2020 Halloween Events

  1. Parks and Recreation
  2. Events and Calendar

Harris Center

425 Perry St

  1. Email: [email protected]
  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM

Ann Bergman

Public Relations Specialist

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2936
  2. Email: [email protected]

2020 JDCAC Pumpkin Competition

It's time to call in the creative forces of various ghoulish minds to compete in the JDCAC Pumpkin Competition hosted by the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC) and Auburn Arts Association (AAA). We're looking for everything from the spooky to the spoofy, scary or hairy, funny or ghastly! Carvings, or paintings can be sculptural, architectural, painterly and very expressive so get CREATIVE! Individual artists, children, families and local businesses are invited to participate in this competition.

Prizes will be awarded in four categories: Most Creative, Best Mixed Media Effects, Best Carving and Best Children’s Work. Prizes will be awarded to winners in each category.

No entry fee required and registration is encouraged. You can find an application here. A picture of your pumpkin must be emailed to [email protected] by Tuesday, October 27th at 5 p.m. All entries must include a short description that includes the inspiration to your piece. Winners will be announced Friday, October 30th.

Fright Nights at the Arboretum

Join the Donald E. Davis Arboretum and Auburn Parks and Recreation for Fright Night at the Arboretum on Friday, October 23 at 6 p.m.! Come and enjoy classic cartoons for starters followed by the first feature Little Shop of Horrors at 7p.m. and the finale The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 9pm. Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Concessions will be sold to enjoy the movies. Parking is available near the entrances on three sides: along Lem Morrison and the Poultry Science parking lot, along Garden Drive and in the Arboretum parking lot off of Garden Drive. Patrons are encouraged to carpool or walk. The event is FREE and open to the public.

*COVID-19* note Seating areas will be clearly marked to ensure social distancing.

2020 Drive-thru Trick-or-Treat

Are you ready for a spooky Halloween parade? In order to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines, the City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Department will host a Drive thru Trick or Treat in lieu of Downtown Trick or Treat this year. Grab your best costumes and all members of your household, the event will take place on Friday, October 30th from 6-8 p.m. at the Auburn Parks and Recreation Complex. We are asking that members of the same household ride together. Participants must arrive in their vehicles at the Drake Avenue entrance and will then be directed around the Auburn Parks and Recreation Complex to get treats from City of Auburn employees, firefighters and members of the community! We are encouraging participants to dress up in their best Halloween costumes and decorate their vehicles in the spookiest way! Mayor Anders will be giving away ghostly goodies to the cars with the best disguise.

The week before the event, a map and directions will be posted on the City of Auburn website, Facebook and Instagram (@CityofAuburnAl). Individuals must remain in their vehicles at all times for this FREE outside public event. *COVID-19 note: We are asking that members of the same household ride together and remain in your car at all times

*COVID – 19 Note* This event will be held outside. Please remain in your car at all times. Plan to attend this event with members of your household


Downtown Spooky Scavenger Hunt


Looking for a mysterious Halloween adventure for the family? Join Active Auburn & the Downtown Merchants Association for a Downtown Spooky Scavenger Hunt. Beginning Sunday, October 25th through Saturday, October 31st, Active Auburn will be hiding a pumpkin at a downtown merchant location. A picture will be posted at Noon every day on Active Auburn’s Facebook page (@activeauburnAL). The first participant to find the pumpkin each day will receive a prize from the hidden location.