4 activities to attend this Halloween

by Life Editor Tyler Hargett

All Hallow’s Eve has given the world trick-or-treating, but several college students have outgrown this tradition.

So, if one is looking for another Halloween event to participate in, The Flor-Ala recommends these Shoals activities.

Arx Mortis

A staple of Halloween is haunted houses. Alabama certainly has several to choose from, but only one has placed in the top 10 U.S. haunted houses, according to USA Today.

 Located in Killen, Arx Mortis uses actors, animatronics and realistic sets to bring in and scare large masses every year. Aside from the main attraction, Ataxia consists of mutated undead citizens of Killing Town, while Ghost Hill brings guests against the Legion of Arx Mortis in haunted woods.

With a gift shop, three-minute escape room, photo area and concessions, there is plenty to offer at this highly rated haunted experience. For dates and prices, visit arxmortis.com.

Leo’s Haunted House and Costume Contest

UNA is not missing out on the haunted house experience either.

The National Society of Leadership and Success will host the attraction at the Guillot University Center Banquet Halls Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. There will also be a costume contest beginning at 7:30 p.m., with the winner receiving a Keurig coffee maker.

For more information, contact William Hopper at 256-202-7688 or [email protected]

Haunted History of the Shoals Tours

If haunted houses seem too fake, try a Shoals haunted history tour and learn about local tales from an experienced storyteller.

There are five to choose from, including two Florence walking tours (one hosted by the Florence High School Drama Club as a fundraiser), one walking tour in Sheffield and a trolley tour for each of the cities. The points of interest on the tours vary, including recording studios, restaurants and a Civil War hospital.

For dates, starting locations and prices, visit florenceghostwalk.com.

“Tomb It May Concern”

The Shoals Symphony at UNA will host a family Halloween concert Oct. 29 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Norton Auditorium. The event will feature performances of classics “Hall of the Mountain King” by Edvard Grieg and “Danse Macabre” by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Children can also visit the Instrument Petting Zoo, where different musical instruments from the orchestra will be set up in the lobby for them to try.

Tickets are available to purchase at shoalssymphony.una.edu or at the door. For prices, contact the Lindsey Theatre Box Office at 256-765-5500.