October Fun in Key West

There are always plenty of exciting things to do year-round in our island paradise of Key West – and October is certainly no exception. Much of the tourist traffic has slowed down, but the island community is ready to party! While the rest of the country starts to button up their winter coats, here in the Conch Republic we are still in our shorts and flip-flops, enjoying the warm, tropical sunshine.

Key West loves a party, and Halloween gives us another great reason to get together. The annual Haunting of Fort Taylor is currently underway! The haunted house, featuring showings of classic black-and-white horror films, is open every weekend (except during the parade on October 27) and on October 30 and 31. Admission is $13 for adults, $10 with a military ID, and children ages 5-12 are $8. Adults-only fun happens on Saturday, October 20, with the Vampire’s Ball costume party in the Salley Port of Fort Zach. Come in costume for a chance to win a prize! The event runs from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. for everyone 18 and older. A cash bar and food concessions are available. Proceeds for the Haunting of Fort Taylor events go toward maintaining and restoring Fort Taylor, an important Key West historical site.

From October 19 to 28, Fantasy Fest will take over the island! Fantasy Fest is one of the largest events of the year in Key West, where venues across the island will host a multitude of fun, Halloween-themed parties and special events. This weekend, check out the family-friendly Bahama Village Goombay Festival street party on Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20. Enjoy Caribbean food, crafts and music from noon to midnight each day on Duval and Petronia Streets. This event is free! The Fantasy Fest Royal Coronation Ball is Friday night, October 19, at 6:00 p.m. at the “Mayan Empire.” Vote for the King and Queen of 2012; donations are suggested to benefit AIDS Help. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, October 20 to 22, the Waterfront Playhouse will present The Battle of Bone Island: The Ultimate Showdown of Good vs. Evil burlesque show, starting at 8:00 p.m. each evening. The fun keeps rolling on Sunday, October 21, with the Sheraton Suites’ Second Annual Blue Pool Party from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Festivities include live music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, free giveaways and raffle prizes. Tickets are $10 and include a complimentary $5 raffle ticket, and proceeds benefit AIDS Help. Additional Fantasy Fest activities from the week of October 22 to 26 include the Pinking of You undergarment-inspired art action at the Westin Key West Resort and Marina, the Reddy Ice Fantasy Facade Competition for festive home and business decorations, the 30th Annual Headdress Ball at the Southernmost Hotel on the Beach, and much more! There are plenty of exciting events planned for the week, so check out the Fantasy Fest website for full details. 

Festivities will reach a fever pitch by the final weekend of the festival. On Friday, October 26, join the Masquerade March through Old Town, starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Key West Cemetery’s Frances Street entrance. Revelers are welcome to join the madness anywhere along the route; it’s free and open to the public. On Saturday, October 27, the Duval Street Promenade will fill up the entire day – and most of the night – with street entertainment and food and drink galore! The Fantasy Fest Parade will cap off the day with a 7:00 p.m. start and feature floats, marching bands, and dance groups. Fantasy Fest wraps up on Sunday, October 28, with a Children’s Day from noon until 5:00 p.m. at Bayview Park. The kids can enjoy great food, fun games, exciting arts and crafts, and a costume contest. Finally, you will know this year’s festival is over when the “Fat Lady Sings” Tea Dance kicks off at La Te Da from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Duval Street. Admission for this event is $5.

People come to Key West for adventures they just cannot experience anywhere else. I have been selling Key West real estate for over 29 years to adventurers seeking their own island fun, and my free relocation packet and personalized, professional service can guide you to your perfect Key West home. Contact me today by phone at Margarita Villoch, 305-304-8505, by email at margarita@isellkw.com, or on the web at www.isellkw.com and join the Key West party!