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Let’s Get Spooky with the 25+ Best Halloween Events in Tampa Bay

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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.Β 

πŸ—“ Select Nights SEPT 10 – OCT 31

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!Β 

πŸ—“ Select Nights SEPT 2 – OCT 31
πŸ“ Busch Gardens

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.

πŸ—“ OCT 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 29 & 30 | 5PM – 10:30PM
πŸ“ Sparkman Wharf

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.

πŸ—“Β  Weekends through NOV 6Β 
πŸ“ Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail

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?

πŸ—“Β  Weekends in October
πŸ“ American Victory Ship & Museum

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!Β 

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!Β 

πŸ—“ Fridays & Saturdays in October and Halloween | 7PM-11PM
πŸ“12461 Creekside Drive, Largo, FL

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!

πŸ—“Β  Weekends in OctoberΒ  | 4PM – 10PM
πŸ“ Zoo Tampa

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!

πŸ—“ OCT 30 | 4PM-7PM
πŸ“ Tampa Riverwalk

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!Β 

πŸ—“ OCT 31 | 12PM-5PM
πŸ“ Central Ave in St. Pete

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!

πŸ—“ OCT 30 & 31Β 
πŸ“ The Florida Aquarium

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.

πŸ—“ OCT 30 | 8PM
πŸ“ Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

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!Β 

πŸ—“ OCT 23 | 8PM
πŸ“ The Cuban Club

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!

πŸ—“ OCT 30 | 4PM
πŸ“ Start at Whiskey Exchange

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!

πŸ—“ OCT 30 | 7PM-11:30PM
πŸ“ First Stop: Linksters Tap Room

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.Β 

πŸ—“ OCT 30 | 4PM-12AM
πŸ“ First Stop: James Joyce Irish Pub & Eatery

More Halloween Parties

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 theΒ Mobile Adventures app to participate. You can play any time through Halloween!

πŸ—“ OCT 16 – 31
πŸ“ Tampa Riverwalk

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!

Right after, at 9PM, Armature will have a free showing of Scream, click here for more details.

We suggest getting their early since the Movie on the Lawn is a first come first serve basis!

Hocus Pocus
πŸ—“ OCT 25 | 7PM – 9PM
πŸ“ Armature Works

πŸ—“ OCT 25 | 9PM – 11PM
πŸ“ Armature Works

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.Β 

Have a boat? Register it here.

πŸ—“ OCT 30 | 6:30PM
πŸ“ Tampa Riverwalk

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.

πŸ—“ OCT 31 | 2PM – 6PM
πŸ“ Cactus Moon


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.

πŸ—“ Every Weekend in October
πŸ“ Pirate Water Taxi

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!Β 

πŸ—“ OCT 31 | 10PM-3AM
πŸ“ The Ritz Ybor

Get a candlelight walking tour of Downtown St. Petersburg while hearing true ghost stories of wandering spirits, haunted mansions, phantom lovers, and age old curses!

πŸ—“Β  Thursdays-Sundays
πŸ“ Sweet Divas Chocolates

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.

πŸ—“ OCT 31 | 8:30PMΒ 
πŸ“ Whiskey Joe’s

More Spooky Events

For more of the best Halloween events in Tampa Bay, search on the UNATION app or website. We’re constantly updating it with the best Halloween events we find.

Don’t forget to also tag us in all of your spooky pics @StuffToDoInTampaBay! We love seeing you have a hauntingly good time.

Jenna Podesla

Jenna Podesla

Jenna is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Tampa BayΒ City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Tampa Bay area, download the UNATION appΒ and follow @StufftoDoinTampaBay on Instagram,Β Facebook, and YouTube.

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