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Halloween things to do with kids and families in Tampa Bay

By Times staff
One year old Joseph Shaver holds up a pumpkin for his mother at the Harvest Moon Farm and Corn Maze in Masaryktown Hernando County. [Luis Santana | Times]

There are plenty of Halloween things to do with kids and families in Tampa Bay this week. Here’s what’s on the calendar across the are.


Fox Squirrel Corn Maze: The five acre corn field sets the scene for a fall festival including a pumpkin patch, hayride, duck races, dummy steer roping, games and food. Gates close at 5 p.m. $11, $10 children, 2 and younger free. Fox Squirrel Corn Maze, 3002 Charlie Taylor Road N, Plant City. (813) 756-8918. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Great Eeks!-ploration: Kids can trick or treat around the museum before making hand bats, mummy collages and glow in the dark art. Wear a costume and get $2 off admission. Regular admission: $10, $9 seniors, 1 and younger free. Great Explorations Children’s Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-8992. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Guppyween: Kids can put on their trick-or-treat costumes and come to the Aquarium’s event with children’s entertainment, lots of goodies and all the galleries. Included with admission: $28.95, $26.95 seniors, $23.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000. 1-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

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Creatures of the Night at the Zoo: The Halloween event with activities for all ages includes the Knock Knock: Trick or Treating with the Animals show, scare zones, Pumpkin Palooza, trick or treating, night time animal encounters and a ghoulish dance party. Included with admission: $32.95, $24.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Also, $22.95 after 4 p.m., 2 and younger free. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552. 4-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Creepy Crawly Critters and Craft: Dedicated to things that creep, crawl and slither, this party for children ages 8 and older features a craft to create a lantern jar with bugs, spider or snake inside. $10 (registration required). Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722. 6 p.m. Friday.

Dangerous, Spooky and Bizarre Magic and Spook Show: Halloween themed magic and a costume contest with prizes. $17.50, $12.50 ages 12 and younger (advance); $22.50, $17.50 ages 12 and younger (day of). Merlin’s Theater, 7148 Congress St., New Port Richey. (727) 748-8800. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Downtown Trick or Treating: Trick or treat from shop to shop along Main Street and Broadway Avenue. Also a Halloween exhibit, and costume contest at the Historical Museum at 6:45 p.m. Free. Downtown Dunedin, along Main Street, Dunedin. (727) 298-3201. 5-8 p.m. Friday.

Dunedin Halloween Happenings: The haunted fun includes "Boo in the Zoo" trick-or-treat house for preschoolers, carnival games. $10 wristband; $5 hayride. Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. (727) 812-4530. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Boo Bash: A safe community Halloween event with hayrides, inflatables, a costume parade on the field and plenty of candy. Free. Spectrum Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. (727) 712-4300. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Halloween Spooktacular: Enormous trick-or-treat path (closes at 4 p.m.), inflatables, petting zoo, bounce houses, games, strolling entertainment, hay maze and music. Free, $7-$10 wristband, $5 additional each trampoline/pony ride/zip line. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday.

Halloween Spooktacular and Fall Festival: Costume contest, carnival games, moon walks, spider mountain, entertainment. Free, $1-$3 some activities. Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 547-4575, ext. 237. 6-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Halloween Spree: The Glazer Children’s Museum will be offering safe trick-or-treating in the exhibits, a costume parade, spooky music and crafts. $15, $10 members. 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. 5-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Halloween Storytime: Not-so-scary Halloween themed stories, songs, crafts and dancing for children. Costumes optional. Free. Brandon Regional Library, 619 Vonderburg Drive, Brandon. (813) 273-3652. 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Halloween Storytime: Kids can dress in costume for 30-minutes of spooky stories followed by Halloween related crafts. Free. Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa. (813) 253-2638. 3 p.m. Sunday.

ER Fall Festival: Kids are invited to bring plush animal friends to tour the new Pediatric Emergency Room and enjoy a "stuffed animal clinic," bounce houses, candy making and trick-or-treating. Free. Brandon Regional Hospital, 119 Oakfield Drive, Brandon. (407) 657-4818. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Fall Family Day: Costumes are encouraged for a day of Halloween themed arts and crafts. Free. Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 822-7872. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Fall Festival: Kids can dress in costume for this festival with food, pony rides and trunk or treating. Free. Lake Carroll Baptist Church, 12012 N Rome Ave., Tampa. (813) 933-5683. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Fall Festival: A family friendly festival with a pumpkin toss, pumpkin decorating contest. Benefits First Night St. Pete. Free (food/games additional). The Ale and The Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (704) 310-1450. 3-7 p.m. Saturday.

Fall Festival: Put the kids in costume for trunk or treating with bounce houses, games and dinner. Free. Messiah Lutheran Church, 14920 Hutchison Road, Tampa. (813) 961-2182. 5-7 p.m. Sunday.

Fall Resource Fair: A collection of art and crafts vendors with carnival games, food, music, dancing, two bounce houses, a maze and trunk-or-treating from cars decorated for Halloween. Free (fee for some activities). Florida Autism Center of Excellence School, 6310 E Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 985-3223. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Fall-O-Ween Fun Fair: The annual salute to cooler weather and Halloween includes carnival rides, games, a haunted house, market place, live entertainment. Free (ride/game/food tickets additional). St. Patrick Catholic School, 1507 Trotter Road, Largo. (727) 581-4865. 6-9 p.m. Thursday, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

Fantasma Fest: Little Monsters Pumpkin Patch: Costumed kids can choose a free pumpkin from the pumpkin patch to decorate. Trick-or-treating among the Centro Ybor merchants follows. Free. Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 242-4660. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Farm Fall Festival: Hayrides, pony rides, face painting, farm animal interaction, pumpkin patch, train rides, bonfire and live music. $12, 1 and younger free. Horse Power for Kids, 8005 Race Track Road, Tampa. (813) 855-8992. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Gween Halloween: Create a costume out of recyclable material and trick or "treatwater" at the farm during this festival with goodies for kids, make and take recyclable plant pots with seeds, organic shopping and a recycled costume contest. Free. Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, 6942 W Comanche Ave., Tampa. (813) 887-4066. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

Hallelujah Harvest Festival: This Halloween alternative event includes free food, face painting, bounce house, games, popcorn, prizes, buckets of candy and a family show by Christian illusionist Bruce Kelley. Free. First United Methodist Church of Lutz, 960 Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz. 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Halloween Green Scream: Costumed families can take a monsterous portrait in a Halloween themed green screen photo booth at this party with games and activities. Free. Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd., Tampa. (813) 273-3652. 6 p.m. Monday.

Halloween in the Village: Costume clad children and their pets take over Davis Islands Village for this Halloween party with trick-or-treating, caricature artists, costume contests for pets and kids and a Halloween themed show. Free. Davis Islands Village, 304 E Davis Blvd., Tampa. (813) 258-9181. 11 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Saturday.

Happy Dinoween: Kids in costume get to check out Dinosaur World free of charge with a paying adult. Regular admission: $16.95, $14.95 seniors, $11.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. Dinosaur World, 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City. (813) 717-9865. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Tuesday.

Harvest Holler Corn Maze: $10, $8 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. Harvest Holler Corn Maze, 950 Tavares Road, Polk City. (352) 895-8687. 4-8 p.m. Friday, noon-8 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Harvest Moon Corn Maze: Runs through Nov. 5. $11.95, 2 and younger free. Harvest Moon Farm, 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. Toll-free 1-800-373-4811. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Pumpkin Carving: Kids can paint pumpkins as you sip on free pumpkin beer and try your hand in a pumpkin carving contest for $100. Bring your own pumpkin or purchase one on site. Free. Chic-A-Boom Room, 319 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 736-5284. 4-7 p.m. Sunday.

Pumpkin Carving Class: Kids can learn to carve a spooky or funny pumpkin without you having to clean up the mess. Free (registration required). Just Grillin, 11743 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 962-1700. 10-10:45 a.m. Saturday, 12:15-1 p.m. Saturday.

Pumpkin Fest: Bring a pumpkin, or buy one for $5, for a pumpkin carving party with tools provided. Free. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2100. 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Hunsader Pumpkin Festival: Find something for everyone at this fall themed festival with more than 75 craft booths, live country music, pumpkin games, a pioneer trades village, corn maze, hayrides, pony rides, chainsaw sculpting,. $10, 12 and younger free (some games/activities additional). Hunsader Farms, 5500 County Road 675, Bradenton. (941) 322-2168. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Pumpkin Patch Express: Take a two-hour diesel powered train excursion to a special pumpkin patch for hay rides, holiday activities. $14.50-$32.50. Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish. (877) 869-0800. 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Sweetfields Farm Fall Festival: Runs through Nov. 5. Cash only: $9.50, $5 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. (352) 279-0977. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday.

Taste of Pumpkin Festival: Pick a pumpkin from the patch and decorate it at this festival with pumpkin nutritional information, games and pumpkin food items available for purchase. Free. Mann-Wagnon Park, 1101 E River Cove St., Tampa. (813) 935-9402. 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

Not So Scary Halloween Magic for Kids: Ages 3 and older can enjoy Halloween themed magic and stories. $10. Merlin’s Theater, 7148 Congress St., New Port Richey. (727) 748-8800. 1 p.m. Saturday.

Wesley Chapel Fall Festival: Free, $30 ride wristbands; $1.50 each, 20 for $25, 50 for $50 (tickets). The Grove, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. (727) 674-1464. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Halloween Event at the Park: An evening of scary surprises along the Haunted Trail and in the Haunted Village. Benefits Cub Scout Pack 439. $3, 6 and younger free. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781. 7-9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Haunted Horse-A-Ween: Hayrides through dark woods, pony rides, spooky story telling, free candy and a campfire for roasting hot dogs and S’mores. Benefits the Children’s Camp. Free admission, $7 hayrides, $5 pony rides (food additional). In the Breeze Horse Ranch, 7514 Gardner Road, Tampa. (813) 516-4939. 6 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday.

Multicultural Fest: A day of safe trick-or-treating, live entertainment, demonstrations, music, activities and giveaways. Free. Rialto Theater, 1617 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 530-2313. 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Kids Halloween Movie Night: Kids eat free as they watch a free screening of Nightmare Before Christmas. Free. Beach Bar, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. (813) 281-8900. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Legoland’s Brick-or-Treat: This spooky, kooky event takes place on weekends through out October. It features trick-or-treating along a treat trail, a scavenger hunt, a giant Lego jack-o-lantern and Halloween themed fireworks. Meet and greets with Lego Vampyre, Lego Mummy and other spooky characters. Included with admission: $75, $65 seniors/ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. Legoland Florida, 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven. Toll-free 1-877-350-5346. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday.

Main Street Trick-or-Treat: City Hall, Fire Station 52 and Main Street area businesses will hand out candy for safe trick-or-treating for costumed children. Free. Main Street Safety Harbor, 750 Main St., Safety Harbor. (727) 724-1555. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: Dress up your little boos to collect candy around the Magic Kingdom on select nights. There’s also the Boo-to-You Halloween parade, an appearance by the Headless Horseman and a holiday themed fireworks show. Note: Adults are still encouraged to wear costumes. $74-$115, $69-$110 ages 3-9. Walt Disney World, 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. (407) 934-7639. 7 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Friday, Sunday and Tuesday-Wednesday.

Howl-O-Gloga: Dress in a family friendly costume for this Halloween themed glow in the dark yoga party with glow sticks, themed teats and zen. $17-$20. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016. 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Pet Halloween Party: Bring the kids, your cats and your dogs for a costume contest and parade. Free. Essentials PetCare, 8701 U.S. 19, Port Richey. (727) 478-0318. 4-7 p.m. Tuesday.

Spooktacular Halloween Bash: Older kids can roam the frightful haunted house, while tots check out the scaled down boo room. Free. Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. (727) 893-1068. 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.

Trick or Treat in the Park: Little ghosts, goblins and ghouls will find "Treats You Can Trust" at this massive community carnival with a trick-or-treat trail, costume contest. Trick or treating starts at 6 p.m. and ends when all the treats are gone. Free. England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 369-5746. 6-10 p.m. Tuesday.

Trunk or Treat: Dress your little "boos" ages 10 and younger in costume for a night of Halloween activities. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, 12321 Canton Ave., Hudson. (727) 863-6446. 5:30-6:45 p.m. Friday.

Trunk or Treat: Games, hotdogs, drinks and safe trick-or-treating for kids. Free. Sylvan Abbey United Methodist Church, 2817 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater. (727) 796-3057. 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Trunk-or-Treat: Kids in costume can trick-or-treat in the parking lot while enjoying music, bounce house and food. Free. St. Pete Beach Community Center and Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. (727) 363-9245. 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday.

Trunk or Treat Festival: The event includes trunk or treating, carnival games, entertainment, vendors, raffles, chair massages, hair feathers, face painting and mini manicures. Benefits the Dawn Center. Free. Bene’s Career Academy, 698 S Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 593-2259. 5-8 p.m. Friday.

Wild ‘N’ Wicked Nights: Ghoulish mermaids take over the state park to present the spooky underwater show along with other Halloween related activities, including a Fun House (maze for all ages), Kids’ Fun Maze (for ages 6 and younger), costume contests in various age groups for children 12 and younger; the Goulish Gardens, a ghostly path through the gardens; an escape room (15-minute event), Stranded tour of a zombie infestation zone, and the Carn Evil, a nightmarish clown experience. $8, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-5656. 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Winter’s Trick or Tweet: Dress your kids ages 12 and younger in their Halloween costume and they get into the aquarium for $9.99 to enjoy a party with fog machine fun, mask making, coloring stations and "under the sea" decor. Regular admission applies for everyone else: $22.95, $20.95 ages 60-older, $17.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. (727) 441-1790. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Tuesday.

Field of Screams Festival: Trick-or-treating, bounce houses, inflatables and a costume contest . Free, $5 bounce house wrist band. Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N, Seminole. (727) 391-8345. 6-9 p.m. Friday.

Haunted Tram Rides: Pepper Creek Trail is transformed for a spooky tram ridee, costume contests, slide and refreshments. $5, $3 ages 12 and younger; $2 haunted house only. Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343, ext. 1004. 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Owl-o-ween: Trick or treat along the haunted trail in search of nocturnal creatures and ghosts while enjoying a raffle, toasted marshmallows and scary stories around a campfire. $5. McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N, Largo. (727) 518-3047. 6-9 p.m. Friday.

PipeScreams: The Phantom joins bay area organists to present spooky pieces on the church’s Aeolian-Skinner Pipe Organ. Also includes pumpkin carols, costume parade and contest. Free, donations accepted. Christ United Methodist Church, 467 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3343. 7 p.m. Monday.

Thrill St. Pete: Special guest Michael Jackson impersonator Santana Jackson joins hundreds of zombie-faced dancers for a flash mob of the hit MTV video dance Thriller. This event is being held as part of the simultaneous global dance Thrill the World. $6. Cody’s Original Roadhouse, 4360 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 455-5688. 6 p.m. Saturday.

Tricks for Treats: Adoption fees are waved for the first 75 pets adopted at this festival with food and candy stations. Come in costume for selfies with your new pet in the photo booth. Free. Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center, 440 Falkenburg Road N, Tampa. (813) 744-5660. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Spooky Night Hike: Rangers add a Halloween twist to the search for nocturnal creatures including alligators, bats and scorpions. $5, $3 children. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7326. 7-8:30 p.m. Friday.

Trick or Trot: A costumed 5K run and 1-mile family walk with treats along the route and medals for all participants. Benefits the 1Voice Foundation and the Lawrence A. Martucci Benefit Corp. $25, 12 and younger free. University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 541-8293. 10 a.m. Saturday.


• Saturday: Frankenweenie: The families beloved dog is killed and the young son brings him back to life Frankenstein style. ($10.) 2 p.m. Frankenstein: A deranged doctor and his assistant use body parts and electricity to bring a monster to life. ($10.) 4:30 p.m.

• Sunday: Hocus Pocus: Three witches are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts and three children and a cat stop their rein of terror. ($10.) 2 p.m.

• Tuesday: Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit: Wallace and Gromit are tasket with capturing and locking up a giant rabbit that is devouring all the town’s carrots. ($10.)

-- Kelly Stefani, Times staff writer