Halloween at the Casket Factory

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They say something horrible led to the closing of Downtown's old casket factory. On the night of October 26th, those who have the courage to peek inside will find out why the full story hasn't been reported after all these years.

On Saturday October 26, 2013, the Jacksonville Historical Society will stage what will surely be the greatest Halloween party in Jacksonville’s history. It will take place at the Casket Factory, a mysterious old brick building on the edge of Downtown. The building is 15,000 square feet, partially covered with vines, and thought by many to be haunted.

This event is a fund-raiser to support the restoration and maintenance of Old St. Luke’s Hospital, a National Register landmark constructed in 1878, and owned by the Jacksonville Historical Society. Old St. Luke’s and the Casket Factory are located at 314 Palmetto Street, adjacent to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

The party will include live bands, outstanding food, libations, dancing, a costume contest, performers, and a frightful Labyrinth of Terror. At midnight, the winner of the Totally Amazing Costume Contest will be announced, with prizes valued at $1,000.

Event Summary

Date & Time: Saturday October 26, 2013 – 8pm to 1am

Everyone must have a costume to enter

Location: 314 Palmetto Street, adjacent to Old St. Luke’s Hospital and the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

The party will include three areas:

Casket Factory 3rd floor – live band, dancing, costume contest, social gathering, bar
Casket Factory 2nd floor – The Labyrinth of Terror, food tables, lounges
Lawn – large circus tent, with bar and performers

Attendance: Open to the public; limited to 500 people; must be 21 or older, with proper ID

Price: $48.50 per person [price includes two drink tickets]; $60.00 per person, day of event

Entertainment: Bands and a variety of performers, TBA

Beer & Wine: Adult libations

Food: Gourmet bites from 15 fine local restaurants

Parking: On the Casket Factory grounds and at the city parking lot across the street

The Totally Amazing Costume Contest: the winner will be announced at midnight, with prizes valued at $1,000. NOTE: Everyone must have a costume to enter


The Florida Casket Company in 1937.

Think of things this way: the old Florida Casket Factory is not very scary in appearance. It's a big, brick, plain, four-sided structure that lacks visual interest, haunted or otherwise. The first floor windows have been bricked over and vines cover the north side. The Factory stands there -- stark and rectangular -- and is quite unassuming. It's like a person whose face -- emotion -- thoughts -- and secrets -- you can't read. It's a poker-faced building. However, those four walls contain enough fright to fill a hundred nightmares. As they say, "It's all on the inside!" And, on the 26th of October, we're going in. So who knows? Perhaps whatever lurks inside will welcome the Halloween festivities of the living.  It might enjoy it so much that it may even follow some lucky guest home.....


An event of this size needs the services of several volunteers. Metro Jacksonville co-founder and Jacksonville Historical Society board member Ennis Davis is helping to lead the volunteering effort. As a perk for your services, you will receive free admission to Halloween at the Casket Factory and more. If interested in volunteering on October 26th, contact Ennis at edavis@moderncities.com by Friday, October 25, 2013.


The Jacksonville Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1929. $25 of the price of each ticket may be considered a tax-deductible contribution.