Ghosts, Goblins, Ghouls
With more than a week of Halloween celebrations, there will be a little bit of something for everyone ... young and old.
• Wagon Parade: Bring your child's nautical-themed decorated wagon, in celebration of the Destin Fishing Rodeo, to AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar's Eighth Annual Kids Wagon Parade from 5-6 p.m. Oct. 16 and parade down the Destin Harbor Boardwalk. At 2 p.m. the Kids Fall Fest begins with face painting, arts and crafts, music, Home Depot Kids workshop, games and more free fun.
• Boo Bash: The Boy and Cub Scouts of the Choctawhatchee District will host their annual Halloween “Boo Bash” activities and Haunted Tent from 12-5 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Destin Bass Pro Shops’ parking lot. The Scouts will fill the parking lot with free booths, games, and other activities for the whole family. At 5 p.m. the Haunted Tent opens for older children and adults. Inside Bass Pro Shops, get a free 4 x 6 Halloween photo and enjoy free crafts until 8 p.m. There is a nominal $5 per person or $20 per family for the Haunted Tent only, with all proceeds going to the Boy Scouts.
• BooLu's and Great Pumpkin Paddle: Enjoy a day full of free Halloween festivities at LuLu’s inaugural BooLu's from 2-9 p.m. Oct. 24. Beginning at 2 p.m., Paddle Destin will host the Great Pumpkin Paddle, followed by face painting, kids’ crafts, trick-or-treating on the LuLu’s grounds and inflatable bounce houses. Live music begins at 5 p.m. with a costume contest for boys and ghouls at 6:30 p.m. To enter the pumpkin carving contest, bring your pre-carved pumpkin to the Haunted judging table before the paddle begins. The day ends with the showing of Hocus Pocus via an inflatable screen on the beach set to begin at 7:30 p.m.
• Monster Mash Pub Crawl: Dress in your scariest, coolest or sexiest costume and head to HarborWalk Village from 7-11:59 p.m. Oct. 24. Purchase an armband to support a local charity and receive drink specials for this night of fright on the Destin harbor with the Destin Nights. For an armband, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/monster-mash-pub-crawl-tickets-18536787029.
• Fall Fest: The City of Destin’s 15th Annual Fall Festival will be held from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Destin Community Center. 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, a jack-o-lantern contest, and food for sale. Tickets for games and food will be on sale for 4/$1 or 20/$5, with most games costing one ticket.
Registration for the costume contest is 5-6 p.m. Carved pumpkins must be dropped off before 3 p.m. and judging is at 5 p.m. Call 654-5184.
• Halloween Costume Parade: The Destin Library’s Youth Services Department has scheduled its annual Story-time Halloween Costume Parade for children 4 years and younger at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 28. Parents are encouraged to pre-register at email@example.com or call 837-8572 Extension #3203 by Oct. 23. Pre-registration information includes parental name, contact telephone number, email address and number of children participating.
• Halloween Haunt: For a frightfully fun time for the family, visit Destin Commons from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 30. It will be full of kid’s creepy crafts, fantasy face painting, trick-or-treating, a costume contest for kids 0-12 and dogs. Contest registration is at 5 p.m. and starts at 6 p.m. Safe trick-or-treating begins at 7.
• Pumpkinpalooza: An adult costume contest begins at 9 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Destin harbor. A Not So Spooky Family Fun Fest begins at 2 p.m. Oct. 31 with Kid and Pet Costume contests, plus trick-or-treating with merchants, pumpkin decorating, face painting and free crafts. End the night with a fireworks show over the harbor and a frightfully fun firespinning show by Just Add Fire.
• Halloween on the BOOlevard: Children are invited to dress in their ghoulish best and trick-or-treat in the Town Center of Grand Boulevard at Sandestin and visit merchants as they provide Halloween treats from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31. Open to the public at no charge.
• Trick-or-Treat Street: All little ghouls and goblins can trick-or- treat through the Village of Baytowne Wharf and visit merchants for Halloween goodies from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Enjoy music and dance at the Events Plaza Stage, watch Ben Merrell, a Flyboard extraordinaire, as he performs a special Halloween show in the lagoon, and end the evening with spooky fireworks at 8 p.m.