If you love Halloween fun, there are plenty of spooky and fun things to do on St. Simons Island on Halloween.
The South is full of southern charm and richly preserved history. These two factors explain why so many visitors flock to Georgia. The chance to walk historic streets and explore buildings that date back more than a century makes it particularly inviting. At the same time, the mild fall and winter weather in South Georgia is an added incentive.
Did you know though, that Southern charm extends to something else? Ghosts of old are known to haunt streets, buildings, and graveyards. Aging hotels in the region are also known for their mysterious hauntings.
As Halloween approaches, October becomes a popular time to visit St. Simons Island. Visitors can take a frightening step back into South Georgia’s history and learn more about spooky happenings there. There are great things to do on St. Simons Island around Halloween.
The St. Simons Trolley Ghost Tour remains one of the area’s most popular attractions. Visitors and residents alike love to hear stories of Mary the Wanderer and other haunted lore from the Golden Isles. Terrifying tales make the St. Simons Lighthouse a popular place to visit in October too.
The Lighthouse, built in 1872, is known as one of the spookiest places in Georgia. Legend tells of a man murdered there in 1880 that still haunts the place today and visitors have reported lights clicking on and off and other paranormal activity.
If you love historic places and spooky Southern locations, St. Simons Island is your ticket.
Why is South Georgia Considered so Ghostly?
As cooler temps settle in, you may be thinking about decorating your home or front yard to celebrate the scariest season of fall. While few things are scarier than Atlanta’s traffic, the state’s well-documented ghost stories involving unusual activity are far spookier.
Georgia is home, after all to Savannah, “America’s most haunted city.” The Pirates’ House, a historic restaurant and tavern that dating back to 1753 reports regular ghost sightings.
The Golden Isles has an plenty of history and culture that includes legendary ghosts. In fact, the Golden Isles may be one of the best places in the country to visit in October. Ghost walks, trolley tours, and plenty of other Halloween family fun make it irresistible.
How Do You Find the Ghosts on St. Simons Island?
In this historic region, Halloween and ghosts are big business. Southern Georgia takes its creepy lore quite seriously. That’s why this year, the Golden Isles Arts & Humanities and Glynn Visual Arts is launching the first annual Halloween Monster Mash Bash. The fundraiser is for the two arts organizations and will be held at the American Legion Hall at Gascoigne Bluff, Oct. 13th from 6-9 p.m.
Guests are invited to arrive in their most creative costume for this Halloween themed night with music, food, a Witch’s brew, and a costume contest. The Halloween happenings start early here. That makes perfect sense.
A St. Simons Island Halloween is a particularly enjoyable event this season. Fall has arrived, bringing milder temperatures, when it’s fun to be outside.
St. Simons Island is already well-known for its natural beauty, charm, and historic locations that pre-date the Civil War. Ghost tours on the island are a popular way to step back in time to learn more about the island’s history and the spooky folklore.
The original St. Simons Trolley Ghost Tour is a 60-minute lamplight tour of Olde St. Simons and the waterfront. Think of it as a historic tour with a spooky twist. It takes guests on visits to island graveyards, the Lighthouse, and other spots.
Departing on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 8:45 p.m. at the St. Simons Island Village Fishing Pier, it’s a highly recommended attraction. Boarding begins 30 minutes before departure.
Where Do You Find Ghost Walks?
Another popular activity is the Ghost Walk of St. Simons. The walking tour teaches you about the island’s history as you’re guided through dark streets and passageways. Don’t forget your flashlights!
Along the way, you’ll hear plenty of tales of terror and mystery and the hauntings the island has become known for. The walk is 90 minutes and all tours begin at 9 p.m. at the Pier Village on Friday and Saturday nights through October. The walk is considered one of the best ways to explore the pier area …. at night.
Then there’s the Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Walking Tours. From Oct. 6-27, get an opportunity to step back in time while exploring a historic – and haunted — Georgia rice plantation. Located across the bridge from St. Simons Island in Brunswick, Hofwyl-Broadfield was a plantation on the Altamaha River.
Because it’s a historic site that produced rice from 1800 until 1915 when growing rice became unprofitable. It was then used a dairy farm until 1942. Today, you can check out centuries-old oak trees there while exploring antiquated buildings. And now, just in time for the Halloween season, there’s a lantern ghost tour.
Tourists can hear stories of ghostly encounters, folktales about the plantation, and the often-tragic history of the rice fields.
The tour lasts about an hour and a half and is about a mile in length. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
More Fun Things To Do on St. Simons Island
Of course, there are also plenty of not scary things to do on St. Simons Island in October. The weather is truly gorgeous, and this island is a popular place for outdoor activities that include biking, hiking, birding, and sailing.
There are great places to eat on St. Simons Island, great restaurants on St. Simons Island, and of course the St. Simons Island beach to explore.
In addition, there are popular golf courses on the island for a round or two, and the sandy beaches here are open and there are boating cruises available, so you can enjoy the ocean.
Bottom line: there are so many terrific things to do on St. Simons Island, Ga. Halloween makes it even more fun.
With so many haunted happenings in the Golden Isles, it’s a great time to plan your trip there. Yes, the ghost walk of St. Simons and the St. Simons ghost tours by trolley are informative, educational, a lot of fun – and quite scary at times.
And this area is so beautiful in the fall with so much fascinating history to learn, and so many beautiful nature trails to explore. One reason why people keep coming here is that St. Simons Island is a truly unique mix of the modern and the historic, where the beauty of the great outdoors and the conveniences we come to expect in today’s world co-exist happily.
That winning combination not only brings visitors here but often convinces visitors that living on St. Simons Island sounds ideal. If you’re also considering becoming a permanent resident of St. Simons Island, and are now interested in real estate on St. Simons Island, contact Palmetto Building Group today.
We have new, move-in ready single-family homes, cottages, condominiums and townhouses available. In many instances, we offer homes with fabulous views of the marshes close by. We also have homes close to the Pier Village, or right near the beach.
Because whatever it is that draws you to live on St. Simons Island, we have a home to match your concept of the ideal setting.
Contact us today at 912-266-8401 or email us at Palmettoleads@gmail.com to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you, but most of all, we’re thrilled to know you’re looking for a new home on one of the most spectacularly beautiful and historic parts of South Georgia.