As the sun sinks over St. Augustine this October, you might find an electricity in the air around the Ancient City. A current of terror and fear has blanketed the town with the arrival of two heart-stopping haunted houses. Are you brave enough to face the perils that lie within each of these dark, cavernous buildings? If you think you can handle it, read on and find the information needed to begin your journey, if not turn back now…
Located off of Norcross Drive in St. Augustine, there resides a complex of several large warehouses used for business interests and storage. Every day, trucks and trains make their way through this area, shipments are sent and delivered, and the houses are filled with goods, but one warehouse sits alone and abandoned with a simple sign that reads STORAGE 3-1. This building is known as Warehouse 31.
The other warehouses thrive and are filled to the seams, but Warehouse 31 never seems to hold on to any business for more than a few months. Some even go so far as to say it is damned and cursed by its original tenants—a strange cult known as the Church of the Light Bearer…
Throughout the month of October you can experience (if you dare) what lies inside the walls of Warehouse 31. Open from sundown to midnight every weekend, Warehouse 31 is the biggest Halloween attraction in Northeast Florida. Visit warehouse31.com for tickets and more information.
Dates: Oct. 7th – 9th, 14th – 16th, 21st – 23rd, 28th – 31st
Location: Off Holmes Blvd., turn on Norcross Road by the railroad tracks at the old cement plant and follow the road until it dead ends.
Cost: $20 – $45 per person
If you think you’re brave enough to handle it, visit St. Augustine’s Horror Zone. This heart-stopping haunted house includes the Horror Zone Vortex Tunnel, the Frightening Flight to Area 51, The Runaway Mineshaft Rollercoaster Sim, The Predator’s Cave, The NOT so Fun House and the Body Bag Vault of Doom.
Sponsored by the St. Augustine Sheriff’s Office, the Horror Zone is open from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. during the last three weekends in October. It’s been a seasonal favorite in St. Augustine since 2001 when it began as a fundraiser for for the Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Activity and Intervention programs. Food, drinks and candy are available at the Horror Zone, which is air conditioned and wheelchair accessible.
Dates: Oct. 14th – 15th, 21st – 22nd, 28th-31st
Location: In the Food Lion shopping center on the corner of US1 South and Lewis Point Rd.
Cost: $8.00 for adults, $6.00 12 & Under