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Family-Friendly and Spooky Halloween Events

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There are so many Halloween Events to choose from in the Tampa Bay area.

Here is a great list of events that are both filled with fun and some fright.

Check out our list and come back and we will be adding more as they become available.

Make sure to check out our Tampa Bay Pumpkin Patches & Fall Festival Guide while you’re here.

Family-Friendly Halloween Events

1. Lowry Park Zoo’s Creatures of the Night

Cost: Included in the price of admission or membership

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays October 7 – October 29 , Open til 10 p.m. 

This new Halloween event will offer a wide-range of activities for all. From youngsters to teens and adults, find eerie adventures for the whole family. Wander into scare zones or encounter animals at night. Party the night away at a ghoulish dance party. No horror or gore, just scares and startles for one & all.

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2. Brick-or-Treat Halloween at LEGOLAND Florida 

1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, 33884

Cost: Regular Admission prices/Included in membership

Dates: Weekends in October 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23,  29-30 and Halloween 31* 2016

Brick or Treat will be back with more spooky, kooky Halloween fun for kids. Expanded in 2016, the friendly-not-frightening event features trick-or-treating along the Brick or Treat Trail, larger-than-life LEGO models, LEGO build activities, the world’s largest LEGO jack-o-lantern, a scavenger hunt with prizes, and an exclusive, Halloween-themed fireworks show in Pirates’ Cove.

3. Mr. Tommy’s Very Un-Scary Halloween Party

Cost: $7 and up

Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016 from 2-3 p.m.

Join Mr. Tommy for a scare-free Halloween Party with monster hits and a jack-o-lantern full of fun! Come in costume…there will be treats!

4. Halloween Spooktacular at Land O Lakes Rec Center

3032 Collier Pkwy, Land O Lakes, FL 34639
Friday, October 14, 2016 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $1 per entry

This year’s annual Halloween event will include carnival games, candy, games, and bounce houses. $1 per person entry. This event is geared towards families 10 and younger, with their families. Costumes are encouraged!

For more information, visit their Facebook event page.

5. Largo Central Park’s Halloween Spooktacular

101 Central Park Dr., Largo FL 33771

Cost:  Free admission. Wristbands and tickets can be purchased separately.  Parking $10 (limited on site).  Off-site parking/shuttle free.

Date: Saturday, October 29,  2016 from 12-5pm

Largo’s spooktacular includes fun and games for kids 12 and under.  Enjoy a trick-or-treat trail (12-4pm only), inflatables, a hay maze, games, music, activities and much more. Bounce houses, a petting zoo and strolling entertainment are just a few of the activities that make this a great event for the whole family.

6. Florida Aquarium’s Guppyween

701 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602

Cost: Kids in costume: $10
Adults (12yrs and older): Regular Admission Pricing
Florida Aquarium Members & children under 2 get in free.

Dates: October 29 & 30, 1-5pm

Join The Florida Aquarium for their annual Guppyween Halloween event. Trick-or-treat among over 20,000 sea creatures, making for the perfect family-friendly Halloween event. Entertainment and treats will be provided, so come dressed in your best costume! Become an Aquarium Member and get in free!


7. Halloween Spree at Glazer Museum

October 31 @ 4:00 pm8:00 pm

This spooktackular Halloween Spree is Tampa’s destination for family tricks or treats!   Glazer Children’s Museum hosts the premiere safe, indoor, trick-or-treat spot for families on Halloween night. This isn’t your normal trick-or-treat event because it features more than just candy. Families play carnival-style games, win prizes, collect candy from stations, rock out to Halloween tunes and have fun with special guests.

Tickets will be on sale soon.



8. Fall Fest by Tampa Bay Moms Group


The events will take place inside the Brandon Mall on Saturday, October 29th, 10am to 3pm

Citrus Park Mall on Sunday, October 30th from 10am to 3pm with our annual Trunk or Treat to follow from 5pm to 7pm on the 3rd floor of the parking garage.

The Fall Fest will feature a main stage with performances by some of the most popular acts in local children’s entertainment as well as activities, games and special guest appearances from our favorite characters, princesses and superheroes. Children are encouraged to dress in costume and as they visit each exhibitor play a game or collect a treat.

9. Clearwater Threshers Boo Bash

Monday, October 31 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Bright House Field, 601 N. Old Coachman Rd.

This free event is a safe community Halloween celebration, featuring many interactive areas for kids, including games, hayrides, a costume parade on the field, and plenty of candy.

10. Heritage Church Boo Bash

1854 Oak Grove Blvd, Lutz, FL

Cost: Free

Oct. 31st from 6- 8 pm

BOO BASH You’re Invited! Halloween Alternative that is safe and fun for families and children. Lots of Candy–Games–Food–Bounce Houses–Giveaways–Entertainment by Fritzy Bros “One Man” Circus FREE Event for all Ages. For more info, www.boobash.info.


Scary Halloween Events


1. Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens

10165 N. McKinley Rd., Tampa, FL 33612

Cost: Special ticketed price, see website

Date: Select nights Sept. 23rd- Oct. 30, 2016

Visit Busch Gardens Tampa for some scary haunted houses and terror at every turn. Not suitable for young children. No costumes allowed. 

2. Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad Halloween Train 2016  (Spooky & Non-Spooky options)

16739 Crews Lake Dr, Spring Hill, FL 34610

Cost: $5.00 per person.

Dates:  (Friday & Saturday)

October 14 & 15, October 21 & 22  and October 28 & 29 from 6-10 p.m.

This popular annual event is a hit with the entire family at Crews Lake  Wilderness Park. Come join on a  Spooktacular  ride through the Haunted Woods (if you dare).  Food vendors will be on hand  7PM – 10PM.

Enjoy a “NOT SO SPOOKY” Matinee Train Ride. This “Daytime” (6pm) Train Ride is suitable for more sensitive family members (no costumed characters or startling surprises), but still features our Halloween decorations and a lovely train ride.

3. Haunted Woods at Hillsborough River State Park

15402 US 301 N., Thonotosassa, FL 33592


Cost: Ages 13 and up $10.00/each. Ages 12 and under Free!

Dates: Friday, October 22nd and Saturday, October 23, 2016, from 6-10 p.m.

Event includes the Haunted Woods Trail, Coloring Contests, and Family Tram Ride (Tram runs Saturday Night ONLY!). Refreshments will be available and music will be filling the air. There will be a Costume Contest both nights. All ages – 6:00 pm – Prizes! It is a safe alternative to Trick-Or-Treating! Bring the whole family and come walk through our Haunted Woods for a scary, fun time.

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4. Haunted Horse-A-Ween

7514 Gardner Rd, Tampa, FL 33625

Cost: Free admission. Pay for activities separately.

Dates: Every Friday and Saturday night in October. 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Dress up in your Halloween Costume and enjoy lots of fun activities, including haunted hay rides, pony rides, haunted woods, spooky story telling, and many…read more.


 5. Scream-A-Geddon

27839 Saint Joe Rd., Dade City FL 33525

Cost: Varies daily. $19.95 and up

Dates: Sept. 23- Nov 5, 2016

Florida’s newest horror park includes six horror attractions all for one price.

6. Shallow Grave Haunted House

 701 42nd St. Winter Haven, FL 33881

Cost: Varies. $26.74 and up

Dates: Weekends in October.  Night tours begin at 7:30pm


Who said the ghost and goblins only come out at night? Costumed Munchkins are invited to take part in the Halloween Parade and will enjoy lots of Treat Stations hosted by Civic Clubs & Businesses along the route. Tickets are $2 per child to attend, you must have a ticket to participate & be between the
ages of 3-10 years old!

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