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Things That Go Boo in the Night

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A list of the 2017 haunted houses, haunted trails, haunted woods, haunted hay rides, and other fun Halloween activities around the Emerald Coast.

It’s that time of year again when people who like to be scared senseless can have their pick of scary adventures in our area. There are plenty of frightful venues in our area guaranteed to scare you as much (or as little) as you like. Most of them run between $7-$15 per person.

2017 Scary Halloween Activities

Dates & Times TBA

Hallows Hill Haunted Hay Ride 2017

Dates and Times:
October 7-8        7-10 pm

October 14-15     7-10 pm
October 21-22     7-10 pm
October 28-29    7-10 pm
October 31           7-10 pm
November 4-5     7-10 pm
Cost : $7
Place: Baker

Nightmare on Old Spanish Trail

Dates and Times:
October 7-8        7-11 pm

October 14-15     7-11 pm
October 21-22     7-11 pm
October 28-29    7-11 pm
October 31           7-10 pm
November 4-5     7-11 pm
Cost : $15
Place: Baker

The Dark – Haunted House

Dates and Times:
October 21-22   Time 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

October 28-29  Time 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Cost: $10
Place: Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park – Crestview

DeFuniak Springs Haunted Hospital

Dates and Times:
October 21-22   Time 7:00 PM – MIDNIGHT

October 28-29  Time 7:00 PM – MIDNIGHT
Cost: $10
Place: 1290 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435

Fun Halloween Activities

Tricks & Treasures at The Boardwalk

Meet at The Boardwalk for an evening of trick or treating, treasure hunting, carnival games, live music and entertainment, hula hoop contest, and more!

Date & Time:
October 31  Time 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Place: The Boardwalk

Trick or Treat Street

Trick or treat through the Village streets of Baytown Wharf while listening to frighteningly good live music. Enjoy crafts, balloon animals, and stiltwalking. End the night with a spooktacular fireworks display over the lagoon.

Date & Time:
October 31  Time 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Cost: FREE
Place: Baytowne Wharf

Halloween Haunt

Kids & Dog costume contest, trick or treating, face painting, and creepy Halloween crafts at Destin Commons.

Date & Time:
October 28  Time 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Place: Destin Commons

Uptown Station Halloween Celebration

Enjoy trick or treating at the Uptown Station shops, costume contests, and more at Uptown Station for this Halloween celebration.

Date & Time:
October 29  Time 6:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Place: Uptown Station

Pumpkinpalooza at HarborWalk Village

Family fun begins at 2pm with a kid’s and pet costume contest, arts, crafts, and, of course, trick or treating.

Date & Time:
October 30  Time 2:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Place: HarborWalk Village

Monster Mash Pub Crawl

Leave the kids and have some adult fun at HarborWalk Village with an adult costume contest and plenty of bar stops along the Destin Harbor.

Date & Time:
October 29  Time 6:00 PM
Cost: $10
Place: HarborWalk Village

October 19, 2016 |

Halloween 2017 Haunted Houses – Destin – Fort Walton Beach

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See all of the 2017 haunted houses, haunted trails, haunted hospitals, and fun trick or treating and Halloween activities here: http://emeraldcoasthub.com/things-that-go-boo-in-the-night/ 

Halloween is a fun time of year on the Emerald Coast. There are many fun and exciting things to do on Halloween as well as the preceding days leading to Halloween. Not only will there be many Fall festivals (previously and still to me known as Halloween festivals at many local churches and schools, but there will be lots of trick or treating events and haunted houses in Fort Walton Beach and the surrounding area, as well as Haunted History Tours. Many of these haunted houses are not for the faint of heart, so you won’t need your trick or treat bags.

EmeraldCoastHUB.com will keep your informed of our local Haunted Houses for Halloween 2016. As of right now, some of the groups that host the local Halloween haunted houses and Halloween events have not finalized all of the details of locations and times, but check back to this article often and we will update as more details are released.

Some of the known haunted houses and haunted history tours to look forward to in 2016 are below:

The Dark - Haunted House - Fort Walton Beach, FLThe Dark – 6th Annual Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Haunted Houses
Location – Uptown Station
Cost – $8.00 per person (benefits the Wildlife Refuge)
Dates & Times
October 12-13 Opens at 7:00 pm
October 19-20 Opens at 7:00 pm
October 26-27 Opens at 7:00 pm
October 27 Kids Day 1:00-4:00 pm (FREE for kids, but donations appreciated)
October 31 Opens at 7:00 pm

Nightmare on 98

Nightmare on 98 - Fort Walton Beach, FL - Haunted HouseLocation – 1221 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE (Old Sammy’s Gentlemen’s Club location on Highway 98 on Okaloosa Island)
Cost – $8.00 for Adults, $5.00 for Kids 10 & under (benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN). Instead of the standard admission tickets, you can buy Fast Pass tickets and avoid the line – $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for Kids 10 & under.
Dates & Times
October 5-7 Opens at 7:00 pm
October 12-14 Opens at 7:00 pm
October 19-21 Opens at 7:00 pm
October 26-28 Opens at 7:00 pm
October 30-31 Opens at 7:00 pm

Amped Elite All Stars Haunted House - Niceville, FLAmped Elite All Stars Haunted House
Location – Behind Top This Yogurt and Game On in Niceville
Cost – $5 per person (benefits the Amped Elite Competitive Cheerleading teams to cover travel expenses for competition)
Dates & Times
Thursday, October 25 6pm – 10pm
Friday, October 26 6pm – midnight
Saturday, October 27 6pm to midnight
Sunday, October 28 6pm – 10pm

Jaycees Haunted House 2012

Location – Harborwalk Village Destin
Cost – $8 per person (Revenues go toward charitable area causes such as Thanksgiving Day Baskets and Give-A-Kid-A Christmas)
Dates & Times
Friday, October 19 7pm til the last person is scared away
Saturday, October 20 7pm til the last person is scared away
Friday, October 26 – Wednesday October 31 – 7pm til the last person is scared away

Fort Walton Beach Haunted History Tour

Location – Indian Temple Mound Museum
Cost – $10 for adults and $7 for children – It is highly encouraged to purchase your tickets ahead of time at the Indian Temple Mound Museum M-F from 12:00-4:30 and Saturdays 10:00-4:30. If space is available, you will be able to purchase tickets on tour nights with cash only.
Dates & Times
October 26 – Tours at 6:30 pm, 7:15 pm, 8:00 pm, and 8:45 pm
October 27 – Tours at 6:30 pm, 7:15 pm, 8:00 pm, and 8:45 pm
Join this spooky walking tour of 10 historic sites in the Downtown Fort Walton Beach area. This tour will feature re-enactments of history and hauntings with costumed actors.

4th Annual Fort Walton Beach Zombie Walk

Location – The Landing
Cost – Bring 2 canned goods for food drive
Date & Time – October 20, 2012
Start at The Landing in Fort Walton Beach and register to get your info packs and maps. Then you will walk through the Downtown area trick or treating at the Downtown merchants and play games and other zombie activities as you go. At 6:30 pm, the Parade of Zombies will be on the sidewalk off of Highway 98 while en route back to The Landing for the Thriller Dance with DJ music at 7:00 pm at the stage.

October 7, 2016 |

Hart of Fear Haunted Trail

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Hart of Fear Haunted TrailHart of Fear Haunted Trail is back again this October 2015. The theme this year is Return to the Woods. This haunted attraction proves to have unique scenes unlike any other haunted trails or haunted houses along the Emerald Coast.

With the recent rise of nightmare activity in our local area, one can only wonder if it has anything to do with the disappearance of the 51 individuals last Halloween from Oak Tree Nature Park in Mary Esther, FL? A local professor from Northwest Florida State College, Dr. Quinten Carpenter, believes the origin of this nightmare activity is directly connected with these disappearances, and he is convinced it is not “whoever” is behind the disappearance, but “whatever.”

If you are brave enough to enter these woods, it is recommended you bring a posse of friends for protection. However, saftey is not guaranteed, even with a large of group of people.

Hart of Fear is located at Oak Tree Nature Park in Mary Esther, FL, next to the Post Office. Tickets are $10 and proceeds go to St. Jude’s Research Hospital as well as to the Greater Vision Church of Fort Walton Beach. Kids 5 an under may enter FREE; however, it is not recommended you bring small children.

The scenes along this haunted trail prove to be both creepy and scary. You never know what creature is lurking along the path.

While this is one of the shorter haunted trails in the area, it is very well done. All of the actors are passionate with their parts, making each scene more realistic and terrifying. During our visit, the line was very short, so waiting time was very minimal. Overall, with proceeds benefiting St. Jude’s Research Hospital, the price of admission is well worth it.

Don’t put off your visit until Halloween weekend when the lines are sure to be longer. Be sure to visit early for the best experience. Below are the times & upcoming dates.

Hart of Fear’s Return to the Woods Haunted Trail

October 16, 2015 – 7:00 pm – Until last guest is scared away
October 17, 2015 – 7:00 pm – Until last guest is scared away
October 23, 2015 – 7:00 pm – Until last guest is scared away
October 24, 2015 – 7:00 pm – Until last guest is scared away
October 29, 2015 – 7:00 pm – Until last guest is scared away
October 30, 2015 – 7:00 pm – Until last guest is scared away
October 31, 2015 – 7:00 pm – Until last guest is scared away

Related Events
The Dark Haunted House
Hallows Hill Haunted Hay Ride – Baker
Nightmare on Old Spanish Trail – Baker

October 11, 2015 |

Fall Happenings 2015

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sweet-seaon-farms-corn-maze-2015As the weather begins to cool and we all venture outside more often, a list of local Fall events can help you plan your fun. Here are the not-so-scary and just plain fun events happening around the area. Most are kid friendly and offer a full day of activities! If you know of any other activities in our area please comment below and we will be glad to add them.

Sweet Seasons Farm Corn Maze 2015

Date & Time: Open October 2 through November 1, Friday, Saturday,  and Sunday each week.
Friday – 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Sweet Seasons Farm Milton, FL
Cost: $10 + tax

Baker Corn Maze 2015

Date & Time: Open October 3 through November 1, Saturday and Sunday each week
Saturday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Baker Corn Maze Baker, FL
Cost: $10

Fort Walton Beach Zombie Walk

Date & Time: October 17,2015 starting at 4:00 pm
Where: Fort Walton Beach Landing
Cost: 4 can of food for Sharing and Caring, Fort Walton Beach

Halloween Party at Local Catch Bar & Grill

Date & Time: October 31, 2015 8:45 pm – till
Where: Local Catch Bar & Grill, Hwy 30A

Halloween on the BOOlevard of Fun

Date & Time: October 31,2015  4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Grand Park at Grand Boulevard at Miramar Beach
Cost: Free

Harvest Market and Kids’ Halloween Bash

Date & Time: October 24, 2015 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Where: Rosemary Beach, FL
Cost: Free

Seaside Halloweener Derby Day

Date & Time: October 24,2015
Where: Seaside Amphitheater Seaside,FL
Cost: TBD

Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade & Pumpkin Drop 2015

Date & Time: October 23, 2015 4:00 pm -6:00 pm
Where: Alys Beach Amphitheater Alys Beach, FL
Cost: Free

Pumpkinpalooza

Date & Time: October 31, 2015   11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Where: Harborwalk Village Destin, FL
Cost: Free

Trick or Treat Street

Date & Time: October 31,2015 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Baytowne Wharf Destin, FL
Cost: Free

Halloween Haunt at Destin Commons

Date & Time: October 30, 2015
Where: Destin Commons Destin, FL
Cost: Free

 

 

September 30, 2015 |

Halloween Trick or Treating Safety

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Halloween is only a few months away and it is a great time to promote your business by having Halloween sales and promotions. This is a favorite time of year and is proven by the fact that about $7 billion dollars is spent on halloween by consumers. This amount that Americans are spending on halloween has doubled over the last 7 years. That figure includes about $2.5 billion on halloween costumes, $300 million on pet costumes, $2 billion on candy, and about another $2 billion on Halloween decorations.

Custom Halloween Bags

Halloween offers many fun events such as Fall festivals. Don’t forget that these “Fall Festivals” from churches used to be called Halloween festivals. Also, there are many Halloween haunted houses. There are Halloween costume contests and pumpkin carving contests. And, of course, the all-time favorite for the kids, trick or treating.

Trick or Treat safety has become a growing concern because of the amount of vehicles on the road. Part of this concern is the the large amount of lazy parents who drive their car from house to house while their kids knock on the doors of neighborhoods and say, “trick or treat.” It’s dark outside and it can be dangerous for trick or treaters. Here are some safety tips to keep your kids safe while trick or treating this Halloween.

    • An adult should be with your child at all times.
    • Only trick or treat in neighborhoods that you as the parent deem safe. Use your gut. If you don’t feel safe in a neighborhood, don’t trick or treat there.
    • Plan your trick or treating route in advance.
    • Trick or treat in a larger group. Safety in numbers is a great defense, for both safety and visibility.
    • Have each child wear or carry something lit such as a glow stick, flashlight, or reflective clothing.
    • Don’t carry dangerous props such as real knives, swords, machetes, or other possible harmful items. Use plastic or flexible props.
    • Don’t bring your dog if your dog is mean or a known biter.
  • Personalized Trick or Treat BagsKnow your area trick or treat times and stay within those time frames. There will generally be more people out at that time and it will be safer.
  • Check your child’s candy before letting them eat it.
  • Carry reflective trick or treat bags.
  • Don’t let your children wear masks or costumes that obstruct their vision.
  • When crossing major roads and intersections, cross at the crosswalk and obey the laws.
  • Make sure your child’s costume isn’t too long so they aren’t as likely to trip and fall.
  • Do not go inside people’s houses to get treats. Stay on the porch.
  • Only trick or treat at houses which are well lit. Look for their porch light to be on. If not, skip that house.

Keeping the kids (and adults) safe while trick or treating on Halloween should be a top priority for everyone. If you are a business and want to help promote both your business and child safety while trick or treating, you can buy Halloween trick or treat bags with safety tips and your business name and logo on them. You can then give out the bags with each purchase during the month of October.

Related Articles:
10 Ideas For Halloween Trick or Treat Bags
10 Reasons to Buy Halloween Trick or Treat Bags To Market Your Business
Halloween History and Fun Facts
Top 5 Reasons to Buy Custom Halloween Trick or Treat Bags 

August 15, 2012 |
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