Family-friendly Halloween Events 2018

Family-friendly Halloween Events 2018
If you’re looking for Halloween events to attend, you don’t have to look very far in Florida. From theme parks to state parks, from the panhandle to the keys, Florida celebrates the fall festival in a big way. Here are a few of your options for celebrating Halloween in the Sunshine State:

North Florida

  • What: Spooky Spiders Hike
    When: Saturday, 27 October from 12 to 2 p.m CDT
    Where: Blackwater River State Park, 7720 Deaton Bridge Rd., Holt FL
    Details: This is a 1-mile hike. Meet at the Deaton Bridge South Parking Lot along Deaton Bridge Road. Bring closed-toed shoes, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, camera, and water. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Phone 850-983-5363 for information.

Central Florida

  • What: Seventh Annual Fantasma Fest
    When: Friday through Sunday, October 26-28
    Where: Ybor City
    Details: Friday, October 26, 7:00–8:30 p.m. Legend of the Pumpkin King Parade down 7th Avenue
    Saturday, October 27, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Little Monsters Pumpkin Patch & Promenade at Centro Ybor
    Saturday, October 27, 3:00–6:00 p.m. Big Monsters Bed Races on 7th Avenue
    Sunday, October 28, 1:00–5:00 p.m. Hell on Wheels Classic Car & Vintage Motorcycle Show on 7th Avenue

  • What: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
    When: Now through October 31, a special after-dark event
    Where: Disney World Magic Kingdom, 1180 Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista FL
    Details: This is a family-friendly event for kids of all ages. Tickets are a separate purchase from general admission to the park, but many of the regular attractions will be available, with a Halloween twist. There is trick-or-treat throughout the park, as well as lots of other Halloween-themed entertainment.
    The Happiest Haunting on Earth – October 26, 28, 30 & 31

  • What: LEGOLAND Brick or Treat
    When: October 28 & 29, 31
    Where: 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven FL
    Details: This event is included with the general admission ticket. However, you can purchase an additional VIP Halloween upgrade that includes a LEGO character dance party, special access to trick-or-treating, face painting, a souvenir photo, and premium reserved seating for the evening fireworks. The park will stay open until 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 27 & 28, and until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31.

South Florida

  • What: Harvest Festival Halloween Storytime Weekend
    When: October 27 & 28, 2018, 9:30a.m. to 4p.m
    Where: Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd, Davie FL
    Details: Flamingo Gardens Botanical Gardens & Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary has special events planned for the weekend before Halloween. See the scarecrows decorating the arboretum, go on a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt, take a hayride, or make Halloween crafts. Halloween book readings in the Children’s Garden are scheduled for 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Win prizes in a costume contest at 12 p.m. or a hula hoop contest at 2:30 p.m.

This is just a sampling of what is available for family Halloween entertainment. There are many more events scheduled, including adult experiences that may be too intense for children (and some adults!). Check your local media for nearby happenings.

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