Spooky season is upon us in St. Petersburg, Florida, and we have your guide to all of the best Halloween events from the fun to the scary and everything in between. We’ve also added in a few that are worth the drive in the greater Tampa Bay region to help you take full advantage of this ghoulishly good season. If you’re looking for more fang-tastic events check out the Halloween events guide on our sister site, thatssotampa.com.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
September 29 • 8pm
Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st St S
Join the original “Brad Majors”, Barry Bostwick, for a screening of the original unedited movie with a live shadow cast and audience participation. Plus, peruse a memorabilia display with artifacts and an actual costume from the movie, a costume contest, and more! Get tickets here.
Piertoberfest St. Pete
October 1 • 12pm–7pm
Spa Beach Park on the St. Pete Pier
You’re invited to the 3rd Annual Piertoberfest: an Oktoberfest celebration on the St. Pete Pier. Enjoy authentic German beers, food, a German Band, German dancers, and DJs. Test your might in their stein hoisting competition and participate in other outrageous Bavarian games. Free admission. VIP Tickets are available.
Halloween Decorations in Old Northeast
The month of October
The Old Northeast neighborhood has some of the wildest decorations in the city every Halloween. The most extravagant of which landing between 17th and 18th Avenues Northeast, between Locust Street and Beach Drive. The closer you get to October 31, the more decked out they are. With themes from Monster Mash to Jurassic Park to The Boston Scare-athon – you have to see these houses for yourself. Check out our article with photos from last year’s decor.
Hocus Focus – a new Halloween experience at Fairgrounds St. Pete
October 5–November 6
Fairgrounds St. Pete, 2606 Fairfield Ave S
Keep your eyes peeled for a limited-time activation including wearable glowing goodies and an eerie eyeball-themed scavenger hunt in this immersive art playground. Tickets are available for purchase here.
Fall Festival on the St. Pete Pier
October 7 & October 8 • 11am–7pm
Spa Beach Park on the St. Pete Pier
Kick off the fall season on the St. Pete Pier! Featuring family-friendly entertainment, activities, food vendors, games, rides, and the area’s only waterfront pumpkin patch.
Pumpkin Patch at the St. Pete Pier
October 7–October 15
St. Pete Pier, 600 2nd Ave NE
Experience the magic of fall at the St. Pete Pier Pumpkin Patch. Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin or simply eager to soak in the festive ambiance, the patch is open to all with no admission fee. Bring your camera, and let the memories last a lifetime!
Party for the Paws
October 14 • 6pm–9pm
Dog Bar St. Pete, 2300 1st Ave S
Get ready for Dog Bar’s annual doggie costume contest complete with raffles, adoptable dogs, live music, food truck, and more.
Hauntizaar 2023 – The Studio at 620
October 14, 10am–3pm
620 1st Ave S
If spooky makes your skin crawl (in a good way), this event is for you. The Studio at 620 promises to have the most creatively creepy vendors sharing their weird wares with event goers. While you’re there, have your tarot cards read! Admission is free.
Official Roser Park Ghost Tours & Halloween Block Party
October 21 • 6pm
Intersection of 6th St S and Roser Park Drive
Mark your calendars for Roser Park’s second annual Halloween block party! Joining the haunt is a paranormal investigator giving ghost tours through the neighborhood, a Halloween market, tarot readings, and spooky movies on the lawn! For more info on the ghosty bits, check out our article here.
Pups and Pumpkins Fundraiser
October 22 • 1pm–4pm
Pinellas Ale Works, 1962 1st Ave S
Puppare for a dog costume contest, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, Photo Booth, live music, and more all benefitting Safe Paws Rescue.
Field of Screams
October 27 • 6pm–9pm
9100 113th St N, Seminole
Hosted by the City of Seminole Recreation Department, Field of Screams is a family fun and fright night. Includes trick-or-treat street, a costume contest, carved pumpkin contest, carved pumpkin alley, munchkin mayhem, bounce house, and more. $7 activity wristbands will be available to purchase for the Bounce house zone and Munchkin Mayhem zone.
Haunted Hammock Hangout at the St. Pete Pier
October 28 • Starts at 6pm
St. Pete Pier
Coast to Coast Hammock Co. is bringing a night of fall fun to the St. Pete Pier featuring local vendors, music, a costume contest, food trucks and a Halloween movie showing at 7:30 PM. Wear your best Halloween costume for a chance to win a free Dynamic Hammock. Bring a blanket or rent a hammock stand to enjoy the movie in.
Silent Disco Halloween Party
October 28 • 8pm–11pm
3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd St S
Ghouls just want to have fun and if silent disco is your jam, this is your party. Three DJs. $10 for early bird tickets. $15 for general admission. Tickets include your headset for the night and a free drink to get the party started.
Halloween on Central
October 29, 12pm–5pm
Central Ave from 9th Street to 31st St
A two-mile street carnival, Halloween on Central is back after a wildly successful first two years. The sprawling event shuts down Central Ave to cars from 9th Street to 31st Street running from the EDGE District to the Grand Central District. It’s a massive showcase of all things St. Pete, as the streets and sidewalks are filled with food trucks, performers, artists, local makers and vendors, and neighborhood bars, restaurants, and shops showcasing their wares.
Worth the drive
September 8-October 31 • 7pm – Park close
Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa
Busch Gardens® Howl-O-Scream® returns in full force, taking over the entire park with haunted houses, scare zones, sinister shows, and more. Unspeakable horror lives in every dark corner, including on Busch Gardens’ pulse-pounding thrill rides. Howl-O-Scream is bringing fear to the next level and once you’re in there’s nothing to fear but everything.
September 8–November 4 • Opens at 7pm
27839 Saint Joe Rd, Dade City
Tickets starting at $31.95
6 attractions, 1 location. Enjoy amazing food and terrifying thrills at Scream-A-Geddon. Enjoy a 3D scare zone, and a zombie paintball field. The venue also includes the Monster Midway food area, plus Bonzo’s Beer Garden.
A Night at The Museum – Tampa Bay History Center
October 22 • 4pm-7pm
801 Water Street
When the museum closes, its exhibits come to life. At this family-friendly Halloween event, guests will enjoy trick-or-treating in the museum galleries along with a costume contest, photo opportunities, crafts and games, and special characters roaming the museum.
13 Ugly Men: The Halloween Party
October 22 • 8pm–12am
The Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa
Join thousands of Tampa’s best-dressed in costume as they party for a purpose. This year, the party benefits the One Voice Foundation. Get ready for a unique, spooky indoor and outdoor party at the sometimes haunted Cuban Club in Ybor City. Get tickets here.
The 32nd Annual Pumpkin Festival at Hunsander Farms
Weekends from October 14–29
5500 County Road 675 E, Bradenton
The 32nd Annual Pumpkin Festival at Hunsader Farms is a must! Every day of this autumnal extravaganza includes a craft show, live music, hayrides, pony rides, a corn maze, scarecrows, petting zoo, so much food, train rides, fresh produce, and of course loads of pumpkins. They’re cash only for the most part and admission is $15. Parking is $10. Children 10 and under are free.