Celebrate Halloween with Opelika Parks and Rec


Celebrate Halloween with Opelika Parks and Rec

Laura Leigh Chesser
Opelika Parks and Recreation

The temperatures are falling, and Halloween is drawing nearer. In preparation for this haunted holiday, Opelika Parks and Recreation is hosting five different Halloween events within seven days.

Tour de Fright will kick the series off on Tuesday, October 23rd. From 6-8 p.m. Parents and children, 12 and younger are invited to take a ride on the haunted walking trail behind the Opelika SportsPlex and Aquatics Center. This event will feature “witch’s brew” apple cider and a limited number of free bike lights provided by the Opelika Bicycle Advisory Committee (OBAC).

“Tour de Fright is a fun way to communicate ‘see and be seen’”, said Shirley Lazenby, OBAC President. “Giving away free bike lights is an essential part of becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community, and we are grateful for our partnership with Opelika Parks and Recreation that helps us reach that goal.”

Tour de Fright is free and open to the public. Bikes, trikes, scooters, and strollers are welcome.

The Halloween fun will continue on Thursday, October 25th with a Spooky Drop-In at Covington Recreation Center. Children in 3rd-5th grade can enjoy games, food and a haunted house. Admission is $5. Pre-registration is not required. 

The Halloween Drop-In is a precursor to the popular Drop-In program that takes place each Winter. Through providing a fun, themed event specifically for those Drop-In students Covington hopes to get the 3rd graders involved in the Drop-In program and get the 4th and 5th graders excited about returning to the program. 

For kids who haven’t picked out their pumpkin yet, the Great Pumpkin Splash offers a unique opportunity for children ages 6-12 to acquire one. Kids can pick a pumpkin out of the SportsPlex pool on Friday, October 26th from 6-8 p.m. at the SportsPlex. Pumpkin decorating and free swim will follow. This event costs $4 per child, and pre-registration is required by Monday, October 22nd.

For those wanting to watch a Halloween classic in preparation for the holiday, the Opelika SportsPlex will be showing Halloweentown on Saturday, October 28th from 6-8 p.m. Families of all ages are welcome to attend this free event. Popcorn, candy and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Opelika’s Halloween event line-up will draw to a close on Tuesday, October 30th with the Fall Festival and Children’s Carnival. Children 12 and younger can come to the Opelika SportsPlex soccer fields from 5:30-8:30 p.m. to play games, win prizes, jump on inflatables and take a ride on the hayride. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and bring a treat bag.

Admission is free, but individual games and activities will require tickets or an all-access wristband to participate. Tickets and wristbands can be purchased in advance at the Opelika SportsPlex front desk or they can be purchased the night of the event. Tickets are 25 cents each, child wristbands are $10, and a $1 adult hayride wristband will be available to adults wishing to ride the hayride with their child.

“This event is a great way for families and friends in the community to get together for fellowship and fun,” said Laura Leigh Chesser, public relations coordinator. “It offers a safe, well-lit atmosphere for children to have fun and collect candy and prizes. It’s a great addition or alternative to traditional trick-or-treating.”

For more information about all Opelika Parks and Recreation events please visit www.opelikaparks.com.




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