Fall has arrived on the Plains.
With Halloween this month, the Auburn-Opelika area is getting ready with an assortment of attractions to get you in the spirit of things. Every Friday night lasting from 6:00 PM until 10:00, the Auburn Parks and Recreation team is presenting classic scary films including Dracula, Frankenstein, and more in the lovely backdrop of the Arboretum. If you’re looking for something a little more varied, the Sleepy Hollow Haunted Farm is presenting family-friendly frights in the form of a haunted corn maze, ghostly hay rides, and more. Those interested can visit the farm from 7:30 PM until 11:00 every Friday and Saturday evening next month, as well as the night of Halloween, at 929 Lee County Road 14, Auburn, AL.
Those looking for less ghoulish entertainment are still in luck- The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art is having its biennial “Out of the Box” sculpture competition on the evening of Friday, October 6th from 6:00 PM until 8:00 where people can come and take part in “make-and-take” art activities and enjoy live music. The Auburn Area Community Theatre is presenting a production of The Jungle Book at 6:30 every evening on October 12th, 13th, 14th, and 16th, with an additional 4 PM showing on the 14th. Theatre lovers can find this suitable-for-all-ages show at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, 222 E Drake Ave.
If you just want a bit of exercise next month, you’re also covered. The XTERRA Auburn Trail Run returns this year on October 15th at 8:00 AM at Chewacla State Park, 124 Shell Toomer Pkwy. Runners will be treated to the options of a 5K, 10K, or 20K race. Families who love biking are invited to the Tour De Fright bike event at the Opelika Sports Complex at 6:00 PM until 8:00. The location is Opelika Sportsplex, 1001 Andrews Rd. Lastly, a Walk to End Alzheimer’s is being held at the Green Space on campus from 1:00 PM until 4:15 on October 29th.
All these events only scratch the surface of available things to do in October and completely discount things like the Pine Hill Lantern Cemetery Walk, Pioneer Day in Loachapoka, or the Dirt Road Century bike ride. I don’t know about y’all, but classic horror flicks on the Arboretum sounds like my idea of a good time. No matter what event you find yourself at, we hope we’ll see you there.