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Let’s Get Spooky with the 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.

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 a number of attractions, including the new Bloodwater Bayou. You can also enjoy Bonzo’s Beer Garden, Blackpool Prison, Dead Woods, and so much more. 

🗓 Select Nights September 10 – October 31
📍27839 St Joe Rd, Dade City, FL 33525

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! 

🗓 Select Nights September 9 – October 31
📍 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL, USA

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.

🗓  Weekends through October 30th
📍 2837 S Frontage Rd, Plant City, FL 33566

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?

🗓  Fridays & Saturdays (Sept 23rd-Oct 29th)
📍 Sparkman Wharf, Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL, USA

Creatures of the Night

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!

🗓  Select Nights (Sept 30th-Oct 30th)
📍 ZooTampa at Lowry Park, West Sligh Avenue, Tampa, FL, USA

6th Annual Riverwalk Trick or Treat

Friends of the Riverwalk is bringing back its annual Riverwalk Trick or Treat for the 6th 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!

🗓  October 29 | 4:00pm-7:00pm
📍 Tampa Riverwalk

13 Ugly Men Halloween Party

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. The historic, and some claim haunted, Cuban Club in Ybor City brings a unique, spooky indoor and outdoor space for our biggest party. Dress up in your best costume yet and party with a purpose because a portion of the proceeds will benefit The 1Voice Foundation, which offers over 5 programs for pediatric cancer families in Tampa Bay.

🗓 October 22 | 8:00pm-3:00am
📍 The Cuban Club – The Cuban Club, North Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa, FL, USA

Halloween Bar Crawl St. Pete

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! Stay tuned for which bars will be part of the crawl. First 200 people get a souvenir spooky cup!

🗓 October 29 | 4:00pm-1:00pm
📍 Start at One Night Stand St. Pete

Halloween Lighted Boat Parade on the Tampa Riverwalk

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.

🗓 October 29 | 6:30pm
📍 Tampa Riverwalk

Haunted River Tours

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.

🗓 Every Weekend in October
📍 Pirate Water Taxi

Tchami Halloween Show

The Ritz is putting on an epic show on Halloween night! If you love EDM, jam out to Tchami’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 right before 3AM. Tickets are available for everyone 18 and over.

🗓 October 29 | 10:00pm
📍 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!

🗓  Thursdays-Sundays
📍 Sweet Divas Chocolates

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 UNATION team member and author of the Stuff to Do City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do near you, subscribe for updates and follow be sure to follow us on social!