The Complete Guide to Tampa Bay’s Best Halloween Attractions – The Crow’s Nest at USF St. Petersburg

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Courtesy of the City of St. Petersburg.

From heart-pounding scares to fall fun for the whole family, here’s your guide to Tampa Bay’s best when it comes to Halloween events and activities.


Spooky season is upon us once again and that means everyone’s favorite spooky attractions are back.

If you’re looking for your next thrill, or even just a festive fall event to get into the spirit, the Tampa Bay area is an ideal destination.

With dozens of spooky options, here are some of the best Halloween adventures in or around St. Petersburg.

Haunts and scares

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue Haunted Fire House

Hosted by the St. Petersburg Fire Department, this event turns a fire station into a haunted house, complete with costumed firefighters popping up from every corner with frights. Although the haunted house is aimed at older scare fanatics, the free event features a bouncy house and treats for the whole family.

October 22 | Free | Recommended for 13+.

Fire Station #10, 2800 30th Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Undead in the water

Explore a 60,000 square foot freighter as you escape a possessed cult intent on using you as a sacrifice. This spooky attraction takes place aboard the American Victory Ship, an authentic WWII vessel, now converted into a floating history museum.

September 23 – October 30 | $22+ | Recommended for 12+.

The American Victory Ship, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa.

Field of screams

The city of Saint Petersburg has transformed a magnificent nature reserve into the field of your nightmares. For three nights only, be prepared to explore the pitch-black wilderness as terrifying ghouls swoop from every corner.

October 28 – 31 | $15 | Recommended for 13+.

1101 Country Club Way S., St. Petersburg.

Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail

A hidden gem of haunts, admission to Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail covers three different immersive experiences: Headless, Final Cut, and Rapture of the Deep. If you’re too scared to explore the gruesome scenes, don’t worry, Sir Henry’s also offers laser tag and escape rooms at an additional cost.

Oct. 1 – Nov. 5 | $27+ | Recommended for 13+.

2837 Frontage Road S., Plant City.

howl-o-scream

With five houses, seven different scare zones, and plenty of spooky shows, Howl-O-Scream is a beloved Halloween tradition for the Tampa Bay area. And, if you need a break, Busch Gardens has plenty of its best rides open for the night, as long as you don’t mind the zombie clowns sitting next to you on the bumper cars.

September 9 – October 31 | $44.99+ | Recommended for 13+.

Tampa Bay Busch Gardens

10165 McKinley Drive, Tampa

Scream-A-Geddon

If you’re looking for some of the most intense thrills Florida has to offer, Scream-A-Geddon is more than happy to provide. As a seasonal theme park dedicated solely to scares, this attraction prides itself on offering five different mind-blowing experiences, as well as the chance to play a game of “Zombie Paintball”. If that’s not terrifying enough, adult visitors can “tag” themselves, giving the spooky actors permission to come closer and closer.

September 9 – October 31 | $28.95+ | Recommended for 13+.

27839 St. Joe Road, Dade City.

family entertainment

creatures of the night

ZooTampa invites ghouls of all ages for a night of spooky fun and animal adventures. Guests can meet their favorite storybook villains, dance with spooky creatures and watch howling performances. Wildlife connections are in place throughout the park to allow visitors to learn about beloved creatures.

September 30 – October 30 | $34.95 | All ages are welcome.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 101 Sligh Ave. W., Tampa.

Halloween on Central

St. Petersburg’s Halloween-themed street party returns for its second year with 22 downtown blocks dedicated to eerie festivities. No cars are allowed on this day of tricks, dance parties and food trucks, so put on your best costumes and get ready for some family fun.

October 30 | Free | All ages are welcome.

Central Avenue, St. Petersburg.

st. Peters Ghost Tours

Want to explore the spooky history of St. Petersburg? Maybe discover a lair or two along the way? St. Peters Ghost Tours has you covered. Join a guided tour of the most haunted places in the city center with pit stops along the way at local pubs and bars.

All year | $25 | All ages are welcome.

Meet at the St. Petersburg History Museum, 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg.



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