Tampa Bay Halloween 2016: Haunted Houses, Trick or Treating + More

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(WFLA) – If you’re looking for fun Halloween activities we have plenty to choose from in the Tampa Bay area this year. There’s something for everyone! Be sure to check back, we’ll be adding more events.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

TAMPA: Lowry Park Zoo Creatures of the Night. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo will transform into an eerie and immersive Halloween adventure for the whole family with the all-new Creatures of the Night. On Fridays and Saturdays from October 7-29, the Zoo stays open late and animals lurk in the night until 10 p.m. with a wide-range of Halloween-themed activities sure to have guests of all ages howling at the moon. Event admission is included with a one-day ticket on event dates (valid for full day 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.) or guests can purchase a discounted “after 4 p.m.” ticket for only $19.95. Creatures of the Night is free for Annual Zoo Members and “pay for a day, come back all year” ticket holders. Get more info here.

TAMPA: Busch Gardens Howl O Scream.  This fall, Howl-O-Scream® returns with an Evil Encore that everyone is dying to see for 21 select terrifying nights through October 30, 2016. With tormenting surprises and unexpected terrors around every corner, Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay makes escaping nearly impossible. Plus, roaming hoards, horrific haunted houses, chilling live shows and the chance to challenge Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark, including the all-new Cobra’s Curse™, will have guests spinning and screaming all night. Get more info here.

TAMPA:  Busch Gardens will host Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends. It is a kid-centered Halloween event featuring a hay bale maze, one-of-a-kind animal encounters, character parades, and trick-or-treat candy stations. The event will feature your children’s favorite Sesame Street characters in their Halloween costumes with special appearances by Count von Count, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and other popular faces. Your little ones are welcome to wear costumes as well. Get more info here.

TAMPA: On Saturday, October 22, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the inaugural “Bucs Squad For Youth Pumpkin Patch” featuring a massive pumpkin patch at the team’s practice facility, One Buccaneer Place. Kids will have the chance to pick out their favorite pumpkin, enjoy pirate ship rides and pumpkin decorating, participate in a costume parade and contest, and have fun with Buccaneers Legends, Buccaneers Cheerleaders and Captain Fear. In addition, children will show off their football skills through the quarterback challenge, PLAY 60 drills, and more. All profits will benefit Buccaneers Academies, supporting over 14,000 underserved children throughout the Bay Area. *Space is limited. Families should register in advance. Get more info here. 

TAMPA: Chamber of Terror aboard the American Victory is voted Florida’s best haunted house, but hurry – you only have seven days left to experience all the horror the chamber has to offer. Chamber Of Terror’s Onslaught is nested deep within the hull of the authentic World War II American Victory Ship. The chamber is staffed with evil blood-thirsty human mutations caught in a whirlpool of the escape drama. Get more info here

TAMPA: The Epicurean Hotel is once again hosting Monster SPLASH on Saturday, Oct. 29. There will prizes for the best costume (couple and most original) and ghoulish surprises. Devilish cocktails will be flowing at the cash bar, while party-goers dance the night away to the tunes of DJ Ich. Pumpkin Fight’s winning restaurant will be announced and the grand prize drawing will take place. 8 p.m. to midnight at the Epicurean Hotel Pool Deck located at 1207 South Howard Avenue. $10 admission, proceeds benefit Feeding Tampa Bay. Purchase tickets here.

CARROLLWOOD: Bearss Groves Pumpkin Patch, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Oct. 31, 14316 Lake Magdalene Blvd. (813) 963- 5125.

SUN CITY: Trunk or Treat with a Twist”, a safe, family event, will be held at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Saturday, October 29, at 10:00 a.m. In the church parking lot, church members will be handing out candy from their decorated Golf Carts to the trick-or-treaters. There is no cost to participate. For more information visit http://www.popcc.org or call (813) 634-2328. Prince of Peace Catholic Church is located at 702 Valley Forge Boulevard in Sun City Center.

PINELLAS COUNTY

ST. PETERSBURG: Please join us for the Port St. Pete Halloween “Truck or Treat.” Kids can trick-or-treat at food trucks. More than a dozen food trucks are participating from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, October 21. Free admission. Port St. Pete is located at the Marine Discovery Center in downtown St. Pete.

ST. PETE BEACH: The Loews Don CeSar Hotel will be full of tricks and treats this year as they celebrate Halloween with its 4th annual “Howl-O-Ween Bark Bash & Doggie Costume Contest,” Thursday, October 27 from 5-6:30 pm. The Howl-O-Ween event will feature a doggie costume contest designed for the pet-lover in everyone. Costume pet prizes will be awarded for the Scariest Scoundrel, Funniest, and Top Dog. The true winner will be Humane Society of Pinellas, which has been dedicated to caring for homeless pets in Pinellas County since 1949. Cost for the event is $25 per person, $40 per couple and dogs are complimentary. Price includes a reception, one cocktail, self-parking, costume contest and plenty of treats for the pets from the Loews Loves Pets Room Service Menu and pampering from Spa Oceana. Space is limited, so RSVP’s are required. Visit loews.io/Bark or call the Humane Society of Pinellas at 727-797-7722, ext. 229 for reservations.  Loews Don CeSar Hotel is located at 3400 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706.

ST. PETERSBURG: Now in its second year, the historic Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club will transform into a haunted hideaway for its 2nd annual Yelloween party in Marchand’s Bar and Grill on Saturday, October 29th. Named for the yellow label of its champagne sponsor, Veuve Clicquot, the costume-encouraged event is open to both locals and resort guests. The event begins at 9 p.m. Admission to this exclusive event is $75 includes live entertainment by DJ CR, five food stations, a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label and a cocktail from the Diageo-sponsored bar. For an additional $25, guests may upgrade their admission to include the unlimited champagne hour. Individuals dressed in costume or masquerades are automatically entered for a chance to win a Veuve Clicquot prize package. Get more info here.

POLK COUNTY

BARTOW: Polk County Sheriff’s Office Haunted Jail Tour. This year’s theme is Zombie Outbreak, and it promises to be the BEST haunted jail tour ever!  6 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 21-22 and 28-29. Donate $5. 455 N. Broadway Ave. in Bartow. Get more info here. 

MANATEE COUNTY

ELLENTON: Black cats, ghosts, witches brew and more, let’s see what this Halloween has in store! Your favorite little ghosts and goblins are invited to Ellenton Premium Outlets to take a Halloween themed photo on Saturday, October 29 and to a fun and safe evening of trick-or-treating on Monday, October 31. Ellenton Premium Outlets will host its mall-wide Halloween celebration from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, October 31. Children of all ages are encouraged to sport their best Halloween costume to haunt Ellenton Premium Outlets in search of candy. Attendees are invited to stop by Simon Guest Services in the Food Court for a full list of participating retailers, a complimentary Savings Passport, goody bag, craft project and more. For more details, visit the Ellenton Premium Outlets Facebook page.

SARASOTA COUNTY

ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE: FRIGHT NIGHT! transforms St. Armands Circle from island sophistication to Halloween fun. Decorated store fronts set the stage for wandering spirits of St. Armands past; frightening characters appear around every corner amidst statues dressed in the Halloween spirit. Children trick-or-treat throughout the Circle with numerous retailers and restaurants contributing to the Halloween spirit with customized promotions. Visit the haunted house, have a professional picture taken and get a free ticket to participate in a raffle for three gift card prizes ($300, $200, and $100) at Michael J. Renick & Co.’s office located at 438 St. Armands Circle. In collaboration with the Sarasota High School Drama Department, a performance of “Thriller” will take place around 8:00pm. This is a NOT to be missed event! For more information contact St. Armands Circle Association at 941.388.1554 or visit the St. Armands Circle website.

ORANGE COUNTY

ORLANDO: SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular! Dive in and explore SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, a not so scary event for kids of all ages. Watch our silly and spooky live shows, enjoy fin coloring activities and trick or treat for candy and goodies throughout the park. Our family-friendly Halloween event runs every weekend through October 30 from noon to park close. Entry to our annual Halloween Party is included with your park admission. Kids can come in costume or as they are.  For more details, visit the SeaWorld website.

ORLANDO: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. This Halloween, join Mickey and his friends at the Magic Kingdom for 26 nights of “not so scary” fun at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. The Magic Kingdom is transformed into a kid-friendly “Spooky” Party. There will be Halloween fireworks and a specially themed parade starring all of your favorite Disney characters.

ORLANDO: Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights packs a powerful line up of nine disturbingly-real haunted houses based on some of the most popular names in entertainment and horrifying original stories, five terrifying scare zones filled with live scareactors and two live shows – and fans have ranked this year’s event the best yet. Plus, this year’s event also features the highest-rated haunted house in Halloween Horror Nights history – “American Horror Story.” In this thrilling maze, guests become the next doomed residents of Murder House from Installment 1, tortured performers in the disturbing and twisted Freak Show from Installment 4, and victims of the otherworldly, death-dealing Hotel from Installment 5 of the FX hit television series. Get more details here.

ORLANDO: Sea Life Orlando Aquarium is putting a new twist on pumpkin carving by taking the traditional Halloween activity underwater! At select times throughout the day, the aquarium’s divers perform fun and educational dive shows for guests in the Indian, Atlantic or Pacific Ocean habitats, surrounded by sharks, rays, sea turtles, fish and other marine life. In the spirit of the upcoming Halloween holiday, several divers have taken their pumpkin carving skills to new levels by carving designs, such as turtles, sharks and more, to create ocean-themed jack-o’-lanterns while submerged in the Indian Ocean habitat. The underwater pumpkin carving activity will be performed twice daily at the aquarium’s divers at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. between Oct. 21-31. For tickets and more information, go to VisitSEALIFE.com/Orlando.

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