Tampa’s Halloween season is in full swing with an array of events and activities for all ages.  Our local bakeries are serving up tempting treats and pumpkin delights, while community centers and clubs across the Greater Tampa Bay Area are planning costume contests and parties galore. If you are looking to scare up some fun in or around Tampa and our Gulf coast communities – we have the local event list for you.


  • Trick-Or-Treating: What screams Halloween better than trick-or-treating? Kids of all ages enjoy putting on a spooky costume and hitting the streets to demand sweet treats. Numerous neighborhood associations, businesses, and organizations in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco counties are hosting events for residents.  For example, on Oct. 28 at 11 a.m., your family and pets can enjoy trick-or-treating and free activities at “Halloween in the Village” on Davis Island.
  • Zoo Boos: Visit Lowry Park Zoo after 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights through Oct. 28 for “Creatures of the Night,” which features activities for kids of all ages with animal encounters, scare zones, a pumpkin palooza, and a ghoulish dance party. Visit www.lowryparkzoo.org for information.



  • Costume Parties: For some grownup fun, head out to “Downtown After Dark – Halloween in the City” on Oct. 28 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.  Four downtown bar venues will feature four different DJs, costume contests, and themes. Find ticket information and details at www.DowntownAfterDark.eventbrite.com.



  • Scary Movies: You can always dim the lights, pop some popcorn, and hit play on your favorite scary movie in your Tampa home or gulf coast condo, but some of you might enjoy a night out to watch a classic on the big screen.  Back by popular demand, Tampa Theater will be showing horror movies as part of “A Nightmare on Franklin Street” through Oct. 31. The Halloween series features everything from “The Thing” to “The Shining” for movie lovers looking for a good scare. Visit www.TampaTheatre.org for details.  



  • Haunted Parks: Central Florida offers mega-theme-park adventures at Busch Garden’s Howl-O-Scream as well as Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando through Halloween.  In addition, on Saturdays and Sundays throughout October, SeaWorld and Legoland are getting into the Halloween spirit. At SeaWorld, kids may dress up, enjoy dance parties, and trick-or-treat among friendly sea witches, pumpkin fish, and more. At Legoland, the kiddos may enjoy a treat trail, a scavenger hunt, a giant Lego jack-o-lantern, and Halloween-themed fireworks. Visit park websites for details.



  • Foodie Fests: If late-night parties and big adventure parks seem too rich for your blood this Halloween, consider enjoying the 36th annual John’s Pass Seafood Festival Oct. 28 and 29. In addition to seafood and a fishing tournament, the festival adds a Halloween element by featuring costume contests as well as a new world-record attempt for the largest Bloody Mary toast. Visit www.JohnsPassSeafoodFestival.com for information.


As local real estate consultants, we love to see our customers enjoying the spooktacular holiday activities across our wonderful region. Contact Dick and Karla Nielsen at 813-294-5786 for more information about neighborhoods, home buying, investing, and home selling throughout the Tampa area and Florida.

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