Exciting as it sounds, Alabama Ballet’s production of Dracula isn’t the only Halloween related shin-dig in Birmingham this weekend, not by a long stretch. Here are a few other events you might want to take a look at, if you dare!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28
“Ghoul’s Ball.” Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place. This party for students grades 6-12 will include a costume contest, dance contest, bungee run, Nintendo Wii games, refreshments, and more. Registration required. (205) 226- 3600. www.bplonline.org
Pumpkin Carving Contest & Scary Movie Night. Bottletree, 3719 Third Ave. South. Bring your own pumpkin, and enjoy hot beverages while you carve and watch horror films on Bottletree’s projector screen. There will be prizes for the winning jack-o-lantern. Sign up at the bar from 6-7 p.m. (205) 705-3775. www.thebottletree.com
Scream. Railroad Park, 1601 First Ave. South. Wes Craven’s 1996 horror film. Starring Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox and Skeet Ulrich. Part of the “Railroad Park Sunset Cinema” series, in the newly completed Railroad Park. 7-9 p.m. Free. (205) 521-9933. www.railroadpark.org
Third Annual “Bone Bash.” Park Lane, 2117 Cahaba Road, Mountain Brook. This Halloween costume event will benefit the Arthritis Foundation. There will be a silent auction, costume contest, catering by Kathy G., and live music from The Undergrounders. 7-11 p.m. $35; $5 off with a YPCard. For more information, visit www.arthser.ejoinme. org/2010bonebash.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29
“The Rocky Horror Masquerade Ball. Alabama Theatre, 1817 Third Ave. North. Features two costume contests, a dance party with DJ Krystoph, and of course, a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. 6 p.m.; Film screening 8 p.m. For more information, call (205) 975-2787 or visit www.alabamatheatre.com.
“BOO Halloween Party.” B&A Warehouse, 1531 1st Ave. South. This annual party benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Alabama and will feature live music, a DJ, and “Scary”-oke. Free event t-shirt to the first 500 guests. Admission is $20 and you must be 21. (205) 326-4220. www.boohalloweenparty.com
“Boo at the Zoo.” Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Road. Birmingham Zoo’s annual Halloween event includes countless activities, including a hay ride, carousel, train ride, putt-putt golf course, a trick-or-treating route, animal shows, and much more. October 29-31, 5-9 p.m. $8 (Receive a general admission wristband for a discounted $10). (205) 879-0409. www.birminghamzoo.com
Brett Wagner. Atrox Factory, 1104 Parkway Drive, Leeds. Wagner is this week’s celebrity guest at the haunted factory. He is one of the stars of this year’s The Crazies remake. Tickets on sale from 6:30 p.m.-12 a.m., or until the room reaches capacity. $5 cover at gate; $15 for factory tour. www.atroxfactory.com
“Spooktacular Sleepover.” McWane Science Center, 200 19th St. North. Spend a night inside the McWane Center and get your fill of Halloween hijinks. They’ll be conducting spooky science experiments and cooking concoctions in cauldrons. Event includes dinner, a midnight snack, an IMAX film, and breakfast the next morning. 6 p.m.-9 a.m. Kids $35; Adults $20; Members get $5 off. (205) 714-8414. www.mcwane.org
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30
“BOO Ball.” Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place. The theme of this year’s Library Halloween party is “Mad Halloween: A Mid-Century Masquerade”, based on the widely acclaimed AMC television show Mad Men. Come dressed as your favorite horror monster in your favorite Mad Men attire. $45/person (includes two drinks and appetizers).www.booballbhm.org
“Nightmare on 29th Street.” Lakeview District, 29th St. South. Festivities include a costume contest with cash and other prizes, a live DJ in the street, and $4 Miller Light all night long. Sponsored by Miller Light and 100.5 FM. 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
“Peaches and Scream” Rogue Tavern, 2312 2nd Ave. North. BAAM! presents a night of music with fisher Green, Matt Devine, URI, Two Bit Hoodlums and Urban Fabric with Ken Webb. There will be costume contests, a freak show and films by Chance Shirley. 9 p.m. $10. www.baamfest.com
Phantom of the Opera. Alabama Theatre, 1817 Third Ave. North. Screening of the classic silent film. Tom Helms will accompany the picture playing a Wurlitzer. 6 p.m. Adults $12; Children 12 and under $6. For more information, call (205) 975- 2787 or visit www.alabamatheatre.com.
“Spooktacular Halloween Celebration.” Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, 1214 81st St. South. Bring your costumes and journey through Ruffner Mountain, stopping at stations to trick-or-treat. There will be games and other refreshments in the Visitor Center. 6-8 p.m. Members $5; Non-members $7; Children 4 and under free. (205) 833-8264.www.ruffnermountain.org
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31
“Halloween at Rojo.” Rojo, 2921 Highland Ave. South. A costume contest, and live music from Taylor Hollingsworth and Leland Sundries. (205) 328-4733. www.rojobirmingham.com
Night of the Living Dead Theatre Downtown in Fifth Avenue Antiques, 2410 Fifth Ave. South. A stage production of George Romero’s classic horror film in honor of the Halloween season. Through October 31. Thur- Sun, 8 p.m. Adults $17; Advanced $15; Seniors and students $10; Opening night, pay what you can afford with a $7 minimum. (205) 306-1470. www.theatredowntown.org
“Sloss Fright Furnace.” Sloss Furnaces, 20 32nd St. North. Birmingham’s best known haunted attraction is back this year for their 13th season, and they’ve included a new trail that leads through the Sloss Woods. The Furnaces open at sundown every night and ticket sales stop at 11 p.m. during the week, midnight on weekends. One tour $13; both tours $17. For more information, visit www.frightfurnace.com.