Warm up with a vacation to a beach locale full of summer fun, sun, sand, warmth, and water this Halloween. Make this trip memorable with a trip to the beach and crashing waves of the Gulf of Mexico and the Alabama shores. Choose Gulf Shores and the surrounding area as your ultimate destination and start planning the fun to come. There are plenty of things to see and do while you’re here, indoors and out, Halloween-themed and year-round excitement. First, you’ll want to make sure to book a private vacation rental with Poole & Associates to spend Halloween in Gulf Shores, AL so you can enjoy time with loved ones in private. If you can’t stand a moment away from your furriest family members, ask about pet-friendly rentals and bring them along!
Have some adults-only Halloween fun. Come in your Halloween best and get in FREE, then celebrate with a costume contest. Register for the contest on-site by 8:30 p.m. Contestants will lineup at 8:45 p.m., and the contest starts at 9 p.m. in the big tent. Get $600 for first place, $500 for second, and $400 for third. Festivities take place October 31, and Flora-Bama is located in Perdido Key, Florida at 17401 Perdido Key Drive.
You and your loved ones chose a beach destination for your Halloween escape for a reason: the warmth and sun of the beach. Take part in any of the area’s lazy beach activities. Lay out and sunbathe, plant a beach umbrella and spread out a blanket for a picnic, take a swim in the Gulf, or whatever other beach fun you can think of. Turn up the adrenaline with activities like parasailing, SCUBA diving, or snorkeling. Wind down with a sunset cruise or wildlife-watching cruise at the end of the day.
Gulf Shores Dog Park
For families or groups bringing along their pets this Halloween, Gulf Shores has plenty of fun for them, too. The park has a large fenced-in green area where both large and small dogs can get their zoomies out and meet new furry friends. Humans can sit and socialize too, but make sure to keep an eye on your pup and clean up after them with the provided waste bag stations. You can bring water for yourself, but the park conveniently provides water for the pups!
Gulf State Park
Wander two miles of Gulf beachfront, swim, surf, build sandcastles, and enjoy a myriad of other beach activities with loved ones this Halloween. Have a beach picnic or move it to the pavilion for a bit of shade while you eat. If there are anglers in the group, bring along some gear for some time at the pier. For those looking for an adventure, try kayaking or soaring above the waves parasailing.
Fort Morgan Road Trail
The 5.6-mile asphalt trail starts just outside the western border of Gulf State Park and offers a fun way to exercise and see the sights at the same time. The trail runs parallel to Fort Morgan Road/Highway 180 and stretches west through Gulf Shores through tree-lined areas and neighborhoods, and finally ending at the Peninsula Golf Club. The mostly flat trail is an easy hike or bike for most. The eastern end has only a few gentle climbs, but you can add some difficulty on that end and continue on through Gulf State Park’s Hugh Branyon Backcountry Trails.
Gulf Shores Museum
Take a trip through local history this Halloween. The unique museum of Gulf Shores’ history starts with its unique location. The museum, located in a house that stood as the beach house of Valerie Cole’s family from Mobile, dates back to before World War II. The family donated the structure, originally located in West Beach. The house has stood in its current locale since Hurricane Frederic in 1979. The museum houses a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits telling the story of local history. It also offers various programs and activities for all ages and many interests, year-round.
Part of your Halloween activities in Gulf Shores may include shopping. While you’ll collect souvenirs and mementos from your many beach adventures and other activities, the aptly named shop reportedly has “thousands of gifts for everyone on your list” so you’re bound to find something to remember your time here. It may even have a spooky theme to it! The shop has been a Gulf Shores staple since 1956 and is open daily.
Celebrate Halloween in Gulf Shores
When you and your loved ones book a Halloween getaway to Gulf Shores with Poole & Associates, you won’t be short on amazing activities to fill your time. Enjoy the water, lounge around your rental, or enjoy the myriad of other activities available to help build a one-of-a-kind Gulf Shores vacation. We have everything from one-bedroom units for a solo spooky excursion up to four-bedroom homes to include all your loved ones in the spooky fun. Savor the taste of home when you prepare a home-cooked meal in the unit’s fully equipped kitchen. Enjoy spacious living areas and private outdoor spaces like patios and balconies. Unwind in a private bedroom or gather some snacks and enjoy your favorite Halloween movies together on a flatscreen TV with an entertainment center in the living or entertainment space.
Covering 32 miles of the fabled Panhandle’s Emerald Coast, Gulf Shores’ sugary white sands and Turquoise waters make the city one of Alabama’s top getaway destinations. Together with Orange Beach, Gulf Shores offers you an activity-filled vacation ranging from birdwatching the numerous migratory birds that flock to the area’s forests and waterways to exploring the military heritage plastered on most monuments in the metropolis. These activities are available all year round, with the Halloween period experiencing an influx of activities. The spooky season brings the streets and hubs of Gulf Shores to life, engaging locals and tourists in various Gulf Coast Halloween activities. Here’s how this city promises to wow you and give you chills simultaneously.
Take A Ghost Cruise
Nothing is more enchanting than taking a nighttime boat ride through calm waters, an experience available in Gulf Shores. This moonlit cruise takes place at Caribe Marina and Watersports in Orange Beach in October. The ride features the chilling narration of different ghost tales that have been part of the area’s deep history. The cruise is family-friendly and appropriate for all ages. Therefore, bring your family and get to cruise down Alabama’s waterways around Perdido Bay while listening to chilling ghost stories as ghouls haunt you. The 45-minute boat ride leaves twice a night at 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM.
Visit The Town of Terror
Hosted by the famous OWA, an entertainment destination in nearby Foley, Town of Terror takes place on weekend nights throughout October. The event consists of numerous Halloween acts, including insane asylum escapees, a haunted house, bloodthirsty butchers, and many more spooky components. Town of Terror also has a unique feature, Flashlight Nights, where you can scour the park guided by the light of a flashlight, making the experience more challenging and scary. Flashlight Nights take place on Thursdays and Sundays from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. On the other hand, the regular shows happen on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 PM to midnight.
Pumpkin Patch Express
Another exciting activity worth exploring while in Alabama’s southernmost tip is taking the fall-themed steam train ride that morphs into a haunted ride at night. This experience is only available on the fabled Wales West Light Railway Pumpkin Patch Express that runs in Silverhill from the end of September through October 31st. The train rides are exhilarating during the day and get spooky and scary during the night from 7:00 PM. You can also explore the other activities on-site, including a pumpkin cannon, a haunted barn, a petting zoo, and more. The attraction is open for all ages, with children under two being admitted for free.
Trunk R Treat
An alternative to trick-or-treating, Trunk R Treat takes place at The Wharf from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM on October 31st. The activity is family-friendly and open to everyone, including toddlers. Bring your family and let the kids enjoy fun Gulf Coast Halloween activities like exploring Main Street, an area often filled with candy in cars and trucks, riding camels, and face painting. As the event goes on, a live music performance takes place. There are also numerous merchants selling treats, a costume event, crafts, and a grand prize to be won. Ensure you check out the event for a thrilling night full of fun that ends with a spooky display of fireworks; besides, you might end the day as the lucky grand prize winner.
Flora-Bama Annual Costume Event
One of the biggest Halloween parties in the Gulf Shores is in Alabama’s Flora-Bama bar. This thrilling event features a fun-filled costume contest with cash and prizes to be won. Visit with your Halloween costume and register for the contest for free; you never know, you may leave with tons of cash or numerous other prizes. Tag your friends with you, prepare to socialize with other revelers, and enjoy the food and drinks the establishment serves while being wowed by the creativity on display. Registration ends at 8:30 PM on the night of the contest, so register early.
A Haunted Lighthouse Tour
The famous centuries-old Pensacola Lighthouse is about 16 stories high and has 177 steps. This magnificent historical structure lies at the entrance of Pensacola Bay. The historical monument has been part of America’s history and was once touted as the country’s scariest attraction. Due to its accolades and being ingrained in America’s history, thousands of travelers visit the structure all year round, with Halloween being the most exciting period to visit the monument. Take the haunting tour of the lighthouse to learn more about the six poltergeist residents living in it, as claimed by paranormal experts. You can also interact with the ghosts through your guide’s various ghost-hunting materials.
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Alabama’s Gulf Coast hosts numerous attractions that offer you a day full of outdoor Gulf Coast Halloween activities. Visiting this region, mainly during Halloween, guarantees you a fun-packed vacation. Start your day with a hike through the area and end it with a haunting tour of one of the spooky monuments in the area, capping it off with a deserved rest in one of our vacation rentals. Talk to our team at Poole & Associates to book one of these properties.