The city of St Augustine has its fair share of interests and celebrations in the paranormal and Ghost folklore. Be it the late night ghost tours or paranormal tour of the famous lighthouse, if you love the spookiness around, you will not be disheartened.
So when Halloween descends upon the lanes and by-lanes of the nation’s Oldest city (Yes you read that right), it is thronged by hundreds of ‘ghosts’, ‘spirits’, the weird and the crazy.
As per history and the internet – “Founded in 1565 by the Spanish conquistador (adventurer) Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European origin in the contiguous United States.”
The history and architecture of the city is as interesting and beautiful as the city itself, but I will keep that for another post. This one is for Halloween!
A walk through the lanes and by lanes of this ‘ancient’ city will provide you a glimpse of the wonderful Spanish colonial architecture. Bricked roads similar to those back in my city of Kolkata, horse driven carriages, fountains and forts are probably the most notable of all.
And all of this provides the perfect backdrop or stage as you may like to call it for the spookiest event of all – Halloween. It seems like the Go-as-you-like events we used to have back in school, only at a much larger scale.
From drug lord Pablo, to Dragon Queen Daenerys, to the humble cow or the blood seeking Dracula, you can find it all here.
If that’s scary , you might prefer sticking to the more mere mortals. Don’t worry, you will find plenty of them too, strolling around or enjoying their beer at one of the many open air restaurants.
Whatever be your plan, this is a Halloween experience you won’t find anywhere else. And if you area round you do not want to miss.