We’re creepin’ it real this Halloween with the best things to do in Tampa Bay. Whether you like to be spooked, want to have a hauntingly good time with the family, or are looking for some BOOze, we have compiled a list of the best Halloween events in Tampa Bay.
Read on to start planning your spooktacular season of scares.
Here for the scares? Visit these terrifying haunted houses and attractions... if you dare!
Are you ready to scream? If your answer is YES, then you need to check out this annual outdoor Halloween attraction. And no, it’s not too early to be celebrating this frightening holiday. From now until the end of October enjoy 8 attractions, including the new Bloodwater Bayou. You can also enjoy Bonzo’s Beer Garden, Blackpool Prison, Dead Woods, and so much more.
It’s officially spooky season! What better way to celebrate than by heading to Busch Gardens for their annual Howl-O-Scream?! You’ll be able to enjoy a night of scares starting now through Halloween. The event will feature eight scare zones with nowhere to hide from zombies, deranged clowns, werewolves, and new creatures. There will also be THREE new haunted houses this year!
Sparkman Wharf will be transforming into one spooky spot for not just one, but three weekends in October this year! They will have an eerie maze that’s plagued with pirate spirits of the past, sea-dwelling humans, and sinister sirens entangling any who dare through its transforming passage ways. Get ready for tons of photo ops and scares from worldly visitors roaming around.
Get ready to be creeped out at this outdoor haunted trail! Sir Henry’s features 3 haunted trails, live entertainment, food vendors, and scary cool merch. They even have laser tag and an escape game! This fear park is certainly like no other.
You don’t want to miss Tampa’s only nautical haunted attraction. Go through multiple decks of this historic WWII cargo ship and avoid being eaten by infected zombie stowaways. Do you have what it takes to survive?
If you’re in the Pinellas area looking for some thrills, you can find them in ever corner of the 10,000 sq ft Scarehouse! The spine-tingling tour takes you through the aftermath of last year’s red tide outbreak. Creepy unexplainable events are happening here, so enter only if you dare!
Scarehouse Pinellas is partnering with SPCA Tampa Bay and will be donating a portion of the proceeds as well as collecting pet food and supplies!
Not-too-scary things to do that are perfect for the kiddos!
Our favorite somewhat spooky but family-friendly event returns! There will be scares and unforgettable frights for your little ghouls and goblins to enjoy. This year’s event features Night Shadow, a dream master who brings dreams to life from the fun and whimsical to the spooky and nightmarish!
Friends of the Riverwalk is bringing back its annual Riverwalk Trick or Treat for the 5th year! Children can dress up in their adorable costumes with their family as they trick or treat along the Riverwalk. There will be 50 treat stations this year from Water Works Park to MacDill Park! Be sure to stop at Curtis Hixon in between. This family-friendly community event is completely free!
Halloween on Central is a wickedly fun FREE Halloween event in Tampa Bay where attendees can stroll along nearly 2 miles of Central Ave and enjoy a bunch of activities. It’s perfect for the whole family especially since there will be trick-or-treating, costume contests, entertainment, local business vendors, and more. Masks are encouraged!
One of our favorite family-friendly Halloween events in Tampa Bay is back! This year, Florida Aquarium’s Guppyween theme is Monster Mash. Dress your little monsters up and get ready to boo-gie for a rooftop smash. The aquarium’s rooftop terrace will have live music, games, creepy critter encounters, visits from some mad scientists and more!
Halloween Parties Full of BOOze
The lively coffee bar turned cocktail bar at night, Intermezzo, is hosting a Halloween 80’s Dance Party that you won’t want to miss! Put on your best costume and enjoy craft cocktails, music by DJ Bookster, and yummy food by DUSTY’ S HOT STUFG.
While there are many Halloween events in Tampa Bay, if you’re looking for a killer party then you should check out 13 Ugly Men’s. Dress up in your best costume yet and party with a purpose at the haunted Cuban Club in Ybor City because a portion of proceeds will benefit the Tampa Theatre!
Out of all the types of Halloween events in Tampa Bay, there’s nothing like a good old Halloween bar crawl where you can dress up, hop from place to place for BOOze. Creepy crawl around DTSP on Hallows eve! Bars include: Whiskey Exchange, Thirsty First, Crafty Squirrel, and One Night Stand. First 200 people get a souvenir spooky cup!
Dress up in your best costume and get ready to crawl. This Halloween pub crawl is certainly not your average, for this one you hop on a trolley that takes you to 5 pubs! Drinks and music on the trolley are provided between stops. You will not want to miss out on this fun Halloween event in Tampa Bay, especially if you’re in the Bradenton area!
Looking for a scary good time? Another Halloween bar crawl is taking place in Tampa for the 4th year in a row. Go all out on your costume because the stakes are high, best costume takes home $1,000. With your ticket you also get 2 free drinks or shots, exclusive drink specials, amazing local food, waived cover at venues, and a hauntingly fun after party.
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Even More Halloween Events and Activities to Check Out for a Wicked Good Time!
If you love the Tampa Riverwalk as much as we do, you need to check out this Halloween event. Starting Oct. 16 you’ll be able to enjoy a virtual, not-too-spooky Halloween scavenger hunt along the Riverwalk!
Solve riddles, puzzles, tasks, and explore the beautiful Riverwalk in this safe and fun Halloween activity for all ages. This event is free to the public. All you have to do is download the Mobile Adventures app to participate. You can play any time through Halloween!
Armature Works is bringing back their movie on the lawn series just in time for the scariest time of the year. On Monday, October 18th, grab a blanket or some lawn chairs and get your friends and family in the Halloween spirit by taking them to see Hocus Pocus. It’s free to view and you can enjoy food and drinks from any of the vendors with in Heights Public Market. Jeni’s will also be handing out a scary good surprise!
We suggest getting their early since the Movie on the Lawn is a first come first serve basis!
We all know one of the many things that Tampa does best is a boat parade! With spooky season upon us, why not make it a lightning Halloween boat parade?! The Friends of the Riverwalk and National Pediatric Cancer foundation teamed up to give you just that on Hallows Eve. The parade will begin in the Convention Center basin, travel to the Heights, and end at Sparkman Wharf.
Have a boat? Register it here.
Are you a die-hard Harry Potter fan? Then you are going to want to grab your broom and dart to the Halloween market at Catcus Moon in Seminole Heights! Shop and support 25+ small businesses, under the moon & under the trees in the garden. All witches and wizards welcome.
All aboard the Pirate Water Taxi for a hauntingly good time on the water. On select nights in October guests will be treated to two dead-lightful docents who will be your entertainment for the night. They will be telling you spooky stories of Tampa’s past! This is a 45-minute cruise along the Hillsborough River. Beer, wine, soda, and water will be available for purchase on the ship.
The Ritz is putting on an epic show on Halloween night! If you love EDM, jam out to Adventure Club’s set while dressed to the nines in your best costume. Dance the night away because doors open 10PM and the party goes on until 3AM. Tickets are available for everyone 18 and over and the price starts at $35!
Want to not feel so guilty about all the Halloween treats you’re going to eat? Xanadu Race Management is holding another awesome themed-race that will be spookier than ever. Run for the boo’s on the morning of Halloween and choose whether you’d like to do a 5K or 10K. Race costs $45 to register and starts at Whiskey Joe’s.