Selected Community Events
Haunted Trail and Peek A Boo Path
Oct 19, 2012 - Oct 20, 2012 4:00- 10:00
Airport Road and Jenks Avenue
The Science & Discovery Center of Northwest Florida continues its community-wide, much anticipated tradition of providing the ultimate Halloween experience for families of Bay and surrounding counties. The “13th Annual Haunted Trail and Peek A Boo Path” will be held on Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th from 4:00 p.m. until 10 p.m. New this year the Center is adding a “Teens and Up” Haunted Trail night on Thursday, October 18th from 6:30-9:30 p.m. “Thursday’s Haunted Trail will by far be the scariest of the 3 nights. Only adults and teen ages 13 and older are encouraged to experience Thursday’s Trail” says Executive Director Marilyn Fenimore. Event admission is $5 per person each evening. Admission includes 1 trip through The Haunted Trail. “To avoid the customary long lines into the Haunted Trail portion, this year’s admission includes 1 trip through the Haunted Trail. Additional trips are $2 each,” adds Fenimore.
This year’s crowd favorite, the Haunted Trail features all new creepy and scary Halloween scenes recommend for children 7 yrs old and up. The trail opens at dusk and promises to deliver on being “the scariest Haunted Trail in our 13-year history.” Patron’s from years past who have experienced the Trail portion of the event have said, “The Haunted Trail was awesomely scary!” “Very well set up.” “Scarier than [one of the larger theme parks]”. And, “It scared the be-gee-bees out of us!”
“We take personal pride in designing and executing a one-of-a-kind ‘you are definitely gonna scream’ experience,” says Haunted Trail mastermind Mike Kapreilian. He and his team have been planning this year’s trail for several months. “This is the 13th Annual Haunted Trail and we guarantee it will be remembered for years to come,” promises Kapreilian.
Children younger than 7 will love the Peek-a-Boo Path located inside the Museum. This year’s Peek-a-Boo Path features a down on the farm Barnyard Fun experience complete with games, prizes and photo opportunities. Young trick-or-treaters will enjoy the scenery and non-scary adventure. “The goal is to provide a wonderful experience for our young guests who don’t want to be scared, but just want to have fun. The Peek A Boo Path is designed specifically for them, while those who are looking to be super scared can head to the Haunted Trail portion of our event,” explains Marilyn Fenimore, Science & Discovery Center’s Executive Director.
The event continues to offer their annual “traditional fun favorites” including the Pumpkin Patch with carnival-style games, astronomy demonstrations and special appearances by The Science Brothers. Plus event-goers can visit the Haunted Homestead, full of spooky, but not scary fun and surprises a “Find the Mummy Baby” contest. Carnival-style food is available for sale from local vendors including Toms Hot Dogs, Sweet Racks, Firehouse Subs, Dave’s Sno-Balls and Tim’s Cotton Candy and Candy/Caramel Apples.
The Costume Contest, the largest children’s contest of its kind in Bay County, starts at 5 p.m. each evening for children ages 0-2 yrs. (5 pm), 3-5 yrs. (6 pm), 6:30 Group Entries, All Ages, 6-8 yrs (7 pm) and 9-12 yrs (8 pm). 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes for each age category will be awarded. “The kids and the costumes just get cuter and more creative each year we host this event, says Kathy Bedford, Costume Contest Event Chair. Channel 13’s Senior Forecaster Jerry Tabatt is this year’s Master of Ceremonies. Registration closes 10 minutes before each category.
There are two Event entrances located on Airport Road and Jenks Avenue. For more information on the “13th Annual Haunted Trail and Pumpkin Patch”, please visit ScienceAndDiscoveryCenter.org or call (850) 769-6128. Also check out their Facebook page at Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida. Science and Discovery Center is located at 308 Airport Road in Panama City. Parking for the event is located at Mullis Eye Institute, Advanced Dental Clinic, Cornerstone Family Fellowship, Panama City Plastic Surgery, Gulf Dental Center, Hewett Tire, Shear Impressions, Panama City Tile, Consult Care Pain Medicine, Southern Orthopedic Specialists and Panama City Surgery Center.
Marilyn Fenimore, Executive Director
Science & Discovery Center