CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN ACROSS WEST ALABAMA:Halloween Events: Where to Go, What to Do: Oct. 22, 2018While Halloween is not until Wednesday, over 6,000 trick or treaters got an early start on the campgrounds of Tannehill this weekend.Saturday marked the 27th-annual Halloween Fairyland at Tannehill Ironworks Historical Park. Campers and cabin owners brought their families out to enjoy the festival in the great outdoors.“It’s great because it’s a beautiful place,” attendee Leanna Mathews said. “The weather, well, it comes and goes. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s not. But its just nice to be out here together.”The festival featured an array of activities for the whole family. Some of the festivities included carnival-style rides, a petting zoo, plenty of food, face painting and, of course, trick or treating.“You’ve got the events that happen during the day, and the excitement builds up at five o’clock for the kids to get to go to trick or treat,” attendee Annie Sandlin said. “Then at night, to come back after that, we kind of start all over again and we start doing hot dogs and sitting around the camp fire.”To some families, this is more than just a festival, but a chance for the younger generation to put down their cell phones, step away from Netflix and be more engaged in good, old-fashioned family time.“Down here, there is no internet service,” attendee Amanda Norris said. “You can hardly get out on your cell phone and (the kids) have to talk to each other and that’s important nowadays.”For third generation attendee Angel Myers, the total amount of time she spends on her phone is “zero.”Myers said the festival taught her how to connect deeper with her family apart from their daily lives in this tech-centered age.“I think it’s good to be able to step away from your phone and enjoy the kids and Halloween and being out here with family,” Myers said.Tannehill celebrates the festival every year before Halloween and the staff at historical park expect next year to be bigger and better than ever.