Halloween 2020: List of local events

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Local communities and locations in the Tampa Bay area are planning Halloween events amid ongoing social distancing guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Sept. 25, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the state will be moving into Phase 3 of reopening, potentially allowing for more Halloween events to be scheduled moving forward.

The CDC has recommended no trick-or-treating, crowded parties or indoor haunted houses take place this year due to the risk of COVID-19.

Below is a list of events currently planned.

If you have a local Halloween event to be added to this list, please email online@wfla.com.

Hillsborough County:

Tampa Riverwalk Lighted Halloween Boat parade

Riverwalk Halloween Hunt

  • Available Oct. 17 to Nov. 1, can be played at any time
  • Individuals, teams to compete to solve riddles, puzzles and tasks
  • Mobile app needed to participate
  • Further details to come

Sylvan Ramble Lights

  • Varying show dates at varying times throughout Oct.
  • 4412 W Sylvan Ramble St, Tampa
  • Family-friendly Halloween light show lasts around 20 minutes
  • Tickets available

Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail

  • Open select nights in Oct. from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • 2837 Frontage Rd S, Plant City
  • Tickets available

Ybor City Ghost Tour

American Victory Ship & Museum’s UNDead In the Water

“Creatures of the Night” at ZooTampa

“Haunted Wharf,” Sparkman Wharf haunted maze

  • Oct. 15 – Oct. 16, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa
  • Tickets available

Pirate Water Taxi Haunted River Tours

  • Every Friday-Sunday in October
  • Cruise times 6:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 9:15 p.m.
  • Depart from Tampa Convention Center
  • Tickets available

Pasco County:

Pasco Sheriff’s Office Trunk or Treat

  • Oct. 30, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Oct. 31 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • 15362 Alric Pottberg Rd, Spring Hill

Spooktacular at Avalon Park

  • Oct. 24, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • River Glen Blvd, Wesley Chapel
  • Costume parades, haunted houses and more
  • Event is free and open to the public

Two Sisters Ranch Spooktacular Halloween Trunk

  • Oct. 30, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 27435 Hanlon Terrace, Dade City

Pinellas County:

Great Explorations Children’s Museum’s Halloween Hooplah

  • Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., noon to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 1925 4th St N, St. Petersburg
  • Fall activities including a monster dance party, crafts, mini hay bale maze, pumpkin picking and painting and more.
  • Tickets available

Largo “Howl O Train”

  • Oct. 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Largo Center Park, 101 Central Park Drive
  • Registration available online or at any Largo recreation facilities

Largo “Drive O Ween”

  • Oct. 30, beginning at 6 p.m.
  • Largo Center Park, 101 Central Park Drive
  • First 1,000 children, ages 2-years and older will receive a goodie bag of candy
  • Non-perishable canned/boxed food donations for High Point Neighborhood Family Center accepted

Manatee County:

Manatee County’s 18th annual Goblin Gathering

  • Oct. 16, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • GT Bray Park, located at 5502 33rd Ave Dr, West Bradenton
  • Free, drive-thru only trick-or-treating event

Sarasota County:

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office drive-thru Halloween

  • Oct. 30. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • 6010 Cattleridge Blvd
  • The sheriff’s office is holding a drive-thru Halloween event at the agency’s headquarters. Deputies will display their vehicles and hand out candy, agency memorabilia and more. Participants are asked to stay in their vehicles and wear a face covering.

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