Birmingham residents Ellin Leavitt, center; Mabel Learmob, left; and Birdie Learmob take a moment to pose for a photo during the market’s last-day festivities in 2016.

Birmingham residents Ellin Leavitt, center; Mabel Learmob, left; and Birdie Learmob take a moment to pose for a photo during the market’s last-day festivities in 2016.

File photo by John McTaggart


Families to head downtown for free Halloween fun

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published October 23, 2018

BIRMINGHAM — The coolest guys and ghouls know where the best place to party is before Halloween, and that’s in downtown Birmingham as two family-friendly traditions take place just down the street from each other this weekend.

Things get started in municipal parking lot 6, on North Old Woodward Avenue, as the Birmingham Farmers Market hosts its annual End of Season Celebration 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, with all kinds of fall favorite activities, from corn shelling and pumpkin carving demonstrations to live music, face painting and trick-or-treating at vendor booths. Pumpkin crafts will be on the agenda at the Kids Zone, hosted by Birmingham Youth Assistance.

While kids are getting their spook on, grown-ups can get their final finds from the market’s lineup of dozens of local produce and flower vendors and fresh food artisans.

“Over the past 26 Sundays, we’ve enjoyed offering the community many returning vendors in addition to 34 brand-new vendors this year,” Market Manager Ellen Yerks said in an email. “We’ve enjoyed visiting with members of the community and look forward to seeing everyone again in May as we kick off another great season.”

After the market, families can keep their costumes on and head over to Shain Park, where the Junior League of Birmingham will present its 25th annual Pumpkin Patch 1-4 p.m. Junior League volunteers will help younger revelers get in the spirit with a bounce house, treats and prizes.

And, of course, there are the pumpkins.

“The Pumpkin Patch doubles as cute fall photo ops for little ones and their parents,” said Tiana Pickens, from the Junior League of Birmingham. “There will also be fun fall crafts and games.”

Costumes are encouraged for both events, and there’s no cost to attend either of the festivities. For more information on the Birmingham Farmers Market End of Season Celebration, find the market’s page on Facebook.

To learn more about the Pumpkin Patch or to find out more about the Junior League’s mission in Birmingham, visit jlbham.org.