A month of costumes and haunted houses, chills and thrills and little goblins and grown-up ghouls continues through Nov. 2 in Destin and Walton County.
The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge presents their Eighth Annual Haunted House at the Destin Harbor Boardwalk at 7 p.m. Oct. 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.
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. 26. 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.
Haunted History Tours
The City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center presents the Sixth Annual Haunted History Tours Oct. 26 at 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE. Four tours will be conducted each night at 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m.
Tours are limited to 30 people each and early sign-up and ticket purchase is encouraged. Pre-sale tickets are $10/adult and $7/children with adult and are available during regular museum hours at the Indian Temple Mound Museum. On tour nights, tickets can be purchased starting at 6 p.m. outside the entrance to the Indian Temple Mound Museum where tours will begin. Tickets can be purchased by cash or check.
The program offers a guided twilight walking tour of historic sites in the downtown area and features costumed actors interpreting local history and haunted happenings. All tour participants should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time for each tour at the Indian Temple Mound Museum. Tours end with spooky refreshments inside the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum.
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.
Magical Halloween Contest
Hundreds of costumed characters compete in a contest at 9 p.m. Oct. 26 at the main stage at HarborWalk Village. The winning stakes are high with more categories and better prizes.
Bring the whole family to celebrate fall at a true horse ranch for the Gulfside Trail Rides Pumpkin Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at 613 County Road 393 S. in Santa Rosa Beach.
Enjoy face painting, pumpkin painting, pony rides and hay rides. Come hungry for hot dogs, cheese nachos, chips, cotton candy and beverages.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 opening at 6 p.m. for $5. There will also be a “little Haunted Tent” for the younger ones. Theme this year is SCI-FI.
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.
McGuire’s Irish Pub of Destin will host its 17th Annual Halloween 5K/10K Run at 9 a.m. Oct. 26. The post race party features live entertainment, Irish fare, Irish Wakes, McGuire’s ale and soft drinks. The event benefits Air Force EOD Master Blaster, Inc. and St. Mary’s cross country and volleyball teams.
The fourth annual Halloweener Derby, a fundraiser for Kind Heart Kennel at Shelter House, takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 in Seaside. The day begins with an all-dachshund race, followed by a pet costume contest on the Seaside Amphitheater Stage. For information, visit halloweener.org.
Halloween in Rosemary Beach
Rosemary Beach hosts its Harvest Market & Monstrous Halloween Celebration Oct. 26. During Harvest Market, from 9 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. 26, with in-store trick or treating Oct. 26.
GulfScarium's Splash-or-Treat Spooktacular will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27 with family-friendly games and activities such as the HallowGreen Scavenger Hunt, free face painting, and a costume parade and contest. New this year is a crazy and kooky kids’ fun house complete with a mirror madness maze. Kids in costume get free admission into the park; limit 2 free kids per adult. Additional kids $5 each. Adults pay the regular kids’ admission rate of $11.95.
From 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 31, kids can trick or treat around the park, enjoy crafts and watch a dolphin and a sea lion show. Regular park admission closes at 3:30, separate entrance required for GulfScarium event.
Not-So-Spooky Family Fun Fest
Little ghosts and goblins can ride HarborWalk Village Express, a spunky kid-friendly spooky train ride around the village, take home treats and candy bags, and trick or treat at Village merchants from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 27. Put your costume to the test with the annual kids’ costume contest at 2 p.m. on center stage.
The pet Howl O’ Ween parade and costume contest begins at 4 p.m. and is open to all four legged costumed creatures. All proceeds from $5 registration for pet contest will benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge.
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.
Light the Night
To celebrate the season, Village Baptist Church in Destin will host its 11th annual fall festival, Light the Night, from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 30. All are invited to join in this family friendly event that offers activities for all ages. Fun activities include carnival games, Trunk-or-Treat and Best Decorated Trunk Contest, Best Costume Contest, bounce house and inflatable slide, hayride, music and a cakewalk.
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.
Open House/Trick or Treat
The inaugural Halloween Open House and Trick or Treat will be held from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31 at Grayt Grounds, 100 County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.
Halloween candy buy-back
Dr. Scott Runnels will buy back candy for $1 a pound of unopened candy, up to five pounds, from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 1 at his office, 4399 Commons Drive E #10 in Destin. Candy will be sent to Operation Gratitude to be sent to troops. Soldiers often give the candy to children in local villages. Call 269-0333.
Biophilia Fall Festival
Biophilia Center hosts its Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 with a haunted trick or treat trail, hay ride, the Science Brothers, Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters, petting zoo, live music by Mike Whitty, carnival games, harvest produce, bounce house, Abrakadoodle arts and crafts, face painting, Tucker Dukes food truck, Biophilia exhibits, local organizations and more. Admission is$8/adults and $5/children. Ages 2 and under free.