Fall is just around the corner and although it’s still quite warm in Tampa Bay, Halloween will soon be here. Now is a great time to prepare. Start with household decorations first and make your house the most festive on the block. There are many places for shoppers in the Bay area to find custom-designed pumpkins as well as other decorations for not only everyday throughout October but also for Halloween-inspired parties too.
Decorating Elves
10460 Roosevelt Blvd. #292
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
(727) 418-4127
www.decoratingelves.com

Want your house to look Halloween fantastic and maybe even a little spooky but not sure how to achieve that perfect look or just don’t have enough time? The Decorating Elves is a team of landscaping and decorating professionals who are fully equipped to turn your house into the festive masterpiece of the block and even make the neighbors a little jealous. The Decorating Elves can create the ultimate fright fest including a spectacular light extravaganza as well as props to create a spooky cemetery and also a fog machine to make visitors even more scared. The Decorating Elves is available to residents of the Tampa Bay area which includes Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando Counties. If you are interested and happy with the Halloween décor by the Decorating Elves, check out their work at Christmas Time and create your own Winter Wonderland of lights.

Halloween City
28329 Paseo Drive Space 605
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
(727) 242-3231
www.spirithalloween.com

Halloween City is the ultimate Halloween headquarters for all things decorations. For under $10, there are five-foot door decorations from friendly to scary. For under $5, there are also window decorations including clings and other cutouts that will help bring a traditional look. String lights are a great added feature with some styles including pumpkins and spiders for as low as $10. Designs can be found in scenes such as stone walls as well as Haunted Mansions and even a gory scene. All of these decorations are quite affordable and won’t break the bank to get the look you desire.

Keen Designs
13355 Belcher Road S., Suite 304
Largo, FL 33773
(727) 608-6868
www.keendesignsinc.com

Want to make your house light up like a haunted house and be the highlight of the street on Halloween night? Keen Designs in Largo has many different products to help create the perfect look. Keen has LED Skull Lights for $29 that allows light to flicker through and create a spook factor. While shopping at Keen, pick up an audio device like the “Tunnel of Voices” that will create screams and laughter to scare and laugh at the same time. Among these effects are also other lighting and sound effects that will make your home look fantastic. Depending on your budget and how much you are willing to do, there are also custom designs available as well. Check out the Keen Designs website for some brainstorming ideas.

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Lowry Park Zoo
“Zoo Boo” Gift Shop
1101 W. Sligh Ave.
Tampa, FL 33604
(813) 935-8552
www.lowryparkzoo.com

The Lowry Park Zoo hosts its annual “Zoo Boo” Halloween event that is not only a one-of-a-kind experience but also very family friendly. Throughout the night, guests will experience up-close encounters with animals while partaking in Halloween-inspired events at the same time. Among the many attractions at “Zoo Boo” is the always popular gift shop. Among the treasures that can be found are amazing little decorations and trinkets that can be passed down for generations to come. These decorations include pumpkins, scarecrows and skeletons and even souvenirs to remember the fun had at this event. Throughout the off season, Lowry Park Zoo will even sell some of its larger decorations from the event for shoppers to purchase at affordable prices, so keep an eye out throughout the spring. “Zoo Boo” will take place from the end of September throughout the month of October; check the Lowry Park Zoo website for official dates and times.

Tampa Bay Farmers Market
623 S. MacDill Ave.
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 876-7888
www.tampabayfarmersmarket.com

The Tampa Bay Farmers Market, located in the heart of the city, is a great place to find locally grown produce and other products. During the Halloween season, the Tampa Bay Farmers Market has pumpkins, hay bales, corn stalks and other fall decorations all at affordable prices and grown form the best farmers. The market also has a service where it can put a decal of your choice on a pumpkin. You can choose from a custom design or perhaps even your favorite team’s logo to put on the pumpkin too. The price for decals ranges from $4-$6 depending on the pumpkin size. The Farmers Market also has colorful mums for about $7-$10 each to give your home a traditional fall look.

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Bethany Cohen is a resident of Tampa and enjoys sharing her love for the city with others. Bethany loves traveling and learning about new cultures. She currently writes for Examiner.com. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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