The Best Halloween Events and Festivals in Sarasota | 2022




Fruitville Grove Annual Pumpkin Festival

Every weekend in October, 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, (941) 377-0896, fruitvillegrovefarm.com

Pumpkins have their own season, so they deserve their own celebration. Fruitville Grove celebrates its 34th Annual Pumpkin Festival every weekend in October on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm. Admission includes access to the playground and petting zoo, live music, the Torres Family Circus Show, photo ops, and costume contests. Visitors can also take part in a variety of rides and activities such as zip lining, pumpkin painting and stall shopping. Both the farmers market and the Pumpkin Palace are also open. Admission is free; Parking is $5.

Discover Sarasota Tours: Mummies, Murder and Mayhem Tour of Haunted Sarasota

14-31 Oct. 1826 Fourth St., Sarasota, discoversarasotatours.com

Sarasota offers stunning beaches, great restaurants and… ghosts?! Discover Sarasota Tours invites the bravest souls ages 12 and up on its Haunted Sarasota Mummies, Murder, and Mayhem trolley tour. The tour takes guests on a 90-minute nocturnal journey through the city’s spookiest corners. Guided by the Ghost Hostess, guests will even meet some figures of local lore along the way. Dress up for the costume contest to win exciting prizes. Complimentary Liquid Courage (beer and wine) is available for guests 21 and older at the Trolley Cottage Tiki Bar. Tickets are $49.99; Parking is free.

Discover Sarasota Tours: The Boomobile Tour

14th-30th October (weekends only), 1826 Fourth St., Sarasota, discoversarasotatours.com

Discover Sarasota’s newest spooky offering, the family-friendly BooMobile Tour. This 45-minute musical adventure runs from 6:30pm to 7:15pm and begins with complimentary cider and biscuits from the Trolley Cottage. Join Miss Witchypoo on board in search of her missing magic pumpkin in Sarasota. If you feel like it, dress up in a costume – the best will win a special prize in the costume contest. Tickets for children ages 3-11 are $19.99; Tickets for the over 12s cost $24.99. Parking is free.

Hunsader farms

Saturday-Sunday, 15-16 Oct 22-23 and 29-30, 5500 CR 675, Bradenton, (941) 322-2168, hunsaderfarms.com

Hunsader Farms is hosting its 31st Annual Pumpkin Festival the last three weekends in October on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 5pm. Admission includes hay rides, the petting zoo, live music and more. Visitors can also enjoy a corn maze, train rides, and a “butterfly experience.” Admission is $15; Children under 10 years are free. Parking is $5.

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Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab Halloween workshop

Saturday and Sunday, 15.-16. October, Suncoast Science Center, 4452 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota, (941) 840-4394, suncoastscience.org

Take pumpkin carving to the next level at the Suncoast Science Center’s annual Halloween workshop. Activities include laser pumpkin engraving, custom Halloween mask making, and even chocolate making. Hourly meetings are held on Saturdays from 2pm to 7pm and on Sundays from 1pm to 4pm. Admission for up to three people is $45 and includes two activity options.

Halloween Burlesque at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre

Sunday, October 16, McCurdy’s Comedy Theater, 1923 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, (941)-925-FUNY (3869), mccurdyscomedy.com

Wake up to the spooky season with a few laughs at the Hard Heart Burlesque Halloween Special. The event begins at 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 16. Enjoy singing, showgirls and more. This event is for adults over the age of 18 only; Admission tickets cost $37.

Second Annual Fall Festival at University Town Center

Saturday and Sunday, 22.-23. October, The Mall at University Town Center, Parking Lot 4 (East Side), (727) 674-1464, mallatutc.com

The Mall at UTC is hosting this family-friendly event on October 22nd and 23rd from 11am to 6pm. Guests can enjoy a pumpkin patch and participate in a pumpkin contest, as well as rides and a pet costume contest. There will also be a vendor’s market, food and beer trucks, and other fun fall activities. Admission is free.

Trick or treat on the lake at Nathan Benderson Park

October 25, Regatta Island, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, (941) 358-7275, nathanbendersonpark.org

Trick or treating is fun, but trick or treating at the lake? Creepy! Come in your best costume and trick or treat on the lake from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Perfect for families, this free event features candy stands, live music, a play area and storytelling area, and a special performance by Hotel Transylvania. Admission is free; Parking is $10.

boo! at the bazaar

Saturday, October 29, 821 Apricot Ave., Sarasota, (941) 445-1938, bazaaronapricotandlime.com

Trick-or-treaters are invited to dress up and take part in this family-friendly event at The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. The event takes place in the Bazaar and runs from 10am to 3pm Collect sweets at each stall, receive a free book and enjoy live music by Sean Adam Walsh. Admission is free.

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Sarasota Dog-A-Ween Costume Contest

Saturday, October 29, Lemon Avenue and Main Street, downtown Sarasota, destinationdowntownsarasota.com

If you’ve ever bragged about how adorable your dog looks in disguise, then the 14th Annual Dog-A-Ween Costume Contest is for you. Starting at 9:00 AM, walk your costumed dog through the Sarasota Farmers Market. All participants will receive a Wet Noses Sarasota gift bag, and winners will receive prizes from downtown Sarasota stores. Registration is $15 and all proceeds go to the Donte’s Den Foundation. Parking is available in the Whole Foods Market garage.

The Boo Run!

Saturday, October 29, 6300 University Parkway, Sarasota, (941) 893-7589, raceroster.com/events/2022/62435/2022-boo-run

Lace up your sneakers for the 19th annual Boo Run hosted by the Lakewood Ranch Running Club. The in-person event will be held on October 29 at a new 5K course at Lakewood Ranch. There are three options available including a kids race, an adult race and a dog race. The event starts at 7:30am with start times for each race listed here. There will also be a virtual option for runners to submit their times from October 25-31. Runners are encouraged to dress up for the event’s costume contest. All proceeds are split 50/50 between Another Day for Gray and the Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch. For pricing information and registration click here.

Ghosted: A Halloween Experience

October 29, Oasis Restaurant & Bar, 1525 Fourth St., Sarasota, sarasotaout.com

Are you ready to make your skeleton dance? Presented by SarasotaOUT, this Halloween dance party takes place from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at the Oasis Restaurant & Bar. The event includes a costume contest with exciting prizes and a drag show. Guests can also purchase reserved seating. Tickets range from $10 for general admission to $25 for VIP access. Click here for more.

Monster’s Booze Cruise

Saturday, October 29, LeBarge, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, sarasotaout.com

What do you get when you combine Halloween, Sarasota Bay and alcohol? The Monsters Booze Cruise presented by SarasotaOUT. The cruise operates from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM and guests are encouraged to wear their best Halloween outfit for the costume contest. Dance and drag performances are accompanied by a DJ. Fear not: snacks and a bar will also be available. Participants must be at least 21 years old. Tickets are $45, with an optional add-on to the Oasis Afterparty (more info on that above).

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Annual Gator Club Halloween Block Party

Saturday, October 29, 1490 Main St., Sarasota, thegatorclub.com

The Gator Club Halloween Block Party is from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. The event features an indoor DJ and live music both indoors and outdoors. There will also be food trucks and stalls. This event is 21-plus. Entry outdoors is free; Indoor admission is $20.

Selby Gardens Creepy

Sunday, October 30, 1534 Mound St., Sarasota, (941) 366-5731, selby.org

The Halloween spirit is in full swing at Selby Gardens. This family-friendly event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dress up for trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, and fun educational activities, then dare to face the inflatable corn maze. Admission is free for members of Selby Gardens. General admission is $21 for adults, $11 for children 5-17, and free for children under 4.

Beneva’s Monster Bash at Mellow Mushroom

Monday, October 31, Mellow Mushroom Sarasota, 6727 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, sarasotaout.com

Groove to the “Monster Mash” at SarasotaOUT’s Beneva’s Monster Bash. This twist on the classic Halloween party takes place on Monday October 31st at 7pm. Celebrate the spooky season with drag performances, Halloween drinks, and spooky games. The event will also feature a costume contest, and the winner will receive free pizza for a year. Due to adult content, this is an adult-only event. Standing-only tickets are $5; Reserved place cards are $10.

Fright night on St Armands

Monday, October 31, 431 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, (941) 388-1554, starmandscircleassoc.com

Even Dracula needs to buy a new cloak – and where better place than St Armands Circle? This year’s Fright Night takes place on Monday, October 31 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. St. Armand’s shops and restaurants are being updated with spooky decor, promotions and more. Trick-or-treat around the circle, and don’t forget to say “boo” to the costumed statues you encounter along the way. Admission is free.



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