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Guide to Sarasota Family-Friendly Halloween Events


Sarasota Family-Friendly HalloweenAlthough it may still feel like summer here in Florida, there are still plenty of Sarasota Family-Friendly Halloween events to attend. Check out our list of upcoming events. Are we missing something? Contact us and we can add it to our growing list!

Sarasota Family-Friendly Halloween Night Activities

Siesta Key Village Association Safe Treats for Kids :: October 31st 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Bring your little ones to trick or treat in Siesta Village along Ocean Blvd. and the surrounding streets.

Manatee Crime Stoppers Safe Kids Night :: October 31st 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

An alternate option for trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. Location: DeSoto Square Mall in Bradenton

City of Venice Halloween Parade :: October 31st 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Participate in a kids constume parade and trick-or-treat downtown Venice. Location: West Venice Avenue, Venice 34285  

Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival :: Every Weekend in October

Admission, parking, petting zoo, playground, music and photo opportunities are all FREE. This is a classic Sarasota Family-Friendly Halloween event to attend annually. Enjoy a variety of rides and games, such as pony rides, bounce house, and pumpkin painting. Each activity has set pricing ranging from $2.00 – $7.00.

Location: Fruitville Grove. 7410 Fruitville Rd. Sarasota, FL 34240

Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular :: October 14th 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Bring one non-pershiable food item and enjoy Halloween fun with games, activities, parade, and concluding with a family-friendly Halloween-themed movie shown on the outfield video board. Don’t forget to pack a blank and some money for concessions. Location: Ed Smith Stadium. 2700 12th St. Sarasota, FL 34237

Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival :: October 14th – 15th, 21st – 22nd, 28th – 29th

Throughout the year, Hunsader Farms offers U-Pick dates and times, but this time of year they offer a Pumpkin Festival. Enjoy animals, rides, food and more! The activity list is long and children 12 and under are free. Location: Hunsader Farms. 5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton, FL 34211

Mote: Night of Fish, Fun & Fright :: October 20th 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Buoys and ghouls of all ages are invited to dress up in costume and head to Mote Aquarium. Enjoy safe and fun trick-or-treating as well as see underwater pumpkin carving in the shark tank! Learn more by visiting Mote Aquarium’s website linked above. Location: Mote Aquarium. 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236

Gamble Mansion Halloween Candlelight Tour :: October 21st 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Children should wear their costumes and be prepared to receive treats at the end of the Spooky Tour! Tickets are $6.00 in the form of Cash or Check. Location: Gamble Mansion Historic State Park. 3708 Patten Ave., Ellenton, FL 34222

Lakewood Ranch BOO Fest :: October 28th 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Come dressed in your costume and be ready to collect treats from a variety of vendors. Enjoy music and explore the Spooktacular Dark Maze! This event is FREE. Be prepared to park and ride the Haunted Trolley to Main Street at this Sarasota Family-Friendly Halloween event! Location: Lakewood Ranch Main Street

YMCA: Bradenton Branch :: October 27th 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Families can enjoy games, inflatables, activities and more. Admission is free, but tickets may be purchased for food and games. Location: Bradenton Branch YMCA. 3805 59th Street, West Bradenton, FL

Doga-Ween :: October 28th 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The annual doggie and kitty Sarasota Family-Friendly Halloween festival will, of course, include our fun-for-the-entire-family costume event, but this year, there will be so much more! Location: Five Points Park. N Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236

Florida Railroad Museum; Pumpkin Patch Express :: October 21st, 28th & 29th

All Aboard! Enjoy a two-hour excursion including a stop at the Pumpkin Patch! Lots of activities will be available and each child will be able to pick out one pumpkin to take home – all included with your ticket price! Location: Florida Railroad Museum. 12210 83rd St East, Parrish, FL 34219

Selby Gardens Spooktacular :: October 30th 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This playful, Sarasota family-friendly Halloween event is open to the public, as well as Selby Gardens’ members. The daytime activities will include traditional, wholesome Halloween happenings like trick-or-treating and pumpkin decorating, fun and educational activities like seed planting, as well as more frightening (but not too scary) options for older children like a mad scientist experiment center. FREE with admission. Location: Selby Gardens. 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

Eat Local Fall Harvest Fest :: October 30th 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Join Geraldson Community Farm and Transition Sarasota for a celebration of local food, music, crafts, and farm fun! Bring the kids to enjoy fall themed games and activities including a hay ride, face painting, and bounce house! FREE Entry and Parking/Pet Friendly. Location: Geraldson’s Community Farm. 99th St NW, Bradenton, FL 34209  

Not Kid-Friendly Halloween Events

Frightmares Haunted House :: Weekends in October

Warning: This is for the older kids in our lives and is set up to be scary and not little kid friendly. Location: Ringling Shopping Center. 170 Shopping Ave., Sarasota, FL 34237

Spirit Voices from Old Manatee :: October 6th – 23rd

Enjoy an outdoor drama and cemetery tour that began in 2011 as an original living history production. A glimpse into the history of Manatee is held the second, third and fourth weekends of October. Location: Old Settler’s House at Manatee Village Historical Park. 1404 Manatee Ave E., Bradenton, FL 34208]  

Skinny Pumpkin Smoothie 

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