Looking for spooky tricks and tasty treats this Halloween? If you find yourself in the Daytona Beach area during Halloween and the weekend leading up to it, you won’t want to miss these fun events. From family-friendly festivals to swanky, exclusive masquerade parties, there’s something for all age groups this year.
So prep your creepiest costumes and break out your candy bags — here are some of the hottest spots to hit in the Daytona Beach area this Halloween:
WHAT: Cinematique’s Halloween Horror Picture Show
WHERE: Cinematique Theater in Daytona Beach
WHEN: October 24 and 31, 2018, at 9:30 p.m.
COST: FREE (registration required)
Catch a double-feature night for twice the scare this Halloween! This FREE event is open to the public, but you must register to reserve your spot — only 70 spots are available each night, and these spots fill up quickly.
On Halloween, the night begins at 9:30 p.m. with “The Thing,” a 1982 sci-fi film featuring Kurt Russell. Afterward, you can restock on your supply of beer, wine, food and more. Plus, door prizes will be available, with various raffles taking place throughout the evening, as well. Following all of that, the fun continues at 11:30 p.m. with “Halloween 3: Season of the Witch,” the third installation of the cult classic. It’s shaping up to be a horrifyingly good time — don’t miss it!
WHAT: Family Fest
WHERE: ONE DAYTONA
WHEN: October 27, 2018 - October 28, 2018
Family Fest is a free event with DJ entertainment, midway games, trick or treating, horse and wagon rides, costume contest for kids, pets and adults and a petting zoo on Sunday!
WHAT: Surfari Club Spooktacular Surf Contest
WHERE: Flagler Avenue Boardwalk, New Smyrna Beach
WHEN: October 27, 2018
COST: $15 to surf (free costume contest)
Hang out and hang 10 at this super-fun annual event held in New Smyrna Beach! The event is centered around an amateur surf contest featuring various divisions. The cost is $15 for registration, with an additional $15 required for each division entered.
Not into serious surfing, but don’t want to miss out on the fun? Not to worry — the costumed division is totally free, as long as you’re in costume. Contestants will be judged on their costumes and have to ride at least one wave during the heat. What’s the treat, you ask? Winners receive $100! There’s sure to be plenty of laughs during this Spooktacular, so don’t miss out!
WHAT: Boo Bash at Riverfront Shops Daytona Beach
WHERE: Riverfront Shops of Daytona Beach
WHEN: October 27, 2018, from 2 to 5 p.m.
This centrally located Halloween festival offers fun for the whole family! Bring the kids and do a little trick-or-treating at the various Riverfront Shops, decorate your own treat bag at no cost, and participate a variety of spooky games! Wear your costume and enjoy this opportunity to celebrate Halloween and the fall season in the warm, sunny daylight hours — and it all takes place right in the heart of historic Beach Street in Daytona Beach.
WHAT: Port Orange Halloween Fest
WHERE: City Center Circle in Port Orange
WHEN: October 31, 2018
Back again for another year, the Port Orange Halloween Fest will deliver mostly sweets and a few scares to all who attend. From 5:30 to 8 p.m., you and your family can enjoy pumpkin games, a petting zoo, food trucks and more! Plus, the costume contest for the kids is always a big hit. Fun for all ages awaits at this event, so don your Halloween attire and get ready to trick or treat among some great community vendors. The best part? It won’t cost you anything to get in!
WHAT: 2nd Annual Great Gatsby Masquerade Halloween Bash
WHERE: Streamline Hotel and Lounge
WHEN: October 27, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. (doors at 5 p.m.)
It’s time to bust out your best flapper dresses and tuxedos — the Great Gatsby Masquerade Halloween Bash is back for its second year! Head to the iconic Streamline Hotel for a little old-fashioned fun, glamour and grandeur. On the Saturday before Halloween, the Streamline will be decked out in the elegant splendor of the 1920s. And what better place to host a throwback party than in a building filled with rich NASCAR history? Champagne will be flowing, the band will be swinging, and the party is sure to be a hit.
Note that this party is limited to those aged 21 and over. Limited space is available, so be sure to purchase your ticket in advance! Plus, you’ll save money that way — tickets start at $25 per person in advance, and go up to $40 when purchased at the door. Complimentary valet parking will be available, and VIP tickets are also an option.
Whether you dress as a pirate, a sea turtle or a casual beach lover this Halloween, you’re sure to have a fun time at these Daytona Beach area events! Start planning your fall beach getaway today.