20+ Seriously Spooky Halloween Events in Tampa

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10+ Seriously Spooky Halloween Events in Tampa - Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Howl-O-Scream

Celebrate Halloween in Tampa Bay with these curated picks for the area’s most haunted happenings!

Halloween is just around the corner, but you can partake in frightful festivities starting as soon as September. Start planning your couples costume, stock up on your favorite Halloween goodies at the store, and do date night at one of these fantastic Halloween events in Tampa Bay. We’ll be updating this list frequently, so check back often for spooky new updates.


Also check out these fall date night ideas:




Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Weekends September 10 – October 31; $41.99/person and up (prices vary by date)

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s annual Halloween production is back for 2021! Make your way through five haunted houses (three of which are new), eight uniquely themed scare zones, and hop on your favorite roller coasters after dark. This is a separate ticketed event that is not included with general park admission.

Related: Busch Gardens Releases Details About this Year’s Howl-O-Scream with New Haunted Houses

Scare zone at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Howl-O-Scream
Image credit: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail

Select weekend nights October 1 – November 6; $25/person and up

Make your way to Plant City to visit this outdoor haunt comprised of three separate haunted trails. Each trail has its own backstory, from a rich family of vampires hosting a grand ball to feast on the victims to a ghostly captain exacting his revenge. Tickets must be purchased in advance for the 2021 season.


Scarehouse Pinellas

Select weekend nights October 1-31, 2021, 7pm-11pm; Tickets are $15-$20 ($5 off with military discount or a pet item donation)

The largest Haunted House in Pinellas County is back for its 3rd year. This 10,000 square foot air-conditioned warehouse in Largo promises tons of new thrills and scares. Encounter classic horror film characters like Pennywise and Caroline. Scarehouse Pinellas is proud to partner with SPCA Tampa Bay again and will be donating a portion of proceeds and collecting pet food and supplies at the haunted house. Each donation will get you $5 off a single ticket. Not recommended for children under the age of 12.


UNDead in the Water

Select Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights October 1 – 31, 7:30pm; Tickets begin at $20/person

Hop aboard a WWII ship for this haunted attraction on the water. 2021 will feature a brand new theme, SOS. Immerse yourself in the action aboard the ship, where few surviving members of the crew talk of a haunting female ghost aboard the ship. Also new this year is the location, which has moved to Sparkman Wharf. This is truly one of Tampa Bay’s most unique Halloween experiences.

Halloween in Tampa events - UNDead on the Water
Image credit: UNDead On The Water

Pirate Water Taxi Tampa Halloween-Themed Haunted Tours

Select nights October 1 – 30, 2021; $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! Pirate Water Taxi will again offer Haunted River Tours on select evenings this year, serving up spooky tales of Tampa hauntings and ghost stories.


Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights – Orlando

Select nights September 3 – October 31, 2021

Get your screams out in an all new houses including Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, Beetlejuice, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and more. Plus, enjoy themed scare zones, select rides open during the event, live entertainment, and specialty food and drinks. Admission to Halloween Horror Nights is NOT included in theme park admission and must be purchased separately.

Related: The Best Halloween Events in Orlando


The Haunted Road: A Drive-Thru Halloween Experience – Orlando

Select nights September 30 – November 7, 2021, 7:10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; $16.99/person and up

The Haunted Road is returning to Orlando for 2021 with a completely contactless drive-thru Halloween experience. 2020’s experience focused on twisted fairytales, but this year will spook you to the core with eerie occurrences and ghostly appearances. Park your car along the road and turn off your headlights–if you dare–to experience even more intensely scary encounters along the way. As an added bonus, this is a longer experience than your typical haunted house, taking 40-50 minutes to complete. Limited timed-entry tickets are available for $10.99+. Regular tickets begin at $16.99 per person.

But the night doesn’t have to end when the road does… Upgrade your date night to include The Barnyard and enjoy pop-up performances, purchase delicious smoked BBQ and beverages, and attempt to awaken the spirit of the dead butcher in a walk-in haunt experience.

Halloween in Orlando 2021 - The Haunted Road
Image credit: The Haunted Road



ZooTampa Creatures of the Night

Friday and Saturday nights in October; $29.95/person (non members)

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.


Halloween Lights at Sylvan Ramble in South Tampa

Friday and Saturday nights October 1-October 31, 2021; FREE

The tradition continues this year at the Sylvan Ramble House with a Halloween inspired light display and show that will leave you in awe! Reservations are slated for 40 people per half hour show which begins at 8:00pm and continues until 9:30pm. This year’s benefiting charity is Clothes to Kids for Halloween.


The Haunted Tavern: A Dark Pop-Up Cocktail Experience

Thursdays-Sundays October 1 – 31; $55/person includes entry plus 4 themed cocktails

Need a little liquid courage in order to face your fears? Then snag tickets to The Haunted Tavern, a uniquely themed cocktail experience taking place at one of Tampa’s most haunted destinations in Ybor City. A tavern keeper will lead your 4-part immersive cocktail experience, sharing spooky stories about the venue along the way.


Haunted Wharf at Sparkman Wharf

October 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30, 2021; pre-sale tickets available October 1 for $10/person

Sparkman Wharf will host its annual Haunted Wharf Halloween event in Tampa for six haunted nights this year. Check out the spooky, interactive maze while coming face to face with pirate spirits and more. The maze becomes scarier later in the evenings. And, new for 2021, the American Victory Ship shifts from its home berth to Sparkman Wharf. UNDead in the Water, Tampa’s premier nautical haunted attraction will roam the area.


A Nightmare on Franklin Street

October 16 – 31; ticket prices vary

Tampa’s most historic–and most haunted–movie palace is proud to present 16 nights of fright with its most sinister series, A Nightmare on Franklin Street. From October 16-31, the hair-raising historic landmark goes 100% Halloween with classic horror movies, guest stars, ghost tours, spine-chilling stage shows, spooky storytelling, family-friendly frights, and the return of SpiritsFest!


Tampa Theatre Ghost Tours

October 16 – 31; $15/person

Round up a few of your friends or family members for a private ghost tour through Tampa Theatre. This is your ticket to experience one of Tampa’s most haunted buildings in a new light. During the 90-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.

Related: Experience Tampa’s Haunted History on These Chilling Ghost Tours

Tampa Theatre Halloween private ghost tours
Image credit: Tampa Theatre

Eerie Evening at the Tampa Bay Hotel

October 22 – 23, 2021; multiple ticket times; $30 (tickets on sale soon)

Just ahead of Halloween, the Henry Plant Museum is hosting a special nighttime experience inside the former Tampa Bay Hotel. Visitors will find themselves transported back to the early 1900s, shortly after a terrible crime has been committed. Evidence and clues are scattered throughout the rooms and guests must strive to put the pieces together in time to prevent the next attack. Don’t miss it, as this is a rare opportunity to visit the Museum after dark.


The Vault of Souls

October 22 -23, 29-30, 2021 from 7:30pm – 1am, October 31, 2021 from 6:30pm – midnight; $75 and up

After two years, Tampa’s premier evening of elegant fear returns to The Vault, Downtown Tampa’s lux event venue inside the 100-year-old Exchange National Bank. The Vault of Souls is a reservations-only haunted performance that transcends three unique venues. Guests enter through The Vault’s opulent marble lobby where they encounter a richly appointed cocktail bar, dancers, magicians and tarot readers to provide guidance.

Image credit: Vault of Souls, photo by Foto Bohemia


Haunted Cigar Factory Tour

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 7:30-9pm; $20

For one night only, join Walking Tours of Ybor for an evening inside J.C. Newman Cigar Company factory, El Reloj. This 1.5-hour evening tour will explore the darker side of El Reloj. You’ll learn all about the history of cigar factories, and many of the ghosts that still haunt the halls. This special tour is being held one night only and a limited quantity of 40 tickets are available.


Jai Alai Ween Bash

Friday, October 29, 2021, 6-11pm; FREE admission

This annual bash takes place at Cigar City Brewing. Enjoy themed beers for the occasion plus a fortune teller, skeleton performers, a DJ spinning spooky tunes, CCB swag giveaways and a costume contest with winners taking home CCB gift cards and other goodies.

Harbour Island Halloween Silent Party

Friday, October 29, 2021, 9pm-1am; $10

Kick off Halloween weekend with a silent dance party at American Social Tampa. This unique Halloween weekend bash features 3 live DJs, but the only way to hear the beats is to put on a pair of headphones! Headphone rental is included with your ticket.


Tampa Riverwalk Lighted Halloween Boat Parade

Saturday, October 30, 2021, 6:30-9:30pm; FREE

Join Friends of the Riverwalk and the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation for a Halloween boat parade along the Hillsborough River in Downtown Tampa. The parade will begin in the Convention Center basin, travel to the Heights, and end at Sparkman Wharf. PS: Come a little early so the kiddos can partake in the annual Riverwalk Trick or Treat from 4-7pm.


A Vegas Halloween

Saturday, October 30, 2021, 9pm-3am; FREE admission

Dress up in your best Vegas-inspired attire for this Halloween party being hosted at La La’s Sangria Bar. There will be a Vegas themed costume contest at midnight with cash prizes.


Halloween on Central in St Pete

Sunday, October 31, 2021, 12-5pm; FREE

22 blocks in St. Pete will be closed to traffic for a chance for families to trick or treat in the street! There will also be costume contests and festival activities. This is a partnership between Car-Free St Pete, The EDGE District, Grand Central District and Open Streets St Pete.


SpookEasy Lounge in Ybor City

Opening date coming soon

This themed bar is the perfect place to sip non-alcoholic beverages while taking in the spooky atmosphere. The menu features kava, botanical teas and coffee. This much-loved lounge will be reopening soon in a temporary location above Boneyard at 1823 E 7th Ave.


The following have been canceled for 2021:


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