Things are getting pretty spooky for the Halloween season on Florida's Historic Coast. There are several safe distancing events taking place, along with virtual event options, and plenty of outdoor adventures available for your participation.
While participating in events, please be safe and follow CDC guidelines. Wear a face mask, wash your hands frequently and practice 6' safe distancing.

Ongoing Virtual Events
Virtual Screenings from The Corazon Cinema and Café
A virtual cinema is a new way for audiences to watch latest releases from the safety of homes during this unprecedented time while also supporting your favorite local independent theater, like The Corazon. Featured films include Mouth of the Wolf , Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something, White Riot and other classic and art cinemas. Rentals are $12 for 72 hours . www.corazoncinemaandcafe.com/showtimes   
Virtual Tours of Castillo de San Marcos
Don't let the Covid shutdown prevent you from exploring the oldest masonry fortress in North America. The Castillo has re-opened with modified hours (Wednesday-Sunday). And, you can take a virtual tours or watch some of the educational videos about the Castillo de San Marcos from anywhere, anytime.
Virtual Tours of Historic Flagler College
Flagler’s Legacy partnered with a local St. Augustine company, Listing Solutions, to capture the immersive 3D images of the interior of the former famed hotel. Areas included are the courtyard, the Flagler Room, the Dining Hall, Rotunda and the Solarium.  Virtual tours are accessible through mobile devices or on desktop and are free to view  here .
A Ghostly Encounter Virtual Pumpkin Decorating Contest
It’s time to get out your carving knives or your arts and crafts items, and get those creative juices flowing to create your great pumpkin entry in this virtual pumpkin decorating contest. To participate submit a photo of your decorated pumpkin before Midnight on October 30 to the thread in the A Ghostly Encounter Facebook page, www.facebook.com/AGhostlyEncounter . Then, send a message to everyone you know and ask them to vote for their favorite pumpkin by LIKING or HEARTING your photo. The winners will be determined by the most LIKES and HEARTS within the contest period. Pumpkins may be painted or carved. Photos must be of your own work and winners will be required to provide an additional photo of themselves holding their submission, prior to prizes being awarded. The winners will be announced on Facebook at 5 p.m. on October 31, 2020. Prizes are 1st place: $75 VISA Gift Card; 2nd place: $50 VISA Gift Card; and 3rd place: $25 VISA Gift Card. Go get those pumpkins and get decorating!
Ancient City Tours Virtual Halloween Contest
Calling all superheroes, witches, princesses, minions, cowboys and ninjas! In this crazy year of 2020, take new approaches on how to navigate our traditional holiday fun. Instead of their traditional St. George Street Trick or Treating and Costume Contest, Ancient City Tours is sponsoring a Virtual Costume Contest. To participate, visit and like the Ancient City Tours Facebook page, post a photo of you, and/or your children, or your entire family in costume in the thread, then send a message to everyone you know and ask them to vote for their favorites by LIKING or HEARTING your photo(s) before midnight October 30. The winners will be determined by the most LIKES and HEARTS within the contest period at 5 p.m. on October 31.  www.facebook.com/ACT1998
Wednesday, October 21
Wednesday St. Augustine Beach Pier Farmer's Market
From 8 a.m.-noon every Wednesday enjoy fresh food, live music, craft shopping & fun at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park, 350 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine Beach. www.wednesdaypierfarmersmarket.com
Thursday, October 22
Cycles of Nature
Join St. Johns County Park Naturalist Kelly Ussia and Marineland for a beautiful and educational sunrise walk on the beach. Just like the sun rises and sets every day, there are lots of things in nature that occur on a cyclical basis. This walk will focus on how nature tends to repeat itself and how humans can help protect these delicate cycles. This program takes place from7:30 – 8:30 a.m. at Butler Beach Park East Walkover. Participation is free and open to all ages, but registration is required. Register here. For more information, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl.us or 904-209-0335.
Coconut Barrel Farmer’s Market
From 5-8 p.m. every Thursday come enjoy fresh food, live music, craft shopping & fun at the Coconut Barrel Artisan Market. 3175 U.S. Highway 1 South, St. Augustine.   www.coconutbarrel.com/events-1
Thursday - Saturday, October 22-24
Heist at Ximinez-Fatio House Museum
Search for clues for the stolen 17th-century Caravaca cross! Each team of detectives will spin the wheel and move through a series of nine rooms eliminating suspects in a live game of Clue! Come and play and see if you can figure out whodunnit! The Heist at the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum takes place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6:30-8 p.m. The cost to participate is $20. Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is located at 20 Aviles St., St. Augustine 904-829-3575 www.ximenezfatiohouse.org/heist
Friday, October 23
Owl Prowl
Join Park Naturalist AyoLane Halusky and learn about the creatures of the night. Explore our county parks at sunset in search of our resident owls who live in the park. The program takes place 6:30-9 p.m. at Canopy Shores Park, 804 Christina Dr., St. Augustine. Advance registration is required. Bring your questions and share your stories about the nighttime forest activities.  Register Here.
Friday & Saturday, October 23 & 24
Twilight Tour: The Lighter Side of the Darker History of the Ximenez-Fatio House
The Ximenez-Fatio House has centuries of stories within its coquina walls. This family friendly tour reflects on tales of Spanish merchants, soldiers stationed at St. Augustine, and the ladies who ran their businesses and raised their families here. Tours run every 20 minutes beginning at 8 p.m. and last approximately 40 minutes. Admission is $10. 20 Aviles St.,St. Augustine. 904-829-3575 www.ximenezfatiohouse.org/twilight
Friday-Sunday, October 23-26
Sykes Family Farms Crop Maze
Fall is in the air at Sykes Family Farms. Enjoy the final weekend of this year's family friendly event that offers a corn maze, hayride, playgrounds, races and viewing of farm animals. The farm is open Friday 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $13 and is all inclusive. Admission for youth ages 2 and under is free. 5995 Brough Rd., Elkton 904-692-1370 www.sycofarms.com
Jacksonville Tattoo Convention
Visit World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort for this event that features tattooing, art vendors and more on Friday 1-11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. General admission is $20 and $35. 500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine www.setattoo.com
St. Benedict Blues Festival
Enjoy three days of blues music on the grounds of Saint Benedict the Moor Catholic Church Friday & Saturday, 4-10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission is $5.00 per person, and there is free parking on site. There will be plenty of food and refreshments available, including a beer tap by Ancient City Brewing. Bring a lawn chair. On Friday Ken Jensen Blues Ensemble, Amy Alysia and the Soul Connection, and Str8 Up.  Saturday performances include Parish Singers, Warehouse Blues Band, Brent Byrd Band, The Snacks Blues Band, The Duffy Bishop Band, JW Gilmore & the Blues Authority. There will be games for kids and adults and a Gospel Brunch on Sunday. 86 MLK Ave., St. Augustine 904-824-2806 www.facebook.com/events/saint-augustine-florida/st-benedict-blues-festival/314130835919839/
Creatures of the Night
Enjoy Trick-or-Treating fun at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm from 5:30-7 p.m. each night. Dress in your costume and meet eerie bugs and beasts in this hands-on experience, all while collecting Creatures of the Night cards around the park. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 2-11. 999 Anastasia Blvd. 904-824-3337 www.AlligatorFarm.com
Saturday, October 24
The St. Augustine Amphitheatre Farmers Market
It's back! From 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. shoppers stroll up and down the vendor-lined pathways of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Farmers Market, browsing more than 100 tents loaded with local produce, flowers, baked goods, handmade arts and crafts and more. Admission into the market is free. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-315-9252 www.theamp.com/community/farmers-marke t
Concert on The Water
Join the Red Boat Tours crew for a Concert on the Water featuring The Chris Thomas Band. This 2 1/2 hour BYOB cruise will depart from the Vilano Fishing pier at 5:30 p.m. The music will play from Marker 55, one mile north of Vilano Bridge. Tickets are $25-100 with a portion benefiting Champions for Hope. Reservations are required. 260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine www.904tix.com/events/ctbconcert1024
Drive-in Movie Scare-a-thon at Florida Agricultural Museum
Enjoy three Halloween themed movies at the Florida Agricultural Museum’s first Drive-in Movie Scare-a-thon. The festivities begin with a kid friendly movie at 6:30; a family appropriate movie at 8:30 and a scary movie for adults at 11 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per carload (max 5 people). Florida Agricultural Museum is located at 7900 Old Kings Rd., Palm Coast https://www.floridaagmuseum.org/drive-in-movie-halloween-themes/
Dark & Stormy 2020
Tale Tellers of St. Augustine presents an evening with new Halloween tales to thrill & chill at Airstream Row on Vilano Beach. The fun starts with a family concert at 6:30 p.m., followed by gory, scary tales at 7p.m. General admission is $5. Masks required and seating is available. 90 Vilano Rd. St. Augustine. 904-540-0402 www.taletellers.org
Sunday, October 25
15th Annual St. George Street Trick or Treating
Ancient City Tours has once again coordinated with the over 300 boutiques, gift shops, bistros and shops on St. George Street, St, Augustine’s premier pedestrian mall, to hand out Halloween candy. This annual event will be held between the hours of 2 and 5pm. Trick or treating is free to the public and participants are instructed to look for businesses that have orange and black balloons at their entryway. Children, their families, and well behaved, leashed dogs, are encouraged to be in Halloween costumes and take part in these festivities. St. George Street, St. Augustine www.ancientcitytours.net

Haunted Happenings Take Over Florida’s Historic Coast

No matter what visitors are looking for, Florida’s Historic Coast offers everyone a spooky good time

Here are some of the scariest haunts for all types of personalities below.

For the Adventurer: Those who are up for an adventure will find it in The Dark of the Moon Ghost Tour. With only a glow stick as lighting, guides share the history and ghost stories of the people who have lived, worked, and visited the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Tours begin at 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday - Sunday evenings until November 29.

For the Investigator: Not afraid of the dark? Have you visited the The Old Jail Museum at night? You’ll hear countless hair-raising stories of supernatural occurrences that have been reported here, including cold spots, strange odors, unexplained banging noises, wailing and laughter, barking dogs, orbs of light and, yes, even an apparition or two.

For the History Buffs: The classic stories of St. Augustine’s most haunted seaside history are back this Halloween season with the Schooner Freedom Haunted Waters Tour. Embark on a haunted journey on the silent waters of the Matanzas and hear the tales based on true history of St. Augustine’s most grim past on October 30 and 31.

For the Mystery Lover: Those who love a good mystery can play a live game of clue in a fun whodunnit adventure at Heist at the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum. The fun takes place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6:30-8 p.m. until December 10.



For the Movie Lover: For those who prefer to kick back and relax with a movie, the Florida Agricultural Museum offers its first Drive-in Movie Scare-a-thon. The festivities begin with a kid friendly movie at 6:30, a family appropriate movie at 8:30, and a scary movie for adults at 11 p.m. on October 24.


For the little ones: For a twist on the classic Halloween experience, kids can dress in costume, enjoy Trick-or-Treating fun, and meet eerie bugs and beasts at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm in this hands-on Creatures of the Night experience from 5:30-7 p.m. on October 24 and 25.


For Adults Only: On Halloween night, enjoy an adults-only party. Visitors are encouraged to wear their costumes and join the Crew of the Black Raven for this fun Halloween special! Must be 21 or older to embark on this frightfully fun journey.


For the Trick-or-Treater: Ancient City Tours has once again coordinated with the over 300 boutiques, gift shops, bistros and shops on St. George Street, St, Augustine’s premier pedestrian mall, to hand out Halloween candy. On Sunday, October 25, 2-5 p.m. Trick-or-Treating is free to the public and participants are instructed to look for businesses that have orange and black balloons at their entryway. Children, their families, and well behaved, leashed dogs, are encouraged to be in Halloween costumes and take part in these festivities.

For even more fun, on Halloween night, families can put on their costumes, bring their candy and picnic baskets, and join in for a special viewing of the classic film Hocus Pocus. Movie will begin at sunset and is free, though registration is required. This event will comply with CDC social distancing guidelines, and each ticket will admit up to a family of five.

The fun doesn’t stop there! This year, St. Augustine’s Annual Night of Lights celebration is back and is coming early to the historic district! The 27th annual lights display will kick off on November 14 and will run for two months so visitors will have even more time to enjoy the breathtaking lights that adorn the city.