Parents bringing their children to the Opelika Fall Festival on Tuesday, Oct. 24, have a new option this year to purchase a $10 all-activities wristband for their kids instead of buying individual tickets for each activity.
The festival will be held at the city Sportsplex from 5:30–8:30 p.m. Admission is free for everyone. Children 12 and under can pay tickets, which cost 25 cents apiece, to participate in a plethora of games and events, including a hay ride, bounce houses and blow-up slides. Lauraleigh Chesser with the Opelika Parks and Recreation Department says they added the wristband option to simplify the ticket system.
“We counted it up, and to do every single thing we have and pay tickets, it would cost about $12 to do everything one time,” she said.
The wristband costs $10 and gives the child access to all the events for the entire night.
“If you have a young kid who’s probably not going to do everything, who’s not going to have the attention span of a twelve-year-old, you might be better off buying tickets. But if you’ve got a kid who’s going to want to do everything, maybe do things a couple times, the wristband is probably the way to go,” Chesser said, adding that the new system takes the guesswork out of it for parents.
There will also be a $1 wristband option for parents who want to accompany their children on the hayride. Characters such as Spiderman and multiple Disney characters will be passing out candy on the hayride.
Aubie and the Auburn-Opelika Stormtroopers will also make appearances at the festival. There will be a petting zoo, pony rides and a wide variety of vendors as well.
Kids can wear Halloween costumes and bring a treat bag, as the city will be “giving away a ton of candy and prizes,” at the festival, Chesser said.
Chesser said they are expecting a large crowd. Three to four thousand people attended the festival throughout the night last year.
Chesser said they need volunteers for the festival.
“It takes I think 80 volunteers to pull it off,” she said. “We can’t have too many volunteers at the fall festival basically.”