Kid’s Halloween Events in Bradenton/Sarasota
The only thing scary about planning Halloween festivities for kids in Bradenton and Sarasota is making sure you don’t miss out on popular events! From costume parades to not-so-scary haunted houses, there are plenty of kid-friendly events taking place this Halloween near Forest Properties apartments in Florida. Gather your little ghouls and goblins for a spooktacular time at one of these nearby happenings.
Fish, Fun and Fright at Mote Aquarium
On Friday, October 18th from 5:30pm-8pm, buoys and ghouls of all ages are invited to attend Mote Aquarium’s Fish, Fun, and Fright event in Sarasota. Dress to impress in your spooky Halloween costume and enjoy some kid-friendly events near The Lexington, like digging for shark teeth in “Coffin Creek” and a delightful deep sea “Diner of the Dead.” Do some underwater pumpkin carving to finish off the night!
Order your presale tickets ($12) before October 17th, or purchase tickets for $16 at the door. There’s no charge for children under the age of 3 – sounds like a sweet treat!
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Boo Fest Halloween Festival
For residents of Audubon Cove, dress to impress at this year’s 14th annual Boo Fest Halloween Festival! From trick-or-treating to a spooktacular maze, there are plenty of activities for children to run around and enjoy the Halloween spirit. Take home a spooky balloon, compete in the costume contest, dance along to upbeat music, and fill your candy bag to the brim. Oh, the best part? Admission is free for all ages! The event takes place along Lakewood Main Street on October 25th from 6pm-9pm.
Sarasota and Bradenton Ghost Tours
How would you like to experience the spirited side of Sarasota’s past residents? Sarasota Suncoast Tours offers a one-mile ghost tour that exposes the spookiest tales of downtown Sarasota’s history residents that still call it home. With tours offered every Saturday and Sunday, make your reservation before dates near Halloween fill up. Will you feel the chill in the air?
Good to Know: This specific tour best suits witches, werewolves, and goblins over the age of 13.
For residents of Ranch Lake in Bradenton, here’s a ghost tour for you! Downtown Bradenton Ghost Tour encourages you to get in touch with past souls on their 90-minute walking tour. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and is appropriate for children over 6.
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Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival
What would Halloween be without a pumpkin festival?! Running through every Saturday and Sunday in October, gather your little gourds for an afternoon spent at the Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival in Sarasota. This family event boasts tasty treats, spooky musical beats, creepy crafts, and more pumpkins than you can shake a stick at. Here are some must-see and must-do activities on the farm:
- Climb a rock wall and bounce around in a bounce house
- Get a leg-up for a pony ride or visit the petting zoo
- Paint your own pumpkin
- Compete in a costume contest (every Saturday at 2pm)
- Eat all the pie in the 2pm pie eating contest every Sunday
- Stop by the farm store for seasonal produce, raw honey, and organic cheeses
Trick or Treat at Home
That’s right – you and your family don’t need to travel far outside your Forest Properties apartment to experience the treats of Halloween! Dress up in your favorite costume, grab your trick-or-treating candy bag, and parade around your Coconut Creek apartment complex for some sweet treats with Forest Properties neighbors.
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