Costumes, candy, and Pumpkinhead transform Palafox Market into ‘Halloween Market’ Oct. 29

Posted: Oct 13, 2022 07:26 pm Updated: Oct 17, 2023 08:57 am

Children are encouraged to dress in their most outrageous costumes for a special “Halloween Market” edition of the Palafox Market on Saturday, Oct. 29th.

Vendor booths will be decorated for the autumn holiday, offering candy to trick-or-treaters. Kids can get their faces painted for awesome Halloween selfie opportunities. And candy prizes will be awarded in a costume contest and a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt.

This year, in addition to the sweet treats, two of Winterfest’s iconic characters, Pumpkinhead and the ever-grumpy Grinch, will be on hand to mingle with fans.

Palafox Market, coordinated by the Downtown Improvement Board (DIB), is staged in Martin Luther King, Jr., Plaza, every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. As many as 8,000 people meander along the plaza’s red brick walkway on the busiest of days.

“We are excited to bring back the Halloween Market to Downtown Pensacola,” said Emily Kopas, DIB chief operating officer. Palafox Market vendors have already begun to buzz in anticipation for the fun, family-oriented activities and harvest products in store for customers who visit the Halloween Market.”

The market features up to 200 local vendors ranging from farmers and bakers to artists and craftsmen and women. All the items available at Palafox Market are grown, created or produced within 100 miles of Pensacola.

While the market is open year-round, fresh produce is available according to local farmers’ growing seasons. Fresh veggies and fruits likely to be in season at Halloween include locally harvested arugula, oyster mushrooms, collard greens, radishes, carrots and apples.

Shoppers will also find plants, baked goods, local honey, cut flowers, pet treats, spices, many different kinds of art and handmade goods and lots more.  The “Halloween Market” is a great opportunity to snap up unique fall décor and start holiday shopping.

Entertainment at the market is provided by the String Farm bluegrass band near the MLK bust.