Here’s where to celebrate Halloween in Gulf and Franklin Counties

Hoping to enjoy the spookiest day of the year with friends and neighbors? Here’s a list of the tricks, treats and terrors that can be found in Gulf and Franklin Counties in the days leading up to Halloween.

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Events in Gulf County

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Ghosts on the Coast

Calling all Pumpkins, Ghosts, Dragons and Witches too!

The City of Port St. Joe and the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce have a spooky party planned for Halloween night.

Come out to Reid Avenue from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET on Monday, October 31 to enjoy a halloween costume contest, trick or treating and other festivities.

For additional information please contact the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce at


Spooktacular Evening in Wewahitchka

The City of Wewahitchka will have Halloween trick or treating on Monday, October 31 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. CT on Second Street.



Holy Ghost on the Coast

First Baptist Church of Port St. Joe will be hosting their annual Holy Ghost on the Coast event on Monday, October 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EDT on the church’s lawn and parking lot.

The family-friendly event will feature trunk-or-treating, inflatables, hayrides, ax throwing, free hot dogs, a snow cone truck and more.

For more information, visit or call 850-227-1552.



VFW Halloween Party

The VFW in Highland View will be hosting a Halloween party on Friday, October 28 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EDT. The event, which is open to the public, will feature a TGIF dinner, a costume contest for both children and adults and scary-aoke (karaoke).

The VFW is located at 1776 Trout Avenue.


Howard Creek Fall Festival

The Howard Creek Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a fall festival on Saturday, October 29 from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. CST.

The event will feature games, prizes, a cake walk, truck or treat, a scary hay ride, costume contests and more. 

The Fire Department is located at 7116 Doc Whitfield Road.

Events in Franklin County

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Walk with the ghosts Saturday night

Join the Apalachicola Area Historical Society’s annual Fall Historic Ghost Walk this Saturday, Oct. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the historic Chesnut Cemetery at Avenue E and Eighth Street in Apalachicola.

Nine of Apalachicola’s citizens from the other side will share local legends and lore as history enthusiasts don the garb and take on the persona of the cemetery’s notable inhabitants. Visitors are guided through the cemetery along candle-lit paths.

The cost is $7 per person at the gate, with all proceeds going for cemetery preservation. Children under 12 are free.


Island Spooktacular Friday night

The St. George Lighthouse Association will host its third annual SGI Lighthouse Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular on Friday, Oct. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Lighthouse Park. This free, family-friendly event will feature multiple candy stations along the sidewalk and spooky decorations lighting up the park. Guests, young or old, are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes. For more info call 850-927-7745 or email


Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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