It’s that time of year for getting spooky, sinister and scared silly.
All Hallows’ Eve approaches, and the Halloween haunts are just getting started around Bradenton and Sarasota.
Local events this year include haunted trails and houses, ghost tours, family-friendly festivities, holiday crafting and (boo)ze bashes.
So creep out of your cave, crack your best jack-o-lantern grin and venture into the mortal realm, if you dare, for one of these frighteningly fun happenings.
Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez is here to help you get crafty this Halloween.
A candle-making class on Oct. 30 will teach students about basic candle-making skills such as layering and adding fragrance and color. Students will also learn about the different types of wax that is used to make candles.
Each student will take home a Halloween votive candle holder, a candle in a Halloween mug and a candy corn-colored candle.
Details: 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 30. Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. $38 per student.
Ghost tours of Bradenton
Explore your hometown’s haunted past on one of the Paranormal Society of Bradenton’s historically-informed ghost tours.
The group also shares stories and documentation from paranormal investigations at Bradenton-area homes and businesses.
Tours of downtown Bradenton depart from Bradenton Riverwalk in front of Pier 22.
For a coastal creep-out, try the Paranormal Society’s ghost tour of Bradenton Beach. It begins next to the Island Time Inn.
All tours last approximately 90 minutes.
Details: Bradenton and Bradenton Beach tours offered at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Adults: $15. Children: $10. Reservations required.
Trick-or-treat in the Village
If you’re looking for a safe and fun neighborhood to take the kids trick-or-treating this Halloween, Village of the Arts is a wickedly wonderful choice.
Residents and businesses will hand out candy, and there will be lots of creative decor and vibrant costumes on display.
Grab a bite at a VOTA restaurant for a perfect end to the night.
Details: 6-8 p.m. on Halloween. Village of the Arts, Bradenton. Free.