Fall Fun in Tampa Bay
It’s October and it almost feels like Fall thanks to the “cold front” that dropped our morning temperatures and chased away the humidity. Now its time for all things pumpkin … pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin ravoli. We even heard that Kraft has a pumpkin-flavored mac-n-cheese? Have you tried it?
Halloween 2020 will be different than past years: is your neighborhood doing trick or treating or planning an alternative for kids? There are still lots of fun events planned for this month. Check out a few that caught our attention:
* Call ahead to confirm COVID operating policies.
Lighted Halloween Boat Parade
Start a new Halloween tradition Florida-style with the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s 1st annual boat parade by the Tampa Riverwalk. The event is Oct. 24 from 6:30-9p. Register your boat or enjoy the Halloween festivities from the shoreline. Parade will pass Amature Works, Water Works Park, Stratz Center, Davis Islands, Harbour Island and end at Sparkman Wharf. Note: All boats must complete the registration form to participate. Reserved seating available.
This event opened in September and will be opened select days through Nov. 8. The farm features a corn maze, pumpkin patch and various fall activities. You MUST pre-order and reserve your time slot online. Tickets are $9.75 + tax and online ticket fees. Admission includes the corn maze, hay play area, hayride, mini maze, tree house play area, hay maze, animals and more. Pumpkins available for purchase. Note: Face coverings are required in areas where social distancing is more difficult. Attendance limited.
17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown
Fox Squirrel Corn Maze
This event includes unlimited maze, hayride games, corn slide and more. Pumpkin patch will be available. The farm is open 10a-5p Saturdays and Sundays only from Oct. 10 through Nov. 1. Tickets are $10 (ages 3-17) and $11 (18 & older). Note: Face covering are required for all guests (ages 5 & up). The outdoor ranch ensures an open-aired environment to help with social distancing.
3002 Charlie Taylor Rd, Plant City
Harvest Moon Farm
This event is advertised as the biggest corn maze in Hernando County. The farm also has a pumpkin patch, cow train, corn ball, hill slides, pony rides, live entertainment and more. They even have a flashlight maze and haunted trail on select nights. The event runs Saturdays and Sundays from 10a-5p from Oct. 3 through Nov. 8. Tickets are $12.95+tax (ages 3+) and include all attractions & corn maze. Gem mining, pumpkins & vendors are additional. Prepurchased tickets recommend as capacity is limited.
15990 Stur St, Masaryktown
The 29th year of this event in Bradenton features a corn maze, craft show, live music, live shows, pumpkin patch, charity pumpkin games, pioneer trades village, hayrides, pony rides and more. They even have a petting zoo, rock climbing wall and frog jumping championship. The farm is open Oct. 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 from 9a-5p. Admission is $10 for 11 & up. Parking is $5. Many activities have an additional cost. Note: Per Manatee County mandate, masks will need to be worn inside buildings, on the hayride, train ride, and swamp buggy ride. Masks will also need to be worn outside if social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained.
5500 CR 675, Bradenton
Raprager Family Farms
A relative newbie on the scene for fall activities. This farm includes a pumpkin patch, corn mazes, hayrides, corn pit, play area for children, animal barn. What makes it standout is the numerous haunted events, including a 5,000 sq ft terror-filled haunted barn for children and adults. The farm opens on Oct. 2 and continues from Thursday-Sunday for the entire month of October. Check the Web site for hours. Cost is $15 for adults, children $10 (under 10). Note: social distancing will be enforced, masks are not mandatory.
16907 Boy Scout Rd, Odessa
Photos: thehalloweenfarm.com, nationalpcf.org, sweetfieldsfarm.com