Not-So-Scary Halloween Activities

Not into haunted trails where guys in masks jump out from behind trees brandishing chainsaws? That's okay, we get it. There are plenty of Halloween-related activities out there which don't involve developing a heart condition, but are still a little spooky and may or may not involve free candy.


symphonyIMG_0431yJacksonville Symphony: Symphonic Spooktacular
October 25 | 3 PM | Times-Union Center | Adult tickets $10-$26

There’s dreadful news from the Symphony Hall – the composer is dead! Where exactly were the violins on the night in queston? Did anyone see the harp? The orchestra performs this musical mystery, The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket, and other Halloween favorite tunes at this family fun event. Arrive an hour early in your favorite costume for fun Halloween surprises. or 354-5547

Third annual Trick or Treat on the Street
October 30 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Hemming Park | Free

Downtown Vision, Inc. invites you to dress up and make your way around downtown to trick or treat with more than 20 local businesses. Participating businesses and restaurants will be set up either inside or outside their storefronts handing out candy, coupons and other promotional goodies. All ages are welcome!

Painting party events: Sleepy HollowSleepy Hollow
October 27 | 7 PM | Whiskey Jax | $45

Art for the non-artist continues to gain in popularity, and several of these events around town this week have a Halloween theme. This one at Whiskey Jax allows attendees to paint a spooky tree while partaking in cocktails (140+whiskeys, 24 beer taps and full bar), food (including rooster braised brisket) and music. See more Halloween-themed painting events going on this week at the Painting Party website.

Pictures in the Park
October 30 | 7 PM | Hemming Park | Free

Pictures in the Park features free screenings of new releases and classic favorites every Friday in October. On October 30, the movie is the now-classic PG comedy Ghostbusters.


Popup-Dinner-Flyer (1)-1Dinner with the Dead Pop-Up Picnic
October 24 | 6 PM | Secret location | $30 individual tickets, $50 per couple or $165 per table

Modeled after a similar event that started in Paris, the pop up is a communal dinner party where nobody (except the organizers) knows the location until an hour before the start of dinner. PB&J's Dinner with the Dead pop-up picnic may include some other ghoulish surprises, too. In order to participate, either you or one of your friends will sign up as a table captain. Each table captain will be responsible for organizing your dinner party (i.e. table) of six. That includes: inviting five (5) dinner companions; arranging decorations and assigning food and beverage responsibilities.


Halloween Howler 5K
October 24 | 7 PM | Nimnicht Buick GMC Avenues | Registration $35-$40

Costumes are encouraged for this evening 5K. Best dressed male and female will win a prize. Stay after for the Sunny Runner Race Series finale party where participants get the first beer free. Food trucks and additional Octoberfest beer available to purchase.