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7+ Spookiest Haunted Houses Around Tampa Bay!

Spooky SZN is here and there’s no better way to celebrate than to explore all of the haunted houses in Tampa Bay! There are several seriously scary attractions to check out around Tampa and beyond…if you dare.

While some of these may be a little intense for younger kids, most of them can make for a fun night out with teens or even a kid-free night for the parents! Take a look at our picks for our favorite haunted houses to visit this Halloween season.

The Best Haunted Houses in Tampa Bay in 2023

*We recommend reading the FAQ and disclaimers on each attraction’s page before purchasing tickets for children under 18. Most places do not have age restrictions but do have recommended ages due to the intense nature of the attraction.


Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream Haunted Houses in Tampa

  • September 8-October 31, 2023
  • Recommended for: ages 16+
  • Cost: $37.99 and up per person

Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens’ annual scare-fest is back! On select nights throughout October, you and your significant other can head to Busch Gardens for an unforgettable experience. You can’t miss this event that’ll give you a night of haunted houses, scare zones, horror shows, and thrill rides! Haunted houses this year include D.H. Baggum’s Circus of Fear, Stranglewood Estate, and more. 


The Haunting of River Ranch at Westgate River Ranch – Worth the Drive

  • Open Now till Nov 4th, every Friday & Saturday.

For a memorable family adventure that combines thrills and the spirit of Halloween, look no further than Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo’s newest event, “The Haunting of River Ranch.

This seasonal extravaganza promises an unforgettable evening. Begin your exciting night by joining a haunted hayride that will take you through uncharted territory at the ranch, unveiling a spine-tingling tale that will send shivers down your spine. Hold hands with your loved ones as you navigate twists, turns, and eerie encounters.

For those seeking even more excitement, dare to enter the haunted house, where bravery becomes a shared experience. Make this Halloween season unforgettable with your family at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo’s “The Haunting of River Ranch.” It’s a spooky adventure, especially for older kids.

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Hayride at Haunting of River Ranch – image by Tim Meyering

UNdead in the Water: SOS in Tampa

  • Friday and Saturday nights from September 22-October 28, 2023
  • Recommended for: ages 12+
  • Cost: $20 per person
  • Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and have to be in line by 10:30 pm. All tickets will be sold online

Hop aboard a WWII ship for this haunted attraction on the water. Immerse yourself in the action aboard the ship, where few surviving members of the crew talk of a haunting female ghost aboard the ship. Also new this year is the location, which has moved to Sparkman Wharf. This is truly one of Tampa Bay’s most unique Halloween experiences.

7+ Spookiest Haunted Houses Around Tampa Bay!
Image Credit: UnDead In the Water

The Haunted Farm at Raprager Pumpkin Festival in Odessa

  • September 22-November 19, 2023 on select days
  • Cost: Festival admission $16.95

The 5,000 square foot Haunted Barn at Raprager Family Farm’s Fall Festival is fun during the day and gets extra spooky at night when the monsters come out after 6 pm! There are other fun things to do as well including the pumpkin patch, petting zoo, and more.


Wycoff’s Haunted House at Fearville at DK Farms in Largo

  • October 12-31 on select nights from 6 pm-10 pm
  • Cost: Tickets start at $27

Experience Wycoff’s haunted house which DK Farms says is bigger than ever and then continue the thrills with a walk along the scary trail, and hay ride, plus step right up to the Oddville Circus of the Strange and Macabre. Additional entertainment includes fire performers and acrobats. Or you can brave the mechanical bull.


Huboween Haunted Drive-In at Starkey Park in New Port Richey

  • October 27 and 28 from 6 pm-10 pm
  • Recommended For: All ages
  • Cost: $25 per vehicle

This haunted happening is a drive-through so no need to get out of your cars! From zombies to ghouls to ghosts, you can take a haunted drive through the woods. The first 500 cars each night also gets a bag of candy!


Field of Screams: Beyond the Bayou in St. Pete

  • October 27-29, and 31, 2023
  • Recommended for: ages 18+
  • Cost: $10 

Beyond the Bayou will take you on a deep dive into the heart of the swamps’ past where the whispers of rituals and spirits linger. Embark on an immersive journey through the eerie landscape, surrounded by twisted gardens and murky waters as you uncover haunting legends that have woven themselves into a mysterious realm.


Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail in Plant City

  • September 29-November 4, 2023
  • Recommended for: ages 12+

Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail was ranked the Top Haunted Attraction in Florida by I-4’s premier fear park includes 3 haunted trails, an escape game, laser tag, live entertainment, food vendors, merchandise and more. You can take your date to Sir Henry’s in Plant City any Friday, Saturday or Sunday in October for a fun Halloween experience you’ll remember. Tickets must be purchased in advance.


Scream-A-Geddon in Dade City

  • Select nights, September 8 – November 4, 2023
  • Recommended for: adults and teens

Tampa Bay’s premier horror has thrills like Monster Midway including a creepy beer garden with food and beverage options. In addition to these park enhancements, SCREAM-A-GEDDON will offer six haunted attractions as well as interactive elements including roaming sinister characters and more.


Tunnel of Terror Haunted Car Wash

  •  Pinellas Park: October 27-28 from 7 pm-10 pm (7600 US 19 North)
  • Spring Hill: October 20-21 and 27-28 from 7 pm-10 pm (4085 Mariner Blvd)
  • Cost: $20 in Pinellas Park and $25 in Spring Hill

Yes, you read that right. A haunted CAR WASH. Every year, Tommy’s Express Car Wash transforms several of their national locations into a haunted wash for two days only and this year, four of them are in Florida (two of them in Tampa Bay!). Guests can get their cars washed while being spooked by ghouls and ghosts as they drive through the Tunnel of Terror. So, go get your car all squeaky clean…if you dare. Prices vary.



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