Although Halloween may be every day for horror fans, in October, the rest of the world jumps in. Live out your darkest desires: Zombiewalk, get scared at Haunt Nights or Massacre in the River City, dance Thriller with the rest of the world, check out the Dark Arts at Artwalk and Horrorfest, watch Jax horror artist Jerrod Brown on WJCT, do the Time Warp or pick up the latest horror DVD. Lots of choices for the undead inclined.
Wednesday, October 2. Dark Arts Bazaar at Art Walk. 5 to 9 p.m. Midtown Deli & Cafe, 100 N. Laura Street. Featuring oddities and curious creations by Jacksonville’s most unique artists. With $3 specials on Blue Moon Pumpkin, Sam Adams Oktoberfest and more.
Friday, October 4. Haunt Nights – Apocalypse 3D opens. $12.99. 11 p.m. Adventure Landing, 1944 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville Beach.
Thursday, October 10. Interview with Jacksonville horror artist Jerrod Brown. WJCT Channel 8. 8 p.m. To be replayed on Friday, October 11, 11:30 p.m.
Friday, October 11. Haunt Nights – All 3 Haunts open: Apocalypse 3D, Dark Fables, and, new this year, CarnieVille. 11 p.m. $18.99 combo ticket or $22.99 combo + attraction. Discounted group rates available. Adventure Landing, 1944 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville Beach.
Saturday, October 12. World Zombie Day 2013 Charity Walk. 2 to 5 p.m. Midtown Deli & Cafe, 100 N. Laura Street. Food and drink, music, costume contests for adults and kids and awesome vendors. Zombiewalk begins at 4 p.m. Bring 2 cans of non-perishable food/personal hygiene products for Second Harvest.
Saturday October 12. Factory’s 7th Annual Zombie Night. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Atticus Bar, 325 West Forsyth Street. Zombiewalk after party featuring Best Zombie Award, brain eating contest, zombie-themed fetish-burlesque shows, and the best dark alternative and goth-industrial in Jax from DJ Mikey Shadow.
Sunday, October 13. Horrorfest: A Pop Up Art Event. 5 to 9 p.m. Pomade & Tonic, 2415 Blanding Boulevard. Local artists, horror short “Kitty, Kitty” at 8 p.m., zombie costume contest and door prizes. Bring 1+ non-perishable food donation for Second Harvest. Go with the Jacksonville Horror Movie Fans Meetup Group. Click here to join the group and attend this event.
Sunday, October 13. Walking Dead Premiere Party. 8 p.m. Lillian’s Sports Grill. 5393 Roosevelt Blvd., #6. Go with the Jacksonville Horror Movie Fans Meetup Group. Click here to join the group and attend this event.
Friday, October 18. Woodley Special Effects Presents: Massacre in the River City. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Atticus Bar, 325 West Forsyth Street. Immersive haunted house with movie quality props, costumes, makeup and set pieces. Vendors, costume contests, pumpkin beer, music by Rob Boggs, burlesque by Avarice Bedlam and more. 18 and up. $10. Part of proceeds go to Children’s Miracle Network.
Saturday, October 19. “Carrie” viewing with the Jacksonville Horror Movie Fans Meetup Group. 11 a.m. Starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, adapted from the Stephen King novel. AMC Orange Park 24, 1910 Wells Road, Orange Park. Click here to join the group and attend this event, and click here to watch the trailer.
Friday, October 25. Attend Orlando’s Spooky Empire Ultimate Horror Weekend with the Jacksonville Horror Movie Fans Meetup Group. 5 p.m. 5780 Doubletree Hotel at the entrance to Universal Orlando, Major Boulevard, Orlando. Click here to join the group and attend this event.
Saturday, October 26. Thrill the World 2013. 5 p.m. On Neptune Beach in front of Lemon Bar and Seahorse Inn, 120 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. Dress like a zombie and join the Jacksonville chapter in dancing the dance from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” synchronized with other groups worldwide. Parking may be scarce, so get there early. Thrill the World Jacksonville has practices ongoing all month in preparation.
Saturday, October 26. Halloween at the Casket Factory. 8 p.m. Old St. Luke’s Hospital, 314 Palmetto Street. The “greatest Halloween party in Jacksonville’s history” … “in the mysterious old brick building … partially covered with vines and thought by many to be haunted.” Proceeds go to its restoration. Live bands, food, drink, dancing, performers, Labyrinth of Terror, and costume contest at midnight with prizes valued at $1,000. Tickets $48.50.
Saturday, October 26. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Florida Theater. Live music from 8 to 9 p.m. and movie at 9. Tickets $15.50. Go with the Jacksonville Horror Movie Fans Meetup Group. Click here to join the group and attend this event.
Pandemic’s The Haunting of School House 4. 8 p.m. Fri/Sat tickets $20. Thu/Sun tickets $18. Cutter RIP pass (front of line access) $30. 11112-28 San Jose Boulevard.
Dungeons’ The Hoard. 2493 Florida 16, Green Cove Springs. Tickets $15, or VIP Scream Pass for $25.
NOW SHOWING AT THEATERS
Insidious: Chapter 2
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
The World’s End
COMING SOON TO THEATERS
Carrie (Oct. 18)
UPCOMING HORROR DVD RELEASES
Fright Night 2: New Blood (Oct. 1)
Dead Before Dawn 3D (Oct. 1)
This is the End (Oct. 1)
Curse of Chucky (Oct. 8)
The Purge (Oct. 8)
Zombie Hunter (Oct. 8)
Static (Oct. 8)
Butcher Boys (Oct. 8)
Jug Face (Oct. 15)
Maniac (Oct. 15)
The Colony (Oct. 15)
The Conjuring (Oct. 22)
Red Clover (Oct. 22)
Byzantium (Oct. 29)
All Hallows’ Eve (Oct. 29)
RECENT HORROR DVD RELEASES
The Lords of Salem
World War Z
Cockneys vs. Zombies
The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond
Hidden in the Woods
I Spit on Your Grave 2
HORROR SHOW SEASON PREMIERES
Wednesday, October 9. American Horror Story: Coven. Season 3 premiere. FX. 10 p.m. Eastern.
Sunday, October 13. The Walking Dead. Season 4 premiere. AMC. 9 p.m. Eastern.