Like a zombie attack, Halloween parties and events are coming at us from all directions this week. There are also loads of pumpkin patches with camera-ready scenes set up. Here’s this week’s list of events for both families and date-night options:
Patch Bash: The pumpkin patch sets the scene for a Halloween party with trunk or treat, bounce houses, games and snacks. Costumes encouraged. Free. 6 p.m. Friday. St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. (727) 584-8165. stpaulumc.org.
Haunted Ape Escape: Over the years, this family-friendly event has claimed many “victims” as they wind carefully through a maze of scare zones strategically located throughout the park. See primates up close and enjoy drinks, snacks and entertainment. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. $6 per person, food and drink extra. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Oct. 25-26. Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, 4600 Alt. U.S. 19, Palm Harbor. (727) 943-5897. suncoastprimate.org.
Winter’s Trick or Treat: Activities include crafts, the Giant Squid game and a slime station. Also meet rescued bats and all sorts of critters. On select nights, hop on a boat for a Boo Cruise ($25.98, includes aquarium admission) around Clearwater Bay with onboard trick-or-treating. $19.95-$26.95. Runs through Nov. 3. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage. seewinter.com.
West Coast Family Medical Care House of Horror: This mild medical office by day turns into a house for living nightmares at night. Benefits Suncoast Hospice. Free. Opens at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Wednesday. West Coast Family Medical Care, 3165 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 787-3911.
St. Petersburg Ghost Tour: Costumed guides tell stories of wandering spirits, haunted mansions, phantom lovers and other mysteries of Florida’s “Sunshine City” on this candlelight walking tour. $20, $12 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Sweet Divas Chocolates, 181 Fourth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-4678.
Wykoff’s Haunted House: Clowns take over a Hillbilly barn and turn it into an abandoned circus. Bring three canned food items for Bahamas relief and save $5-$10. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Oasis Pool Service, 5082 67th Way N, St. Petersburg. (727) 287-8359.
Scarehouse: Classic horror films come alive in a 10,000-square-foot warehouse of fright. Benefits SPCA Tampa Bay. $15. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Scarehouse, 12461 Creekside Drive, Largo. (757) 677-6382.
Halloween Block Party: Compete in a costume contest for $5,000 cash at this party with music by DJ Da Beav and appearances by WILD 94.1’s Stiffy and Buckwheat. Part of the John’s Pass Seafood & Music Festival. No cover (food/drink additional). 7 p.m. Saturday. Madeira Beach Craft Brewing Company, 12945 Village Blvd. (727) 362-0008.
'90s Nickelodeon Costume Party: Dress up as your favorite ‘90s Nickelodeon character and party down with $5 slime green punch, $3 Tommy Pickles shots, $3 Bud Light bottles and a costume contest for gift cards. No cover (food/drink additional). 9 p.m. Saturday. Caddy’s on Central, 217 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 575-7939. facebook.com.
Hauntizaar: More than 24 vendors sell their hand-crafted wares in this Halloween- and Day of the Dead-themed art bazaar. Free. 11 a.m. Saturday. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.
Howl-O-Ween Party for the Paws: For its ninth annual Party for the Paws fundraiser for Pet Pal, this dog- and kid-friendly event will have adoptable dogs on site, a doggie costume contest and “pawrade.” There will be raffles and a tie-dye station. (Bring a shirt.) Arrive by 5:30 p.m. for the costume contest and parade. Donations encouraged. 6 p.m. Saturday. 3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 495-6002.
Night of the Living Red: A four-course wine pairing dinner featuring Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon and Sixth Sense Syrah. $40. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Carrabba’s 3530 Tyrone Blvd. N, St. Petersburg, and 1951 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 897-9375.
Thriller Dance Lessons: Learn Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance and prepare to take part in the worldwide flash mob on Oct. 26. Free. 1 p.m. Saturday. Broadway Arts and Dance Academy, 3101 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 228-1315. thrilltheburg.org.
Shimmering Lights Halloween: A self-guided, quarter-mile walking trail through dancing lights with music, an outdoor movie and a game room. $6, 3 and younger free. 7 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. SunKissed Acres, 2302 N Dover Road, Dover. (813) 494-5678. NightsOfShimmeringLights.com.
Ghosts of Tampa Theatre Tour: Learn the historic movie house’s secrets and stories with a “balcony to backstage” tour that focuses on the historic movie palace’s spookier side. Sunday and Oct. 27 include a paranormal investigation experience at 10:30 p.m. $15, members free (additional charge for paranormal experience). 11:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8286.
Creatures of the Night: The zoo stays open late as a colorful cast of eerie characters, fearsome animals and immersive Halloween adventure zones take over. This year brings two new scare zones, Twisted Tale Trail and Rising Waters. $26.95-$29.95. 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday. ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552.
Ybor Ghost Tour: Stroll the haunted streets of Ybor City with a ghost guide to hear where bodies are hidden and the horrors of the Cuban Club. Reservations are required. $25. 8 p.m. daily. King Corona Cafe, 1523 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 386-3905. yborghosttour.com.
Make and Take: Paper Clay Halloween Decorations: Join an instructor and use paper clay to make Halloween decorations to take home. This week is Bottles and Bowls. $12 (clay additional). 10 a.m. Friday. Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N Boulevard, Tampa. (813) 932-0241. lectampa.org.
Haunted River Tour: Costumed characters and “batty fiends” join you aboard a boat to share tales of ghosts and haunted facts along the Hillsborough River on this 45- to 50-minute water taxi ride. 10 p.m. sailings available on select days. $25, $20 children. Tours start at 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Pirate Water Taxi at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. (813) 390-3711.
Nostalgic Halloween: A Halloween party for kids with a costume contest, nostalgic games, treats and music. $27. 11 a.m. Saturday. 2 p.m. Sunday. Silly Dilly’s at the Enchanted Spot, 4203 A El Prado Blvd., Tampa. (813) 839-8687.
Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail: Choose from trails including the Harvester, Reapers Haunting and Ominous Descent. Optional laser tag and an escape game available. $10-$40. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 2837 S Frontage Road, Plant City. (863) 944-0748.
Last Podcast on the Left: Hosts Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski cover the dark side of humanity including Jeffrey Dahmer, werewolves, Jonestown, iconic hauntings, the history of war crimes, cults and killers. $29.50-$39.50. 8 p.m. Friday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s do the time warp again. But this time, Barry Bostwick, who plays Brad, does a pre-show to welcome all first-timers to the Rocky Horror live experience. $26. 7 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. Saturday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286.
UNDead in the Water: Avoid being eaten by infected zombie stowaways at you traverse multiple decks of a World War II cargo ship, armed only with a blacklight flashlight. $15, $13 veterans/military. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. American Victory ship, 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 228-8766. undeadinthewater.com.
Halloween Light Show: A display of thousands of lights dancing to Halloween tunes, along with spooky effects including fog, strobes and interactive props. Benefits Clothes to Kids. Free (donations appreciated). 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Sylvan Ramble Lights, 4412 W Sylvan Ramble St., Tampa. (813) 296-8805. sylvanramblelights.com.
Mr. Tommy’s Very Un-Scary Halloween Party: Kids can join Mr. Tommy for a nonfrightening Halloween-themed sing-along and story time. $8, $7 members, 4 and younger free. 2 p.m. Sunday. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. (813) 922-8167.
A Night at the Museum: Pirates, soldiers, ghosts and other historical Florida figures come alive in the exhibits to pass our candy to costumed children. Trick-or-treat sessions at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. $12, $10 children. Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa. (813) 228-0097.
Saints and Sinners: Dress in a saintly or sinful costume and dance to three DJs playing top 40 mashups and EDM at this party with a costume contest for cash prizes. $7-$10. 10 p.m. Friday. CL Space, 1911 N 13th St., Tampa. (813) 739-4856.
Horny Little Devils: Demons and devils unite for a “hot” night with dancing to music by DJ Charles Machado, $1 drinks from 10 to 11 p.m., $3 Svedka drinks from 10 p.m. to midnight, free LED devil horns (while supplies last) and an evil infused drag show by Amy DeMilo, Alisa Summers, Amanda D’Rhod and cast. Free, $5 after 10:30 p.m. 10 p.m. Friday. The Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-4663.
Scream-A-Geddon: A monster midway and zombie paintball assault with multiple scare zones including Bozo’s Beer Garden, Rage 3D, Demons Revenge, Blackpool Prison, Deadwoods and Infected: Ground Zero. $21.95-$35.95. Opens at 7:30 p.m. daily. Scream-A-Geddon, 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. (813) 452-5412. screamageddon.com.
Spook-A-Thon at the Concourse: Includes Spooky Train and Spooky Trail each Friday and Saturday through Oct. 26, as well as Oct. 27. A daylight train suitable for young and sensitive children will be from 5 to 7:15 p.m., with the spooky rides starting at 7:30. All tickets available at the gate only. The West Pasco Sertoma Club will sell food. $6 for either the train or trail or $10 for both. 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The Concourse, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. (727) 639-7639.
Boo Shakalaka: A Halloween dance for seniors with live music by Geared Up, food, entertainment, refreshments and prizes for most scary, funniest and most creative costumes. Benefits Cares. $8 advance, $10 door. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. (727) 863-6868.
Howl-O-Scream: Select nights through Nov. 2, ride thrill rides with zombies and goblins, tour haunted houses and drag your wretched body through scare zones. $39.99 and up. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386.
Halloween Horror Nights: A series of houses drawn from the greatest horror films along with streets transformed into sinister scare zones. $81.99 and up. Select nights at Universal Studios Florida, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. (407) 224-7840.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: Don your favorite costume to trick-or-treat at this Halloween-themed event at Magic Kingdom park with frightful treats, grim grinning ghosts, eerie entertainment and costumed Disney characters. This year features a new fireworks show. $79-$135, $74-$130 children. Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. (407) 934-7639.
Sesame Street Safari of Fun: Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, Grover, Rosita and other Sesame Street characters dress in Halloween attire for dance parties with trick-or-treating, crafts and a hay bale maze. Kids are encouraged to dress in costume. Included with admission. 11:30 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386.
Halloween Spooktacular: Kids can dress in costume for this Halloween “fantasea” with trick-or-treat zones, whimsical sea creatures and live shows. Included with admission. 9 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive, Orlando. Toll-free 1-800-327-2424.
Brick or Treat: Costumed families can experience a spooky, kooky Halloween event with exclusive entertainment, scavenger hunt, Lego photo ops, the popular Brick-or-Treat Trail and fireworks. Included with admission. 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Legoland Florida, 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven. Toll-free 1-888-690-5346.
Sweetfields Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch: Check out pumpkins and get lost in a corn maze with a mystery theme. Runs through Nov. 3. $9.50, $5 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. 10 a.m. Friday-Monday. Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. (352) 279-0977.
Fox Squirrel Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch: See if you can escape the eighth annual corn maze with pumpkins for sale, pumpkin painting, hayrides, games, a butterfly experience, crafts, balloon art, face painting, a mechanical bull and pony rides. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sundays through Oct. 27. $11, $10 ages 3-17, 2 and younger free. 10 a.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. Sunday. Fox Squirrel Corn Maze, 3002 Charlie Taylor Road N, Plant City. (813) 756-8918. FutchEntertainment.com
Seal Swim School Pumpkin Patch: Kids can enjoy activities and photo opportunities as they roam the patch to find the perfect pumpkin. Open daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Oct. 31. Free. 3703 W McKay Ave., Tampa. (813) 879-7946.
Pumpkin Patch at Tampa Farmers Market: Fresh pumpkins delivered daily along with corn stalks, hay, gourds and fresh floral arrangements. Free. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31. 1718 W Fletcher Ave., Tampa. (813) 876-7888.
Heritage United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch: Browse a huge variety of shapes, sizes and prices at the Student Ministry’s fundraising event. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31. No cover. 9 a.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. Monday, 9 a.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. Wednesday. Heritage United Methodist Church, 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater. (727) 796-1329.
Gallagher’s Pumpkin Patch: Hundreds of pumpkins, gourds and holiday decorations priced as low as $1 along with photo opportunities and a kid zone. Free. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Oct. 31. 7401 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (850) 559-4554.
Humane Society Pumpkin Patch: Choose from a variety of pumpkins including Cinderella, painted and white pumpkins. Prices range from $1 to $25. Benefits homeless animals in need. Free. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. 3809 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. (813) 870-3304.
Hydro Harvest Farms Pumpkin Patch: Get pictures of the family and pets among hundreds of pumpkins, hay bales, corn stalks and fall flowers. Pumpkin delivery available. Also, the patch hosts Boo Fest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 with pumpkin decorating and games for kids. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31. 1101 Shell Point Road E, Ruskin. (813) 645-6574.
St. Paul Catholic Church Pumpkin Patch: A pumpkin patch with pumpkin decorating for kids and photo spots in the pumpkins. Special events include trunk-or-treat for kids at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Free. Noon to 8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Oct. 31. 12708 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 961-3023.
United Methodist Church at Riviera Pumpkin Patch: More than 1,000 pumpkins ranging from 50 cents to $40. Bring the family for photo opportunities in the patch. Free. Noon to 8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 31. 175 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 527-6466.
Dave’s Pumpkin Patch: Take your photo amid backdrops of hay bales and cornstalks as you shop among hundreds of pumpkins as well as gourds, hay, corn stalks, mini pumpkins and white pumpkins. Free. 1 to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Oct. 31. 106 E Lumsden Ave., Brandon. (813) 843-8182.
Harvester Community Church Pumpkin Patch: Hundreds of bulk pumpkins and bins full of smaller pumpkins for the kids. The patch hosts a fall festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Free. 3 to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Oct. 31. 2432 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes. (813) 948-2311.
Seminole Heights United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch: Shop among pumpkins of all sizes all month. Kids in costume can trunk-or-treat from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Free. 3 to 7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 3 to 8 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31. 6111 N Central Ave., Tampa. (813) 236-5931.
Pumpkin Patch at the Pickin’ Patch: Bring your family to choose your own pumpkin and cut it directly from the vine. Pumpkins priced $4-$20. Sunflowers $2 each. Activities include a corn maze, hayrides, kids maze and live bluegrass music. $5, 3 and younger free. 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 7 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27. 11000 Rolling Hills Road, Dunnellon. (352) 533-4344.
Harvest Holler Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch: Find photo opportunities as you twist and turn through the corn maze with a Frank-N-Slide, pumpkin patch, cow trail barrel ride, hayride, corn tub play, miniature golf and tadpole fishing. $10.50, $8.50 seniors/military/ages 2-12. 4 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday-Sunday. 950 Tavares Road, Polk City. (352) 895-8687.
Hunsader Pumpkin Festival: The 28th annual festival includes a pioneer trade village, hayrides, craft show, 14 live shows, pony rides, chainsaw sculpting, scarecrow displays, a rock climbing wall, barnyard playground, face painting, butterfly experience and a zip line. $10, 10 and younger free. 9 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. 5500 County Road 675, Bradenton. (941) 322-2168.
Pumpkin Patch Express: Board a train for a ride to the pumpkin patch where children pick their own pumpkins and enjoy hayrides, Lincoln log building, crafts and other activities. $14.50-$32.50. 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish. Toll-free 1-877-869-0800.
HarvestMoon Fun Farm’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch: Find the hidden farmer in a 5-acre “Lighting Maze” with a 70-foot jumping pillow, pumpkin patch, a candy cannon, cow train, Wizzer ride, petting farm and live entertainment. Flashlight nights held on select Saturday nights. $11.95, 2 and younger free. 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. Toll-free 1-800-373-4811. harvestmoon-farm.ticketleap.com.
Keel Farms Fall Harvest Days: A day of family activities with a pumpkin patch, u-pick, hayrides, animal exhibits, bounce house, hay maze and vendors. Free. 10 a.m. Saturday. Keel & Curley Winery, 5210 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City. (813) 752-3892. keelfarms.com.
Pumpkin Patch at Horse Power for Kids: A pumpkin patch in conjunction with the Farm Fall Festival. Other activities include pony rides, hayrides, farm animals, face painting, a bonfire, games and live music. $12, 1 and younger free. 11 a.m. Saturday. 11 a.m. Sunday. 8005 Race Track Road, Tampa. (813) 855-8992.