Fall has arrived at the beaches with milder temperatures and lower humidity. With all the great Halloween activities planned, the beautiful weather, and gorgeous beaches, what could be a better time to visit St. Augustine? Make your reservations now for one of our great ocean view or ocean front condos at Anastasia Condos – the tallest condo complex on St. Augustine Beach.
Costume Parade & Trick-or-Treating
Oct. 28: The annual downtown Halloween costume parents for children and their families will begin at 2 p.m. at the Clock Tower at the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center, 1 Castillo Drive, and will end in the downtown Plaza for the costume judging. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. Safe trick-or-treating will take place along the historic streets of the downtown area from 3:30 to 5 p.m. after the costume judging. The event is free and open to the public. Diane Lane of Ancient City Tours organizes the event each year. Call 827-0807.
Halloween Photo Contest
In addition to the costume parade, Ancient City Tours is hosting a Halloween photo contest. Photos can be submitted at http://staugustine.com/halloween.
Entries must be received by Nov. 2, with the winners announced on Nov. 6. Categories include Cutest Baby Costume, Best Pumpkin Carving, Best Pet Costume, Best Kids Costume (ages 2-12), Best Teen, and Adult Costume.
A grand prize overall winner will receive a $100 Visa card; first place winners from each category will win a $25 Publix gift card; and second place winners from each category will receive a $15 Publix gift card.
Other Halloween Events
1. Bats in the Park After Dark (Regular Park Entrance Fees of $5.00 per vehicle – up to 8 people)
Faver-Dykes State Park is celebrating Halloween with a special educational bat program on Friday, October 19 from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. Please meet in the picnic area under the large pavilion. Participants may wish to bring a camera (no flash allowed), water, and bug repellent. Trick or treat candy will be provided. Reservations are appreciated. The park is located off U.S. 1 South (just before the I-95 interchange on the left) at 100 Faver-Dykes Rd., St. Augustine, FL 32086. Contact Melissa at 386-446-6783.
2. Horror Zone Haunted Attraction ($10.00 adults, $6.00 kids 12 and under) Parental discretion is advised for children under 12 however.
This attraction will be open from 6:00 – 11:00 P.M. (or later) October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, and 31)
Food, drink, and candy are provided as well as free parking. The attraction is wheelchair accessible and is located at Lewis Point Plaza, 2497 US-1 S, St. Augustine, FL 32086
3. Spirits with Spirits – A Paranormal Pub Crawl ($17.00) September 27 – October 27, every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 8:00 P.M. - 10:30 P.M.
You can reserve your tour online at http://www.staugustinehistorictours.com/spirits.html and you will receive e-mails wit the location where the tour will begin. You can also call 904-392-7137.
4. Sea Monsters (Free with paid admission to the St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum) October 1 – October 31, 2012, all day
The Sea Monsters traveling exhibit engages you in the mysterious and intriguing attributes of sea creatures and explains how they are adaptations to extreme underwater environments. The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum is located at 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine, FL 32080
5. Sykes and Cooper Corn Maze ($8.00, Under 2 admitted free) September 29 – October 28
This great location is the Agritainment center of St. Johns County. This is a 9-acre corn maze full of confusing twists and turns, and entertainment, including Jack, a very loud donkey and other good family fun. This year there are many new and exciting things to do.
Friday: 5:00 to 10:00 P.M.
Saturday: 10:00 A.M. – 10 P.M.
Sunday: 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
6. There are many other spook-tacular events occurring this month as well (Just do an Internet search for them):
Halloween Themed Walking Tours
Warehouse 31 Haunted House
Harvest and Halloween Festival - Free Admission October 30 from 11:00 A.M.to 3:00 P.M.
399 Riberia Street – New Lincolnville Farmer’s Market and Eddie Vicker’s Park
Dracula - ($10.00 Adults, Children $5.00) Classic horror production on stage at the Scarlet-Hill Theater, 216 Reid St., Palatka, FL : The play will be performed October 27 – 29 at 8:00 P.M. and October 30 at 2:00 P.M.
St. Ambrose Halloween Party - Free admission to a fun family event at the St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 6070 Church Rd., Elkton) on October 28 from 6 – 9 P.M.
Night at the Old Jail - Call for tickets at 1-888-920-8687 or purchase them at Old Town Trolley Tours: 167 San Marco Avenue.) Not recommended for children under the age of 12: 10:45 P.M. until approximately 2:00 A.M. Friday and Saturdays
Original Ghost Tours Presents…
A Ghostly Experience - ($15.00, ages 6 and under are free) 1 Hour tour departing from their store on St. George St. , reservations are required (space is limited) Call 904-829-1122 for more information and tickets can be purchased online. Tours start every 30 minutes with the first tour leaving at 8:00 P.M.
Tour Dates: Friday & Saturday, Oct. 12 & 13, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 & 20, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 & 27.
A Children’s Halloween with Mother Goosebumps ($5.00 per person) This is lasts approximately an hour and is recommended for ages 2 – 7. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Departs from the store at 2 St. George St. Reservations are required and space is limited. Call 904-829-1122 to reserve.
Tour Dates: October 26 & 27 at 5:00 P.M., 6:00 P.M., and 7:00 P.M.
After all your trick-or-treat fun, retire to your beautiful condominium at one of our resorts where we feature everything from near the ocean to ocean front accommodations. Check out Coastal Realty‘s website for availability and rates. You can also call 800-587-2287 and any of our office staff will be happy to answer questions and help you with a reservation.