Key West is a unique and quirky place all year around, so celebrating Halloween during the entire month of October is expected. There are many things to do in Key West and the Florida Keys and we’ve listed below quite a few!
UNDERWATER JACK-O-LANTERN CONTEST
Divers can earn prizes for creating the most horrific jack-o-lantern during the annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest set for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. The contest is hosted by Amy Slate’s Amoray Dive Resort, MM 104.5 bayside in Key Largo, the contest is open to all certified scuba divers ONLY. Buddy teams each receive a hollowed-out pumpkin to turn into a scary creation. The fee is $85 per diver for the two-tank, two-location dive, and teams are encouraged to sign up early since space is limited. For details, visit www.amoray.com.or call 800-426-6729.
HAUNTED ROBBIE’S MARINA FREE on- and off-the-water excitement at Haunted Robbie’s (MM 77.5) set for Thursday, Oct. 17. Islamorada’s family-friendly marina is to host a 5:30-7 p.m.spook-tacular show for costumed ghouls age 12 and under. Attractions include a kids’ corner, candy, fun, food and refreshments. Starting at7 p.m. the excitement amps up for older spirits with harrowing canal rides, a scary maze haunted by ghostly pirates and denizens of neighboring Indian Key, food, wine tastings and more. Visit www.robbies.comor call 305-664-8070. CRANE POINT’SHaunted Hammock The Middle Keys has some Halloween action going on as well! Visit Crane Point’s Haunted Hammock, inhabited by ghosts, ghouls and pirates starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.The beautiful 63-acre Crane Point Hammock, located at MM 50.5 bayside in Marathon, turns into a spooky haunted habitat. Geared toward youngsters age 12 and under, the fright-filled fun is free to the public. Visitwww.cranepoint.net or call 305-743-3900. MARATHON’S OUTDOORSGulfside Village Also in the middle keys, on Oct. 31, costumed goblins and ghouls can trick or treat at Marathon’s outdoor Gulfside Village shopping plaza, 5800 Overseas Highway. The annual community Halloween party is open to the public from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with refreshments and treats for children, parents and grandparents to enjoy.
KEY WESTHaunting of Fort Zachary Taylor Days and nights of ghoulish delight are planned for the annual Haunting of Fort Zachary Taylor, a Civil War-era fort beside Key West’s Atlantic Ocean shore. Live “shows” areset for Oct. 18-20, 24-25, 27 and 30-31, treating visitors to otherworldly celebrations not suitable for mere mortals. Attendees are encouraged to don devilish costumes Oct. 19 for the Vampires Ball beginning at 8 p.m., and tricks and treats for the little ones are planned for Kid’s Day, scheduled 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. Ghost-seekers can access Fort Taylor and its surrounding state park from an entrance on Southard Street past Thomas Street. Kid’s Day entry is free with park admission. Admission to the haunting is $13 per adult, $10 for military personnel, $8 for kids and free for children under age 5. Hours are 8-11 p.m. (midnight on Halloween). Learn more atwww.hauntedkeywestfort.com.
And Last…but Never Least…
KEY WEST FANTASY FEST
Revelers can unleash hidden heroics or devious alter egosFriday, Oct. 18, throughSunday, Oct. 27, during Key West’s annual Fantasy Festcelebration. The 2013 festival includes 10 days of masquerade balls, costume contests, parties and uninhibited escapades, all climaxing in an epic
grand parade Saturday, Oct. 26. The traditional Children’s Dayoffers food, games, arts and crafts as well as a costume contest. The family fun takes place Sunday, Oct. 27, fromnoon to 5 p.m. in the island’s Bayview Park at Truman Avenue and Eisenhower Drive. For Fantasy Fest information, visit www.fantasyfest.com. For Children’s Day details, call305-292-8912.