Spooktrail one of many upcoming events
by RACHEL DAVIS
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Volunteers at Dora City Hall spent this week packing thousands of bags of candy in preparation for Dora’s Fall Festival this Saturday at the city’s park. – Photo by: Rachel Davis.
Volunteers at Dora City Hall spent this week packing thousands of bags of candy in preparation for Dora’s Fall Festival this Saturday at the city’s park. – Photo by: Rachel Davis.
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PUMPKIN CENTER — Winding through a junkyard deep in the woods off Highway 269, Spooktrail has been scaring area residents for 23 years. Like the last three years, the attraction is located at Sexton’s Auto Solutions.

The goal of the attraction is pretty clear.

“During October we scare folks,” said Sean Jones, chief volunteer for Spooktrail. “It’s well over a quarter of a mile of maze through the woods in an old junk yard. It is full of twists and turns and bone chilling spooky stuff.”

Unlike many other area attractions, Spooktrail does allow volunteers to grab and touch people as they wind through the maze.

“We really do try to scare you,” Jones said.

On any given night 10 to 20 volunteers staff the event and Jones attribute Spooktrail’s continued success to them.

“It wouldn’t be possible without the cast, crew, friends and family,” Jones said. “Their dedication is what makes this event happen.”

The event originally began as a way to keep the area kids out of trouble and give them something fun and constructive to do.

The Spooktrail will be open for the next two Friday and Saturday nights from dark until midnight and Halloween night from dark until 10 p.m. The cost is $13 per person or $8 with a canned food donation. The canned food is donated to the United Way Community Food Bank. Children age 5 and under are free. There is no age limit for the event. Jones said that each parent and child will have to determine whether they can handle it or not, although he said that the volunteers will take pity if someone gets too frightened.

“If at any point someone gets too scared we do get you out,” Jones said. “We don’t torment you through the whole thing.”

For more information, visit www.spooktrail.com.

Other events planned in the coming days include:

LUPTON JR. HIGH SCHOOL FALL FESTIVAL will be Thursday, Oct. 25, from 5:30 until 8 p.m. The cost will be $1. Lots of fun games and prizes, including bingo, cake walk, toy walk, craft store, and drawing for food baskets.

THACH NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH TRUNKS OF TREATS will be from 4 p.m. until dark on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Thach Community Center on Highway 195 in Thach. Free hot dogs while supplies last, free face painting, 12 oz. can drinks for 50 cents, toys, candy and much more.

MANCHESTER NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH will host a trunk or treat from 5 to 8 p.m. at Blackwater Restaurant. Free hot dogs and drinks while supplies last.

VFW POST 4850 will host a trunk or treatfrom 4 to 6 p.m. on Halloween in the VFW parking lot. Everyone welcome.

FALL CITY BAPTIST CHURCH FALL FESTIVAL will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday. There will be a yard sale, auction at 2 p.m., country store, bake sale, two jumping machines and games.

SARAGOSSA FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH on Redmill/Saragossa Road will have its Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 27, from 5 until 7 p.m.

SAMARIA BAPTIST CHURCH Fall Festival will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Food, games and lots of fall fun. No scary costumes please.

STARVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH Fall Festival will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. There will be good times for all with moon walks, horse and buggy rides, games, candy and hotdogs. This is a free event.

DOUBLE SPRINGS HARVEST FESTIVAL will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Double Springs Municipal Building on Alabama Hwy. 195 South in Double Springs. Free games, prizes, and hot dog and drink. Guest singers. Sponsored by community churches. For more information, contact Kim Prescott at 205-272-4034.

DORA FALL FESTIVAL The City of Dora will hold its second annual fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be free hot dogs, drinks and candy for all children.

DILWORTH CHURCH OF GOD LIGHT THE NIGHT FALL FESTIVAL will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28. Fun for the whole family and it’s all free. Inflatables, games, face painting, food, cotton candy, popcorn, old fashioned cake walk, hay ride and trunk or treat. For more information, call Lee or Cassie at 648-6327.

SUMITON CHURCH OF GOD BIG RIDICULOUS OCTOBER BASH will feature a trunk or treat as well as hay rides, train rides, games, food and candy for the children on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church.

THE SANCTUARY CHURCH OF GOD, 205 Fall City Road in Jasper, will have its Fall Festival Sunday, Oct. 28, from 4:30 until 8 p.m. Cake walk, silent auction, cake auction, prizes, face painting, candy, food, fun and fellowship. For more information, call 205-387-1118.

MT. PHILADELPHIA BAPTIST CHURCH HARVEST FESTIVAL on Cordova-Gorgas Road will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Everything is free. Costume contest, prizes, music, trunk or treat and lots more.

MT. JOY BAPTIST CHURCH FALL FESTIVAL will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. Come join us for games, prizes, hay rides and more. Call the church for information or transportation at 384-4406.

FARMSTEAD BAPTIST CHURCH FALL FESTIVAL will be from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is free to all. For more information, call the church at 384-3501.

CORDOVA FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH TRUNK OR TREAT will be from 5 to 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Lots of candy, cars and costumes.

OAKMAN TRUNK OR TREAT The City of Oakman will host a trunk or treat at the city’s community center on Oct. 31 beginning at 5 p.m.