TARPON SPRINGS – There will be one less haunted happening in Tarpon Springs this Halloween, as organizers announced last week the Haunted Halloween at Safford House event has been cancelled.
The event was scheduled for Saturday, Oct 27, and was to feature two sessions for young and older attendees at the city’s historic Safford House Museum.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Tarpon Arts has had to unfortunately cancel both the afternoon and evening sessions of their Haunted Halloween at the Safford House event, originally planned for October 27,” Tarpon Arts official Kelley Reidy said in a press release announcing the cancellation.
Tarpon Arts operates the Safford House Museum.
“All ticketholders have been contacted regarding an exchange or refund of their purchase. Any additional questions can be directed to the Tarpon Arts Ticket Office at 727-942-5605.”
The event was expected to draw a large crowd to the Safford House, a historic Cracker-style home at 23 Parkin Court that is rumored to be haunted. The house was built in 1883 by Tarpon Springs pioneer An-son P.K. Safford.
A family-friendly session for kids 13 and under featuring games, crafts, trick or treating in the rooms and kid-friendly spooky storytelling, was scheduled for 2-5 p.m., with a more grown-up session, featuring scarier events and activities for ages 13 and up, set for 6:30-9:30 p.m.
When contacted for comment, Reidy reiterated that the unspecified “unforeseen circumstances” forced the cancellation of what was expected to a fun, spectacular event for all ages.
“We are disappointed as well,” Reidy said via email. “But we thank everyone who supported this event.”