Today marks the beginning of fall, and that means there are plenty of outdoor festivals, community events, and trunk-or-treats. We've got a look at what's happening in West Alabama for autumn!

We've compiled a list of festivals and events below--if your organization or church is hosting something special this fall, let us know! We'll add your event to our list and share the info here on our sites and on the air. Send your event details to

The Freaky Friday 8K will be held Friday, October 30; the race starts and ends at Dreamland BBQ in Northport. Registration begins at 7:30 pm, and the race starts at 9 pm. Costumes are welcome, and the registration fee is $30 which benefits the Alabama State Troopers Association.

Celebrate fall and fight the flu with MedNet West; they're hosting a fall festival and flu shot clinic from 10am to 1pm Saturday, October 31, at the Whatley Health Center on Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd in Tuscaloosa. They'll have candy for trick-or-treaters as well as a bounce house, carnival games, and more; those who receive a flu shot are entered to win $200. The flu shot is free for Medicaid recipients and covered by most insurance plans; flu shots are available without insurance for $20 each.

Midtown Village in Tuscaloosa is hosting a trick-or-treat and dog costume contest Saturday, October 31. Children ages 12 and under can visit stores and restaurants in the shopping center for a trick-or-treat between 2pm and 6pm; Midtown Village is also hosting a "Howl-O-Ween" Pup Costume Contest from 1pm to 3pm. Get more event details HERE.

Forest Lake United Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa is hosting a Fall Festival from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 31, 2015. There are plenty of awesome activities for kids of all ages: bounce houses, an inflatable slide, an obstacle course, a dance party and more! A trunk-or-treat will also be held in the main church parking lot.

Lake Lurleen State Park will transform into "Cape Fear" Saturday, October 31. Celebrate Halloween at Lake Lurleen with hayrides, trick-or-treating, and (for the brave) 'haunted' camping specials.

Tannehill State Park hosts a Halloween Festival Saturday, October 31; the Halloween event features park-sponsored programs during the afternoon and traditional Halloween candy "trick or treat" stops at more than 200 campsites during the evening. Park events include moonwalks, face painting, balloon animals, a bungee jump, along with a train rides for a small additional charge. A special tradition is the festival’s annual Halloween Festival T-shirt. Campground site decorations and lights are extensive, creative and surreal.

The First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa is hosting a Trunk-Or-Treat on Halloween, and you’re invited! The Trunk-Or-Treat will be held in the church parking lot from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 31. Children from 2 years of age through fifth grade can dress up in their costumes and go trunk-or-treating; however, costumes are not required to attend the event. Admission to the Trunk-Or-Treat is one canned good per person; these cans will be donated to the Community Soup Bowl.

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