Fall in Florida might not have the same punch as it does in other parts of the country, but with cooler temperatures on the way it’s the perfect time to get out and explore the beautiful sights in and around St. Augustine.
When an entire city is this haunted, why stay cooped up inside some dusty old haunted house when there are cemeteries, hayrides, and fun runs designed to get you up and moving long before the final Halloween bell tolls?
What better way to cap off your Halloween weekend than with a live music festival celebrating local and regional music. This costumed concert will be held on Halloween day in Colonial Oak Music Park, nestled in the historic district between some of St. Augustine’s most haunted attractions.
Why just trick-or-treat when you can stamp your feet and boogie down alongside the “Ancient Cities” most notorious boogeymen. The festivities will include a costume contest with cash prizes, and your entry ticket will not only get you in to see the tunes, but will land you a spot on the Colonial Haunt: Lost Garrison.
This 20-minute walking tour that begs the question: what would life have been like for St. Augustine’s colonists if they were overrun by giant, man-eating spiders. If you haven't wondered the same thing, then you might be in the wrong place, but for those of you who think a weekend of live music and monster spiders sounds like a Halloween dream come true, then this event is right up your alley.
Looking to put some miles on your Halloween costume this year? Then head on down to Ancient City Brewing’s Boos and Brews 5k and 1 mile run where fun and fitness are fixin’ to take a frightful turn this Halloween season.
It’s not all tank tops and short shorts for this popular race series because costumes are not only allowed, but encouraged. So, whether you are looking to cross the finish line as a marathon mummy, sprinting spirit, or walking werewolf, you will already have everything you need to enjoy the afterparty that includes music, food trucks, and a Halloween costume contest that will be judged live by the audience.
Finishers will also receive a pint of Ancient City Brewing beer, a race shirt, and a finisher medal, so what more do you need to take this candy-coated caloric holiday and turn into something body positive. The race will be held on Saturday, October 30th at 5:00 pm, and the hosts recommend you register early because it is known to sell out.
In Elkton, Florida, just 20 minutes outside of St. Augustine, sits one of the area’s most time-honored fall traditions: the Sykes Family Farms Corn Maze. With over 50 years of farming experience, the Sykes family are proud to provide people of all ages with their special brand of happy and wholesome farm entertainment that they have dubbed “agritainment”.
With over 9 acres of corn stretched over 4 different phases, the corn maze is as ready as ever to provide hours of confusing fun this Halloween season, so grab your maze location passport at the start and see if you can make it all the way through without missing a beat.
If getting lost in the corn isn’t your kind of thing, they also offer hayrides, cow milking stations, pumpkin patches, and a storybook corner for the little ones featuring Jack and The Cornstalk and The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin.
No matter who you are, the Sykes Family Farm has something for you. So grab the whole family and take a trip out to Elkton every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during October, we guarantee that a fun time will be had and this St. Augustine tradition will be adopted by you and yours.
What better way to get outdoors and into the Halloween spirit than a costumed romp through alligator infested waters? The St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park was thinking the same thing when they came up with Creatures of the Night, a 3-day event that takes you trick-or-treating with alligators, snakes, insects, and all kinds of creepy crawlies.
This adult and kid friendly night will bring you up close and personal with some of nature's most terrifying specimens, featuring live alligator feedings, a trick-or-treat trail, natural exhibits, wildlife shows, and, for the more worldly patrons, educational demonstrations.
You can’t have Halloween in Florida without gators, and you can’t visit St. Augustine without spending time at one of its most popular attractions, so why not combine the two into one terrifying night filled with candy, costumes, and creepy crocodilians. No matter your plans for the season, this is surely an opportunity you won’t want to miss.
What would Halloween be in St. Augustine without a ghost tour? Lucky for you, Ghost City Tours has you covered with two different terrifically terrifying tours that are guaranteed to shock and startle even the most skeptical members of your party as you set out on a spine-chilling stroll through one of the oldest and most haunted cities in America.
Both tours will give you ample opportunity to learn about St. Augustine's notorious haunted history and paranormal activity, all while offering two completely different experiences that are tailor made to fit your nightmarish needs.
Our family-friendly tour, The Ghosts of St. Augustine, is perfect for guests of all ages and offers a closer look at some of the “Ancient City’s” most famous haunts, from cemeteries, to the castille, to everything in between.
If it’s something a little more mature that you and your party are looking for, then we have you covered with Telling Elegies, a tour that takes a deeper dive into the seedier sections of the city’s long and sordid history. No matter which option you choose, you’ll end the night having been part of the most authentic haunted Halloween experience St. Augustine has to offer.
Whether you are looking to be teased and titillated, or truly terrified, St. Augustine offers a smorgasbord of Halloween themed events, fall festivals, and good ol’ fashion haunted hideouts – all tucked away within one of the most picture-perfect cities in America.
Around each corner and tucked away within every alley lies something new to discover, and with St. Augustine’s pedestrian-friendly historic district, there are limitless mysteries to uncover and days worth of adventures to embark on.
All you need is a keen eye, an open mind, and a brave spirit, and you too can lose yourself in the gruesome and ghostly lore that has long made the “Ancient City” the only one of its kind for hundreds of years.
Take heed, though, so that the past doesn’t repeat itself.