The Halloween season is in full swing around the Tampa Bay area. Check out this list of what’s still happening for Halloween 2022.
Know about a fall or Halloween event that we should add? Email Kathryn.Deen@tampamagazines.com.
Sept. 25-Nov. 1, Thursdays-Sundays; and Mon., Oct. 31, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Busch Gardens: 10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612
Busch Gardens returns with 18 nights of Halloween thrills. Space and tickets are limited and must be purchased ahead of time, separate from park admission, starting at $45.
Sesame Street Kids Weekend
Oct. 8-30, Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 3 p.m.
Busch Gardens: 10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612
The theme park also has a kid’s Halloween weekend event throughout this month. Event tickets are included and sold with park admission.
Hyde Park Pumpkin Patch
Oct. 4-26: Mondays–Thursdays, 3 to 6 p.m.; Fridays, noon-6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sundays, noon-5 p.m.
Hyde Park Village: 1602 W. Snow Ave., Tampa, FL 33606
Hyde Park Village’s Pumpkin Patch is back for the month of October. All proceeds from pumpkins sales will be donated to The Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
Creatures of The Night
Sept. 30-Oct. 30, 4 to 10 p.m.
ZooTampa: 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
ZooTampa is hosting its annual, family-friendly Creatures of The Night event, including multiple Halloween scare attractions. Reservations and ticket purchases, starting at $35, must be made in advance to attend the event.
Horse Power Fall Fundraiser
Oct. 3–Nov. 1, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
8005 Racetrack Road, Tampa, FL 33635
The Horse Power Fall Fundraiser is back for Saturdays and Sundays in October. There will be pony rides, hay rides, farm animals, bonfires, games, playgrounds, live music and train rides. This is a cash-only event with tickets set at $15 (plus $1 for parking). All sales benefit the Horsepower for Kids, a non-profit petting zoo.
UNdead in the Water
Weekends, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
American Victory Ship & Museum: 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
Tampa’s nautical zombie apocalypse event is returning for a third year. Navigate through The SS American Victory Ship’s multiple decks of terror as you try to avoid the undead stowaways. UNdead in the Water is open on weekends throughout October by purchasing a $22-$29 ticket in advance.
Haunted River Tour
Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in October: 7, 8 and 9 p.m. departures
Tampa Convention Center: 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa
Join the Pirate Water Taxi on the Captain Jack II for a haunting tour around the Hillsborough River. The 45-minute tour will share Tampa’s spookiest ghost stories and most haunting history. Tickets are $20 for kids and $30 for adults and may be purchased in advance for a select day and time.
Oct. 30, 4 to 7 p.m.
Glazer Children’s Museum: 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602
The Glazer Children’s Museum will be hosting an indoor Halloween Spree. Children are encouraged to dress up in their most creative costumes for some spooky fun, including a costume parade, science experiments, the event’s annual pumpkin competition, and more. A sensory-friendly Halloween Spree will be held on Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as well.
An Eerie Evening at the Tampa Bay Hotel
Oct. 28-30 from 6-9 p.m.
Plant Hall: 401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606
Are you good at solving murder mysteries? With over 125 years of history, the former Tampa Bay Hotel will host a night of intrigue and scares. Transport yourself back into the 1890’s to solve some of these terrible crimes through clues and evidence scattered throughout the exhibit. Advanced purchase is required and intended for visitors ages 16+ at $25 for museum members, $35 for non-members.
Oct. 29-31, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Florida Aquarium: 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
Join the Florida Aquarium’s celebrations on Halloween. This is a family fun event, where you can explore your favorite sea creatures while dressed up in your favorite costume. Children (ages 3-11) dressed in a costume will receive a special Halloween treat. Tickets will be sold through the aquarium’s general admission.
Little Monster’s Pumpkin Patch
Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Centro Ybor: 1600 E. 8th Ave., Tampa
The annual The Little Monsters Promenade will be complete with trick or treating, music, pumpkins, characters, contests and lots of additional goodies. This is a free event, with ticket reservations required for a space in the parade.
Weekdays, 7 p.m.-11 p.m.; Weekends, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
27839 Saint Joe Rd, Dade City, FL 33525
One of Tampa’s favorite scare parks is open again this Halloween. With six different attractions, you chose your fright level experience. Tickets may be purchased ahead of time, starting at $35.
Tampa Riverwalk’s Trick or Treat / Halloween Lighted Boat Parade / Movie in the Park
Oct. 27: 4-7 p.m., trick-or-treating; 5 p.m., costume contest; 6:30-8:30 p.m., boat parade; 7:30 p.m., movie
From Water Works Park to MacDill Park, Tampa
These free, family events by Friends of the Riverwalk return with trick-or-treating along the Riverwalk, a costume contest for kids and pets at Water Works Park, a boat parade along the Hillsborough River and a movie (The Addams Family, 2019) at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. More than 50 local organizations and businesses will host treat stations along the path as well as a pumpkin patch in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Kids will receive complimentary treat bags at select locations along the Riverwalk (while supplies last). DJs, food trucks and photo ops will be in all three parks. Boat parade viewing is available all along the Riverwalk, at The Sail Pavilion (around 6:30 p.m.), Davis Island & Channel Drive (around 6:45 p.m.) and Armature Works (around 7:15 p.m.).
Oct. 28 & 29, 4-10 p.m.
615 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602
Sparksman Warf will be transformed into a haunted pirate shipwreck with “scary good food” and “BOOze.” With “silly spooks” for kids and “scary fun” for adults, it is an event for all ages. It kicks off Friday with professional breakdancers and a DJ dance party and ends with live music from Night Breakers on Saturday.
Pop-up BOOze Bar
Oct. 28-30: Friday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday noon to 9 p.m.
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park: 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
For three days of fun at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Downtown Tampa has partnered with Pop-up BOOze Bar to offer spooky fun cocktails by Dark Door Spirits. Each day offers a new treat to enjoy. Sip and walk the Fourth Friday as you enjoy art and culture from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and don’t forget the 7 p.m. BINGO game. Saturday, families can enjoy Trick or Treat on the Riverwalk from 4 to 7 p.m. and end the day with a showing of “The Addams Family” at 7 p.m. Enjoy Sunday Funday with football and costumes.