Milton, Florida is located just north of Pensacola, and according to one resident on Nichols Creek Road, there is paranormal activity there. He routinely sees apparitions around the old slave cemetery there. Halloween in Milton may or may not put you in touch with local poltergeists, but there is plenty to do there to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve.
The Haunted House
Every October in Milton, Mainstreet Milton (mainstreetmilton.org) and other sponsors host a haunted house, now located at 6674 Elva Street, right behind Bass’s Restaurant. Tickets are $5 a person, and the dates and times are posted at Mainstreet Milton’s website. The haunted house is wheelchair accessible, and there is plenty there for kids to do. On Halloween night, there is a children’s costume contest and a pumpkin carving contest for which first, second and third place ribbons are awarded.
Ghosts of Milton
For local history buffs who want some ghoulish fun with their research, there is the annual “Ghosts of Milton Tour” sponsored by the Santa Rosa Historical Society (santarosahistoricalsociety.com/ghostwalk.htm). A $10 donation is requested, and the “ghost walk” begins from the renovated historic Imogene Theater at 6866 Caroline Street. The walk is one mile long, and it meanders through the historic district of Milton, with actors spookily representing the risen dead of Milton along the way.
If you already have plans for Halloween night, such as taking the kids trick-or-treating, you can always swing by during daylight to Sweet Season Farms at 2260 Horn Road in Milton. Sweet Seasons Farms builds a Fall corn maize every year. For $6 a head, you can spend approximately an hour walking through the maze made of actual corn plants. Sweet Seasons also has concessions, a playground, hay rides and twilight bonfires on Fridays.
Grown-Up Trick or Treat
For the bold and grown, there is the do-it-yourself, roving costume party. Get a few friends together, dress up appropriately for Halloween, and make a walking tour of your own through Milton’s various drinking establishments. Cove Pub at 3547 Chantilly Way is a good starting point, located as it is across the street from Memory Park Cemetery. From there, it is walking distance to RJ’s Bar and Grill at 6424 Caroline Street, then just a hop-skip-and-jump to O’Herely’s Pub at 6462 Caroline Street, and finally to Stevie D’s Pub at 6410 Caroline Street. You are then close enough to stroll to the Blackwater River, enjoy the view and call a cab to take you home.
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