Cool nights, star-filled skies and porches decorated with pumpkins promise a patchful of spooky, spine-tingling fun. The Alabama Gulf Coast is the right place to find sweet treats and some of the most colorful characters you’ll encounter during the Halloween season.

For a frightfully fun time, visit Cabin Fear at The Hangout, Oct. 23, 24, 25, 30 and 31. Terror on the Gulf presents Cabin Fear that offers two haunted trails – one for the more courageous and a toned-down version for those less inclined to enjoy a good scare. Tickets are $7 for the Scary Cabin Fear and $5 for the Not So Scary Cabin Fear.

Dress in your most creative costume for The Hangout’s Fright Night Halloween Party, Oct. 25. The costume contest and dance party begins at 9 p.m. featuring DJ Ellux Furor. Tickets are available at The Hangout retail store and online. Fright Night is limited to guests 18 and over.

Come aboard the Scary Night Trains at Wales West RV Resort and Light Railway in nearby Silverhill and ride the Pumpkin Patch Express to the Haunted Barn Oct. 24, 25, 26 and 31. Meander through the Pumpkin Patch, decorate your own pumpkin, sample refreshments and enjoy a miniature train ride, hay ride and children’s inflatable.

Join the staff at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo for its annual Boo at the Zoo on Oct. 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for kids. The event includes games, prizes, snacks and a costume contest at 5 p.m. for ghosts and goblins ages 10 and under.

Experience the Wicked Woods Halloween Festival at the Gulf State Park Oct. 25 and enjoy Haunted Hayrides, the Trail of Horrors Spooky Forest, costume contests, fire pits, ghost stories and more.

Get on your mark for the Running Scared 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run beginning at dusk Oct. 25, inside the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Runners are encouraged to wear costumes and be entered into the costume contest to win prizes, such as a free weekend at a Gulf State Park cabin.

Get your costume ready for the Halloween soiree Oct. 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the annualTreasures of the Isle Halloween Party at the Orange Beach Community Center. Tickets are $25 per person. This is an adults-only event.

Watch Halloween favorites “Hocus Pocus” and “Monsters” during Spooky Movies on the Lawn, Oct. 25 from 7 to 10 pm. at The Wharf in Orange Beach. There will be free popcorn and hayrides.

Build your own scarecrow at Pelican Place at Craft Farms and enjoy the annual Scarecrow Festival and Fall Fest, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Fest features trick or treat bags for kids, free hot dogs, booths, games, scarecrow pictures, train rides and a children’s Halloween costume contest. Retailers will offer special values and treats throughout Pelican Place.

Go door to door at Trunk ‘R Treat at The Wharf, Friday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., sponsored by the Christian Life Church. Face-painting, inflatables, free Ferris wheel rides and other family-centered activities are at the heart of this festival.

Put on your best costume and qualify to win big prizes at the Halloween Costume Contest at Live Bait in Orange Beach on Oct. 31. The party begins at 8 p.m.