two nights of independent horror films at the cemetery.  Saturday night’s program will feature short horror and sci-fi pieces that will fit the season. Saturday night will feature Paranormalice, a feature length Southern gothic horror piece that was shot in Central Alabama.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and enjoy a Japanese favorite, served up by Kyoto Yakitori.



4. Haunted Factories and Furnaces

You’re never too old to run screaming through a house of horrors. During the month of October, Birmingham transforms into a destination for haunted attractions. If you dare, head to Sloss Fright FurnaceAtrox Factory, or Warehouse 31 for an frightful night with family and friends.

Sloss Fright Furnace
Sept. 30 – Oct. 31
Sloss Furnaces
*Opens at sundown with ticket sales ending around midnight

Sloss Fright Furnace offers trails, food, games, and unique horror experiences. The furnace tour takes you into the deepest parts of the furnace. The new Outbreak 2 has expanded into the woods and includes a zombie infested forest, a 300-foot slide into darkness, a truly terrifying urban maze, and surprises and twists around every turn. While you wait for your tour, visit the Roadkill Cafe or the outdoor movie theatre featuring continuous running horror flicks projected on a giant 25-foot screen.

Atrox Factory
Sept. 30- Oct. 31
Friday & Saturdays, 6:30 p.m.-midnight
Sunday, Wednesdays, & Thursdays, 6:30-10 p.m.
8404 Parkway Dr, Leeds, AL 35094

Atrox Factory features 50,00 square feet of mind-numbing terror and more than 1/4 mile of twisted hallways and surprises. Horror celebrities will be making appearances throughout the month.

Warehouse 31
Sept. 30- Oct. 31
3050 Lee St., Pelham, AL 35124

Make your way through nearly 30,000 square feet of twisting, turning, and terrifying horrors. The event also features a 3-D experience, carnival games, horror movies on screen, and more.

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5. Homewood Witches Ride

Sunday, Oct. 30, 5:45 p.m.
*Food trucks will be present from 4-7 p.m
Begins in Homewood Central Park
Check homewoodwitchride.com for route.

Unlike the rest of this list, these witches won’t scare you, but they are guaranteed to deliver a dose of fun. Women dressed as witches will ride their brooms (bikes) and throw candy to children along a posted 2-mile route in Homewood.

Inspired by Paula Stringfellow Ford, the ride’s registration fees, silent auction donations, and sponsorships go to the American Cancer Society and its efforts to find a cure for cancer. Last year more than 350 witches rode and $10,000 was raised for ACS thanks to event organizers Janie Mayer and Daphne Dickinson.

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