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Tampa Bay Halloween Events and Activities

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, October 22, 2014


It’s that time of year. It’s time for kids and adults to transform into a ghostly, funny, offbeat, or favorite character. It’s time to for good old-fashioned screams, as you wander through a haunted house. Are you looking for a good place to take your kids? Whether you’re looking for a family fun event or a more adult one for you and your friends, you’ll find plenty of places in St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Clearwater, Tampa and the rest of the Tampa Bay region hosting Halloween fun.


Do you have a favorite event that we forgot to list? Feel free to add in the comments section at the end!



Pinellas County


Halloween Lock-In & Ghost Hunt (St. Petersburg): Find out if this old house really is haunted during an adult lock-in 11 pm Oct. 31 to 7 am Nov. 1 at Three Birds Tavern. The event features the Ghost Hunters Of South Tampa, costume contests, games, readings, appetizers and more. $40 per person, Three Birds Tavern, 1492 Fourth St N, St. Petersburg. Advance registration required. Must be 21 or older to participate 

John's Pass Seafood Festival (Madeira Beach): Enjoy family fun activities for the entire weekend with plenty of delicious seafood, music, and children’s activities. Friday starts the weekend fun with a Halloween Block Party, including trick-or-treating and costume contests. Free admission. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 24-26


Newton’s Haunts (Gulfport): Explore two haunted houses with lots of terrorizing fun in store, including Massacre mirrors, mazes, and Stiches the Insult Clown. The event will help two causes: Biffs Kids of Pinellas and Pinellas Park Fire Department Explorers Post 945. Admission: $3 donation per person, per haunted house. Oct. 24-25, and Nov. 1 at 7:30-10:30 p.m. 5600 block of Newton Avenue S, Gulfport


Hellview Cemetery (St. Petersburg): Explore this local ghostly attraction. Donations are welcomed and collected for the Florida Bat Conservancy, Child's Play, and the local non-profit, LocalShops1 member The Kind Mouse. Admission: Donations appreciated. Oct. 24-26, 31 & Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. 510 49th Ave. N., St. Petersburg


Radley Haunted House (St. Petersburg): This ghostly haunted house is great for older kids ages 13 and older. Admission proceeds will benefit the Cancer Research Institute. Admission: $5 per person. Thursdays-Sundays, until Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. 3900 19th St. N, St. Petersburg


Haunted house and pumpkin carving (Indian Rocks Beach): This annual family friendly event includes a haunted house, pumpkin carving, and costume contest. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the City Hall auditorium, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd. Pumpkin carving, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (ages 4 to 12). Costume party starts at 7 p.m. (ages infant through 12 years old)


Monster Mash Sock Hop (Gulfport): Halloween sock hop at the Gulfport Casino benefits the Gulfport Senior Center. Admission: $12 per person or $20 per couple. Saturday, Oct. 25, 7 to 11 p.m., at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.


Halloween Spooktacular (Largo): The city’s popular annual event is fun for the whole family. Dress in your best costume, and enjoy a variety of activities, including bounce houses, live music, petting zoo, games, face painting, entertainment, food, and more. Families will enjoy strolling the huge trick-or- treat path, with free treats. Admission: kids ages 14 and younger for activities (other than trick or treating) $5 in advance; $6 without rec card, $7 day of the event. Parents attend free. Limited parking, $5; free parking at Everest University and Largo Middle School. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2 to 6 p.m. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo


Halloween Happening (Dunedin): A great family event for younger kids with lots of fun activities with a theme of Alien Armageddon. Enjoy Boo in the Zoo for preschoolers, bounce houses, a costume contest, a haunted hayride, game booths, crafts, and storytelling. Admission: Boo in the Zoo $5; haunted hayride $5 (Must be 8 years or older to ride); $10 wristband includes all game booths, inflatables, crafts, the costume contest and Boo in the Zoo. Saturday, Oct. 25, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Rd., Dunedin


Trunk or Treat (St. Pete Beach): A new family friendly event with lots of holiday activities, including trick-or-treating, hayrides, crafts, costume march, music, and food. Dress up, and don’t forget your vehicle: there will be a contest for the best dressed car. Admission: Free. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach.


Trunk-Or-Treat (Largo): Another family-focused event, where kids can trick-or-treat along the “candy trail.” Kids can wear their costume, and enjoy other fun activities, including bounce houses. The event will be held in the church’s front parking lot. Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Rd.


Largo Owl-o-ween (Largo): Enjoy a spooky time trick-or-treating along the park’s trail. During the night event, participants will search for bats, owls, and ghostly creatures. Event includes live animal programs, campfire storytelling, crafts, and games. Admission: $5; free admission for kids aged 2 and younger. Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6 to 8 p.m., McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N., Largo. Reservations required. Call 518-3047.


Halloween Carnival (Clearwater Beach Library): Enjoy crafts, games, Halloween stories, and refreshments at this annual Halloween Carnival. Admission: Free. Carnival game tickets: five for $1. Thursday, Oct. 30, 6 to 8 p.m., at Clearwater Beach Library and Recreation Center, 69 Bay Esplanade on Clearwater Beach.


HELLAween at Bloom (St. Petersburg): Don’t miss this spectacular artistic event. HELLAween will feature original and spooky artwork by local Tampa Bay area artists. This unusual event will include live music with different bands each night. You can also browse through the Pod gift shop, which showcases handmade work and art. On Halloween night, attend its Costume Contest with prizes (such as original art). Admission: $8. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 30-31. 7 p.m. to midnight. Oct. 30, Archaic Interest plays at 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, features Haunting Guest Musicians. Oleson Gallery and Bloom Art Center is at 910 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg.


Safe Trick or Treat (Downtown Dunedin): The kids will have fun trick-or-treating along Broadway Avenue and Main Street and Broadway to Louden. The roads will be closed downtown for this safe, family event. You can also find participating businesses, which will have a bright orange pumpkin decal in the store window. Friday, Oct. 31, 5 to 8 p.m.


Preschoolers’ Party and Harry Potter Halloween (Safety Harbor): Here are two fun events for kids, both free and at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N. Start Halloween (Friday, Oct. 31) morning story time at 11 am with Halloween fun for preschoolers. They can dress in their costumes, and enjoy special games, light-hearted spooky stories, signing songs, tasty snacks, a monster mash and more.  Then that afternoon, starting at 3 pm, kids of all ages can attend the special Harry Potter party. Participants can dress in their favorite Potter character, while watching “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”. They’ll also enjoy snacks and crafts. (movie will start promptly at 3:25 p.m.)


Halloween Night Hike (Booker Creek Preserve, Tarpon Springs): This 1-mile night hike will take visitors along the Education Center Trail. Daytime hikes are certainly different from the spooky noises of the night. These special hikes are led by experienced guides and limited to 20 people per hike. Admission: $3 per person donation. Registration is required. Call 453-6800 or visit website, Friday, Oct. 31, 7 to 9 p.m., Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs


Witchstock (Palm Harbor): Don’t miss the eighth annual Witchstock featuring three costume contests. The pet costume contest starts at 3:30 p.m., and the kids’ contest at 5 p.m. Contests will include trophies and prizes. The adult costume contest 9 p.m. including first and second place categories as well as Sexiest Costume and Best Medical Marijuana Costume. Adult contest winners will receive cash prizes. Admission: No entry fee and participants are encouraged to arrive at least a half hour prior to contest to register. Applications are available online. Saturday, Nov. 1, 3 p.m. to midnight, at The Witch’s Brew, 1219 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor.


Sweet Swap (Clearwater): If you’re worried about a houseful of newly collected, Halloween candy, try this annual event. Kids, ages 17 and younger, can trade all their sugary treats for really cool prizes. Each pound of candy can be traded for tickets in the drawings. Prizes include bikes, skateboards, attraction tickets, sporting goods, fitness goods, and more. Don’t worry. The candy won’t go to waste. It will be mailed to active military troops overseas. If you’d like to contribute to the military care packages, you can also donate adult tube socks and disposable razors at the event. Participants can also write thank you letters to the troops to be included in the packages. Saturday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Long Center, 1501 N. Belcher Road, and Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater.


Halloween at the Cupcake a Spot: Any child in costume can get one chocolate or vanilla cupcake for $1. Limit one per child. Oct 31 only, from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. No adults in face masks, please. 405 Central Ave, St. Petersburg.  727-825-0572.


Hillsborough County

Little Monsters Promenade and Pumpkin Patch (Ybor City): Enjoy family fun for the little ones. Get them dressed up, and enjoy trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch, decorating pumpkins, and other Halloween fun. Saturday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with promenade from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Guavaween (Ybor City): Tampa’s mainstay Halloween event in Ybor City. It’s definitely for older kids and adults. You’ll have plenty to do, including five themed area, lounge, $1,000 costume contest, street festival, live music, Freakshow Carnival and more. Bring your camera and check out the very unusual costumes lining the streets. Admission: $18-$30 for general admission; $80-$125 for VIP Saturday, Oct. 25, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.


Downtown Tampa’s Octoberfest (Harbour Island Art Walk):Enjoy a beautiful day with outdoor activities along the waterfront, including good food, music, and art. Sunday, Oct. 26, from noon to 5 p.m.


Guppyween (Tampa): For the younger kids, Guppyween is held at The Florida Aquarium. Take your kids along the Halloween tank trail to trick-or-treat while enjoying the aquarium’s sea creatures. Admission: $5 for kids in costume, $12 for adults (12 years and older). Free admission for Aquarium members and children under 2. Sunday, Oct. 26, 4 to 8 p.m.


Rocky Horror Picture Show, Double Header (Tampa): Watch this cult classic at the Tampa Pitcher Show, where they’ll entertain you twice that night with this interactive film. Also includes live music by guest performer, “The Best Day Ever.” Doors open at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.


Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens (Tampa): Another hotspot for thrill-seekers. Busch Gardens hosts its annual event, with terror at every turn, including the Cursed Front Gate Experience and the Dead Fall’s garden and greenhouse. In between screams and scares, be sure to enjoy the live entertainment. Tickets start at $50 in advance. Call 888-800-5447. Thursday - Saturday nights until Nov 1. 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.


ZooBoo at Lowry Park Zoo (Tampa): Lots of family fun here, kids will enjoy the seasonal displays, animals, and light-hearted scares at the zoo. Various scare level activities will delight kids of all ages. Admission: $18 for adults age 12 and older; $14 for children ages 3 to 11; and free for children 2 and younger. Oct. 23-26, 30, and Nov. 1


Farm Fall Festival (Tampa): Enjoy a family day celebrating the fall season with special activities, such as a pumpkin patch, pony rides, hayrides, train rides, face painting, and more. Admission: $10. Saturdays and Sundays, until Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. Horse Power for Kids, 8005 Race Track Road, Tampa



Compiled by Jennifer Akers, a freelance writer based in St. Petersburg. She can be reached through her website,  


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