TAMPA, FL – Expect swarms of witches, dinosaurs and more than a few Spider-Men in downtown Tampa and surrounding neighborhoods this weekend as the Halloween celebrations begin.
According to Frightgeist, these are the top three costumes based on Google searches, although other popular costumes include Harley Quinn and Stranger Things characters.
Among the biggest celebrations is the sixth annual Trick or Treat on the Riverwalk and Lighted Boat Parade in downtown Tampa on Saturday, October 29 starting at 4 p.m
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Kids can trick-or-treat at more than 50 stations along the Riverwalk, including Water Works Park, MacDill Park, and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.
The always popular annual Halloween Lighted Boat Parade benefiting the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be visible the length of the Riverwalk.
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The animated film The Addams Family will also be screened at 7:30 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Kids and pets can compete for the best competition on Saturday, October 29th at the Riverwalk Trick or Treat event presented by Nirvana Title Co. on the Water Works Park stage.
Judges from the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation Warriors will select their favorite costumes across three age groups, as well as pets.
Each age group will be limited to 50 children on stage during judging, so register early.
- 0-4 years old
- 5-8 years old
- 9-12 years old
- Small and large pets
- Registration is only possible on the day of the event from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m
- Participants check in by age and receive a color-coded wristband for their age group.
- Competitors will report to the back of the stage at the time indicated below.
Age group 0-4:
- Line up at 5:15 p.m
- Enter the stage at 5:20 p.m
Age group 5-8:
- Line up at 5:30 p.m
- Stage free at 5:35 p.m
Age group 9-12:
- Line up at 5:45 p.m
- Enter the stage at 5:50 p.m
The Pied Piper’s Spooky Carnival
Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa, is hosting its second annual family-friendly Pied Piper’s Haunted Carnival October 28-30, featuring 200,000 square feet of rides, cotton candy, funnel cakes and elephant ears, plus a Killer Beats Stage featuring world-renowned DJs. There will be a costume contest with $10,000 in cash and prizes, and a pumpkin decorating contest.
The opening times are Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m
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Community autumn festival and health fair
A free fall festival and health fair is scheduled for Sunday, October 30 from 12-5 p.m. at Blake High School, 1701 North Blvd., Tampa.
There will be a costume contest, live band, food trucks, face painting, car show, giveaways, eye health education and vaccinations.
Fall Pumpkin Festival and Haunted Farm
Raprager Family Farm, 16907 Boy Scout Road, Odessa will host the Fall Pumpkin Festival and Haunted Farm Friday 4pm to 9pm, Saturday 8am to 9pm and Sunday 8am to 7pm
There will be hay wagon rides, a petting zoo, a 1,000-square-foot haunted maze, a farmers’ market, pumpkins galore and other seasonal decorations, pony rides, face painting, a 5,000-square-foot haunted barn, a 40-foot hay slide, ax throwing, pumpkin painting, live Entertainment, a corn pit, a candy store with fresh gourmet fudge, candied apples and warm cinnamon roasted nuts.
After 5:00 p.m., the Fall Hay Wagons become haunted wagons filled with monsters, goblins, witches, and more through a misty graveyard.
Advanced tickets are recommended. Advance ticket prices range from $15.25 to $16.95 and are free for children under 2 years old. Tickets at the gate are $19.50.
15th Annual Horsepower for Children Autumn Festival
The non-profit Horse Power for Kids and Animal Sanctuary, 8005 Racetrack Road, Westchase, is hosting the final weekend of its 15th annual Fall Festival fundraiser on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm through October 31st.
It will include pony, train and hay rides as well as a petting zoo, live music, fall games, arts and crafts vendors, food, a pumpkin patch and a campfire for roasting marshmallows.
Admission is $15 and parking is $1. Proceeds benefit the animal shelter and animal shelter.
Sparkman Wharf, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa, is hosting its free Haunted Wharf on October 28th and 29th from 4pm to 10pm featuring a haunted pirate shipwreck, live music, silly ghosts for kids and celebratory food and beverages.
Some of the cool photo opportunities include a pirate prison, a sea swing with a siren, and the TAMPA sign decorated for Halloween.
Performances begin Friday night with professional break-dancers on the castaway stage for a DJ dance party.
On Saturday nights, the live band Night Breakers plays contemporary hits.
East Tampa Community Trick or Treat
The East Tampa Community’s first Trunk or Treat will be held on Friday, October 28 from 4-7 p.m. at Glazer Family Field in Jackson Heights, 3310 E Lake Ave., Tampa.
The event is hosted by the Tampa Police Department and Tampa Parks & Recreation.
creatures of the night
A popular family-friendly Halloween event, Creatures of the Night will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 28-30 from 4-10 p.m. at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa
This year’s event welcomes the swamp witch to ZooTampa. Known to all who fear her as Blackwater Mattie, this spooky character spends her nights mixing potions and casting spells in the darkest corners of Florida’s musty swamps where few dare set foot. Find her and her alligator companions in the zoo’s new Florida Wilds area.
In Eerie Realms, kids can meet their favorite storybook villains, dance with the Spider Queen and play a game with the Lost Boys.
Then join pirates for a fun time of magic and storytelling and meet Dr. HooDoo and his adorable assistant as they put on a comical street show.
Busch Gardens’ brand new family-friendly spooktacular event continues on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm
Guests will enter a whimsical world of magic on the Festival Walkway, with the Kandy Witch in Training, a costume parade, story time and trick or treating are some of the activities guests will find in this immersive Halloween experience.
First, stop by Abby Cadabby’s Treasure Hut gift shop to pick up a scavenger hunt journal. Located next to Kandy’s picture-perfect pumpkin patch, guests will be immersed in the popular tale of the Broomstick Room, where everyone has their place and everyone belongs.
Count von Count is the master of bogeys as he walks his friends through some of his favorite songs during the 11am, 2pm and 4pm “Not Too Spooky Howl-O-Ween Radio Show”.
A colorful costume parade brings the Spooktacular Costume Parade to life. Every child gets their money’s worth on this unique catwalk. Children up to the age of 13 are welcome to dress up. All costumes are subject to the standard park dress code. Additionally, guest makeup is not permitted unless performed by park artists. Guests over the age of 14 are not permitted to wear costumes, masks or bonnets to the event.
There’s even more Halloween celebration to come with the return of Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends. After seeing the Spooktacular on the Festival Walkway, head to the Sesame Street Safari of Fun for a special limited-time Halloween show, celebratory meet-and-greets with your favorite furry friends, and Halloween dance parties.
Calling all guppies and ghouls. Dust off your spooky outfits and head to the Florida Aquarium for Guppyween on Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th from 10am-3pm
This Halloween event features free trick-or-treating, animal ambassador appearances, character appearances and more.
Admission is free for members and for children in costume accompanied by a paying adult.
There will be a sensory-friendly event on Saturday, October 29 between 8:00am and 9:30am.
Howl-O-Ween at Humane Society
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will host Howl-O-Ween on Saturday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay Pavilion.
There will be trick-or-treating, immersive Halloween crafts, spooky costume contests for pets and kids, and more.
night at the museum
Catch pirates, explorers, Florida pioneers and other creatures as they stalk the museum galleries on October 30 from 4-7 p.m. at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Water St., Tampa.
When the museum closes, the exhibits come to life in the history center. Catch pirates, explorers, Florida pioneers and other creatures prowling the museum galleries. Guests will enjoy trick-or-treating along with a costume contest, photo opportunities, crafts, and games.
This event is open to children of all ages accompanied by an adult. Children up to 3 years have free admission.
Admission is $12.95 for 4-17 year olds, $16.95 for adults and $14.95 for seniors 60 and older.
Drive-thru trick-or-treating with MPs
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office county stations will be offering drive-thru trick-or-treating Monday, October 31 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the following county stations:
- Ward 1 – 14102 N. 20th St., Tampa
- District II – 2310 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa
- District III – 7202 Gunn Highway, Tampa
- District IV – 508 33rd St. SE, Ruskin
- District V – 10128 Windhorst Road, Brandon.
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