Getting out and away from the daily hustle of life and making the most of a well-deserved break can do wonders for your perspective on just about everything in life! Travelers who take time to enjoy a journey to scenic Gulf Shores, Alabama over Halloween will find they have access to all of the sand, sun, and fun that’s found here with every trip as well as seasonal extras that elevate a stay. Whether you’re looking to enjoy time on the shoreline, or you’re excited to embrace the best of Halloween Gulf Shores entertainment, the following are just a few of the many options for making more of every moment you’re in town.
Enjoy an Escape Room This Halloween
Halloween is a holiday that revolves around thrills and when you’re looking to maximize that sentiment, consider adding a stop at the XIT Escape Room to your itinerary while you’re here! An escape room is a great option when you’re traveling to Gulf Shores over Halloween with family and friends and you’re looking to put your strategy and teamwork skills to the test. This time of year, many of the escape rooms on-site are Halloween themed giving every session an even spookier edge. From zombies and dolls to ghosts and ghouls, there’s no shortage of options for customizing your thrilling escape room fun! You’ll have an hour to solve puzzles and mysteries that unlock the room with helpful hints from staff available along the way if you happen to find yourself stuck in limbo. XIT Escape Room is located at 3800 Gulf Shores Parkway #152 and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am until 9:30 pm and Sunday from 1:00 pm until 9:30 pm.
Try a Ghost Cruise Near Gulf Shores
If you’re looking to take the Halloween fun out on the waters when the sun goes down, there’s nothing more appealing than the thought of a Ghost Cruise added to your itinerary when October brings you to Gulf Shores. You’ll want to head over to nearby Orange Beach where Caribe Marina sets Ghost Cruises off when the moon is high in the sky throughout the month of October. This moonlit experience is sure to thrill, and the sailing comes complete with chilling ghost tales narrated along the way. You’ll learn about the area’s paranormal history while sailing through scenic waterways at night. The experience lasts around 45-minutes total and cruises often depart at 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm. It’s a family-friendly outing that’s designed for all ages to enjoy. Kids can sail for $15 while adults can enjoy a ghost cruise for $20 each.
Check out a Hunted Forest
Just 11 miles north of Gulf Shores, those who are looking to immerse themselves in Halloween fun will find it waiting for them at the annual Haunted Forest set up at Graham’s Creek Nature Preserve. Located at 23030 Wolf Bay Drive, this nature preserve sprawls across 500 acres of terrain and is a prime place to make the most of hiking, biking, and disc golf year-round. That said, Halloween is a time of year where the arrival of the Haunted Forest is highly anticipated by locals and visitors alike! Guests are invited to trek a half-mile trail through the Haunted Forest and inevitably encounter spooky scenes and sights along the way! Bring your family and friends and make the most of this Halloween area attraction where proceeds benefit Graham Creek educational programs.
Take a Ghost Tour of a Lighthouse
If you’re into paranormal experiences and investigations, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the Pensacola Lighthouse featured on The Travel Channel or shows like Ghost Hunters. A trip to Gulf Shores over Halloween puts you well within reach of taking a ghost tour of this iconic lighthouse for yourself! The Pensacola Lighthouse has long been thought to be haunted and if you’re looking to experience a tour, you can reach this landmark which sits just 30 miles east of Gulf Shores. Admission is $30 for those 15 and up and the lighthouse is located at 2081 Radford Boulevard. Adventurers who are brave enough will have the opportunity to climb the lighthouse and explore the 1869 Keeper’s Quarters as well alongside a guide. As to whether or not you’ll encounter ghosts along the way…that remains to be seen.
Enjoy the National Shrimp Festival
If your Halloween Gulf Shores journey brings you to town for an extended stay in October, you’ll be right on time to make the most of participating in the annual National Shrimp Festival. This year, it will be hosted in Gulf Shores between October 12th and the 15th much to the delight of seafood lovers from near and far. 2023 marks the festival’s 50th year in Gulf Shores. It’s a volunteer-driven event that’s been a beloved tradition on Gulf Shores beaches for decades and 2023 is shaping up to be an exciting experience too! Guests can enjoy food, art, music, and of course, amazing seafood selections making the festival as delicious as it is inviting. The festival typically welcomes more than 250,000 guests, so you’ll want to show up early to make the most of the fun and entertainment. The National Shrimp Festival is hosted at 101 Gulf Shores Parkway and events run from 10:00 until 10:00 pm with shortened hours on Sunday until 5:00 pm. This is a Halloween time event you’ll want to be sure to bring your appetite for.
Book Luxurious Lodging Options
Topping off your Halloween getaway to Gulf Shores in style begins with partnering with the property professionals at Poole & Associates. Our collection of Halloween vacation rentals is designed to inspire travelers from across the map looking for a home-away-from-home experience that’s truly one-of-a-kind. Our Halloween rentals are available as condos, homes, and retreats by the shoreline that all offer up spectacular views and access to incredible furnishings and amenities too! Whether you’re looking for a pet-friendly stay for the entire traveling crew or a cozy abode for two that turns your Halloween getaway into a romantic retreat, we have what you’re searching for and more.
Our property options keep visitors close to the places they’re excited to explore at Halloween while offering up luxury, comfort, and impeccable style standards to enjoy as well. Tasteful and stylish furnishings are always found in our Halloween rentals which typically boast beautiful open designs. This makes it simple to move breezily between living, dining, sleeping, entertainment, and lounge spaces when you aren’t out making the most of the Halloween fun across Gulf Shores! Enjoy the Halloween views from a sprawling deck or furnished patio when you pick a property that highlights outdoor and indoor living options. Whether it’s a property with a hot tub that would make all the difference, a retreat with a fireplace, or an escape that includes custom-built bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen, our team is here to make sure you have the property in place that elevates your Halloween stay every step of the way. Reach out to learn more about our exciting and inviting property selections across Gulf Shores including our Halloween collection that ensures stunning Gulf Shores vacations this holiday. We’re happy to handle the details while our guests focus exclusively on the holiday fun ahead! We look forward to seeing you in Gulf Shores soon.