The Perfect Halloween in Florida!

Though the weather in Florida may not be giving you chills, the sense of Halloween in the air is more than enough to prickle your skin. America’s favorite scary holiday happens on the last day of October, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate all month long. Create your perfect Halloween in Florida with these top 8 spooktacular experiences! 

Sweet Pete’s Candy Store, Jacksonville, FL

Get your sugar rush on at Sweet Pete’s candy store. This sweet candy haven has all your favorites treats, from chocolates and gummies to popcorn and lollipops. They also book private parties so you and your friends can enjoy the sweet thrills of all things candy right inside the store.

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Scream-a-Geddon Horror Park, Dade City, FL

In case you didn’t feel like sleeping for weeks, you can scare the good dreams out of your mind at Scream-a-Geddon Horror Park. Here you’ve got your pick of spooky experiences, including a trip inside the Blackpool Prison, a romp through the Deadwoods, or a journey on the Cursed Hayride. Their 3D clown house will have you screaming for your life—don’t say you haven’t been warned.

Halloween Pub Crawl, Orlando, FL

Why commit yourself to one bar when you can enjoy four? The annual Halloween Pub Crawl takes you on a spirit-filled journey to several of the area’s favorite bars. Your ticket includes admission to each locale, four complimentary drinks, and ongoing drink specials throughout the event. Make sure you come dressed your best—your costume might win $500!

House of Make Believe, Clearwater, FL

If you plan on winning Halloween, a big box store costume simply won’t do. Make your way to the House of Make Believe, where you can find everything you need to create a stunning new version of yourself for Halloween. They also offer rentals costumes so those skeletons in your closet won’t have to compete for storage space.

The Old Lighthouse, St. Augustine, FL

It just isn’t Halloween without a little paranormal activity, but a trip to the St. Augustine lighthouse may give you more than you bargained for. Touted as one of the most haunted places in Florida, the lighthouse has been the site of eerie happenings, including the smell of cigar smoke when no one is smoking, or a young girl’s laughter, or the eldest daughter of Hezekiah Pity wearing the same blue dress she wore when she was last seen alive. The caretaker of the original lighthouse fell to his death here, and his ghost has been sighted numerous times. Even if you don’t put stock in ghostlore, a trip to this historical site might make a believer out of you. 

The Old Jail, St. Augustine, FL

If you’re too spooked to frequent the lonely lighthouse, the Old Jail tour is a tamer way to get your ghost fix. At least here there are witnesses who will hear your screams. The Old Jail dates back to just before the turn of the century, housing both men and women and some of the state’s most dangerous criminals. From the outside, it looks like a quaint little Victorian home, but don’t be fooled: this charming little blemish is certainly a paranormal hot spot you won’t soon forget.

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Dia de los Muertos Monster Factory, Orlando, FL

Celebrating the Day of the Dead, this hauntingly beautiful event features over 150 artists showcasing their hair-raising creations. Guests can don their costumes and enjoy the block party, which includes live music, vendors, food, and plenty of prizes (and surprises). At just $5 per person, it’s the perfect way to celebrate Halloween on a budget.

Tampa Bay Escape Room, Clearwater, FL

This live-action game may have you begging for your freedom—enter at your own risk! You’ve got your pick of three different challenges ranging from easy to difficult. You and your group must solve the clues and crack the code to escape the room before time runs out. If you the spookiest experience, opt for the Cabin in the Woods. You may never think of camping the same way again!

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