How to Celebrate Halloween in Key West 2022
If you find yourself in Key West around Halloween time, you’ll see that it’s a rather busy time of year. Whether you’re stopping by via cruise ship or visiting the island especially for Fantasy Fest, we've got you covered on all things Halloween in Key West for 2022.
Although we strive to provide the most current information, events mentioned may be canceled without notice. We recommend checking the official individual websites for updates before visiting.
Visit Robert the Doll at the Fort East Martello Museum
Once belonging to a prominent Key West family in the early 20th century, legend has it the handmade doll has supernatural abilities that allow it to move, change facial expressions, and giggle. Others claim the doll has moved objects around the room, disappeared, and caused "car accidents, broken bones, job loss, divorce, and a cornucopia of other misfortunes.” Visit the Fort East Martello Museum on Halloween to see Robert for yourself...if you dare. Open daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
See the ‘Scarecrows in the Forest’ at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
Enjoy a family-friendly Halloween at the Botanical Garden’s annual Scarecrows in the Forest event featuring locally designed scarecrows using only natural and recycled materials. Help choose the ‘Best in Show’ winner. Kids visit free. Open daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Bring the Kids to ‘Screaming Green Halloween’ at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
The family fun continues at the Botanical Garden’s 14th annual Screaming Green Halloween on Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Explore the Garden pathways and secret locations for candy, games, crafts, a bounce house, and costume contests for kids.
Step Back in Time on a Walking Ghost Tour or Haunted Pub Crawl
If you’re looking for a healthy dose of Halloween scares, you’ve come to the right place. Key West is regarded as one of the most haunted places in America! A nocturnal walking tour or haunted pub crawl will fill you in on the island’s spooky past and local haunts. Check websites for dates and times and reserve your spot ahead of time.
Hop on the Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour
Take a ride to Key West’s dark side on the Trolley of the Doomed. The trolley will take you to the most famous ghostly sites on the island, with tales about Captain Tony’s Saloon (where not all spirits are stored in bottles), the infamous Lady in Blue, and the haunted history of the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum. Check the Ghost and Gravestones website for tour dates and times and reserve your spot ahead of time.
Party at Fantasy Fest
Be your best self and live out your costumed fantasy. Fantasy Fest takes costuming to another level, with countless opportunities for dressing up or down. Every day is Halloween during this 10-day festival (Oct. 21 - 30), with themed parties including the Toga Party at Sloppy Joe’s, the Party in Plaid at Capt. Tony’s, body painting parties, and more.
Watch Dancing Zombies at Jimmy Buffet’s Escape to Margaritaville: The Musical
As part of Fantasy Fest, Jimmy Buffett’s rom-com musical features the singer’s hits, sing-alongs, and quirky segments like dancing zombies. See the show at the Waterfront Playhouse from Oct. 20 to Nov. 12. See more of Fantasy Fest’s weirdest events here.
Allow Yourself a Few Illusions at Schooner Wharf’s Magic Show
Magician Frank Everhart performs special up-close-and-personal magic shows five nights a week at Schooner Wharf, and has been doing so for 20 years! Grab a drink, settle in, and suspend disbelief as miracles unfold in front of your eyes. The shows start at 7 p.m.
Take a Cemetery Stroll
Do you have the courage to venture into the cemetery on the most haunted day of the year? Check out this map of the historic Key West Cemetery. It directs you to some of the most noteworthy sites in the place. Please visit respectfully.
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