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5 Fun and Frightful Things to do in Panama City Beach this Halloween

Take a break in the sun and sand this Halloween season and also spend a day hunting zombies, an afternoon trick-or-treating, or a night to cozied up listening to creepy historical podcasts with a variety of Panama City Beach events to explore.

Creative minds come together in this Halloween with a slew of unique family friendly activities near our Panama City Beach vacation rentals –there’s something for everyone.

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St. Andrew’s Trick or Treat Trail

There’s a good chance your kids are pretty eager to try on their costumes and test out their candy buckets. Historic St. Andrew’s might be able to make those dreams come true with its afternoon trick-or-treat trail the Saturday before Halloween.

Kids should come in costume in order to collect (free!) treats at the stops along the trail: the Farmers’ Market, Publishing Museum, and participating St. Andrew’s merchants. This family friendly Panama City Beach Halloween event is ideal for all ages.

When: October 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Historic St. Andrew’s, Panama City Beach
Cost: Free.
Great for: The whole family

XD Darkride Experience Zombie Hunt in Pier Park

This year-round virtual reality ride brings The Walking Dead to life. Viewers in motions seats, clad with 3D glasses and armed with laser blasters, hunt zombies–kill them before they get to you. The more living dead you hit, the more points you get. Zombie hunters can compete for high scores with other viewers.

When: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 12 to 7 p.m.
Where: 701 Pier Park Drive, Suite 153, Panama City Beach
Cost: $9.99
Great for: Older kids and teens

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Pier Park Brew ‘n’ Boo Halloween Beer Festival

While the kids are out collecting candy by the pound, adults may want a different kind of treat this Halloween. Sample beer in costume at the 3rd annual Brew ‘n’ Boo Beer Festival the Saturday before Halloween.

With dozens of local and national beers to sample and live music, this event is bound to be a fun time for beer lovers who like to dress up. Tickets can be bought in advance or at the door. VIP wristbands are available both in advance and at the door for an extra $10, and include early entry into the event, a commemorative glass, and samples of hard-to-find and premium beers. A portion of proceeds go to American Cancer Society. Don’t forget to come wearing your spookiest costume!

When: October 28, 2:30 p.m.
Where: 600 Pier Park Dr., Panama City Beach
Cost: $25 advance (available for purchase at the Pier Park Mall office starting October 12). Cash only.
Great for: Adults (21+)

Theatre: Night of the Living Dead

For the theatre buff looking for a scare, Martin Theatre is presenting a Fright Night showing of Night of the Living Dead. The dead come back to life in this production, forcing a group of people to barricade themselves in a room to escape the flesh-eating zombies.

For something a little lighter, check out their production of Beetlejuice on October 29, in which a recently deceased couple come back to haunt their former home and rid it of an obnoxious family with the help of Beetlejuice.

When: October 31, 9 p.m.
Where: 409 Harrison Ave., Panama City
Cost: $5 donation at the door.
Great for: Teens and adults

Podcast: Fright Panama City

If you’re looking for a night in but are keen to explore the darker side of Panama City history this Halloween season, get a good pair of headphones and crank up the volume on Fright Panama City.

A podcast developed by The News Herald in partnership with Downtown Haunted Walking Tour, Fright Panama City tells eerie histories of city landmark and ghostly local stories, legend and true.

With new episodes coming out up until Halloween, the first one, The Van Kleeck Murder, is bound to pique your curiosity. Get the latest episodes.

When: October 13 to 31
Where: A comfy chair and a device with internet connection.
Cost: Free.
Great for: Teens and adults

This is just a small selection of what’s available to you near our exclusive and comfortable Panama City Beach vacation rentals this Halloween.

Please call us at (800)-874-2412 for more information or to book one of our beautiful beachside accommodation options as you explore the festivities.