The days are growing shorter and the nights seem darker and cool breezes rustle the palms in our courtyard. Or…was it really just the breezes rustling the palms? St Augustine is the oldest city in the United States with almost 450 years of people living (and dying…) here. Shadows darken our narrow streets and the clip clop of horses hooves make you wonder if that carriage is from our century, or perhaps an apparition from centuries ago. Halloween – one of our favorite times of the year – is almost here and there is lots of fun to be had – both in the daytime and, if you dare, during the shadows of the night! And, yes! We still have availability for that spookiest of weekends, but call soon because availability is limited! (photo courtesy of wiki images
How about spending Halloween sailing the Seven Seas aboard an actual pirate ship? You can if you sign up to be part of the piratical crew of the Pirate Ship Black Raven. On Saturday, October 30, the black ship will cast off from the St. Augustine City Marina for three spine-chilling adventures. The 6:15 p.m. Family Friendly Cruise will showcase a treasure hunt, magic and mystery. At 8:15 p.m., the Adults-Only Cruise will leave the dock for a voyage of mature jokes and festive fun. Finally, at 11 p.m. the Black Raven will depart on a two-hour tour that frankly, is so frightening and thrilling that the details can only be learned by calling 1.877.578.5050 for tickets.
At 6 p.m., on Saturday, October 30 the gates will swing open at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre to welcome ghosts and goblins to a Halloween Double Feature – The Addams Family (rated PG) and Carrie (rated R). There will be a costume contest at 7 p.m. and the movie features start at 8 p.m. Admission is free! No outside food or beverages, concessions will be available. For details, go to www.staugamphitheatre.com or call 904.471.1965.
HootsnHowls gets Halloween started at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 30, at the St. Augustine Pier in the City of St. Augustine Beach with a special pet contest. Lots of fun and prizes, including awards for the best pet costume, best howl and many others, will be featured. The $5 per category entry fees will support local animal rescue organizations like S.A.F.E., WAGS and WHISPERS, H.A.W.K.E., Diamonds in the Rough Farm, and HootsNHowls. For more information, call 904.461.9066.
Florida‘s Haunted Trails will be featured from 6 to10 p.m. on October 22, 23, 29 and 30 at the Florida Agricultural Museum located on the corner of U.S. 1 and Old Kings Road, 15 miles south of St. Augustine in Palm Coast. Visitors can enjoy wagon rides through spooky woods, haunted houses, story tellers, carnival games for kids, the dreaded Mugwump, headless horsemen and the scariest stuff imaginable! Admission is $8 per person. For more information, go to the Florida Agricultural Museum or call 386.446.7630.
For those who want to combine great bargains with some trick-or-treating, the St. Augustine Premium Outlets will be the place to be from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 31. A list of the many participating merchants will be available for goblins to pick up at the Information Center. The Premium Outlets are located at I-95 and SR 16 (exit 318).