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,

Pumpkins have their own season, so that they deserve their own competition. Fruitville Grove will rejoice its 34th Annual Pumpkin Festival each weekend in October from 10 a.m.-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission consists of entry to the playground and petting zoo, stay music, the Torres Family Circus present, photo ops and costume contests. Visitors can even partake in a variety of rides and actions like zip lining, pumpkin portray, and buying at vendor booths. Both the farmers market and the Pumpkin Palace will be open, too. Admission is free; parking is $5.

Discover Sarasota Tours: Haunted Sarasota “Mummies, Murder, and Mayhem” Tour

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

Sarasota boasts gorgeous beaches, nice eating places and…ghosts?! Discover Sarasota Tours invitations the bravest souls ages 12 and older on its “Haunted Sarasota Mummies, Murder, and Mayhem” trolley tour. The tour takes guests on a 90-minute nighttime journey via the town’s spookiest corners. Guided by the Ghost Hostess, visitors will even meet some figures of local lore alongside the greatest way. Dress up for the costume contest to win thrilling prizes. Complimentary liquid braveness (beer and wine) is out there for visitors ages 21-plus from the Trolley Cottage Tiki Bar. Tickets are $49.99; parking is free.

Discover Sarasota Tours: The Boomobile Tour

Oct. 14-30 (weekends only), 1826 Fourth St., Sarasota,

Discover Sarasota’s newest spooky offering is the family-friendly “BooMobile” tour. This 45-minute musical journey runs from 6:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m. and begins with free apple cider and cookies from the Trolley Cottage. On board, join Miss Witchypoo on a search round Sarasota for her lacking magic pumpkin. If you’re within the temper, don a costume—the finest one wins a particular prize in the costume contest. Tickets for youths ages 3-11 are $19.99; tickets for those 12-plus are $24.99. Parking is free.

Hunsader Farms

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

Hunsader Farms will hold its 31st annual Pumpkin Festival from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays throughout last three weekends in October. Admission consists of hay rides, the petting zoo, live music and extra. Visitors can also take pleasure in a corn maze, train rides and a “butterfly experience.” Admission is $15; youngsters 10 and beneath are free. Parking is $5.

Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab Halloween Workshop

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

Take pumpkin carving to the following stage on the Suncoast Science Center’s annual Halloween workshop. Activities embrace laser pumpkin engraving, custom-made Halloween mask making and even chocolate making. Hourly sessions run Saturday from 2 p.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m.-4pm. Admission for as much as three folks is $45 and consists of two exercise options. 

Halloween Burlesque at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre

Sunday, Oct. 16, McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, (941)-925-FUNY (3869),

Shake up spooky season with some laughs at the Hard Heart Burlesque Halloween special. The event begins Sunday Oct. 16 at 8pm. Enjoy singing, showgirls and more. This occasion is for adults 18-plus solely; tickets are $37.

Second Annual Fall Festival at University Town Center

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

The Mall at UTC will host this family-friendly occasion on Oct. 22-23 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Guests can get pleasure from a pumpkin patch and participate in a pumpkin pageant as well as carnival rides and a pet costume contest. There will also be a vendor market, food and beer vehicles, and different fun fall actions. Admission is free.

Trick-or-Treat on the Lake at Nathan Benderson Park

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

Trick-or-treating is fun, but trick-or-treating by the lake? Spooktacular! Come in your finest costume and trick-or-treat on the lake from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Perfect for families, this free event will offer candy booths, reside music, a play area and storytelling space, and a particular screening of Hotel Transylvania. Admission is free; parking is $10.

Boo! at The Bazaar

Saturday, Oct. 29, 821 Apricot Ave., Sarasota, (941) 445-1938,

Trick-or-treaters are invited to dress up and attend this family-friendly occasion at The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. The event will take place contained in the bazaar and runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Collect candy from each vendor booth, receive a free book and enjoy live music from Sean Adam Walsh. Admission is free.

Sarasota Dog-A-Ween Costume Contest

Saturday, Oct. 29, Lemon Avenue and Main Street, downtown Sarasota,

If you’ve ever bragged about how cute your dog looks dressed up, then the 14th annual Dog-A-Ween Costume Contest is for you. Beginning at 9 a.m., parade your costumed canine via the Sarasota Farmers Market. All members will obtain a goodie bag from Wet Noses Sarasota, and winners will obtain prizes from downtown Sarasota companies. Registration is $15, and all of the proceeds go to Donte’s Den Foundation. Parking is available on the Whole Foods Market garage.

The Boo Run!

Saturday, Oct. 29, 6300 University Parkway, Sarasota, (941) 893-7589,

Lace up your sneakers for the 19th annual Boo Run, hosted by the Lakewood Ranch Running Club. The in-person event takes place on Oct. 29 at a new 5k course in Lakewood Ranch. Three options can be found, including a kids’ race, adult race and a race with dogs. The occasion begins at 7:30 a.m., with begin occasions for each race listed right here. There may even be a virtual option from Oct. 25-31 by which runners can submit their occasions. Runners are encouraged to decorate up for the event’s costume contest. All proceeds shall be break up 50/50 between Another Day for Gray and the Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch. For pricing information and registration, click right here.

Ghosted: A Halloween Experience

Oct. 29, Oasis Restaurant & Bar, 1525 Fourth St., Sarasota,

Ready to get your skeleton dance on? Presented by SarasotaOUT, this Halloween dance party will be held at Oasis Restaurant & Bar from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. The occasion will function a dressing up contest with thrilling prizes as well as a drag present. Guests can buy reserved seating, too. Tickets vary from $10 general admission to $25 for VIP access. Click right here for extra.

Monsters Booze Cruise

Saturday, Oct. 29, LeBarge, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota,

What do you get if you combine Halloween, Sarasota Bay and alcohol? The Monsters Booze Cruise, introduced by SarasotaOUT. The cruise will sail from 9 p.m.-11 p.m., and friends are inspired to put on their Halloween finest for the costume contest. Dancing and drag performances shall be accompanied by a DJ. Have no worry: snacks and a bar will also be out there. Attendees have to be 21 years of age are older. Tickets are $45, with an elective add on to the Oasis afterparty (more information on that above).

Gator Club’s Annual Halloween Block Party

Saturday, Oct. 29, 1490 Main St., Sarasota,

The Gator Club’s Halloween block party runs from 6 p.m.-2 a.m. The event will function a DJ indoors and stay music each indoors and out of doors. There may even be food trucks and vendors. This occasion is 21-plus. Outdoor admission is free; indoor admission is $20.

Selby Gardens Spooktacular

Sunday, Oct. 30, 1534 Mound St., Sarasota, (941) 366-5731,

The Halloween spirit is blossoming at Selby Gardens. This family-friendly occasion will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dress up for trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, and enjoyable instructional actions, then dare your self to courageous the inflatable corn maze. Admission is free for Selby Gardens’ members. General admission is $21 for adults, $11 for ages 5-17, and free for 4 and underneath.

Beneva’s Monster Bash at Mellow Mushroom

Monday, Oct. 31, Mellow Mushroom Sarasota, 6727 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota,

Groove to the “Monster Mash” at SarasotaOUT’s Beneva’s Monster Bash. This twist on the classic Halloween get together takes place Monday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. Celebrate spooky season with drag performances, Halloween-themed drinks and spooky video games. The event may even characteristic a fancy dress contest, and the winner will obtain free pizza for a year. Due to mature content, this is an adults-only occasion. Standing room solely tickets are $5; reserved table tickets are $10.

Fright Night on St. Armands

Monday, Oct. 31, 431 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, (941) 388-1554,

Even Dracula needs to shop for a new cape—and what better place than St. Armands Circle? This year’s Fright Night will be held Monday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The businesses and eating places of St. Armands shall be spiffed up with spooky decor, promotions and extra. Trick-or-treat via the circle, and don’t forget to say “boo” to the costumed statues you meet along the way. Admission is free.

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