Fall into fun, family-friendly activities on the Alabama coast


Autumn activitiesI love autumn for many reasons, Halloween being just one of them. But cooler weather, bonfires, hayrides and apple cider are great things about fall, too. When our family visits the Alabama coast, we find a cornucopia of seasonal activities to enjoy.

The Magnolia Corn Maze continues through Oct. 31 at 15275 County Road 49 in Summerdale. Get lost in the eight-acre maze, or enjoy the pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides, hayride and more.

Call 251-224-6500 to make reservations for the Ginny Lane Halloween Beer Dinner, set for Oct. 26 at the restaurant at The Wharf. Costumes are welcome.

Movies, hayrides, pony rides and more are all part of the Spooky Movie on the Lawn at The Wharf. Wear a costume to the Oct. 28 event and bring a blanket or chair. Admission is free for the movie, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Trick-or-treating takes place at 2 p.m. and other kids activities begin at 4 p.m.

Another fun activity on Oct. 28 is the Elberta German Sausage Festival. The festival has taken place since 1976, with thousands of pounds of German sausage sold each year. Other foods include German-style filled cabbage, potato salad, goulash, red beans & rice and more. The festival also features arts and crafts for sale, rides for the kids and German music and dancing.

Two theatrical Halloween events will take place at the South Baldwin Community Theatre: ZombieFest will take place on the lawn and on the new outdoor stage on Oct. 27 and 28, and the final shows of “Little Shop of Horrors” will be performed Oct. 20-22.

Swing down to the beach to uncover plenty of exciting, scary and spirited activities during late October. See you there!