The festival features 10-days of masquerade balls, creative costume contests, parties and eccentric escapades.

Visitors are encouraged to design floats and costumes around the festival theme with inspiration coming from sources like circus sideshows, pagan pageantry, outer-space epics, or haunting Halloween tales. The most creative offering will be rewarded with a prize.  

Exotic fun begins with a Royal Coronation Ball on 23rd October, where a king and queen are crowned to preside over the festivities. Over the same weekend, Key West's Caribbean roots are celebrated with the family-friendly Goombay street party, in historic Bahama Village.

Subsequent festival highlights include a wacky Pet Masquerade and Parade on 28th October. This interstellar ‘freak show’ will see dynamic dogs, flamboyant felines,  birds and other domestic animals, along with their human companions, compete for costume prizes.

On 29th October there will be the Headdress Ball and Sloppy Joe's tantalizing Toga Party, both of which are festival favourites.  The event finishes on 31st October with a Halloween Fantasy Fest Parade through Key West's historic downtown.  Tens of thousands of spectators cheer the parade's exotic marching groups, Caribbean bands, costumed characters and lavishly decorated floats.

Price and travel details:

Departing 20th to 23rd October, Bon Voyage offers 7-nights in the Florida Keys from £1,875 per person.  This price is based on 2 adults travelling. The price includes Virgin Atlantic flights from London Heathrow to Miami, convertible car hire for the duration and 7-nights accommodation in Key West at the 4-star Doubletree Hotel.

To find out more and make a booking, please telephone 0800 316 0194

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