Halloween Hauntings (UPDATE)

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Halloween events in Okaloosa and Walton counties continue with haunted houses, festivals and spooktaculars.

Jaycees Haunted House

The Fort Walton Beach Jaycees Haunted House will be open at 7 p.m. Oct. 25-31 at HarborWalk Village in Destin. The former Shed BBQ and Blues Joint will be transformed into The FEAR Laboratory, where extreme science experiments on volunteers go terribly wrong. Tickets are $8. Recommended for children over 10 years old.

ECWR Haunted House

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge presents its Seventh Annual Haunted House at 7 p.m. Oct. 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.

All Stars Haunted House

Amped Elite All Stars Haunted House, a fundraiser for Amped Elite Competitive Teams, will be held from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 25 and 28, and 6 p.m. to midnight Oct. 26 and 27 at 915 East John Sims Parkway in Niceville, behind Top This Yogurt and Game On. Admission is $5. There will also be facepainting and snacks available. Haunted House not suitable for small children.

Haunted History Tours

The City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, presents the Fifth Annual Haunted History Tours based on authentic local history, folk stories and spooky downtown historic sites Oct. 26-27. Four tours will be conducted each night at 6:30, 7:15, 8 and 8:45 p.m. Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Tours end with spooky refreshments inside the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum.

Tours are limited to 30 people each. Pre-sale tickets are available during regular museum hours at the Indian Temple Mound Museum at a cost of $10/adult and $7/child (children must be accompanied by an adult). On tour nights, tickets can be purchased starting at 6 p.m. outside the entrance to the Indian Temple Mound Museum. Call 833-9595 or email gmeyer@fwb.org for more information.

A Peanuts Halloween

Bring the kids and have a Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and Lucy Halloween as the Great Pumpkin once again comes to Bass Pro Shops through Oct. 31. The event is free.

• Trick-or-Treating, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 26 and 31 • Free Peanuts themed coloring sheets and one free photo of child with the Great Pumpkin from 5-8 p.m. weeknights and 12-5 p.m. weekends. • Kids ages 12 and under can dress in their favorite costume and be part of the costume parade from 6-7 p.m. Fridays. • Make Popsicle stick Jack-o-Lanterns from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 27. • Color a wooden mask Oct. 21and 28. • "Grab an Apple" event from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 27 and Halloween Scavenger Hunt from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 28

Pirate Family Fun Day

A family fun day will be held for Scouts and the public from 1-6 p.m. Oct. 27 next to Bas Pro Shops at Destin Commons with activities for the family. There will be a Pirate Costume Contest at 5 p.m. at the registration area. The Haunted Tent opens at 6 p.m. Scouts can make a donation, for the public $5. Meal deal concessions and Pirate Patch available for $1.50.

Fall Festival

Destin Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 195 Mattie K Blvd. in Destin, will host a Fall Festival from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 26. There will be a Chili Cook Off provided by local health vendors, tours with door prizes, arts and craft vendors, kids games, face painting, bouncy house, a kids Halloween costume contest, and lots of health information provided by all of the health vendors in our area. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Call 687-0110.


Celebrate a full weekend of Halloween activities at HarborWalk Village for this year's Pumpkinpalooza.

• Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. — Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow cast on the main stage. Props will be provided, costumes are expected, and doing the time warp is mandatory. Audience participation encouraged. Mature audience material, not recommended for young children under 12. Contact Caroline Majure at clmsings@yahoo.com to audition or participate in this production. • Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. —See hundreds of costumes in a lighted FantaSEA Pardi Parade. Then it's the wacky, wild and wonderful Fifth Annual Adult Halloween costume contest on the HarborWalk Village stage at 9 p.m. The winning stakes are high with more categories and better prizes than ever. • Oct. 28 from 2-5 p.m. — Little ghosts and goblins can ride HarborWalk Village Express, a spunky kid-friendly spooky train ride around the village during the Not-So-Spooky Family Fun Fest. Take home treats and Halloween candy bags at the pumpkin-palooza station. Costumed kids can Trick or Treat at all of HarborWalk Village merchants. A children's costume contest will be held on center stage. The pet howl o' ween costume contest begins at 4 p.m. and is open for all four legged costumed creatures. All proceeds from the pet costume contest will benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge.

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.

Spooktacular Halloween

Pompano Joe's Beach Spooktacular will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27. Events include free sandcastle building competition and free pumpkin carving contest for precarved pumpkins with judging finished by 1 p.m. There will also be free games, free bote board demos. The surf riders foundation will hold a beach clean up after the event. Any child accompanied by an adult will be offered a free food voucher to eat in Pompano Joe's the day of the event.

GulfScarium Splash or Treat Spooktacular

Friendly ghosts and ghouls will take over the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park on Okaloosa Island from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Events include trick-or-treating, a costume parade and contest, and free face painting. Free admission for kids 12 and under who are in costume. Animal shows throughout the day along with arts and crafts make a fun-filled day.

A “HallowGREEN” scavenger hunt features crafts and decorations made from recycled materials. Florida residents receive 20 percent off general admission prices.

Halloween Haunt

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.

Harvest Festival

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.

Halloween Carnival

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.

Friendly Haunted House Kid's Day

Children 13 and under will be admitted free during kid's day for a lights-on tour with friendly characters to meet and greet from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 28 at Harborwalk Village. Kids can Trick-or-Treat throughout the Haunted House and throughout HarborWalk Village. Projects funded by proceeds of Haunted House are Give-a-kid-a-Christmas and Thanksgiving Baskets. Fall Festival

The City of Destin’s 12th Annual Fall Festival will be held from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Destin Community Center. Admission is one non-perishable food item per person. There will be booths with fun games and activities, a cake walk, 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 four tickets 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. There will also be a Jack-O-Lantern contest. Carved pumpkins must be dropped off before 3 p.m. with judging at 5 p.m. Call 654-5184.

Hallelujah Bash

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. Wednesday Night Concert Series

DJ will play frightening good tunes on the Events Plaza stage from 6-8 p.m. on the Events Plaza Stage. A Kid’s Costume Contest begins at 6 p.m. at Hartell's Village Diner. Winners will be announced at 8 p.m. on the Events Plaza stage. Call 267-8117.