Halloween~October 31st

There are so many events going on all over the panhandle. Churches, communities, businesses, are all getting in on it. Be sure to read below each photo for information on that event. Plus look to your own churches or communities for fun things to do!

5:30pm to 8:30pm on Ave D to the Bowery District~ Market Street to Water Street in Apalachicola. All kids and all communities are welcome to go and trick or treat!
The Witches of Green Street invite all to go visit them on Green Street in Marianna. There will be candy, dancing, laughing, and photos with the witches! From 5pm to 9pm.
Apalachee Correctional Institution’s safe trick or treating event. Everyone is invited to join them from 4:30pm to 8:30pm at 1796 Gulf Power Road in Sneads.
Fall Festival at 4405 Clinton Street in Marianna, from 5pm to 7pm. A fun and safe alternative to door to door trick or treating.
Sneads has a list for trick or treating ~ Police Department from 5-7 at 2033 Third Ave. ~American Legion Auxiliary will be giving away punch and treat from 5-7 at 2101 Legion Road. ~McAlpin Funeral Home from 5-7 will have several vehicles set up for trunk or treat at 8261 Hwy 90. ~Many other businesses as well. Be sure to drive slow, check twice for kids, and be safe!

Wednesday~October 30th

Below are a two festivals. Both look like fun! They are both on Wednesday, October 30th. Read under each photo for more details.

6pm to 8:30pm at the First Pentecoastal Hollness Church on Brownsville Road in Apalachicola. They will have a cake walk, hayrides, candy, pie baking contest, games, prizes, food, and fun!
This Fall Festival starts at 5:30pm in Grand Ridge at 6794 Messer Road. This is completely free and open to the public. They will have games, hay rides, chili cook off, and so much more!

Farms in the panhandle with events

Below are a few local farms that are having events during the next month. Be sure to go to the farm on line that you want to visit and read all current information for them. What a great way to make memories with your family and friends, have fun, and support local farms.

Also Mosier’s Farm located at 2565 Standland Road in Cottondale. They have a haunted corn maze! Open October 25-26 and November 1-2 from 7pm to 10pm. Be sure to wear appropriate shoes, no flip flops.

Holland Farms in Milton opened for the season on September 21st and will be open till November 3rd. They are open Monday-Saturday 8am to 6pm and on Sundays from 9am to 6pm. They have hayrides, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, zip lines, and more.
Billy Brock Farm is located at 1698 White Road in Bonifay. They are having special events on Oct. 26th, 27th, and 31st. The farm is Halloween themed all weekend. They have hay rides, a corn maze, trunk or treating, and more!
Aplin Farms is located at 2729 N. County Rd 49 in Dothan, Alabama. Open Wednesday thru Friday from 1pm to 6pm, Saturday from 9am to 6pm, and Sunday from 1pm to 6pm. As of yesterday they still have thousands of pumpkins available. And the sunflowers would make a beautiful photo prop. 

October 27th

Sunday, October 27th is Pensacola’s biggest pet festival and mega adoption event. The Barktoberfest is at the Community Maritime Park from 10am to 4pm. This event is free to attend. They will have vendors, adoptions, pet costume contest, entertainment, and dog races. This is fun for the whole family.

Saturday, October 26th

October 26th is the Saturday before Halloween. Looking for something fun to do below are a handful of events happening in the panhandle. A little something for everyone. Also each area most likely has something planned so be sure to look in your area. And Saturday’s weather will feel a little like fall in the high 70’s and low 80’s throughout the day and light scattered rain is expected in some areas off and on so be sure to plan for that. As always more information below each photo and HAVE FUN!

6th annual country market and craft fair from 10am to 3pm at 252 Gamble Road in Monticello. Paint a free pumpkin in the welcome booth while supplies last, food trucks on site, over 65 local vendors, trick or treat at each booth and get some shopping done at the same time.
Come watch Toy Story 4 at the Madison Street Park in Marianna. Movie starts at 6:30pm and is free. Be sure to take chairs or blankets to sit on. Movie starts at 6:30pm but they will also have tiny pumpkin finger painting starting at 5:30pm. Free for children who will be watching the movie.
At the Kinard Community Center on Hwy 73 they are having the Kinard Halloween Carnival starting at 5pm. They will have a costume contest at 6pm, cake walk, games, spook ride, concessions. and more.
Halloween Fest at the Market is a free, family-friendly event presented by the Historic St. Andrews Waterfront Partnership as a special market expansion. 8am to 1pm they will have traditional children’s activities, including face painting, chalk on the walk, pumpkin painting, mask making, and more. They will also have a Witches on Bike Parade starting at 10am. This is in Panama City at 1201 Beck Ave.
Sunland is having the 40th annual fall festival. Parade begins at 9am. They will have games, crafts, food, vendors, entertainment, and more! This year’s event will be held at the Sunland Sports Complex. Entrance and parking locations have been changed to the Sunland Front Entrance off Hwy. 71N. Shuttles will be available to transport visitors to the festival area. Admission and parking is free.
At Azalea Park in Crawfordville from 5:30pm to 8:30pm they are having the 5th annual trick or treat story-walk. Put on your favorite costume, read a spooky Halloween story, and collect sweet treats as you walk the trail. then head over to Hudson Park for a bite from the food trucks and a scare from the fantastic haunted house. This event is free to the public.


Friday, October 25th

Justice on the Block Free Legal Help on Friday, October 25th from 1pm to 4pm at the Bay County Public Library located at 898 W. 11th St in Panama City. Attorneys will be on hand for no cost to you to talk about civil legal issues you are facing post Hurricane Michael. Topics may include: FEMA claims/Insurance/Title Clearing/Landlord-tenant issues/Contractor issues/and more.

~Be sure to take any documentation/paperwork related to your questions.

National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day!

Today is National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day(NCYVDT)! The third Monday in October encourages everyone to take time to organize their virtual desktop. The Personal Computer Museum in Brantford, Ontario in 2010 created this day.  A clean and organized space offers fewer frustrations. Everything is in a file and you know where to find it. Archive old files. Create shortcuts. This will help your computer run faster and help you find things more quickly. How can you observe NCYVDT? Neaten up your desktop by deleting unneeded items and sorting the rest into folders. If you are tech-savvy share your tips with others. Make sure your virus protection is up to date and run it! Delete unused icons. You can do this with your phone too!  Another really good reason to clean your virtual desktop is to mitigate the risk of visual hacking. Visual hacking is a low-tech threat compared to malware. According to a survey 91% of visual hacking attempts are successful and can happen very quickly.

Happy cleaning!


Be sure to check before heading out. Many events and locations have been cancelled, closed, or postponed for this weekend due to Tropical Storm Nestor. Below is a list of a few.

  • Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity closed Saturday at both the Chipley and Marianna location.
  • Panama City Beach Police Cops n kids events has been cancelled for this year.
  • The Lantern Fest at Crooked River Lighthouse has rescheduled and will be on Sunday, October 20th from 6pm to 10pm.
  • Panama City has rescheduled  the cemetery clean up day to Saturday, November 2nd at 8am.
  • The public Library will be closed at all locations on Saturday, October 19th, they plan to reopen on Monday, October 21.
  • The Gulf’s waters are closed to swimmers. Double red flags are being flown.
  • The event at the Grand Ridge Baptist Church is still going on rain or shine! FREE clothes for those in need.

Be safe out there!

October 20th~Race City Free for Bay County Residents

Local’s family fun day. October 20th from noon to 4pm. This day is about giving back to the community, saying thank you, and celebrating those who make #850Strong! Please don’t forgot to take a valid id or proof of residence showing you are a Bay County Resident. Anything with your name and address will work. This is currently open to Bay County only due to this being a small park and they wouldn’t be able to handle the volume of all those affected by Hurricane Michael. This is for Race City, Inc in Panama City Beach on Front Beach Road. A fun, free day of miniature golf, roller coasters, bumper cars, and more!

National Pasta Day

National Pasta Day, what kind of pasta are you going to eat today? National Pasta Day(NPD) is an unofficial holiday which is celebrated annually on October 17th. No one really knows who started NPD, most likely someone who really loved pasta or a pasta manafacturer. Pasta is one of the world’s most popular foods. Pasta facts: ~ The US makes over 4 billion pounds of pasta a year. ~ Italians eat 60 pounds of pasta per person per year. ~ Macaroni, penne and spaghetti are the most popular forms of pasta. ~ There are over 600 known pasta shapes. ~ Americans eat about 20 pounds of pasta per person per year.