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Our Favorite Picks for Fall Fun in Tampa Bay

Brought to you by Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine

Fall is here and while it may not feel like it just yet, there are SO many fun events around Tampa Bay to celebrate all things fall and Halloween!

By Brie Gorecki, Tampa Bay Parenting Associate Editor

Here are some of our top picks for events to check out in the area. Click here for a full list of fall festivals, corn mazes, pumpkin patches and more!

Raprager Family Farm Fall Pumpkin Festival
Fridays-Sundays through Nov. 13
16907 Boy Scout Rd., Odessa, FL, 33556

Raprager Family Farm’s Fall Festival is BACK for 2022! There are new attractions this year including axe throwing, pumpkin painting, a 900-foot inflatable maze, baby cow and more. The haunted barn is back along with the hayrides, petting zoo, hay chute slide and other favorites.

Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Patch Festival
Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 15-30
5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton, FL 34211
Make the drive south of Tampa Bay to experience the 30th annual Pumpkin Patch Festival on select weekends in October. There will be hayrides, a petting zoo, games, pumpkin patch and more! The main attraction is the corn maze, which is an additional $2 per person. Make sure to bring cash for other cool activities like a children’s train ride, Butterfly Experience, zip line and more.

Horse Power for Kids and Animal Sanctuary 15th Annual Fall Festival Fundraiser 
Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 1-31
8005 Racetrack Rd., Tampa, FL 33635
Bring the family out for a day of fun, while supporting a non-profit animal sanctuary right outside Westchase. The festival includes pony, train and hayrides, as well as farm animals. Fall games and bon fire, which includes marshmallows. Proceeds go to the animal rescue and sanctuary.

Sweetfields Farm Fall Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze and Farm Activities
Select days through Nov. 6
17250 Benes Roush Rd., Masaryktown, FL 34604
Come out for corn maze fun at Sweetfields Farm, but stay for the Pitcher Pump Duck Race, hayride, pumpkin patch, farm animals and free craft. Buy your tickets ahead of time because this event often sells out. This year’s maze design is inspired by the new farm dog who you just might meet during your visit!

Corky’s Corn Maze at Keel Farms 
Weekends in October and November
1603 Hawks Griffin Rd., Plant City, FL 33565
Keel Farms in Plant City is hosting this NEW event in Tampa Bay that will feature a four-acre corn maze to navigate as you find hidden clues and solve a riddle with the rooster mascot, Corky and pals. There is also a pumpkin hatch, hayrides, kids’ zone and more!

Pumpkin Patch Express at The Florida Railroad Museum 
Oct. 22, 23, 29 and 30
12210 83rd St. E, Parrish, FL 34219
The Florida Railroad Museum is calling “all aboard” for young and old train enthusiasts as you embark on the Pumpkin Patch Express to a field full of pumpkins to pick, as well as kid-friendly activities on your 2.5-hour journey. Children can pick their own pumpkin to take home, and participate in other fall-themed crafts and activities.

Creatures of The Night at ZooTampa
Select Nights in October

Tampa Bay’s number one family Halloween event is back! Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa is full of eerie family fun for everyone! Ghouls and goblins of all ages can enjoy howling outdoor experiences, mischievous characters, creepy culinary treats and much more! This year’s event features the Swamp Witch, a mysterious new resident who is looking to make a deal. Are you brave enough to enter her marsh and make a bargain with her no matter the cost?

Spooktacular at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 
Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 10- 30
Celebrate Halloween and more kid-friendly fun along with trick-or-treating during this new Spooktacular event at Busch Gardens! Step into a whimsical world of enchantment and join in on a costume parade, story time and trick-or-treating during this immersive Halloween Experience.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt at Fairgrounds St. Pete 
Select days and nights through Oct. 30
800 28th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Fairgrounds St. Pete is already a celebration of all that is wacky and weird and leading up to Halloween, they’ll be tying in a Halloween twist with Halloween Themed Scavenger Hunt! This is something people of all ages can enjoy.

Boos and Bubbles at Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Friday and Saturday evenings, Oct. 14-29
249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767

This is a brand-new event at Clearwater Marine Aquarium where families can experience this CMA themed fall festival among billions of bubbles! There will be a dance party and plenty of photo ops at this unique Halloween event.

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