IT'S THAT TIME!__________
The Pumpkin Patches are Opening, check them out!
**First United Methodist Chruch (Lake Morton)
**TBA Church (540A)
**Presbyterian Church in the Highlands
(Lake Miriam Dr.)
**Ardella Baptist Chruch (Pipkin Rd.)
**St John's United Methodist Chruch (Winter Haven)
**Frist United Methosids Church Auburndale
(Youth Ministry Pumpkin Patch)
Plus so many more! Check your local churches and produce stands.
LAKELAND Mom's 2021 Fall + Halloween Guide
Too many to list. Make your plans
**Fall Events + Trunk or Treat
**Trick or Treat Times
**Trick or Treat Locations
** Costume Stores
Polk Museum of Pumpkin Contest.
Create your pumpkin using a variety of materials, take a picture, and submit it. The deadline is Friday, Oct. 29th at midnight
Oct. 22 & 23
Halloween Movie Marathon
Dracula, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, Frankenstein meets the Wolfman, Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Chills and Thrills Side:
Beetlejuice, Little Shope of Horrors, The Lost Boys, Poltergeist, It
$25 per car
Oct. 23rd @ 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Fall Festival & Craft Fair
Presbyterian Church in the Highlands
Oct. 27th @ 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Trick-or-treating at all stores displaying a pumpkin decal starts at 5 pm. Children can also enjoy spooktacular FREE activities such as games, a fantastic photo booth to capture memories, and watching performers at different points of the Town Center. Be sure to stop by participating merchant stores to get some candy and enjoy devilish deals and faBOOlous food!
Oct. 29th @ 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Festive Flix, Halloween Edition
Lake Mirror Promenade
Bring your friends and family members, your blankets and lawn chairs, and your favorite snacks (or buy some on-site), and savor the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus on the big screen. The event is free to attend.
Check out the historical Halloween movies showing this month:
*Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Oct 29th & 30th
The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Historic
Mark your calendar.
Oct. 24th @ 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
FREE FREE FREE
Join us for an evening of;
2901 St. Rd. 544
Oct. 29th & 30th @ 6 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Haunted Jail Tour 2021
Polk County Jail
First come First Served - pay at the door
Oct. 30th @ 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Join us for our 6th annual Harvest Festival at Spence Park. Guests will enjoy vendors, games, a community trunk r' treat, pony rides, and more!
Scream-A-Geddon Horror Park
Be Afraid! Be Very Afraid!
Harvest Holler Corn Maze
Through Nov. 14th
Oct. 22nd, 23rd, 29th & 30th
Halloween Train Ride
Seats may fill up fast!
Fox Squirrel Corn Maze
Oct. 9th - 24th
Oct. 2nd - 30th (Saturdays only)
Fall Harvest Days at Keel Farms
Sir Henry's Haunted Trail
feature 3 HAUNTED TRAILS, an ESCAPE GAME, and LASER TAG along with entertainment, food vendors, and merchandise. Experience this 'Fear Park' that's unlike any other around. This is the ultimate haunted experience for the avid horror and Halloween fan! Trek your way through woods that the legendary phantom Sir Henry haunts as he looks for the murderer of his Bride. But Sir Henry is not the only creature you have to fear. If you're lucky you might make it out alive...
The Haunted Taven
Am immersive cocktail experience run by the descendants of Ichabod Crane. You will visit one of the most haunted locations in Tampa as the tavern keeper guides you through a 4-part interactive cocktail journey.
Now - Oct. 31st
Ghost of Tampa Theatre Tour
Learn the Theatre’s secrets and stories with a “balcony to backstage” tour that will focus on the historic movie palace’s ghostly guests, preternatural patrons, and eternal employees.
This is an ongoing tour throughout the year! So if you have a full plate of fun the October, you can take this tour. Click and check out the days and times.
TAMPA & ST. PETERSBURG
Undead in the Water SOS
American Victory Ship
Premier nautical haunted attraction
Now - Oct. 31st
Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream
Now - Oct. 31st
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Oct. 2nd - 31st
Saturdays & Sundays
Through Oct. 30tj
Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park
Creatures of the Night
Raprager Family Farm's
Full Pumpkin Festiva & Haunted Farm, live music, comedians, Magicians, and more!
Recommend purchasing tickets online, which could be turned away at the gate.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Oct. 22nd & 23rd
@ 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Starkey Wilderness Park
Stay in your car, this is a drive-thru event!!!!
Oct. 23, 24, 30 & 31
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
30th Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival
Craft Show • Live Music • Live Shows • Pumpkins • Kid's Pumpkin Games •
Pioneer Trades Village • Hayrides • Pony Rides • Corn Maze $2 • Scarecrow Displays • Homemade Ice Cream • Farm Roasted Sweet Corn • Food Galore • Pumpkin Pie • Rock Climbing Wall • Power Jump • Petting Zoo • Barnyard Playground • Arm Painting • Children’s Train Ride $2 • Big Train Ride $3• Juggler • Fresh Produce •Butterfly Experience •
Admission $12/parking $5/ 10 years & under FREE
Scott's Maze Adventures
Oct. 1st - Dec. 12th
Day & night corn maze
Opening night Oct. 1st
The Heartland Fall Festival
Open following weekends
Oct. 23rd & 24th, 30th,31st
Nov. 6th & 7th
Partin Ranch Corn Maze
Oct. 9th - Oct. 31st Sat. & Sun.
Home of the 'psychic capital of the World"
Who are the residents of this camp, you ask? Try mediums, healers, psychics, and spiritualist church members, some of whom claim the land exists in a “spiritual vortex” with a thin veil separating the living from the dead, making it quite literally prime real estate for those of the spiritualist faith.
EVENTS THROUGHOUT CENTRAL FLORIDA
Bradenton, Myakka City, Windermere, Tampa/Bruce B Downs, Clearwater, Clermont, St. Petersburg, plus more!
There are too many festivals to list, click below for a full list.
Thursday's @ 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Through Dec. 16th
Live music at the fountain
Oct. 22nd @ 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Canned Tuna in the Park
Dan Signor will be playing this evening.
Bring a can of tuna or another non-perishable food item to benefit Volunteers in Service to the Elderly.
Oct. 22nd @ 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The movie Clue
Classic Dinner & A Movie Night Presented by:
The Stage Room.
Watch the classic movie with an amazing complimentary meal
$9 per person in advance/$12 at the door
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.
Oct. 23rd @ 9 a.m.
12th Annual Warrior Walk
First Presbyterian Church
If you would like to help set up putting the crosses out, show up at 8 a.m. If you have a cordless drill, please bring it. Not handy with power tools? No! problem other things your help will be needed with.
Oct. 23rd @ 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Lakeland Hispanic Festival
Lake Mirror Promenaden
Oct. 24th @ 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Salsa in the Park
A Halloween BASH
Intro to Salsa Class starting at 6 p.m.
Oct. 28th @ 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
80's Themed Murder Mystery
Oct. 28th @ 5:30 - 730 p.m.
'A Touch of Broadway"
Betsye Kay Finch Performing Arts Foundation
Junior League Building
Lake Morton Dr.
Hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and a show!
If interested purchase tickets early, may sell out.
@ 4:30 p.m. 9 p.m.
Tasty Tuesdays are a super fun way to experience multiple Downtown restaurants all in one night! You get hearty sample sizes with each ticket, and move from place to place at your own pace!
The Polk Theatre
Check out what is coming to your Historical Polk Theatre:
Oct. 22: Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular
Oct. 29 & 30: Rock Horror Picture Show
Nov. 5: An Aretha Franklin Tribute
Dec. 3: The Broadway Boys
Dec. 10: Lindsey Alley: We Need a Little Christmas
Dec. 11 & 23: The Nutcracker
Jan. 5: Cinderella
Jan. 21: A Led Zeppelin Tribute
Anne Jenkins Memorial Symphony Series
The Lakeland Symphony Orchestra will perform 3 major performances at the Polk Theatre and performing
Dec. 4th @ 7 p.m. & Dec. 5th @ 2 p.m.:
March 5th @ 7 p.m: Symphony
In addition to the 3 major performances, there will be 3 smaller-scale series featuring duets or chamber music ensembles. These will be performed at 3 different locations.
**Polk Museum of Art
**Polk History Center
**Lake Wales Arts Center
Silver Moon Drive-In
Check out the great movies playing in October:
Great family time, bring your chairs, blankets, and food.
ages 10 up $7/ 4-9 $3 and under 4 FREE
Don't forget the bug spray, it is Florida
Need a night out? Check out our local establishments!
*The Yard on Mass
*Hillcrest Coffee House
*Molly McHugh's Irish Pub
Oct. 23 & 24
Pioneer Days Festival
Shores of Lake Wailes Park
The free community festival features a heritage village that includes dozens of historical demonstrations of pioneer camps and early American trades. The public is welcome to experience, learn, share and buy hand-crafted goods from these vendors along with more than 60 craft market vendors.
Oct. 23rd @ 1 p.m. - 10 p.m.
10th Annual Tampa Pig Jig
They are asking that you fill out your health waiver ahead of time and present the QR code at the gate. Doesn't look like you have to show proof of receiving a Covid shot.
Oct. 22nd - 24th
7th Annual Tampa Tatto Arts Conventions
Tampa Convention Center
Oct. 21st - 24th
Reggae Rise Up Florida Music Festival 2021
Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
Weekends At The Winery, Sat. & Sun.
Check days, times, and artist performing lineup October and November
****Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the beautiful music, along with the beautiful vineyard and surrounding hills.
Mount Dora Community Building
**The war of the Worlds
Mercury - The Story of Queen's Front Man
Plus more to come in 2022
*********Live Theater is back! ********
Lakeland Community Theater is back!
My Son Pinocchio
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Fox on the Fairway
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
More to come in 2022
Community Theatre is back
Central Florida places of interest
FLORIDA Back Road trips
Off the beaten path, culture, and history
STATE OF FLORIDA
THE FLORIDA HIDDEN BEACHES
Visitor Guide information about Central Florida and things to do.
VISIT CENTRAL FLORIDA
Beaches, places to go, things to do, deals, and more!