Halloween Fun You Won't Want to Miss on Florida's Gulf Coast

Halloween Fun on Florida's Gulf Coast

Just because you're at the beach, doesn't mean you have to forfeit all of the fall fun you know and love. There are plenty of Halloween festivities, activities and events happening on Florida's Gulf Coast. Here are a few of our favorites. We wouldn't want you to miss out, so be sure to check them out.

IRB Hallowfest

  • Kolb Park, Indian Rocks Beach
  • Saturday, October 24, 10a.m. to 2p.m.
Join us for the first annual City of Indian Rocks Beach kids' Hallowfest at Kolb Park. The Halloween hoopla abounds with pumpkin carving, face painting, bounce houses, games, a petting zoo, along with pony and train rides. Tame your little monster's appetite with treats (no tricks) including pizza, popcorn, cupcakes, and candy of course. Don't miss the 12:30p.m. showing of "Nightmare Before Christmas" in the Monster Theatre.

Halloween Costume for Winter

  • From the comfort of your own computerWinter Plush Halloween Costume Contest
  • Entries accepted until Wednesday, October 28, deadline 11:59p.m. (ET)

Create a Halloween costume for your Winter Plush to wear, then share it on Winterís Facebook wall using the hashtag #WintersCostume by the deadline. Based on creativity, the top 3 posts will be chosen and posted to Winterís Facebook page on October 29th at 5pm ET. The winner will be announced on October 30th at 5pm ET.

Twilight Glow 5K & Halloween Bash

  • Nature Preserve, Indian Rocks Beach
  • Friday, October 30, 6p.m.

Don't be afraid of entering this event! The Twilight Glow 5k Run/Walk Halloween Bash is fun for all ages and activity levels. Admission is $20.00, with $3.00 of each ticket going to the Herbalife Family Foundation for Underprivileged Children around the world.  Children under 12 years old can participate in the race for free.  There's a hydration station, as well as post recovery shakes, Halloween goodie bags and glow sticks for everyone. Registration begins at 6p.m. Come dressed up in your best and most creative costumes for this one!


  • Busch Gardens, Tampa
  • Thursday-Sunday through October 31, 7:30p.m.

The streets are swarmed with hundreds of roaming creatures, making escape nearly impossible. Chilling live shows combined with Floridaís top thrill rides in the dark promise to keep the screams coming all night. Come if you dare.

Howl-O-Scream starts at 7:30 p.m. each event night, but your ticket allows access to the park starting at 5p.m. This event is geared for adults and not recommended for children due to its graphic violent content, images and special effects.

  • Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa
  • Select days through November 1

Hey there ghouls and boys, this one's for you! This ZooBoo is all new, and itís just for kids! Ideal for the younger crowd, ages 11 & under,  this is a Halloween treat with just a few tricks. Go batty with extended hours and fright-free festivities like trick-or-treat stations, a crazy corn maze, kooky not spooky character appearances, jeepers creepers critter encounters, fun fall photo opportunities, Monster Mash groovy tunes and more. Plus, watch some of the Zooís animals have a smashing good time with pumpkin enrichments. ZooBoo KIDS activities are included with your admission or membership. Isn't that boo-tiful?

There you have it. When and where will we see you? Let us know, so we can say hello. Have a spooktacular Halloween on Florida's Gulf Coast!

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