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5 Tampa Halloween Activities for Families

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Halloween Events for Children

Tampa’s residents know that Halloween is the inspiration for some of the Bay Area’s biggest annual events and Tampa Florida attractions: from the month-long Howl-O-Scream to Guavaween, Ybor City’s night of infamy. But for families in search of kid-friendly Tampa Halloween activities that extend beyond the tried-and-true ZooBoo, the Bay Area offers a variety of day and evening options.

1. Halloween Events for Children at Busch Gardens – Monster Mash with Elmo and Friends

Some of your favorite characters are coming to life for a ghoulishly fun Monster Mash! Visit Busch Gardens, Tampa’s biggest theme park, on October 22ndand celebrate Halloween with Elmo and friends. For one afternoon you can don your Halloween costume, join your favorite Sesame Street characters for a buffet-style lunch, and dance the Monster Mash together. You even get a keepsake photo with the Count—who knew vampires could photograph?

Tampa Halloween

Tampa Halloween Attractions

2. 10/22- Humane Society Pet Masquerade & Pumpkin Patch

No family is complete without our furry friends! Put on Fido’s scariest costume and head down to the Pet Masquerade and pumpkin patch at Hyde Park Village on Saturday, October 22 to pick up a pumpkin and a prize! Pups will receive awards for most original, scariest, and funniest, while a grand prize winner will be chosen by claps-and barks! -from the audience. Costume contest registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and doggie trick-or-treating will follow at participating stores. Visit the pumpkin patch daily through Halloween; all proceeds benefit The Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

3. 10/23- Guppyween at the Florida Aquarium

Parents, get your Nemo-lovers to the Florida Aquarium for one of the Tampa Halloween activities that really makes a spooky splash: Guppyween! Suitable for children of all ages, Guppyween will feature a fall festival with treats, activities, and entertainment, as well as trick-or-treating throughout the aquarium. For a delicious family lunch before the event, consider parking at the Channelside garage and hopping on the trolley to Ybor City. Sponsored by Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine, Guppyween will take place Sunday, October 23rd, from 4-8 p.m.

Tampa History Center

Tampa History Center

4. 10/30- Tampa Bay History Center A Night at the Museum

Inspire the next Indiana Jones by taking your family to A Night at the Museum, where kids can trick-or-treat through the newest exhibit and might meet Darth Vader around any corner!  Exhibits come to life, costumes are encouraged, and families can participate in a spooky scavenger hunt, crafts, games, and more. The History Center is nestled in the heart of the Channelside district, making the 5-7 p.m. event the perfect ending to a day spent downtown.

5. 10/31- Second Annual Halloween Spree at the Glazer Children’s Museum

Tampa Halloween activities are often confined to weekends, but Glazer Children’s Museum helps keep a weekday holiday fun with the 2nd Annual Halloween Spree, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31st.  Children can gather for scary stories, bob for apples, play Halloween games, participate in costume parades, and enjoy non-candy treats.  “Tots Trick or Treat,” for children ages 4 and under, is 6-8 p.m., while children ages 4-12 can trick-or-treat from 6-8 p.m. Younger children who are overly wired on candy are welcome to stay later.

Happy Haunting!

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