Fall festivities happening around Jacksonville

Breanna Hill, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Fall has officially begun and with fall comes festivals, haunted houses and more activities to celebrate the new season. 

Here are a few of the events set to take place around Jacksonville throughout the month of October.

On October 12 the fourth annual Fall Fest is taking place at the Anniston Museum of Natural History. It starts at 1 p.m. and carries on until 5 p.m. The event is for all ages, and includes an array of fun activities for all ages. There will be hayrides, nature scavenger hikes, live animal encounters, flashlight-led exhibit halls, hands on history, crafts, face painting and much more. 

Everyone is encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes for this year in spirit of the upcoming holiday. Also, Izzie’s Treats will be catering delicious festival food throughout the time of the festival. Tickets are available for purchase on their website or over the phone, but you can also purchase them on the day of the event. The price of the tickets vary for those attending. AM&G members that plan to attend can get in for $8, while a member’s child can get in for $6. The public pays $10 for tickets, and children under three get in completely free. 

On October 24, from 4 to 5 p.m., the Jacksonville Public Library will be hosting an event titled Halloween Fun on the Farm. The activities that will be included in the event are stories, games, crafts, prizes, snacks and a costume contest. There is no need to purchase tickets. The information calls for free fun, so just show up on that Thursday and do your best to win the costume contest. 

On October 26 the seventh annual Neewollah on Noble Fall Festival will be taking place in downtown Anniston from 1 to 4 p.m. The event will include fun activities such as a kids zone, horse carriage rides, a pumpkin decorating contest, train rides and live music. Along with the endless activities there will be 20 food booths for everyone to try out. The best thing about this event is that there is no admission cost. Make sure to check this one out. 

Haunted Houses are a huge part of the Halloween season, so make sure you check out the closest haunted house to Jacksonville called The Territorium located in Oxford. The attractions include not only the Territorium itself, but actual rides such as the Big Eli Ferris Wheel and the Haunted Castle Dark Ride. This haunted destination is only open on the following days: October 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and 31. It’s open from 7 until 10 p.m. on weekdays and 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. on weekends.

I definitely recommend taking the time to visit this haunted site because of the great prices for the tickets. Most haunted houses cost an arm and a leg it seems, but this place has low prices for all the struggling college students. Visitors have the choice of getting tickets for each attraction on its own, getting a combo ticket (both haunted attractions) or purchasing what they call a terror ticket (all three attractions). Just to ride the ferris wheel costs $5, the haunted castle dark ride costs $7, the territorium portion costs $13, the combo ticket costs $17 and the terror ticket costs $20. Great deals, right?

These events are sure to be filled with fun and exciting times, so take advantage of the fall festivities and make some great memories.

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