As the skies turn gray and steely and the temperatures drop to cold and uncomfortable in your midwestern hometown you may find yourself seeking a Halloween adventure that is filled with sunshine, mild temperatures, and the crashing of waves against sandy shores. Fall is here and the season doesn’t always bring the most welcoming of weather in your area, but in Cocoa Beach? It is the most wonderful time of the year, with the entire month of October being the absolute best time to visit. The crowds shrink, the lines in restaurant shorten, and the opportunities to engage in traditional Halloween activities is brightened by the sun shining down on all who come to visit, perhaps shining a little brighter when you choose Stay in Cocoa Beach for your holiday hideaway! This guide to spending Halloween in Cocoa Beach will ensure that every minute of your stay will be filled with Halloween frights and creature comforts!
While a fair may not seem to be a traditional Halloween activity, this one offers several holiday shows and activities with its Halloween Spooktacular! Watch the amazing antics of the Anastasini Family Circus Halloween Zombie Shows, presented at varying times throughout the fair, and be amazed at the “death-defying” motorcycle talents shown in the Urias Family Circus Globe of Death show. Animal shows with birds and wolves will appeal to all members of your traveling group, and, of course, rides, fair food, and midway games will bring fun and excitement to your Florida holiday!
The first fear of any youngster is one of not being able to trick or treat at Halloween, but we are happy to inform you it won’t be an issue during your escape to Cocoa Beach! Attend the Space Coast Halloween Fest on October 21 on Merritt Island, a festival offering face painting, balloon animals, and a safe way for costumed kiddos to beg for treats, while also expanding your opportunities for a candy haul!
The 5th Annual Space Coast Mom Life Trunk or Treat on October 27th held at 4345 W New Haven Avenue in Melbourne provides a couple of hours of safe and free trunk or treating, an event that also includes a bounce house, DJ, and food trucks filled with delicious snacks and meals for your dining pleasure. The Community Trunk or Treat held in nearby Cocoa at 4725 Fay Boulevard, also on October 27 will not only offer trunk or treating, but there will be vendors perhaps selling the treasures that will make their way under your friends’ Christmas trees!
Our children aren’t the only ones who like to celebrate the holiday and for those adults traveling without their tiniest chaperones, participating in a Halloween Bar Crawl makes memories that you will never forget! (Or will fail to remember if you drink a little too much!) The 2nd Annual Halloween Pub Crawl in Downtown Cocoa Beach, sponsored by Salty Sisters Bar & Grill is destined to be your favorite new tradition! Taking place on Saturday, October 14 starting at 5 PM, this fun event serves as the official kickoff for the spookiest season, featuring costume contests, 5 drinks (1 at each stop!), and prizes that include gift certificates to area bars and restaurants are included in the ticket prizes that cost $18 in advance or $25 on the day of the event.
On October 21, the 9th Annual Halloween Pub Crawl of Cocoa Village sponsored by the Cocoa Elk’s Lodge in Cocoa, provides 6 drinks for the cost of tickets which are $20 in advance, and $30 on the day of the event. And finally, Melbourne’s Official Halloween Bar Crawl, which takes place on October 28th offers admission into the top-rated bars and a night of parties you will wish never had to end. Costume contests, music, dancing, and Halloween drink specials will fill the night and with tickets starting at $12.99, this night out on the town fits most any travel budget!
The best moments of your escape to the sea may just be the ones spent at home in our Stay in Cocoa Beach Halloween havens. Offering state-of-the-art televisions that won’t hide any of the details in your favorite horror films, fully equipped kitchens that will make guests WANT to create a holiday feast or at the very least, concoct a witch’s brew to sip in lounge chairs by the pool as the sun sets over the horizon. Every attention is paid to every detail and although we can’t provide an authentic haunted house experience (we want you to sleep without nightmares!) we can point you in the direction of the nearby town of Palm Bay where their Haunted Lair will properly give you the jump scares you crave! In the meantime, reserve your favorite sanctuary today!
Anytime travelers are fortunate enough to enjoy a trip to Florida in the name of fun, setting their sights on Cocoa Beach promises to delight. This inviting and exciting vacation destination is thrilling year-round, but around Halloween, some extra holiday-specific activities and attractions enhance the experience even further! The following are just a few of the many options to add to your itinerary when end-of-October travels bring you this way for Halloween in Cocoa Beach.
A trip to Cocoa Beach, Florida over Halloween comes with plenty of options for getting out and enjoying the sunshine and sand. However, those headed this way this particular time of year can also access the spookier side of fun when they sign up for a Haunted Space Coast Tour through Karma Tours Florida. Headquartered at 277 S. Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Beach, Karma Tours Florida is open Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm and Monday through Wednesday from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Karma Tours Florida offers one-of-a-kind ghostly experiences across Cocoa Beach that tend to be especially popular toward the end of October with good reason! This 3-hour tour is led by a knowledgeable and friendly guide who leads the group through Honeymoon Hill, the Georgianna Cemetery as well as the Cocoa Village Playhouse—all of which have some type of haunted reputation to their name! The tour ends with dinner and a drink at Ashley’s Restaurant where some believe the ghost of a former worker is still present. Is it true? You’ll have to find out for yourself this Halloween.
In the event, you find your Halloween travels to Cocoa Beach could use a savory pick-me-up, be sure to head over to Café Surfinista while you’re in town. Located at 86 N. Orlando Avenue, Café Surfinista serves up breakfast and lunch daily, but it might just be the seasonal-infused coffees and smoothies that keep guests coming back for more! Guests can settle into the cozy main room with family and friends and make it a Halloween getaway that’s equal parts inviting and satisfying alike.
For many travelers, taking time out of their busy schedules to enjoy a Cocoa Beach getaway is something that’s very much focused on the time they look forward to spending on the water. Cocoa Beach tends to be a boating paradise for locals and visitors alike. Those heading here over Halloween will find there are plenty of options for on-the-water fun! Among them is the Halloween Party at Sea hosted by Tora Himan that’s happening on Monday, October 31st running through Saturday, November 11th. This event is being hosted on the Carnival Magic cruise ship and will include costume parties, cocktail gatherings, meet-and-greets, and more! The ship departs from Cape Canaveral and spots can be booked easily in advance online.
Travelers that are heading with little ones over Halloween in Cocoa Beach and are looking for family-friendly fun with wildlife to match will find it all when they attend Boo at the Zoo! This Brevard Zoo annual event is hosted every Saturday and Sunday through the month of October. Every weekend is specially themed, and costumes are very much encouraged. The zoo is located at 8225 N Wickham Road in nearby Melbourne and the fun happens between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Guests attending Boo at the Zoo can enjoy activities like trick-or-treating, special performances, live music, costumed characters on-site, and options to of course visit their favorite zoo animals too. The Boo at the Zoo activities are included in the cost of an admission ticket. The themes for weekends in October include pirates, circus, magic, fantasy, and monsters.
Adults looking to get in on the costumed fun will find plenty of it waiting for them at the Cosmic Masquerade Ball in 2022. This event will be held on October 22nd starting at 7:00 pm at the Beachside Hotel & Suite at 3901 N Atlantic Avenue in Cocoa Beach. The Cosmic Masquerade Ball is presented by the American Space Museum and the theme this year is astronauts, aliens, and cosmic creatures! The ball goes until midnight and will feature the stylings of DJ Titan as well as performances by magician Wayne Gonce. There’s a silent auction held on-site as well as a costume contest so it’s good to come looking your holiday best. The Cosmic Masquerade Ball is a charity fundraiser that also includes raffles and door prizes for guests. Tickets should be purchased online in advance.
When you can’t wait to get out of town and enjoy a well-deserved vacation to Cocoa Beach, the team at Stay in Cocoa Beach is here to make sure you have amazing vacation rental accommodations to match. Get in touch to learn more about our exciting lineup of property options in the area and how we can help you plan your next trip to sunny Florida.