Visit Pensacola prepares for a high-spirited Halloween filled with paranormal activity amidst its abundance of haunted spaces

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From lighthouses to grand historic homes to local hangouts, the hauntings are alive and well in Pensacola, Florida, this time of year and easy to access via haunted Halloween walking, trolley, and Segway tours.

Take a ride on the Trolley of the Doomed and rent a ghost meter to measure paranormal activity.

In a coastal city that dates back to 1559, you’ll find a long, colorful history, filled with infamous pirates and sea captains of the past. Ghost hunters believe they’re still here, though, hanging around in modern day, haunting homes, businesses, and the streets. Their stories come to life during the Halloween season and are the cornerstone of a citywide celebration that includes the scary to the hairy with everyone from the Historical to the Humane Society participating in festivities and fun.    

Tour Pensacola’s haunted spaces, beginning this weekend. The historic Pensacola Lighthouse aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, one of the most haunted lighthouses in America, hosts a real ghost hunt and also provides a more family-friendly event, “Haunted Lighthouses” haunted houses (October 17-31). Make reservations by visiting

Haunted walking tours of downtown Historic Pensacola provide the stories behind the most infamous ghosts of the churches, neighborhoods, bars, and, yes, brothels. Choose from four different walking tours (October 17-November 1) or take a ride on the “Trolley of the Doomed” to learn about more haunts in Pensacola’s North Hill district. For added fun, rent a ghost meter to measure paranormal activity while on tour. For more information, visit

Horror mixes with humor in the interactive “Grave Occasion” trolley rides organized by Winterfest and the First City Shakespeare Company. Witches and warlocks guide visitors along a 90-minute ride with singing, spell casting, crowd participation, and candy for everyone (October 17-31). To books tours, visit

Walk, ride or even Segway through downtown with the “Ghosts, Murders and Mayhem” Segway Tours (October 15-31). Hear the tales of the Ghost Boy of Government Street, find out about the historic hangings, and visit the first drive-through funeral home in the country. For dates and times, visit

Visitors who prefer real creatures verses supernatural ones can participate in Pensacola’s annual dog costume contest, Barktoberfest (October 25), sponsored by the Pensacola Humane Society. Barktoberfest attracts thousands of pet owners and pooches and includes games and animal adoptions. Adults are encouraged to dress-up, too, and participate in the biggest costume party in the city at the well-known haunted hot spot Seville Square (October 31).

See the Halloween cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Show,” live and onstage at the Pensacola Little Theater (October 27-31). If you dare, ensure “nightmares for years to come” at the Fear City Nights Haunted House (October 17-November 1), the largest haunted house in Pensacola in the vacant newspaper building downtown. Dates and times are available by visiting

For more information about Pensacola’s haunted destinations and Halloween attractions, or to request a Visitor Guide, call Visit Pensacola at (800) 874-1234.

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