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October 24, 2020

Social Distancing Friendly Trick-or-Treating events in Tampa Bay

By Laura Byrne

If you’re not up for trick-or-treating in your neighborhood…or even want to snag some treats pre-Halloween, there are some SPOOKtacular events happening throughout October featuring social distancing friendly trick-or-treating!

Related: Fall Festivals, Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes, Halloween events and MORE!

It’s still a good idea to keep those face masks and hand sanitizers handy…this is 2020!

Here are some of our favorite events:

Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends at Busch Gardens

Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 3-21, 2020 from 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Bonus: You can easily stay outdoors and you must book a reservation in addition to having your ticket.
At Sesame Street Kid’s Weekends, fan-favorite friendly monsters are also getting into the Halloween spirit in the Sesame Street Safari of Fun play area at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay! The park is has implemented additional health and safety measures to offer physically distant trick-or-treating for kids
and families throughout the spacious, open air play area. Guests can also tune into The Not-Too-Spooky Howl-O-Ween Radio Show starring Count von Count and his Sesame Street friends available only during these special weekends. The outdoor Sunny Day Theater offers physically distant seating for Sesame Street fans of all ages to enjoy the show. buschgardens.com/tampa

Related: 2019 Halloween FUN at Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends at Busch Gardens!

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida

Weekends in Oct., various times
Bonus: LEGOLAND is mostly outdoors with plenty of space to social distance. The candy is being delivered via candy chutes!
Enjoy a Halloween party built just for kids at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven. Kids can enjoy modified spooky LEGO building activities, contactless trick or treating via candy chutes throughout the park, socially distanced meet-and-greets with spooky characters, and MORE. legoland.com/florida
Related: Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida is Back for 2020. Here’s what to expect.

Land O’ Lakes Drive Thru Spooktacular

October 10, 2020 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Bonus: This is a drive through event…need we say more??
This FREE event will be drive thru only, making it a social distancing friendly option for families. You will loop your way through the Largo Recreation Complex and make stops at different stations for candy, arts and crafts and more! Learn more by visiting the Facebook Event here.

Tarpon Springs Trunk or Treat Drive-Thru BOO

October 30, 2020 from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Bonus: This is another drive thru event, so you’re obviously social distanced from others!
Tarpon Springs Recreation sponsors this community safe trick or treating event. Adapted for safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s trunk or treat will be a drive through event. Three locations – Community Center Parking Lot / Craig Park Roundabout / Splash Park Parking Lot. exploretarponsprings.com

Largo’s Drive-O-Ween Spooktacular 

October 30, 2020 from to 6:00 pm til the candy bags run out! 
Bonus: And we’ve got another drive-thru event! We love the creativity and pivot!
The Annual Halloween Spooktacular may be cancelled, trick-or-treating isn’t cancelled. This year, you can stay in your car with the kids while your drive through decorated themed areas! The first 1,000 children who attend will receive a bag full of goodies. Call 727-587-6740 x5014 for questions. playlargo.com


Trunk or Treat at Safety Town in Spring Hill

October 30 from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm & October 31 from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

The Tales of Safety Town Trick or Treat is back for 2020 with safety precautions in place. Bring your little ghosts and goblins to The Concourse for treats and plenty of family-friendly fun! Learn more here.

Drive Thru Halloween at Select Hillsborough County Parks

October 30, 2020 from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation is ready to host your little goblins for a night of spooky sweet fun! Goody bags filled with tasty treats will be given to the first 500 kids at each location. You’ll be able to drive through to see some cool Halloween displays too! Learn more here. Participating parks include:

  • Keystone Park and Recreation Center: 17928 Gunn Hwy, Odessa
  • Northdale Park and Recreation Center: 15550 Spring Pine Drive, Tampa
  • Ruskin Park and Recreation Center: 901 6th St SE, Ruskin
  • Emanuel Johnson Recreation Center: 5855 S. 78th St, Tampa

South Seminole Heights Trick or Treat at Rivercrest Park 

October 31, 2020 from 6:00 pm-8:30 pm at 4802 N. Boulevard in Tampa

The South Seminole Heights Community is hosting its annual Trick-or-Treat event at Rivercrest Park where residents are setting up socially distanced tables to pass out candy to the kiddos! You can learn more by visiting their event Facebook page.

Pinellas Park Halloween Drive Thru Trick or Treating

October 31, 2020 starting at 6:00 pm at 5141 78th Avenue in Pinellas Park

This year’s event is a bit different to keep things safe for trick-or-treaters. You can drive through the Helen Howarth Community Park! The City of Pinellas Park has purchased 2,000 pumpkins for kiddos to fill with sweet treats which will be given to them in a contactless way. Learn more and see the map of how you’ll drive through the park here: Pinellas-park.com

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