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.

Don’t see your event listed? Email details to [email protected].

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 [email protected].


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 [email protected]


Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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