2013 Halloween events list
October is the time for fun fall festivals and fright fests. Here's a list of events in the Tampa Bay area. To add events to this list, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spirit Voices from Old Manatee: Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton
Spirit Voices from Old Manatee, an original artistic drama staged at the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds, will be staged on the evenings of Oct. 10-13, 17-19. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the cemetery tour begins at 7 p.m. Those who prefer a seated performance can choose the night of Oct. 13 when the drama will be staged solely in the 1887 Old Meeting House. Those who tour on the night of Oct.18 will enjoy moonbeams from a full harvest moon dancing across the graveyard illuminating actors amid the aging tombstones. Audience space is limited. Tickets are now on sale. Cost: $15 per person if purchased on or before Oct. 9. After Oct. 9, remaining tickets are $17 per person. The show is not recommended for viewers younger than age 10. Call 941-741-4076 for advance tickets. Due to the interactive nature of this event, all attendees will be required to sign a waiver at the gate, prior to admission. Please allow ample time for this process.
Hunsader Farm's Pumpkin Festival: Hunsader Farms, 5500 Country Road 675, East Manatee
Hunsader Farm's Pumpkin Festival is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27. The annual event will feature live music, Walker Brothers Circus, America's BMX Bike Stunt Show, Gunslinger Monster Truck Show, pumpkins, more than 100 craft booths, hayrides, pony rides, many food vendors, roasted corn, pumpkin pie, face painting, corn maze, frog jumping championships and much more. Admission is $8, children age 12 and younger are free. Parking is $5. Information: www.hunsaderfarms.com.
Gamble Mansion Candelight Tour: Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, 3708 Patten Ave., Ellenton
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, in conjunction with The Gamble Plantation Preservation Alliance, will host a Candlelight Halloween Tour at Gamble Plantation 7-9 p.m. Oct. 12. Visitors will enjoy candlelight tours of the Gamble Mansion, a scavenger hunt and treats for the children. Tickets: $6 per person (cash only) and are available at the Gamble Plantation office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until Oct. 9. Space is limited to 500 people and tickets will not be available the day of the event. All money collected benefits the Gamble Plantation Preservation Alliance, a non-profit Citizens Support Organization dedicated to supporting the Gamble Plantation Historic State Park. For more information, contact the park at (941) 723-4536 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/gambleplantation.
TreeUmph! Adventure Course Zombie Zip Tours: 21805 S.R. 70 E., Bradenton
TreeUmph! Adventure Course, Southwest Florida's first treetop obstacle course, is now booking reservations for its Halloween-themed Zombie Zip tours, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday Oct. 18-Nov. 2. Open to thrill-seekers ages 9 and older, entry for the haunted walk and zombie zip line is $20, or only $17 with a non-perishable food item to benefit All Faiths Food Bank. Space is limited. Daring adventurers will meander through a designated path on the dark 14-acre forest for the haunted walk through zombie land, where terrors, zombies and frights appear at every turn -- and from above. The tour ends with TreeUmph!'s signature Triumph Zip line, a 650-foot-long zip line through the trees at over 60' high. Anyone under 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian prior to departure on the Zombie Zip adventure. Participants younger than 16 years old must be accompanied by a ticketed adult for supervision. Guests are permitted to wear costumes that do not include loose or shredded clothing. Reservations for Zombie Zip are required by calling 855-322-2130 or visiting www.TreeUmph.com. The first 100 people to register and pay for their Zombie Zip tour will receive a special, limited edition T-shirt.
Halloween Social: Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto
Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum will be celebrating Halloween on Saturday, October 19th, from 4:30 - 9:00 pm. There will be trick-or-treating, crafts, games, face painting, a tattoo parlor, fortune telling, and lots of other spooky happenings. While in the park, visit Snow White's Enchanted Forest and see the crazy things going on in Seussville! There will be a costume contest sponsored by Palmetto Publix and some special surprise "thrilling" guests. Play Plinko at the Pirates-Marauders game table and visit the creepy graveyard. Decorated buildings in the park will be sponsored by the Ellenton-Parrish Lions Club, the North River Kiwanis and the Manatee Riverside Rotary Club. Demetrio's will be selling $2 pizza and drinks and Alex's Lemonade Stand will be raising funds for childhood cancer research with baked goods and lemonade. This family event is FREE, donations accepted! For more information, call 721-2034 or 723-4991.
25th annual Pumpkin Festival: Fruitville Grove Farms, 7410 Fruitville Road
Fruitville Grove Farms will hold its 25th annual Pumpkin Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27. The free events features crafters, pony rides, festival food, pumpkin pie, live music, kids rides and activities and more. Information: www.fruitvillegrove.com.
Mote's Night of Fish, Fun & Fright: Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Safe and fun trick or treating zone 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in The Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory. Event includes underwater pumpkin carving by our aquarists in the shark exhibit and a haunted house. Tickets are $6 online in advance; $10 at the door are $10 ($8 for Mote Members). Kids age 4 and younger get in free. Website: www.mote.org/halloween.
Lowry Park Zoo's ZooBoo: The ZooBoo experience includes five hair-raising haunts, seasonal displays and lights, mysterious music, a specialty gift shop, an inflatable fun zone, night rides and eerie adventures for "monsters" of all ages, Oct. 4-5, 11-13, 18-20 and 24-27. The haunted attractions at ZooBoo are designed to provide a startling experience for those who choose to participate without depicting violence or gore. Extensive decorations, animatronics, lights, sound effects, and costumed character actors (volunteers) in designated haunts, scare up a good time. Children (ages 11 and younger) are invited to come to ZooBoo in their most spooktacular attire. Toy weapons of any sort will not be permitted. For the comfort and safety of all guests, adults (ages 12 and older) are prohibited from wearing masks, wigs, face paint or costumes of any kind. Hours are 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 7-10 p.m. on other select nights. Purchase tickets online at http://www.lowryparkzoo.com/zooboo/ or at the Zoo's front gate. Admission: $18 for adults, $14 for children ages 3-11, and free for children age 2 and younger. Parking is free. Admission includes rides.
Busch Gardens' "Howl-O-Scream": Evil comes out to play at Busch Gardens' Halloween event "Howl-O-Scream" for 14 select nights Sept. 27-Oct. 26 featuring an overgrown, dark and sinister park with adult-targeted fun, riding adrenaline-fuelled coasters at night, including Cheetah Hunt and tormenting surprises and unexpected terrors around every corner. Howl-O-Scream hours are 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday nights and 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. The park is at 10165 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa. For ticket prices and detailed information, call 888-800-5447 or visit www.HowlOScream.com.
Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 23: Experience an incredibly horrifying Halloween at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 23 on select nights through Nov. 2 featuring highly-themed, disturbingly-real haunted houses that are based on everything from hit films like "The Cabin in the Woods" to worst nightmares, and streets filled with hundreds of specially-trained "scareactors." The park is at 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. For hours, ticket prices and detailed information, call (407) 363-8000 or visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.con/Orlando.
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: Halloween's happiest haunts will reappear for 23 "spook-tacular" nights of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom. The after-hours special ticket event features the bewitching "Happy HalloWishes" fireworks spectacular, "Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade" and trick-or-treating around the theme park. New features this year include the debut of Jack Skellington and Sally (from Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas"), along with "Monsters, Inc." scarers Mike and Sulley hosting their own Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball. Hours: 7 p.m. to midnight. For more information or to purchase tickets,visit Disneyworld.com/Halloween or call 407-W-DISNEY. Party dates are: Oct. 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29 and 31; Nov. 1.