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  1. Pumpkin Festival and Corn Maze

    Editor's pick

    Hunsader Farms

    Bradenton : 5500 County Road 675, Bradenton, 34211

    Something for everyone in the family at this Fall themed festival with more than 100 craft booths, live country music, pumpkin games, a pioneer trades village, seven-acre corn maze, hayrides, pony rides, chainsaw sculpting, scarecrow displays, petting zoo, playground and a frog jumping champions …

    Price: $10, 12 and younger free; parking $5.

  2. John's Pass Seafood Festival: Seafood Judging

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    John's Pass Village and Boardwalk

    North Pinellas beaches : 150 John's Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach, 33708

    This popular annual event returns to John's Pass for its 33rd year and has more than 100 seafood options this year, a Halloween block party, costume contests, arts and crafts, live music, trick-or-treating and children's activities.

    Watch the Best Chef Cook-off while island-themed Jimmy Buffet tribute music plays all day long, capped off by the Sauce Boss, who sings, tells stories and cooks up a big pot of gumbo to be served to the crowd.

    Price: Free (food/drink additional).

  3. Halloween Horror Nights

    Editor's pick

    Universal Orlando

    Orlando : 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 32819

    On select nights through Nov. 1, Universal Studios is transformed into a nightmarish labyrinth of eight haunted houses, multiple street experiences and live shows. Highlights this year are houses based on Halloween, Alien vs. Predator and The Walking Dead. Costumes, make-up and masks are not all …

    Remains open until 2 a.m.

    Price: $95.99 general, $41.99-$72.99 add on to daily admission ticket, $45.99-72.99 Florida resident.

  4. Hellview Haunted Cemetery

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    Hellview Cemetery

    St. Petersburg : 510 49th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33703

    Hellview Cemetery is a free local haunted attraction. This year, the disappearance of Madame Oar leaves the power balance in shambles as a new power grows inside Hellview's walls. Donations will be collected for the Florida Bat Conservancy and Child's Play, as well as local non-profit The Kind M …

    Price: Free.

  5. Radley Haunted House

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    Radley Haunted House

    St. Petersburg : 3900 19th St. N, St. Petersburg, 33714

    This elaborate haunted house set up in a residential neighborhood has a new theme: Dr. Radley's Nightmare Machine. Blood will be used in the outdoor, eerie environment and touching is not allowed. Recommended for ages 13 and older. Benefits the Cancer Research Institute.

    Price: $5.

  6. Florida Halloween Halfathon and 5K Race

    Fort De Soto Park

    South Pinellas beaches : 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, 33715

    Both races start the same with a 5K loop that returns athletes to the start/finish area. Course is extremely flat and smooth along paved trails and access roads. Create unique costumes in the spirit of this festive holiday, but ones that will not adversely affect your performance. Or simply wear …

    Price: $20-$75.

  7. Tour of Ofrendas

    Casa Tina Gourmet Mexican & Vegetarian

    Dunedin : 365 Main St., Dunedin, 34698

    Take a self guided walk tour of the downtown shopping district and view Dia de los Muertos ofrendas (altars) created by area businesses. Traditionally, the altars are made from candles, flowers, leaves, photos and colorful paper as a dedication to lost relatives or pets. Merchants will have thei …

    Price: Free.

  8. Harvest Moon Corn Maze

    Harvest Moon Farm

    Brooksville / East Hernando : 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown, 34604

    The five-acre corn maze features more than 3 miles of twists and turns along with a barrel train, 70-foot jumping pillow, petting farm, pony hop and a pumpkin patch.

    Price: $11.95, 2 and younger free.

  9. Sharktoberfest

    Mote Marine Aquarium

    Sarasota beaches : 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, 34236

    Children in costume get free admission and a treat bag with one paid adult admission. Gilly the shark makes appearances on select Saturdays.


  10. Legoland's Brick-or-Treat

    Legoland Florida

    Winter Haven : 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, 33884

    This spooky, kooky event is included with regular admission and takes place on Saturdays and Sundays through out October. It features themed treat stations with candy, a scavenger hunt in Miniland USA, a giant Lego pumpkin, Halloween entertainment and a kids only costume contests.


  11. Sweetfields Corn Maze

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    Sweetfields Farm

    Brooksville / East Hernando : 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown, 34604

    Get lost in a life-sized 5-acre labyrinth made of corn. Guides are available to make sure you don't cheat or get lost. Clues to finding the exit are hidden along the way. Minors 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Along with the maze will be children's activities, farm animals, hay r …

    Price: $9.50; $5 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free.

  12. Pumpkin Patch for Dogs

    Humane Society of Tampa Bay

    Tampa : 3607 N Armenia Ave., Tampa, 33607

    Bring your children and your pets for photos among thousands of pumpkins and gourds and festive Halloween decorations. Pick out a plump pumpkin or a painted jack-o-lantern to take home. Pumpkin sales benefit homeless pets.

    Price: Cost of pumpkins only.

  13. Fox Squirrel Corn Maze

    Fox Squirrel Corn Maze

    Plant City : 3002 Charlie Taylor Road N, Plant City, 33565

    Sneakers or hiking boots are required to explore the maze built to challenge the best puzzle lovers. Also includes hay rides, duck races, corn boxes, horseshoes, dummy steer roping and a cracker county with old time demonstrations. Food, pumpkins, balloon art, a butterfly experience and arts and …

    Price: $10, $9 ages 3-17, 2 and younger free.

  14. Pumpkin Patch Express

    Florida Railroad Museum

    Parrish : 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish, 34219

    Take a two-hour diesel powered train excursion to a special pumpkin patch for hay rides, holiday activities and you choose your own pumpkin to take home.

    Price: $14-$28.

  15. Farm Fall Festival

    Horse Power for Kids

    Oldsmar : 8005 Race Track Road, Tampa, 33635

    An event celebrating the arrival of Fall with activities primarily for children including hayrides, pony rides, face painting, farm animal interaction, pumpkin patch, train rides, bonfire and live music.

    Price: $10.

  16. Sarasota Pumpkin Festival

    Payne Park

    Sarasota : 2050 Adams Lane, Sarasota, 34237

    This Halloween themed festival says it has something for everyone -- and they do have a grizzly bear. Put on your trick-or-treat costume and come out for live music, hay rides, face painting, a large variety of cuisine and tons of games and activities for all ages. See a grizzly bear show, costu …

    Price: $10, $7 students ages 12-18, $5 ages 4-11, 3 and younger free. Rides additional.

  17. Pumpkin Patch Express

    Florida Railroad Museum

    Parrish : 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish, 34219

    Take a two-hour diesel powered train excursion to a special pumpkin patch for hay rides, holiday activities and you choose your own pumpkin to take home.

    Price: $14-$28.

  18. Mr. Tommy's Halloween Party

    Carrollwood Cultural Center

    Carrollwood : 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, 33625

    Children can come in costume and join Mr. Tommy for a scare free Halloween party with monsters hits and jack-o-lantern fun.

    Price: $7, $6 members.

  19. Dog-O-Ween

    Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk

    Downtown Tampa : 333 S Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    This dog friendly Halloween party includes a costume contest for dogs, live music by Front Porch Sessions and food available for purchase.

    Price: Free (food/drink additional).

  20. A Nightmare on Franklin Street: The Witches (1990)

    Editor's pick

    Tampa Theatre

    Downtown Tampa : 711 Franklin St., Tampa, 33672

    A Halloween series featuring 15 nights of classic horror films, family friendly spooky movies, creepy cult favorites, ghastly ghost tours and bloodcurdling special guests. The concession stand even adds a holiday twist with Halloween themed craft beers including Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Newcastle Wer …

    In the big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel The Witches, an orphaned boy spends the holiday in a hotel with his grandmother.  After discovering a coven of witches, he must decide how to stop their evil plans as newly transformed rodents. $10, $8 members.

    Price: Price varies by event. Neverending Nightmare Pass (all movies) $100.

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