Howling Happenings at Destin Commons Halloween Haunt

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
If you are not afraid of “The Dark,” be sure to check out the Haunted House at the old Hard Rock Café location in Destin Commons.

It’s going to be a frightfully fun time for the family Halloween at Destin Commons on Oct. 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. The eerie event will be full of kid’s creepy crafts, fantasy face painting, trick-or-treating, a costume contest for kids and dogs, and the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s blood-curdling Dark Haunted House attraction.

Get creative and bring the kids and dogs, dressed in their Halloween bewitching best for the costume contest.  Kids and dogs costume contest registration is at 4 p.m. in Center Plaza, with the contest starting at 5 p.m. Come dressed to impress and you might win a hauntingly awesome assortment of prizes. Take a photo and tag it to #destincommmons for a chance to win a $25 Destin Commons gift card.

Besides the costume contest, there are plenty of other activities to keep the kids busy. Abrakadoodle will be on hand with fantasy face painting and creepy craft projects. The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s Dark Haunted House, located in the Hard Rock Café space, will be kid-friendly with special hours from 4 – 7 p.m on Saturday, Oct. 25 with free admission for children under 12, and their parents, after 7 p.m. brave teens and adults are $10. At 6 p.m., kids can go trick-or-treating in a safe and friendly environment at participating stores throughout Destin Commons.

“Halloween at Destin Commons has been a many year annual tradition for my family,” commented Destin resident, Ericka Van Hoosear. “We’ve gone from bringing our first child here, to our now three children and our dog. The kids (and our dog) get dressed in their favorite Halloween characters and enjoy a fangtastic good time!”

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Are you afraid of “The Dark?”

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s “The Dark Haunted House” at Destin Commons is no mere roadside attraction. Located in the Hard Rock Café space, you will be taken on a journey through the scariest, creepiest, most blood-curdling attraction in the area.

Tiptoe through the horrifying maze of darkness and flee in terror as you are engulfed by the madness. This is not a haunted house for the faint of heart, not recommended for small children. Admission is $10 to benefit the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge.

This has been an annual happening for the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge to host a haunted house at Halloween as one of their fund raisers. The non-profit organization’s mission is education, conservation and rehabilitation for the welfare of Florida’s natural fauna. They are supported through the donations of area residents and businesses.

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Oct. 25 – 4 to 7 p.m. 

Kids & Dogs Costume Contest

Creepy Crafts and Trick-or-Treating

“The Dark Haunted House” presented by the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge

Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. throughout October and Nov 1.