Two-mile ‘Halloween On Central’ street carnival arrives this Sunday

Two-mile ‘Halloween On Central’ street carnival arrives this Sunday

Attendees at the 2021 Halloween On Central
Photo courtesy Halloween On Central

St. Pete’s biggest – and most pedestrian friendly – Halloween celebration is coming back for October 2022. Halloween On Central will shut down the streets this Sunday, October 30, from 12-5 pm, closing off nearly two miles of Central Avenue for Halloween fun, food, shopping, art, performances, and much more.

The second annual event will close off Central Avenue to cars from 9th Street to 31st Street, filling the corridor with a pedestrian-friendly Halloween paradise. Halloween On Central is presented by the SunRunner (which has three stops each on 1st Avenues North and South along the festival route), in partnership with the Grand Central District, EDGE District, St. Pete Pride, the City of St. Pete, Come OUT St. Pete, and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA).

Halloween On Central is a massive showcase of all things St. Pete, as the streets and sidewalks fill with food trucks, artists, local makers and vendors, and neighborhood bars, restaurants and shops showcasing their wares. There are also live performances, dog and family-friendly activities, and of course, plenty of candy.


This year’s iteration features even more fun than its inaugural version, as organizers shared the list of activities to expect. In addition to all the strolling performers, there will be live music, food truck hubs, event-wide trick or treating candy hubs, costume contests, wiener dog races, haunted houses, mummy dancers, a flash mob, and many more family-friendly and childrens’ activities. Guests are encouraged to use the SunRunner to attend, as parking in the area will be limited with so much of the street blocked to cars.

Halloween on Central transforms Central Avenue

This second-annual event is the result of the top community desires communicated in the St. Pete 2050 Visioning Process, and it will follow up on the smashing success of last year’s inaugural Halloween On Central. As cited in last year’s announcement, the unique event is an opportunity to experience St. Pete in a different way.

“Halloween on Central will showcase our vision for what a car-free Central Avenue could look like for locals, businesses and visitors to enjoy,” organizers said. “Attendees can stroll and roll along nearly 2 miles of the city’s largest open spaces and experience the heart of St. Pete from a unique perspective that will allow them to rediscover their favorite local businesses and interact with the community in fun, healthy ways.”

The event is set to run from 12pm to 5pm on Sunday, October 30, and there is some key information on how to attend. Of note, the SunRunner will be in operation (including free rides), with drop-off and pick-up locations at 31st street, 22nd street and 13th street along 1st Avenue North & South.

  • Vehicles allowed: Bikes, skateboards, roller skates, one wheels, hoverboards, e-scooters.
  • Vehicles NOT allowed: Golf carts, slingshots, motorcycles, and other large motorized vehicles.

Want to keep up with all the latest event news? Follow Car Free St. Pete, PSTA, Grand Central District, and EDGE District for updates. Learn more at the Halloween On Central website.

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