The River City ramps it up for Halloween this year. Zombies dancing, zombies walking, Transylvanians doing the Time Warp, local movies, killer clowns, ghouls, the insane, and beer! You name it, Jacksonville’s got it this October.
Open Now – The Old Spanish Trail
13535 W. Beaver St. right past Otis Rd.
Jacksonville’s most terrifying haunted trail is open October 1 through the 31 every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 pm to 11 pm! This year we’ve built an entire town through our creepy woods with bigger and better scenes and scares at every turn!
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Gates open at 8 pm. Grab some friends and come on out for a terrifying good time! Click here for more information.
History: West of White House is the shuttered Old Spanish Trail. Finished with buff and red brick, and accented by arches and terra cotta tile, the store up until a few years ago sold antiques, hand-made furniture, and real coonskin caps but now sits quiet. Local legend has it that behind the brick is an earlier building dating to 1839. This building, which served as a tavern and rest-over for the stage line, evolved over the years into a boarding house, restaurant, and much later a bawdy house run by the local sheriff, where “cheap booze and laughing women were both for sale.”
Open now – Haunt Nights at Adventure Landing.
1944 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. Open Oct. 2, 3, 9, 10, 15-18, 22-25, and 28-31. Ticket prices start at $12.99. Click here for more information.
Featuring 3 haunts:
- Apocalypse 3D: Clown Takeover – All New! One of the only haunts of its kind in the area, scarily realistic thanks to high-tech zombie simulations! Escape your severe clown-induced panic attack and try to escape the likes of THE RINGMASTER, AL STABYA and more. You will have to face your fears before they kill you first! Murderous clowns, freaks and carnival chaos await you!
- The Backwoods. Enter if you dare…hidden far away from the city, the Hatfield family compound keeps a close eye on its property. What are they hiding? Cannibals, mutants and the darkest unknown are wandering through The Backwoods. You’ll have to get past family members like BUBBA, DIRTY DAN, TINY and BIG MAMMA if you want to make it back to civilization.
- Pinehurst Asylum. All New for 2015! Good luck trying to convince the staff that you aren’t crazy…the asylum has open rooms and are looking for new guests to stay. Where the crazy roam!
Open Now – Warehouse 31 Unleashed
225 West Davis Industrial Drive, Saint Augustine, Florida.
The largest haunt in North East Florida. Prepare yourself to experience the most terrifying and innovative themes of 2015 – The Eradication, Torture Chambers, and The Asylum! September 25 through November 1. Thursdays and Sundays from 6 pm to 11 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 pm to midnight.
Click here for more information.
Opening Oct. 2, 5 p.m. – The Scream Park
Welcome to The Scream Park, Conveniently located at The Clay County Fairgrounds, 2493 State Road 16 in Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043.The totally redesigned Scream Park offers three indoor haunted houses, midway rides, food vendors and fun for the whole family at an affordable price.
Open all October: Thursdays 5 to 10 pm, Fridays 5 pm to midnight, Saturdays 3 pm to midnight, Sundays 3 to 10 pm. Click here for more information on tickets and pricing.
Oct. 2, 3 & 4 at 10 pm – Rocky Horror Picture Show
at AMC Regency 24, 9451 Regency Square Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32225. $10.18 for adult tickets.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical comedy horror film … a satirical tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the 1930s through early 1970s. The film stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original Royal Court Theatre, Roxy Theatre and Belasco Theatre productions.
Although largely critically panned on release, it soon became known as a midnight movie when audiences began participating with the film at the Waverly Theater in New York City in 1976. Audience members returned to the cinemas frequently and talked back to the screen and began dressing as the characters, spawning similar performance groups across the United States. At almost the same time, fans in costume at the King’s Court Theater in Pittsburgh began performing the movie with the film. This “shadow cast” mimed the actions on screen above and behind them, while lip-syncing their character’s lines. Still in limited release four decades after its premiere, it has the longest-running theatrical release in film history.
The story centers on a young engaged couple whose car breaks down in the rain near a castle where they seek a telephone to call for help. The castle is occupied by strangers in elaborate costumes celebrating an annual convention. They discover the head of the house is Frank N. Furter, an apparent mad scientist who actually is an alien transvestite who creates a living muscle man in his laboratory. The couple is seduced separately by the mad scientist and eventually released by the servants who take control. (from Wikipedia)
Oct. 3, 4 pm – Springfield Zombie Walk
Date: Saturday, October 3rd
Time: 5:00 PM
Starting Location: SPAR building, 1321 N. Main Street, Jax
End Location: Birdhouse, 1827 N. Pearl Street, Jax
Click here for route map.
On Saturday October 3, Skull and Bones Entertainment LLC is hosting a family friendly Springfield Zombie Walk. The event will be free but we are asking for zombies to bring donations for a local Springfield charity, The Bridge of Northeast Florida. We will be accepting children/teen’s sweaters and jackets, school supplies and personal hygiene items for families experiencing financial hardships and socioeconomic adversity. Click here for list details. Meet in the parking lot behind the SPAR building at 4:00 pm and begin the walk at 5:00 pm. The walk will go down Main Street from the SPAR building and then turn on 8th street and continue on to Birdhouse, where it will end. Stick around after the walk and grab a drink with other zombies at Birdhouse. Let’s show The Bridge how charitable Springfield zombies can be!
For more information about The Bridge, click here.
For more information about Birdhouse, click here.
Oct. 3, 9 pm – Zombie Prom
At The Hourglass Pub, 345 E. Bay Street, Jacksonville.
Last year was such a great success that this year we’re doing it all over again….only BETTER! This year as Zombie Overlord of Jax Zombie Walk…a portion of the proceeds from the door charge will go to the Hubbard House as a joint donation from Hourglass and Zombie Walk. Please bring non-perishable foods. 50/50 raffle to benefit Hubbard House. Prom attire required.
$10 at the door. $1 discount with a non-perishable food donation.
Live Band, burlesque performance, pro-zombies, FIRE! and more. Prom Queen and King crowning and trophies at midnight and prizes! Costume contest categories are: Best Zombie Couple, Best Zombie Mob, Best Zombie Overall, and King and Queen Zombie! Click here for more info.
Oct. 9-15 – Goodnight Mommy
Showing at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Jacksonville, FL 32204.
R, 1 hr. 39 min. In the heat of the summer. A lonesome house in the countryside between woods and corn fields. Nine-year-old twin brothers are waiting for their mother. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before. The children start to doubt that this woman is actually their mother. It emerges an existential struggle for identity and fundamental trust.
Goodnight Mommy (German: Ich seh Ich seh) is a 2014 Austrian horror film, selected as the Austrian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards (from Wikipedia). Click here for more information.
Oct. 10, 9 pm – Dr. Shakalu’s Neon Halloween
Eclipse Riverside – 4219 St Johns Ave., Jacksonville
Dr. Shakalu is bringing you NEON HALLOWEEN!
༼つ ◕◡◕ ༽つ ►$25 Cover INCLUDES OPEN BAR /w Premiums & Top Shelf (Yes! FREE Patron, Goose, etc).
༼つ ◕◡◕ ༽つ ►BLACK LIGHT PARTAY!
༼つ ◕◡◕ ༽つ ►UV Body Painting by Ian Black-Light.
༼つ ◕◡◕ ༽つ ►DJ Dr. Shakalu’s EDM Journey.
༼つ ◕◡◕ ༽つ ►Show us your best glow skulls, tribal art, and jungle/skeleton themed body paint.
༼つ ◕◡◕ ༽つ ►Flow Friendly Environment.
18+ with valid ID. 21+ to drink.
Click here for more information.
Oct. 16, 6 pm – Jacksonville Craft-Toberfest
Join us at the Sea Walk Pavilion, 75 North 1st Street, Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250 on Friday, October 16 from 6-10pm for a special evening featuring a sampling of the South’s top breweries and their seasonal ales. The event, which is free and open to the public, will allow attendees the chance to sample over 50+ beers including Oktoberfest & seasonal ales along with popular favorites from regional craft breweries.
The Craft-Toberfest kickoff party will feature 10 of the areas top food trucks, live entertainment, games, vendors and more! The event will kick off the weekend long Beaches Oktoberfest that will be feature national headliner The Expendables on Saturday and Dogtoberfest on Sunday. Proceeds from the event will benefit First Coast No More Homeless Pets.
Ticket info: Unlimited sampling passes will allow participants to try as many of the beers as they want for the entire evening. Tickets also include a souvenir sampling mug and free t-shirt to the first 400 orders.
For full details, click here.
Oct. 17 – They Live with Special Guest Cm Punk
Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park Street, Jacksonville.
R, 1 hr. 37 min.
After cajoling Rowdy Roddy Piper to appear at a special screening of They Live he abruptly passed away. In that time we’ve been working hard on transforming our screening of They Live on October 17 into a memorial screening to celebrate Rowdy’s life and work. We are ecstatic to announce that the longest-running WWE Champion of the modern era and quite the connoisseur of the horror film genre CM Punk will be joining us to introduce They Live and share with us the impact Rowdy Roddy Piper had on his life.
They Live is a 1988 American satirical science fiction action horror film written and directed by John Carpenter. The film stars Roddy Piper, Keith David and Meg Foster. It follows a nameless drifter (called “John Nada” in the credits), who discovers the ruling class are in fact aliens concealing their appearance and manipulating people to spend money, breed, and accept the status quo with subliminal messages in mass media (from Wikipedia).
If you had purchased tickets for our original screening of They Live with Rowdy Roddy Piper Live! you are all set. If you wish to purchase tickets they are still $25 and we also have the $45 dollar option that comes with a limited edition, hand-pulled, silk screened They Live poster. Click here for more info.
Oct. 18 – 1 pm – Carnival of the Dead
Hemming Plaza, 303 N Laura St, Jacksonville, Florida 32202,
It’s our 8th ANNUAL WORLD ZOMBIE DAY — a FREE and FAMILY FRIENDLY Event!
Put on your best “living dead” and come join us for out 8th annual zombie walk food drive! October is domestic violence awareness month so this year all proceeds with go to Hubbard House. We request zombie fans come dressed their goriest, each carrying non-perishable food items, clothing or toys to be donated to Hubbard House.
This year’s theme will be Carnival of the Dead and will include a midway of zombie games and prizes. Costume contests with new categories, official photographers, entertainment, and more! The carnival will be held on October 18, 2015 from 1 to 6 pm. The walk will take place approximately 3 pm. Click here for more info.
We will not be accepting cash donations at the event so if you would like to make a cash donation please click here and put Jacksonville Zombie Walk in the comments.
We are dedicating this years event to the memory Grace Katich (Lola Ivelsy), without her the zombie walk would not have grown to where it is today.
Oct. 24, 6 pm – Thrill the World Jacksonville
Thrill The World is friends, families and other local residents who each year join together with thousands of people around the globe to celebrate Michael Jackson’s talent by dancing simultaneously to “Thriller”!
But TTW is more than just dancing to a 6 minute song. This is a global community project that is inspiring others to break down barriers, connect with people of all religions, race, political and economic persuasions, contribute to helping humanity, encourage environmental stewardship and encourage people to step up as leaders, visionaries, and creators.
Currently, organizers are planning to dance the dance at three different locations in Jax, all at 6 pm on October 24. Locations are:
- Jax Autobahn Indoor Speedway, 6601 Executive Park Ct N, Jacksonville
- Dungeons at the Clay County Fair Grounds, 2497 State Road 16, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
- The Old Spanish Trail,13535 W Beaver St, Jacksonville, FL 32234
Oct. 24, 9 pm – Miss Widow’s Vampire Ball
Hourglass Pub – 345 E Bay St, Jacksonville, Florida 32202.
You are cordially invited to the premier event for all you Jacksonville vampires. Please join the Hourglass Pub as we present Miss Widow’s Annual Vampire’s Ball! We look forward to seeing you bare your fangs in your best vamp attire while we dance the night away to the best in dark, sultry, sexy tunes. Enjoy the best our bartenders have to offer with our bloody good cocktails! Ghoulishly delightful entertainment throughout the night…performers to be announced. Raffle prizes and 50/50 drawing…proceeds to benefit Florida Georgia Blood Alliance.
$10 Cover. $30 All you can drink unlimited VIP wristbands available at the bar.
Oct. 29, 7 pm – Shoot the Messenger Premiere
at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park Street, Jacksonville.
Because STRANGE THINGS happen in Florida. After witnessing a murder and befriending a swindler in jail, a screwup slacker is about to come face to face with extraordinary evil. From local filmmaker Henry R. Nader. Click here to watch the trailer and here for more info.
Oct. 30, 9 pm, Official Retro Halloween Party
Eclipse – 4219 St Johns Ave – Jacksonville.
Friday, October 30 we are gonna dress up in our costumes, break out the treats, and get ready to party!
☻ Everyone in costume will get a FREE SHOT just for coming thru the door.
☻ Dj’s Canaan & Kill Bill spin! Get ready to hear your favorite retro Halloween hits along with our own special mix of 80’s delights.
☻ This is a No Cover event.
☻ Amazing drink specials all night.
Get ready to hear your favorite retro Halloween hits along with our own special mix of 80’s delights!
♫ Pixies, Violent Femmes, Salt n Peppa, Concrete Blonde, Prince, Madonna, Billy Idol, Duran Duran, New Order, Ah-ha, Depeche Mode, Smiths, Front 242, The Cure, NIN, Big Country, Sir Mix-a-lot, Outfield, Fugazi, & many more! ♫
Doors at 9 – Get ready to drink, dance, and have some fun. Click here for more info.
Oct. 31 & Nov. 1 – WasabiCon
Jacksonville Marriott, 4670 Salisbury Rd, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.
YEAR FOUR! Jacksonville’s favorite annual gathering of geeks continues with events for fans of anime, comic books, games, science fiction, video gaming, and more.
Two solid days of costume contests, tabletop gaming, anime panels, video games, comic con entertainment, pop culture vendors room, workshops, artists, cosplay, and more.
Tentatively from 10:00 am Saturday until 6:00 pm on Sunday. For complete details, click here.
Oct. 31, 9 pm – Evil Dead 2 Movie in the Yard
6682 Barney Rd. Jacksonville FL 32219.
On Halloween, in preparation for the premiere of “Ash vs. Evil Dead” and to raise money for our local film production of “Never Go Back,” we will be projecting Evil Dead II in a big yard near Pritchard Rd. & 295.
THERE WILL POSSIBLY BE AN ENCORE OF THE FIRST EPISODE OF “ASH VS THE EVIL DEAD.”
(As long as it is available by the time Evil Dead II is over)
It is only $5 per person (all proceeds go toward our film production). Bring blankets or chairs to relax on during the movie. Concessions will be available on the cheap with all proceeds going toward our film production but you are welcome to bring your own snacks/drinks.
Gates open at 9 pm. Movie starts at 10 pm. You must vacate after the film is over – Any lingerers will be “Dead By Dawn.” Click here for more info.
Evil Dead II is a 1987 American horror comedy film directed by Sam Raimi and a parody sequel to the 1981 film The Evil Dead. The film was written by Raimi and Scott Spiegel and stars Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams. Like the original, Evil Dead II has accumulated a cult following. The film was followed by a third installment in the Evil Dead series, Army of Darkness (from Wikipedia).