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2018 October Fall Guide to Tampa Bay Family Events

Different color pumpkins

It’s getting chillier yes even here in Florida we are having to pull out our winter… socks! Okay so we all know Florida does have a fall season it’s just very quick and if you sneeze and close your eyes you just may miss it! October is full of fun family events here in the Tampa Bay area whether you are in for a Scary-O’-ween or more of a cruising with the kids anti-creepy type of venue, we’ve got ya covered.

Sea Turtle dancing with little girl

Florida Aquarium is having its yearly Guppieween. October 27-28th, 1-5p.m They let loose with wild animals, princesses and ghosts roam about freely among the 8,000 plants and animals native to Florida. It’s a safe Halloween event and sure to include lots of candy scavenger hunts and of course their famous underwater pumpkin carving! Grab the kids and spend a fun-filled time at the Florida Aquarium. A really awesome event at Guppieween is Sensory Guppieween for children with sensory differences. There will be a low lighting and less stressful morning of fun trick or treating and meet and greet with Tango the Aquariums sea turtle mascot. The hours for Sensory Guppieween are earlier so check the times for tickets.

Medussa

Creatures of the Night at Lowry Park Zoo is back again this year for a night of family fun! Friday and Saturday nights in October. It is even spookier this year than last with lots of ghouls for everyone! All new this year scare areas and Medusa lots of startling surprises but no worries for the kids, no gore or horror will be there just lots of fun frights, we even invite you to dress up with us. Grab your insider tips here

Fall Festival poster

For those wanting a more hands-on approach for the kids this Halloween check out the non-profit animal sanctuary Horse Power, they are having their annual Fall Festival with pony rides live music hayrides and games for the whole family. Help a good cause and have a good time at the same time! If you want your kids to learn about animals and being kind and helping those that need help, this is a wonderful opportunity for your kids to see kindness in action. We often want our children to be kind to each other and sometimes forget how important it is to teach them to be kind and gentle with the animals.

kids walking in pumpkin patch

For those of us that have enjoyed the fall hayrides and all their prickliness and pumpkin patches and corn mazes, this festival is just for you. Pass those memories on to your children at Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival. Truly something for all family fun events seekers. There is shopping available with a craft show loads of entertainment and ice cream and rock wall climbing and train rides and face painting and scarecrow display, motorcycle races, and BMX stunts and Bello Nock and magician… woo I’m exhausted already!

movie poster

In the mood for a relaxing scary night out? How about a good movie in the park, suitable for older kids and teens, bring a blanket picnic goodies and low back chairs and pillows for the kids and kick back and watch the movie, nice since we don’t expect any snow! There will be popcorn and drinks for sale but no alcoholic beverages will be permitted, well-behaved dogs are allowed, that should be good entertainment!

This, of course, is by no means a full list of all the good and wonderful stuff you can do with the kids this October in Tampa Bay but I have a sneaky suspicion it’s a good start! Whatever you decide to do with the family whether you do a good old fashioned trick or treat or go to a local church for a trunk or treat. Please enjoy the Halloween candy responsibly, we all know that we’re gonna sneak into the treat sacks after the kids are unconscious from candy consumption! Remember, don’t let them look through it before they go to bed, because you know they take inventory and will notice stuff that’s missing!!

Here’s to a safe and fun October 2018 take good care,

Kristi Linebaugh

p.s

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