Dressing up is fun. Cycling is fun. Dressing up in Halloween costumes and riding a bike is even more fun. And after a year in which COVID fears shut down many of them, it looks like witch rides will be rolling through Alabama in October.
An overview of events follows. (With a few runs and even a costumed kayak outing. Know of another that needs to be added? Email the details to [email protected])
Events vary from low-key neighborhood celebrations to large-scale established fundraisers. Some are open only to women and many specify a minimum age for participants. Pay attention to these and other limitations when registering.
Atmore: Main Street Witches of Atmore Tour, Oct. 29 — $20 per bike or broom (broom riders = walkers), $50 for golf carts. Programming begins at 5 p.m. for the 5:45 p.m. parade. Proceeds benefit Main Street Frontage Grants and Downtown Revitalization. Must be 21 or older to ride. Coincides with “Trick or Treat in the Street” hosted by the Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce. www.mainstreetatmore.org.
Bay Minette: 3rd Annual Witches and Wizards Hike, Oct. 30 — Witches and warlocks aged 18 and over head out at 1 p.m. in Blackburn Park. Organizers plan to open registration on October 1. $25 for bicycles, $35 for golf carts and side-by-side ATVs. Benefits from the North Baldwin Animal Sanctuary. www.facebook.com/bayminettewitches.
Birmingham: Roebuck Springs/South Roebuck Witches Ride, Oct. 24 – Organizers say this event, starting at 5:30 p.m., is open to “all witches, wizards, ghosts and ghouls”. Registration is $10 via Eventbrite. Benefits the Alzheimer’s Association, Alabama Chapter. www.facebook.com/RSwitchesRide.
Dauphin Island: 5th Annual Massacre Island Haunted Bike Ride, October 30 — Event starts at 6 p.m. and is limited to 300 runners; The 8km route passes “some of the most haunted places on Dauphin Island”. Registration is $10 via Eventbrite. Must be 18 or older to participate. Proceeds are donated to the Animal Rescue Foundation. www.facebook.com/massacreislandhauntedbikeride.
Foley: Walk of the Witches, Oct. 30 — The event takes place in downtown Foley beginning at 5 p.m.; “All women are welcome. Registration via Eventbrite. $40 until September 30, $50 October 1 and after for riders and golf carts. Benefit from the Family Promise and Summer Backpack Feeding Program. www.facebook.com/FoleyWitchesRide.
Gulf Shores: haunted bustle, Oct. 16 — As the name suggests, this event presented by the Gulf Shores Recreation Department is built around a 5K and a fun run. But it starts with the Witches on Wheels Bike Parade at 6 p.m. Registration is $25 in advance, dropping to $30 the day of the event. Proceeds are donated to the Dolphin Foundation for Education and Arts. Full info: www.gulfshoresal.gov/halloween.
Homewood: 9th Annual Homewood Witches Hike, Oct. 24 — The festivities begin at 2 p.m. for this 5:45 p.m. ride from Homewood Central Park. $35 for witches, $175 for golf carts. Benefits the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB. uab.edu/HomewoodWitchesRide, www.facebook.com/homewoodwitchesride.
Hoover: Star Lake Witches Tower, October 24 – This neighborhood ride starts at 5 p.m. at the top of Oriole Drive; registration is free, but attendees must sign a waiver and must bring specific food items for the Green Valley Church pantry, as well as candy to throw to spectators. Witches must be 18 or older. www.facebook.com/StarLakeWitches.
Huntsville: Blossomwood Witches Tower, Oct. 30 — Presented by Huntsville Hospital, this event rolls through the Blossomwood neighborhood at 4:30 p.m., $50, open to women 21 and older. For the benefit of the Maison d’accueil Blount. www.blossomwoodwitchesride.com.
Huntsville: Hampton Cove Witches Tower, October 17 – This neighborhood ride starts at 2 p.m. $35 per rider, benefits the Good Samaritan Homeless Mission. www.facebook.com/HCwitchesride.
Mobile: LoDaRide, October 20 — The LoDa Ride is a weekly social ride that begins in downtown LoDa Biergarten at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and winds through Midtown and back. An organizer encouraged attendees to start dressing up in preparation for Halloween, with a focus on the October 20 full moon ride.
Mobile: Witch Tower, October 24 — Organized by Delta Dogs, the 5th Annual Downtown Mobile Witches Ride takes place the Sunday before Halloween. Check-in will begin at 3:30 p.m. near the Blind Mule, 57 N. Claiborne St., site of the event’s block party. The parade rolls on an easy 3-mile course starting at 5 p.m. Must be 18 to ride. Early bird registration is $30 until October 15 via Eventbrite and includes a t-shirt.
Mobile: Paddleween, October 25 — For several years, the “Kayaking with Keve” The Facebook group has been a gateway to the weekly Monday night kayak social outings on Dog River. Paddleween is the offshoot of Halloween: a night when kayakers dress up for a trick or a treat and shoreline property owners hand out candy from their docks. Starts at Navco Park aka Luscher Park aka Dog River Park at 6 p.m. www.facebook.com/events/406818347678151/.
Oxford: Walk and Walk of the Witches on the Main, October 23 — This second annual event begins at 5 p.m. and registration is open to “kids and gentlemen.” Online registration is $25 for adults, $10 for children under 16. Registration day will be at Simmons Park at 4 p.m.; proceeds benefit Main Street Oxford. https://www.facebook.com/events/614900216584242.
Trussville: TVL Witch Tower, October 23 — “Women Witches Riding for a Local Cause” on a route through the historic district of Cahaba. Registration for the 4 p.m. ride is $30. Proceeds benefit 7-year-old Nolan Trowbridge, who has been battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia since 2017. www.facebook.com/trussvillewitchesride. [email protected]
Tuscaloosa: 4th Annual T-Town Witches Hike, October 17 – The two-mile run and the one-mile walk begin at 5 p.m. at Government Plaza. Open to women 18 and over. Tickets are $25 via Eventbrite; Benefits The Tuscaloosa County Arch. www.facebook.com/T.Townwitchesride.