1. Things to Do

All the Halloween parties, haunts and ghost tours around Tampa Bay through Oct. 31

LUIS SANTANA  |   Times (2016) One of the scare actors jumps out at ZooTampa at Lowry Park’s all-ages Halloween party, Creatures of the Night. The last two will be held Friday and Saturday.
LUIS SANTANA | Times (2016) One of the scare actors jumps out at ZooTampa at Lowry Park’s all-ages Halloween party, Creatures of the Night. The last two will be held Friday and Saturday.
Published Oct. 23, 2018

March of the Pumpkin King

File in behind the Pumpkin King as he leads themed floats on this costumed "people's parade" down Seventh Avenue. Participation ticket includes admission to post-parade party and costume contest. $35-$50 to participate. Free to watch. Downtown Ybor City, E Seventh Avenue and N 14th Street, Tampa. (813) 748-0069. 7 p.m. Friday.

13 Ugly Men: Halloween Party

Three floors offer new tricks and treats, DJ dancing and a light show making the annual Halloween "Party with a Purpose." Benefits Beat NB. $35 women, $40 men. Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica De Cuba, Tampa. (813) 248-2954. 8 p.m. Friday.

Haunted River Tours

A docent delivers spooky tales of ghosts as you glide along the Hillsborough River. Includes treats and a stop under the "bat bridge." Tours depart hourly. $25, $15 children. Pirate Water Taxi, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 390-3711 7-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens

Get spooked by six haunted houses and scare zones and the chance to ride coasters in the dark, sometimes with a zombie sitting next to you. Includes early access to the park at 5 p.m. $39.99 and up. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386. 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday-Sunday.

I-4's Premier Fear Park

Three dark, intense walking trails in a wooded forest. Benefits K9's for Warriors. $30, $45 VIP. Sir Henry's Haunted Trail, 2837 S Frontage Road, Plant City. (863) 944-0748. 7:30-11 p.m. Friday; 2-5 and 7:30-11 p.m. Saturday; 2-5 and 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday.

A Haunting on Harbor Island

Jackson's transforms into a haunted dollhouse with a costume contest, performances by the Aerial Dragons and three rooms of music. 21 and older only. $15-$20. Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. (813) 812-4950. 10:30 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday.

A Nightmare on Franklin Street

Halloween series features horror films, family friendly spooky movies, creepy cult favorites, ghost tours and other surprises. Thursday features a screening of Slumber Party Massacre. Stars Debra De Lisa and Joe Johnson take the stage for a post-show question and answer session. ($10, $7 members. 7:30 p.m.). Friday features a screening of the 1927 black and white silent film The Cat and the Canary with Steven Ball providing accompaniment on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ ($13, $10 members. 7:30 p.m.). Price varies by event. 711 Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8982.

Eerie Evening at the Tampa Bay Hotel

Period lighting, lanterns and candles set the stage. Also, photo opportunities in a vintage wheelchair and refreshments on the veranda. $25. Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 258-7302. 7-10 p.m. Saturday.

Annabelle's Awakening

Enter Annabelle's Haunted Dollhouse for spooky saki party with dancing in two rooms, a "conjuring" costume contest, bottle specials and $5 Hiro saki cocktails. 21 and older only. $10-$15. Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. (813) 812-4950. 10:30 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday.

Boo Bash for Dogs

Costumed dogs can have off-leash fun at this Halloween pet party with vendors, pet portraits, raffles and a dog costume contes. Free. Dr. Ott's Off-Leash Dog Park , Third Avenue and 21st Street SE, Ruskin. (813) 922-6771. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Burgert Brothers Ghost Walk

Deborah Frethem, author of Haunted Tampa: Spirits of the Bay, leads this 90-minute walking tour exploring downtown Tampa's supernatural nightlife. Free (registration required). John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-3652. 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Craft Beer and Boofest

More than 100 ghoulishly good craft beers for sampling, food vendors, Halloween costume contest with $500 first place prize, live music by Shakes Society. 21 or older only. $35, $10 designated driver. Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa. (813) 855-4233. 4-10 p.m. Saturday.

Creatures of the Night

Halloween event with activities for all ages. Included with admission: $34.95, $25.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Also, $24.95 after 4 p.m., 2 and younger free. ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. 4-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Dance Club

Ages 45 and older are invited to wear a costume and join this "Senior American Bandstand" Halloween party with a costume contest and live music by On Our Own with Mario and Albi. $12, $10 members. Tampa Bay Dance Club, 5601 Hanley Road, Tampa. (813) 390-7160. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday.

Fantasma Fest

Two events on Saturday include the Little Monsters Pumpkin Patch, where costumed kids can choose a free pumpkin from the pumpkin patch to decorate and trick-or-treating among the Centro Ybor merchants follows. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Later, teams from local bars and businesses race wheeled beds in the Big Monsters Bed Bash, 3-6 p.m. Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City.

Hell on Wheels

Seventh Avenue is lined with more than 200 muscle and classic cars and vintage motorcycles for a Halloween-themed show. $20-$30, Spectators free. The Dirty Shame, 1929 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Frankenreads Read-a-Thon

Grab a cup of coffee at the bookstore cafe and sit back to listen to students read the full text of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein aloud in part of a global Halloween read-a-thon. No cover. University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 974-2011. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 31.

Freakers Ball 39

With a costume contest for cash prizes and music by Ari and the Alibis. $10. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. 8 p.m. Friday.


Kids can put on costumes and come to the aquarium's event with children's entertainment, lots of goodies and all the galleries. $28.95, $26.95 seniors, $23.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000. 1-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

HalloWine 3.0

Be creative with your costumes for this one. There's $600 up for grabs for best top three costumes and dancing to music by DJ Daddie Fresh. $10, $7 students. Celebrity's Lounge, 9340 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 965-5475. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Saturday.

Halloversary 2

Unlimited viewing of cult classic films in two theaters, games, music and a costume contest. $10, $30 VIP. Carrollwood Villagio Cinemas, 11778 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 31.

Halloween Bar Crawl

Pull together the scariest costume you can dream up for this four stop bar crawl with bus transportation, costume contest, bar games, raffle and a free shot at each stop. $25-$30. Franklin Manor, 912 N Franklin St., Tampa. (650) 440-2390. 3-9 p.m. Saturday.

Halloween Costume Date Night Cooking Class

Wear a costume for a chance to win a prize as you explore hidden culinary talents and create a three course meal using organic and natural products. $100. Show and Tell at the Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. (347) 782-1100. 6-9 p.m. Saturday.

Halloween Night at Bradley's

Halloween costumes are required at Bradley's Halloween bash with dancing to music by DJ Charles Machado, a costume contest and a holiday themed drag show by Amanda D'Rhod, Kenya M. Moore, Joey Brooks and Kori Stevens. No cover. Bradley's on 7th, 1510 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 241-2723. 11:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

Halloween Slot Tournament

Insert a Seminole Wild Card into any slot machine for free tournament play with Bonus Times Tournament icons toward extra points for cash prizes. No cover. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N Orient Road, Tampa. (813) 627-7625. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 31.

Halloween Spree

The museum offers spooky experiments, a costume parade and air conditioned trick-or-treating. Sunday is a sensory friendly session. $5, members free. Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. 4-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday.

Halloween in the Village

Costume clad children and their pets take over Davis Islands Village with trick-or-treating, caricature artists, face painting, 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.-3 p.m. Saturday.

It's Time to Act

Wear a Halloween costume to this 5K run or walk with a costume contest, trick-or-treating, a kids zone and family activities. Fundraising through sponsorship encouraged. Benefits mental illness programs. Free (registration required). University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 716-6288. 9 a.m. Saturday.

Mary Horror Picture Show

Area drag queen Crystal Chambers hosts a Rocky Horror sing and play-along movie night with a costume contest and give-aways. No cover (reservations required). Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grille, 1600 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 241-6279. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

NAMI Hillsborough Run

Dress in costume for this 5K run/walk with a costume contest, face painting and children's activities. Benefits services for those suffering with mental illness. Takes place near Simmons Park. Donations through sponsorship required. University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Toll-free 1-800-273-8255. 9 a.m. Saturday.

Riverwalk Trick-or-Treat

More than 50 organizations hand out candy and other treats at stations along the Riverwalk, from Water Works Park to Curtis Hixon Park. Free. 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. 5-7 p.m. Saturday.

Rock the Yacht: Halloween

This Halloween party hits the open water for a 2.5-hour party on a yacht with a costume contest, food, drink specials and DJ dancing on two decks. 21 and older only. $35. Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 223-7999. 9-11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Sesame Street Safari of Fun

Kids can join the fun in this Sesame Street-themed party with a hay maze, pumpkin ring toss, dancing to kid friendly music. Included with admission: $104, 2 and younger free. Busch Gardens, Tampa. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Sister Flight

Chi Chi, Kathryn and Daphne jump on their brooms to bring us a drag queen tribute to the sisters of Hocus Pocus. $3 (reservations required). Hamburger Mary's, 2016 Town Center Blvd., Brandon. (813) 643-2110. 1 p.m. Sunday; Also taking place at Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grille, 1600 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 241-6279. 4 p.m. Sunday; And at Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grill, 2901 Tyrone Blvd. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 851-9386. 7 p.m. Sunday.

Spirits of the River

Tour a decrepit house haunted by the spirits of gangsters and moonshiners past. Then, sit fireside for live music and S'mores. Tram tours available. $5, $2 ages 7-12, 6 and younger free. Little Manatee River State Park, 215 Lightfoot Road, Wimauma. 7-10 p.m. Saturday.


Put on a costume and choose from a list of Halloween themed songs. Free. Gaspar's Patio Bar and Grill, 8448 N 56th St., Temple Terrace. (813) 428-8042. 7:30 p.m.-midnight Sunday.

Superheroes Anonymous

The electronic dance music duo Adventure Club headlines the Ritz Ybor's annual themed Halloween Party. $25. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-2555. 10 p.m. Oct. 31.

Undead in the Water

Board a fully operational World War II-era ship in an attempt to escape ravenous zombies. $13, $10 military/veterans. SS American Victory, 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 8-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Oct. 31.

VooDoo on the Bayou

Dress as a swamp witch or voodoo shaman for this Cajun dance party featuring a mortuary voodoo shop, voodoo tarot readings, DJ dancing, a costume contest and themed drinks. 21 and older only. No cover. Bizou Brasserie at Le Meridien, 601 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 227-9555. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday.

A Halloversary

Sea Dog combines Halloween with its anniversary celebration for one big party with all day happy hour specials, a pumpkinhead costume contest and DJ dancing. Free. Sea Dog Brewing Company, 9610 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 954-7805. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 31.

Boo Bash

Halloween event with hayrides, inflatables, a costume parade on the field and plenty of candy. Free. Spectrum Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31.


Creative costumes abound at Blur's party with $3,000 in cash prizes for best costumes and dancing to music by DJ Luis Martinez. $10. Blur, 325 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 210-2783. 9 p.m. Saturday.

Cantina Halloweena

Red Mesa combines Dia de los Muertes with Halloween for one giant party with live music, two bars, drink and shot specials and costume contests with cash prizes for sexiest, most creative, scariest and best look-a-like. No cover. Red Mesa Cantina, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-8226. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday.

Celebration of Samhain

"Hail Satan" and "Raise the Dead" at this double feature of Night of the Living Dead and a surprise film with a costume party sandwiched between screenings. $20, $15 members. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620. 5:30 p.m.-midnight Oct. 31.

Downtown Trick or Treating

The roads will be closed for children to safely trick or treat from shop to shop along Main Street and Broadway Avenue in Dunedin. 5-8 p.m. Friday.

Dunedin Halloween Happenings

The haunted fun includes trick-or-treat house for preschoolers, carnival games, bounce houses, costume contest, storytelling and hayrides. $10 wristband; $5 hayride. Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Fall Festival

A festival with inflatables, games and concessions is followed by a Bible-themed trunk-or-treat for kids. Benefits the preschool. Free. Feather Sound Community Church, 13880 Feather Sound Drive, Clearwater. (727) 573-3544. 5 p.m. Saturday.

Field of Screams Festival

Evening of activities includes trick-or-treating, bounce houses, kiddie train, photo zones and a costume contest. Free, $5 wrist band. Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N, Seminole. 6-9 p.m. Friday.

Florida Halloween Halfathon and 5K Race

Both races start the same with a 5K out and back loop along paved trails and access roads. In the spirit of Halloween, wear orange and black or create unique costumes that won't adversely affect your performance. $35-$110. Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. (727) 347-4440. 7:05 a.m. Sunday.

Ghost Tour St. Petersburg

Explore the shadows and mysteries of the "Sunshine City" on this candlelight walking tour of St. Petersburg. Costumed guides tell tales of ghostly lovers, haunted mansions, age-old curses and wandering spirits as you leisurely stroll downtown area streets and the waterfront district. $20, $12 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. Sweet Divas Chocolates, 400 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-4678. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday.

Great Eeks!-ploration

Ages 5 and younger can trick or treat around the museum before participating in holiday art and science projects. $10, $9 seniors, 1 and younger free. Great Explorations Children's Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-8992. 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 31.


A costume contest and trick-or-treating for dogs with treats at every stop along the 600 block of Central Avenue. $10 advance, $15 day of. Three Dog Bakery, 659 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 827-7389. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday.

Gulfport Ghost Tour

A two-hour walking tour of the buildings believed to have ghosts and paranormal activity. $20, $10 ages 8-12 (registration required). Peninsula Inn and Spa, 2937 Beach Blvd., Gulfport. (727) 687-8785. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Gulfport Monster Mash

Dress in a costume for this spooky Halloween dance with live music by the Four of a Kynd Band, raffle and prizes for most creative and funniest costumes. $20. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. (727) 893-1244. 7-11 p.m. Saturday.

Halloween CarnEVIL

Drink-or-treat at this Halloween party with a costume contest for cash prizes, food and themed drink specials. No cover. Crafty Squirrel, 259 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 898-4888. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 31.

Halloween Carnival

The annual event features costumed trick or treating for kids, haunted hayrides, a haunted house for bigger kids and adults, games and music. Free ($2 house/hayride). The Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. (727) 771-6000. 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday.

Halloween Charity Gala

A "BOOze, BOObs and Balls" themed Halloween party with open bar, heavy appetizers, DJ dancing and a costume contest. Benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Testicular Cancer Foundation. $65. Kozuba and Sons Distillery, 1960 Fifth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 201-9078. 7-11 p.m. Saturday.

Halloween ComicFest

Shoppers can choose from 34 Halloween and horror-themed comics for free. The all-ages mini comics include Rocky & Bullwinkle, Archie and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Full-size comics feature Hellblazer, Spider-Man and Goosebumps. Free. Emerald City Comics, Games and Toys , 4902 113th Ave. N, Clearwater. (727) 398-2665. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday.

Halloween Costume Bash

Dress to impress in a wild and creative costume for this Halloween party with living canvases, live music by the Vultures, burlesque, body painting, video art, a runway show and a costume contest. $15, $25 VIP. ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 324-3878. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Halloween Market Party

Tastings from a scary, yet delicious, Halloween themed menu including Bat Wings, Freaky Fry Day and Count Dracula's Bloodsucker Soup. Add wine and beer tastings for $9.99. $19.99. Locale Market, 183 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 523-6300. 6-9 p.m. Friday.

Halloween Movies in the Park

Spend the evening watching ghoulishly good Halloween-themed movies with music and trivia. Free. Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. (727) 518-5142. 6 p.m. Saturday.

Halloween Spooktacular

Dress up in your favorite costume and join the enormous trick-or-treat path (closes at 4 p.m.), inflatables, petting zoo, bounce houses, toddler activities and a new escape game. Free, $7-$10 wristband, $20 escape game. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday.

Halloween Spooktacular and Fall Festival

With a costume contest, inflatable games, moon walks, train rides, stilt walker, moon walks, haunted house and food available. Free, $1-$3 some activities. Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 360-6062. 6-9 p.m. Friday.

Halloween in the Park

With a scary trail through the woods and a "not so scary" child friendly area with games, story telling, trick or treating and a costume contest. $10 per carload (includes 10 game tickets). Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin. (727) 469-5942. 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Haunted Ape Escape

Walk along a trail of frightful scenes inhabited by strange creatures and sounds. $6. Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, 4600 Alt. 19, Tarpon Springs. (727) 430-5044. 8-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Haunted Halloween

Adults and children can dress in costume and tour the home for this evening with ghost stories for all ages, a monster mash and DJ dancing. Family friendly from 2-5 p.m. and 13 and older only from 6:30-9:30 p.m. $16, $14 members, $8 children, 4 and younger free. Safford House Museum, 23 Parkin Circuit, Tarpon Springs. (727) 937-1130. 2-9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Haunted Happenings

Dress your little boos ages 12 and younger for age appropriate costume contests with a spooky walking path, bounce houses and "Zip and Repel" programs. Free, $10 zip and repel. Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve North, 423 Lafayette Blvd., Oldsmar. (813) 749-1152. 6-9 p.m. Friday.

Hicks House of Horror

The nurturing medical office by day, turns into an eerie haunted house. Benefits Suncoast Hospice. $5. West Coast Family Medical Care, 3165 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 6-10 p.m. daily.

High School Haunted Library

Costumes encouraged. Free. East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road S, Palm Harbor. (727) 773-2665. 6-8:30 p.m. Friday.

Junk in the Trunk, Or On A Truck: Halloween

Pile your junk in your trunk, or on the bed of a truck, and bring it to swap, give away or trash. Kids are encouraged to dress in costume for a party with music, dancing, bike registration and free bike helmets. Free. Gulfport Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S, Gulfport. (727) 893-1118. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Main Street Trick-or-Treat

City Hall, Fire Station 52 and Main Street area businesses will hand out candy. Free. 750 Main St., Safety Harbor 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

Murder House

Wordier Than Thou uses short plays and a tour to tell the story of a grizzly murder. $14. Murder House, 3009 54th St. S, Gulfport. (516) 906-2140. 6-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday.


Stroll the haunted trail in search of nocturnal creatures and ghosts before enjoying crafts, games and scary stories around a campfire. $5, 2 and younger free. McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N, Largo. 6 p.m. Friday.


The lawn adjacent to Paul's sets the scene for a screening of Casper with a costume contest and yard games. Free (food/drink additional). Paul's Landing at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 31.

Peggy's Halloween Party

Peggy's throws a Boo Bash with live music and a costume contest for $1,000 cash. Free. Peggy O's Kitchen and Taps, 1026 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. (727) 787-7734. 9 p.m. Saturday.


Organists present spooky pieces on the church's Aeolian-Skinner Pipe Organ. Also carols, costume parade and contest. Free. Christ United Methodist Church, 467 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Rev. B's Ghost Tour

Climb aboard a van for a two hour tour of the "Sunshine City's Dark Side." $25. Swah-Rey, 2105 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 551-4800. 7-9:15 p.m. Thursday-Tuesday.

Safety Harbor Ghost Tours

A two hour walking tour to learn about the history of Safety Harbor and its paranormal activities. $20, $10 ages 8-12 (registration required). John Wilson Park and Gazebo, 401 Main St., Safety Harbor. (727) 687-8785. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

Scarehouse Pinellas

A 10,000-square-foot horror flick themed haunted house. Ages 12 and older only. $15. Scarehouse, 12461 Creekside Drive, Largo. (727) 742-1432. 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4-8 p.m. Sunday.

Spooktacular Halloween Bash

Older kids can roam the frightful haunted house, while tots check out the scaled down boo room. Everyone enjoys a costume contest, trunk or treat and a haunted snack shack with food and drink for purchase. Free. Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. (727) 893-1068. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 31.

Spooky Barn

Put the kids in costume for this event featuring a spooky barn, hay ride and horse back trick-or-treating. $1, $5 horse back trick or treating. Saddle Up Riding Club, 9301 94th Ave., Pinellas Park. 3-6 p.m. Sunday.

TASCO Field of Screams

Participants are exposed to darkness, loud noises, bright lights, wooded trails and intense scare zones. Not suitable for children. $10 advance, $15 day of. Boyd Hill Environmental Studies Area, 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7813. 7 p.m.-midnight Friday-Monday.

Trick-or-Treat in the Park

Trick or treating starts at 6 p.m. and ends when all the treats are gone. England Brothers Bandshell, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Oct. 31.

Trunk-or-Treat: Seminole

Decorated cars open their trunks for costumed kids to trick-or-treat from at this carnival with music, refreshments and prizes for scariest and best decorated trunks. Free. St. Anne of Grace Episcopal Church, 6650 113th St. N, Seminole. (727) 580-8237. 5-7 p.m. Sunday.

Trunk-or-Treat: St. Petersburg

The dealership ropes off its lot and decorates cars for one hour of costumed trunk-or-treating with music, food trucks and prizes for best decorated trunk. Free. Automax Tampa Bay, 6695 U.S. 19 N, St. Petersburg. (727) 686-3344. 6-7 p.m. Friday.

Trunk-or-Treat: St. Pete Beach

Kids in costume can trick-or-treat from the trunks of cars in the parking lot. 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.


Put your dog in a Halloween costume for this costume party with gift bags, free hot dogs, salads and drinks. Bring pet food or treats to benefit Community Action Stops Abuse. Free. Treasure Island Community Center, 154 106th Ave., Treasure Island. (727) 488-5257. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 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, glitter tattoo stations and "under the sea" decor. $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. daily.

Yelloween Party

Scare up a costume for this swanky adult only Halloween party with food stations, themed drinks, live entertainment, music by DJ CR and a costume contest. $80, $53.41-$63.69 members. Marchand's Bar & Grill at the Renaissance Vinoy, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 954-8142. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday.

Brooksville Elks Halloween Party

Bring a covered dish and wear a costume for this party with karaoke by Terry Campbell. $5 no dish, $1 with a dish. Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. (352) 799-7148. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 31.

Darker 48 Upside Down Haunted House

Scare actors can touch you in this haunted house. 18 and older only all nights except Oct. 31, which is more family oriented. $10-$25; $5, 10 and younger free (Oct. 31). Marker 48 Brewing, 12147 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 606-2509. 8:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 31.

Ghoulish Halloween Party

Bring drinks and join the African American Club of Hernando for a costume contest with prizes. $25. Senior Citizens Center, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill. (352) 666-4421. 7-11 p.m. Saturday.

Halloween Haunted House

$7, $5 ages 11 and younger, $1 children's maze. Hernando Historical Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Halloween in the Gardens

Dress in costume to enjoy refreshments, games and prizes in the gardens. Age categories are 2 to 6, and 7 and older. Free. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Masquerade Party

Masks or costumes required for this party with music by Los Hijos del Son, DJ dancing, prizes and a costume contest. BYOB welcome. $15. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-6742. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday.

Night Hike: Bats, Spiders and Frogs

Enjoy a pre-Halloween spooky hike to look for creatures crawling, hopping and flying around Chinsegut. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722. 6:45-7:30 p.m. Friday.

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 Eckerd Connects' Camp E-Nini_Hassee. Free. Bene's Career Academy, 698 S Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 593-2259. 5-8 p.m. Friday.

Caliente Halloween Party

Oddly, the nudist resort actually covers up with costumes for the "Till Death Do Us Part" themed Halloween party with a costume contest, buffet and music. $105. Caliente Resort and Spa, 21240 Gran Via Blvd., Land O'Lakes. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday.

Escape the Box: Live Halloween Edition

Put together a team of four and attempt to escape the room with a clown and other creepy live characters looking over your shoulder. $25. Time Trap Escape Room, 8042 Old County Road 54, New Port Richey. (813) 279-1064. 6-9 p.m. Thursday, 6-11:50 p.m. Friday, noon-11:50 p.m. Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday, 6:30-11 p.m. Monday-Oct. 31.

Halloween Spooky Train

All ages are invited to board a miniature train to cruise by the Swamp Shack and creep through a spider tunnel on your way to Hotel California. The Sunset Ride (6-7 p.m.) is geared to the young or fearful. The Fright Ride (7:15-10 p.m.) includes scary effects and live actors. $3, 1 and younger free. The Concourse, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. (727) 639-7639. 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Harvest Festival Trunk or Treat

Includes a bounce house, slide, games, prizes, and free hot dogs and chips while supplies last. Free. First Presbyterian Church, 5510 19th St., Zephyrhills. (813) 782-7412. 2-4 p.m. Sunday.

Not So Scary Halloween Show

David Evangelista presents a family oriented Halloween themed comedy and magic show with a costume contest. $10. Merlin's Theater, 7148 Congress St., New Port Richey. (727) 748-8800. 2 p.m. Saturday.


Brace yourself for this one. The interaction meter goes off the charts at this Halloween haunt this year with the addition of Rage 3D, Demon's Revenge and Zombie Paintball Assault in which you literally hunt, shoot and kill zombies. $19.95-$39.95, $9.95-$19.95 paintball. Scream-A-Geddon, 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. (813) 452-5412. 7:30 p.m. daily.


Two scare levels for you to choose from. Ages 12 and younger can stroll through a "Hocus Pocus" themed trail. Or, braver souls can take a "Jeepers Creepers" themed haunted hay ride and try their chances in the Indian Corn Maze. $5. Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. (352) 567-0262. 6-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.


Safe trick-or-treating in the church's front parking lot. Free. St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson. (727) 863-5646. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Halloween at the Park

A scary haunted trail with games, food, crafts and slide shows. Benefit 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.

Halloween Ghost Train

Climb aboard the Ghost Train for a four course dinner put to a Halloween themed murder mystery enacted on a moving train. Make sure to wear a great costume. Prizes awarded for best costumes in each car. $84.95. Seminole Gulf Railway/Colonial Station, 2805 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Toll-free 1-800-736-4853. 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Halloween Horror Nights

For its 28th year, on select nights through Nov. 3, the park brings iconic horror films to life. The park also boasts original mazes with vile vampires, sadistic scarecrows, disturbing demons and one angry voodoo queen. Costumes, make-up and masks are not allowed. $77.99. Universal Orlando, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. Toll-free 1-888-467-7677. 6:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday and Oct. 31.

Haunted Tram Rides

Pepper Creek Trail is transformed for a spooky tram ride with a haunted house and costume contests. $7, $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.

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 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. (877) 350-5346. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and Oct. 31.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Dress up your little boos to collect candy around the Magic Kingdom on select nights through Oct. 31. There's also the Boo-to-You Halloween parade, an appearance by the Headless Horseman and a holiday themed fireworks show. New this year is an interactive pirate show of Gunpowder Pete at the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, special lights and effects at the Mad Tea Party ride and a new soundtrack at Space Mountain. Note: Adults are still encouraged to wear costumes. $75-$125, $70-$120 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-Oct. 31.

Pumpkin Patch Express

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

Screamin' Green Hauntoween

A spooky, yet colorful, Halloween party with 26 hands on attractions were kids can create monster themed crafts, dance, play with slime, participate in a scavenger hunt and trick-or-treat through out the attraction (Saturday-Sunday only). $22.99, $29.99 annual pass. Crayola Experience, 8001 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando. (407) 757-1700. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular

Kids may dress up and trick-or-treat among friendly sea witches, mermaids, octopus, pumpkin fish and more. Plus, enjoy a Halloween themed dance party, Mermaid Grotto and a stage show hosted by Sesame Street's The Count. Included with admission: $99.99, 2 and younger free. SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive, Orlando. Toll-free 1-800-327-2424. 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday.


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