The Tampa Halloween Guide
List of the best spooky, scary, and terrifying Halloween-themed events happening all over Tampa this Month.
Nightmare on Franklin Street
Join the Tampa Theatre for a screenings of the best horror films ever made. Click HERE for a full schedule.
Monday, October 10
Cena’s Michael Buttacavoli at Epicurean Hotel
On October 10th, the Epicurean Theatre will welcome back special guest, Chef Michael Buttacavoli from Cena for a mouthwatering, three-course Italian meal. Cena is a popular and modern restaurant located in the Grand Central building at the heart of the vibrant Channel District in Tampa. Runs from 7-9pm. Click HERE for tickets. Epicurean Hotel, 1207 South Howard Avenue.
Tuesday, October 11
Korn at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
Korn and Breaking Benjamin perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater this Tuesday. Gates open at 6pm. Click HERE for tickets. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater, 4802 US 301.
Wednesday, October 12
NEEDTOBREATHE at USF Sun Dome
NEEDTOBREATHE is a GRAMMY®-nominated, American Rock ‘n’ Roll Band from South Carolina, effortlessly woven from the musical traditions of their upbringing in the Deep South of the United States. Comprised of brothers Bear Rinehart (vocals, guitar) and Bo Rinehart (guitar, vocals), Seth Bolt (bass, vocals), and Josh Lovelace (keys, vocals), the band signed to Atlantic/Lava/Word Records and quickly achieved cross-genre success via five studio albums and innumerable headline tours. They perform at the USF Sun Dome this Wednesday. 7pm. Tickets are $30.50-$50.50. USF Sun Dome, 4202 East Fowler Avenue.
Reggae Night with Jahfari at Skipper’s Smokehouse
Jahfari is an eclectic mix of musicians trained in the art of Jammin’! This five piece band plays a wide range of reggae genres from ska to rock steady, and roots reggae to dancehall. Coming from the far reaches of the globe this quintet brings international flavor to every show. Begins at 8pm. FREE. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road.
LIZZIE – a killer rock musical at Jaeb Theater
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 show will be on stage from October 12 to November 6. Click HERE for tickets and showtimes. Jaeb Theater at Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place.
Thursday, October 13
Thirsty Thursday Jam Session and Lightning Watch Party at 81Bay Brewing
Hockey is back and the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Detroit Red Wings for the home opener. Can’t make the game? 81Bay has got the party covered and will be raffling off a pair of tickets so you can catch one in person. The game will be on all TVs and projectors. Each time you purchase a Lightning Lager you’ll be entered into the raffle to win hockey tickets for the Oct. 20 game against the Colorado Avalanche. Plus, enjoy live music by Forrest Hoffar. Party runs from 4-10pm. 81Bay, 4465 West Gandy Boulevard.
Grateful Dead Nite with Uncle John’s Band at Skipper’s Smokehouse
Uncle John’s Band was formed in 1989 in Clearwater Florida from a combination of talented musicians who love to play the music of the Grateful Dead. The purpose of Uncle John’s Band is to recreate the atmosphere and musical adventure of a live Dead show. Begins at 8pm. FREE. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings
The Lightning face the Red Wings at Amalie arena. Puck drops at 7pm. Click HERE for tickets. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive.
Friday, October 14
USF Fall Choral Concert
Join the Choral Studies program of the School of Music presents an evening of beautiful choral singing. Inside the acoustically superior concert hall and under the direction of visiting instructor of choral studies, Dr. J.A. Dungee, the wonderfully talented students of the choral studies program will present works representing a variety of style periods and genres. 7:30-9pm. $15. USF School of Music, 4202 East Fowler Avenue.
Stolen Rhodes and Scotty Bratcher
The Americana Rock artist Stolen Rhodes and blues guru Scotty Bratcher perform at Skipper’s this Friday. Show begins at 8pm. $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road.
The Third Kind at Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe
Brokenmold Entertainment presents The Third Kind at Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe. Begins at 9pm. FREE. Ella’s Americana, 5119 North Nebraska Avenue.
Decades Rewind at Ferguson Hall
Take a trip down melody lane with Decades Rewind, a retro extravaganza of more than 60 songs effortlessly blended into unique medleys from some of the most prominent decades in music history. From Zeppelin to ABBA, Decades Rewind will have you singing along and dancing in your seats on a magical, musical adventure you won’t forget. A portion of this engagement’s ticket sales will support Feeding Tampa Bay. 7:30pm. Click HERE for tickets. Ferguson Hall at Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place.
Heather McDonald at Improv Tampa (Friday through Sunday)
Heather McDonald is one of the most in-demand and multi-faceted comedians today, who not only juggles a career as a nationally touring stand-up, actress, and accomplished writer, but is also a devoted wife and mother…when the rest of her family isn’t driving her up the wall. She’ll perform at the Improv Friday through Sunday. Click HERE for tickets and showtimes. Improv, 1600 East 8th Avenue C-112.
Creatures of the Night — Eerie Family Nights at Lowry Park Zoo
As fall draws near, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo will transform into an eerie and immersive Halloween adventure for the whole family with the all-new Creatures of the Night. On Fridays and Saturdays, the Zoo stays open late and animals lurk in the night until 10 p.m. with a wide-range of Halloween-themed activities sure to have guests of all ages howling at the moon. No horror or gore, just scares and startles for one and all! Creatures of the Night is included with Annual Zoo Membership, the ZooperPass (pay for a day, come back all year tickets), and general admission tickets purchased on event days. 4-10pm, Fridays and Saturdays through October 29. Click HERE for details. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 West Sligh Avenue.
Belong Tour at USF Sun Dome (Friday and Saturday)
The BELONG Tour will make a two-day stop at Tampa’s USF Sun Dome on October 14 and 15. The tour will be headlined by Patsy Clairmont, Angela Davis, Jen Hatmaker, Sharon Irving, Shauna Niequist, and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Nichole Nordeman – a diverse group of highly sought after authors, speakers, and artists. Together, these women have authored nearly 30 books and have inspired millions of women through speaking engagements, blogs, television shows, musical artistry, and more. Click HERE for tickets and show details. USF Sun Dome, 4202 East Fowler Avenue.
Saturday, October 15
The Tampa Bay Whiskey Run — 5K, 10K & Shriners Half Marathon
In carefully planned and executed cooperation with the City of Tampa and The City of Clearwater, Xanadu Race Management presents “The Tampa Bay Whiskey Run 5K and 10K!” This inaugural event is limited to a FINITE 450 participants who will get the opportunity to become the first finisher’s in an organized race where you will run/walk in one of the world’s only opportunities to participate at a venue with water on both sides in beautiful Tampa Bay. This event will showcase two great counties and two great cities that are connected now not only with a causeway but with one of the most desirable fitness trails in the world. Begins at 8am. Click HERE to register. Whiskey Joe’s Tampa Courntey Campbell Causeway, 7720 West Courtney Campbell.
Ybor City Saturday Market
Operating since 2000, the Ybor City Saturday Market is the largest continually operating outdoor market in the Tampa Bay Area. Centered in Tampa’s Historic District, the market is one of the most popular shopping desinations for locally produced items unique to the Tampa Bay Area. Runs from 9am-3pm. FREE admission and parking. Pets welcome. 1901 19th Street.
Tampa Theatre’s 90th Birthday Celebration
Celebrate 90 years of cinema at the Tampa Theatre this Saturday! The Theatre will screen several classic films in honor of its birthday! As a nod to the Theatre’s opening night in 1926, tickets for each show are just 25 cents! Schedule: Hugo at 11:45am, The Artist at 3:15pm, The Cameraman at 7pm, Cinema Paradiso at 10:10pm. Click HERE for full details on the event. Tampa Theatre, 711 North Franklin Street.
A monthly display of local vendors! Featuring artisan food items, interesting crafts and more! 2-7pm. Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive.
USF vs UCONN at Raymond James Stadium
The Bulls face the Huskies this Saturday at Raymond James Stadium. Begins at 7pm. Click HERE for tickets. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 North Dale Mabry Highway.
Dance Gavin Dance at The Orpheum
The post-core band Dance Gavin Dance performs at The Orpheum this Saturday. They’ll be joined by Hail the Sun, Good Tiger, The White Noise and The Contortionist. Doors open at 5:30pm. Tickets are $18 for general admission, $35 for balcony seats. The Orpheum, 1915 East 7th Avenue.
March to the Match with Sticks of Fire
Join Sticks of Fire in this NEW game-day tradition! Cheer chant and March to the Match before the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the New Jersey Devils! March to the match leaves Channelside Bay Plaza at 6:15pm. Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils
The Lightning begin their quest for the cup this Saturday against the New Jersey Devils. The pucks drops at 7:30pm. Click HERE for tickets. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive.
Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Family at Skipper’s Smokehouse
Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils consider themselves a rock band, but have been winning the adoration of blues and Americana fans from across the U.S. and beyond. Powerful vocals and rootsy guitar work lay the foundation of a sound that is truly American. 8pm. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road.
Sunday, October 16
National Theatre Live presents Frankenstein at Ferguson Hall
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. Begins at 2pm. Click HERE for tickets. Ferguson Hall at Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place.
Amy Schumer at Amalie Arena
From the Peabody Award-winning show Inside Amy Schumer, to the Golden Globe Nominated film Train Wreck and her New York Times bestselling memoir The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Schumer has taken the comedy world by storm. She performs standup this Sunday at Amalie Arena. Begins at 7:30pm. Tickets start at $35.25. Click HERE for more details. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive.
Soul Circus Cowboys with The Bearded Brothers at Skipper’s Smokehouse
When the sum total is greater than the individual parts, it’s called “synergy” or in this case, “The Soul Circus Cowboys.” Their diverse life experiences and eclectic blend of musical styles combine to create a truly unique new band with a sound that is all their own. 5pm. $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road.