2018 Sarasota Halloween Events
and Haunted Houses

Here's my annual list of Sarasota Halloween Events, Haunted Houses and Festivals around the sun coast area. Have Fun!



October 5, 2018: Experience a Victorian Themed Funeral with grieving widow and fellow mourners where you can also take part as a mourner. This theatrical experience is a spooky but fun look into the history of the Victorian era. It takes place in Mary's Chapel and there are two tours. The 7 p.m. tour is recommended for families. There's also one at 9 p.m. Seating in the chapel is limited and reservations are required. Again on Oct. 19. (941) 966-5214. Historic Spanish Point Mary's Chapel. 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL. Tickets and more info.

October 6 - 7, 2018: The 30th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest features hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, mini train rides, a petting zoo, a costume contest every Saturday at 1 p.m. by the stage and more including live music starting at noon. Lots of Halloween decorations for sale, too, from scarecrows to hay bales. Food available for purchase. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Additional dates are:10/13 - 10/14, 10/20 - 21, & 10/27 - 10/28.  Free admission and parking. East of I-75 off exit 210, on the right. 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota.

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October 12, 2018: Historic Spanish Point hosts its Ghost Hunting Tours: A Walking tour featuring “un-living” encounters with history and spooky surprises at: 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. It's a night-time investigation of the spooks, specters, and other ghostly activities of Spanish Point’s 30 acre outdoor museum. This tour will both frighten and entertain your family. (appropriate for kids ages 8 & up). Also again on Oct. 26. Historic Spanish Point, 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey. (941) 966-5214, ext. 2600 for reservations. Tickets and more info.

October 13, 2018: Enjoy the Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular with the whole family at Ed Smith Stadium! Come out to enjoy a movie, games and a Halloween costume parade with the Orioles' bird out under the stars. Halloween fun will also include a family-friendly Halloween-themed movie, Hocus Pocus, shown on the outfield video board. Bring your blanket for outfield viewing or watch from stadium seating. Concessions available. Coolers are not permitted. No strollers, lawn chairs or high heels allowed on the field. Open to all ages, kids under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Gates open at 5 p.m. Children's games, activities and photo ops from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Costume parade around the bases at 6:40 p.m. Movie starts at 7 p.m. Admission is one non-perishable food item per person to benefit All Faiths Food Bank. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota, FL. More info: 941-861-5000.

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October 13, 2018: Enjoy a Halloween Candlelight Tour at Gamble Mansion Historic State Park.This is a family friendly event with children receiving treats at the end of the tour. Halloween costumes are encouraged, but NO SCARY OR BLOODY costumes will be allowed. Visitors will tour the mansion by candlelight and see its many rooms decked out in the Halloween spirit. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tickets for this event are $6.00 per person (Cash or Check Only) and are available at the Gamble Plantation office. Children 5 years and under are free. Space is limited to 500 people so get your tickets early. Gamble Plantation is located on US 301 in Ellenton, approximately one mile west of I-75 (exit 224). 941-723-4536. Gamble Plantation Historic State Park. 3708 Patten Ave., Ellenton, FL. (941) 723-4536. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 13 - 14, 2018: Get into the 27th Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival featuring fun for all including craft booths, live music, pioneer trades village, scarecrow displays, pumpkin games for charity, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, frog jumping championships, kids train ride, fresh roasted sweet corn, rock climbing wall, face painting and more. Additional dates: Oct 20 - 21 and Oct  27 - 28. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission $10, kids 12 & under free, parking $5. Hunsader Farms: C.R. 675, halfway between S.R. 64 & S.R. 70, 10 miles east of I-75. Heading north on I-75 from Sarasota take exit 217A or heading south on I-75 take exit 220. 941-322-2168.Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 13 - 14, 2018: The 30th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest features hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, mini train rides, a petting zoo, a costume contest every Saturday at 1 p.m. by the stage and more including live music starting at noon and more. Lots of Halloween decorations for sale, too, from scarecrows to hay bales. Food available for purchase. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Additional dates are: 10/20 - 21, & 10/27 - 10/28. Free admission and parking. East of I-75 off exit 210, on the right. 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota.

October 14 - 15, 2017: Join thousands at the 4th annual DeSoto Pumpkin Festival in Arcadia which will offer families with children of all ages an opportunity to enjoy an affordable and fun-filled experience and all things pumpkin! This year take in new thrills at the event including: Zip Lines, Costume Contests, Local Company Demonstrations, Business and Craft Vendors, Amazing Cuisine, Pony Rides, Carnival rides and games, art & crafts, Live entertainment, delicious food vendors, pie eating contest, FREE hay rides, safe trick or treating, pumpkin patch, pumpkin maze, over 50 Free Shows and more. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Location: DeSoto Veterans Memorial Park, 2195 NW American Legion Dr., Arcadia, FL  Click here for more info.

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October, 2017: They were unable to find a location for their 2017 event therefore there is no event in 2017 from Frightmares. Boo-Hoo! Frightmares, one of the area's largest haunted house attractions, has announced they will be Closed for 2016 Halloween Season. Frightmares is re-imagining its production and will re-open again in 2017. Frightmare's is one of the largest haunted attractions in Southwest Florida with over 12,000 square feet of terrifying, chest-pounding scares around every corner! Experience the most unique mix of horror and fun in Florida, with ghastly sights, horrifying sounds, terrifying FX and your worst nightmares brought to life. More info here.

October 19, 2018: Have fun at the 16th Annual Goblin Gathering and National Night Out at Manatee Counties' G.T. Bray Park. A costume contest, face painting, hay rides, bounce houses and more for the kids. A $5 wristband is sold for children to participate in activities. Parents are free. Several local businesses will be handing out treats and sweets and there will be food vendors also. 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. G.T. Bray Park,  5502 33rd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton. More info at: 941-742-5923. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 19, 2018: Experience a Victorian Themed Funeral with grieving widow and fellow mourners where you can also take part as a mourner. This theatrical experience is a spooky but fun look into the history of the Victorian era. It takes place in Mary's Chapel and there are two tours. The 7 p.m. tour is recommended for families. There's also one at 9 p.m. Seating in the chapel is limited and reservations are required. (941) 966-5214. Historic Spanish Point Mary's Chapel. 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL. Tickets and more info.

October 20, 2018: It's a Night of Fun, Fish & Fright at Mote Aquarium. Kids of all ages are invited to dress up in costume.Unearth shark teeth in “Coffin Creek," enjoy deep sea delights in the “Diner of the Dead" and take part in Mad Science experiments and activities. Don’t miss their signature underwater pumpkin carving in their spooktacular shark habitats! 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL. Click here for tickets and more info.

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October 20 - 21, 2018: Get into the 27th Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival featuring fun for all including craft booths, live music, pioneer trades village, scarecrow displays, pumpkin games for charity, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, frog jumping championships, kids train ride, fresh roasted sweet corn, rock climbing wall, face painting and more. Additional dates: Oct  27 - 28. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission $10, kids 12 & under free, parking $5. Hunsader Farms: C.R. 675, halfway between S.R. 64 & S.R. 70, 10 miles east of I-75. Heading north on I-75 from Sarasota take exit 217A or heading south on I-75 take exit 220. 941-322-2168. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 20 - 21, 2018: The 30th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest features hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, mini train rides, a petting zoo, a costume contest every Saturday at 1 p.m. by the stage and more including live music starting at noon and more. Lots of Halloween decorations for sale, too, from scarecrows to hay bales. Food available for purchase. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Additional dates are: 10/27 - 10/28. Free admission and parking. East of I-75 off exit 210, on the right. 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 23 - 27, 2017: State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, SCF, hosts its 10th Annual Haunted House. "Frightful Fables” will offer a scary twist on classic childhood fairy tales to anyone who dares to check in. Parents should be aware that even though there is not an age requirement for the haunted house, it may not be appropriate for younger children. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC), a nonprofit agency in Sarasota that serves victims of domestic and sexual violence and promotes a violence-free community through awareness and education. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. October 27: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $3 (cash only). Lakeside Pavilion at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL. 941-408-1476.

Publisher's Note: October, 2018: Usually held at this time of year, after 20 years, The Humane Society of Sarasota County has discontinued its Annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota



Sarasota Halloween Events and Haunted Houses

October 26, 2018: Historic Spanish Point hosts its Ghost Hunting Tours: A Walking tour featuring “un-living” encounters with history and spooky surprises at: 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. It's a night-time investigation of the spooks, specters, and other ghostly activities of Spanish Point’s 30 acre outdoor museum. This tour will both frighten and entertain your family. (appropriate for kids ages 8 & up). Historic Spanish Point, 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey. (941) 966-5214, ext. 2600 for reservations. Tickets and more info.

October 26, 2018: It's the 13th Annual Boo Fest Halloween Festival at Lakewood Ranch. The fest will be featuring Trick or Treating, the Spooktacular Maze, a spooky balloon artist, local dancers, music and more. Dress in costume for the Halloween Costume Contest and bring your trick or treat bag. Fun for kids of all ages. Food and drinks available for purchase. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Admission is Free. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL. Find out more information here. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 26 - 27, 2018: Take in the 6th Annual Haunted Trails of Oscar Scherer State Park if you dare!  A spooky haunted trail and haunted house for those who dare to be scared, a trick-or-treat trail for the younger or more cautious! Lots of activities for kids, costume contests, food, spooky sounds and more! A frightfully fun time for the howl family! Adults 13+ $10. Kids 6 - 12 $5, age 4 and under are free. 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., Oscar Scherer State Park, Rt 41, Osprey. Limited amount of tickets available beginning Labor Day 2018 at www.osspevent.com. More info at 941-483-5956.
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October 27, 2018: The 15th Annual Boo Run is a family oriented 5K run with a costume contest and awards. With over 1,200 runners and spectators expected, the race begins at 8:30 a.m. with a Boo Dash Kids Race at 7:45 a.m. All runners will receive a bib, t-shirt and a treat bag at registration. Costumes will be judged in these categories: Best Couple, Most Creative, Most Funny, Best Male/Female Kids Under 10. Day of race: late registration starts at 6:30 a.m. Race starts at 8:30 a.m. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL. More info by clicking here!

Sarasota Halloween Events and Haunted Houses

October 27, 2018: Hit a howl-in-one at the 3rd annual Tee Time for Tots, a Halloween-themed, family-friendly, mini golf fundraiser benefiting the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County. From toddlers and tweens to baby boomers and beyond, this benefit will have something for everyone. In addition to trick or treating at every hole, Tee Time for Tots will feature face-painting, a caricature artist, fun Halloween-themed games and more. Enjoy story time on a quilt under large oaks trees. Costumes are optional but will be a costume contest with prizes for all ages. Don't forget to check out their boo-tiful raffle baskets too! Each ticket includes one round of miniature golf, a slice of pizza and a beverage. All proceeds go toward childcare scholarships for children, under the age of 5, whose families qualify as low income. Online player registration (preferred) is requested by October 20, 2018. Same-day registration will be available. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Evie's Miniature Golf Center, 4725 Bee Ridge Road,  Sarasota, FL. $20 per player or $60 per foursome. Player registration and payment is available here.

October 27, 2018: Get into the spirit as the Main Street Live Downtown Street Party kicks off its new season with a Halloween Party and costume contest and it takes place on Historic Old Main Street in Bradenton from 5 p.m. - 12  a.m. with live music throughout the night. The event also features food and drink vendors and arts and crafts. Old Main Street will remain closed until midnight. No charge to attend. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 27, 2017: They're calling it Family Horror Night and it will feature a haunted hayride, games, face-painting and an outdoor movie for kids. Canned and boxed food items are being collected for South County Food Pantry. 6 p.m - 10 p.m. Spanish Point Restaurant and Tiki Bar, 135 Bayview Drive, Osprey, FL.

October 27, 2017: It's the 17th Annual Clancy's Halloween Party and Costume Contest with $500 in cash and prizes for best costume in the categories: Scariest, Funniest, Sexiest, Most Original and Best Dressed Couple. Live music from 6 p.m. - 2 a.m. No cover charge. Clancy's, 6218 Cortez Rd., West, Bradenton, FL.

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October 27, 2017: State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, SCF, hosts its 10th Annual Haunted House. "Frightful Fables” will offer a scary twist on classic childhood fairy tales to anyone who dares to check in. Parents should be aware that even though there is not an age requirement for the haunted house, it may not be appropriate for younger children. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC), a nonprofit agency in Sarasota that serves victims of domestic and sexual violence and promotes a violence-free community through awareness and education. 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $3 (cash only). Lakeside Pavilion at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL. 941-408-1476.

October 27, 2017: Enjoy a free screening of the movie Hocus Pocus along with free popcorn, Halloween Candy and costume contest with first prize being a kayak. 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Mandeville Beer Garden, 428 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, FL

October 27 - 28, 2018: Get into the 27th Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival featuring fun for all including craft booths, live music, pioneer trades village, scarecrow displays, pumpkin games for charity, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, frog jumping championships, kids train ride, fresh roasted sweet corn, rock climbing wall, face painting and more. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission $10, kids 12 & under free, parking $5. Hunsader Farms: C.R. 675, halfway between S.R. 64 & S.R. 70, 10 miles east of I-75. Heading north on I-75 from Sarasota take exit 217A or heading south on I-75 take exit 220. 941-322-2168. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 27 - 28, 2018: The 30th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest features hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, mini train rides, a petting zoo, a costume contest every Saturday at 1 p.m. by the stage and more including live music starting at noon and more. Lots of Halloween decorations for sale, too, from scarecrows to hay bales. Food available for purchase. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission and parking. East of I-75 off exit 210, on the right. 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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October 27 - 28, 2017: Check out Blood Jam, an annual 2 Day Music Festival, Haunted House and Blood Drive that benefits the SunCoast Blood Bank. DJs from the area will be playing hot dance music all night long mixing a blend of Hip Hop, Rap and Electronic Dance Music. Suncoast Blood Bank is the main beneficiary of this event by having the blood mobile on location with a Haunted House during the day called Alien Beach. The Suncoast Blood Bank's Bloodmobile will be outside the venue from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on October 28 before the event and everyone that donates blood will get Free Pretzel Stix from Ben's Soft Pretzels and FREE admission to the Haunted House. 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. Tickets start at $15. Central City Lounge & BJAM5 RADIO at 1945 17th Street, Sarasota, FL. Tickets and more info here.

October 27 - 29, 2017: Cast a spell of sights, sounds and tastes of fall at The 9th annual Manasota Pumpkin Festival at DeSoto Square Mall, sure to be entertaining and exciting for all ages. Festival Goers will be amazed by the new performances, pumpkin patch and maze, pie eating contests, free shows, family midway amusement area complete with rides, games, inflatable land, petting zoo and pony rides along with delectable food, craft vendors and a beer garden. In addition there will be free hayrides and safe trick or treating from vendor to vendor, live bands and more! 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. daily. DeSoto Square Mall, 303 301 Blvd W, Bradenton FL  Click here for more info.

October 28, 2017: The Bradenton Farmers’ Market is hosting Howl’ween, a pet costume contest and parade on Old Main Street. Dress your pet in its best Halloween costume and celebrate the fostering and adopting of animals by participating in a parade. Watch as lines of pooches strut down Old Main Street in Halloween costumes with their owners. Signup is at 10 a.m.; the pet parade is at 10:30 a.m. on Old Main Street; judging is at 11 a.m. Downtown Bradenton. (941) 621-6471

October 28, 2018: Enjoy the Selby Gardens Spooktacular with the whole family. With fun and not too scary festivities, bring your camera for pictures of your costumed family! Trick or treating and pumpkin decorating, fun and educational activities like seed planting, as well as more frightening (but not too scary) options for older children like a mad scientist experiment center. Children are encouraged to bring their own trick-or-treat bags to collect their goodies. Come in costume! 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Adults: $20, Children 4-17: $10, Members: Free. Members’ Guest: $10. Reciprocals:Free. 900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. Click here for more info. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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October 29, 2017: The Italian American Club of Venice hosts a Children's Halloween Bash for kids 10 and under. Child must be accompanied by an adult. There will be food, fun, prizes and Treats, not Tricks!   1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Compliments of The Italian American Club of Venice, 1375 Ringling Dr S, Venice, FL. More info: 941-485-5764.

October 31, 2018: Bring your little ghosts and goblins for a Safe Treats Halloween in Siesta Key Village. Look for participating members displaying orange and black balloons and pumpkin flyers in their windows in Siesta Village along Ocean Blvd. and the surrounding streets. Free. 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 31, 2017: Take part in the Community Trick-or-Treat Stroll, perfect for families with small children. There will be child-friendly decorations and friendly Villagers passing out treats. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Village of the Arts, 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 31, 2018: It's the 10th Annual Fright Night on St Armand's Circle for Halloween fun from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. There will be haunted store fronts, frightening characters around every corner and statues dressed in the Halloween spirit. Kids can trick-or-treat around The Circle with numerous shops and restaurants contributing to the Halloween spirit with customized promotions. A performance of "Thriller" will take place in collaboration with the Sarasota H.S. Drama Dept. about 8 p.m. St. Armand's Circle, St. Armand's Key, Sarasota, FL. Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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