From the first time we put on a costume and hit the streets as children, stalking the night like legions of the undead, we have become enamored by Halloween and all of the fun there is to get into when the leaves begin to fall and the autumn winds creep into our bones.
The season brings a certain calm amongst the living, no matter how restless the dead. It is a time of great celebration, with good times to be had by all, regardless of age or taste. That is why it’s imperative for you to have a list of things to fill your nights with fright this Halloween weekend, as well as a few film and music suggestions to make it that much more spine-tingling. But before we get to the lists, let’s take a look into a few of the frightening features our town has to offer.
Downtown Pensacola offers ghoulishly good times to creep into this Halloween weekend. Seville Quarter has its Fear City Nights haunted house, live Thriller dance show, $1,000-costume contest on Halloween night and other various killer events — all of which are Halloween traditions.
Vinyl Music Hall has two great punk rock shows to get the pot boiling early. On Thursday, The Independents come to town, along with backup from Nik Flagstar and His Dirty Mangy Dogs, as well as Columbus, Georgia’s Headstone Hangover, whose singer is dubbed “The Wolfman.” The following night, Vinyl presents X. These pioneers of the punk movement will feature a screening of their film “The Unheard Music,” as well as perform their classic album “Los Angeles” in its entirety.
The Handlebar has the sounds of DJ Conrad on Halloween night, and Big Easy Tavern hosts Le Black Syndicate’s Seven Levels of Hell party on Oct. 28, with costume contests, music by DJ Mod Eschar and more.
“The Goth nights have always been one of our biggest on-going events,” said Big Easy Tavern owner Chip Tabary. “But I know Le Black Syndicate put a lot into planning this one, and have spared no expense, so it will be the biggest of the year, by far.”
HORROR HELPS THE HUNGRY
For a decade, Nightmare Theatre has been entertaining underground horror fans with a thirst for chills by featuring classic movies, iconic guests and hilarious skits. What many may not know is that the NT crew is from right here in Pensacola. Hosts of the Silver Screen Theatre’s annual horror film festival Shocktoberfest, the Baron Mondo Von Doren and company also present the largest screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in the Southeast every Halloween weekend. This year’s, however, will be unlike any before.
“Every year this event has grown and we expect attendance of 300 to 400 people this year,” explained the Baron. “We’ll have costume-contest prizes from Spirit Halloween, Halloween, Inc., Kaoz and others. The Pensacola Roller Gurls are also offering two tickets to their match on October 30 to the winner of our best Rocky Horror First Timer Contest, which will be held that night.”
If that wasn’t enough, there will also be a food drive and raffle to help stock shelves at Manna Food Bank.
“We’re also doing the food drive, Horror Helps The Hungry,” says Von Doren. “People can bring canned food, and in return they will be entered into a drawing for items including a limited edition Suspiria poster signed by star Jessica Harper, Toxictoons packages signed by Eric Pigors, A DVD collection from Magnet Releasing, gift certificates for tattooing and piercing from Kaoz, three months membership to the Downtown YMCA and more. If people can’t make it out on Saturday, they can still donate at the Spirit Halloween store on Airport Boulevard, though they won’t be entered into the drawing.”
When asked why the urge to help, the answer was simple.
“Horror fans are often misunderstood,” Von Doren said. “They’re not evil or uncaring, just because they enjoy the darker side of life. This gives us a chance to give back to our community and help people in need. Nightmare Theatre is celebrating ten years of being on television this month, and without the support of our fans, we would never have been able to accomplish that.”
Have a safe and happy Halloween everyone!
FOR THE LITTLE DEVILS
There are plenty of trick-or-treat opportunities for the little ghouls, goblins, ghosts and witches. The Sweet Seasons Farms corn maze and corn launchers in Milton provide inexpensive, memorable entertainment and adventure for the whole family. For a $5 admission you can explore the 7-acre maze, corn cannon, sunflower path, games, hayrides and the cow train.
The City of Pensacola has its annual Halloween Egg Haunt at Roger Scott Athletic Complex on Saturday with its Haunted Hay Ride, Haunted Trail, carnival games and great food. Children, up to age 13, can participate in the Egg Haunts. Flashlights and trick-or-treat bags are key egg haunting gear. Admission is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item for Manna Food Bank.
Support the local zoo by attending Boo at the Zoo Oct. 28 and 29. The event will feature a zombie train ride, U.F.O. maze and a freak show. The day before Halloween — Oct. 30 — will be dedicated to the younger guys and ghouls, with face painting by Abrakadookdle, crafts, games and trick-or-treating with the animals.
HORROR HELPS THE HUNGRY, FEAT. ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
WHEN: Oct. 29 at 11:30 p.m.
WHERE: Silver Screen, 7280 Plantation Rd.
DETAILS: 476-4545 nightmaretheatre.com
PENSACOLA INTERSTATE FAIR
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 27- Sunday Oct. 30
WHERE: 6655 W. Mobile Highway
COST: General admission $10 for ages 12 and older
DETAILS: 944-4500 pensacolafair.com
SWEET SEASONS FARMS’ CORN MAZE
WHEN: Oct. 29 and 30; Nov. 5 and 6; Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
WHERE: 226 Horn Rd., Milton
COST: $5 for admission and three activities; $1 each additional activity
DETAILS: 675-3573 sweetseasonsfarms.com
THE INDEPENDENTS, HEADSTONE HANGOVER AND NIK FLAGSTAR
WHEN: Oct. 27, doors open at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox Pl.
COST: $8 – $10
SEVEN LEVELS OF HELL PARTY
WHEN: Oct. 28, 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
WHERE: Big Easy Tavern, 710 N. Palafox St.
DETAILS: 429-0045 bigeasytavern.com
FEAR CITY NIGHTS HAUNTED HOUSE
WHEN: Oct. 28 – 31
WHERE: 130 E. Government St. (in Seville Quarter, across from Rosie O’Grady’s)
BOO AT THE ZOO
WHEN: Oct. 28 and 29, from 6 to 10 p.m.; Oct. 30, from 1 to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze Prkwy
COST: $12 for adults, $8 for ages 2 through 12, train rides are $3
DETAILS: 932-2229 gulfbreezezoo.org
HAUNTED PENSACOLA TOURS
WHEN: Oct. 28 and 29, tours begin at 10:30 a.m., but please arrive 20 minutes early
WHERE: 130 E. Government St
COST: $24 per person, includes coffee and lunch
GRAND MARLIN HALLOWEEN PARTY AND COSTUME CONTEST
WHEN: Oct. 29
WHERE: Grand Marlin, 400 Pensacola Beach Blvd.
DETAILS: 677-9153 thegrandmarlin.com
SEVILLE COSTUME CONTEST
WHEN: Oct. 31, 9 p.m.; registration begins at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Seville Quarter, Phineas Phogg’s
DETAILS: 434-6211 sevillequarter.com
WHEN: Oct. 31
WHERE: The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St.
DETAILS: 434-9060 handlebarpensacola.com
HAUNTED HOUSE WALKING AND TROLLEY TOURS
WHEN: Oct. 27, at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Pensacola Historical Museum, 115 E. Zarragossa St.
DETAILS: 595-1559 or historicpensacola.org.
RED TROLLEY HALLOWEEN TOUR
WHEN: Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Pensacola Visitor Information Center, 1401 E. Gregory St.
COST: $5- $20
DETAILS: 417-7343 or halloweentrolley.com.
HALLOWEEN AT YOUR LEISURE CABARET
WHEN: Oct. 30, shows at 6 and 9 p.m.
WHERE: The Leisure Club 126 S. Palafox St.
COST: $15, reservations required
DETAILS: 912-4229 or tlcdowntown.com.
EXPLORE CREEPY PLACES
Fort Pickens, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Pickens
Fort Barrancas, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Barrancas
T. T. Wentworth Museum, historicpensacola.org
Pensacola Lighthouse, exploresouthernhistory.com/pensacolalighthouse
Old Sacred Heart Building, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pensacola_Hospital
Babylon Whores – “King Fear” (Necropolis Records)
TwoThirteen – “Goregasm” (Born Dead Records)
Blitzkid – “Apparitional” (People Like You Records)
DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – “Nightmare on My Street” (single) (Jive/RCA Records)
T.S.O.L. – “Dance With Me” (Frontier Records)
“A Nightmare on Elm Street “ (1984) New Line Cinema
“The Addams Family” (1991) Paramount Pictures
“Return of the Living Dead” (1985) Orion Pictures
“Frankenstein” (1931) Universal
“House” (1986) New World Pictures