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September 4, 2018

Fall festivals, Halloween events, pumpkin patches and MORE!

By Tampa Bay Parenting

NEW events added as of Monday, September 24!

Our list of our favorite pumpkin patches in Tampa Bay, fall festivals, corn mazes, Halloween events and more is ghoulishly good!

So, get those calendars out and start scheduling some fall family FUN! We are continuing to update and tweak the list of events, but check out some that have piqued our interest so far and keep checking back. Happy haunting…I mean, hunting!

Have an event and want to add it to our list? Email us at [email protected]


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Select Nights through Oct. 31, various times
Visit Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park for a night of trick-or-treating fun with some of your favorite Disney characters and explore the attractions. Check out the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, and Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Show. Guests are encouraged to arrive dressed in costume. disneyworld.com Everyone

Related: 5 Things We Love About Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights
Select Nights Sept. 14 through Nov. 3, various times
Dare yourself to experience Halloween at its most frightening at this Universal Studios Orlando event. This year’s haunted houses include “Stranger Things”, “Halloween 4”, “Poltergeist”, and more! Flex tickets are available to allow visitors to decide what night is best for them. halloweenhorrornights.com Teen & Older

Halloween events in tampa bay
Howl-O-Scream

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa
Select Nights Sept. 21 through Oct. 28, various times
Experience terrors around every corner at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Meet up with hundreds of roaming creatures, explore new haunted houses and see live, interactive entertainment. For mature audiences. buschgardenstampabay.com Teens & Older

Related: Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2018

Harvest Holler Corn Maze in Polk City
Between September 21st and November 11, 2018
Monday-Thursday- Reservation Only
Friday 4-8 P.M.
Saturday noon-8 P.M.
Sunday noon-5 P.M.
Come out for a fun fall tradition and stroll the fields of this year’s corn maze at Harvest Holler Farm, a working family farm in Polk City. Check out the pumpkin patch, go on a hay ride, and meet up with live farm animals. Families also can ride the cow train, play corn hole, swing on the tire swings and the hay fort. harvestholler.com Everyone

SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular
Weekends Sept. 22 – Oct. 28, During Normal Park Hours
Kids can dress in their favorite Halloween costume and take part in fun-filled trick-or-treating at SeaWorld Orlando. Plus, meet up with everyone’s favorite neighbors on Sesame Street as The Count, Elmo, Abby, and others take the stage for “Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween.” Other Halloween fun includes Penelope’s Garden Party, Pets Ahoy Halloween, and Halloween Dance Party. Event is included in park admission. seaworldorlando.com Everyone

Screamin’ Green Hauntoween at Crayola Experience
Sept. 22-Oct. 31
Beware of werewolves, witches, and monsters at the Crayola Experience inside The Florida Mall in Orlando. Check out 26 exciting hands-on attractions. Create monster crafts, snap character photos, go on a themed scavenger hunt and trick-or-treat throughout the attraction (weekends only). Regular Admission is $24.99 plus tax per person and annual passes are $34.99 plus tax each. Buy online and save. Crayolaexperience.com/Orlando Everyone

The Pickin Patch in Dunnellon
Opening day begins September 29
Pack a lunch and enjoy a fun day trip to the Pickin’ Patch, located in Dunnellon, Florida, where you can pick your very own white pumpkin from the vine, as well as fall sunflowers and gourds. On Saturdays and Sundays, they host live bluegrass music while your family enjoys a corn maze, hay ride, kids hay fort and slides. Opening day starts September 29th. $5 a person, children 3 and under free.  www.dunnellonpumpkinpatch.com

Hyde Park Village Fall Festival
Sept. 29, 5-9 P.M.
The village festival returns this year and will once again benefit High Risk Hope! The family-friendly event is free to attend, but there will be craft beer and food for purchase. Stick around for the live entertainment, games and even pick out the perfect pumpkin in the pumpkin patch!

HarvestMoon Farm in Masaryktown
Weekends only; starting September 29th – November 4th
One of best kept secrets in Masaryktown this time of year, HarvestMoon Farm’s offers five acres of none stop fun for the whole family. Venture the Farm as a Farm Scene Investigation (ISI) or travel through the corn maze finding clues at each stop while reading passages of Spookley the Square Pumpkin. Hand down, one of the best features this Farm has to offer is a 70-foot jumping pillow. The grounds also offer a cow train ride, mineshaft slide, pumpkin patch, expanded petting farm and tree house. Tickets are $11.95 plus tax for age 3 and older.
If you’re also looking for a little nighttime fun, but not so much spooking, the farm also offers a nighttime walk through the maze in the dark with flashlights. Cost is $10 per person ages 3 & up; 2 & under free. The main farm and all other attractions will be closed for this Event. Harvestmoon Fun Farm Night-time corn maze runs Saturday’s starting October 13th through November 10th.Visit Harvestmoon Farm | Masaryktown, FL | Flashlight Maze Harvestmoonfl.com Everyone

Sweetfield Farms Fall Corn Maze and Farm Activities
Sept. 29-30, Oct. 6-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-29, Nov. 3-4 various times
Come out for corn maze fun at Sweetfield Farms in Masaryktown. While on the farm, check out the Pitcher Pump Duck Race, hay ride, farm animals and free craft of the season. Stick around to meet up with special visiting vendors including Jerry Crowling’s storytelling for all ages, Heyman Kettle Corn, Ex-Squeeze-Me Lemonade, Fresh Pressed Apple Cider and more. sweetfieldsfarm.com Everyone

Seal Swim School’s Pumpkin Patch & Family Fun Festival
Oct. 1-31
Pick out this year’s jack-o-lantern wannabes and stop by again later in the month for a fun event for the whole family at Seal Swim School with two locations – in Lutz and South Tampa. Admission is free and open to the public. Plus, stop by 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 for a fall-flavored family festival. sealswimschool.com Everyone

halloween events in tampa bay
Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa

Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa at Lowry Park
Fridays and Saturdays starting Oct. 5-27 until 10 PM
Return to ZooTampa for a Halloween event even spookier than last year. Ghouls and goblins of all ages can watch the zoo transform into an eerie and immersive Halloween adventure for the whole family. Creatures emerge at dusk with startling surprises but without the horror or gore. Guests are encouraged to arrive dressed up in their best family-friendly costumes! zootampa.org

Pirate Water Taxi Haunted River Tours
Oct 5, 6, 12, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, Various times
Hop aboard the Pirate Water Taxi for a frighteningly good time on the water.  Join us select nights in October for an entertaining evening with tales of ghosts along the Hillsborough River.  Each tour will be led by a dead-lightful docent who will tell spooky stories of Tampa’s past. piratewatertaxi.com

Pumpking patches in tampa bay
Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends

Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends and Halloween Painting at Busch Gardens
Oct. 6-28 from 11 AM- 3:30 PM, Saturdays and Sundays
Say hello to Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and many more Sesame Street friends for Halloween fun at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Enjoy trick-or-treating, music and a chance to be up close with the park’s animal ambassadors. Join in parades and dance parties throughout the afternoon at Sesame Street Safari of Fun with different themes each weekend. Plus, take part in a special Sesame Street meet and greet. Guests may dress up, although only those 12 and younger are permitted to wear masks. buschgardens.com/tampa Everyone

Related: New Stage show to debut at this year’s Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends!

House Power for kids and Animal Sanctuary 11th annual Fall Festival fundraiser 
Weekends starting October 6-28
Bring the family out for a day of fun, while supporting a non-profit animal sanctuary right outside the Westchase area. The festival includes pony, train and hay rides, as well as farm animals. Fall games and bon fire, which includes marshmallows. Weekends only, starting October 6th – 28th.

15th Annual Pumpkin Palooza Fall Festival in St. Pete
October 6, 11 am-4pm
Pack up the whole family for a day of fall fun at this GWFC St. Petersburg Junior Woman’s Club event held at Northside Baptist Church in St. Pete. The event offers a pumpkin patch, kids’ games, face and hair painting, inflatables, food and treats, arts and crafts vendors, and more. Admission is free. New for 2018, check out onsite food trucks and purchase a $15 play-all-day wristband for unlimited games for the kids. Funds raised benefit charitable projects of the Club. gfwc-spjwc.org Everyone

Fox Squirrel Corn Maze in Plant City
Weekends Only October 6-28, 2018
Take part in exciting, family-friendly fall games and activities at Fox Squirrel Corn Maze in Plant City. Tackle the corn maze, check out fun duck races, challenge friends to a game of cornhole or badminton, try your hand at Dummy Steer Ropin’ and shop for a pumpkin in the patch. Free parking. Maze cost is $11 plus tax for adults and $10 plus tax for children ages 3-17. Other activities may incur additional cost. futchentertainment.com Everyone

Heritage UMC Pumpkin Patch in Clearwater
Oct 6 – 31
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 AM – 8 PM; Sunday 10 AM – 8 PM
Heritage’s annual Pumpkin Patch is back again! Join us for pumpkins of all colors and sizes, as well as story time in the morning for the little ones, photo opportunities for the whole family, contests, and our annual Fall Festival on October 21st! http://heritageumc.com

Brick or Treat at LEGOland Florida
Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, 31, various times
Enjoy a Halloween party built just for kids at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven. Kids can enjoy spooky, kooky LEGO building activities, trick-or-treating, meet-and-greets with spooky characters, new entertainment and themed fireworks. legolandflorida.com 4 & Older

Movies in the Park at Water Works Park Tampa-screening of Monster House
Oct. 6, 7 pm-9pm
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for an outdoor screening of the spooktacular film, Monster House! Food trucks and concessions will be on site.

Mr. Tommy’s Very Un-Scary Halloween Party
Oct. 7,  2:00 PM
Catch the children’s entertainer in action as he hosts a fun, scare-free Halloween party at Carrollwood Cultural Center in Tampa. Dress in costume and be ready to sing along and dance to monster hits. Cost is $7 members and $8 general admission, with a $28 family four-pack also available. Children ages 4 and younger are free. carrollwoodcenter.org Everyone

Our Lady of Lourdes Fall Festival
Oct. 11-14, various times
Experience this Dunedin tradition on the grounds of Our Lady of Lourdes that offers tasty fair food, a craft beer, and sports tent, rides, games, music and a Beat the Priest 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk to support the Tyler Gray Memorial Scholarship Fund. Admission and parking are free with free trolley shuttle service available. Proceeds benefit Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. ollfallfestival.com Everyone

8th Annual Oktoberfest in Tampa
Oct. 12-14, various times
Celebrate all things German — German music, dance, food, and fun — as part of this fall tradition at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. The event features games and competitions all weekend long. Festival is open 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. oktoberfesttampa.com.Moms & Dads

Scarecrow Festival at the Pioneer Florida Museum in Dade City
Oct. 13, 9 AM- 5 PM
Take part in fall games and activities as a family at Pioneer Florida Museum and Village in Dade City. Paint a pumpkin, make a scarecrow, visit the petting zoo, pose for a photo with a scarecrow, touch a truck, get your face painted and go on carnival rides. Stay for The Great Pumpkin Drop at 1 p.m. Roam the grounds and explore the various buildings that make up the museum. Admission is $5. Children younger than 5 are free. No pets, coolers, food or beverages allowed. pioneerfloridamuseum.org Everyone

Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28, 9AM-5PM
Come out to Hunsader Farms in Bradenton for this yearly fall celebration. Festival will include musical entertainment and other live entertainment as well as a variety of fun fall activities for all ages. Admission is $10 and parking, $5. Children 12 and younger are free. hunsaderfarms.com Everyone

Heights Fall Festival at Armature Works in Tampa
Oct. 13 (11am-8pm) & 14 (11am-6pm)
Armature Works is hosting its first fall festival/food drive that will bring cheer to your family and spread cheer to others who need it! Bring non-perishable food donations to help support local families and then enjoy the pumpkin patches, games, kid friendly activities, live music, face painting and more!

Pint Size Pumpkin Patch in Largo
Oct. 13 at 5 PM at Highland Recreation Complex.
Oct. 20 at 5 PM at Southwest Recreation Complex.
Enjoy games, food, and crafts in Largo. Meet up with a visiting scarecrow and come dressed for a trick or treat parade for little ones. Cost is $6 per child and $2 per adult. For information, call 727-518-3016. Everyone

Sacred Heart Fall Festival
Oct. 17-21, various times
Get ready for Sacred Heart Church’s annual fall celebration and fundraiser held at 4661 82nd Av. N. in Pinellas Park. The event includes games, Midway rides, food, music, and prizes. Free admission and parking; rides are $12 a ticket sheet in advance and $20 per sheet onsite. sacredheartfestival.com Everyone

A Nightmare on Franklin Street at Tampa Theatre
Oct. 19-31, various times
Explore Tampa’s most historic – and most haunted – movie palace as part of this popular Halloween event returning to downtown Tampa. Also, visit the Theatre’s website this month for new ghost tours throughout October plus 12 nights of back-to-back classic horror films, creepy cult favorites, family-friendly frights, paranormal experiences, and spooky special guests. This year there will be a special presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show! For schedule details and tickets, tampatheatre.org/Nightmare. 10 & Older

Halloween Train Ride at Crews Lake Park in Spring Hill
Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27
Take an extra spooky scenic ride through the park or opt for an early trian ride for a less spooky adventure for the little goblins! Tickets sales are open from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm and the train run times are 6 pm to 9:00 pm.
$6.00 per person (12 months and younger free). Due to insurance Regulations ,expectant mothers are not permitted to ride.

Halloween Magic and Spook Show Spectacular in New Port Richey
Oct. 20 and 27th@ 2 PM
Prepare to be dazzled by magic, mentalism, illusions, escapes and dangerous, spooky and bizarre tricks at this special event at Merlin’s Theatre in New Port Richey. Advance tickets are $17.50 adults and $12.50 children 12 and younger. The first weekend offers a Halloween Magic Show and second weekend, Oddities, Curiosities and Spooks. visualmagicshop.com/events 10 & Older

Pumpkin Patch Express (Florida RailRoad Museum) 
October 20, 21, 27 and 28
Calling “all aboard” for young and old train enthusiast, as you embark on the Pumpkin Patch Express to a field full of pumpkins to pick, as well as kid friendly activists on your 2 hour journey. Price ranges between $14.50 to $32.50 a person.

Mummy & Me Halloween Screening at Tampa Theatre
October 21 at 2 p.m.- Corpse Bride 
October 22 at 3 p.m.- Hotel Transylvania
October 28 at 2 p.m. Hocus Pocus
Watch an animated family film Halloween morning at Tampa Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for kids ages 2-12. For this year’s Halloween selection, be sure to stop by the Theatre website. Flick details will be posted as soon as they become available. tampatheatre.org Everyone

Halloween in the Park – Honeymoon Island 
October 26 & 27, 6 pm-10 pm
It wouldn’t be fall in Florida without a spooky haunted trail along the beach. Family friendly costumers are encouraged while you stroll through the parks trail with ghosts, goblins and ghouls. The event will also include children’s games, bungee jump and spooky storytelling. Join The Friends of the Island Parks as the host the 20th annual Halloween in the Park Friday and Saturday, October 26th and 27th from 6pm to 10pm.

Howl-O-Gloga in Largo
Oct. 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
Experience a Halloween-themed glow-in-the-dark yoga party at Highland Recreation Complex in Largo. Dress in your favorite family-friendly costume, enjoy themed treats and find your inner peace while improving flexibility and core strength. Pre-register by October 18thto reserve your spot for $15! After the 19th. Prices raise to $20. Highlandrecreation.com Everyone

Owl-O-Ween at McGough Nature Park in Largo
Oct. 26, 6-9 p.m.
A spooky nature trail, a raffle, candy, and toasted marshmallows and ghost and goblins are on the agenda for this night in McGough Nature Park in Largo. Cost is $5 per person. For more information and to preregister, call 727-518-3047. Everyone

Downtown Trick or Treat
Oct. 26, 5-8 p.m.
Bring the kids around downtown Dunedin businesses for fun, safe trick-or-treating as the city closes roads. Participating merchants display pumpkin decals in their windows to invite families to stop in for treats. Stop by Dunedin History Museum for a Halloween exhibit and costume contest at 5:45 p.m. Later, head to Pioneer Park for a screening of a family-friendly film. Free. For more info, call 727-298-3201. Everyone

Movie in the Woods in Tampa –Hocus Pocus
Oct. 26, 6 pm-11 pm
Interactive Flick is bringing the giant screen and an interactive movie screening experience like you’ve never seen before. There will be live character lookalikes, trivia and prizes, and more! Bring your own chairs and blankets. Event details and location coming soon.

Color Pumpkins with Hillsborough County Deputies 
October 27th at 10am
Join the Hillsborough County Sheriff Officers for a free event sure to please any cadets in training as you pick a pumpkin from their patch at the Sheriff’s Operation Center in Ybor City and get one-on-one training decorating with an Officer. Also, enjoy a walkthrough of the Hillsborough County Sheriffs History Museum as well as face panting and free light snacks.

7thAnnual Fantasma Fest in Centro Ybor-Little Monsters Pumpkin Patch
Oct. 27, 11 am-3 pm
In the historic district of Ybor City your littlest monsters can enjoy a day trick-or-treating down historic 7th Avenue, picking and decorating pumpkins on the main square of Centro Ybor, as well as other fun activities. Costumes are encouraged. And if you can stick around; the always popular Big Monster’s Bed Race will take place later in the afternoon, cheer on the Ybor merchants as they speed down 7th Avenue in handcrafted beds on wheels! Be sure to claim your free pumpkin ticket before you go: https://fantasmafest-pumpkinpatch.eventbrite.com.

Tarpon Springs Holiday Safety Festival Touch a Truck Event
October 27 at 11 am- 3 pm
Head to Lowe’s of Tarpon Springs located at 41800 US Hwy 19N for a day of holiday safety fun! Trucks with safety demonstrations from Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue, Police and Public Works will be on hand for your kids to see up close and personal! Bring non-perishable food and new unwrapped toys to help support holiday programs. Event is FREE to attend. Kids are encouraged to wear a costume for trick-or-treating! There will be costume contests too!

Wesley Chapel Fall Festival
Oct. 27-28, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Gear up for autumn fun as this popular Wesley Chapel festival returns to The Grove. The event features live music, arts and crafts, a business expo, fall foods, and beverages and a special Halloween celebration. Saturday night, stay until 4 pm for Trunk or Treat. Festival carnival will be open until 10 p.m. simplyeventsfl.com Everyone

3rdAnnual “Riverwalk Trick or Treat”
Oct. 27, 4-7 p.m.
Come on out to the Tampa Riverwalk for an evening full of Trick or Treating! Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes to partake in this FREE event. Local businesses and organizations will be handing out candy! At the end of the night, a family-friendly Halloween movie will be playing in Water Works park hosted by Friends of Tampa Recreation.

Trick or Treat Street – Riverview High School 
October 27th at 6pm
Celebrating the tradition of Trick or treating, come dress up in your best family friendly costume and walk along booths in a safe environment getting treats. The 30th annual trick or treat street event hosted by the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation and Riverview High School will also include games and costume contest for kids of all ages, 0-15.

Also, Calling all dog owners, this event is for your fur babies, too! Pet are encouraged to come in costume and take part in the Four Paws Veterinary Hospital Dog Costume Contest.

Local business are welcomed to participate in passing out goodies to the little ghost and goblins, as well as a chance to garner the coveted award for best booth.

An Eerie Evening at the Tampa Bay Hotel
Oct. 27, 2018 from 7pm-10pm
Visit the historic Tampa Bay Hotel to the Henry B. Plant Museum for a night like never before full of ghost stories from the hotel’s haunted past. Period lighting will add a new level of fear when the ghost stories are recounted in the museum. The lanterns and ghostlike presence will spill out of the old hotel and into Plant Park while guests take a step back in time to another world. Admission is $25 and $20 for members. https://www.plantmuseum.com/events/an-eerie-evening-at-the-tampa-bay-hotel Teens and adults

Halloween Spooktacular 2018
Oct. 27, noon – 5 p.m.
Enjoy this popular, family-friendly event at Largo Central Park chock full of Halloween fun. The day includes a trick-or-treat trail (noon-4 p.m.), inflatables, a hay maze, games, music, and other activities. Cost is $7 advance at recreation centers and $10 day of purchase at recreation locations and the park. Limited parking is available on site for $10 and at Largo High School for $5. For more information, call 727-587-6740, ext. 5014. Everyone

Halloween Howl in Zephyrhills
Oct. 27, 4-9 p.m.
Join your Zephyrhills neighbors for a special Halloween celebration along 5th Avenue. Check out food and merchandise vendors, games and more, with a Safe Trick or Treat Zone for the kids. Free admission. mainstreetzephyrhills.org. Everyone

Dunedin Halloween Happenings
Oct. 27, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Get together with friends and family for a haunted hayride, carnival games, costume contests for all ages, DJ music and more at Highlander Park in Dunedin. Kids can have fun with crafts, bounce house, Boo in the Zoo and a Little Goblins Hayride. Cost is $5 parking, $10 for Haunted Hayride and $10 for a wristband for children’s activities. For more information, call 727-812-4530. Everyone

Spirits of the Bay: Live Storytelling at Tampa Theatre
Oct. 29, 7 pm-8:30 pm
Join author Deborah Fretham, also known as the grande dame of ghosts for an evening of ghostly stories and tales from right here in Tampa Bay. She’ll even be on hand after the show to sigh copies of her books: Haunted Ybor City, Host Stories of St. Petersburg and Haunted Tampa: Spirits of the Bay. Sales will benefit the Tampa Theatre’s restoration efforts.

Main Street Trick or Treat in Safety Harbor | Oct. 31, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Put on that costume and head to downtown Safety Harbor’s Main Street for a fun, safe family-friendly trick-or-treating experience. City Hall, Fire Station 52 and Main Street businesses will be handing out treats. Free. cityofsafetyharbor.com Everyone

Heritage UMC Pumpkin Patch | Oct 6-31, M-Sa 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Su 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater, Florida 33761
Heritage’s annual Pumpkin Patch is back again! Join them for pumpkins of all colors and sizes, as well as story time in the morning for the little ones, photo opportunities for the whole family, contests, and their annual Fall Festival on October 21stheritageumc.com