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Tampa named one of the top Halloween towns in the US

zombie and were wolf statues arranged on the waterfront
The Sail Plaza is ready for Halloween

It’s the spookiest time of the year, and Tampa knows how to celebrate. Haunted ships, ghost tours on a water taxi, a giant horror theme park, and a haunted carnival are just some of the ways you can celebrate the Halloween season in Tampa. For this, and myriad other reasons, Tampa was named one of the top cities to celebrate Halloween by Wallethub.

The survey looked at Trick-or-Treater friendliness, abundance of Halloween-related events for kids and adults, and Halloween weather. When you consider the fact that you can visit the largest pumpkin in Florida at Bearss Groves, enjoy a family-friendly corn maze, and watch spooky flicks under the stars in a pumpkin patch, it’s not hard to see why Tampa placed in the top 30.


a carnival scene. A merry go round is in the foreground, and a massive Ferris wheel is in the back
The Pied Piper Haunted Carnival

Wallethub compared 100 of the most populated cities across three categories to determine these rankings. Trick-or-treater friendliness refers to walkability, pedestrian safety, population density, and range of potential trick-or-treaters.

The study also looks at amusement parks per capita, pumpkin patches per capita, the number of candy/sweet shops in town, and forecasted Halloween precipitation. The forecast calls for trick-or-treating along the Tampa Riverwalk. If you need to indulge in some super sweet Halloween fun, make sure to partake in Tampa Theatre’s Nightmare on Franklin Street series.

a theme park at night with two workers dressed as zombies
Howl O Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

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