Fall festivities happening around Central Alabama

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Pumpkin patches across Central Alabama have officially opened for the season! A few favorites that opened before October 1 were: The Great Pumpkin Patch in Hayden, 4D Farm in Cullman and Old Baker Farm Pumpkin Patch in Harpersville. Bennett Farms in Heflin, Griffin Farms in West Blocton, Pumpkin Junction in Calera and Helena Hollow all opened the first weekend of October and will stay open on select dates throughout the month– some until November!

Each pumpkin patch listed also offers tons of other family friendly activities like hay rides and corn mazes. Hours vary between the different locations, so be sure to click the name(s) above to find specific information.

Fall events across Central Alabama for the month of October include:

Trick-or-treat Village at Noccalula Falls: This event will be Saturday, October 9, from noon to 5 p.m. There will be food vendors, treats and a balloon artist on site. Ticket information can be found here. A movie night will be held at 7:30 p.m., October 10 at Noccalula Falls campground. This event is free to the public, coolers, blankets and chairs are welcome.

Fall Festival Walk Thru: This event will be located at 8332 Moody Parkway, Odenville, AL 35120. From 5 p.m. to 8p.m. on Sunday, October 17. It will feature a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, photo booth, and more!

Pleasant Grove Fall Festival: The city of Pleasant Grove will be hosting its fall festival on October 19. The event will be held at the sports complex from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be inflatables, face painting, food trucks and live entertainment.

Oak Mountain State Park will be hosting its Harvest Festival on October 23 at 200 Terrace Dr. Pelham, AL 35124. The fun begins at 9 a.m., there will be vendors, pony rides, yard games, food truck and more!

City of Odenville 7th annual Trunk or Treat: The event is free to the public. It will be held on Thursday, October 28, from 5 to 7p.m. on Alabama Street in Odenville.

Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a trick or treating event on Friday, October 29. There will be food trucks, a street movie and pumpkin carving contests. More information can be found here.

Halloween in the Heights: several businesses in Cahaba Heights will be participating on October 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is an entertainment district, so open containers are allowed. More information can be found here.

Trussville Parks and Rec will be hosting its 11th Annual Halloween Candy Hunt at the Trussville Baseball Fields on Saturday, October 30, at 6:30 p.m. There will be no cost for entry. This event is targeted toward kids ages 3 to 12. There will be a costume contest for all age groups; the best dressed boy and girl will win a brand new bicycle!

Springville Pediatrics will be hosting a fall festival at Big Springs Park on October 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to wear a Halloween costume. There will be food trucks, vendors, music giveaways and more!

Alabaster Fall Fest: The city of Alabaster will be hosting its fall festival on October 30. There will be live music, hay rides, pumpkin painting and more. For hours, location and other activities, click here.

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