By Kathy L Collins

Fall is in the area, even here in Florida, during the month of October. Gather up your spooky ghouls and other family members and friends and experience some fun Halloween events.


Hydro Harvest Farms Pumpkin Patch & 7th Annual Boofest

1101 Shell Pt. Rd., Ruskin

Everyone needs a pumpkin, so come out to the Pumpkin Patch anytime between 10/5-11/11 and find your perfect pumpkin. Children will enjoy pumpkin painting, crafts, games and prizes. On Saturday, October 20 come to the 7th Annual Boofest from 12 to 3 p.m. All events are free. For more information call 645-6574.


Hyde Park Village Fall Festival, Trick Or Treating & Pumpkin Patch

Hyde Park Village, Tampa

On Saturday October 13, bring the family to Hyde Park and pick your perfect pumpkin. Children can trick or treat from 5 to 7 p.m. Hayrides start at 7 p.m. This is a free event. For more information call 251-3500.


20th Annual Haunted Woods Event

10/19- 10/20; 6 to 10 p.m. Hillsborough River State Park, 15402 U.S. Hwy 301 N.

Go down the Trail of Terror or if you are really daring, try the Haunted Trail. Cost is $5 per person. For more information call 987-6771.


Trick Or Treat Street

10/20, 4:30 to 8:30

Riverview High School, Riverview

This fun and safe way for families to experience the tradition of trick or treating in safe environment is hosted by the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office and Riverview High School.

For information call 234-5944.


Halloween Horribles

10/28 at 3 p.m. Center Place, 619 Vonderburg Dr., Brandon

Costumed munchkins ages 3 to 10 accompanied by an adult can partake in the annual Halloween Parade and enjoy lots of treats from area civic clubs and businesses. Free but a ticket to attend is required.

For information call 685-8888.



10/28, 4 to 8 p.m. Florida Aquarium, Tampa

Children can wear their best costume and enjoy a day’s worth of trick or treating through the Aquarium’s fabulous exhibits.  This family event is budget friendly with children under 12 getting in for $2 and all others just $12.

For information call 273-4000.

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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.