Halloween events in Manatee and beyond

October 24, 2013 

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 calendar@bradenton.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. 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.

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.

"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. 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.

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. 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 walk 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.

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.

Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival: Hunsader Farms, 5500 Country Road 675, East Manatee

Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 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.

Halloween Dinner and Dance: Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton

The Renaissance on 9th will host a Halloween dinner and dance 5:308:30 p.m. Oct. 31. There will be a costume contest. Costumes are encouraged. Cost: $20, cash bar. Reservations are required by Oct. 28. Information: 941-749-0100.

Eleventh Annual Halloween Safe Kids Night: Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto

Crime Stoppers of Manatee County will host the 11th annual Halloween Safe Kids Night 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31. This free event will provide children and families with a safe venue for trick or treating and can enjoy visiting police, fire and EMS vehicles and other public safety equipment on display. There will be games and plenty of candy. Costumes are encouraged. Information: 941-792-2732 or www.manateecrimestoppers.com.

First Annual Hardball Halloween Parade: various locations

The first annual Hardball Halloween Parade will be 6 p.m. Nov. 2 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.


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, including Mask of the Red Death, The Black Cat, The Conqueror Worm, and Annabelle Lee 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 24 and 27-30. The performances are followed by a self-guided tour through the Poe inspired and decorated mansion and carriage house. Guests may purchase tickets to both the performance and tour for $20 or just the tour for $10. Information: 941-722-3244.

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. 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.

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.

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. 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.

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. 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 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 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. 24, 25, 27, 29 and 31; Nov. 1.

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