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Halloween weekend events in Tampa Bay: Haunted houses, pumpkin festivals & family fun

Posted at 12:15 PM, Oct 25, 2017

If you're looking for something fun to do this Halloween weekend (October 27-29), there's plenty of action happening around the Tampa Bay area.

Friday, October 27

Creatures of the Night at Lowry Park Zoo (Ends Saturday)

Creatures of the Night returns even spookier than last year, for ghouls and goblins of all ages! Hoot, howl and hang out as the Zoo transforms into an eerie and immersive Halloween adventure for the whole family. Creatures emerge at dusk with startling surprises around every corner. No horror or gore, just fun frights for all! This event ends Saturday night. 



Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens (Ends Sunday)

No soul is safe at Tampa Bay’s premier Halloween event, Howl-O-Scream 2017. It’s the last weekend to take on terrifying haunted houses & roaming hordes. Unexpected terrors lurk around every corner, including hundreds of roaming creatures, new haunted houses and exciting live, interactive entertainment. As if that wasn’t enough, Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream is the only place to scream your way through Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark. Get ready for guts, gore and seriously sinister fun! 



Scream-A-Geddon in Dade City

Scream-A-Geddon promises sinister attractions that are more interactive than ever before. The venue will feature haunted attractions with themes that range from an infectious disease epidemic to a heinous and sinister prison riot. The attractions include Deadwoods, Bedlam 3D, Cursed Hayride, Blackpool Prison and newly redesigned Infected: Ground Zero and Monster Midway. Do you dare?


SANTANA at Amalie Arena

Ten time Grammy-award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana and his band SANTANA are bringing The Transmogrify Tour to Tampa! The show begins at 8 p.m. at Amalie Arena. Tickets start at $66.25. 

Winter's Trick or Treat Halloween Party at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is hosting Winter’s Trick or Tweet Halloween Party! The aquarium will be decked out with coloring stations, a create your own paper mask station, spooky fog, under-the-sea décor and pumpkins galore! The Creepy Creature Sea Cavern in the education classrooms will also be lots of fun for all ages. The rooms will have interactive games, a slime station, sea creature themed crafts, a predator-prey game and the opportunity to learn about vampire squid, goblin sharks and blobfish. The Sea Cavern will get progressively spookier the farther you dare to venture. Kids 12 and under dressed in costume, or a CMA shirt, get in for a reduced admission price of $9.99. The aquarium will be open each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and it runs Friday, October 27 through Tuesday, October 31. 

John’s Pass Seafood Festival

Voted as the No. 1 festival in Pinellas County, John’s Pass Seafood Festival kicks off this weekend! One of the longest running seafood festivals in the United States is now gearing up for its 36th annual event to take place October 26-29. The 4-day outdoor festival features continuous musical entertainment, competitive challenges, an art and craft show, and more local seafood vendors than ever before. The first grouper sandwiches (and over 100 other seafood options) will be served, beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday with classic rock on the main stage and local chef competitions for the best seafood dishes in Pinellas County. Ongoing family fun throughout the weekend will include fiddler crab races, trick or treating, an art and craft show, and delicious seafood cuisine. The event will offer extended hours and more remote parking options. Click here for more information. 

The Shining at Tampa Theatre

Here’s Johnny! Come watch the classic horror film The Shining at the historic Tampa Theatre Friday night. Tickets are $10 and the movie begins at 10:30 p.m. 


Saturday, October 28

Wildlife Survival Sanctuary’s Halloween Spook-Tacular in Spring Hill

Come spend Halloween with your furry and feathered neighbors!  The Wildlife Survival Sanctuary will be giving all of the animals Halloween-style treats. The event is free but donations are appreciated. It runs from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  

Guppyween at the Florida Aquarium

It's going to be a spooktacular time at this year’s Guppyween held at The Florida Aquarium. There will be family-friendly entertainment and a sea of candy in a safe setting. Activities include science experiments, underwater pumpkin carving, Halloween themed close up critter tours, a scavenger hunt and more. It runs form 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

6th Annual Little Monsters Pumpkin Patch & Promenade in Ybor City

A pumpkin patch where kids can enjoy face painting, choose from over 1,500 free pumpkins to decorate, and show off their costumes by trick-or-treating among the Ybor merchants! This event is completely free and there will be volunteers there to help all the kids with crafting their special Halloween items. Costumes aren't mandatory but they are definitely encouraged! Everyone is welcome! This begins at Centro Ybor from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Foam Glow 5K at the Florida State Fairgrounds

Foam Glow 5K is an exhilarating experience where runners or walkers are blasted with glowing foam under blacklights scattered throughout the course. Runners of all different ages, shapes, sizes and speeds are welcome. Along the running path, you will find Foam Glow Zone's, which are associated with a designated color: green, pink, or orange. All products are 100% natural and non-toxic. At the end of the race, there will be a Foam Glow Party filled with music pumping from a live DJ, glowing foam and tons of blacklights! The run goes from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Saturday. Registration costs $50. 

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Anaheim Ducks

Watch the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Anaheim Ducks at Amalie Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. at Amalie Arena. 

2nd Annual 'Riverwalk Trick or Treat'

Kids in costume are welcome to join along the Riverwalk for a free and fun evening of trick or treating. There will locations hosted by local businesses and organizations handing out candy and/or treats to children in costume. After the event, a free family Halloween movie will begin at 7 p.m. in Water Works. 

Kings of Leon at Florida State Fairgrounds

Get ready to rock! Kings of Leon will be performing at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre Saturday night. The show kicks off at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $24.50. 

‘Haunted School of Rock’ at Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe in Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa will be hosting a ‘Haunted School of Rock’ on Saturday! It will feature a $2,500 costume contest and live music featuring DJ Connor Cruise. General admission tickets can be purchased via or in the property’s Rock Shop. The party begins at 10 p.m. and runs until 4 a.m. 

An Eerie Evening at the Tampa Bay Hotel

Visit the Henry B. Plant Museum for a thrilling Halloween event. See the Museum in moonlight as you’ve never seen it before and hear creepy tales from days long past. Learn about a haunting double suicide that took place in the Tampa Bay Hotel. Victorian mourning and funeral customs come to life as eerie entities roam the halls. Period lighting and candles set the stage for true stories of death, homesick soldiers, and poisons. Lantern light will flicker off the walls and throughout Plant Park as guided tours take visitors to the brink of a shadow world. Visitors to An Eerie Evening at the Tampa Bay Hotel will enjoy light refreshments on the veranda, intimate guided tours through the halls and rooms of the Museum, and an opportunity to shop in the Museum Store. An Eerie Evening at the Tampa Bay Hotel includes special guided tours beginning at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. through the Museum and Plant Park. This event starts at 7:30 p.m. and is intended for visitors ages 16 and above. 

Sunday, October 29

26th Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival in Bradenton (Ends Sunday)

Fall is all around at this Florida pumpkin festival! Hunsader Farms in Bradenton stretches over 80-acres and offers dozens of fall activities for the whole family. The farm is located at 5500 C.R. 675 Bradenton, Florida, 34211. Admission is $10 and parking is $5. Children 12 and under are free!  The 26th Annual Pumpkin Festival will be open October 28-29 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 


Minion themed corn maze at HarvestMoon Farm

Ready to go through twists and turns to find your way out of a 5-acre corn maze? If so, HarvestMoon Farm at 15990 Stur St. in Masaryktown is excited for you to adventure into their 2017 Minion themed maze. In addition to the maze, you and your family can enjoy the petting farm, 70-foot jumping pillow, cow train ride, pumpkin patch and much more. 


Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers

Go Bucs! The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are taking on the Carolina Panthers Sunday afternoon. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium

Wesley Chapel Fall Festival

The 13th Annual Wesley Chapel Fall Festival will include a carnival with a dozen rides & games, live music, local food trucks, arts/crafts vendors, local business expo and pumpkin patch. There’s also pony rides, bounce houses, interactive entertainment for the family and free crafts. The event runs the entire weekend. Click here for more information. 

Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley at Jannus Live

Jamaican reggae artist Damian Robert Nesta "Jr. Gong" Marley is coming to Tampa! Damian is the youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley. His show starts at 7 p.m. at Jannus Live in St. Pete. Tickets begin at $29.50. 

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