Get Spooked on a Halloween Road Trip to Key West This Weekend
Ditch the candy this year and try something new, something to get in touch with the spooky side of South Florida. Patrons of Dia de los Muertos aren’t the only souls roaming around on Hallows’ Eve, especially in the Florida Keys.
Rather than munch on sweets this weekend, head down to Key West on a road trip full of haunted spots recommended by Key West’s famed ghost hunter, David Sloan. If you go this weekend, don’t forget your costume because this road trip ends in Key West, which is currently hosting Fantasy Fest, so be prepared to have a spook-tacular time.
First, let’s introduce David Sloan. If you really want to get in touch with the spirits, David Sloan should be your guide. David Sloan is the creator of the original ghost tour in Key West and currently has three ghost tours in Key West including Sloan’s Ghost Hunt, Infamous Haunting Ghost Tour, and Haunted Happy Hour Saloon Stroll. Sloan is also the author of Ghosts of Key West, Haunted Key West, & Robert The Doll.
Alright, now we’re ready. Ready, set, ghost!
According to David Sloan, people report a ghost train that travels across Channel 2 Bridge. They hear a whistle, the bridge shakes, and a few people have actually seen a ghost train. This is probably a residual haunting from the Flagler era.
Also, the upper quarry pit at Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park is haunted too. A bunch of people sought refuge there during the 1935 hurricane. The storm surge killed them all. People still hear screams in the pit and get cold chills. There have also been sightings of a little boy ghost at the Hurricane Monument. We don’t know who he is, but is likely someone who was cremated after the 1935 hurricane and his ashes ended up in the monument.
People get insane in Key West during Halloween for two reasons. First, it is one of the most haunted cities in the United States. I mean, if David Sloan has three ghost tours, there’s definitely got to be a lot of spooky spots. And secondly, there’s Fantasy Fest, which is a crazy annual festival that typically takes place around Halloween. So if you’re not partying it up at the various parties or events planned for Fantasy Fest, here are a few of the spookiest spots to stop at.
- Shots & Giggles is haunted by the ghost of Frank Fontis. He was Tennessee Williams’ gardner and was murdered in the front room. Animals often times won’t walk past the bar.
- The Smokin’ Tuna Saloon is another one, haunted by former employees who died on the property and Native American spirits.
- And of course, there’s Robert, the Doll, who is on display at the Fort East Martello Museum. Once Robert was put on exhibit, cameras and electronic devices malfunctioned in his presence. Museum staff and guests report feelings of energy changes and odd occurrences.
If you’re in Key West and have the time, try to stop by one of these haunted locations before the end of the month. Let us know of any ghost sightings on our social media. If you want to schedule a ghost tour with David Sloan, visit www.hauntedkeywest.com.