Halloween events are understandably going to look a whole lot different this year. Lucky for us, our favorite Halloween events in Tampa Bay are adapting to the times so you can still get your share of spooky fun. Grab your partner to check out some great Halloween Events in Tampa Bay, including local haunted houses operating at limited capacity, haunted tours on the water, and a few virtual events to partake in from home. Here's how to celebrate the Halloween event season while social distancing.
Note: While all of the attractions on this list have safety measures in place, make sure to review safety protocols thoroughly in advance and contact each Halloween event directly for the latest information. As always, please wear a mask, follow the social distancing protocols being enforced at each attraction and sanitize/wash your hands often.
Virtual Halloween Events
October 15 – 18; $25/household
Phantasmagoria is a Victorian horror troupe known for inventive horror shows. While performances are typically held at local theaters around the state, the troupe is going virtual this year with a brand new program, Plague Tales, available to stream from your living room. The lineup this year includes five brand new tales of terror, plus truly terrifying folk stories, legends, and myths from the likes of Edgar Allan Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson. With elements of dance, aerial arts, puppetry, fire dancing and more, these shows are impressive and entertaining.
Bonus: Tampa Theatre patrons can tune in October 17 at 9pm for an exclusive live Q&A with members of the cast.
Tampa Theatre's annual Horror Fest has been a Halloween event staple of the season for the past six years. Now in it's 7th year, the fest is going mostly virtual with a lineup of Halloween events you can partake in safely from home while still supporting this local establishment.
Here are a few of the Halloween events currently in store:
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Friday, October 9, 7:30pm
Tune in for a live-streamed Halloween event presentation of the 1925 horror classic The Phantom of the Opera with live musical accompaniment on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ from nationally renowned organist Steven Ball.
Saturday, October 24, 7pm
SpiritsFest is Tampa Theatre’s newest fundraiser. Here's how it works: first, place an order for your Premium sampling-to-go box. This goodie box includes four ready-to-pour cocktails (serves 2), a family-sized bag of Tampa Theatre popcorn, souvenir cocktail glasses, and other ghoulish goodies. You'll also get access to exclusive live-streamed entertainment, including a fun cocktail class and a Tampa Theatre Ghost Tour.
Weekends September 25 – November 1; $29.99 – $44.99/person (prices vary by date)
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's annual Halloween production is back this year with enhanced safety and health measures. Make your way through 10 open-air scare zones (four of which are new), check out the new outdoor show and hop on your favorite roller coasters after dark. This is a separate ticketed event that is not included with general park admission.
This year, expect open-air scare zones, limited-capacity admission with reservations required, and social distancing throughout. Masks are also required.
Available October 1 – 31 by appointment only; $25/person (10 person minimum)
Round up a few of your friends or family members for a private ghost tour through Tampa Theatre. Available for groups of 10 – 20 people, this is your ticket to experience one of Tampa's most haunted buildings in a new light. During the 75-minute tour, your guide will take you through all three levels of the historic movie palace while sharing haunted tales sure to get you in the spooky spirit.
Masks are required during your tour. Contact Jill Witecki at [email protected] to start planning your visit.
October 23, 24 and 30, multiple times; $25/person for non-members and $15/person for members
Henry Plant Museum
Just ahead of Halloween, the Henry Plant Museum is hosting a special nighttime experience inside the former Tampa Bay Hotel. Step back in time to the 1890s, just after a crime has been committed. You'll be immersed in the action, searching out clues and locating evidence throughout the rooms in an effort to solve the mystery before another murder occurs. Sounds like the ultimate murder mystery haunt for couples who want to work on their detective skills.
Capacity will be limited to 30 people per hour, and masks will be required at all times.
Fridays and Saturdays October 2 – 31; $20/person
Hop aboard a WWII ship for this haunted attraction on the water in which you'll have to battle the zombies on board, searching for the missing cure. This is truly one of Tampa Bay's most unique Halloween experiences. Staff will undergo health screenings each night and will either being wearing masks or maintaining a proper 6 ft distance. Plus, tickets will be for timed entry slots with groups limited to just 8 people at a time. Bring your mask to wear inside the attraction.
Select Thursday-Sunday nights October 2 – 31; $29.99/person
Wondering where you can pick up a pumpkin AND get your fill of scares? This completely outdoor attraction in Riverview includes 5 separate haunts to discover plus a pumpkin patch. Themed areas include a Vampire Junkyard, a spooky clown-filled attraction, witch swamp and more. Your ticket grants you unlimited access to experience each attraction. Plan to spend at least an hour seeing everything.
Face masks are required for all guests, and the scare actors will be wearing masks too. FYI: Tickets are available at the gate only on a first come, first served basis. Entry will be limited and when capacity it reached, new guests will not be admitted. Get the full safety scoop here.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays October 2 – 31; $25-$35/person
Make your way to Plant City to visit this outdoor haunt comprised of three separate haunted trails. Each trail has its own backstory, from the twisted Candy Tree known for capturing local trick or treaters to an ominous funeral home run by a nefarious master and a moonlit maze.
In terms of safety measures, masks are required (for staff and guests) and you must purchase tickets in advance. Social distancing will be enforced in lines, and the scare actors will maintain a 6 ft distance from guests. Full details and additional safety protocols can be found here.
Friday, October 30, 5:30pm; $40/person (includes rental)
Large Halloween parties may be out of the question this year, but you can still show off your creative couples' costume. Urban Kai at Armature Works is hosting a special paddle board social that doubles as a costume party. You can even bring along your furry friend, in costume of course. Show up in your Halloween digs and then hit the water for a socially-distanced daytime paddle around Downtown Tampa.
Select weekend nights October 2 – 30; $25/person
The Pirate Water Taxi is one of our favorite ways to get around downtown Tampa. But during the Halloween season, the water taxi gets a haunted twist with nighttime Haunted River Tours. Board the Captain Jack II for a 45-minute tour complete with ghost stories and tales of Tampa's haunted history. Tours are being offered at 50% capacity and masks are required.
Halloween Event: Open nightly through November 1; general admission tickets starting at $22.95
Not your average haunted house, Scream-A-Geddon is a full blown horror park in Dade City complete with six separate attractions plus a Monster Midway and designated beer garden. Enter the Ravenhill Asylum to explore at your own risk, visit a demonic village, immerse yourself in the mind-bending and disorienting Rage 3D (spoiler alert: there are clowns), partake in a game of zombie paintball, get lost in an inmate-controlled prison and see if you can make it out of the isolated Deadwoods. Several of the attractions have an interactive option in which brave souls may be sent off to hidden rooms or isolated from their group.
The park will be operating at 50% capacity and all staff and guests will undergo a temperature check for entry. Face coverings are required in most areas of the park. While the park is doing their best to enforce all of these measures, it's worth mentioning that the staff will still get close to you in the attractions. You may also come into close proximity to other groups. You can check out the park's full safety plan here.
Halloween Event Select nights October 2 – 31; $25 and up/person
In search of an attraction that's a little less scary and also works for the whole family? Couples and kiddos alike will enjoy ZooTampa's family-friendly Halloween event, Creatures of the Night. Couples can also indulge in themed cocktails and specialty food items for a complete date night. Safety measures include limited capacity, date-specific tickets with timed entry, non-invasive temperature screenings, masks required in indoor spaces (staff will be wearing masks at all times) and more.
Halloween Event October 15 – 17; $10/person
Another event perfect for the whole family, Sparkman Wharf will be transformed into the Haunted Wharf for one exclusive weekend. Expect a winding, interactive maze, themed photo ops, and surprise appearances by spooky guests. To help maintain social distancing, reservations are required in advance. All staff will be required to wear face coverings.
October 31st 7-10pm; $10/person
Celebrate a great Halloween event in Tampa Bay: Halloween Under the Full Moon with live music and a costume contest at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa on Halloween. Live music with Latraia Savage & Company Band, costume contest with great prizes, and ticket includes a draft beer/hosue wine and appetizer per person. Tickets are $25/person and sold as a table of 4 adults, so get your group of 4 together! This party takes place outside on the event promenade, with plenty of room for social distancing, dancing and having fun! Food & drinks available for purchase. Questions, call 727-724-7706.
October 31st 8pm-midnight; FREE Admission
This rooftop bash at M.Bird includes a live set by DJ KU, tarot card readings and a costume contest complete with a cash prize for first place. 21+ only.
Looking for more date night events this month? Check out Best of October: Virtual + In-Person Events in Tampa Bay and Pumpkin Patches, Fall Festivals and Foodie “Can’t-Miss” Events for Couples.
Feature image credit: Sir Henry's Haunted Trail