A month of costumes and haunted houses, chills and thrills and little goblins and grown-up ghouls begins Oct. 4 and continues through Nov. 2 in Destin and Walton County.
The Fort Walton Beach Jaycees will sponsor the eighth annual American Red Cross Vein Drain Blood Drive from 2:30-7 p.m. Oct. 4 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 in Santa Rosa Mall Concourse. This is the kick-off event for the FWB Jaycees Annual Haunted House to be held beginning at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with bonus nights Oct. 30-Nov. 2. Call 376-8567.
The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge presents their Eighth Annual Haunted House at the Destin Harbor Boardwalk at 7 p.m. Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, 31 and Nov. 1-2. Small children are not recommended. Admission is $9. Parking is free with the exception of October 4-5 due to the Seafood Festival.
Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade
The annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade and Costume Contest benefitting Alaqua Animal Refuge will be held from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 18 at Fonville Press. A prize will be awarded for Best Owner Dog Duo and a giant pumpkin filled with sweet treats for the kids will be dropped. Raffle tickets for prizes will be sold with all proceeds going directly to Alaqua Animal Refuge. Admission is free.
Great Pumpkin Paddle
Join the Paddle Destin crew for the Second Annual Great Pumpkin Paddle from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Legendary Yacht Club in Destin. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Best Carved Pumpkin, Pumpkin Sprints and more. Trick-or-Treating will be on the water.
Registration is $25 and includes T-shirt, lunch and goodie bag. Raffle items willbe available with proceeds to benefit Covenant Hospice. Day of registration begins at 9 a.m., paddle at 10 a.m., lunch served at 11:30 a.m. and then dance the day away to DJ playing favorite tunes. Purchase tickets at paddledestin.ticketbud.com.
Story-time Halloween Costume Parade
The Destin Library’s Youth Services Department has scheduled its annual Story-time Halloween Costume Parade at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 23 for children four and younger. Children will receive a gift bag for their participation in the Halloween Parade.
Parents who have previously registered their children for the story-time program are encouraged to call the library at 837-8572 by Oct. 18 to sign up for this annual event.
This year’s Halloween Costume Parade is sponsored solely by private contributions. Individuals interested in making a donation for this program are asked to call the library at 837-8572 and speak with the Youth Services Librarian.
Haunted Coast Guard Station
The Coast Guard station, 2000 Miracle Strip Parkway in Destin, will host a haunted house from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19. Attendees are encouraged to donate one non-perishable food item per person. Destin Harvest, a non-profit food harvest organization servicing Okaloosa and Walton Counties, will be on site for donations.
Due to the fear factor of the haunted house, the Coasties recommend that only those ages 10 and up attend. Parking at the station will be limited. For questions, call 850-244-7147.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Relive the classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show” from 7-11 p.m. Oct. 25 on the HarborWalk Village stage. Props will be provided. Costumes are expected. Doing the Time Warp is mandatory.
Monster Paddle at Harry T’s
The only costumed stand up paddle poker run in the United States, sponsored by the Gulf Coast Paddle Club, takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at HarborWalk. Paddle anything … SUP, kayak, canoe, outrigger, dragon boat, row boat, coffin ... anything. Get the highest ranked poker hand and win a huge prize. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at Harry T’s. Cost is $20.
Think innovation, because the winning stakes for most creative costume are high with HarborWalk Village for costume contests for both the little goblins and grown-up ghouls from 5-11 p.m. Oct. 26. Drinks and live entertainment to savor at this thrilling and chilling Halloween bash. Children can Trick or Treat with Merchants during business hours all day, with pumpkin decorating, free crafts, and face painting.
Noche de los Muertos Costume Party
A Night of the Dead Costume Party will be held from 8-11:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Caliza Pool in Alys Beach. The event is for ages 21 and up and costumes are required. Cost is $45/advance at www.nochedelosmuertos.com, Fonville Press, Alys Beach Bike Shop, or The Alys Shoppe. Tickets will be available at the door the night of the event for $55. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Inc.
Destin Commons presents its Halloween Haunt from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 26 on Main Street and Center Plaza. Fun includes a kids’ costume contest for ages 0-12; pet costume contest; fantasy face painting; creepy crafts; street dancing; trick-or-treating; and free photos with Snoopy and the Peanuts gang at Bass Pro Shops.
Boy Scouts of America and Bass Pro host the annual costume Fun Day from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 26 with free games and a Haunted Tent for $5. There will also be a “little Haunted Tent” for the younger ones. Theme this year is SCI-FI.
An annual Halloween/Fall event for locals and visitors alike, Scarecrow Lane begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 and continues until nightfall on the main green at Rosemary Beach. The green is filled with fun activities and various carnival games, hay rides, bouncy house, trick or treating with the merchants, a bake sale, kids dressed up in costume, and of course, an extensive scarecrow display.
The scarecrows are sponsored by local 30A businesses and decorated by students of Ohana Institute as a school fundraiser that promotes school electives, travel, and STEM labs. For more information contact Whitney Potts at email@example.com.
Run for your life at Eglin’s second annual Zombie Stomp at 5 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Eglin Golf Course in Niceville. Opening festivities begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by a safety briefing for runners.
At the end of the race, participants will celebrate their survival, or their zombie transformation, at the after party with music, door prizes, free massages, food, and beverages. All participants receive an event T-shirt, a commemorative medal, plus a photo opportunity with the living dead. Prizes will be awarded to the
top male and female competitors.
Online registration and more details are available at www.active.com, with an entry fee of $40 per person. Call 882-6223 or 882-4229.
The annual Fall Festival will be held from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rose Beach. There will be a haunted tram ride, activities, food, and games for children. This is an all ages event although there may be age restrictions on the haunted tram ride. Call 267-8330.
Halloween in Rosemary Beach
Rosemary Beach hosts its Harvest Market & Monstrous Halloween Celebration Oct. 26. During Harvest Market, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in North Barrett Square, peruse artists’ booths filled with paintings, pottery, jewelry and hand-crafted items.
Bring the little ghosts and goblins for trick-or-treating through town center businesses and the Harvest Market artists’ booths from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Town Center/South Barrett Square.
The Kids’ Halloween Bash will also have a pumpkin carving contest with prizes, a moonwalk, hayrides, airbrush tattoos, games, music and more. The event is free and all are invited. Also, visit Gigi’s for a Halloween photo for their Wall of Fab.
Celebrate the flavors of fall at Fresh Market’s Pumpkin Fest from 1-6 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27 at 4495 Commons Drive W. in Destin. Sample autumn and pumpkin inspired items including Pumpkin Gelato, Pumpkin Salsa, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pound Cake and TFM Pumpkin Milk.
A Kids’ Pumpkin Coloring Contest will be held through Oct. 2, with in-store trick or treating Oct. 26.
Pumpkinpalooza Kids’ Day
Put your costume to the test with the annual kids’ costume contest, create spooky arts and crafts and trick or treat throughout HarborWalk Village from 12-7 p.m. Oct. 27 during a day of spook-tacular family fun.
WaterColor Fall Festival
Play games, carve pumpkins, and get your picture taken with the WaterColor Scarecrow during the Fall Festival from 1:30-8 p.m. Oct. 27 at WaterColor Resort. A Haunted Paddle takes place from 1-3 p.m. on Western Lake. Bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the movie “Hotel Transylvania” at 6 p.m. in Marina Park.
The City of Destin’s 13th Annual Fall Festival will be held from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Destin Community Center. Please bring one non-perishable food item for admission. There will be booths with fun games and activities, a cakewalk, a costume contest, a spacewalk/slide, food for sale, and candy for those just stopping by to Trick-or-Treat.
Tickets for games and food will be on sale for four for a $1 with most games costing one ticket. Registration for the costume contest is from 5-6 p.m. with judging at 6 p.m.
Carved pumpkins for the Jack-O-Lantern contest must be dropped off before 3 p.m. Judging is at 5 p.m. Call 654-5184.
Trick-or-Treat off the Street
All goblins and ghosts, families with children 13 and under, are invited to stroll the sidewalks at Silver Sands Premium Outlets in costume to collect goodies from each store from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 31. Look for the pumpkin sign in the window of participating stores. Call 654-9771.
Come out and enjoy a fireworks show over the Destin harbor to celebrate Halloween and the end of the Destin Fishing Rodeo on Oct. 31 at HarborWalk Village.
It’s time for ghosts, goblins and princesses to go door-to-door and collect candy from the Seaside merchants from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31. Hop on the haunted hayride; hear spooky stories with the Seaside Repertory Theatre; and do the monster mash with tunes from 30A.
Trick or Treat Street
Friends, fireworks and frights take center stage from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 throughout the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Trick or treat through the Village streets and visit merchants as they hand out Halloween treats. Dance on the stage as the D.J. plays frighteningly good tunes and end the evening with a spooky fireworks show over the lagoon at 8 p.m.
Rocky Horror Picture Show Costume Party
Who will you dress like? Janet? Brad? Riff Raff? Bring your toast and costume and join in the fun at 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Redd’s Fueling Station, 2320 W. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Movie starts at 8 p.m., but get there early for a good seat