October in Tampa Bay-Pumpkin Patches, Fall Festivals, and Halloween, Oh My!

Fall has arrived in Tampa Bay.  There was a slight possibility you pulled out your sweater this weekend. Just slight, but I’ll take it!  Fall not only brings a cooler temps to our Bay area, but it also brings tons of fun events to the Tampa Bay area, both for our kiddos and us!

Looking for things to do in November in Tampa Bay? Check out November in Tampa: Fun Events for the Entire Family!

Pumpkin Patches and Farms:

Fox Squirrel Corn Maze

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3002 Charlie Taylor Road N
Plant City, FL 33565

Fox Squirrel Corn Maze is open October 12th thru November 3rd, Saturday and Sunday’s only. Open 10 a.m. until gates close at 5 p.m.  Guests are asked to exit the maze by 7 p.m. Fox Squirrel Corn Maze boasts everything from traditional tractor pulled hay rides, a pumpkin patch, games, butterflies and pony rides; to antiques, homemade jams, jellies, breads, arts and crafts. And, of course the main attraction, a 5 acre corn maze planted and designed to amuse visitors of all ages.


Sweet Fields Farm

17250 Benes Roush Rd.
Masaryktown, Fl 34604

Open Saturdays and Sundays 10-5pm.  Activities include a pumpkin patch and a maze. Check out Michelle’s adventure to this corn maze!

HydroHarvest Farms


1101 Shell Point Rd E
Ruskin, FL

“Our Pumpkin Patch is open for the Pumpkin Hunters. It’s free, we have loads of Pumpkins for sale and the kids will have a blast rocking and rolling through the Pumpkins and Hay. It’s no fun going to a boring old store and getting a Pumpkin. It’s much more fun getting pictures of the kids, having fun picking out just the right Jack O Lantern or any of our Prize Winners or Specialty Pumpkins and Gourds. Best of all the kids can haul them to the barn in a wagon and out to the car. We have lots of carving kits and stencils, too. Don’t forget to include a real Hay Bale and some Real Cornstalks in your Halloween décor.”  Their Boo Fest will be October 26 from 11:00am-3:00pm.


Little Monsters Promenade and Pumpkin Patch

Centro Ybor
1600 E 7th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605

Kids can choose a free pumpkin to decorate from more than 300 in a fenced pumpkin patch in Centro Ybor courtyard. Then show off kids’ costumes during trick-or-treat among the Centro Ybor merchants on Saturday, October 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Hunsader Farms


5500  CR 675
Bradenton, FL 34211

October 12-13 & 19-20 & 26-27, 2013. Fun times to include a petting zoo and barnyard playground

Seal Swim School


19509 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Lutz, FL 33549

Be sure to mark your calendars for their Family Fun Festival on Saturday, October 19th from 4pm – 8pm! Activities to include arts & crafts, face painting, pumpkin painting, bounce house, and much, much MORE!

Hyde Park Village

1602 W. Snow Ave.
Tampa, FL

Check out the Pumpkin Patch at Hyde Park Village and get pumpkins in all shapes and sizes. Also, a great spot for fall family photos!  Hyde Park Village’s Pumpkin Patch is open Thursday, October 10 through Wednesday, October 30 by the fountain.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 12 to 8 PM Saturday – Sunday, 9 AM to 8 PM

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Other fun events:

Tampa Bay Moms Blog and Fit4Mom Tampa Bay Stroller Strides Spooktacular Play Date

Please join us on Saturday, October 26 at 9:15 to 12:00 at Baybridge Park (10029 Bridgeton Dr., Tampa, FL 33626) for a morning of fun, exercise, and treats for your kiddos! Get to know other local Tampa Bay area moms and get your kids out to enjoy this beautiful fall weather!

Tampa Bay Moms Blog and Fit4Mom Tampa Bay – Stroller Strides are teaming up to bring you a Spooktacular Play Date!

Click HERE to sign up!

Great Explorations


1925 4th Street
St. Petersburg, FL 33704

Saturday, October 26th, 10am-2pm– Slightly Spooky Boo!seum Come celebrate Halloween with us! We’ll have costume contests, slightly spooky arts and crafts and haunting treats! Trick or Treat around the museum and have a spooky good time!



300 E Busch Blvd.
Tampa, FL

This fall, for select nights, Howl-O-Scream 2013 unleashes thirteen evils, to be exact. With  6 haunted houses and unexpected terrors lurking around every corner, including all-new scare zones and thrilling live entertainment.  You may want to leave the younger kiddos at home for this one. 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 25 and Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 26-27

Halloween Spooktacular & Fall Festival

10351 Paradise Boulevard
Treasure Island, FL

The Treasure Island Recreation Department’s annual children’s Halloween Spooktacular, 6-9 p.m. October 26. Activities include a costume contest, carnival games, moonwalk, entertainment, refreshments and a haunted hayride with spooky cemetery. Entertainment by a story teller, face painter, magician, caricature artist, fortune teller and much more.

Zoo Boo at Lowry Park Zoo


7530 N Boulevard
Tampa, FL

Celebrate our 15th year of fun and fear with hair-raising haunts and eerie adventures for monsters of all ages. Don’t miss this haunting holiday tradition with thrills, chills and family frights! Get ready to get spooked with 6 frightfully fun haunted houses. Each attraction is assigned a “skull” rating of one to seven to indicate the scare factor. Seven is the scariest.  Very scary! 7-10 p.m. Oct. 24-25, 7-11 p.m. Oct. 26-27, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 28.

Bahama Breeze Stone Crab Festival


3045 N Rocky Point Dr. East
Tampa, FL 33607

Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bahama Breeze is celebrating the start of Florida’s stone crab season with an outdoor family-friendly festival at its waterfront location. The festival will feature special menu items and live Caribbean music on the main stage.

Entry to the festival is free and guests can purchase tickets for food and drinks at the event. Stone crabs will be served as long as they last. Other menu items include ribs with guava barbeque sauce, seafood chowder and black bean soup.  Guests over 21 can also order beer and wine, plus enjoy mojito and rum bars.

John’s Pass Seafood Festival


12901 Gulf Boulevard
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33708

Friday-Saturday-Sunday October 25-26-27 2013. There will festivities for the whole family at the annual Seafood Festival. The 31st annual John’s Pass Seafood Festival takes place at Historic John’s Pass Village located in beautiful Madeira Beach, FL. This two ½ -day outdoor festival, features continuous musical entertainment, an art and craft show, fireworks, a haunted house and of course, seafood!

Pasco Halloween Spooktacular

Veterans Memorial Park
14333 Hicks Road,
Hudson, FL

October 25, 6-9pm.  Carnival games, inflatables and spooky fun!



Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602

On October 27, 2013 4pm – 8pm, we let wild animals, ghosts and princesses roam the aquarium- Guppyween! Trick-or-treat tank-to-tank among over 20,000 sea creatures, making for the perfect family-friendly Halloween event. Entertainment and treats will be provided, so come dressed in your best costume! To purchase your tickets in advance, please click here.

Kids in costume: $5 Adults (12yrs and older): $15 Florida Aquarium Members & children under 2 get in free.

For adults:

Oktoberfest Tampa


600 N Ashley Dr
Tampa, FL 33602

“We’ll be celebrating with german cheer, dancing and singing to cooler weather and colder beer along the Hillsborough river downtown at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park this Oktober 11th, 12th, and 13th. Oktoberfest Tampa 2013 is a time to unwind and make new friends. Learn new customs and sing a few songs.”

Craft Beer Oktoberfest

Raymond James Stadium South Lot on Dale Mabry

“Join us as we bring Oktoberfest to Raymond James Stadium’s South Lot on Sunday, October 20th from 11am to 8pm. There’s no cost for admission or parking and the kids and pets are welcome! We’ll have plenty of music provided by some of Tampa Bay’s best local bands – expect to hear all types of music including many songs you’ll know all the words to. We’ll also be showing the Bucs v. Falcons game on a GIANT LED big screen (game starts at 1pm). Come sample the tastes of Oktoberfest – We’ll have plenty of authentic Oktoberfest and fair food and plenty of beers for you to sample and enjoy with event armband.”


Centro Ybor
1600 E 7th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605

Saturday, October 26 Get ready for Ybor City’s 28th annual festival! Including live music, a costume contest, and plenty of adult beverages, this one is great fun for a date night!

What are your favorite fall activities in Tampa Bay?

Sheriss is the founder of Tampa Bay Moms Blog and works full-time as a middle school special educator. Born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, she and her husband Johnny have lived in Boston, MA and Atlanta, GA, before once again calling Tampa home. They welcomed their sweet and high-spirited daughter Harper into the family in 2010. In her free time, Sheriss loves day-tripping, lazy evenings at the beach, searching for and discovering new adventures to go on with her family around the Bay area.


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