Spooky season is officially here!
Port Aransas offers some great activities for the whole family. Whether you are looking for a real scare, some laughs, or a little Halloween magic, there is something waiting for everyone in Port Aransas.
Port Aransas Parks & Rec Events
Get in to get the Halloween spirit and enjoy events like the Sand Pumpkin Patch. This coastal Halloween event is hosted by Port Aransas Parks & Recreation on October 21 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Head on down to the beach and “carve” your best jack o'lantern face into pumpkins made of sand. Volunteers from Park & Recreation will be there to assist you in creating your best sand pumpkin yet!
Port Aransas Parks & Recreation will also be hosting the Paranormal Port A: Haunted Hayrides. Hop on this spooky hayride tour from October 23–25…if you dare. This hayride invites all ghosts and ghouls to come and enjoy a fun-filled ride through the town. Have fun singing along to the best Halloween songs while sharing spooky stories about murder, mystery, unrequited loved, and Halloween ghosts! Registration is required for this event. Sign up today and join the spooktacular fun.
The last Halloween event hosted by Port Aransas Parks & Recreation is Trunk or Treat! On October 26, head down to Roberts Point Park from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to experience the fun. There will be a costume contest for adults, kids, and dogs. Dress to impress! Don't forget about the bounce houses and all the games and prizes that will be there. Cars will be decorated in fun Halloween decor to compete in the best-decorated vehicle contest. So come one, come all, and have a ghostly good time.
Texas Surf Camps Event
Texas Surf Camps is partnering with the Port Aransas Youth Development Foundation to host the 5th annual Trick-or-Treat Halloween Surf Contest. All proceeds from this event will be donated to The Port Aransas Youth Development Foundation to benefit Project Graduation. Sign up to help with these fantastic fundraising efforts. Get out your best Halloween costume and head to the beach on October 28 at 1 p.m. to hang ten with all the creatures that go bump in the night. Enjoy a day of surfing, fundraising, and family fun!
The Tarpon Inn Special
Want to experience a true paranormal encounter? Book a room at the Tarpon Inn for 31% off on Halloween night and uncover the hauntings of the oldest surviving structure in Port Aransas. Originally built in 1886, the Tarpon Inn has hosted many travelers, fishermen, and famous guests. In 1937, even Franklin D. Roosevelt visited this historic place. With so much history in one place, things are bound to get a little spooky.
Many employees and guests have heard and seen some unexplainable phenomena in the Tarpon Inn and claim that it is haunted. The most famous haunting story of the Tarpon Inn is of a bride stood up on her wedding night. The couple was staying at the inn when the bride was found hanging from the rafters in the hotel’s honeymoon suite, room 29, after her husband didn't show up for their wedding. Today, visitors staying in the infamous suite claim they can smell a floral scent of her perfume. Some even claim they’ve seen the woman herself. If you dare to have a run-in with a ghost, head to the Tarpon Inn for a truly haunting Halloween night you may never forget.