Halloween Events and Fall Festivals in Tampa Bay

50+ Fall Events, Pumpkin Patches, Halloween Events, and MORE!

The 2023 list of our favorite pumpkin patches in Tampa Bay, fall festivals, corn mazes, Halloween events, and more is ghoulishly good.

So, get your calendar out and start scheduling some fall family FUN. Keep in mind that the owners of the pumpkin patches work really hard to organize these amazing events for you, so make sure you are keeping a close eye on your kids when visiting. We all know how excited little ones can get and we want everyone to stay safe.

We are continuing to update and tweak this list as 2023 dates are announced but check out some that have piqued our interest so far! Happy haunting…we mean, hunting!

Related: Halloween Events for Grown-Ups and Fall Festivals, Pumpkin Patches & Fall Events for Grown-Ups!

There are three BIG sections on this page for you to explore:

  1. Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes in Tampa Bay
  2. Halloween Events at Theme Parks and Attractions
  3. Fall Festivals and Trick-or-Treating Events in Tampa Bay

Cover photo: Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa by Tampa Bay Parenting. Have an event you want to add it to our list? Email us at calendar@tbparenting.com.

2023 Pumpkin Patches in Tampa Bay, Including Awesome Corn Mazes

(Listed in order of opening date. Dates, times, and ticket prices are subject to change. Check with your chosen farm’s social media sites before you go because some do sell out of tickets on certain days.)

Harvest Holler Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Polk City

  • Opening September 15, 2023 | Fri-Sun
  • 950 Tavares Rd., Polk City, FL 33868
  • Cost: $15 for ages 13-64, $12 for ages 2-12, seniors 65+, and active-duty military

It’s an easy ride from Tampa – just about a half hour east on I-4 – and suddenly you’re at Farmer Jerry and his family’s Harvest Holler Farm.  Come out for a fun fall tradition and stroll the fields of this year’s corn maze and pumpkin patch at Harvest Holler Farm, a working family farm! You can explore the pumpkin patch, go on a hayride, enjoy some country eats, meet live farm animals, and more! There’s also a cow train, corn hole, and many more activities.

Raprager Family Farm Fall Pumpkin Festival

  • Opens September 22, 2023
  • 16907 Boy Scout Rd, Odessa, FL, 33556
  • Cost: $16.95 when purchased in advance for ages 3 and up, children 2 and under are free. Parking is free.

Raprager Family Farm’s Fall Festival is BACK for 2023 with even more fall fun on the farm! Attractions this year include axe throwing, pumpkin painting, a 900ft inflatable maze, a baby cow, and more.  The haunted barn is back along with the hay rides, petting zoo, hay chute slide, and other favorites. The farm is kid-friendly all day but does get scarier after 6:00 pm.

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Raprager Fall Festival. Image Credit: Brie Gorecki

21st Annual Brooksville Pumpkin Patch

  • Weekends from September 29-October 29, 2023
  • 475 North Avenue West, Brooksville, FL 34601

The Brooksville farm has hundreds, if not thousands of pumpkins–to choose from! The farm says most of their pumpkin deliveries are a few days off the vine, so they should last you through the holiday…and maybe even grab some cute ones for decor for Thanksgiving. They also have food vendors, produce, a petting zoo, bounce house, games, and more.

DK Festival Farm Pumpkin Patch

  • September 30-October 29, 2023
  • 1750 Lake Ave SE, Largo, FL 33771
  • Cost: $10 weekdays/$15 weekend

Explore and pick up a pumpkin at their patch, take a hayride, and enjoy the great fall decorations or hang with some new friends at the petting zoo. There’s a ton more to do and lots of fun for the whole family.

Frazier Farms Pumpkin Patch in Brooksville

  • September 30-October 22, 2023 on Saturdays and Sundays
  • 20175 Manecke Road, Brooksville, FL 34601
  • Cost: $20 per vehicle – includes activities

There will be lots of kids’ games, big kids’ games, corn hole, pumpkin painting, hay rides, “Moo” train barrel ride, a wide variety of craft & food vendors, shaved ice, ice cream, corn shucking contests, and a pumpkin patch!

Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival

  • Every weekend from September 30-October 29, 2023 Sat-Sun: 10 am-5 pm
  • 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, 34240
  • Cost: $5 parking, admission is free. Activities range from $1-$10

A quick hop down to Sarasota to check out Fruitville Grove’s 35th Annual Pumpkin Patch Festival might be just the change of pace and scenery you and your bunch of little pumpkins need!  Held every weekend throughout October, it includes fun family-friendly activities, a butterfly garden, pony rides, family circus, and of course, a Pumpkin Patch! There will be a children’s costume contest every Saturday at 2 p.m.

HarvestMoon Farm Pumpkin Patch

  • September 30-November 5, 2023 Sat-Sun: 10 am-5 pm and select weekdays
  • 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown, FL 34604
  • Cost: $14.95 + tax ages 3 and up

You’ll want to pre-purchase a ticket online to secure your spot to navigate the 5-acre corn maze, and explore the many attractions like a cow train, pedal cars, jumping pillow, and barnyard games. There’s also a petting farm and tree house. Bring some extra cash in case the little ones decide they want to participate in gem mining or even pick out their own pumpkins in the pumpkin patch! They even host a Flashlight Night and Haunted Trail (separate admission required).

HarvestMoon Fun Farm pumpkin patch farm activities
The slide at HarvestMoon Fun Farms. Image Credit: Laura Byrne

DK Festival Farm Pumpkin Patch

  • September 30-October 29, 2023
  • 1750 Lake Ave SE, Largo, FL 33771
  • Cost: $10 weekdays/$15 weekend

Explore and pick up a pumpkin at their patch, take a hayride, and enjoy the great fall decorations or hang with some new friends at the petting zoo. There’s a ton more to do and lots of fun for the whole family.

Kerby’s Nursery Pumpkin Patch in Seffner

  • Opens September 30, 2023 
  • 2311 S. Parsons Avenue, Seffner

Kerby’s Nursery has a variety of beautiful pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, mums, and more! And don’t forget to snap a photo in front of the pumpkin wall! At their fall kickoff event on September 30, attend a fall decorating seminar, participate in gift card giveaways, enjoy food from local food trucks, and make a pumpkin succulent arrangement. 

Dave’s Christmas Tree Lot Pumpkin Patch

  • October 1-31, 2023 Mon-Fri: 1 pm-8 pm, Sat-Sun: 9 am-9 pm
  • 106 E Lumsden Avenue, Brandon, FL
  • Cost: Pumpkins $4 and up

It’s not officially fall until you’ve visited our pumpkin patch in October! Bring your friends and family out to wander through our rows of pie pumpkins, mini pumpkins, white pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, highly stacked hay bales, garden mums, and much more. Bring the whole family and take as many photos as you like!

Horsepower for Kids and Animal Sanctuary 16th Annual Fall Festival Fundraiser 

  • Saturdays & Sundays October 7-October 39, 2023 11 am-5 pm
  • 8005 Racetrack Rd., Tampa, FL 33635
  • Cost: $15 admission, $1 parking

Bring the family out for a day of fun, while supporting a non-profit animal sanctuary right outside the Westchase area. The festival includes pony, train, and hayrides, as well as farm animals and exotic animals such as goats, sloths, lemurs, and deer. Kids can also bounce around in the bounce house, play in the corn pit, enjoy fall-themed crafts, and play fall-themed games. Proceeds go to the animal rescue and sanctuary.

Horsepower Fall Festival. Image Credit: Brie Gorecki

Springtime Agventure Farm Fall Pumpkin Patch and Haunted Walk

  • Through October 7-29, 2023 from 10 am-4 pm
  • 18150 Commonwealth Ave N., Polk City, FL
  • Cost: $14 per person

OVER 20 ACTIVITIES INCLUDED WITH THE ALL-DAY PASS, 200 animals that you can hold touch, and feed (Food to feed animals included) Pumpkin Patch, 1 FREE Pumpkin per Family (While Supplies Last), Petting Farm, 70 70-foot jumping Pillows, Inflatable Slides, Bounce House, Haunted Trail, Bird Aviary, a Scavenger Hunt and more. Lots of New Activities. FREE PARKING.

Fox Squirrel Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

  • October 7-November 5, 2023, Sat-Sun: 10 am-5 pm 
  • 6151 Varn Road, Plant City, FL 33565 (NEW LOCATION this year!)
  • Cost: $12. Ages 3 and under are FREE

Take part in exciting, family-friendly fall games and activities during the annual Fox Squirrel Corn Maze! Navigate the corn maze and see how quickly you can find your way through and then go check out the duck races, challenge your kids to a game of corn hole, go on a hayride, and select the perfect pumpkin for your front porch in Tampa!

32nd Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Patch Festival

  • October 14-29, 2023 on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am-5 pm
  • 5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton, FL 34211
  • Cost: $15 for ages 11 and up, children under 10 are free. $5 for parking (cash only)

Make the drive south of Tampa Bay to experience the 32nd annual Pumpkin Patch Festival on select weekends in October. There will be hayrides, a petting zoo, games, pumpkin patch, and more! The main attraction is the corn maze which is an additional $2 per person. Make sure to bring cash for other cool activities like a children’s train ride, Butterfly Experience, zip line, and more!

Annual Heights Fall Festival Pumpkin Patch at Armature Works

  • Saturday and Sunday, Oct 14 & 15 and Oct 21 & 22, 2023
  • Armature Works, Tampa
  • Cost: Free to attend

The Heights Fall Festival will take place across two weekends in October and will feature a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, face painters, activities for the whole family, and live music. There will also be a food drive benefiting Metropolitan Ministries.

Pumpkin Patch Express (Florida Railroad Museum) 

  • October 21, 22, 28, and 29, 2023 at various times | Tickets are on sale now 
  • 12210 83rd St East Parrish, FL 34219
  • Cost: Tickets start at $20

The Florida Railroad Museum is calling “all aboard” for young and old train enthusiasts as you embark on the Pumpkin Patch Express to a field full of pumpkins to pick, as well as kid-friendly activities on your 2.5-hour journey. Children are invited to pick their own pumpkin to take home. Everyone is also invited to participate in other crafts and activities.

2023 Fall Festivals and Pumpkin Patches We’re Still Waiting On:

Gallagher’s Pumpkin Patch and Christmas Trees

Opening September 16, 2023
7401 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Located in St. Pete for more than 30 years, this family-owned business is the perfect spot to capture super cute photos of your little pumpkins while you select the best of the ‘patch’! You can also pick up a yummy homemade pie and even feed goats in the goat pen. Before you leave, be sure you snap a photo in front of the popular vintage pickup truck.

Sweetfields Farm Fall Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze and Farm Activities

2023 Dates TBD
17250 Benes Roush Rd. Masaryktown, FL 34604
Cost: $10.75 + tax ages 3 and up, 2 and under are free 

Come out for corn maze fun at Sweetfields Farm in Masaryktown, but stay for the Pitcher Pump Duck Race, hayride, pumpkin patch, farm animals, and free craft of the season. Buy your tickets ahead of time to secure your spot because this event often sells out. This year’s maze design is inspired by the new farm dog who you just might meet during your visit to Sweetfields!

Southern Hill Farms Fall Festival

2023 Dates TBD
16651 Schofield Rd, Clermont, FL 34714
Cost: $20 ages 3 and up (tickets must be purchased in advance)
About an hour east of Tampa, just north of Walt Disney World is the cutest farm/fall festival for families! This year’s 7th Annual Fall Festival at Southern Hill Farms will feature a new 5-acre corn maze, u-pick sunflowers and zinnias, a pumpkin patch barn, a kids zone, and more. You can even taste the yummy apple cider donuts.  SouthernHillFarms.com

Corky’s Corn Maze at Keel Farms 

2023 Dates TBD
1603 Hawks Griffin Road, Plant City, FL 33565
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under, 3 and younger are free
Keel Farms in Plant City is hosting this NEW event in Tampa Bay that will feature a four-acre corn maze for you and the kids to navigate as you find hidden clues and solve a riddle with the rooster mascot, Corky, and pals. There is also a pumpkin patch, hayrides, kids zone, and more!

Hyde Park Village Pumpkin Patch

October 4 – October 26, 2023
1602 W. Snow Circle, Tampa, FL
Come pick out the perfect pumpkin at Hyde Park Village. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. The pumpkin patch will be located by the fountain near Pottery Barn.

St. Pete Pier Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch

2023 Dates TBD
St Pete Pier
Cost: FREE to attend
Celebrate the season at the area’s only beachfront Fall Festival at the St. Pete Pier! The Fall Festival will have plenty of pumpkins, live music, kids’ activities, and more. While the event is free to attend, there might be a fee to participate in some activities and to park. The pumpkin patch will be open on select days October 8-16 in the family park area.

Seminole Heights United Methodist Church Great Pumpkin Patch

2023 Dates TBD
6111 N Central Avenue, Tampa
Cost: Free to attend
Boasting one of the area’s largest pumpkin selections, the Seminole Heights Pumpkin Patch is a must-visit! They’ll also be hosting a Pie Baking Contest and Pumpkin Painting event on October 23.

Beasley Farm’s Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch

2023 Date TBD
10137 Preston Road, Brooksville
Beasley Farms is hosting its first pumpkin festival that will include a ton of fall fun on the farm including a sun hemp and corn maze, u-pick sunflowers, farm animals, fresh farm produce for purchase, and MORE!

Watermelon Swim’s Annual Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch 

2023 Dates TBD
19509 N Dale Mabry Hwy and 3703 W McKay Ave
It’s watermelon season, Tampa Bay! You can visit Watermelon Swim’s Pumpkin Patch daily in Lutz and South Tampa and then come back to experience their annual Fall Festival at both locations. The FREE Fall Festival will feature trunk-or-treating, a costume parade, plenty of fall games and prizes, the cutest fall photo spot, and more. It’s the perfect way to get your whole family into the fall spirit.

Bearss Groves in Tampa 

October 14 – 15, October 21 – 22, October 28 -29, 2023
14316 Lake Magdalene Blvd, Tampa
Cost: Free
Bearss Groves has done it again! They are once again home to Florida’s largest pumpkin, weighing in at 969 pounds. They are open Wednesday-Sunday from 9 am-7 pm, so stop by and take an Insta-worthy photo and pick out a favorite pumpkin for purchase!

Green Acres Farm Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch

2023 Dates TBD
17500 Elridge Avenue, Spring Hill
Cost: TBD
Green Acres Farm in Spring Hill is hosting its first Fall Festival and they can’t wait to host you for a day on the farm with local vendors, pumpkin patch, and food trucks. The is the same location as the You Pick Blueberries farm you may be familiar with already.

The Pickin’ Patch in Dunnellon

The Pickin’ Patch announced it will have a new location in 2023. Dates and info are still TBD. 
11000 Rolling Hills Road, Dunnellon, FL

Our Favorite Halloween Events at Theme Parks and Attractions in 2023:

Spooktacular at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 

  • Saturdays and Sundays September 9-October 29, October 30-31, 2023
  • Cost: Included with theme park admission

At Busch Gardens’ Spooktacular, guests will step into a whimsical world full of enchantment with Kandy, a witch-in-training! A costume parade, storytime, and trick or treating are some of the activities guests will find in this immersive Halloween experience. Busch Gardens’ Spooktacular will be casting magical spells on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. at the Festival Walkway. Spooktacular is included with park admission. 

Related: Check out our INSIDE LOOK of Spooktacular at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay!

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens 

  • Select Nights September 8- October 31, 2023, Fri & Sat: 7 pm-1 am, Thurs & Sun: 7 pm-12 am
  • Cost: Tickets start at $34.99

Experience terrors around every corner at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Meet up with hundreds of roaming creatures, terrifying outdoor scare zones, including and returning favorite haunted houses including the Witch of The Woods, Stranglewood Estate, and the all-new D.H. Baggum’s Circus of Fear!  There will also be live, interactive entertainment, scare zones, and more. 

Brick or Treat Monster Party at LEGOLAND Florida

  • Weekends September 16-October 29, 2023
  • Cost: Included with daily admission

Enjoy a Halloween party built just for kids at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven. Kids can enjoy spooky LEGO building activities, trick-or-treating at MORE candy stations than ever before, NEW character meet-and-greets, and MORE.  

Related: Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida is Back for 2020. Here’s what to expect.

Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa at Lowry Park

  • Select Nights from September 29-October 29, 2023
  • Cost: $5 reservation fee for Zoo Members and “Pay for a Day” ticket holders which you’ll get back as a voucher and it’s $35.95-$45.95 for general admission tickets

Tampa Bay’s number-one family Halloween event returns this October! Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa is full of eerie family fun for everyone! Ghouls and goblins of all ages can enjoy howling outdoor experiences, mischievous characters, creepy culinary treats, and much more! 

Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa
Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa . Image Credit: Laura Byrne

Tampa Bay History Center’s A Night at the Museum

  • Sunday, October 22, 2023, from 4 pm-7 pm
  • Cost: Ticket prices: $16.95 for adults; $14.95 for college students; $14.95 for seniors (60+); $12.95 for children and youth (4-17); free for children ages 0-3. History Center members receive a 15% discount.  

Trick-or-treat your way through the Tampa Bay History Center galleries in search of sweet rewards on Sunday, Oct. 22. Plan for an evening of games, crafts, costume characters, and more! Timed tickets are available now and children age 3 and younger are free.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom 

  • August 11-November 1, 2023, various nights
  • Cost: $99-$149 per person

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is back and we couldn’t be more excited! You can expect all of the returning favorites including the Boo-to-You Parade and live shows featuring the Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus. You can also meet Jack Skellington and Sally, enjoy special character experiences, dining, and more! We’re sharing our favorite things about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party to help you plan!

SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular

  • September 16-October 31, 2023, During Normal Park Hours
  • Cost: Included with daily admission

Kids can dress in their favorite Halloween costume to safely trick-or-treat at SeaWorld Orlando and meet up with everyone’s favorite neighbors on Sesame Street as The Count, Elmo, Abby, and others! 



MORE Fall Festivals, Halloween, and Trick-or-Treating Events in the Tampa Bay Area:

Scream-A-Geddon in Dade City

  • Select nights September 8-November 4, 2023, Select Nights
  • 27839 St. Joe Rd., Dade City, FL 33525
  • Cost: $27.95 and up ($5 extra per ticket at box office)

It’s officially that time of year! Scream-A-Geddon is returning to Dade City to terrify guests once again with haunted house attractions and creepy crawlies wandering the grounds to give you your first frights of the season. There are a total of SIX attractions to terrify you including NEW ones. *Please don’t bring little kiddos to this—it’s quite intense and there’s no pumpkin patch here.

Fall Family Fest presented by Tampa Bay Moms Group

  • Sunday, September 23, 2023, from 11 am-3 pm
  • Water Works Park – 1700 North Highland Ave, Tampa, FL
  • Cost: Free

Come celebrate the start of fall with Tampa Bay Moms Group! Join local businesses for interactive events, giveaways, swag bags, and more, along with great food and entertainment. Be sure to grab your free giveaway ticket to be entered into their drawing.

Spooky Train Rides and Scary Trail at the Concourse in Shady Hills

  • Select nights September 29-October 28, 2023 from 7 pm-10 pm
  • 11919 Alric Pottberg Rd, Shady Hills
  • $8 each or $15 for both

Come out to the Concourse forger Spooky Train Rides and Scary Trail! The train is now DOUBLE the length as years past! There will be many activities for the kids so come out and have a spooky time! 

Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail in Plant City

  • September 29-November 4, 2023 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights
  • 2837 S Frontage Rd in Plant City
  • Cost: $27 and up

For an extra spooky night filled with terrifying thrills, head to Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail in Plant City! There are three haunted trails, laser tag, and even an escape room. The haunted trails are not appropriate for kids under age 12, so leave the little ones at home.

Haunted River Tours with Pirate Water Taxi

  • October 6-29, 2023, select days between 6:15 pm-9:45 pm
  • Convention Center/ Marriott Water Street (Stop 7 location)
  • Cost: $35 for adults, $20 for children ages 2-12 (includes all-day hop on/hop off)

Join Pirate Water Taxi’s crew for an entertaining evening with tales of ghosts along the Hillsborough River. Each tour will be led by two dead-lightful docents who will tell eerie stories of Tampa’s past. Admission is included with a regular daily hop-on, hop-off pass. Haunted River Tours are family-friendly, and all ages are welcome! Tours last 45-50 minutes.

Shimmering Lights Fall Festival 

  • Select nights October 5-29, 2023, 7 pm-10 pm
  • 2302 N. Dover Rd, Dover, FL 33527
  • Cost: $8 for ages 3 and up in advance and $9 at the gate

This is a unique way to celebrate the fall season on the farm! Sun Kisses Acres is teaming up with Nights of Shimmering Lights to create a 1/4 mile walk through trail featuring beautiful lights, music, games, hay rides, pumpkin patches, foam play area on select nights, and more! The light trail is not-so-scary and suitable for kids of all ages!  *The walking trail is not suitable or accessible for wheelchairs or strollers.

Fall Harvest Days at Keel Farms in Plant City

  • Saturdays and Sundays from October 7-29, 2023
  • Cost: FREE

Keel Farms is hosting its annual Fall Harvest Days with fun activities for kids, pumpkin painting, farm animals, camel rides, corn maze, and bounce house. There will be over 30 craft vendors and special releases of fall wines, beers, and ciders. Parking is also free!

Scarecrow Festival at the Pioneer Florida Museum

  • October 14, 2023, 9 am-4 pm
  • 15602 Pioneer Museum Rd., Dade City, FL 33523
  • Cost: $5 for students ages 5 and up, $10 for adult

Take part in fall games and activities as a family at Pioneer Florida Museum and Village in Dade City. Paint a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, make a scarecrow, visit the petting zoo, take a pony ride, pose for a photo with a scarecrow, touch a truck, get your face painted, go on carnival rides and more!  No pets, coolers, food, or beverages allowed.

USF Botanical Gardens Fall Plant Festival

  • October 14-15, 2023 from 10 am-3 pm
  • 4202 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL
  • Cost: $5 non-members, free for members and children under 12

Fall is a great time to get high-quality, mature plants for your gardens and landscape! Vendors from throughout the state will be on-site selling plants and plant-related items.  There will also be a free children’s craft area. Click here to learn more.

Haunted Woods at Hillsborough River State Park

  • October 20-21, 2023 from 6 pm-10 pm
  • Cost: $10 for ages 13 and older
  • Hillsborough River State Park

The Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society is hosting a haunted trail at the park along with a costume contest, live music, and treats as an alternative to trick-or-treating! Learn more about the Haunted Woods at Hillsborough River State Park here.

Pint-Sized Halloween Party at Southwest Complex in Largo 

  • October 21, 2023, 4 pm
  • 13120 Vonn Rd, Largo, FL
  • Cost: $10 child, $4 adult

This is a Willy Wonka-themed party created just for kiddos ages 7 and younger. Kids can make a craft, participate in a costume parade, enjoy fall-themed treats, and play games.

Pied Piper’s Annual Haunted Carnival at Armature Works in Tampa

  • October 26-29, 2023 at various times
  • 1910 N Ola Avenue, Tampa

Head down to Armature Works to experience 300,000 square feet of terrifying fun! The daytime hours are best for kids where there is a kids zone, plenty of nostalgic candy, photo opportunities, and more fun rides.

Haunted Wharf at Sparkman Wharf in Tampa

  • Dates: October 27 and 28, 2023 from 5:30 pm-10 pm
  • 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa
  • Cost: FREE

A haunted pirate shipwreck is heading to Sparkman Wharf with an evening of plenty of photos, live music, silly spooks for the kids, festive food and drinks, and MORE! This is a free community event. Some of the cool photo opportunities include a pirate jail, a siren’s sea swing, and the TAMPA sign will be decked out for the holidays too! 

Trick-or-Treat Trail at Largo Central Park

  • October 27, 2023, 5:30 pm
  • 201 Highland Ave, Largo, FL
  • Cost: Free for the first 1,500 kids on sight (under 12)

Bring your kiddos dressed in their Halloween costumes for a night of trick-or-treating around Largo City Hall. Bags and candy will be provided. This is an outdoor event. 

Owl-O-Ween at McGough Nature Park

  • October 27, 2023, 5:30 pm-9 pm
  • 11901 146th St., Largo, FL 33774
  • Cost: $5 ages 3 and up

For a spooky good time, bring the family out to McGough Nature Park for a night to explore a spooky nature trail, candy scavenger hunt, animal shows, and more! Tickets are $5 per person. Kids three and younger are free. You can learn more and book your tickets by visiting playlargo.com.

Pumpkin Carving Workshop at Largo Community Center

  • October 27, 2023, at 5:30 pm
  • 400 Alt Keene Road, Largo
  • Cost: $10 per pumpkin

Come on out to the Largo Community Center to carve a pumpkin with all the tools you’ll need on hand along with some expert tips on how to carve a pumpkin.

7th Annual Trick or Treat on the Riverwalk in Tampa and Lighted Boat Parade

  • October 28, 2023 4om 4 pm-7 pm
  • Downtown Tampa
  • Cost: FREE

Trick or treating on the Riverwalk is back where kids and their families can visit 50 different treat stations while enjoying other fun activities.

4th Annual Spooky Stroll with TRIBE Seminole Heights

  • October 28, 2023, from 6 pm-9 pm
  • Seminole Heights Garden Center, Tampa
  • Cost: $1 per person 

This beloved annual event will sell out fast, so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance to secure your spot. TRIBE Seminole Heights’ Spooky Stroll features tons of family-friendly fun including costumed characters, trick-or-treat stations, a pumpkin patch, a creepy house tour, fun games, and MORE! In the past, it has taken about 60-90 minutes to complete the stroll.

2023 Events We’re Still Waiting On:

Fall Spooktacular at Brandon Park and Recreation Center
2023 Date TBD
Cost: FREE
510 E Sadie Street, Brandon
Join the Tampa Bay Moms Group and Hillsborough County for the Fall Spooktacular that will feature crafts and games, a bounce house, costume parade, and more! This is a free event!
Oktoberfest at Starkey Market.

Honeymoon Island Fall Fest

2023 Date TBD
1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, FL
Head to Honeymoon Island for their first annual Fall Festival! This family-friendly event will include pop-up arts market, food trucks, guided nature walks, a mermaid cove, and live music, along with an array of engaging educational booths.

Pumpkin Fest at Florida Botanical Gardens 

2023 Date TBD
12211 Walsingham Rd., Largo, FL 33774
Cost: Free admission, $10 per pumpkin
The 7th Annual Pumpkin Fest returns to Florida Botanical Gardens with a pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving, spooky actives and more. Enter the event through the Walsingham Rd entrance. You can learn more about Pumpkin Fest at the Florida Botanical Gardens here. The Scarecrow Contest where you can build your own scarecrow for a chance to win a top prize will be held on October 22 during the festival as well!

Fall Festival at KRATE in Wesley Chapel

2023 Dates TBD
Cost: FREE
5817 Goldview Parkway, Wesley Chapel
KRATE at the Grove is hosting its inaugural Fall Festival that will feature fun games, live entertainment, raffle and more. The event is free to attend and pets are welcome.

Fall Fest at Scars Farm in Bartow

2023 Dates TBD
Cost: $8 per person (pre-registration) or $15 at the gate
777 Alturas Road, Bartow
Head to Scars Farm in Bartow to experience a market with local vendors selling local food, meats, and more. There will also be farm animals for kids to meet and a pumpkin patch for photos.

Cracker Country Living History Museum Presents Fourth Annual Tale Tales of Old Florida

2023 Date TBD
Florida State Fairgrounds
Cost: $15 per person when purchased in advance, $8 parking per car
Explore Tampa’s 19th century living history museum by night.  Along the way, meet storytellers who will spin wild yarns about a few of Florida’s unexplained oddities!  A little scary, a little funny and always family friendly, the Tall Tales tour is a Florida history adventure by lantern light. Guests are invited to come early and enjoy Victorian games and activities before their tour begins. Afterward, have a complimentary snack and do some holiday shopping in the General Store. Tours last 60 minutes. Not recommended for children under 6. 

UNDead in the Water at the American Victory Ship in Tampa

2023 Dates TBD
615 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL
Cost: $20-$25 (plus tax) general admission, $18-$23 (plus tax) military
UNDead in the Water is back at Sparkman Wharf! Traverse multiple decks of this historic WWII cargo ship armed only with nerves of steel and a will to  survive.  Avoid being eaten by the infected zombie stowaways while the Ripper Squad Decontamination Crew fights for humanity’s very survival! Alas, no pumpkin patch here.  This is best for kids older than 11 years old due to the fright factor.

Fright Nights at Folly Farm in Safety Harbor

2023 Dates TBD
1538 Dr. MLK North, Safety Harbor
The city of Safety Harbor has scheduled two nights of frightful fun at Folly Farm Nature Preserve. There will be a haunted trail you can explore for a small fee, fall themed activities, and more!

Haunted Halls Halloween Concert with the Florida Orchestra

2023 Dates TBD
Cost: Tickets range from $10-$20, Kids 3 and younger are free
Mahaffey Theater in St. Pete 
Gather up your ghouls and goblins and have them wear their favorite costumes to the the Haunted Halls Halloween themed concert! You’ll hear songs from Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King, John Williams’ music from Jaws and Superman, selections from the Nightmare Before Christmas and much more. Arrive early to play in the Instrument Meeting Zoo. The show is about one hour long.

Halloween on Central in St Pete 2023

2023 Date TBD
Cost: Free
Central Ave in St. Pete between MLK and 31st St S
Halloween on Central is back for 2022! 22 blocks in St. Pete will be closed to traffic for a chance for families to trick or treat in the street! There will also be costume contests and festival activities. This is a partnership between SunRunner The EDGE District, Grand Central District and St Pete Pride, and PTSA.

Don’t forget: Pumpkin Patches + Fall Events for Grown Ups!



  • Brie has been writing for websites and local publications for over 10 years. A USF graduate, she has worked for several major companies in New York, Atlanta and here in Tampa. You can read her articles on Tampa Bay Parenting, Tampa Bay Date Night Guide and Orlando Date Night Guide. She’s a Disney fanatic, an animal lover, and is a huge foodie who loves trying all the amazing restaurants around Tampa Bay. She’s a proud mom to a sweet little Star Wars and Godzilla-loving boy, and to her “fur-babies,” a rescue dog and cat from Humane Society of Tampa Bay. She loves spending time with her family, whether it’s a date night out with her husband or a day filled with roller coaster rides at a theme park.