Friday, Oct. 26
3RD ANNUAL HAUNTED HAYRIDE: From dusk to 10 p.m.Oct. 26 and 27 at H.G. Harder’s Park, 8110 John Pitts Rd., Panama City. A frightful, fun-filled, family-oriented event. Adult admission $5, children 13 to 7 years $3, and children 6 years and younger for free. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Last year, some 5,000 visitors braved the county’s spooky setup, raising around $17,000 for charity. The trail winds through about a mile of the park’s wooded walking track and features dozens of haunted sites along the way, staffed by volunteer county employees and their families. Details: BayCountyFL.gov.
HALLOWEEN AT SCHOONERS:7 p.m. to midnight, the last local beach club will fill with people in costumes to see the scary decorations that get crazier every year: bats, monsters, ghosts, witches, lights, fog, coffins, tombstones, and that’s just on the outside! Enjoy great live music, dancing, delicious food and a costume contest with cash prizes. Details: Schooners.com.
BLOOD SACRIFICE HALLOWEEN PARTY:7 p.m. to midnight at the Ghetto Palace, 3128 E. Fifth St. in Panama City. Celebrate the release of Michael Lister’s new novel with a costume contest, door prizes, tunes by DJ ynot, refreshments, games, BYOB. Details: MichaelLister.com.
MAZE OF TERROR:7 p.m.-until today and Saturday at Emerald Coast Mirror Maze, 701 Pier Park Drive, Panama City Beach. More than 6,000 square feet of heart-stopping horror. Cost: $10. Details: 230-6249.
JAYCEES HAUNTED HOUSE:7:30 p.m.-until Friday and Saturday, above the Panama City Marine Institute, 222 E. Beach Drive, downtown Panama City. The 2012 theme for the Panama City Jaycees annual Haunted House is “Your World Is Dead.” Proceeds benefit local charities. Admission: $7 ages 18 and younger; $10 ages 19 and older; group rates available. Details: 763-8282.
‘FRANKENSTEIN’ and ‘DRACULA’ DOUBLE FEATURE: 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Theatre in downtown Panama City. Enjoy a Halloween special showing of the original Universal monsters, starring Boris Karloff as the Frankenstein monster and Bela Lugosi as Dracula. Donations accepted. Details: MartinTheatre.com or 763-8080.
HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST: Splash Bar, 6520 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach. Hosted by Asia O’Hara with DJ Larry; win cash and prizes. Details: SplashBarFlorida.com.
Saturday, Oct. 27
TRICKER TREK: 8 a.m. at Panama City Beach Conservation Park Visitor Center at the end of Griffin Boulevard; a 1-mile family non-competitive run/walk, a 10k and 5K. Dress up and enjoy the costume contest. Additional parking will be at Frank Brown Park, with a mile warm up walk. Details: PlayBallInParadise.com.
FOURTH ANNUAL SCARECROW FEST AND TRICK OR TREAT TRAIL:Trick-or-treating from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Andrews merchants raise their burgundy umbrellas to invite families into their shops for special Halloween treats. Free hay rides and kids' games are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the community garden. Games include Pumpkin Bowling, Pumpkin Toss, Haunted Haystack Hunting, Choke-the-Crow Ring Toss, Bean Bag Bash and Storytelling. Other activities include free face-painting near the Shrimp Boat and fun chalk-drawing at St. Andrews Marina. Scarecrows are displayed throughout the historic village; scarecrow contest winners from about 40 entries will be announced at noon. (Beginning Oct. 22, judges, including Jan Waddy from PanamaCity.com, have been judging scarecrows in categories of Traditional, Whimsical, St. Andrews Business, Area Business, Clubs/Organizations and Schools.) Details: 785-1899 and HistoricStAndrews.com.
3RD ANNUAL HALLOWEENER DERBY: 9:30 a.m. to noon in Seaside.Hilarious races featuring some of the area’s top dogs, a fundraiser for 30A Radio and Alaqua Animal Refuge. Registration at 9:30 a.m., Dachshund races at 10 a.m., race finals at 11 a.m., followed by the all-dog Costume Contest and then the Brian James concert (with Matt Miller). Details: Halloweener.org.
BOO AT THE BEACH:10 a.m. to noon at Pier Park’s promo/green grass area. Activities for children include pumpkin carving, face painting, spooky stories and a kid’s costume contest.
TRICK OR TREAT HARRISON AVENUE: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Panama City, sponsored by Dine Downtown.
GUIDED HAUNTED TOURS:1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. along Harrison Avenue in downtown Panama City. Tours are conducted by local drama students and start at the Gateway Park next to Millie’s.
MONSTROUS HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION:3:30-5:30 p.m., Rosemary Beach Town Center/South Barrett Square. Trick or Treating and Kids’ Halloween Bash, visit businesses and the Harvest Market artist’s booths; pumpkin carving contest with prizes, a moonwalk, hayrides, airbrush tattoos, games, music and more. Free admission, everyone is invited. Visit Gigi’s for a Halloween photo for their Wall of Fab. Tour the haunted cemetery — if you dare! — and see OHANA Institute’s 3rd Annual Scarecrow Lane while gobbling up goodies from their bake sale.
ZOMBIE WALK:Gathering at 4:30 p.m., walking at 5:30 p.m., starting in Gateway Park on Harrison Avenue in downtown Panama City. Make sure to get your team registered.
ZOOBOO:5-8 p.m. at ZooWorld in Panama City Beach. Dress your kids up in their spookiest costumes to trick-or-treat at ZooWorld; last admittance to the park at 7:30 p.m. Costume contests for kids through age 15. Details: ZooWorldPCB.net.
PUMPKIN PATCH:6-9 p.m. at H.G. Harder’s Park, 8110 John Pitts Rd., Panama City. For the younger children (or the faint of heart) who don’t wish to participate in the county’s Haunted Hayride, visit the Pumpkin Patch: a free, fun alternative to trick or treating with games, candy and more. A costume contest will be held at 7 p.m. with prizes for both the cutest and scariest entrants in four age groups: 2 years and under, ages 3 to 5, 6 to 8, and 9 to 10 years old. Details: BayCountyFL.gov.
ZOMBIE WALK/DANCE CONTEST:7 p.m. starting at Tally Ho, 1449 Harrison Ave., Panama City. Team registration forms must have been received by Thursday, Oct. 25, to compete for cash prize.
HALLOWEEN BASH:7 p.m. to midnight at Spinnaker Beach Club. This annual event benefits the Toys for Kids Foundation’s goal of helping children in Bay County that may not be able to have a pleasant holiday season. Details: SpinnakerBeachClub.com, or contact the Toys for Kids Foundation at 814-7800 or email@example.com.
NOCHE DE LOS MUERTOS COSTUME PARTY:8-11:30 p.m. at Caliza Pool at Alys Beach. An over the top adult costume party and contest. Cash bar. $1,000 grand prize for best constume. Tickets $55 at the door, $45 at Fonville Press till 3 p.m. Benefits Children’s Volunteer Health Network. Details: AlysBeach.com.
THE DEVIL’S DEN:8 p.m. at Club La Vela. Pick up free invitations at any Purple Haze, Heat Wave, Condom Knowledge, CK Secrets, or Club Sun location; FYE in the mall; or Exotic Exposure Tanning. Bring your invite and pay only $10 until midnight for women 18 and older or guys 21 and older. Also enjoy $3 drinks 8-10 p.m. Don’t miss the beach’s biggest costume contest at midnight, with more than $1,500 in cash and prizes for the best costume. Live rock with Still Jealous in the rock arena. Details: ClubLaVela.com.
HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Caterpillar Den Hookah Lounge & Oxygen Bar, 928 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach. Registration 8-11 p.m., voting 11 p.m.-midnight; winner named at 12:30 a.m. (must be present to win). Entry: $5 for chance to win $120 in prizes for first, second and third place. Details: TheCaterpillarDen.com/contest.php.
HALLOWEEN PARTY: 8:30 p.m. at Buccaneer Bar & Grill, 711 W. Beach Drive, Panama City. Costume contest for best couple, sexiest and most original with prizes, special Halloween punch and “Wicked” Low Country Boil with shrimp, new potatoes, corn and sausage. No cover charge: $11 for country boil. Details: 640-1828 or BuccaneerBeachMotel.com.
VILLAINS, VIXENS & VIGILANTES: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Spinnaker Beach Club, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the club’s Halloween bash, and benefiting Toys for Kids Foundation. Tickets $10 for 21 and older, $20 for under 21. Prejudging costume contest at 9 p.m., finals at 1 a.m. More than $2,000 in cash and prizes for top three costumes and sexiest hero and villain. Trigger Proof Dead in the Rock Arena. Details: SpinnakerBeachClub.com.
11TH ANNUAL HELLRAISERS BALL: Splash Bar, 6520 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach. Advance tickets $25, includes cover charge (call 236-3450 to purchase). Special guest Ms. Asia O’Hara with China Moon and Sapphire. Shows at midnight and 2 a.m. Details: SplashBarFlorida.com.
Sunday, Oct. 28
HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL:2-5 p.m. at Kelly Green in Alys Beach. A benefit for the missions of Point Washington United Methodist Church.
Wednesday, Oct. 31
SEASIDEHALLOWEEN:4-6 p.m. throughout Seaside, young trick-or-treaters can go door-to-door to get candy from merchants, hop on the haunted hayride, hear spooky stories performed by the Seaside Repertory Theatre, dance to the monster mash and more.
SUPER HERO CARNIVAL: 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Sharon Sheffield Park off Ohio Avenue in Lynn Haven.
MALLOWEEN:6-7 p.m. at Pier Park, Panama City Beach. Details: 236-9974.
JAYCEES HAUNTED HOUSE: 7:30 p.m.-until, above the Panama City Marine Institute, 222 E. Beach Difve, downtown Panama City. The 2012 theme for the Panama City Jaycees annual Haunted House is “Your World Is Dead.” Proceeds benefit local charities. Admission: $7 ages 18 and younger; $10 ages 19 and older; group rates available. Details: 763-8282.