On Friday, October 23, your favorite Williams charter school will be hosting a Harvest Festival for students, family, and the community from 5 – 7 p.m. Students are welcome to wear costumes, as long as they leave their masks at home. Each classroom will have games and holiday activities; prizes (other than candy) will be given out. There will also be a cake walk, tickets for which may be purchased for 25¢.

Northern Arizona Autumn Tradition

Outside of school, fall fun flourishes as well. The Williams Alpine Harvest Festival is in full swing. From the Scarecrow Contest to the Pumpkin Patch Train and Bearizona’s Howly Growly Owly Fall Festival, there is autumn amusement for everyone.

Take a Ride on the Railroad

The Grand Canyon Railroad is hosting their annual Pumpkin Patch Train. Take a ride out to the secret pumpkin patch north of Williams, which is only accessible by train, and select that special gourd. When you come back to the Williams Depot, children can decorate their pumpkins, or you can investigate the mysterious Colorado Shiver, a haunted train car which mysteriously makes its way to the yard.

A Wild Fall

Along Route 66, you’re sure to find a spot to thrill your favorite nature lover. Bearizona is hosting their Howly Growly Owly Fall Festival, and costumed visitors will be able to get a “beary” special treat in the gift shop. Four times a day, the Howl-O-Ween Express will be driving that portion of the park in their popular windowless busses. Visitors can trek through the Growly Bear Cave or the haunted mine shaft. And the Owly Raptor Shows are a must-see. The Barnyard Petting Zoo will also be open and multiple locations throughout the park will be decorated to make a memorable photo op.

A Real Scare …

Or scarecrow that is. The 4th Annual Scarecrow Contest in the City of Williams is hosted by the Williams Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce. Participants throughout town are exhibiting their unique hay-men (and women in some cases) for the secret judging process. From traditional and funny to contemporary and whimsical, checking out the scary, humorous, or sad could be a fun afternoon for the whole family. And if you stop by the Chamber and get a map entry form, then visit and view some of the scarecrows and return your form with ten signatures from participating businesses, you’ll be entered into a contest for an Alpine Harvest Festival Prize Package.