Your ‘LAST’ guide to Halloween events on the Emerald Coast

Published: Friday, October 25, 2013 at 10:21 AM.

A month of costumes and haunted houses, chills and thrills and little goblins and grown-up ghouls continues through Nov. 2 in Destin and Walton County.

Haunted Coast Guard Station

The Coast Guard station, 2000 Miracle Strip Parkway in Destin, will host a haunted house from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 26. Attendees are encouraged to donate one non-perishable food item per person. Destin Harvest, a non-profit food harvest organization servicing Okaloosa and Walton Counties, will be on site for donations.

Due to the fear factor of the haunted house, the Coasties recommend that only those ages 10 and up attend. Parking at the station will be limited. For questions, call 850-244-7147.


Haunted History Tours

The City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center presents the Sixth Annual Haunted History Tours Oct. 26 at 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE. Four tours will be conducted at 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m.

Tours are limited to 30 people each and early sign-up and ticket purchase is encouraged. Pre-sale tickets are $10/adult and $7/children with adult and are available during regular museum hours at the Indian Temple Mound Museum. On tour nights, tickets can be purchased starting at 6 p.m. outside the entrance to the Indian Temple Mound Museum where tours will begin. Tickets can be purchased by cash or check.

The program offers a guided twilight walking tour of historic sites in the downtown area and features costumed actors interpreting local history and haunted happenings. All tour participants should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time for each tour at the Indian Temple Mound Museum. Tours end with spooky refreshments inside the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum.

Monster Paddle at Harry T’s

The only costumed stand up paddle poker run in the United States, sponsored by the Gulf Coast Paddle Club, takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at HarborWalk. Paddle anything … SUP, kayak, canoe, outrigger, dragon boat, row boat, coffin ... anything. Get the highest ranked poker hand and win a huge prize. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at Harry T’s. Cost is $20.

Magical Halloween Contest

Hundreds of costumed characters compete in a contest at 9 p.m. Oct. 26 at the main stage at HarborWalk Village. The winning stakes are high with more categories and better prizes.

Halloween Haunt

Destin Commons presents its Halloween Haunt from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 26 on Main Street and Center Plaza. Fun includes a kids’ costume contest for ages 0-12; pet costume contest; fantasy face painting; creepy crafts; street dancing; trick-or-treating; and free photos with Snoopy and the Peanuts gang at Bass Pro Shops.      

Haunted Tents

Boy Scouts of America and Bass Pro host the annual costume Fun Day from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 26 with free games and a Haunted Tent for $5. There will also be a “little Haunted Tent” for the younger ones.  Theme this year is SCI-FI.

Zombie Stomp

Run for your life at Eglin’s second annual Zombie Stomp at 5 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Eglin Golf Course in Niceville. Opening festivities begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by a safety briefing for runners.

At the end of the race, participants will celebrate their survival, or their zombie transformation, at the after party with music, door prizes, free massages, food, and beverages. All participants receive an event T-shirt, a commemorative medal, plus a photo opportunity with the living dead. Prizes will be awarded to the
top male and female competitors.

Online registration and more details are available at, with an entry fee of $40 per person. Call 882-6223 or 882-4229.

Halloween Run

McGuire’s Irish Pub of Destin will host its 17th Annual Halloween 5K/10K Run at 9 a.m. Oct. 26. The post race party features live entertainment, Irish fare, Irish Wakes, McGuire’s ale and soft drinks. The event benefits Air Force EOD Master Blaster, Inc. and St. Mary’s cross country and volleyball teams.

Haunted House

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge presents their Eighth Annual Haunted House at the Destin Harbor Boardwalk at 7 p.m. Oct. 26, 31 and Nov. 1-2. Small children are not recommended. Admission is $9. Parking is free with the exception of October 4-5 due to the Seafood Festival.

Pumpkin Fest

Celebrate the flavors of fall at Fresh Market’s Pumpkin Fest from 1-6 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27 at 4495 Commons Drive W. in Destin. Sample autumn and pumpkin inspired items including Pumpkin Gelato, Pumpkin Salsa, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pound Cake and TFM Pumpkin Milk. 

A Kids’ Pumpkin Coloring Contest will be held through Oct. 26, with in-store trick or treating Oct. 26.

Splash-or-Treat Spooktacular

GulfScarium's Splash-or-Treat Spooktacular will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27 with family-friendly games and activities such as the HallowGreen Scavenger Hunt, free face painting, and a costume parade and contest. New this year is a crazy and kooky kids’ fun house complete with a mirror madness maze.  Kids in costume get free admission into the park; limit 2 free kids per adult. Additional kids $5 each. Adults pay the regular kids’ admission rate of $11.95.

 From 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 31, kids can trick or treat around the park, enjoy crafts and watch a dolphin and a sea lion show. Regular park admission closes at 3:30, separate entrance required for GulfScarium event. 

Not-So-Spooky Family Fun Fest

Little ghosts and goblins can ride HarborWalk Village Express, a spunky kid-friendly spooky train ride around the village, take home treats and candy bags, and trick or treat at Village merchants from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 27. Put your costume to the test with the annual kids’ costume contest at 2 p.m. on center stage.

The pet Howl O’ Ween parade and costume contest begins at 4 p.m. and is open to all four legged costumed creatures. All proceeds from $5 registration for pet contest will benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge.

Fall Festival

The City of Destin’s 13th Annual Fall Festival will be held from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Destin Community Center. Please 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, food for sale, and candy for those just stopping by to Trick-or-Treat.

Tickets for games and food will be on sale for four 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.

Carved pumpkins for the Jack-O-Lantern contest must be dropped off before 3 p.m. Judging is at 5 p.m. Call 654-5184.

Light the Night

To celebrate the season, Village Baptist Church in Destin will host its 11th annual fall festival, Light the Night, from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 30. All are invited to join in this family friendly event that offers activities for all ages. Fun activities include carnival games, Trunk-or-Treat and Best Decorated Trunk Contest, Best Costume Contest, bounce house and inflatable slide, hayride, music and a cakewalk.

Halloween Fireworks

Come out and enjoy a fireworks show over the Destin harbor to celebrate Halloween and the end of the Destin Fishing Rodeo on Oct. 31 at HarborWalk Village.

Halloween candy buy-back

Dr. Scott Runnels will buy back candy for $1 a pound of unopened candy, up to five pounds, from 8 a.m.  to noon Nov. 1 at his office, 4399 Commons Drive E #10 in Destin. Candy will be sent to Operation Gratitude to be sent to troops. Soldiers often give the candy to children in local villages. Call 269-0333.

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