Fall is one of the best times of year. It doesn’t quite cool off in Florida like it does in Pennsylvania, but the weather has been beautiful lately! Halloween may be one of Mallory’s favorite holidays. I like it because of all the Halloween activities – Haunted Houses, Pumpkin Patches, Costume Parties, you name it! After living in the Tampa area for a little over a year we have learned that there is always a ton to do! And when it comes to Halloween Activities there are plenty! Here are what looks like the 10 Best Halloween Activities in the Tampa Bay area.
Arguably the most well known and popular Halloween activity would be Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens. Howl-O-Scream runs Thursdays through Sundays September 29- October 30. If you plan on going buy your tickets online before you go! If you purchase your tickets in advance you pay only $65.99, but if you wait to buy your tickets at the park you’ll pay $99.99 per ticket!
Mallory and I went to Howl-O-Scream last weekend and had a blast. All of the roller coasters stay open and there are 8 haunted houses to choose from. Lines can be long, so maximize your time by getting the Busch Gardens app where you can check wait times!
Scream-A-Geddon is a spot for people who love haunted houses! The horror park has 6 different attractions that will scare the pants off you. Two of the haunted houses offer an interactive experience to heighten the horror. In the interactive houses you can mark yourself, which may lead to being grabbed and removed from your group or sent to hidden areas for an extra scary experience. Scream-A-Geddon is open from October 1-November 5. Tickets range from $21-$38 and you save money if you purchase ahead of time.
One of Tampa Bay’s family friendly Halloween activities Creatures of the Night takes place Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month of October. Admission is $20 for Adults and Children, or free with an annual Zoo membership. There are 6 scare zones and treat stations located throughout the park. Definitely an activity for those who love a good scare and looking at animals too!
Take a walk through the haunted history of Ybor City. This exciting ghost tour has been rated as one of the best in the nation, and is highly recommended on Trip Advisor. Tours begin nightly at 7:30 and tickets are $25 for Adults and $10 for children 8-12. If you are in the mood for a nice walk, some scary ghost stories, and a little history you should definitely check it out!
From October 23rd to October 29th the Tampa Theater will be showing some of the scariest movies of all time including The Conjuring, The Exorcist, and several of the great Alfred Hitchcock’s classics. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the box office. If you love horror movies you should catch one of the greats at the Tampa theater!
2016 marks the 24th annual Haunted Woods at Hillsborough River State Park in Thonotosassa. The Haunted woods will run October 26th and 27th and will feature a costume contest, music, and refreshments. A family friendly event that is sure to be loads of fun!
On board the SS American Victory in Channelside you will have to make your way through the spooky ship to escape the horror of the Chamber of Terror. The Chamber of Terror is open Thursdays-Sundays in October and tickets are $25.
Rated Tampa’s scariest attraction the murder house is located in the heart of Ybor City. This 18+ attraction contains scenes of intense horror, gore and profanity. Go to get terrified and stay to party the Murder House has a full bar and operates Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month of October.
This outdoor haunted attraction is a mile long trek through the forests of Plant City. Sir Henry and other terrifying beasts will haunt you as you make your way through the trail. The Haunted Trail is open Friday-Sunday in the month of October and your ticket price of $25 benefits the Patriot Paws Organization.
For the dog parents like us out there, on October 27th the Loews Don Cesar Hotel will be hosting the 4th annual Howl-O-Ween bark bash and doggie costume contest. The event costs $40 per couple and includes a cocktail, doggie treats and pampering from the Spa Oceania. Visit loews.io/Bark or call the Humane Society of Pinellas at 727-797-7722, ext. 229 for reservations.
If I missed any of your favorite Halloween activities let me know in the comments below!