Every year on Halloween night, downtown Palm Harbor throws a couple of uncharacteristically-large parties hosted by the Witch’s Brew and Peggy O’Neill’s. The Witch’s Brew hosts Witchstock, a Halloween-themed musical event in their beer garden featuring a costume contest and music by The Defendants.
Meanwhile, on the other side of Florida Avenue, Peggy O’Neill’s hosts its Peggyboos Halloween Bash, also featuring a costume contest and music. People watching just doesn’t get much better than Halloween night at Peggy O’s. There is always a high concentration of people in costume that night. This year, the musical act was acoustic duo Red House Road, one of Peggy O’s favorites.
A block away, tucked around the corner, the lesser-known Palm Harbor Brewery was holding its first Halloween Pumpkin Bash with music from Florida native, Mike Ratza. The Two Lions Winery and Palm Harbor Brewery has only been in Palm Harbor since the summer of 2015, and a lot of locals have yet to discover it. But they do have some nice offerings, including music on the patio, wine slushes, and several local beers on tap.
I decided to end this post at the beginning, in my Palm Harbor neighborhood, with a couple photos of my neighbors’ classic suburban Halloween decorations.
Neighborhood trick-or-treating and local costume parties often take a backseat to frightful theme park events in Florida. Central Florida is a true Halloween hub with Busch Garden’s Howl O’ Scream, Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney World. But we also have our share of local costume parties and trick-or-treating.