Panama City Center for the Arts in Florida plans haunted Spider Cavern tour


PANAMA CITY – The Raven Queen, whose haunted forest was an interactive highlight of 2020 downtown Halloween attractions, is set to return to the Arts center This year.

“October is always a special month for us,” said Jayson Kretzer, executive director of Bay Arts Alliance. “This year we’re bringing back our immersive gallery and the Haunted Walking Tour, plus we’ll be part of the fall festival at the end of the month, so it promises to be even more awesome than usual.”

The immersive family tour experience titled “The Spider Cavern” opens on October 2 in the sequel to last year’s Queen Raven story, featuring one of her spooky pets, Iktomi , the Ravenwood Forest arachnid.

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And this time, the Raven Queen herself will manifest in her supernaturally tall form, as portrayed by the Aerial Dancer, Mermaid, and Stilt-walker Misty Joy. She said she was excited to debut as Raven Queen and to work with Kretzer’s vision for the tour this year.

“I’ve always had an absolute love for Halloween, costumes and everything scary, and I can’t wait to present my take on what the Raven Queen would be like,” Joy said. “In my mind, it’s an ancient type of witch with, of course, a representation of a crow.

The Raven Queen will be showing up for the opening on October 2 and will also be in attendance for the Haunted Walking Tour and other Halloween events.

“We are always looking for new ways to bring artistic experiences to our community,” said Tori Haudenschild, Education Coordinator for Bay Arts Alliance. “With the Haunted Gallery, it’s less about trying to scare and more about trying to transport visitors to another place and time.”

The Spider Cavern follows on from last year's Ravenwood Forest interactive exhibit.

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The exhibit will feature a tortuous cave covered in layers of spider webs inhabited by giant spiders in the service of the Raven Queen. Visitors will be able to explore the Spider Cavern and see surreal works by 3D chalk artists Chris Carlson and Nate Baranowski, both of whom were featured artists at the FLLUXE Arts Festival which took place in downtown May. from Panama.

The October exhibitions will be on display until October 30. The Center for the Arts, 19 E. Fourth St. in Panama City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free entry. For more details on exhibitions, events and courses, visit

A haunted walking tour travels downtown

The last haunted walking tour of historic downtown Panama took place in 2019, as the specter of COVID-19 caused the cancellation of the 2020 tour. But with the proper security measures in place, the tour returns. in October, once again under the auspices of the Bay Arts Alliance.

The tour will take place on October 23, taking visitors around historic downtown landmarks to learn about the hauntings and murders. The tour costs $ 10 and takes about an hour. Register in advance by purchasing tickets online at or by phone at 850-640-3670.

“Being at the Center for the Arts, right in the heart of historic downtown Panama City, we are delighted to host this event. Surprisingly, we learned things about this area that we didn’t know, “Kretzer told the News Herald when discussing the tour in 2019.” For example, the unsolved murder of Joseph Mullins, and how his car went. was found in the mail covered in blood. … Even the extent of the hauntings in the Martin Theater is surprising. I think residents young and old will learn something new and enjoy the visit.

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There will also be limited spaces available on each tour for walk-in tours. First come, first served. The route is approximately half a mile long and is accessible to people with disabilities. The first round will leave at 6:00 p.m. and the last one will leave at 9:30 p.m. A new lap will start every 15 minutes.

The tour is open to all ages, but is geared toward adults due to the spooky nature of the storytelling, so know your child’s tolerance and level of interest. Children under 5 are free.

All proceeds will go to support Bay Arts Alliance and the Arts Center.

Downtown Fall Festival

The Center for the Arts will be participating in the Downtown Panama City Fall Fest from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on October 30. The party will actually start with the Fall Farmers Market in McKenzie Park from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., then move on to the Arts Center with a fall carnival and the Haunted Higby, as well as Chad Gainey’s pumpkin carving demonstration on the car park.

Then from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Trunk or Treat on Harrison Avenue. This family event will include games, candy, and lots of spooky surprises.


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