Halloween events in Okaloosa and Walton counties begin this week with a haunted house, and continue the rest of the month with events for adults, children and even the family dog.
ECWR Haunted House
The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge presents its Seventh Annual Haunted House at 7 p.m. Oct. 13.19, 20, 26, 27 and 31 at Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach. Take a journey through the scariest, creepiest, most blood-curdling attraction this side of the continental divide ... if you dare! This is not a haunted house for the faint of heart; small children are not recommended. Admission is $8.
Volunteers age 16 or older are needed now to build/design and later as monsters/victims, security, makeup, costumes, and more. Contact Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-685-9014 for more info or to volunteer.
Ghost Walk and History Tour
Join the ghosts, spooks, pirates and witches at Camp Helen State Park for an adventuresome evening of continuous storytelling and historic re-enactment from 5-8:30 p.m. Oct. 13. The seventh annual Ghost Walk and History Tour, hosted by the Friends of Camp Helen, is suitable for children. Costumes are encouraged and flashlights are recommended. Tickets are $5/adults and $3 for children 12 and under. The Park is at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway (U.S. 98) near the Walton/Bay County line.
Parking at the state park is limited to the handicapped. All others are requested to park at Winn-Dixie and ride the free shuttle to the park. Call 215-4651 or email email@example.com for more information.
A Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade and Costume Contest benefiting Alaqua Animal Refuge takes place from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 19 at Fonville Press at Alys Beach. Bring your four legged friends to the annual event. A prize will be awarded for Best Owner Dog Duo and we'll drop a giant pumpkin filled with sweet treats for the kids. Admission is free.
Trunk-or-Treat Fall Festival
Good News United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa Beach will have its annual Trunk-or-Treat Fall Festival Oct. 20. There will be games, inflatables, trunk-or-treating, face painting, crafts, hotdogs and lemonade. Funnel Cakes will also be on sale for $2. Call 622-9191, ext. 308 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Great Pumpkin Paddle
The Paddle Destin crew will hold the first Stand Up Paddle Board “Great Pumpkin Paddle” at 10 a.m. Oct. 20 at Scully’s on the Bayou in Fort Walton Beach. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and then dance the day away with DJ.
Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Best Carved Pumpkin, Pumpkin Sprints and more. Trick-or-Treat on the water. Registration is $25 each and includes T-shirt, lunch and goodie bag. Raffle items will also be available with proceeds to benefit Shelter House, a local shelter for battered women and children. Pre-register at paddledestin.ticketbud.com/great-pumpkin-paddle.
Terrifying Tram Ride and Fantasyland
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach will host its Sixth Fall Festival and Tram of Terror from 6-10 p.m. Oct 26 and 27. There will be a frightening 20-minute ride for adults and children over 12 for $5 a person. Park entrance fee is waived for this event. Young children will be able to explore Fantasyland, with trick or treating, fun games with prizes, and face painting starting at $1.
Carnival type drinks and food will be available with all proceeds going to The Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Inc. Call 850- 267-8330 for more information.
Destin Commons will host its Halloween Haunt, a spooky evening filled with goodies, ghosts and ghoulish get-ups, from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 27 in Center Plaza. Enjoy free arts and crafts, free face painting, spooky train rides all day, street dancing, and a costume contest for ages 0-12 years at 5 p.m. Trick-or-treating on Main Street begins at 6 p.m.
The Chautauqua Vineyards and Winery Annual Harvest Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at 364 Hugh Adams Road in DeFuniak Springs. Enjoy free wine tasting, car cruise-in, art and craft vendors and a wine and paint party.
The Kiwanis Club will sell BBQ plates and music will be provided by Smokin’ Rodeo from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Geoff McBride from 2-6 p.m. For more information, call 850-837-6241.
Harvest Market & Monstrous Halloween Celebration
Enjoy browsing, trick-or-treating and a pumpkin carving contest Oct. 27 in Rosemary Beach. The event is free. A Harvest Market, with artist booths filled with painting, pottery, jewelry and other handcrafted items from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in North Barrett Square. Bring the little ghosts and goblins for trick-or-treating through town center businesses and the Harvest Market artist's booths from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Town Center/South Barrett Square. Enter a pumpkin carving contest with prizes, or enjoy a moonwalk, hayrides, airbrush tattoos, games, music and more. Visit Gigi’s for a Halloween photo for their Wall of Fab.
For more Halloween fun, visit OHANA Institute’s Third Annual Scarecrow Lane and tour the haunted cemetery.
Zombie Mud Run
We're Alive! A race for survival zombie obstacle mud run, a 5K obstacle course with a zombie twist, will be held Oct. 27 at the Northwest Florida Fair Grounds, rain or shine. Events for the family include a Kidz' zone with inflatables and face painting while parents run the obstacle course. Armbands for the Kidz' zone are $6 at the event tent. To register, visit www.dmgzombiemudrun.org. Volunteers are also needed. The event will benefit two local charity groups on the Emerald Coast.
The course starts with obstacles including 4 foot and 6 foot walls, cargo climbing nets, monkey bars, rope bridges, foam pits slip and slides, culvet tunnels and of course lots of mud. On some parts of the course you will encounter zombies who will try to capture one of your three flags, like in flag football.
Halloweener Derby Day
The third annual Halloweener Derby Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Seaside Amphitheater. Sponsored by the Merchants of Seaside, the Halloweener Derby Day is a fundraiser for 30A Radio, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Alaqua Animal Refuge. Events include the dachshund-only race, a pet costume contest, and a live musical performance.
A Halloween Carnival with Point Washington United Methodist Church begins at 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Kelly Green in Alys Beach. Proceeds benefit the Missions of Point Washington UMC. A $10 donation is suggested. Featured games include can toss, spoon race, duck pond, balloon pop, costume contest, and bounce house.
A free community fun filled evening is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at First Baptist, 201 Beach Drive in Destin. The free event offers cotton candy to games, moonwalks, jumping air balloons, obstacle courses and more.
“Hallelujah Bash is a more practical option than trick-or-treating,” explained Laurie Roper, creative director for children’s ministry. “We don’t emphasize this as an alternative to ghouls and goblins, and it’s more just a way to keep kids off dark-streets. Hallelujah Bash is an option for family friendly celebration in a tame atmosphere, replacing the dark overtones of Halloween with good, clean family fun.”
An old fashion free cake walk, free hotdogs, chips and drinks will offer all of Destin an opportunity to meet and make new friends as First Baptist hosts the community outreach without witches and warlocks.
Trick or Treat Street at Baytowne
Trick or treat through the Village streets and visit merchants as they provide you with some of your favorite Halloween treats from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Admission is free. Call 267-8117.