Halloween has become synonymous with haunted houses. Each year, haunted houses or haunted trails are created to help families have a safe and fun Halloween experience. Tampa Bay delivers the haunts this year with a great list of kid-friendly spooky events in the area.
Lowry Park Zoo
1101 W. Sligh Ave.
Tampa, Fl 33604
Dates: October 11-14, 18-21 and 25-28
Lowry Park Zoo’s annual ZooBoo nighttime Halloween event consists of creepy haunted houses and spooky trails for older children and adults. For the young ones, there is a foam factory and a boo house. The ticket price also includes unlimited zoo rides including the Gator Falls water flume that is spectacular in the dark.
12413 Hudson Ave.
Hudson, FL 34669
Dates: Weekends through October
The Angelus is a Cerebral Palsy group home that holds an annual benefit to raise funds for the home. This year’s event features the main haunted house, a 40-foot haunted pirate ship, a haunted cemetery, a balloon trail and a haunted trail. Glow sticks are available until 8 p.m. Ghosts, pirates and monsters know not to scare anyone holding a glow stick. This makes the Haunted Angelus House an event suitable for family members of all ages. The Haunted Angelus House is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October.
Halloween Spooktacular 2012
Largo Central Park
101 Central Park Drive
Largo, Fl 33771
Date: October 27
This family-friendly event features a free trick-or-treat trail fit for all ages. There will also be games, inflatables, music, trampolines, concessions, bounce houses and a ropes course. Wristbands are required for rides, games and activities. Tickets cost $5 in advance and $7 at the gate. On-site parking is available for $5 or visitors may park at Largo Middle and Largo High Schools and walk to the event. No coolers, pets or alcohol permitted at the event.
Brick-or-Treat at LegoLand
One LegoLand Way
6000 Cypress Gardens Boulevard
Winter Haven, FL 33884
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays in October
All throughout October, this new amusement park will feature a brick-or-treat trail where children can trick-or-treat for candy and goodies. There will also be entertainment, games and costume contests for all ages. Make sure to stop by the gigantic Jack-O-Lantern made from Legos. A dance party will top off the evening beginning at 6 p.m. Bring the family out for a Halloween makeover at LegoLand.
Seaworld’s Halloween Spooktacular
7007 SeaWorld Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
Dates: October 13-14, 19-21 and 26-28
Seaworld’s family-friendly event features trick-or-treat sweets, a “Sesame Street” musical stage show and fanciful sea creatures wandering the park and greeting visitors. Children will enjoy dancing with sea creatures, playing with sea fairies and walking along enchanted pathways. This is a safe haven for children to enjoy some trick-or-treating fun. Visitors can admire pumpkin fish or visit with friendly sea witches. Children of all ages will find a fun adventure at Seaworld’s Halloween Spooktacular.