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Halloween’s Three-Day Weekend

By Jessica Forbes

This year’s Thursday Halloween has, as a result of its not-quite-the-weekend calendar placement, split the boo-riffic action up a bit. Whether you can make it out to party on Thursday or need to wait until the weekend, there are multiple activity options for your entertainment. Luckily, in addition to numerous Halloween parties, several local bars are taking up the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) tradition as the theme of Friday, Nov. 1 festivities. And on Saturday, because it’s the weekend, a few establishments are also hosting events that provide last-ditch opportunities to observe the haunted holiday. Additionally, local fall farm activities—namely corn mazes and pumpkin patches—will also be making a final run over the weekend before packing up shop until next year.

Costumes, Cocktails, Cinema

Multiple costumes or laundry episodes may be necessary for those committed to attending every costume contest and/or Halloween party this year, since there is one almost every night of the week. If you’re not too exhausted from Emerald City’s Wednesday night party, on Halloween night you can head to Seville Quarter, which is also offering up a $1,000 grand prize for the winner of its infamous costume contest. A few blocks from Seville, the Fish House is continuing its Ladies Night specials for a “Ghouls Night” out event. Add in Emerald City’s employee cross-dressing show, Scary-oke at Cabaret, a costume contest at Old Hickory, Magnolia’s 2nd Anniversary Party, plus a totally full lineup of live music at Sluggo’s and you have a more than busy downtown-area Halloween schedule.

On Friday, the creators of Pensacon are teaming up with Play for a Dia de los Muertos event honoring cult horror films. Weekend and VIP passes to Pensacon 2014 will be among the prizes up for grabs. Enjoy drink specials including $2 Fireball Whiskey shots, $2 specials on a variety of retro American beer brands, and a custom Halloween-themed cocktail menu. Sluggo’s is hosting a Dia de los Muertos dinner and movie night. The Elbow Room will also host a double-header horror film nights Friday through Sunday where no one will judge if you decide to come in character.

Can’t let go of the spirit/need to wear that costume just one more time? The Cabaret is hosting a Halloween Ball and Costume Contest on Saturday, while its Jefferson Street neighbor Sluggo’s has one last sanctioned costumed event, providing two last chances to have your 2013 costume creativity recognized.

Thursday, Oct. 31

SEVILLE QUARTER’S $1000 HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST 7 p.m. registration begins, contest at 9 p.m. Costume contest with prizes for Top 20 costumes. 130 E. Government St. $10 cover. 21 and over. sevillequarter.com

GHOULS’ NIGHT: HALLOWEEN AT THE FISH HOUSE 5 p.m.-close. Halloween Ladies Night. Fish House Deck Bar, 600 S. Barracks St. No cover, $2 drinks for ladies. 470-0003 or goodgrits.com.

SCARY-OKE AT CABARET 9 p.m.-close. Halloween karaoke party, costumes encouraged. 101 S. Jefferson St. No cover. 607-2020.

SLUGGO’S HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA 9 p.m.-close. Costume contest and live music from Lil’ Wimp, Company of Ghosts, JPEGASUS, MCNC, Week of Wonders, and Paul “The P Funk” Fresh’s Farewell Pensacola Performance. 101 S. Jefferson St. $5 cover. 791-6501.

WHAT THE HELL? AT EMERALD CITY Doors at 9 p.m. First show at 11 p.m. Halloween EC Employee Turnabout Show. 406 E. Wright St. $5 cover. 18 and over. 433-9491 or emeraldcitypensacola.com.

THE TIN COW’S HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY Registration from 7-8:30 p.m., contest begins at 9 p.m. The Tin Cow’s Second Annual Costume Contest promises over $1,500 in cash prizes, along with drink specials and door prizes. No cover. 21 and over. 102 S. Palafox St.

OLD HICKORY WHISKEY BAR COSTUME CONTEST 12 a.m. A bar tab is up for grabs for the winner of Old Hickory’s costume contest; even if you don’t place first, everyone kind of wins with select $5 cocktails and $3 shots. 123 S. Palafox Pl. 619-9994 or facebook.com/OldHickoryWhiskeyBar.

MAGNOLIA’S HALLOWEEN ANNIVERSARY PARTY 5 p.m. Magnolia’s 2nd Anniversary Party, complete with costumes and “spooky” food and drink specials. 2907 W. Cervantes St. No cover. 912-6196 or facebook.com/TheMagnoliaEPH.

Friday, Nov. 1

PLAY AND PENSACON’S DIA DE LOS MUERTOS PARTY 7 p.m.-close. Dia de los Muertos/Cult Horror Movie Theme Party and Costume Contest. Play, 16 S. Palafox Pl., Suite 200. No cover, $2 beer and Fireball Whiskey specials. 466-3080 or iplaypensacola.com.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS AT SLUGGO’s 7 p.m. Dinner Special and a Movie (Title TBA). 101 S. Jefferson St. 791-6501.

THE ELBOW ROOM’S “SÉANCE ROOM AND DINNER THEATRE” Show times at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Horror movie double-headers (Titles TBA, check ER’s Facebook for more info) Friday, Nov.1 and Saturday, Nov. 2. 2213 W. Cervantes St. 434-0300

Saturday, Nov. 2

CABARET’S GARDEN OF EVIL HALLOWEEN BALL & COSTUME CONTEST 9 p.m.-close. Contest has prizes for Best Couple/Group and Best Individual Costume, with Tomato providing live entertainment. 101 S. Jefferson St. No cover. 607-2020.

HIP HOP SHOW AND COSTUME CONTEST 9:30 p.m. Costume Contest and live music from D.P., Cookies and Cake, Sincere Logic, Johnny Panic, and Mad Love. Sluggo’s, 101 S. Jefferson St. $5 cover. 791-6501.

Take a Tour, Catch a Fright

Halloween and the following three days will be the last opportunity to visit many of this year’s fright- and fall-themed happenings in Pensacola and Milton; however, Pensacola is home to enough ghost stories to support a few haunted activities year round. The Pensacola Lighthouse’s “Haunted Lighthouse” set up will come down after Halloween, but the lighthouse and keeper’s quarters—both believed to be actually haunted—are open for tours and “Ghost Hunts” throughout the year. Likewise, Emerald Coast Tours has found its Ghosts, Murders, and Mayhem Segway Tour to be so popular they are planning to offer it throughout the year. As far as the haunted houses, corn mazes, and zombie hayrides go, you’ll have to work them into your schedule over the weekend, as they’ll be closed for the season by Monday.

Last Chance on Thursday

HAUNTED LIGHTHOUSE 6-9 p.m. Costumes are welcome at what organizers promise to be “A fun, friendly and frightful event for the entire family, based on a traditional haunted house.” Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum, 2081 Radford Blvd. $6 for adults, $3 for children. 393-1561 or pensacolalighthouse.org.

GHOST AND HAUNT TOUR OF PENSACOLA 9 p.m., reservations required. Walking tour billed as “A hair-raising 90-minute tour into the spirit realm of this historic town.” Meets at Dharma Blue, 300 S. Alcaniz St. $18 for adults, $10 for children ages 8-14, free for children 7 and under. 390-4102 or pensacolaghost.com.

PENSACOLA HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S “DEATH AND MOURNING IN THE VICTORIAN PERIOD” 2 p.m., sign up by 1:30 p.m. Guided tour explains death customs of the late 1800s while exploring buildings from that era. Meets at Tivoli High House, 205 E. Zaragoza St. $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 4-16.  595-5993 or historicpensacola.org.

WHISPERING PINES HAUNTED HAYRIDE Sunset-9 p.m. On this hayride, guests will protect the caravan from attacking zombies with paintball guns. Whispering Pines Christmas Tree Farm, 1603 Penton Road, Milton.  $7 for adults, free for children age 4 and under. 304-1559 or facebook.com/WhisperingPinesTreeFarm.

Open Over the Weekend

GHOSTS, MURDERS, AND MAYHEM SEGWAY TOUR 7:30.  Reservations required, organizers recommend calling 24 hours in advance. A one-hour tour highlighting “strange and macabre” aspects of Pensacola’s past.  Emerald Coast Tours, 5 W. Main St.  $45 per person. $40 for locals, students, and military.  417-9292.

“YOUR FINAL DESTINATION” HAUNTED HOUSE 7 p.m. Main Street Milton’s Annual Haunted House promises “thrills, jolts, and terrors around every corner.”  Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. 5232 Willing St., Milton. $5.  facebook.com/mainstreetmilton.

HOLLAND FARMS PUMPKIN PATCH 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays through Nov. 2.  Pumpkin Patch and Hayride. 2055 Homer Holland Road, Milton. $10 a person for a pumpkin and all activities or $6 for a single pumpkin. 675-6876 or hollandfarmsonline.com.

SWEET SEASON FARMS CORN MAZE 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays through Nov. 3; open 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fridays in October. Corn Maze, Nighttime Hayride, Farm Games and more.  2260 Horn Road, Milton. $10 a person on Fridays, $8-$10 a person on Saturday and Sunday. 675-3573 or sweetseasonfarms.com.

Go For a Pumpkin Run

It may seem somewhat out of place on this list, but the Pumpkin Run is a fall tradition in the City of Five Flags. If you’d like to add some cardio to your weekend, Saturday’s run is a festive way to do so and the course through East Hill is certainly more scenic than the inside of a gym. In its 29th year, the race benefits the Sacred Heart Cathedral School. Kids can get in on the fun, too, with a 1-mile “Little Pumpkin Fun Run.” And if a runner’s high isn’t enough to motivate you to get up and moving, consider the famed Pumpkin Bread handed out at the finish line.

THE GREAT PUMPKIN RACE 8 a.m. start for 5K, 1-mile fun run begins at 9 a.m. 1603 N. 12th Ave.  $25 for all ages (late registration price). shcs.ptdiocese.org/pumpkinrun.html