For the younger ones, Halloween equals fun and lots of candy. For bigger kids, Halloween also means lots of scary stuff. Here are some suggestions of what you can do in the Jacksonville area for Halloween.
Spooktacular at the Zoo
This event is perfect for the little ones. It comes with both scary and not so scary activities. Come a parade of Jack-o-lanterns, visit the Enchanted Forest and much more. Spooktacular takes place at the Zoo on October 19 – 21 and then again October 26 – 31.
More information at www.jacksonvillezoo.org
Have a Roaring Good Time!
The Catty Shack Ranch, Florida’s longest operating sanctuary for big cats, is celebrating Halloween with a special event called “Haunted Forest Halloween”. Under the big tent at the front of the property, kids of all ages can enjoy crafts and games throughout the night (games and crafts are included in admission cost). Then, walk back to say hello to all the animals and take a walk through the Haunted Forest! Costumes are encouraged (but not required). All kids will get a bag of candy at the end of their night.
Haunted Forest Halloween at Catty Shack Ranch
Dates: Friday, October 19 (5:00 – 9:00 PM), and Saturday, October 20 (1:30 – 9:00 PM)
Cost: Adults: $10, Children (3-11): $5, 2 & Under: Free
No reservations required.
More information at www.cattyshack.org
It’s a Scary Symphony
Jacksonville Symphony has a special family event scheduled for Halloween. It’s the Spooktacular Sympony. This is a frighteningly fun Halloween concert packed to the brim with thrills and chills for the whole family! Make sure to bring the kids in their favorite costumes to join the ghouls and goblins of the orchestra. Enjoy pre-concert ghoulish games and the Ann F. Skinner Instrument Zoo in the lobby!
Part of the EverBank Family Series.
Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 3 pm.
Concert begins at 3 PM, but make sure to come at 2 PM for the fun pre-concert activities!
More information at www.jaxsymphony.org
Riverside Arts Market Halloween
Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 10 am – 4 pm
Kids are encouraged to visit the market dressed in their best Halloween costumes. Visit the website www.riversideartsmarket.com for more information.
Yappy Hour Howl-O-Ween
Sunday, October 21, 2012 from 2 pm – 5 pm
The biggest K-9 Costume Contest returns to the Jacksonville Landing on October 21st! This is a special Halloween party just for your furry best friends with a Trick-or-TREATing around the property and a doggy costume contest! Also, don’t miss out on a pet expo, games, prizes, drink specials and live music on the Courtyard stage! Yappy Hour is a free event for dogs and their owners.
Zoombies, Zoombies Everywhere
Run for your life! Head to the Jacksonville Landing to participate in a fun monster run called the Zoombie Buffet 5K and Kids Zoombie Chase. This is a charity event to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.
Saturday October 20, 2012 at 9 am.
Orange Park Fall Festival
Saturday October 20, 2012 from 9.00 am – 6 pm
Sunday October 21, 2012 from 12 – 5 pm
Lots of fun for the whole family. Live entertainment, arts and craft, food, vendors and much more.