Halloween is coming early this year to Destin Commons! The shopping center’s annual Halloween Haunt on Saturday, Oct. 26, will feature a range of fun and entertaining activities for the whole family.

 “We are proud to once again host this annual event,” said Destin Commons General Manager Bob Perry. “Halloween offers the perfect opportunity for our retailers to host and entertain the Destin community.”

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. with creepy crafts by Abrakadoodle. There will be a baby craft station with a candy corn footprint painting project and an elementary station where kids can decorate mixed media Halloween pumpkin lanterns. Abrakadoodle will also offer fantasy face painting for those who’d rather be painted than paint!

For those not feeling “crafty,” Encore! Family Line Dance and Karaoke will perform on Main Street. Teenage dancers, dressed in costume, will share their expertise and encourage the audience to imitate their moves. No dancing shoes required!

Do you believe in magic? Then come to Captain Davy’s 30-minute show in Center Plaza at 4:15 p.m. His comedy-based performance will showcase fire juggling, storytelling and illusion. Assistance will be requested, so be prepared to volunteer.

Pet dogs will have a chance to show off their owners’ creativity at the dogs-only costume contest at 4:45 p.m. The children’s costume contest starts at 5 p.m. and will be divided into three categories: 0-4 years, 5-8 years, and 9 years and older. First and second place prizes will be awarded in each category right after the contest, with $50 Destin Commons gift certificates for first prize winners and $25 gift certificates for second place. Every participant in the dog or children’s costume contest will receive a special Destin Commons goodie bag full of special coupons, giveaways and samples from retailers.

The “sweet part” of Halloween Haunt starts at 6 p.m. with trick-or-treating. There will be 18 retail treat stations set up on Main Street, along with some retailers providing snacks in their stores.

To add to the fun, the Boy and Cub Scouts of America will partner with Bass Pro Shops and host free exhibits, games of chance and other fun activities in the parking lot from 2 p.m. until dusk.

Finally, under a cloud of darkness, the Haunted Tents will open, offering a scary, bone chilling experience complete with goblins, ghosts and monsters – Oh my!  

For more information, contact Destin Commons Director of Marketing Cricket Johnson at 850-337-8700.