Ghost tour guide in St. Augustine

A "ghostly" tour guide awaits to show you around haunted St. Augustine.

Old Jail in St. Augustine

The Old Jail in St. Augustine looks extra-spooky at night

St. Augustine Lighthouse

St. Augustine Lighthouse

Huguenot Cemetery gates, St. Augustine

Even the gates of Huguenot Cemetery look eerie.

Tolomato Cemetery, St. Augustine

Tolomato Cemetery

Ghost tour guide in St. Augustine
Old Jail in St. Augustine
St. Augustine Lighthouse
Huguenot Cemetery gates, St. Augustine
Tolomato Cemetery, St. Augustine

Oldest City is Perfect for Halloween Fun!

When it comes to selecting the perfect place for ghostly fun, you won’t find a more haunted getaway destination than the Nation's Oldest City, St. Augustine, Florida. With over 450 years of history, ancient narrow streets, two historic cemeteries with graves dating back hundreds of years, a brooding Spanish fortress and endless stories of roaming spirits, it’s the place to be for all things other-worldly. And while Halloween is known as the night that stirs up the supernatural, St. Augustine features ghost tours and spooky encounters all year long. 
 
Here are some of St. Augustine’s spooky adventures awaiting intrepid souls and fun-seeking spirits.

Ongoing Year-Round Tours

St. Augustine Ghostly Experience Tour

As seen on the Travel Channel, History Channel and Discover Channel, the Ghostly Experience tour follows a guide under the glimmer of lantern light as you explore enchanted back alleys and learn about ghostly spirits that still linger at many of St. Augustine's famous historic sites as well as exploring the theories of different types of haunts and unexplained occurrences. $20 for adults; children under 6 free. For more information, call 904.825.0087 or visit www.staugcitywalks.com.

History, Mystery, Mayhem & Murder

The St. Augustine History, Mystery, Mayhem & Murder tour takes you on a journey through the city's darkest history to explore the true stories behind bizarre legends. Bloody pirate raids and plunders, brutal massacres, deadly plagues, notorious criminals, unsolved murders, grotesque colonial surgery procedures ... it's all happened right here in St. Augustine. $20 for adults; children under 6 free. For more information, call 904.825.0087 or visit www.staugcitywalks.com.

Ghosts and Gravestones Frightseeing Adventures

Explore the darker side of the Nation’s Oldest City on this nightly trolley tour named by Southern Living magazine as one of the five best in the South. Relive the historic haunted tales and legends found at every turn. In addition, the tour includes a visit to Lighthouse Park, where the ghosts of three little girls are said to still haunt the place of their tragic drowning. Plus, take part in a ghost-hunting excursion at the Old Jail, famous for the paranormal activity found there. Ghosts & Gravestones tours leave nightly from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center at 27 San Marco Avenue. $27.93 for adults and $15.51 for children ages 3-12. Please call 866.955.6101 to check availability and reserve your seats or visit www.ghostsandgravestones.com.

St. Augustine Lighthouse Dark of the Moon Tours

Go on the only tour that takes participants to the top of the tower of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and into the eerie Keeper’s House. Find out why the Syfy Network’s Ghost Hunters program called the Lighthouse the “Mona Lisa of paranormal sites.” Tours begin at 8 p.m. on select dates and tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 7-11. Reservations are required. (Private 90-minute, 3-hour and 5-hour tours are also available.) Call 904.829.0745.

Ripley's Ghost Train Adventure

Hop aboard the Ghost Train for a trip to the paranormal side of haunted St. Augustine. This 80-minute ghostly tour travels through some of the Oldest City’s most haunted areas. Then the tour makes a final stop at Castle Warden for a backstage visit, where participants can investigate one of the city’s most notorious murder mysteries. Tours depart nightly from Ripley’s Castle Warden, 19 San Marco Avenue.  Tickets are $24 for adults and $13 for children. 904.824.1606, www.ghosttrainadventure.com.

GhoSt Augustine Dead Walk Tour

If you dare, take this walking tour through the narrowest and darkest streets on the south end of the St. Augustine historic area. The tour has several new haunted stories that have not been heard by the public until now! Tours depart at nightly from Beerhammer’s, located in Heritage Walk Mall, 162 St. George Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $20. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 888.653.1565 or visit www.ghostaugustine.com.

Special Events in October

October 7 - 29
Sykes and Cooper Farms Corn Maze

This award-winning nine-acre maze is sure to get your family pumped up for fall -- there's even a Spookley the Square Pumpkin maze for the kids. Located on SR 207 in Elkton, Sykes-Cooper Farm features a nine-acre corn maze, hayrides, a playground and farm animals to see and meet. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. General admission is $10; seniors and active military $8; children 2 and younger admitted free. 5995 Brough Rd., Elkton. http://sycofarms.com.

October 7, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Orgins of Halloween and Haunted Pub Crawl

Learn about how many of our present-day Halloween customs began … bonfires, jack-o-lanterns, costumes and masks, trick-or-treating … as you search for ghosts and goblins at pubs and taverns in St. Augustine's historic downtown district on this exclusive 2.5-hour Halloween tour. This spine-tingling walking tour departs at 7 p.m. from Al's Pizza, where guests will enjoy a complimentary welcome drink before the start of the tour. Tickets are $25 per person. Advance reservations required. www.ghosttoursofstaugustine.net.

October 26, 27 & 28
Haunted Trails and Fall Festival

This spooky event features a nighttime wagon ride through the woods, plus magic shows, games and a haunted house from 6 to 11 p.m. each day. Festivalgoers are encouraged to wear their Halloween costume. Admission is $15 for adults; $10 for youth ages 12 and under; free for youth ages 5 and under. Florida Agricultural Museum, 7900 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast, 386.446.7630, www.myagmuseum.org.

October 27, 28 & 29
Creatures of the Night at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm

Trick-or-treating and fun await young ghosts and goblins at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. Hours are 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  Special alligator feeding at 7:20 p.m. Admission is $9 adults, $7 children ($8 and $6 for Annual Pass holders). 999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 904.824.3337, www.alligatorfarm.com.
 
October 28
El Dia de los Difuntos/ The Day of the Deceased

On the Day of the Dead, friends and family celebrate and joyfully honor their deceased loved ones. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic customs and foodways associated with this holiday will be shared at the Tolomato Cemetery. Enjoy a traditional Marcha de la Santa Compaña, or March of the Holy Company, which is a nighttime, torch-lit procession through downtown St. Augustine, which will start at 7 p.m. at St. George Street and Cathedral Place. The event will conclude with an abbreviated, candle-lit production of the play Don Juan Tenorio, a time-honored part of Dia de los Difuntos celebrations, at 8 p.m. at the Tolomato Cemetery. Admission is free. 14 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 877.352.4478.