By Morgan Bryce
Associate Editor

Opelikans will be given an early taste of Halloween with the Opelika Parks and Recreation Department’s showing of “Monsters Inc.” during its Fall Movie in the Park event Oct. 12.
Held at Opelika’s Municipal Park, guests are encouraged to bring a sack dinner and lawn chairs or blankets for film-viewing purposes and arrive at 5:30 p.m. During the next hour, they will be able to enjoy free rides on the park’s beloved miniature train, “The Rocky Brook Rocket.”
According to OPR Public Relations Coordinator Laura Leigh Chesser, public demand led her department to purchase a film projector and screen to stage events like this.
“This is something that the community really wants and really looks forward to. We’ve done similar events at the Sportsplex, and they’ve been really well-attended,” Chesser said. “We want people to relax on the banks of the Rocky Brook Creek and enjoy being outside with the community and watching a fun movie with the kids.”
Released in 2001, Monsters Inc. is heralded as one of the greatest animated films of all-time by a number of movie critics and boasts a 96-percent audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is rated “G” for general audiences and has a runtime of 92 minutes.
Popcorn, candy and canned drinks will be sold at the park’s concession stand during the event.
For more information or to view a full calendar of Opelika Parks and Recreation events, visit