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Oldest City is Perfect for Halloween Fun!

HALLOWEEN ADVENTURES AWAIT

IN ANCIENT ST. AUGUSTINE

  ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Oct. 11) – When it comes to selecting the perfect place for ghostly fun, it’s difficult to find a more haunted location than the Nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida. With nearly 450 years of history, ancient narrow streets, two cemeteries with graves dating back hundreds of years, a brooding Spanish fortress and endless stories of roaming spirits and things that go bump in the night, it’s the place to be for all things scary.   Despite daylight’s warm Florida sun and beautiful Atlantic beaches, every night of the year features ghost tours and spooky encounters. But when Halloween approaches, that’s when the spirits really get busy. They have even set up this Creepy website.

 

Here are some St. Augustine Halloween adventures awaiting intrepid souls and fun-seeking spirits:

October 1 – 31

GHOSTS AND GRAVESTONES FRIGHTSEEING ADVENTURES

Explore the darker side of the Nation’s Oldest City on this tour that was just named by Southern Living magazine as one of the five best in the South. Re-live the historic haunted tales and legends found at every turn. In addition, the tour includes a visit to Lighthouse Park, where the ghosts of three little girls are said to still haunt the place of their tragic drowning. Plus, take part in a ghost-hunting excursion to the Old Jail, famous for the paranormal activity found there. Beginning at 8 p.m., Ghosts & Gravestones tours leave nightly from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center at 27 San Marco Avenue. Price is $26 for adults and $14 for children ages 6 – 12 (5 and under are free). Reservations are required. Please call (904) 829-3800 to check availability and reserve your seats.

 

October 1- 31

ST. AUGUSTINE CITY WALKS HALLOWEEN AND SAMHAIN TOURS

Through the month of October, St. Augustine City Walks Tours willhonor the historical and ancient origins of Halloween and Samhain, The Celtic New Year!  Each of their  tours, The St. Augustine Pub Crawl; The St. Augustine CREEPY Crawl; History, Mystery, Mayhem & Murder!; Savory Faire ~ A Food Tour with Taste!; and the Plaza Stroll, will celebrate the history and origins of Halloween’s modern day customs – Bonfires, The Jack-O-Lantern, Dressing Up in Costume, Trick or Treating and more!  For more information, call 904.540.3476 or visit www.StAugustineCityWalks.com  

October 1-31 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only)

HALLOWEEN CORN MAZE

Get hopelessly lost in a nine-acre maze! Fun for the entire family! This second annual maze is at the Sykes and Cooper Farms off SR 207 in Elkton, Florida (about five miles east of I-95 Exit 311). Plus, don’t miss Jack the braying donkey, the awesome pumpkin slingshot and the cow train! Tickets (cash only) are $8 per person (children under 2 are free).   The maze is open on Fridays 5-10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.   For more information, go to www.sycofarms.com or call904.692.1084.

 

October 1-31 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only)

ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE DARK OF THE MOON TOURS

Go on the only tour that takes participants to the top of tower of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and into the eerie Keeper’s House. Find out why the Scyfy Network’s Ghost Hunters program called the Lighthouse the “Mona Lisa of paranormal sites.” Tours begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 7-11. Reservations are required. (Private 90-minute, 3-hour and 5-hour tours are also available.) Call 904.829.0745.

 

October 1-31 (Friday and Saturday nights only)

A NIGHT IN THE OLD JAIL

Get trained to be a ghost hunter by professionals from Paranormal Seekers. Spend three hours using paranormal-detecting equipment inside the Old Jail and learn about the amazing amount of paranormal activity that has been observed in the building. The tour is from 10:45 p.m. until 2 a.m. Admission is $80 per person; $35 for children under 12 (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). For reservations (required), call 904.829.3800.

October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28-30 and 31

PROFESSOR LANE’S HALLOWEEN CIRCUS OF WONDERS

Find out what was left behind after the Circus mysteriously disappeared in the middle of the night in 1878. And just what was up with those clowns? Get the answers and much more at the Haunted House each evening from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Spanish Military Hospital, 3 Aviles Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $6. For more information and reservations, call 904.827.0807.

 

October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28-30 and 31

GHOST TOWN TROLLEY HALLOWEEN EXPRESS

Climb aboard The Ghost Town Trolley Halloween Express and ride through the terrors of the night to the newest and spookiest haunted house in St. Augustine – the Spanish Military Hospital. A ghastly group of clowns has taken up residence at the hospital and they have been sharpening their smiles and surgical tools in anticipation of the arrival of new vic….visitors. They are anxious to share their ghoulish sense of humor. A trolley ticket (includes admission to the Haunted House) is $20, children under 5 not permitted. Tours begin at 8 p.m. from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center at 27 San Marco Avenue. Reservations required – call 904.829.3800.

 

October 21, 22, 28 & 29

FLORIDA‘S HAUNTED TRAILS AT THE FLORIDA AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM

Experience a hauntingly fun evening with the entire family at the Florida Agricultural Museum in Palm Coast. Activities include a haunted house, storytelling, magic shows, a haunted farm, wagon rides, carnival games and a headless horseman. It all takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is $8, children under 5 are free. Florida Agricultural Museum is located at the corner of Old Kings Road and US 1 in Palm Coast. For more information, call 386.446.7630, or visit www.MyAgMuseum.com.

 

October 28 & 29

HALLOWEEN CIRCUS WALKING TOUR

Learn about the Haunted City and the mysterious circus of 1878 on this spine-chilling walking tour. This special tour departs from the Love Tree located at 6 Cordova Street (next to the Tolomato Cemetery) in St. Augustine and includes an excursion into the Love Tree cottage and ends with a thrilling visit to The Halloween Haunted Hospital on Aviles Street. Walking tours get underway every half- hour from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $14. For reservations, call 904.827.0807.

 

October 28 & 29

POTTER’S WAX MUSEUM HISTORY AND HAUNTS

See Potter’s Wax Museum in entirely different ways – with a “ghost detector” or by candlelight. The Friday night tour is a Paranormal Experience that allows participants to learn the basics of ghost hunting while using an EMF detector to find spirits in the haunted museum. On Saturday night, a Candlelight Tour provides a rare opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at the museum and hear about actual bone-chilling encounters experienced by the museum staff. Potter’s is located at 17 King Street in St. Augustine. Both tours are approximately one hour in length and are appropriate for age 13 and up.. Tickets are $22 per person and reservations are required.. Call 904.829.9056.

 

October 28 & 29

GHOST HATTIE’S HALLOWEEN CONTEST

Compete against ghosts, ghouls and goblins in this second annual costume contest held at Swamp Hattie’s Lair, 11 A Aviles Street – the oldest street in St. Augustine. This year’s competition will be doubly frightening because gory ‘Gators and demented Dawgs will be included in a special Florida/Georgia Fan Competition. Door prizes, prizes for best costumes, trick, treats and swamp water included – entry is Free! The competition is Friday 5-9 p.m.; and Saturday 5 p.m.- midnight. For complete details, go to www.SwampHattie.com .

October 28 – 30

THE PIRATE GATHERING

Celebrate the Golden Age of Piracy in the Nation’s oldest city during the 4th annual gathering of pirates from all over the South. See a pirate mutiny, weapons demonstrations, sailor’s encampment, shop in the Thieves Market and hear stories of the high seas, history and sea shanties.   For more information, call904.824.4997 or visit www.pirategathering.com.

 

October 28 – 31

HAUNTED HEARSE RIDE

Experience a genuine St. Augustine ghost tour through the darkest side of the historic downtown riding in a gothic hearse.  Rides depart at 5, 6, 7, 8, 9:15, and 11:30 p.m. from Beerhammer’s located in Heritage Walk Mall, 162 St. George Street in St. Augustine.  Tickets are $30 for adults and $18 for children under 12. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 904.824-8840, or visithttp://www.ghostaugustine.com.      

October 28 – 31

HAUNTED PUB TOUR

Get ready to face the Spirits! Hear intoxicating tales while enjoying the ales, or other beverages, at four of St. Augustine’s old haunts. Each stop is 30 to 40 minutes, just enough time to soak up your favorite drink, haunting Halloween stories and the ghostly atmosphere before you’ll step outside for a refreshing easy stroll to the next pub. The Pub Tours depart at 5, 7, 8:30, 9 and 9:30 p.m. from Beerhammer’s located in Heritage Walk Mall, 162 St. George Street in St. Augustine. Reservations are recommended. Tickets for this adults-only tour are $17per person. For more information, call 904.824-8840, or visithttp://www.ghostaugustine.com.      

 

October 28 – 31

HAUNTED ST AUGUSTINE PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION

Learn how to assess seemingly haunted phenomena.  Bring your cameras and your wits. The investigations begin at 6 and 9 p.m. at Beerhammer’s located in Heritage Walk Mall, 162 St. George Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children under 12. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 904.824-8840, or visit http://www.ghostaugustine.com.   

 

October 29 – 31

RIPLEY’S SAFETY-IN-NUMBERS RIDING TOUR

Hop aboard Ripley’s Safety -in -Number s special Halloween Ghost Tours.  This hauntingly fun tour departs from Ripley’s Castle Warden, 19 San Marco Avenue, and makes stops at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park and the St. Augustine Haunted History Museum. Tours are at 6:45, 8:15, 10 p.m. and midnight. Tickets are $23 for adults and $11 for children.  904.824.1606www.ghosttrainadventure.com

October 29 – 31

RIPLEY’S GHOST TRAIN ADVENTURE

Hop aboard the Ghost Train for a trip to the paranormal side of haunted St. Augustine.  This ghostly tour travels through some of the oldest city’s most haunted areas. Then the tour makes a final stop a Castle Warden for a back-stage visit where participants can investigate one of the city’s most notorious murder mysteries.   Tours depart from Ripley’s Castle Warden, 19 San Marco Avenue at 7:15; 8; 8:30; 9:15; 9:45; 10:30; 11 p.m. and Midnight.  Tickets are $26 for adults and $13 for children. 904.824.1606www.ghosttrainadventure.com

 

October 29 -31

FAMILY FUN GHOST WALK ADVENTURES

Bring the kids for some Halloween fun at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Participate in this G-rated ghost walk that promises fun and frolic. The tours are $8 for adults and $4 for children. They depart at 6, 7 & 8 p.m. from the gift shop at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Castle Warden located at 19 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. 904.824.1606 www.ghosttrainadventure.com

October 29

GHOSTAUGUSTINE DEAD WALK TOUR

If you dare, take this unique walking tour through the narrowest and darkest streets on the south end of the St. Augustine historic area. The tour has several new haunted stories that have not been heard by the public until now! Tours depart at 3, 5, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. from Beerhammer’s located in Heritage Walk Mall, 162 St. George Street in St. Augustine.  Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children under 12. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 904.824-8840, or visithttp://www.ghostaugustine.com.   

 

October 29 & 30

CREATURES OF THE NIGHT AT THE ALLIGATOR FARM

Dress in your favorite costume and head to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park for candy, a creepy creature experience, animal trading cards, and a great time!  Young ghosts and goblins can wander the wild walkway and encounter costumed animal keepers with creepy creatures and candy! There will be an alligator feeding show and a drawing for prizes. It all takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children. For more information, call 904.824.3337 or visitwww.alligatorFarm.com.

October 29

SPOOKTACULAR SHOPPING

Uptown Saturday Night takes on a festive, Halloween theme when the galleries, antique stores and unique shops along St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue stay open until 9 p.m.   Meet-the-artists, book signings, live music and more create a lively, Halloween atmosphere for bargain hunters. Plus, there’s free parking at the Mission Nombre de Dios. For more information, call 904.823.9263.

 

October 30 & 31

PHANTOM DJ AND HALLOWEEN PARTY AT RIPLEY’S BELIEVE OIT OR NOT MUSEUM!

The Phantom DJ will provide the jammin’ tunes for the Halloween party atmosphere at Ripley’s Castle Warden. There will be lots of family fun featuring lasers, music, and free candy, glow-sticks, and prizes.  Watch for a special appearance by the Ghost Busters. 904.824.1606 www.ghosttrainadventure.com

October 30

COSTUME PARADE AND TRICK OR TREATING

Join Ancient City Tours for their annual Halloween costume parade/contest and trick or treating for the children. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 30 at the Clock Tower at the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center, 1 Castillo Drive, and end in the downtown Plaza for the costume judging. (Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m.). Then safe trick or treating will take place along the historic streets of the downtown area from 3:30 – 5 p.m. It’s all FREE! For more information, call 904.827.0807

 

Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida’s Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra and 42 miles of pristine, Atlantic beaches. For more information on events, activities and vacation opportunities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at   www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com, become a fan on Facebook or call 1.800.653.2489.

   

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