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October 25, 2018

Our favorite things to do this weekend in Tampa Bay, Oct 26, 27 & 28

By Tampa Bay Parenting

There are so many family-friendly things to do this weekend in Tampa Bay! There are some pretty awesome fall and Halloween events to celebrate across the area including Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa and Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Things to Do this Weekend in Tampa Bay, Saturday & Sunday:

Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends and Halloween Painting at Busch Gardens: Rosita’s Halloween Fiesta Weekend | 11 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., 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

Related: NEW spooktacular additions to this year’s Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends!

Love is Calling exhibit at the Tampa Museum of Art | various times
Experience one of Yayoi Kusama’s infinity rooms, LOVE IS CALLING. The artist’s work is on loan from the Vinik Family Foundation Collection. You will need to purchase a ticket to secure your time slot since a limited number of people are allowed in at a time. Kids 6 and younger are FREE and students 7 and older are $5. Regular adult admission is $15. tampamuseum.org

Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa at Lowry Park
Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 27 until 10 p.m.

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

Related: New spooks and scares at Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa!

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay | Sep. 21 – Oct 28, select nights 
For 19 select nights there is nowhere to hide at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Returning this year are some patron favorites like the Death Water Bayou house and Fiends Show. However, much of the event is brand new with two new houses and five new scare zones. howloscream.com

Membership Event: MOSI Admission  | Oct. 1-31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Each month, members of the Dali Museum receive free admission to a different area museum or attraction as a perk of their membership. This month the Dali will partner with MOSI. For more details, visit thedali.org.


Heart of the Sea

The Heart of the Sea exhibit officially open at The Florida Aquarium! Learn more about this interactive exhibit!

Things to Do in Tampa Bay on Friday, October 26:

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

Things to Do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, October 27:

Halloween Themed Events:

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.

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

More Family-Friendy Fun on Saturday!

The 3rd FDSWF Buddy Walk in Tampa | Oct. 27th, 1 p.m.-5p.m. 
Hosted by F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Down Syndrome West Florida (FDSWF), unite for the common cause to support Down Syndrome at Raymond James Stadium. Volunteers, children, and those with Down syndrome are free and will receive a Buddy Walk t-shirt, and a Down Syndrome awareness bracelet. Register online for a guaranteed t-shirt. ds-stride.org

Family Faith Fest at Al Lopez Park in Tampa | Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Jeremy Camp, one of today’s biggest and most popular contemporary Christian artists, will headline the Family Faith Fest at Tampa’s Al Lopez Park. Other performers include nationally known artists Colton Dixon, Sarah Hart, Ivan Diaz and ValLimar Jansen. People of all ages will enjoy the street performers, inflatables, carnival games, DJ, gift & food vendors, Health Village, Ministry Village and Faith Village. Bishop Parkes will celebrate Mass at 4 p.m. Plenty of free parking and a shuttle bus for convenience. This is a free event, open to all. BayCare is a presenting sponsor. familyfaithfest.org 

Art Spot at Tampa Museum of Art | Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Head to the Museum’s studio classroom for this free drop-in art making experience guided by professional art teaches! Art projects are inspired by current exhibits. Located in the Museum’s Golding-Sher Classroom. tampamuseum.org

DillyDally with Dali | Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Bring the kids over to the Dali Museum for a session of Dali themed games, activities, arts, and crafts. Kids will discover a world of art and expand their horizons while exploring the museum. The Dali also giving MOSI members FREE entry during the month of October! thedali.org

Kidz Bop Live 2018 at Ruth Eckerd Hall | Oct. 27, 6 p.m. 
The huge kids’ music brand, Kidz Bop, is extending its 2018 tour with 23 new concert dates, including Ruth Eckerd Hall! This concert is the ultimate concert for families with kids singing today’s biggest hits! Innovative stages, special effects, and even fan interactions will take place along with a parent lip-sync battle to 90s hits. Tickets start at $33.25 with the chance for upgrades to VIP Meet & Greet Packages. rutheckerdhall.com

Things to Do in Tampa Bay on Sunday, October 28:

Hocus Pocus at Tampa Theatre | 2:00 p.m.
Special “Mummy & Me” Screening is FREE for kids ages 12 and younger!
Hocus Pocus had a decent enough first release, but really found new life on television and home video in the years after its initial run in theaters. There’s always room for a fun-loving, friendly Halloween movie in people’s lives, and Hocus Pocus continues to be as warm and welcoming as ever. Most of that is down to the perfect casting of the trio of witches (Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker), the nominal antagonists but real stars of the movie. With such joyous, full performances (and delightful costumes), Hocus Pocus will remain a family favorite – the comfort food of Halloween movies – for a long time to come.

Pumpkin Patches and Fall Events OPEN in Tampa Bay this weekend:

Harvest Holler Corn Maze in Polk City | Opens September 21st 
Friday 4 P.M.-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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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


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