All Treats, No Tricks – Top Sarasota-Area Halloween Events

Find the right Halloween event for your family this weekend.

For those of you who tuned in to last week’s Top Ten blog, we uncovered and discussed the top pumpkin patches and festivals setting the stage for this weekend’s Halloween celebration. From the spooky to the family-friendly, our area has a bit of everything to entertain children and parent’s alike on this horror-based holiday.

So, get your costumes and candy bags ready and take a trip to one of these top Sarasota-area Halloween events:

Haunted Theatre & Walking Ghost – Meet at the Players Theatre on Saturday, October 30 at 9:30pm to begin the ghost walking tour through Sarasota’s Historic Theatre District, with a stop along the way at the Rosemary Cemetery. Return to the Players Theatre at 11:00pm and enjoy finger foods and refreshments provided by Sundance Catering. Ghost Hunters of SRQ will begin the inside tour of the theatre at 11:30pm. Lead by local Ghost Author Kim Cool. $15 per person (includes complimentary finger foods)

Sarasota’s Largest Pumpkin Carving Contest – This Saturday, October 30, Sarasota’s Largest Pumpkin Carving Contest starts at 8am and all pumpkins must be submitted by 3pm. You can purchase and carve a pumpkin on-site or bring your already carved pumpkin. $5 entrance fee per pumpkin. $500 Cash Award to overall winner, $100 to Student overall winner, $100 to Child overall winner and dozens of prizes! Find out more HERE.

“Fright Night” – Enjoy a Halloween celebration on St. Armands this Saturday, October 30 at 6:00 pm. This fabulous Halloween event, in its 2nd year, returns for the “young and young at heart. Fright Night transforms St. Armands Circle from island sophistication to Halloween fun. Decorated store fronts set the stage for wandering spirits of St. Armands past. Frightening characters appear around every corner amidst statues dressed in the Halloween spirit. Children trick-or-treat throughout The Circle with numerous retailers and restaurants contributing to the Halloween spirit with customized promotions. In collaboration with the Sarasota High School Drama Department, a performance of “Thriller” will take place around 8:30pm.

Venice Halloween Parade – Gather in downtown Venice’s Centennial Park on Saturday, October 30 at 4:00pm for a Spooktacular parade and trick or treating for children. Definitely a fun experience for all!

Safe Treats – Siesta Village – The Siesta Key Village Association will once again host “Safe Treats” on Sunday, October 31, 2010 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Bring your little ones to trick or treat in Siesta Village. Look for participating members displaying balloons and pumpkin flyers in their windows.  Click HERE for more information.
7th Annual Halloween Spooktacular Celebration – Come celebrate our Halloween Spooktacular Celebration at the Sarasota Children’s Garden. Free admission with donations to All Faith’s Food Bank. We have vendors, child friendly businesses, face painting, a spooktacular gallery, food and drinks too! This event takes place on October 31 at 10:00am. Learn more HERE.

Trunk or Treat – Not an observer of the holiday? Enjoy a free, family-friendly, safe alternative to trick-or-treating. Trunk or Treat takes place on Sunday, October 31 from 6:00-8:30pm in the Woodmere Park parking lot. This is a great, family friendly Halloween alternative with free hot dogs and drinks to all who come. Decorating your vehicle/costumes is optional. Click HERE for more info.

15th Annual Dearborn Street Halloween Safewalk – Enjoy the fun and magic as Englewood hosts Halloween for the 15th year! Located along Dearborn Street in Englewood on Sunday, October 31 from 4:00 – 6:00pm. This is a wonderful, safe family event. Join the 6:00pm costume contest for those 18 years and under at Café de la Bay

Haunting on the Harbor – This Saturday, October 30 – Sunday, October 31, be prepared to be scared at the First Annual Smugglers Haunting on the Harbor Halloween Festival and Haunted House at Laishley Park in Punta Gorda. This autumn showcase will feature pumpkin patches, hay rides, kid’s carnival games, fair food, live music, and the largest haunted house in Charlotte County. Admission: $2.00, children 12 and under Free. Learn more HERE.

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