Halloween activities abound in Alachua County and this is your guide to spooky and not-so-spooky fun around the county this month. Have I missed something you’d like added to the list? Please comment below and I will add it to the list.
October 1st – 31st
Come walk Scarecrow Row anytime during the month of October.
Main Street, Alachua
October 2nd – 31st
Ocala Jaycess Haunted House at Wild Waters
5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs, FL
Adults: $12 Kids 10 and younger: $8
Enjoy an evening of fright and delight with the Ocala Jaycees – JCI Ocala Haunted House at Wild Waters. Enjoy an evening of fun, fear and food with the entire family. We will offer multiple scare zones, a creepy arcade, refreshments, beer and mixed drinks.
Saturday’s: Now – Oct. 31st
Michael’s Kids Club
3644 Southwest Archer Rd, Gainesville, Florida
Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10 AM – 12 PM. See a store associate to join the fun!
October 10 Perler Frankenstein
October 17 Tic-Tac-Toe
October 24 Pet Spider
October 31 Trick or Treat Bag
October 3rd – Nov. 1st
Roger’s Farm Fall Fest
$12 per person for all activities * $8 without corn maze
$8 for corn maze & spook trail * Children 3 & under Free
Fun filled entertainment for the whole family. Young and old will have a memorable experience. Take a pleasant stroll down the spooky trail where you will encounter the things you only thought existed only in your imagination. There is a full 12 acre corn maze, with a theme and map to help you along your journey. On Fri. & Sat. nights from 8 PM to 11:00 pm. We invite you to test your fear level by trying to outwit the ghouls and creatures lurking within the maze. See if you are as brave as you think!
Michael’s Family Craft Time: Great Pumpkin Event
3644 Southwest Archer Rd, Gainesville
Trinity UMC’s Great Pumpkin Run
4000 NW 53rd Ave, Gainesville, FL
Join us for an evening of family fun at Trinity UMC’s Great Pumpkin Run 5K. The course will take you through the beautiful campus of Trinity United Methodist Church and surrounding area, and end at the Trinity Pumpkin Patch, where there will be refreshments, a bounce house, hayrides and children’s games. We will have prizes for the participants dressed in a Pumpkin or family friendly Halloween themed outfit. Proceeds from the race event will be used to support the Trinity United Methodist Summer Mission trip to Appalachia help make homes warmer, safer, and drier. Lace up your shoes, find you most festive pumpkin-themed gear and come run.
From 4:30 until race start, enjoy the Trinity Pumpkin Patch, a bounce house, hayrides and children’s games.
Get the whole family in the spirit of Halloween. Join us on Saturday, October 3 from 1-4 pm, for our Annual Great Pumpkin Crafting Event. Just $7 per 9” craft pumpkin, includes supplies. Offer available while supplies last.
Screaming for Safety
Safety City, 1025 NE 13th St, Gainesville
4 – 7 pm
Screaming for Safety is a large, free public safety event that we hold each year during the National Fire Prevention Week. This event provides a safe place for children to dress up in their Halloween Costumes and Trick- or- Treat as well as a ‘one- stop- shop’ for safety information.
During the evening, children and their families will visit each safety station. They will learn about different safety topics and have a card stamped when they complete the station. They have to visit each station to participate in the door prizes. During the event, they also have the opportunity to participate in a costume contest.
October 9th – November 1st
Coon Hollo Corn Maze
Friday 4 pm – Dusk
Saturday 10 am – Dusk
Sunday 2 pm – Dusk
$10 (3 and under free)
Crop maze, hayride to feed cows, pony rides, farm train, pasture putt putt, burlap sack slide, hay bale obstacle course, farm scavenger hunt & more.
Tioga Outdoor Movie Night: Frankenweenie
Tioga Town Center, 105 SW 128th Street, Newberry, FL
7 – 9 pm
Join us on the 2nd Friday of the month. Bring your lawn chair and blankets and come enjoy a movie at The Square at Tioga Town Center. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
October 9th – 31st (Friday & Saturday’s)
Madness and Mayhem High Springs Haunted House
19975 Northwest 244th Street (US HWY 441), High Springs, FL
Door $10 | Advance $9 | Group +20 $8
We are the number one haunted house and graveyard in North Florida with professional set design and actors akin to Halloween Horror Nights. Check out our links to buy tickets, be a sponsor, volunteer, donate to our wish list, and read about the history of the haunt. This year on Halloween from 4:30-6:30 pm, we will have a lights on “Trick or Treat” walk through for the wee ones who are too scared to venture in at night. No scary actors either.
Learn with Jo-Ann:Kids’ Funkin Crafting
3202 SW 35th Blvd, Gainesville, Fl
1 – 2 pm
Festive Funkins Paint, doodle & craft pumpkins that last year after year! Ages 8 & older One 1-hr session
All Girl Frankenstein: Discount Preview
The Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville, FL
Published nearly 200 years ago, the legend of Frankenstein has long haunted our dreams and imaginations. Now, just in time for the Halloween season, the Hipp brings you the Southeastern Premiere of this smoldering new retelling of the gothic classic Frankenstein featuring a gutsy all-female cast.
Learn with Jo-Ann: Kids’ Hand Sewing Treat Pouch
3202 SW 35th Blvd, Gainesville
9:30 – 11:30 am
Tower Library Zombie Invasion for Teens
3020 S.W. 75th Street, Gainesville, Fl
Middle School Kids Only
6 – 7:30 pm
Lurch on down to the library for our 5th annual Zombies in the Library event; a “night to dismember”!!! Learn the Thriller dance led by instructors from Danscompany of Gainesville. Come dress in your zombie best (or worst) only if you dare! Our zombie make-up artists will be on hand to help complete your look.
Halloween Monster Bash 5K
Tioga Town Center,105 SW 128th Street, Newberry, FL
Ever wanted to do a fun, family-friendly outdoor event and get to celebrate Halloween in a awesome way? Well we heard your pleas for fun events and present the inaugural Halloween Monster Bash 5K. There will be Halloween themed music and sounds playing along the race course. We will be having Halloween costume contest, dance contest, prizes for 5k, free raffles and giveaways, sponsors/vendor expo area and much more!
Lubee Bat Fest
1309 N.W. 192nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL
10 – 4 pm
Free, donations encouraged
The conservancy is not open to the general public on a regular basis, so this event is a rare opportunity for wildlife lovers to see our bats up-close.
The bats at Lubee boast wingspans of up to 6 feet across. Guests will get to observe how the bats interact with each other, play with their toys and eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, a truly unique sight. The festival is a fun, relaxing and recreational experience for the whole family with free activities, including bat-themed crafts and games for kids, educational exhibits, bouncy huts provided by Space Walk and presentations by bat experts. All proceeds of the festival help support bat conservation and education programs.
O2B Kids Spooktakular
6680 West Newberry Road, Gainesville, FL
Free for members | $15 for non-member children
6 – 10 pm
The most Spooktakular Halloween party for kids and families. Costume contest with prizes for 4 different age brackets. Trick or Treating throughout the entire facility. Haunted House, super fun performances and live DJ! PLUS Dominos Pizza, Creepy Carnival, Spooky Science, Cotton Candy and Smores!
Sun Country Sunny’s Howlapalooza
333 SW 140th Terrace, Jonesville, FL
Advanced Tickets: Adult $5.00, Youth $15
3 – 6 pm
Every year Sun Country Sports Center hosts a benefit Halloween Howl-A-Palooza at our West location. Our staff will host an afternoon of play complete with carnival games, bounce houses, rock climbing, KidQuest indoor playground and haunted houses. Sun Country Dance Theatre will present numerous performances and outside will be Sun Country’s Gym Bus, train rides, sno-cones and pizza. In lieu of candy, goody bags and prizes will be awarded. Child-friendly costumes are welcome and encouraged. Proceeds go to March of Dimes.
Skate Station Walking Dead Spooky Party
1311 NW 76th Blvd, Gainesville, FL
7:30 pm – 12 am
Prizes for Best Dressed Zombie! Humans vs. Zombies, Zombie Walk, Thriller Dance Contest!
Boo at the Zoo
Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
3000 NW 83rd Street
3 – 7:30 pm
Admission: 1 can of food per person. Canned goods will be donated to local food banks.
Boo at the Zoo is Gainesville’s favorite Halloween treat for families. The students and staff transform the zoo into a spooky but safe trick or treat event for the whole family. Admission to the event is one canned good per person. Cans collected help two charities, Santa Fe Harvest and Catholic Charities, which feed families in need from our community.
In addition, entertainment is provided by Danscompany of Gainesville which performs “Thriller” several times throughout the event. Also, Domino’s Pizza will be on hand to provide refreshments and food for a small fee.
The zoo is scheduled to be closed from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in order to prepare and transform the zoo into 16 different candy stations that will be decorated in themes from many different children classics and fan favorites. Bring a camera, past candy stations included characters from Cinderella, Super Mario Brothers or maybe Scooby Doo!