2013 Halloween and fall festival fun in and around Walton County

October 21, 2013

Terrifying Tram Ride and Fantasyland at Topsail Oct. 25 – 26

topsailfallfestival1Time: 6 – 10 p.m.

It’s time again for the annual Fall Festival at Topsail. There will be a haunted tram ride, activities, food, and games for children. This is an all ages event although there may be age restrictions on the haunted tram ride. For more information please contact the park directly at (850) 267-8330.

Free admission. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::


Halloweener Derby and Fundraiser in Seaside Oct. 26

2013_halloweenerHalloweener Derby Day at Seaside is an annual FUNdraising event. The day begins with an all-dachshund race, multiple heats (pardon the pun…) until the championship round to crown this year’s fastest dachshund.

After the Dachshund derby is the pet costume contest. For the last three years, dogs from all over the Southeast have strutted their stuff on the Seaside Amphitheater Stage.

Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Kind Heart Kennel. The Kind Heart Kennel, opening this fall, is an on-site kennel at Shelter House, the domestic violence and sexual violence center serving Walton and Okaloosa counties.

Location: Seaside Amphitheater
8:45 am – Check-In & Same-Day Registration Opens
9:30 am – Dachshund-only races begin
10:45 am – (Approximately) Race Semi-Finals and Finals
11:00 am – Pet Costume Contest
11:30 am – (Approximately) Chris Alvarado performs on the Seaside Amphitheater Stage
For more information, visit: http://www.halloweener.org


Gulfside Trail Rides Pumpkin Festival Oct. 26, 27

gulfsidetrailridesGulfside Trail Rides Pumpkin Festival will be October 26-27 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Please come bring the family for a fun day of riding horses, hayrides, bounce house, painting pumpkins, hotdogs, candy, drinks, pumpkins for purchase.  Perfect setting for wonderful family pictures.  Cost is $5 for pony ride or hayride. $20 for pony ride, hay ride, unlimited bounce house and pumpkin. Call (850) 208-3114 for more information.
Gulfside Trail Rides is located at 613 CR 393, Santa Rosa Beach.


Haunted paddle on Western Lake and Marina Park fun at WaterColor Oct. 27

hauntedpaddleyoloYOLO Board Adventures is hosting a Haunted Paddle from the Boathouse at WaterColor on Sun., October 27, from 1-3 p.m. Dress in your scariest costume and bring your YOLO Board to the dock to trick or treat around the lake. A fun way to spend the afternoon. Need a board? Please call to reserve at (850) 419-6188. Stay for Octoberfest at Marina Park.
1-3 p.m.  – Haunted Paddle on Western Lake
2-5 p.m. – Fall Festival in Marina Park
6 p.m. – Movie “Hotel Transylvania” in Marina Park
(bring a blanket or beach chair)
Fee required for some activities, food and drink


Witches of South Walton ride again Oct. 31, 2013

The Witches of South Walton will be riding their bikes again on Thursday morning, Oct. 31, 2013. All for a good cause as they scare up the neighborhoods along Scenic Highway 30A. All proceeds from the event will be going to support the Children’s Volunteer Health Network.

Where: Meet at Miss Lucille’s at the corner of CR393 and CR30A. Witches bike to Butler Elementary to hang there awhile to wave to the kids. The witches shove off at 7 a.m. sharp.

The Witches will regroup after the ride at Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet in Grayton Beach for brunch and raffle.

NEW additional ride: Inaugural “Fly East 30A”
Thursday, October 31
Depart 4:30 p.m. Sharp
(depart from Bramble Grove Beach Access in Seagrove and bicycle to Seaside)

Entry fee – $15.00, raffle tickets -$5.00 with all proceeds going to Children’s Volunteer Health Network.

You are invited to attend the Witches Brew on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 5-7 p.m. at Grayton Bar and Grill in Grayton Beach to register and pay your entry fee. This will save time on the morning of the ride. We will also be collecting items to add to the raffle bag should anyone wish to donate something – gift certificate, Halloween décor, etc. Of course, please plan to stay for a spell!

For more information, go to: www.witchesofsouthwalton.com


Seaside Halloween Oct. 31

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
It’s time for ghosts, goblins and princesses to go door-to-door collecting candy from the Seaside merchants to feed their sugary appetites. Hop on the haunted hayride, hear spooky stories with the Seaside Repertory Theatre and do the monster mash with terrifying tunes from 30A Radio, our community radio station!


Baytowne Wharf Halloween Oct. 31

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Throughout the Village of Baytowne Wharf
Trick or treat through the Village and visit merchants as they provide you with some of your favorite Halloween treats from 6 – 8 p.m.
A DJ will be playing frightening good tunes on the Events Plaza stage, and to end the evening spooky fireworks will light up the sky at 8pm!Friends, fireworks, and frights. For more information call (850) 267-8727


Trick or Treat at Florida Farmers Market in Paxton Oct. 31

floridafarmersmarketIn conjunction with Paxton School’s Key Club, Cancer Freeze and others, Florida Farmers Market will be offering games, prizes, and sweet treats for trick or treaters under the cover of the outdoor market pergola on Halloween night Oct. 31. The event will be  from 5 – 9 p.m. There will be music, a lucky ducks prize pond, fishing for prizes, corn hole bean bag toss, a treasure chest, balloon pop, a cake walk, and more. The event is free. Florida Farmers Market Café will also stay open late that night with food and coffee specials. Costumes are encouraged, however all are welcome.

For more information, call Dave Palmer at 850-603-9000. The Florida Farmers Market is located at 21867 US HWY 331 N, Laurel Hill, FL.


Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge hosts Haunted House through Nov. 2

ECWRhauntedhouseAre you afraid of the dark?

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge presents their 8th Annual Haunted House at the Destin Harbor Boardwalk, 314 Harbor Blvd., Destin.

No mere roadside attraction, you will take a journey through the scariest, creepiest, most blood-curdling attraction this side of the continental divide – if you dare! This is not a haunted house for the faint of heart; small children are not recommended.

Open on Oct. 25, 26, 31 and Nov. 1, 2 at 7 p.m. until all are scared away. Admission is $9. Volunteers age 16 or older are needed now to build/design and later as monsters/victims, security, makeup, costumes, and more.

For more info email volunteer@ecwildliferefuge.com.  Parking is free with the exception of Oct. 4 and 5 due to the Destin Seafood Festival.

For more information, contact Deb Edwards at (850) 685-9014.


Biophilia Fall Festival Nov. 2

EOWILSONfallfestival2013Date: Saturday, November 2nd
Hours: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Fall Festival activities: haunted trick or treat trail, hay ride, The Science Brothers, Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters, petting zoo, live music by Mike Whitty, carnival games, harvest produce, bounce house, Abrakadoodle arts and crafts, face painting, Tucker Dukes food truck, Biophilia exhibits, local organizations, and more.

Admission:  $8 adults, $5 children 2 and under free

Contact Info:
4956 State Hwy 20 East, Freeport, Florida 32439