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 performed on the evenings of Oct. 17-19. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the cemetery tour begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are now on sale. Cost: $17 per person. The show is not recommended for viewers younger than 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.
Goblin Gathering: The Goblin Gathering and National Night Out will be 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at G.T. Bray park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton. The event includes a costume contest, face painting, a hayride, bounce houses and an 18-foot inflatable slide. Admission is $5 for the bounce house, hay ride and face painting. Concessions will be available for purchase. There will be costume contests in four age categories (ages 4 and under; 5 to 8; 9 to 12; and 13 and older) and one family category. The Anna Maria Island Privateers will invade the event in their pirate ship.
"The York Drive Project": 3512 York Dr., Bradenton
In a seemingly normal neighborhood, a seemingly normal house will host "The York Drive Project," a haunted house experience will be 7-10 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25-26. Admission: $3. Oct. 18 is food drive night, bring a non-perishable food item and the $3 admission charge will be waived. Information: www.theyorkdriveproject.squarespace.com.
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 nonperishable 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 feet high. Anyone younger than 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian prior to departure on the Zombie Zip adventure. Participants younger than 16 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.
Third annual Croctoberfest: Myakka Outpost, Myakka River State Park, 13208 S.R. 72, Sarasota
The Myakka Outpost in Myakka River State Park is holding its third annual Croctoberfest 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Oct. 19. The event features German food specials, draft specials and live music by Torne and Frayde, Sam O' and Richard Ferrera 12:30-4:30 p.m. Food and beverages can be purchase with tickets at $1 each. Admission to the park: $6 per vehicle. Information: 941-923-1120 or www.myakkaoutpost.com.
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. 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.
Third Annual "Ghost and Spirit Orb Walkabout": Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery, 8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette
Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery will be conducting their nighttime "Ghost and Orb Walkabouts," 7:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26. Participants will walk throughout the vineyard, along the woods and wetlands where various forms of activity has occurred. Participants are encouraged to bring a camera and take pictures at strategic spots where it's believed Orbs of all types gather. The walks can accommodate up to 20 people each night. Advanced reservations are encouraged. Tickets: $10, children ages 9 and younger are admitted free. Information and reservations: 941-776-0418 or www.bunkerhillvineyards.com.
Halloween Social: Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto
Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum will be celebrating Halloween 4:30-9 p.m. Oct. 19. There will be trick-or-treating, crafts, games, face painting, a tattoo parlor, fortune telling, and lots of other spooky happenings. There will be a costume contest sponsored by Palmetto Publix and some special surprise "thrilling" guests. This family event is free, donations accepted. For more information, call 721-2034 or 723-4991.
Neewollah: A free fall carnival will is 6-9 p.m. Oct. 25 at First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton. The event includes a 40-foot bungee trampoline, giant maze, bounce house, hayride, carnival games, food vendors and more. Information: www.fcnonline.org.
Boo Fest Halloween Festival: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Children are invited to dress in costume and safely trick or treat 6-9 p.m. Oct. 25 and features a scarecrow contest, a costume parade beginning at 6:30 p.m., ghost stories and a haunted house. Families can have their pictures taken in the pumpkin patch, and complement their costumes with a face painting or additional photo booth prop. Admission is free. For registration forms go to www.lwrcac.com.
Trunk or Treat: McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders will open McKechnie Field for a free trick-or-treating event 4-6 p.m. Oct. 26. Trunk or Treat allows children to trick-or-treat in a safe environment, receiving candy from Halloween-themed vehicles and enjoy other activities including hayrides around the ballpark, inflatables, a DJ, a haunted locker room, and cookie decorating. Information: 941-747-3031 or www.bradentonmarauders.com.
Herrmanns' Royal Lipizzan Stallions Halloween show: 32755 Singletary Road, Myakka City
Herrmanns' Royal Lipizzan Stallions will present a fully-costumed Halloween show complete with a showdown between Snow White the Huntress and the Evil Queen all on magnificent white stallions beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 26. Gates open at 5 p.m. Spectator costumes encouraged; there will be trick-or-treating stations. Cost: $10 donation at gate, kids age 10 and younger are free. Information: www.hlipizzans.com.
First Annual Hardball Halloween Parade: various locations
The first annual Hardball Halloween Parade will be 6 p.m. beginning at the Anna Maria Library and ends at Coquina Beach. The event features a Anna Maria Privateers invasion, live music, fireworks, and food and beverage vendors. Information: 941-780-1668.
25th annual Pumpkin Festival: Fruitville Grove Farms, 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota
Fruitville Grove Farms will hold its 25th annual Pumpkin Festival, 10
a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19-20 and 26-27. The free event features crafters, pony rides, festival food, pumpkin pie, live music, kids rides and activities and more. Information: www.fruitvillegrove.com.
Frightmares Haunted House: Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota
Experience the most unique mix of horror and fun at Sarasota Fairgrounds' "Frightmares Haunted House," 7:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 17-20, 24-25 and 29, 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 26, 7:30-11 p.m. Oct. 27, and 7:30-11:30 p.m. Oct. 30-Nov. featuring more than 12,000 square feet of ghastly sights, horrifying sounds, terrifying FX and the worst phobias brought to life. Tickets: $16, fast passes are $30. Information: 941-955-1515 or www.frightmareshauntedhouse.com.
Mote's Night of Fish, Fun and Fright: Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota
Mote's Night of Fish, Fun and Fright, a safe and fun trick or treating event, will be 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 18 featuring underwater pumpkin carving by Mote aquarists in the shark exhibit and a haunted house. Tickets: $6 online in advance, $10 at the door, $8 for Mote members, children ages 4 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-388-4441 or www.mote.org/halloween.
Cemeterror: 2035 Cornell St., Sarasota
Cemeterror, a haunt to die for, will be 7-10 p.m. Oct. 18-19. The event is free. Donations for Juvenile Diabetes Fund will be accepted. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Information: www.cemeterror.com.
Poe at the Crosley and The House of Horrors: 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
The Crosley estate will host a one-hour live performance based on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe followed by a self-guided tour of the carriage house 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 21-24 and 27-30. Guests may purchase tickets to both the performance and tour for $20 or just the tour for $10. Information: 941-722-3244.
Fifth annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival: Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane, Sarasota.
The fifth annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival will be noon-10 p.m. Oct. 25-27 featuring safe trick-or-treating, carnival games, rides, fun zone, free hay rides, costume contest for children, costume parades, pumpkin carving and more. Admission: $5, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-706-3102 or www.sarasotapumpkinfestival.com.
Halloween Gala at the Crosley Estate: 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher," this year's Halloween Gala at the Crosley Estate will be Oct. 31, gates open at 6:30 p.m. Guests will relive Poe's story guided through the estate by actors portraying Roderick and Madeline Usher, before being invited to enjoy a complimentary buffet, drinks, and heart-stopping music. Tickets: $75 in advance, $100 at the door. The event is for ages21 and older. Costumes are encouraged. Information: 941-722-3244.
Halloween Comedy and Concert "Dia de Los Muertos": NOVA 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St., N.
"Dia de Los Muertos," a Halloween night of comedy for a cause will be 6:45 p.m. Oct. 31. The event features performances by Mexican born actor and comedian, Alex Reymundo, comedian Ron White and singer-songwriter Margo Rey. There will be a Halloween costume party "NOVA WEEN 7" at 9:30 p.m. judged by Ron White. Tickets: $75. Proceeds will benefit Bridges Against Breast Cancer. Information: 877-721-4673 or www.bridesabc.org/diadelosmuertos.
Lowry Park Zoo's ZooBoo: 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa
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. 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.
"A Nightmare on Franklin Street" Film Series: Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa
The Tampa Theatre announces a chilling new series with 15 nights of classic horror films, family-friendly spooky movies, cult favorites, live performances and lights-off paranormal investigations. The series include a double feature with "Ringu" 7:30 p.m. and "The Ring" 10 p.m. Oct. 17; a vampire double feature "Interview With A Vampire" 7:30 p.m. and "The Lost Boys" 10 p.m. Oct. 18; Space Invader Saturday with a Balcony-to-Backstage Tour: Ghost Stories at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., the movie "Outerspace" 7:30 p.m. and "Aliens" 10 p.m. Oct. 19; a Hitchcock triple feature with "Hitchcock" 3 p.m., "The Birds" 6:30 p.m. and "Psycho" 10 p.m. Oct. 20; Magic Monday with "Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone" 7:30 p.m. featuring a live preshow with local magician Mr. Bones, Oct. 21; a Balcony-to-Backstage Tour: Ghost Stories at 11:30 a.m. and "The Exorcist" 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22; "The Blair Witch Project" 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23; a Dracula double feature with "Dracula" 7:30 p.m. and "Bram Stoker's Dracula," 10 p.m. Oct. 24; a Lights-Off Paranormal Investigation at 8 p.m. Oct. 25; Spirit Saturday with "Casper" 2 p.m. and "Ghostbusters" 4:45 p.m., and a Lights-Off Paranormal Investigation 8 p.m. Oct. 26; a Sunday Zombie Invasion with the movies "Paranorman" 3 p.m., "Night of the Living Dead" 7:30 p.m. and "Dead Alive" 10 p.m. Oct. 27; "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28: Tampa ghost stories with Deborah Frehem, author of "Haunted Tampa: Spirits of the Bay" 7"30 p.m. Oct. 29; a double feature with "Room 237" 7:30 p.m. and "The Shining" 10 p.m. Oct. 30; and the movies "Halloween" 7:30 p.m. and "Rocky Horror Picture Show" at 11 p.m. Oct. 31 featuring a live pre-show and audience participation throughout the film. Guests are encouraged to bring their own props, but no hot dogs, rice or water guns. For ticket prices and detailed information: 813-274-8981 or www.tampatheatre.org.
Busch Gardens' "Howl-O-Scream": 10165 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa
Evil comes out to play at Busch Gardens' Halloween event "Howl-O-Scream" for 14 select nights through 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. For detailed information, call 888-800-5447 or visit www.HowlOScream.com.
Seminole Hard Rock Tampa "Monster Ball": 5223 Orient Road, Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will host a Monster Ball Oct. 26 featuring a special appearance by "True Blood" star Joe Manganiello. There will be monster mash-up music mixes provided by DJ Barry Carew and DJ Santana and a costume contest. No masks or full facial make-up allowed. Tickets: $15 and up. Information: 800-937-0010 or www.seminolehardrocktampa.com.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend: Doubletree Hotel at Universal Studios, 5780 Major Blvd., Orlando
Meet and mingle with your favorite horror movie and TV stars, buy any collectible you can imagine from your choice of over 200 vendors and artists, see new and up and coming films as well as your old favorites, take part in one of the largest Zombie Walks, get tattooed by some of the best artists from around the world, and of course party 'til your heart's content, during this non-stop weekend of horrors. The show open 5 p.m. Oct. 25 and 11 a.m. Oct. 26-27. Exhibitors rooms are open 5-11 p.m. Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 27. Celebrity autograph rooms are open 5-10 p.m. Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 26 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 27. There will be multiple media celebrity guests, including authors, musicians and entertainers including Peter Criss from Kiss, Gunnar Hansen, George Romero, Doug Bradley, Dee Snider from Twisted Sister, Patricia Quinn, Kane Hodder, Ricou Browning, Julie Adams, Lisa Marie, Sean Whalen, Brandon Adams, Yan Birch and Danielle Harris. Tickets: $30 in advance, $40 and the door, weekend tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door, VIP tickets: $199. Information: 800-327-2110 or www.spookyempire.com.
Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 23: 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando
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 such as "The Cabin in the Woods" to worst nightmares, and streets filled with hundreds of specially-trained "scareactors." 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. Hours: 7 p.m. to midnight. For more information or to purchase tickets,visit Disneyworld.com/Halloween. Party dates are: Oct. 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29 and 31; Nov. 1.