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10 Spooktacular Things to do In Tampa Bay in October 2020

Tampa Bay is full of amazing things to do. We wanted to highlight some of the events that are happening in October! If you know any other event that we didn’t mention, comment below. 

#1 Drive In – Armature Works :

Armature Works is hosting a drive-in movie from October 15th to November 1st. Audiences can enjoy a mix of modern and classic films every day of the week, two showings per night, one at 7:30 pm and the second at 10:30 pm. To keep prices affordable, tickets will start at $22 per vehicle. Parking is assigned on a first come first served basis, so the earlier you go the better place you get! And the best thing is that you can order food and drinks from Armature Works online from your car while watching the movie. Let’s support the community and watch some good movies!

#2 Beer Fest at Bush Gardens:

Beer Fest is a fall event at Bush Gardens that has been a success for over three years. Enjoy the outside food and beverage festival, while trying fall flavors on 16 different cabins spread in the park. From craft beer to delicious beer-inspired dish pairings. This event will be happening every weekend from September 12 until November 15 from 12 pm to 6 pm. Go and explore the delicious beer while having a physical distance open-air festival. The best thing is that pass members can enjoy 3 free food, beer, wine, or cocktail sample. 

#3 Ybor City Saturday Market:

Since 2000, the Ybor City Saturday Market has been offering the opportunity for many customers to meet the artist and purchase unique products. This is the largest outdoor market in the Tampa Bay area, located in Tampa’s historic district. In October the hours of operation will be extended from 9 am to 3 pm. Enjoy this extra time to support Tampa’s artisans. 

#4 Halloween Boat Parade Tampa Riverwalk :

This year we are going to have the first Halloween Boat Parade! It will happen on Saturday, October 24th from 6:30 pm to 9:30. Boats will be decorated in an amazing display of lights and decorations parading over the Tampa Bay area. And the best thing is that you can join this parade by water or land! Besides all the fun, this is a beneficent event to raise funds to find a cure for pediatric cancer. 

#5 Undead in the Water American Victory Ship :

UNDead in the Water is Tampa’s only authentic nautical haunted attraction. The American Victory Ship became a research center to find a cure for the spread of zombie contagion. However, the zombies are escaping, and the ship is going underwater. The only hope would be to find the cure. If you would like to try to find the cure, this event will be happening during the weekends of October.

#6 Howl-o-scream – Busch Gardens :

Tampa Bay’s premier Halloween event returns this fall with modified attractions to open-air scare zones. The Howl-o-scream event will be happening for 18 nights during the weekends from September 25th to November 1st at Bush Gardens. After nighttime, the entire parks turn into scare zones. Are you ready for this adventure? 

#7 Pumpkin Patch – Hyde Park Village :

Hyde Park Village returns in October with the Pumpkin Patch to benefit the Human Society of Tampa Bay. Go to the patch and chooses your perfect pumpkin from October 1st to October 31st

#8 Creatures of the Night – Zoo Tampa Halloween :

Tampa bay number one family-friendly Halloween event, Creatures of the Night, returns to Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park. This event will take place for 11 nights from Friday, October 2nd to Saturday, October 31st. This event is perfect for anyone that wants to have some fun during Halloween without being that scared. The event will start at 4 pm until 10 pm. This is the perfect event to bring the kids. 

#9 An Eerie Evening: at the Tampa Bay Hotel – Henry Plant Museum :

The Tampa Bay Hotel has been a silent witness to countless individuals over the past 129 years. During October we can see the museum in the moonlight and have a unique experience to solve a murder mystery. The visitors will be able to spend a unique time in the 1890s.  The Eerie Evening will be held on October 23, 24, and 30 from 6 pm to 9:30 pm. Enjoy this unique experience at the Tampa Bay Hotel. 

#10 SpookEasy Lounge Halloween – Ybor City

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SpookEasy Lounge puts a fun, haunted twist on the Speakeasy concept from the Prohibition. The lounge gives off a creepy vibe with wine-red walls, black leather chairs, a stained glass window, and skeleton decor throughout. Along with their famous kratom and kava teas, they also offer a variety of coffee for customers to enjoy.

The SpookEasy Lounge also offers events for each day of the week. 

  • Monday – Movie Night from 7-9 pm
  • Tuesday – All you can drink Kava for $25 after 6 pm
  • Wednesday – Open mic from 7-9 pm
  • Thursday – Game Night
  • Friday – Live Music
  • Saturday – Various Drinks Specials
  • Sunday – Psychic Dawn Bednar 12 – 4 pm, Drag Bingo 5 -7 pm, Craft Night every other Sunday

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