We’re in the Halloween home stretch, dear readers.
Have a happy and safe GR8RJax™ Halloween!
Just look for your county in the list:
Abiding Savior Trunk-or-Treat – Monday, October 31st from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Safe Trick-or-Treating. Located at 9700 W Newberry Rd., Gainesville, FL 352.331.7770.
Boo at the Zoo AND Green Halloween – Monday October 31st from 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Free with one canned good per visitor. Trick-or-Treating at the zoo. Costumes encouraged. Games, candy, prizes and learning fun about Green sustainable living. Located at SFC ZOO 3000 NW 83rd St. Gainesville, Florida 352. 395.5601.
Ghouls, Goblins, & Greeks – Thursday, October 27th from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. Located on Sorority Row on East and West Panhellenic Dr., between 8th and 9th Ave., Gainesville, Florida. Trick or Treat at 16 themed Sorority houses. Enjoy live entertainment, games, and costume contest.
Halloween at the “Y” – Monday, October 31st from 6:30-8:30 p.m. $5 per person or free with donation of one canned food per child. Trick-or-treating, haunted house, bounce house, fun Halloween-themed activities for kids, games, and prizes. Located at 5201 NW 34th St., Gainesville, Florida. 352.372.YMCA.
Roger’s Farm Corn Maze – Corn Maze Website 3831 NW 156th Ave, Gainesville, FL32609. 386.462.4086
Trick or Treat on Main Street in Alachua Monday, October 31st from 7-9 p.m. Trick or Treat on Main Street in Alachua. Located on Main Street, Alachua, Florida.
Trick or Treating at the Oaks Mall Monday, October 31st from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Visit guest services at the main entrance for your children’s bag. Participating stores will be handing out treats. Located at 6419 W Newberry Rd., Gainesville, Florida 352.331.4411.
Trunk or Treat at Grace of Fort Clarke – Sunday, October 30, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Trunk or Treat from the trunks of decorated cars in a safe environment. A hot dog dinner will be served at 5:30pm and trick or treating will start at 6pm. Located at 9325 Newberry Rd., Gainesville, FL. 352.332-8770.
United Methodist Church Trunk-or-Treat – Friday, October 28th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Safe Tick-or-treating adventure with goodies, games, art and crafts and CANDY! Located at Church Parking 9501 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, Florida. 352.367.8005.
Westside Baptist Church Trunk or Treat – Monday, October 31st from 4-7 p.m. For non-scary trick or treating, no frightening costumes please. Concessions, trunk or treat, prizes and more. Have a fun and safe Trick or Treat. Happy Halloween! Located at 10000 Newberry Rd, Gainesville, Florida. 352.333.7700.
Whitey’s Haunted Swamp House – Runs October 27-30. Benefits Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs. Admission is $10 or 5 canned goods. County Road 220 at Swimming Pen Creek. For more information, call Tara at Whitey’s 904.269.4198.
Somer Thompson Memorial Trick Or Treat at Moosehaven – Monday, October 31, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Free and open to the community. Free candy, haunted hospital. This year’s theme is Super Heroes. Moosehaven Campus, 1701 Park Ave., Orange Park, FL. www.moosehaven.org, 904.278.1210 or [email protected].
Halloween Carnival – Saturday, October 28, 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. 292 College Drive, Orange Park. Games, costume party, food and fun. Open to the public. Fraternal Order of Eagles #4365. Tickets: $1 each or 10 for $5.
Halloween Party – October 30, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Kids under 12 free. Indoor carnival, food games. VFW Post #8255, 2296 Aster Rd. Middleburg, FL.
Middleburg Athletic Association 7th-Grade Football Team’s Halloween Haunted House – Oct. 30-31, at dusk. 2925 Whirlaway Court in Asbury Downs subdivision, Lake Asbury, FL. All donations support the team as they defend their national title in Orlando. Questions or more information, contact Lisa at 904.307.3310.
The Haunted Backyard – October 29-31, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 964 Asbury Dr. Benefits the Clay County Food Bank. Donation: Non-perishable food items or cash. To sponsor, volunteer or donate, call 904.868.5647.
Evergreen Pumpkin Run – Sunday, October 30, 8:00 a.m. This race is sponsored by The Evergreen Cemetery Association and benefits Jacksonville Historical Society. Evergreen Cemetery, Jacksonville FL.
Hallo-WEE Party – Saturday, October 29, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A not-so-scary celebration for kids! Adventure Landing Jacksonville Beach, Jacksonville Beach FL.
Halloween Trunk or Treat – Monday, October 31, 6-8:00 p.m. Faith United Methodist Church, 4000 Spring Park Rd., Faith United Methodist Church, Jacksonville FL.
Krantz Dental Care Halloween Candy Buy Back – Tuesday, Novemer 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Krantz Dental Care will pay $1 for each pound of candy (10 pound limit). Repeats 2 times. Krantz Dental Care, Jacksonville FL.
Spooktacular 2011 – 24th Annual Spooktacular October 27-31, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Gates close 9:00 p.m.). Repeats 8 times. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville FL.
Boo-Bash!! –Friday night, October 28, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m, Free. Be scared, be safe and have fun – all in just one place this coming Halloween!!! Belle Terre Park located right behind Wadsworth Elementary School and the Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool. For more information, please contact the City’s Parks and Recreation Department at 386.986.2323.
Florida’s Haunted Trails – Oct. 28-29, 6-10 p.m. Florida Agricultural Museum, Old Kings Road and US 1 South, Palm Coast. 386.446.7630 or myagmuseum.org.
Hall Of Terror’s Ten Years Of Fear – Sunday and Monday, October 30th and 31st, Free, 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.. The Fire Department will resurrect the most frightening scenes from past Halloween seasons, complete with gory, gruesome details that will have you running for the doors to escape! Palm Coast Fire Station #21 located at 9 Corporate Drive behind Kohls Department Store. For more information, please contact the Fire Department at 386.986.2302.
Halloween Monster Bash Party – Friday October 28th from 7-10 p.m. Any 5th-7th Grade Student in Flagler County. Admission: $5.00 plus 2 non perishable food items. All proceeds will go to our Local Food Pantry. To register, please email: [email protected] with the Childs Name, Grade, and School.
Cornfield Maze, Conner’s A-Maize-ing Acres Falling Into Fun Day – Wizard of Oz theme. October 29, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Join Dorothy and the other Wizard of Oz characters on a journey through the maze. Characters will give out treats in the cornfield. Contact: 904.879.5453, 19856 CR 121, Hilliard, FL 32046, [email protected]
Ghost Tours – The Amelia Island Museum of History offers ghost tours during October (except for Sundays). www.ameliamuseum.org or Thea Seagraves, 904.261.7378, ext. 105 for times and dates.
Halloween Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours – Old Towne Carriage Company. Learn about the ghosts and pirates of Amelia Island. Fares are $15 per adult and $7 per child for group tours, with a $60 minimum for private tours. www.ameliacarriagetours.com or 904.277.1555.
Halloween Murder Mystery Weekend – October 28-29, 2011, at historic Hoyt House. Friday night: cocktails, selection of character and props, and a ghost tour followed by a special Halloween movie. Saturday night: cocktails, followed by Chef Deborah’s gourmet dinner. $125 per person plus the cost of the room, and includes a three-course gourmet breakfast each day. Visit www.hoythouse.com for more information.
Haunted Museum Tour – Friday, October 28, 2011. Guests interested in making reservations for six or more people can call Thea Seagraves at (904) 261-7378 ext.105 for times and dates. For additional details, visit www.ameliamuseum.org.
Dracula – Oct. 27-29, 8 p.m, Oct. 30, 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Dracula opens the new season for the River City Player’s in Palatka.. Thursday night is pay what you can night, tickets available only at the door 30 minutes before curtain time. Admission for other performances is $10 for adults, and $5 for youth. Scarlett-Hill Theater, 216 Reid St., Palatka. Tickets may be reserved by calling 386-336-1926. Go to www.rivercityis.us.
4th Annual St. Augustine Pirate Gathering – Oct. 28-30: The 4th Annual St. Augustine Pirate Gathering will be held at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, in downtown St. Augustine. Historians, re-enactors and “casual” pirates will be celebrating the Golden Age of Piracy. Visitors are encouraged to dress as pirates and join the krewe of the Black Heart and Ancient City Privateers in weapons demonstrations, sailor’s encampment and a pirate mutiny. Pirate Pub Crawl: 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 28. Oct. 29, 11 a.m.: a Privateers Parade and a Pirate Land Battle in front of Ann O’Malley’s Irish Pub at 12:30 p.m. on Orange Street. Fun and games from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Field. Admission is $2 per person (A Buck-An-Ear). For more details, go to www.pirategathering.com.
A Night In The Old Jail – Fridays-Saturdays 10:45 p.m.-2 a.m., St. Augustine’s Old Jail. Adults $80, children younger than 12 $35. Reservations. 904.829.3800.
Ancient City Poets – Oct. 30, 3 to 5 p.m. At Gifts for Living, 215 West King St. Theme: The masks we wear. In keeping with the Halloween season, costumes are welcome. Sign-up 15 minutes priot. The event is free and open to all. Call host Chris Bodor at 501-0043 or find the group on Facebook.
Corn Maze – Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 30. Sykes and Cooper Farms will offer a corn maze again, along with hay rides, a real pumpkin patch in Elkton, children’s activities, farm animals and more. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Cost is $8 per person for ages 3 and older, with ages 2 and younger admitted free. The farm is 10 miles west of St. Augustine on State Road 207. Call 692-1370, 692-1084, or go to www.sycofarms.com.
Gardenfest – Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy the spirit of Halloween and learn too. Topics include: Alien Invaders Creepy Crawlies; Blooming Gourds and Dead or Alive Autumn Arrangements. County Extension Office, 3125 Agriculture Center Drive. Registration is $10 and includes morning refreshments, drinks are provided. Bring a lunch or $5 per. Sponsored by District IV of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and the University of Florida Extension Service.For more information call Rachel Wilson at 272.4252 or Art Burnett at 282.4981.
Halloween Spookfest & Haunted House – Daily and Oct. 30-31. Walk through the graveyard daily in October, and enjoy a haunted house on Oct. 30-31 at a private residence located at 364 Venetian Blvd., from U.S. 1 North. Admission is free. Call Debbie at 377-2983.
Harvest and Halloween Festival – Sunday, Oct 30, 10:00 a.m. First annual Harvest and Halloween Festival hosted by the Lincolnville Farmers’ Market. Come enjoy a fun filled afternoon of music, entertainment, shopping, and food, in a family-friendly community atmosphere! Kids in costume receive a free pumpkin courtesy of Magnolia Farms! Willie Galimore Center at Eddie Vickers Park, St Augustine, FL.
Mayhem On The Matanzas Murder Mystery – Oct. 30, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dinner fundraiser at River House, 179 Marine St. Custom written for the Council on Aging as a benefit, with a guest appearance by Mayor Joe Boles. Cost is $65 and includes a three-course dinner catered by La Cocina Restaurant. Proceeds benefit the Council on Aging Sunshine Fund. For reservations, call 209-3646.
Nocatee Halloween Party & Friday Flick – Oct. 28, 5 to 7 p.m.: At the Splash Water Park in the community of Nocatee near Ponte Vedra Beach. At 7:30 p.m., Movie: “Pirates of the Caribbean, On Stranger Tides” From St. Augustine, take U.S. 1 North to County Road 210 East/Nocatee Parkway. Go to nocatee.com for more details.
Professor Lane’s Halloween Circus Of Wonders – Oct. 28-31, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Spanish Military Hospital, 3 Aviles St. St. Augustine. $6. Reservations. 904.827.0807.
St. Ambrose Halloween Party – Oct. 28, 6 to 9 p.m.: At St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 6070 Church Road, Elkton. Halloween movies, hay rides, a haunted house, hamburger and hot dog dinners, a costume contest with prizes from children and adults (judging begins at 7:30 p.m.), apple bobbing, and treats. Call 692.1366.
St. Augustine Lighthouse Dark of the Moon Tours – Fridays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m., St. Augustine Lighthouse, off Florida A1A. Adults $25, Children 7-11 $20. Reservations required. 904.829.0745.
Tommy’s Pumpkin Patch and Fun Zone – Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 159 South Hampton Club Way, St. Johns. Corn maze, pumpkin launcher, bounce house, petting zoo and hay ride. $7 day pass, all inclusive. 904.377-7492 or 904.687.4747.
WAREHOUSE 31 – This very scary haunted house is open on select nights through Halloween at 225 W. Davis Industrial Drive, St. Augustine. Ticket prices vary.
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