A Nightmare in Tampa: The Top Local Halloween Events


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 29 – October 30) 
Tampa Bay’s premier Halloween event returns with more scares and thrill than ever before. This year’s festivities will include 7 haunted houses: The Black Spot; Motel Hell; Circus of Superstition; Unearthed; Zombie Containment Unit 15; Death Water Bayou; Zombie Mortuary. By popular demand, roaming hordes are infesting Howl-O-Scream 2016 at an unstoppable rate and no one is safe. From their screeching welcome at the front gates to the eerie traps in the depths of the park, these scare squads are mercilessly recruiting for their growing mobs. Single night tickets are just $65.99 with special group rates available. The event runs every Thursday through Sunday, from September 29 – October 30. Click HERE for details. Busch Gardens, 10165 North Mckinley Drive.

 

Chamber of Terror Last Laugh Toy Company (September 30 – 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 30, October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 20-22, 28-31. The trail is open from 8pm to midnight each evening. Click HERE for tickets and more information. SS American Victory, 705 Channelside Drive.

 

Creatures of the Night at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo (October 7 – 29) 
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 7 through October 29 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.

 

LIZZIE – A Killer Rock Musical at Jaeb Theater – Straz Center (October 12 – November 6) 
Four women front a six-piece rock band to tell the story of Lizzie Borden, America’s favorite double axe-murderess and Victorian hometown girl-next-door. Borden was arrested and tried for the killing of her parents but, with no actual witnesses to the hideous crime, was acquitted. The murders remain unsolved making Borden an enduring pop culture icon. History tells us Lizzie was innocent, but the legend as chanted in schoolyards and playgrounds leaves no doubt about her guilt. Full of hot rock licks, riot-grrrl attitude, and gleeful gallows humor, LIZZIE has made Top 10 lists in New York, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, and is now ready to rock Tampa! The rock musical will be on the Tampa stage from October 12 through November 6. Click HERE for tickets and performance dates. Jaeb Theater at Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place.

 

A Night at the Museum – Tampa Bay History Center (October 16)
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. 16 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 3pm or 5pm. Click HERE for tickets, which range from $8-$12. Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street.

 

National Theatre Live Presents Frankenstein at Ferguson Hall – Straz Center (October 16)
Childlike but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, growing desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his maker and strike a terrifying deal. This filmed version of National Theatre’s live performance features Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein. Directed by Danny Boyle. Screens at 2pm on October 16. Click HERE for tickets. Ferguson Hall at Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place.

 

Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor (October 26)
Less Than Jake, Propaghandi, Off With Their Heads, A Wilhelm Scream, Mustard Plug and others will perform at this year’s Pre-Fest! Shows will take place at Crowbar, New World Brewery, Tequila’s and The Orpheum Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 27. Click HERE for tickets and details.

 

The March of the Pumpkin King – Ybor Historic District (October 29)
This year, be a part of Tampa’s Halloween Revolution and join the Pumpkin King in his inaugural march down 7th Avenue. You and thousands of supporters in costume will participate in the first ever people’s parade. The march begins at 7pm on October 29. Click HERE for details. Ybor City Historic District.

 

Guppyween at Florida Aquarium (October 29 & 30) 
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 29 and 30. 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 4:30-8pm. Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 West Gasparilla Plaza.

Written by Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian is the co-founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. He is also a Realtor® at Smith and Associates Real Estate. A marketing expert by trade, Dex has been witness to Tampa Bay's explosion to become one of the hottest regions in the nation.