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Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay: September 22 - October 29th (select nights)

Howl-O-Scream 7x5

For 19 select nights, the scares are everywhere at Howl-O-Scream 2017. Unspeakable terror lives at brand-new haunted houses, in every dark corner and even on Busch Gardens’ pulse-pounding thrill rides, including Busch Gardens’ newest spin coaster, Cobra’s Curse®.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay


Pirate Water Taxi: Select nights, October 6 - 31

River of Frights

Stay close to your fearless captain on this journey to uncover the dark secrets hidden amongst the waterways of Tampa. Travel along the haunted passes filled with the sights and sounds of the betrayed and undead. Brave your way through unexpected terrors lurking on the river, including live, interactive entertainment. 

Pirate Water Taxi



Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo: Fridays and Saturdays, October 6 - 28 

creatures of the night

Creatures of the Night returns with a bigger and better event for ghouls and goblins of all ages! Hoot, howl and hangout as the Zoo transforms into an eerie and immersive Halloween adventure for the whole family. No horror or gore, just spooks and startles for all! This is a Halloween event that doubles as a date night.

Pay for a day, rest of 2017 FREE! Regular priced tickets to the zoo include entry to the event. 

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo



Glazer Children's Museum: October 31, 2017 from 5-8pm​

Halloween Spree at the Glazer Children's Museum

$10 GCM Members | $15 General Admission
Enjoy spooky fun with a safe trick-or-treating alternative at Glazer Children's Museum! Includes: Museum play, trick-or-treating, special programs, costume parade, and more! 


Glazer Children's Museum


Tampa Theatre: October 20 - 31

Nightmare on Franklin Street

Back by popular demand, Tampa’s most historic – and most haunted – movie palace will present “A Nightmare on Franklin Street” series this October. Now in its freakish fifth year, the series will expand to include ghost tours and special screenings throughout the month, plus 12 nights of back-to-back classic horror films, creepy cult favorites, family-friendly frights, paranormal experiences and spooky special guests, Oct. 20-31.

Details and tickets will be available soon at TampaTheatre.org/Nightmare.

Tampa Theatre


Busch Gardens Tampa Bay: Weekends, October 7 - 29

Sesame Street

Elmo, Big Bird and other popular Sesame Street characters make Halloween more fun at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay, now expanded into four weekends throughout October. Kids can enjoy trick-or-treating, character parades, family-friendly dance parties and fall festival activities and games each weekend. Families can add on to their experience with upgrades including character dining and themed Paint With Me sessions.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay




The Florida Aquarium


Be whoever or whatever you want and trick-or-treat at The Florida Aquarium's Guppyween! With a safe and family-friendly setting, live entertainment and more than 20,000 animals, there's plenty of fun to go around!

Kids in costume: $10
Adults (12yrs and older): Regular Admission Pricing
Florida Aquarium Members & children under 2 get in free


The Florida Aquarium



Water Works Park to Cotanchobee Park, October 28, 4-7pm

Riverwalk Trick or Treat

Friends of the Riverwalk is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Tampa Riverwalk Trick or Treat Event presented by the Pirate Water Taxi which will be held on October 28th from 4-7pm all along the Tampa Riverwalk. This is a FREE community event where we invite children in costume and their families to come Trick or Treat on the Riverwalk as well as enjoy fun activities. Local organization and business will host candy/treat stations along the path. At the conclusion of the event we will host a movie (Ghostbusters) in Water Works Park thanks to our partners at Friends of Tampa Recreation. Or you can enjoy a family friendly Halloween themed Tampa Bay Lightning watched party in Thunder Alley at Amalie Arena.

Tampa Riverwalk



Escape Countdown

Boiler Room

Think you have what it takes to escape? 

At Escape Countdown we have created a special Halloween game that will challenge you to escape The Boiler Room. This limited edition, spooky escape game is only available during October, so reserve your escape today! Book online at www.escapecountdown.com, or call 813-327-7898.

After enjoying an exciting Halloween party, you and your friends decide to go and explore Tampa's abandoned boiler room. As you all enter the alley way leading up to the entrance of the boiler room, you soon discover that one of your friends is now missing. As everyone begins to panic, you all realize that your friend was  kidnapped by a mysterious stranger who has been secretly hiding out in the boiler room and conducting human experiments. You and your friends now have 60 mins to save your friend and escape from the boiler room before they become another failed experiment.

Ages 15 and up only

Escape Countdown