The Best SCARES Around

It’s that time of the year again, when the dead shall walk amongst the living—especially as they leave the bars around 2 o’clock. So dust off those vampire fangs and cut a couple holes in that old bed sheet, it’s Halloween!

Between the boozing and Netflix horror movie binges, we thought you might actually want to get out of the house this year. So we compiled a list of some of the best spots to celebrate with kindred Halloween spirits.
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Haunted Brewery at Anheuser Busch
This year’s Haunted Brewery is going to make a KILLING as they SLAY the crowds with a menagerie of terrifying attractions. For the Walking Dead fans among us, you can go on the Zombie Hunt and do your best rendition of Rick Grimes. Just remember, they’re not real zombies. Killing them and wearing their mashed up corpses as zombie repellent is frowned upon. Or, if you want, head on over to the CarnEVIL and do a little organ tossing or spin the Wheel of Misfortune. Plus, there’s going to be beer. Who doesn’t like beer? (Probably zombies.) If the chills make you mighty thirsty, ask about the on-site promo code for safe rides home from zTrip. 5-11 p.m. Friday & Saturdays through Oct., kids 12 & under free, adults $10-55, 1100 Ellis Rd. N., Northside, thehauntedbrewery.com
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Haunt Nights at Adventure Landing 
The unassuming water slides and putt-putt courses that can be seen on the surface are nothing more than a facade as the park transforms during the month of October. With four haunted houses to choose from, Apocalypse 3D: Clown Takeover, Pinehurst Asylum, Containment & Descent (you know you wanna do all of ‘em) you have your pick of the litter when it comes to deciding how you want to have the proverbial crap scared out of you. Psycho clowns, undead ghouls, haunted caves and demented asylums—no worse than Sunday dinner at the White House. Dusk to 11 p.m. Oct. 26 & 27, dusk to midnight Oct. 28 & 29, dusk to 11 p.m. Oct. 29-31, $26.99, fast passes ($10) available on select nights, group rates for 10 or more $19.99/person, 1944 Beach Blvd, Jax Beach, 246-4386, hauntnights.com
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Spooktacular Sights at Jacksonville ZOO and Gardens
A little Halloween spooking for the whole family. Head on down for a hauntingly magical night at the ZOO as the whole place transforms into a Tim Burton-esque version of a Winter Wonderland. BOO and AWE at the Pumpkin Patch, and then grab some candy on the Sweet Pete trail. They even have some kid-friendly haunts with three different scare zones. For the adults in attendance, a real nightmare is in store: dealing with hundreds of sugar-high kids as they fight over candy and try to climb in the giraffe exhibit. 6:30-10 p.m. (gates close at 9), Oct. 27-29, $12 members, $14 non-members; Oct. 30 and 31, $11 members, $13 non-members; 370 Zoo Parkway, Northside, spooktacular.jacksonvillezoo.org
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Captain Jack’s Ghost Boat Tour
Your standard walk-and-talk ghost tour isn’t half bad. You see some sights, hear some stories and get a nice constitutional. If you want to take your ghost touring to the next level, hop on a boat down in good ol’ St. Augustine. Enjoy the ride as the GHOST BOAT traipses down the Matanzas Bay, which plays home to the souls of some 300 French soldiers—spooky, right? The sights will allure and mystify, as the stories enthrall and stupefy. Make sure you catch the last boat out, the spirits are always most active late at night—kinda like that one who keeps eating your leftovers in the fridge while you’re asleep. Kids 5-12 $16, adults $25.95, 827-0807, 111 Avenida Menendez, St Augustine,  staugustineghosttours.com
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Warehouse 31 Unleashed
Warehouse 31 is where to go if you want that true sense of guttural and visceral horror. When you watch a scary movie at home, you can at least rest easily knowing that it’s not actually happening—unless you’re watching Donald Trump give a speech in our fever dream hellscape called reality. Like the Donald, the peeps at Warehouse 31 know how to screw with your head. They’re so good, the lovable bunch of horror gluttons actually 

pay them to do it. When you step through the doors, you won’t know what to expect next as you wonder what’s waiting around every corner—also very reminiscent of current politics. If you like screaming at a crisp falsetto, this is the place to go. Thursday/Sunday $25, Friday/Saturday $30, fastpass $10, 11262 Beach Blvd., Southside, (833) 904-3327, warehouse31unleashed.com
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The Old Spanish Trail
The Old Spanish Trail promises this year’s haunt to be a unique experience. With two acres of woodland trails filled with three haunts worth of spooks and scares, the Spanish Trail might keep its promise—unlike Rose (there was enough room on that raft!). The event even boasts that you may come in contact with an actual ghost, whether you believe that sort of thing or not. Turns out ghosts don’t need you to believe in them to be real. According to the proprietors of the event, this haunt has been verified by legit paranormal investigators. Also, there’s no promises you won’t come in contact with creepy crawly bugs, bats, snakes and rats, seeing how you’re out in the middle of the woods. Kids 12 and under $15, adults $25, group rate ($20/person) for parties of 10 or more, 13535 W. Beaver Street, Westside, ostjax.com
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Hocus Pocus Halloween Party
Based on everybody’s favorite Halloween flick, Hocus Pocus, Blackfinn’s Halloween Party is set to be one of the more interesting places to be on that Hallowed Day. For the night, the pub is being transformed into Salem, Massachusetts. Witches and ghouls will be running amok and cutting a rug as the DJ will be playing all of your favorite Halloween tunes—cue up the “Monster Mash” conga line remix featuring Pitbull. And if your costume is up to snuff, you may be walking home with some cash and prizes. 9 p.m., Oct. 26, free, VIP tables $250 [seat 4-8 depending on section and comes with a bottle of Grey Goose and mixers (excluding Red Bull), a VIP bottle server and your choice of Mumm Brut or Mumm Rose], Blackfinn Ameripub, 4840 Big Island Drive, St. Johns Town Center, eventbrite.com/e/hocus-pocus-halloween-party-tickets-36518282165

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