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The city, businesses and churches are sponsoring events to celebrate the fall season and Halloween in Madison. CONTRIBUTED

Halloween events to invade Madison for not-too-scary fun

MADISON – Whether a bedazzled princess or ragamuffin pauper, a good-natured demon or washed-up witch, fans of Halloween can find treats – no tricks — across Madison as groups sponsor fun events.

Trick-or-treaters should wear their best Halloween costumes for the “Downtown Madison Trunk-or-Treat” on the eerie evening of Halloween Night, Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The City of Madison and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5162 are sponsoring the free event.

Local businesses and vendors will give candy to the masquerading children. For patients in need (not for Dracula and his subjects), a blood drive will allow residents to donate the life-giving substance.

Merchants will open along Main Steet for downtown shopping and a savory supper. A Halloween costume contest will decide the best masquerader. Visitors can bring canned food to donate for a drive.

This family-friendly event will offer free shuttle service roundtrip from Madison City Schools Stadium to downtown.

Registration is free for vendors. Complete the form at www.madisonal.gov. Click “Community” and then click “Special Events.”

Email the completed registration form to SpecialEvents@madisonal.gov, or mail the printed form to Madison Trunk-or-Treat, 8324 Old Madison Pike, Madison AL 35758. Registration deadline is Oct. 28 at 5 p.m.

Hogan Family YMCA invites residents to join their Fall Festival on Oct. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

The YMCA staff has tailored games and activities for children from three to 10 years old.

The YMCA festival’s games will include a sack race, football toss, beanbag toss, fishing, relay race, giant twister and more. Children can enjoy pumpkin decorating, make-your-own trail mix, photo booth, face painting, costume contest, inflatable obstacle course and spooky glow walk.

Food trucks at the Y will include Hippea Camper, Sandman Sandwiches and Flippin Filipino.

Over at 127 Church St., Madison Methodist Church is hosting Trunk-or-Treat on Oct. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. Wear your best costume, bring a basket and collect as much candy as you possibly can.

At Toyota Field at 500 Trash Panda Way, the Trash Pandas will hold their Fall Festival on Oct. 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. Metro Diner is presenting the festival.

Trick-or-treaters can collect candy from 5 to 7 p.m., and guests can engage in many activities throughout the ballpark, like yard games and cornhole. Then at 7:15 p.m., the partygoers can watch a screening of 2023’s “The Haunted Mansion” on the videoboard.

“Lifted Trucks and Ride Now” will display 30-plus vehicles. Organizers encourage guests to wear costumes. Local vendors will have table displays and samples.

Advance tickets are $10; on Oct. 28, ticket price will increase to $15. Parking is free. Twelve-year-olds and younger will have free admission.

The Dumpster Dive concession stand, Inline Electric Rock Porch and Pub Madison will be open. For more information, visit trashpandasbaseball.com/events.

Rotary Club of Madison will host the Dead Parrots Society Bash on Oct. 28 from 6 to 11 p.m. at NOW Soccer Academy, 147 Westchester Drive. Tickets are $25. The fundraiser will offer a costume contest, live music by Juice, emcee Josh Caray and the Dead Parrots bar with its signature cocktail, the ‘Morgue-arita.’

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