If you are looking for some family fun this Halloween season, and you live in the North Mississippi/Tupelo area, you're in luck! There are plenty of local events and attractions around town to make the most of this Autumn.
*The 11th Annual Pumpkin Patch - Located within the Tupelo Buffalo Park, the Pumpkin Patch is an annual tradition. This attraction opens October 1, and will remain open through November 3, and features a corn maze, hay rides, games, face painting, pig races, duck races, a giant spider web, kids' zip line, milking station & more. Check out the new giant jumping pillow, too! For more information, you can visit their website or their Facebook page.
*Saltillo Scarecrow Festival - This event, located on Mobile Street in Downtown Saltillo, features live entertainment, craft vendors, food vendors, dunking booth & more! Opens Saturday, October 12, from 10:00 a.m. until shortly after dark. For more information, visit their website or their Facebook page.
*Bukka White Blues Festival - This Blues festival on the banks of the Tenn Tom Waterway will be taking place October 18-19. Located at Lock and Dam Road in Aberdeen, festivities will include Ribs on the River BBQ Cook-Off, Rover on the River Pet Costume Parade, Arts & Crafts, Kids Entertainment, Petting Zoo, Creatures of the Night Animal Show, Free Blues Guitar Workshop by Bernie Pearl, Reserved RV & Tent Camping at Blue Bluff Recreation Area, and free boat docking. For more information, call (800) 634-3538, or visit their website, or Facebook page.
*Booneville Fall Festival - Opening October 17, and continuing until just after dark on October 19, this festival will cover historic downtown Booneville, and will feature live music, carnival rides, a 5K, hula hoop contest, turnip green cook-off, motorcycle & tractor show, and much more! For more information, visit their Facebook page or the event page.
*Halloween Egg Hunt - Hosted by the Oren Dunn Museum at Ballard Park in Tupelo, this event will take place on Saturday, October 19, at 6:15 p.m. Open to ages 10 and under. Admission to this event will cost you one bag of candy per family Bring your flashlights!
*Zombie Fun Run (Tupelo) - What's a day at the park without zombies? Tupelo's Ballard Park (Eastside) will host this event at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 19. This event is open to all walking dead ages 6 - 14 . For more information, call (662) 841-6440, or click here or here. Event coordinators say that they need volunteers to be zombies and/or to assist with zombie make-up. Sign up at Parks & Recreation office (at Ballard Park in Tupelo).
*Tallahatchie Zombie Run (New Albany) - On Saturday, October 26, at 216 West Bankhead Street in New Albany, MS, the dead will gather! Race time is 4:00 p.m., but all human participants should arrive an hour early. Zombies should arrive at 2:00 p.m. This event covers a course that is approximately 3 miles long. Participants may run as a runner or chase as a zombie. There is a $35 entry fee for both zombies and runners *Registration deadline is Midnight, October 19. For more information, please visit their website, their Facebook page, or watch this!
*Costume Dance - Hosted by Southern Heat All Stars Cheer Gym, this event is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 7-11 p.m. for 5th-8th graders. Cost is $7 per person. 2161 McCullough Blvd in Tupelo, MS For more information, please call (662)610-7427.
*Downtown Trick or Treat - All ages welcome to Downtown Trick or Treat in Tupelo from 5-7 p.m. on October 29, at the following participating business locations: Caron Gallery, Farmhouse on Main, His Hers, MLM, Serendipity Too, Sprint Print, SWIRLZ, The Dance Studio, The Main Attraction, and Voe’s.
*Veterans' Memorial Park Fall Festival - ICC's chapter of HOSA will host a Fall Festival at the Veterans' Memorial Park on October 27 from 2-5. Bouncy houses, Games, Prizes, Costume Contest, and Trunk or Treat! Costume Contest will be held at 3:30 and the Trunk or Treat will start at 5 p.m. and end around 6 p.m. Admission to this event is free. All proceeds will be donated to the SPD Foundation for research toward Sensory Processing Disorder.
*Trunk or Treat - All ages welcome on October 31, for Trunk or Treating - Car to car on Jefferson Street, between Green and Robbins Street, Downtown Tupelo: Trunk or Treating, Food, Live Music, Popcorn & More.
If you're looking for slightly scarier events, please check out my previous article on spooky attractions in the area.
If you have any further information about any of the events listed, or see that we've missed one, please let us know!