Lighted Halloween Boat Parade, waterfront pumpkin patch announced for Tampa

Tampa loves a boat parade. Our haunted river tours are floating theatrical feasts for an intimate audience, but our lighted Halloween boat parade is a not-so-spooky spectacle for all to behold. It’s all part of a major Halloween celebration put together by the Friends of the Tampa Riverwalk. The 6th Annual Tampa Riverwalk Trick or Treat, presented by Banko Overhead Doors, Inc., returns October 29 from 4pm-7pm followed by a Halloween Lighted Boat Parade at 6:30pm along the Hillsborough River and a movie in the park at 7:30pm.

This free community event gives children and their families a chance to enjoy trick or treating along Tampa’s famed Riverwalk. All the fun takes place from Water Works Park to MacDill Park, with special activities along the way, including a costume contest for kids and pets sponsored by Nirvana Title Company at Water Works Park at 5pm.

More than 50 local organizations and businesses will host treat stations along the path as well as a pumpkin patch in Curtis Hixon 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.  


The fun continues with the 3rd Annual Lighted Halloween Boat Parade presented by Freedom Boat Club of Tampa Bay beginning at 6:30pm Join the community as we come together to help scare away pediatric cancer with this Halloween-themed version of Tampa’s much-loved boat parade tradition. Boaters are invited to register and show off their decorated boats. Registration is $100 per boat. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated boats with judging by pediatric cancer warriors.   

Viewing is available all along the Riverwalk, at The Sail Pavilion (approximately 6:30pm), Davis Island and Channel Drive (approximately 6:45pm) and Armature Works (approximately 7:15pm). Reserved seating is also available. The Lighted Halloween Boat Parade presented by Freedom Boat Club of Tampa Bay is made possible by Ballyhoo Media, Davis Island Yacht Club, Friends of the Riverwalk and the Tampa Cruis-A-Cade Club. 

Proceeds from the Lighted Halloween Boat Parade will go towards NPCF’s research to find a cure for childhood cancer.  


After trick or treating and the boat a parade, families are invited to stick around for a Movie in the Park at 7:30pm hosted by the Tampa Theatre. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and grab a good seat on the Curtis Hixon lawn and enjoy the computer-animated supernatural comedy, The Addams Family (2019).  

For more information, visit The Riverwalk’s website. To register for the Halloween Lighted Boat Parade, click here.  

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