October 1, 2017 Edition

Be anyone you want

By Kristina Wright

“Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like to see something strange? Come with us and you will see, this our town of Halloween!”

“The Nightmare Before

Christmas” by Tim Burton was my introduction to what Halloween could stand for, if you left your mind open to all possibility. As a kid, I was always the one who would trick or treat, then give my candy to my cousins when we got home.

It was never about the candy for me. Halloween was (and still is) the chance to take one day out of the year and be anyone you want to be. Ghosts, goblins, heroes, villains, someone scary or someone sweet; the possibilities are endless. Most adults have been known to have more fun throwing parties and getting into the spirit than their children these days.

Members of the community here in Pensacola and the surrounding areas have opened up their minds on the Halloween spectrum. There are more events available for attendance this year than in many years past. Even the Pensacola Wahoos are getting involved.

The Spirit Halloween Store on Airport Boulevard is your one-stop shop for all your Halloween event needs. Sue Spencer is the Ghost Host with the Most (also the annual manager for the store). They have anything you can dream of for all your scary, fantasy or humorous costume needs, as well as make-up, and I also highly recommend you check out their wares before you decide on which events to attend this spooky season.

On Oct. 7 and 8 from noon-6 p.m., the Strong Street Studio is hosting the annual Pumpkin Party. The event features one-of-a-kind, hand-blown glass pumpkins by Scott Novota. The location will be 109 North A St., at the corner of A and Chase streets, a block north of Garden Street.

On Oct. 13, which is also a Friday the 13th, there are three fantastic events to choose from. The first is the Fear Forest Haunted Trail, which will be held both Oct. 13 and 14 at 2111 Presidio St. in Navarre from 6-10 p.m.

The second is the First City Art Center Friday Pumpkin Patch Preview Party, held from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 13 at 1060 North Guillemard St. in Pensacola. This year, attendees will have more than 4,000 hand-blown glass and hand-thrown clay pumpkins to choose from. The pumpkins are created by members of First City Art Center’s glass and pottery guilds.

The unique pumpkins come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Prices for pumpkins begin at $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

The third is the Hadji Haunted House, held at the Hadji Shrine on 800 West Nine Mile Road in Pensacola at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13. The Hadji Haunted House is over 8,000 square feet and 23 rooms of frightening fun. Proceeds benefit Pensacola Breast Cancer Association.

On Oct. 20, the Vineyard at 12th Avenue East Hill in Pensacola will begin hosting the Halloween Tour of the Asylum on 12th Avenue. The fun will continue Oct. 21, 27, 29 and 31, with guests invited to tour the Old Sacred Heart Hospital on 12th Avenue. Meet the peculiar and the unusual. Enjoy the Creepy Cabaret and Beware the Clowns.

Prices for children younger than 12 are $5; tickets for those 12 years old and older are $20.

On Oct. 21 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the Halloween Egg Haunt will be hosted by Play Pensacola Parks & Recreation at the Roger Scott Athletic Complex on 2130 Summit Blvd., in Pensacola. The event will feature a spooky night of tricks and treats with egg haunts, a spooky trail, carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, hayrides and a costume contest.

On Oct. 27, Play Pensacola Parks & Recreation will host its annual Trunk or Treat at the E.S. Cobb Resource Center. The staff at Cobb Resource Center will decorate the trunks of their cars and hand out candy to after-school participants who dress up in their Halloween costumes. Also on that day, The Imogene Theatre and Santa Rosa Historical Society will host the annual Ghost Walk at 10 p.m. at The Imogene Theatre, located at 6866 Caroline St., in Milton.

On Oct. 28, there are four events open for attendance. McGuire’s Irish Pub will host the 2017 McGuire’s of Destin Annual Halloween run from 9-11 a.m. at McGuire’s Irish Pub of Destin at 33 Highway 98 East in Destin. Early registration is $30; race day registration is $3 Go to https://www.mcguiresirishpub.com/event.php?id=2391 to sign up and get more information.

The Monster Ball, hosted by chizuko, will be held at 8 p.m. at 506 West Belmont St., in Pensacola.

Downtown Pensacola used to host an annual trick or treat night every year, but due to some official changes, the event is now in the hands of the Blue Wahoos. Wahooloween will be hosted by Levin Rinke Realty from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium, located at 351 West Cedar St., in Pensacola. The event will include community-sponsored trick or treating on the concourses. Families will have an opportunity to enjoy the evening at this fun, family-friendly event. Local community sponsors (like Levin Rinke Realty) sponsor the event, and the proceeds go to charity. Wear your best costumes, come get some candy, and make this free family-friendly event a success for the entire community.

Halloween is the most wonderful time of the year. With all of these fantastic events available to attend, why not go out and have yourself a “Spook”-tacular time?

2017-10-01 / Features

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