Halloween Events in Sarasota & Manatee 2020


Are you looking for fun Halloween events? We have a full list, including family-friendly events and spooky options for adults and teens! Even though events are limited this year, several options!

Family-Friendly Events

Spooktacular Halloween Party!

Stage Door Studios; 4001 Cattleman Rd. Sarasota, FL 34233

When: Saturday, Oct. 31, Variety of time slots from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Child: $12, Adults: $5

Tickets include a professional photo in your costumes, great treats with indoor trick-or-treating (we provide you with a bag too!), dance to the “Monster Mash”, and participate in a variety of other family-friendly activities! Plus, plenty of FREE items from our community vendors!

Sun N Fun Events

Sun N Fun RV Resort; 7125 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34240
*Events subject to change. All activities weather permitting*

Funtoberfest Weekend

When: Friday, Oct. 2, 3:00 p.m – Sunday, Oct. 4, 8:00pm

Enjoy a weekend of family fun at the Sun n Fun Fall Carnival! Participate in painting pumpkins, or take a hayride! The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down! There will be a  dive-in movie, live music, and BOTH the Haunted House & Haunted Trail!

Frightfest Weekend

When: Friday, Oct. 9, 3:00 p.m – Sunday, Oct. 11, 8:00pm

It’s a spooky time of year as zombies and ghosts take over the park. Enjoy thrills and activities for the whole family during the day, but by night expect a truly frightening evening of fun after the sun goes down with our Haunted House AND Haunted Trail!

Witchfest Weekend

When: Friday, Oct. 16, 3:00 p.m – Sunday, Oct. 18, 8:00pm

Join Sun n Fun for witch games, monster mash party, hayrides, and more! You never know what tricks are up their sleeves! Also, the famous Haunted House AND Haunted Trail will be open!

Photo Credit: Alaina Elliott

Pumpkin Patch Fun with AG Bags

Agricultural Museum; Museum’s back door at 1015 6th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221

When: Reservations: Monday, Oct. 5 through Monday, Oct. 26, 5:00 p.m.
Pick Up: Tuesday, Oct. 27 and Wednesday, Oct. 28th from 11 AM – 1 PM and 4 – 7 PM.
Cost: FREE

The Manatee County Agricultural Museum has assembled 60 “Pumpkin Patch Fun with AG Bag” for FREE for families in the community. These bags are great for having some quality time with your kids! In each bag you will find crafts and projects, puzzles, learning materials, coloring pages, and more.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Sarasota Polo Club; 8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota, FL 34240

When: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.
Cost:$20 adult/ $10 student (under 24)/ $40 (Family 4-pack, must call the theatre to purchase)

On Oct. 17, 2020, just in time for Halloween, join The Players Centre for Performing Arts in this outdoor adaption of Washington Irving’s classic story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This is the Fourth Annual production held at the Sarasota Polo Club! Enjoy food trucks, a seating area for blankets, folding chairs, and some provided seating.

18th Annual Goblin Gathering

GT Bray Park; 5502 33rd Ave Drive West, Bradenton, FL 34209

When: Friday, Oct. 18, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Facebook Event

It’s the 18th Annual Goblin Gathering and this year it will be a drive-through only event. Please enter at 51st Street and exit at 59th Street. Drive-through participation and trick-or-treating is free. Several local businesses will be participating by passing out “treats & sweets” to participants, providing a safe alternative for children to trick-or-treat.

Photo Credit: Ashley Kimball

Halloween Workshop: Laser Etch a Pumpkin

Suncoast Science Center; 4452 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233

When: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $35 per registration which two children and one parent/guardian. Pumpkin Included!
Register Here

Carving a pumpkin is old news… Join the Fab Lab and LASER ETCH your pumpkin just in time for Halloween! We’ll use CorelDraw to make any design imaginable and then our high-tech laser cutter will etch the design in your pumpkin. Only 6 slots per hour due to COVID-19 social distancing.

Fright Night on St. Armands

St. Armands Shops and Restaurants; Sarasota, FL

When: Saturday, Oct. 31, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE
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For the “young and young at heart.” FRIGHT NIGHT! transforms St. Armands Circle from island sophistication to Halloween fun. Decorated store fronts set the stage for wandering spirits of St. Armands past; frightening characters appear around every corner amidst statues dressed in the Halloween spirit. Children trick-or-treat throughout The Circle with numerous retailers and restaurants contributing to the Halloween spirit with customized promotions.

Boo Fest

Premier Sports Campus; 5895 Post Blvd, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211

When: Saturday, Oct. 31, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE when registering in advance for LWR residents; $10 per ticket for non-residents

The annual Boo Fest will be happening, but with a smaller capacity, and organized in a socially distanced way.  Attendance will be capped at 250 people, and this venue will allow us to provide a large area to ensure social distancing and by having it in the daylight, reduce the chances of crowding and extra interaction. The Art & Soul Performing Arts stage will be home to dance performances, a ventriloquist show, and Spheres Bubble show, as seen on America’s Got Talent! The field in front of the Performing Arts stage will have pre-drawn “circles” for groups to congregate in a safe way.

Photo Credit: Maria Leyva

Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Tampa; 10165 N McKinley Dr., Tampa, FL 33612

When: Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 3 – Nov. 1
Cost: Check the website for special deals! *You must have reservations*

Enjoy contact-free trick-or-treating and a limited-time Halloween show every Saturday and Sunday in October for Sesame Street® Kids’ Weekends. There will be Trick-or-Treat Stations and you must purchase a reusable bag to participate. Plus, a new cookie decorating station ($14.99 per person)! After collecting candy, enjoy physically distant photo opportunities with Sesame Street friends like Big Bird, Oscar, and Count von Count in their finest Halloween attire.

Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld

SeaWorld Orlando; 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, FL 32821

When: Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 19 – Nov. 1
Cost: Check the website for special deals!  *You must have reservations*

Have no fear. Halloween’s still here! Get the costumes ready for the kids and kids at heart, because SeaWorld’s Spooktacular is back with all-new safety procedures. The trick-or-treat trail is stocked with candy and adventure. Kids can enjoy not-so-spooky fun with their Sesame Street friends and join them for a special Halloween breakfast! The park is alive with amazing animals and thrilling coasters. It’s a tricky year for Halloween. Treat your family to fall at SeaWorld.

Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa

ZooTampa at Lowry Park; 1101 West Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604

When: Fridays and Saturdays from Friday, Oct. 2 – Saturday, Oct. 31
Cost: After 4 p.m. passes range from $24.95 – $29.95 depending on the day

Tampa Bay’s number one family Halloween event, Creatures of the Night, returns this October with spooky scares and unforgettable eerie frights for ghouls & goblins of all ages. The mostly outdoor event will be modified with enhanced health & safety measures to ensure safe family fun. After 4 p.m., The Zoo transforms into an eerie and immersive Halloween adventure for the whole family. Creatures emerge at dusk with startling surprises around every corner. No horror or gore, just fun frights for all!

Photo Credit: Kristin Johnson

Spooky Events for Adults & Teens

Downtown Bradenton Ghost Tour

Paranormal Society of Bradenton; Tours leave from Riverwalk in front of Pier 22

When: Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Cost: Adults – $15; Children (6-12) – $10
Ages: 6+

Reserve your tickets for this 90-minute walking tour of downtown Bradenton early! Tickets are limited and they do not allow walk-ups. Tour guides will share documented and personal paranormal experiences from the downtown area. You’ll stop at 4 different haunted locations – Main Street, Hampton Inn, Manatee County Court House, and Manatee Players Theater (old location) and hear haunting stories of each. Participants are encouraged to take photos to try and catch spirit orbs.

Manatee Burying Grounds Tombstone Tours

Manatee Village Historical Park; Digital Event

When: “Tombstone Tour” is pre-recorded and will be available through video format on October 16, 2020 at 4:00 pm through November 1, 2020.
Cost: FREE

Manatee Village Historical Park is hosting “Tombstone Tour”, a digital event about the 1850 Manatee Burying Ground. Learn about the history of the cemetery, the meaning of tombstone symbols, and listen to some of the stories of those who were buried there.

The 1850 Manatee Burying Ground is the oldest public cemetery in Manatee County. It was the first burying ground for the Village of Manatee, which was the first established white settlement between Tampa and Key West, dating to 1842. The Burying Ground was in use from 1850-1892, with a few family burials occurring up until the 1960s.

Undead in the Water

American Victory Ship Mariners Memorial Museum; 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602

When: Oct. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 & 29-31
Cost: General admission – $15; Active military and veterans – $13
Ages: 12+

The SS American Victory is currently moored behind The Florida Aquarium in the Channel District. The Victory is a 1940s era steamship. This year’s haunted ship theme is Undead in the Water. It promises an interactive zombie apocalypse in a frightening new light. The premise behind this year’s frightening fun is that a zombie apocalypse has broken out all over Tampa Bay and the only safe place is aboard the SS American Victory.

Universal Orlando

Universal Studios; 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Cost: Check website for ticket pricing

Halloween Horror Night is canceled this year; however, there are still Scream All Day with two Haunted Houses. Check out Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives and Revenge of the Tooth Fairy.


Busch Gardens; 10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612

When: Select nights from Sept. 25 – Nov. 1, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Cost: Check website for ticket pricing
Ages: 13+

Tampa Bay’s premier Halloween event is preparing to return in a whole new way this fall with the 21st annual Howl-O-Scream. This year’s modified production will be unlike any other, including significantly enhanced safety and health measures at the core of the event. The event will be modified to feature open-air scare zones, limited-capacity admission with reservations required, and physical distancing.

Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event, available during 18 horrifying nights at Busch Gardens beginning Sept. 25 – Nov. 1, 2020, every Friday through Sunday.

Scream-A-Geddon: Florida’s Premier Horror Park

27839 Saint Joe Rd, Dade City, FL 33525

When: Sept. 13-14, 20-21, 27-29, Oct. 3-31, Nov. 1-2, from 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Tickets start at $21.95. Prices vary depending on the date.
Ages: Adults and teens; Guests must be at least 18 years old to ‘mark’ themselves for the interactive attractions.

If you’re in the mood to drive a little further than Tampa to get your pants scared off, then head to the rural town of Dade City and visit Scream-A-Geddon. Just heading off of the interstate and driving down the dark country roads of Dade City will get you in the mood to be terrified. Scream-A-Geddon offers something a little different from the other terrifying events mentioned.

At Scream-A-Geddon, you can opt to witness the horror or you can ‘mark’ yourself and become part of the attraction, too. If marked, the undead will touch you, grab you, possibly hold you back and separate you from your group, but that’s only an option for visitors over 18. There are several different attractions and not all of them offer the interactive option. You can also get food and drinks at their Monster Midway, but even that isn’t a scare-free zone.

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