Tampa Bay's best Halloween events happening through the rest of the month

The month's best Halloween events, family-friendly and otherwise.

click to enlarge Dade City's Scream-A-Geddon is one of the best and scariest haunted attractions in Florida—and requires a signed waiver to attend. - c/o Press Here
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Dade City's Scream-A-Geddon is one of the best and scariest haunted attractions in Florida—and requires a signed waiver to attend.
Fall festivals and theme park Halloween events have been happening since late August, but halfway through October is when the festivities really start ramping up around Tampa Bay. From aquariums and haunted boat rides to spooky movie screenings, demonic DJs, and pumpkin patches, here are the top events happening through Halloween around the Bay area.

Attractions

Brick-or-Treat at Legoland Florida
This year's Brick-or-Treat is a Monster Party at Legoland Florida in Winter Haven. The event features trick or treating, a costume parade, meet and greets with Halloween-themed characters, a new 4D Movie: "The Great Monster Chase" and a groovy monster soundtrack on the Dragon Party Coaster.
Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 30 Included with Legoland Florida admission ($89.99 & up). 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven. legoland.com/florida

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
During the day, witch-in-training Kandy takes over the Tampa theme park for "Spooktacular" including a family-friendly parade, story time, and trick or treating. Spooktacular entertainment pops up from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the park's Festival Walkway. Spooktacular is included with park admission and runs through Oct. 30. When the sun goes down, Busch Gardens becomes overrun with scares, from roaming monsters and scare zones to five haunted houses and thrilling live entertainment. Howl-O-Scream runs select nights through Oct. 31.
$44.99 & up. 10165 McKinley Dr,Tampa. buschgardens.com/tampa

Boos and Bubbles at Clearwater Marine Aquarium
The aquarium's Halloween event boasts friendly frights and billions of bubbles in a Bubble Party hosted by DJ Boo. The event includes character photo opportunities, DJ music, Halloween crafts, bubble shows, a "ghost dive" and underwater dolphin presentations.
Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 29, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.. The event is included with CMA admission ($26.95 & up, kids under 2 free). 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. cmaquarium.org

Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa
Meet the Swamp Witch, a.k.a Blackwater Mattie, who spends her days crafting potions and spells in Florida's dark swamps at the family-friendly Creatures of the Night. The event features meet and greets with storybook villains, live storytelling, Halloween themed food and drinks, wildlife encounters, and spook decorations around the zoo. Select nights through Oct. 30, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. ZooTampa members get in free; general admission is $34.95 after 4 p.m. 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. zootampa.org

Fairgrounds St. Pete Halloween Scavenger Hunt and Immersive Experience
Guests are invited to journey through the Mermaid Star Motel for an immersive Halloween-themed scavenger hunt perfect for all ages.
Thursdays-Sundays through Oct 30, see website for times. $27. 800 28th St S, St. Petersburg. tickets.fairgrounds.art

Fearville 'Fearbrook Asylum' at DK Farms
DK Farms's haunted experience Fearville is back with a new theme, "Fearbrook Asylum." When the sun dips, monsters take over at this farm. Not designed for younger audiences.
Oct. 22-23,28-3. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. $15-$17. 1750 Lake Ave. SE, Largo.  dkfarmsandnursery.com

Guppyween at The Florida Aquarium
Bring your costumed kids for trick or treating, animal encounters, characters appearances and more. Children in costume get in free when accompanied by a paid adult.
Oct. 29-30. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (sensory-friendly Guppyween from 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. on Oct. 29). Included with aquarium admission ($26.95 & up). 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa. flaquarium.org

Haunted House at the Masonic Park and Youth Camp
This year brings the fifth annual haunted house and fright trail at the Masonic Park and Youth Camp. But be warned – the haunted house and fright trail may be too scary for young kids under 13.
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29. 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. $10 per car. 18050 U.S. Hwy-301, Wimauma. @masonicparkflorida on Facebook

Haunted House on the Hill: Freak Show Circus
Tarpon Springs’ premiere haunted trail, House on the Hill, is back with a new theme and charitable cause. The small yet terrifying trail is open to all ages but suggested for thrill seekers 13 and up. This year’s event proceeds will be donated to local nonprofit Horses for Handicapped Foundation of Pinellas County, which teaches recreational horseback riding and care to the special needs citizens of Pinellas and beyond.
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 21-22 and 29-29, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. $10 donation. 611 Beckett Way in Tarpon Springs. @houseonthehilltarponsprings on Facebook

Haunted River Tours on the Pirate Water Taxi
Haunted tours on the Hillsborough River's Pirate Water Taxi are back after a year off. There's a new crew of storytellers sharing spooky tales from Tampa's history during the 45-minute nighttime ride.
Select nights through Oct. 30. Hourly 7 p.m.-9 p.m. $20 & up. Departs from Tampa Convention Center 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. piratewatertaxi.com

Murder House Tampa
This Ybor City Halloween thrill claims to be Tampa's scariest event, complete with a cast of Killers guaranteed to scare. This event is 18 and up unless accompanied by an adult.
Friday-Saturday through October. $20. 1400 Channelside Dr. Ybor City. murderhousetampa.com

Scarehouse Pinellas
Back for its third year, this Tampa Bay haunted house is filled with thrills around every corner in its 10,000-square-foot air-conditioned warehouse. The perfect spook for pet lovers, Scarehouse Pinellas' proceeds goes toward SPCA Tampa Bay, and they'll be collecting pet foods and supplies at the event.
Weekends through Oct. 30. 7 p.m. $20 & up. 12461 Creekside Dr., Largo. scarehousepinellas.com

Scream-A-Geddon
One of the best and scariest haunted attractions in Florida—that requires a signed waiver to attend—is in rural Dade City. Scream-A-Geddon features six terrifying haunted houses, a monster-filled midway and a spooky beer garden. The Rage 3D house is a sensory overload experience that doesn't let you leave until the fun is over. There's also a separate ticketed "good ol' fashion zombie slaying'" paintball experience.
Nightly through Oct. 31. 7 p.m. $39.50 & up. 27839 St. Joe Rd., Dade City. screamageddon.com

Sir Henry's Haunted Trail
Another rural, outdoor haunted attraction returning this year is Sir Henry's Haunted Trail in Plant City. Dubbed "I-4's Premier Fear Park," the attraction features three haunted trails, two escape room areas, laser tag and ax throwing.
Fridays-Sundays through Nov. 5. 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. $27 & up. 2837 S Frontage Rd., Plant City. sirhenryshauntedtrail.com

Undead in the Water on the American Victory Ship
During the Halloween season, the historic World War II cargo ship docked between the Ybor Channel and Garrison Channel turns into a terrifying nautical labyrinth. The attraction is in its fifth season of scares and features around 60,000-square-feet of cargo holds and open-air decks to traverse. This year's theme is giving human-sacrificing cult vibes.
Select nights through Oct. 29. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $22. 615 Channelside Dr., Tampa. undeadinthewater.com

Vault of Souls
The high-end, immersive haunting experience returns to downtown Tampa's historic bank The Vault. The interactive event includes The Arrival, The Ritual and The Starlight timed experiences. Guests spend time in the marble lobby, sipping drinks from the cocktail bar and getting entertained by dancers and magicians before heading down to the bank's dark basement. In the vault and the basement you'll travel through a spooky, history-tinged escape room before heading back upstairs for aperitifs and accouterments in the outside garden. Tickets include a welcome cocktail, hors d'oeuvres and desserts.
Oct. 21-22, 28-30. 7:30 p.m. $125. 611 N Franklin St., Tampa. thevaultpresents.ticketspice.com
click to enlarge St. Petersburg, Florida's Halloween on Central, 2021. - Photo via cityofstpete/Flickr
Photo via cityofstpete/Flickr
St. Petersburg, Florida's Halloween on Central, 2021.
Festivals

Halloween on Central
Car Free St. Pete's popular fall event is back for a second year, closing down 22 blocks of Central Avenue to all motorized vehicles. With the beautiful weather Tampa Bay is about to get, the event will be perfect for shopping Central Avenue's local businesses and restaurants and bringing the kids for treating or treating, costume contests, haunted houses, games, and more. Central Avenue from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street to 31st Street will be filled with roaming performers, live music, food trucks and local vendors.
Sunday, Oct. 30. Noon-5 p.m. Free. halloweenoncentral2.com

Harvest Days at Keel Farms
The free event features pumpkin painting, a bounce house and farm animals. There's also the separately ticketed Corky's Corn Maze ($10-$15), which includes the new corn maze, hay rides and other family-friendly activities.
Saturdays in October. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Free to enter. 5202 Thonotosassa Rd, Plant City. keelfarms.com


Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival
One of the most popular fall festivals in the Tampa Bay area is the Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival. Admission includes a craft show, live music and shows, the Pioneer Trades Village, hayrides, scarecrow displays, chainsaw sculpting, a petting zoo and more. There's also the popular corn maze ($2), train rides ($2-$3), pumpkins for sale, homemade ice cream and other treats, tons of local food and fresh produce.
Weekends through Oct. 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $15. 5500 CR-675, Bradenton. hunsaderfarms.com

Hyde Park Village Pumpkin Patch
The Instagram-worthy pumpkin patch in Hyde Park Village is a must-see spot every yearin South Tampa. Pumpkins start at just $1 for minis and gourds and go up to $20 for extra large ones. Proceeds benefit The Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
Select hours daily through Oct. 26. 1602 W Swann Ave., Tampa. @hydeparkvillage on Facebook

Pied Pipers Haunted Carnival 2022
The second annual Pied Pipers Haunted Carnival spans 200,000 square feet of rides and carnival treats against the backdrop of downtown Tampa and Armature Works. After 7 p.m., watch the family fun transform into a risque night of fright with a cash and prizes costume contest and the Killer Beats Stage with world-renowned DJs to be announced.
Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 27-30. 7 p.m. $5 & up. 1019 North Ola Ave., Tampa. piedpiperproductions.com


Riverwalk Trick or Treat and Lighted Boat Parade
Trick or treat the downtown Tampa way during the free community event on Oct. 29. There will be more than 50 treat stations along the Riverwalk as well as a costume contest at Water Works Park, a lighted boat parade (6:30 p.m.) and a movie on the lawn at Curtis Hixon Park (7:30 p.m.). There will also be food trucks, DJ music and photo stations. Treat bags are available at each park while supplies last. The trick or treating runs 4 p.m.-7 p.m. along 2 miles of the Riverwalk from Water Works Park to MacDill Park.
Saturday, Oct. 29. Free. thetampariverwalk.com

Entertainment

A Night at the Museum
Spend the night before Halloween at the Tampa Bay History Center during its family-friendly Night at the Museum Halloween event. Figures from the exhibits will come alive, so you'll get to meet Florida pioneers and pirates, explorers and other local creatures. There will also be trick or treating, a costume content, crafts and games.
Sunday, Oct. 30. 4 p.m.-7 p.m. $12.95 & up (​​free for children 3 and under). 801 Water St., Tampa. tampabayhistorycenter.org

An Eerie Evening at the Tampa Bay Hotel
The Henry B. Plant Museum gets a spooky makeover for this nighttime event running Oct. 28-30. Victorian horror stories are brought to life along with creepy tales and historic pieces from the 1800s. There will also be glimpses at some of the earlier horror films, an exhibit scavenger hunt, card readings and more. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 28-30. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. $35 for non-members of the museum.
401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. plantmuseum.com

Dracula
Just in time for Halloween, downtown Tampa’s Jobsite Theatre will continue its 24th season with an adaptation of “Dracula.” Steven Dietz’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s haunting classic will run select nights through Nov. 23 in the Straz Center’s Jaeb Theatre. Dietz’s adaptation stays true to the original story, featuring regional favorite Giles Davies as Dracula. The cast includes Paul J. Potenza, Katrina Stevenson, Noa Friedman, Kayla Witoshynsky, Newt Rametta, Daniel Lennox Jr. and more. And yes, there will be blood, so maybe skip the front row seat. $39.50 & up. strazcenter.org

Horrorlesque 2, Terror and Tease
For fans of dark, sexy, geeky gore as coplay, self-proclaimed "Horror Heauxs" have a Halloween show for you.
Friday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m. $15-$20. Brass Mug, Tampa.  cltampa.com


Nightmare on Franklin Street at Tampa Theatre
Tampa's historic and reportedly haunted movie palace brings back the popular Nightmare on Franklin Street film series. There's a little something for everyone, including the kids. The family-friendly offerings include "The House with a Clock in Its Walls" (Oct. 17), "The Haunted Mansion" (Oct. 29), "Ghostbusters" (Oct. 29) and more. There are also screenings of the classics like Halloween, Pet Sematary and The Shining. Local filmmakers will also have their talents on display with "Grand Hampton" season premiere (Oct. 18) and "The Beast Comes At Midnight" (Oct. 25).
Select dates and times through October. Prices vary. 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. tampatheatre.org

Events past

Haunted Woods at Hillsborough River State Park
Can you believe the Haunted Woods at Hillsborough River State Park has been running for almost 30 years? The family-friendly event features spooky decor on the Haunted Woods Trail, costume contests, live music and food and drink vendors. Proceeds from Haunted Woods benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 21-22. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. $10 (free for kids 12 and under). 15401 N U.S. Highway 301, Thonotosassa. @hillsboroughpreservation on Facebook

7th annual Pumpkin Fest at Florida Botanical Gardens
Pumpkin carving stations ($10 a pumpkin), a scarecrow contest, local vendors, crafts and games and a DJ booth. Trick or treating happens 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 22-23. Noon-4 p.m.
Admission and parking are free. 12520 Ulmerton Rd., Largo. @fbotanicalgardens on Facebook

Fantasma Fest
The Little Monsters Pumpkin Patch happens Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Kids can pick out a free pumpkin and decorate it before trick-or-treating at surrounding businesses. The Big Monsters Bed Race follows directly after, from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. where racers of all ages create a homemade bed on wheels and race down La Septima. Sunday features Hell on Wheels, a classic car and vintage motorcycle show from noon-4 p.m. Guests can stroll down 7th Avenue to enjoy more than 200 American muscle and classic cars and motorcycles, local food, drinks and music.
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 22-23. Free. Seventh Avenue, Ybor City. @fantasmafest on Facebook

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Freelance contributor Chelsea Zukowski is a Tampa Bay native who started her journalism career in 2014 at the Tampa Bay Times, working her way up from editorial assistant to entertainment reporter and copy editor. After four years in print, she moved on to broadcast as a digital producer with 10 Tampa Bay-WTSP,...
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