Halloween in St. Augustine is different than your typical strobe light and fake guts celebration. In fact, because of the city’s extensive war, civilization, and plague history, spirits linger many of the buildings of the ancient city. The historic downtown area hosts most of the paranormal activity, but don’t miss out on the Dark of the Moon tour at the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum which was featured on TAPS/Ghost Hunters a few years ago! Check out this list of the top four Halloween activities to do in St. Augustine.
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights
About: Perhaps the best place to go around Halloween is the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum. The land surrounding the lighthouse is notoriously famous for ghost sightings. In fact, it is so haunted that it has been featured on TAPS/Ghost Hunters, CNN, Parade Magazine, Fox News and The Weather Channel. The Dark of the Moon guide begins at the base of the lighthouse and is followed by a history lesson about the workers who once lived and worked there. After a brief rundown, head out on your own to explore the museum and lighthouse and discover how truly haunted it is!
When: Oct. 2oth & 21st, 6:30 pm -9:30 pm
About: Get ready for Rype and Readi’s haunted barn located downtown behind their fresh produce market. On October 20th and 21st,visit the creepy ghouls, crawling clowns, and wicked witches that take over the barn stables each year around this time. The haunted barn is one of the few animated Halloween activities in St. Augustine and a refreshing change of pace when you are facing spirit after spirit. But don’t be fooled, the Spooky Stables Haunted Barn puts on a good show and is enough to scare the pants off even the bravest of souls.
When: Nights only, 8:45 pm – 2:00 am
Where: GhoSt Augustine Tours
About: Engulf yourself in the Halloween spirit – literally! Join GhoSt Augustine in the intimate haunted tours of St. Augustine’s most haunted areas. The paranormal investigation tour deals with research and education of actual spirits floating in the city’s cemeteries. While some Halloween activities incorporate actors to participate in the spooking of tour-goers, this semi-private tour is completely authentic. While you roam the spooky roads of the ancient city, expect to learn which type of phenomena make a genuine haunting, explore paranormal equipment, and discover your own psychic senses.
When: Check Calendar for dates
Where: Ghost and Gravestones
About: Step onto the Ghost Train and into a darker side of St. Augustine. While on the Ghost Train you will see the most haunted grounds in the old city; Huguenot Cemetery, Tolomoto Cemetery, the Old Drug Store and Potter’s Wax Museum, the Old Jail, and Castillo de San Marcos. Over four centuries ago, the now highly trafficked roads of St. Augustine were battlefields, plagued by yellow fever, or in the case of the Old Jail, a prison yard where a shiv in the back was as common as a hot meal. End your train ride with a stop at the Old Drug Store and Potter’s Wax Museum and learn about the disturbing execution of Andrew Ranson, an infamous ghost that was once a famous pirate.
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