Get your calendars out and start making some fun plans for you and your kids this fall between Pumpkin Patches, Halloween Events, Hay Rides and Fall Festivals in the bay area.
I can’t believe it’s already September! So many fun activities to do this fall with your family and here is a list of some of the things going on around the bay area. You can find something no matter where you live.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Select Nights through Oct. 31, various times
Take the kids to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park for a night of trick-or-treating with some of your favorite Disney characters and explore the attractions. Guests are encouraged to arrive dressed in costume. Click HERE for details
Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights
Select Nights Sept. 14 through Nov. 3, various times
Obviously, this is for your older kids. This year’s haunted houses include “Stranger Things”, “Halloween 4”, “Poltergeist”, and more! Flex tickets are available to allow visitors to decide what night is best for them. halloweenhorrornights.com
Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa
Select Nights Sept. 21 through Oct. 28, various times
Again, another event for the older kids. This is scary! Experience terrors around every corner at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and meet roaming creatures, explore new haunted houses and see live, interactive entertainment. www.buschgardenstampabay.com
Harvest Holler Corn Maze in Polk City
Between September 21st and November 11, 2018
Monday-Thursday- Reservation Only
Friday 4-8 P.M.
Saturday noon-8 P.M.
Sunday noon-5 P.M.
Stroll the fields of this year’s corn maze at Harvest Holler Farm and check out the pumpkin patch, go on a hay rides, and meet up with live farm animals. www.harvestholler.com
SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular
Weekends Sept. 22 – Oct. 28, During Normal Park Hours
Dress up the kids in their favorite Halloween costume and take part in trick-or-treating at SeaWorld Orlando. Your favorite Sesame Street characters are there too like: The Count, Elmo, Abby and others and see them in “Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween.” Other Halloween fun includes Penelope’s Garden Party, Pets Ahoy Halloween and Halloween Dance Party. This event is included in park admission. www.seaworldorlando.com
Hyde Park Village Fall Festival
Sept. 29, 5-9 P.M.
The village festival returns this year and will once again benefit High Risk Hope! This family-friendly event is free and parents you can even have craft beer and food (not for free) Live entertainment, games and even a pumpkin patch!
Minion Corn Mazes at HarvestMoon Farm
Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, Nov. 3-4
Explore HarvestMoon Farm’s five acres in Masaryktown. Check out corn maze and a 70-foot jumping pillow, cow train ride, mineshaft slide, pumpkin bowling and other Halloween-themed games. Check out the pumpkin patch, expanded petting farm, tree house and live entertainment. Tickets are $11.95 plus tax for ages 3 and older. www.Harvestmoonfl.com
Sweetfield Farms Fall Corn Maze and Farm Activities
Sept. 29-30, Oct. 6-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-29, Nov. 3-4 various times
Check out the corn maze fun at Sweetfield Farms in Masaryktown. They also have Pitcher Pump Duck Race, hay rides, farm animals and storytelling. Lemonade and apple cider too! www.sweetfieldfarms.com
15th Annual Pumpkin Palooza Fall Festival in St. Pete
October 6, 11 am-4pm
Pack up the whole family for a day of fall fun at this GWFC St. Petersburg Junior Woman’s Club event held at Northside Baptist Church in St. Pete. The event offers a pumpkin patch, kids’ games, face and hair painting, inflatables, food and treats, arts and crafts vendors, and more. Admission is free. www.gfwc-spjwc.org
Fox Squirrel Corn Maze in Plant City
Weekends Only October 6-28, 2018
A family-friendly day of games and activities at Fox Squirrel Corn Maze in Plant City. Try your luck in the corn maze, check out fun duck races, challenge friends to a game of cornhole or badminton, or even try Dummy Steer Ropin’ and shop for a pumpkin in the patch. Free parking. Maze cost is $11 plus tax for adults and $10 plus tax for children ages 3-17. www.futchentertainment.com
Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa at Lowry Park
Fridays and Saturdays starting Oct. 6-28 until 10 PM
Check out ZooTampa for all the Halloween events. Ghouls and goblins of all ages can watch the zoo transform into a Halloween adventure for the whole family. Creatures emerge at dusk with startling surprises but not scary for the little ones. Guests are encouraged to arrive dressed up in their best costumes! www.zootampa.org
Brick or Treat at LEGOland Florida
Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, 31, various times
Enjoy a Halloween party built just for kids at LEGOLAND in Winter Haven. Kids can enjoy spooky, kooky LEGO building activities, trick-or-treating, meet-and-greets with spooky characters and themed fireworks. www.legolandflorida.com
Scarecrow Festival at the Pioneer Florida Museum in Dade City
Oct. 13, 9 AM- 5 PM
Take part in fall games and activities as a family at Pioneer Florida Museum and Village in Dade City. Paint a pumpkin, make a scarecrow, visit the petting zoo, pose for a photo with a scarecrow, touch a truck, get your face painted and go on carnival rides. Stay for The Great Pumpkin Drop at 1 p.m. Admission is $5. Children younger than 5 are free. No pets, coolers, food or beverages allowed. www.pioneerfloridamuseum.org
Wesley Chapel Fall Festival
Oct. 27-28, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Gear up for autumn fun as this popular Wesley Chapel festival returns to The Grove. Live music, arts and crafts, fall foods and beverages and a special Halloween celebration. Saturday night, stay until 4pm for Trunk or Treat. Festival carnival will be open until 10 p.m. www.simplyeventsfl.com
3rdAnnual “Riverwalk Trick or Treat”
Oct. 27, 4-7 p.m.
Come on out to the Tampa Riverwalk for an evening full of Trick or Treating! Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes to partake in this FREE event. Local businesses and organizations will be handing out candy! Stay for the Halloween movie that will be playing in Water Works park hosted by Friends of Tampa Recreation. (Family Friendly)
7thAnnual Fantasma Fest in Centro Ybor-Little Monsters Pumpkin Patch
Oct. 27, 11 am-3 pm
Ybor City invites you for this annual family-friendly event in Centro Ybor! Face painting, treats and PUMPKINS! Kids can choose from 2,000 free pumpkins in the Little Monster’s Promenade & Pumpkin Patch. Be sure to claim your free pumpkin ticket before you go: https://fantasmafest-pumpkinpatch.eventbrite.com.
Owl-O-Ween at McGough Nature Park in Largo
Oct. 26, 6-9 p.m.
A spooky nature trail, a raffle, candy and toasted marshmallows and ghost and goblins are on the agenda for this night in McGough Nature Park in Largo. Cost is $5 per person. For more information call 727-518-3047.
Dunedin Halloween Happenings
Oct. 27, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Get together with friends and family for a haunted hayride, carnival games, costume contests for all ages, DJ music and more at Highlander Park in Dunedin. Kids can have fun with crafts, bounce house, Boo in the Zoo and a Little Goblins Hayride. Cost is $5 parking, $10 for Haunted Hayride and $10 for a wristband for children’s activities. For more information: 727-812-4530
Halloween Magic and Spook Show Spectacular in New Port Richey
Oct. 20 and 27th@ 2 PM
Prepare to be dazzled by magic, mentalism, illusions, escapes and dangerous, spooky and bizarre tricks at this special event at Merlin’s Theatre in New Port Richey. Advance tickets are $17.50 adults and $12.50 children 12 and younger. More info: www.visualmagicshop.com/events
A Nightmare on Franklin Street at Tampa Theatre
Oct. 19-31, various times
Explore Tampa’s most historic – and most haunted – movie palace as part of this popular Halloween event returning to downtown Tampa. Also check out ghost tours throughout October plus 12 nights of back-to-back classic horror films, creepy cult favorites, family-friendly frights, paranormal experiences and spooky special guests. This year there will be a special presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show! This is for the older kids. www.tampatheatre.org/Nightmare.
Mom and Dad… This one is for you… after entertaining the kids….I think you deserve a little fun too
8th Annual Oktoberfest in Tampa
Oct. 12-14, various times
Celebrate all things German — German music, dance, food and fun — Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. Event features games and competitions all weekend long. Festival is open 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. www.oktoberfesttampa.com