It might still feel like summer in Tampa during October, but you can surely get into Halloween spirit here with a variety of fun events, festivals, haunted tours, and scares. Get aboard the Haunted Zombie cruise on the S.S. American Victory, which departs from the Tampa Convention Center, or experience a haunted river tour on the Pirate Water Taxi. If you still haven't had enough, head to one of many Tampa Bay theme parks for a special Halloween program.
Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream (September 8–October 31, 2023, on selected nights)
Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream is a premier West Florida Halloween event, running from mid-September through October. Immersive terrifying scare zones and haunted houses were inspired by Hollywood horror movies. Zombies, werewolves, scary clowns, and other monsters lurk in the darkness, preparing their surprise attacks. Outrageous entertainment on the Festival Field contributes to the atmosphere of terror.
Tampa Riverwalk Halloween Lighted Boat Parade (unconfirmed in 2023)
Tampa Riverwalk is one of the best places for a Halloween-themed family outing. Especially, when the little ones can participate in a free mobile-phone-based scavenger hunt to solve riddles and complete fun tasks. During the night, Tampa Riverwalk is the most impressive when dozens of decorated boats parade along the Hillsborough River. The Halloween Lighted Boat Parade runs from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, beginning near the Convention Center basin and ending at Sparkman Wharf.
ZooTampa Creatures of the Night (September 29–October 28, 2023, on selected nights)
The annual Creatures of the Night event at ZooTampa Lowry Park is one of the favorite family Halloween activities in Tampa Bay. Meet the mysterious Nightshadow, a dream master who brings dreams to life and various spooky characters, like goblins and pirates. Try some creepy culinary treats, and visit a scary haunted house. Halloween is a great time to spend outdoors in Tampa, trying all sorts of fun activities!