It's October, and we've compiled a list of frightfully fun events to help make your Halloween (and the days leading up to it) the spookiest yet!
Howl-o-Ween Pet Costume Contest
When: Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Phillipi Farmhouse Market
For the first time ever, Phillippi Farmhouse Market will be home to the Humane Society of Sarasota's annual pet costume contest! From 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., you can stop by the market and enjoy fresh, locally-grown produce, as well as live music and treats for your four-legged friends. The pet costume contest begins at 12:00 p.m., and registration begins beforehand from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. It only costs $10 to register your pet, and that money will then be donated to the Humane Society of Sarasota.
For more information (and to register early), visit the Humane Society of Sarasota's website.
When: Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27 from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
Wild-o-Ween at the Big Cat Habitat will be a family-friendly event with a little something for everyone, such as live music, pony rides and petting zoos, a children's costume contest, and more. Children who come in costume get in for free!
For contact information, visit the Big Cat Habitat's website.
Boo Fest at Lakewood Ranch
When: Friday, Oct. 15 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Lakewood Main Street
Put on your costumes and make your way over to Boo Fest, where you can participate in a wide range of fun activities. Walk in the costume parade, take your little ones trick-or-treating, dare to explore the hair-raising haunted house and graveyard, get family photos taken in the pumpkin patch, and much more!
For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.
Trunk or Treat at McKechnie Field
Children will have a fun and safe trick-or-treating environment at McKechnie Field, where they will receive candy from Halloween-themed vehicle trucks. There will be other activities to enjoy as well, such as cookie decorating, a haunted clubhouse, inflatable games, hay rides, and more!
For more information, contact McKechnie Field at 941-748-4610
Mattison's Halloween Events
When: Saturday, Oct. 26 and Thursday, Oct. 31
Where: Mattison's City Grille
On Saturday, Oct. 26, Mattison's will be hosting a Halloween Costume Party from 7:30 p.m. - midnight. Come in costume for the chance to win up to $100 for the first place prize! Then dance all night to live music and indulge in drink, appetizer, and dinner specials.
On Thursday, Oct. 31, there will still be Halloween menu specials, such as soft shell crab with blood orange and garlic butter sauce. Scary, yet delicious!
For more information, visit Mattison's website.
When: Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26 from 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m
Where: Oscar Scherer State Park
This is a family-oriented event, with two separate trails to walk: the scary "Haunted Trail" (intended for mature audiences) and the other, less frightening "Trick or Treat Trail." There will also be a pumpkin patch, costume contests, and more! The event only costs $5, and proceeds go to Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department, the Friends of Oscar Scherer Park, Inc., and the Osprey-Nokomis Chamber of Commerce.
No pets allowed.
For more information, visit Oscar Scherer's website here.
Siesta Key Village: Safe Treats for Kids
When: Thursday, Oct. 31 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Siesta Village along Ocean Blvd
This is the 29th year that the Siesta Key Village Association will host "Safe Treats," an event that provides a safe place for children to trick-or-treat. Look for participating members displaying orange & black balloons and pumpkins in their windows-- once you spot those, go get that candy!
For more information, visit the Siesta Key Village Association's website.
When: Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26
Where: Historic Spanish Point
On Friday, Oct. 25, electronic devices will be used to locate paranormal activities around Historic Spanish Point-- you may even get to communicate with someone in the hereafter! Tours are at 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p., and 9:00 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 26, there will be two film screenings-- one for the family and one just for the adults. The family film, "Hocus Pocus," and will be shown at 7:15 p.m. The adult's movie, "Nightmare on Elm Street," begins afterwards at 10:00.
For more information, and to buy tickets, visit Historic Spanish Point's website.
Turtle Beach Campground's Family Fall Fest
When: Oct. 25 -27
Where: Turtle Beach Campground
There will be a campsite trick-or-treat, Halloween campsite decorating, professional storytelling by the campfire, free s'mores, and much more! Bring the kids because it will be fun for the entire family!
For more information, call the campsite at 941-349-3839
Clermark Equestrian's Horses & Halloween
When: Saturday, Oct. 26 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Clermark Equestrian
Gather together your family and friends, create a team of your very own, and enjoy an adventurous afternoon where you will meet the horses, enjoy snacks, and have a fun time playing games such as Musical Saddles.
Please call Aimee Foster at 941-322-9196 to let her know many people will be in your group!
Mote Marine Sharktober Fest
When: Every Saturday of the month
Where: Mote Marine Laboratory
Kids who wear costumes to Mote get in FREE every Saturday of October. Don't forget to keep an eye out for Mote mascot, Gilly the Shark!
More information on the Mote website here.