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, here are some holiday activities to get you in the Halloween spirit.
If you’re looking for a healthy dose of the Halloween scares, you’ve come to the right place. Key West is regarded as one of the most haunted places in America. Pay a visit to Robert the Doll at the Fort East Martello Museum or the ghosts of the Porter House mansion. A nocturnal stroll, trolley ride or pub crawl ghost tour will fill you in on the island’s spooky past and local haunts.
Take part in the zombie apocalypse on wheels! This annual event has grown tremendously in recent years with participants decked out in their best zombie getup. The day-long event includes a Zombie Land party at the Fort East Martello Museum with a family friendly Zombie Bike Ride to follow. The ride starts at 6 pm and ends 4 miles away in Old Town. Guests interested in participating can rent bikes from The Gates Hotel. If you’d rather be a spectator, the best spot to see the oncoming parade of zombies is along the beach on S. Roosevelt Boulevard or Duval Street.
Fantasy Fest takes costuming to another level, with countless opportunities for dressing up or down. Every day is Halloween during this 10-day festival, with themed parties including the Toga Party at Sloppy Joe’s, the Party in Plaid at Capt. Tony’s, Tutu Tuesday, and more. Be your best self and live out your costumed fantasy. Don’t forget to check out the best spots to catch the Fantasy Fest parade using our guide.
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