Break out the candy corn! Halloween season is officially here! We’ve got your guide to pumpkin patches, parties, costumes and community happenings. Read below for our featured event listings, then visit our listings of local pumpkin patches, costume stores & candy buy back programs. Don’t miss a minute of the action with our 2019 Halloween Guide, presented by The Florida Aquarium.
The Florida Aquarium. We request your presence at the Codwarts School of Fishcraft & Squidery where young wizards will be sorted into their Codwarts House before embarking on a quest to further their Fishcraft knowledge. There will be dazzling treats and magical adventures. All exhibits will be open. The fun runs Oct 26-27 from 9:30am-5pm and a Sensory Guppyween is available Oct 26 form 8-9:30am. Click here for details.
Seal Swim School. Seal Swim School’s Pumpkin Patch opens this Sat, Oct 5 and is open daily through Oct 31 from 8am-8pm. Come visit us in Lutz & South Tampa for daily activities and great photo ops! Click here for details.
The Florida Orchestra. Stuart Malina scares up boo-tiful music for Halloween, including Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre and Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain. The concert runs Oct 31 at 11am at the Mahaffey Theater. Tickets are $24-$42, click here for info & tickets.
Our Lady of Lourdes of Catholic School. Don’t miss Our Lady of Lourdes’ huge fall festival. The festival includes games, rides, live music, food, a flea market and a special section of “kiddie” rides. Win prizes at the games or enter the raffle for a $3,000 grand prize! Free admission and free parking all weekend. Click here for details.
American Victory Ship. American Victory Ship presents UNDead in the Water. Tampa’s only authentic nautical haunted attraction. Traverse multiple decks of this historic WWII cargo ship, armed only with a blacklight flashlight. Avoid being eaten by the infected zombie stowaways as the merciless Ripper Squad do what they were trained to do, search and destroy! Recommended for kids 12+. The attraction opens Oct 4 and runs through Nov 2 on Friday and Saturday nights, plus Halloween.
First Baptist Church of Brandon. First Baptist Church of Brandon’s Fall Fest is Thursday, Oct 31 from 6-8pm. Come enjoy the games, inflatables, slime, crafts, music and more. Chick-fil-A for sale. Tons of candy! Click here for details.
Smith Family Ranch. Come join us this fall at The Smith Family Ranch for a fun filled day at CornFusion Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch. At CornFusion, you will find about 20 acres of fun for all ages! This includes a pumpkin patch and our 8 acre crop maze! Open every Saturday and Sunday in October starting October 5th from 10am-6pm! Click here for more info.
Tampa Theatre. Don’t miss A Nightmare on Franklin Street Oct 18-31 at Tampa Theatre.This year’s Halloween series at Tampa’s most historic – and most haunted – movie palace features more family-friendly frights than ever before: Mummy & Me movies are free for kids 0-12, Phantasmagoria brings steampunk storytelling live to the Theatre stage, and Campfire Stories is a night of creepy-cool fun for all ages! Click here for info & tickets.
Wolfe’s Produce Market. Come on out and enjoy family friendly hayrides! Wolfe’s Produce has 11 nights of fall fun, hayrides, photo opportunities and more. October 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, 29-30. The hayrides are from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. The cost is $7 per rider. Our pumpkin patch is open from 8:30am to 9:30pm. We welcome all costumes. Candy is given after the hayrides. Click here for details.
Busch Gardens Safari of Fun. Celebrate Halloween with Elmo, Abby, Grover and all your favorite Sesame Street® friends every Saturday and Sunday in October during Sesame Street® Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends. Show off your family costumes during each themed weekend while you trick-or-treat, enjoy exclusive crafts, explore through a hay bale maze and play fall-inspired activities and games in our festival field area. Click here for details.
5 Great Halloween Books. We love a great holiday book. Start the festivities early, prep little kids for upcoming fun & relive the merriment after the fact. We love these books for their engaging stories and inviting illustrations. Look for bold colors, silly rhymes & fun characters. Click here to check out 5 great Halloween books for toddlers.
Pumpkin Patches. Pick the perfect pumpkin at these patches around town. Shop pumpkins, treats and fall decor. Click here to view the complete list.
Costumes. It’s not officially Halloween until you have a great costume. Get creative with your family with these local resources. Hours & availability vary by location, please call to confirm. Click here for details.
Candy Buy Back. On candy corn overload? Save your family a few calories & cavities this year by participating in a Halloween candy buy back program. Bring your candy to the businesses below, walk out with a bit of extra change. Click here for details.