Jack-O’-Lanterns, costumes, and candy. Halloween season is here. Here’s your Tampa Halloween guide to the best spooky, scary, and terrifying Halloween-themed events happening all over Tampa this month.
Ybor City Ghost Tour
On the OFFICIAL Ybor City Ghost Tour you will hear spine-tingling stories about real people, history, folklore, and the ghosts that have made Ybor City their playground. Your guide knows where the bodies are buried. He will introduce you to: The illicit lovers sealed in the basement of the Orpheum Theatre; The terrifying story of Jose Luis Avellena Jr., who along with his disembodied nurse haunts the basement of the Don Vicente Inn; The long-deceased shopkeeper who still visits his office in King Corona regularly; The 8 – year old boy who drowned in the Cuban Club pool – but never left. Click HERE to make your reservations.
Busch Gardens Presents: Howl-O-Scream (September 22 – October 29)
Tampa Bay’s premier Halloween event returns with more scares and thrill than ever before. Unexpected terrors lurk around every corner, including hundreds of roaming creatures, new haunted houses and exciting live, interactive entertainment. As if that wasn’t enough, Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream is the only place to scream your way through Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark. Get ready for guts, gore and seriously sinister fun! The event runs every Thursday through Sunday, from September 22 – October 29. Click HERE for details. Busch Gardens, 10165 North Mckinley Drive.
River of Frights at Pirate Water Taxi (October 6 – October 31)
Stay close to your fearless captain on this journey to uncover the dark secrets hidden amongst the waterways of Tampa. Travel along the shadow haunted passes filled with the sites and sounds of the betrayed and undead. Brave your way through unexpected terrors lurking on the river, including live, interactive entertainment. River of Frights is an intense adventure and chilling cruise experience. For more info and to book your tickets click HERE.
Chamber of Terror Last Laugh Toy Company (September 29 – October 31)
Get out and experience Florida’s only nautical haunted attraction. Go deep into the hull of the SS American Victory as you try to escape the Captain Berwick and his super soldiers. This attraction will be open September 29-30, October 6, 7, 13, 14, 19-22, 26-29, 31. The trail is open from 8pm to midnight each evening. Click HERE for tickets and more information. SS American Victory, 705 Channelside Drive.
Nightmare on Franklin Street at Tampa Theatre (October 20 – October 31)
Back by popular demand, Tampa’s most historic – and most haunted – movie palace will present “A Nightmare on Franklin Street” series this October. Now in its freakish fifth year, the series will expand to include ghost tours and special screenings throughout the month, plus 12 nights of back-to-back classic horror films, creepy cult favorites, family-friendly frights, paranormal experiences and spooky special guests. Click HERE for details and tickets.
Creatures of the Night at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo (October 6 – 28)
Adventures await for the whole family during Lowry Park’s Creatures of the Night Halloween event. Wander into scare zones or encounter animals at night. Party the night away at a ghoulish dance party. No horror or gore, just scares and startles for one and all. As the sun goes down, glimpse into the nighttime habits of animals. New this year, Asia, Africa and Primate World are illuminated for night viewing. This event will run Fridays and Saturdays October 6 through October 28 from 4-10pm. The spooky fun is included with all day admission, or $19.95 after 4pm. FREE for Zoo members. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 West Sligh Avenue.
A Night at the Museum – Tampa Bay History Center (October 22)
This Halloween, trick or treat your way through history! As the Tampa Bay History Center winds down, the exhibits come alive! Catch pirates, explorers, Florida pioneers, and even the Ghostbusters sneaking around the galleries during A Night at the Museum, Sunday, Oct. 22 at the History Center. Families are invited to haunt the History Center while they trick-or-treat. A Night at the Museum will also include a costume contest for prizes along with crafts and games for kids. A Night at the Museum is open to children of all ages with adult companion, and there are TWO spooky sessions to choose from! Select either 2pm or 4:30pm. Click HERE for tickets, which range from $8-$12. Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street.
Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor (October 26)
Against Me!, Rainer Maria, Smoking Popes, The Lillingtons, Beach Slang, Teenage Bottlerocket, 88 Fingers Louie, A Wilhelm Scream, Off With Their Heads and others will perform at this year’s Pre-Fest! Shows will take place at Crowbar, The Bricks, The Dirty Shame, Tequila’s and The Orpheum Wednesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 26. Click HERE for tickets and details.
Guppyween at Florida Aquarium (October 28 & 29)
Join the Florida Aquarium for the only time they let wild animals, ghosts and princesses roam the Aquarium — Guppyween! Trick-or-treat among over 20,000 sea creatures, making for the perfect family-friendly Halloween event. Entertainment and treats will be provided, so come dressed in your best costume. Event runs from 1-5pm October 28 and 29. Kids in costume: $10 admission. Regular $24.95 admission for adults. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive.
Halloween Spree at Glazer Children’s Museum (October 31)
This spooktackular Halloween Spree is Tampa’s destination for family tricks or treats! Glazer Children’s Museum hosts the premiere safe, indoor, trick-or-treat spot for families on Halloween night. This isn’t your normal trick-or-treat event because it features more than just candy. Families play carnival-style games, win prizes, collect candy from stations, rock out to Halloween tunes and have fun with special guests. Runs from 5pm-8pm. Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 West Gasparilla Plaza.