A Guide to Halloween 2023 in Tampa Bay and Orlando
Spooky Season is upon us and it’s time to figure out our costumes plus where to celebrate Halloween 2023 in Tampa and Orlando:
4 Rivers Smokehouse Halloween-themed treats from their bakery are available until November 4th. Indulge in desserts like the Monster Rice Krispy Treats, Pumpkin Pop Tarts, Eyeball Cakeballs, and Black Magic Bars. Various locations. 4rsmokehouse.com.
AC Hotel Clearwater Beach A “Glam Goth Halloween” with views of the gulf plus cocktails, small bites, live music, and more. $65. October 31 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. 395 Coronado Dr., Clearwater, (727) 441-4443. eventbrite.com.
American Social Fans have three Halloween parties to choose from Halloween weekend featuring spooky decor, a Halloween-themed brunch, and an epic party the day of with live music. Each party comes with drink specials for everyone to enjoy including $7 Espolòn shots and a Te-Kill-A-Zombie cocktail made with Espolòn Reposado, 5 Spice Syrup, lime juice, grapefruit juice, tiki bitters, Q grapefruit soda and garnished with a dehydrated grapefruit, skull pick, mint sprig and firestix. October 28-31. 601 S Harbour Island Blvd. Unit 107, Tampa, (813) 605-3333. americansocialbar.com.
Bar Louie Spook your taste buds and summon your inner foodie! Dine-in guests can enjoy 50% off all craft burgers and pair it with their limited-time Fall Spiced Old Fashioned. As part of their Cocktails for a Cause program, the restaurant donates $1 to No Kid Hungry for their Martini of the Month (this month’s cocktail is the “Louie’s Cosmo”). 10/31 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 2223 N West Shore Blvd. Unit B-202, Tampa, (813) 519-1900. barlouie.com.
Boxi Park Lake Nona Enjoy the spine-chilling season with live music by DJ Rick GZ and Blonde Ambition Band, spooky entertainment, and more. Party is 21+. $10 in advance, $20 at the door. October 31 6 p.m.-11 p.m. 6877 Tavistock Lakes Blvd., Orlando. eventbrite.com.
Centro Asturiano de Tampa A night full of spirits and frights with costume contests and live music. $25-30. October 27 7 p.m.-11 p.m. 911 E Palm Ave., Tampa, (813) 229-2214. eventbrite.com.
Clearwater Beach Marina Party the night away with unlimited buffet food, drinks, and live music. Arrive 30 minutes early for boarding. $60 with a $20 deposit. October 28 7 p.m.-10 p.m. traveljoy.com.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium Family-friendly festivities with daily activities and and spooky decorations. Free child ticket with adult admission on Halloween between 3 p.m.-7 p.m. October 27-31. 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater Beach, (727) 441-1790. cmaquarium.org.
Cotton Candy Palace Come get some sugar in the fluffiest form in your costume and receive 1 free cotton candy cone. October 28-29 2 p.m.-8 p.m. 4149 W Waters Ave., Tampa, (813) 300-6775. instagram.com.
Downtown Crawlers One ticket gets you access to all 3 party districts: Downtown Tampa, Ybor City, and South Tampa with over 15 bars and party venues. Enjoy free drinks, entry to the after party, and a lot more. $21-26. October 28 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Various locations. eventbrite.com.
Eight Arms Bakery A pop-up-event with plenty of Halloween-themed treats to go around including cookies, cakes, and more. October 21 10 a.m.-noon. 8834 Hillsdale Dr., Orlando. @eightarmsbakery on Facebook.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Its pre-Halloween “Roaring Good Vines Wine Dinner Event” comes with 5 courses and 4 wine pours from Jackson Family Wines. Reservations recommended. $130 per guest. Friday 10/20 at 7 p.m. 4322 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, (813) 874-9463. flemingssteakhouse.com.
Forbici Modern Italian Halloween specials include their Headless Horseman drink, comprised of Wheatley Vodka, cinnamon simple syrup, fresh lime, ginger, and topped with sparkling apple cider, then garnished with a cinnamon apple chip. $17. 1633 W Snow Ave., Tampa, (813) 251-8001. eatforbici.com.
GenX Tavern Celebrate your fave dead celebrity (real or fiction). Dance the night away with a soundtrack of Halloween Hits plus 80’s & 90’s party favorites by DJ Pass Tha Mic. Enjoy the drink specials and giveaways all night long. October 28 8 p.m.-1 a.m. 103 E Jackson St., Tampa, (813) 694-7001. @genxtavern on Facebook.
Grapes Wine Cafe SPB Join Charcuterie by Tina for a fun class making Halloween-themed charcuterie boards and sip themed cocktails too. $50 per person. October 19 6 p.m.-9 p.m. 348 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach, (727) 329-8877. @GrapesWineCafe on Facebook.
Green Iguana Bar & Grill Their Graveyard-themed Halloween bash includes live music, costume contest, and drink specials. Party starts October 28 at 10 p.m. 4029 S Westshore Blvd., Tampa, (813) 837-1234. @greeniguana on Facebook.
Howl at the Moon Have a ghoulish time with a high-energy Halloween party. Drinks featured for the night are: Angry Orchard, NUTRL, Cyclops Shot, Vampire’s Kiss Cocktail, and 32oz/86oz Vampire’s Kiss Buckets. Wear your costume to win $50-$200. Party begins October 27 at 8 p.m. 8815 International Dr., Orlando, (407) 354-5999. howlatthemoon.com.
JW Marriott Clearwater Beach Check out the Lobby Bar 10/27-10/31 for themed drink specials featuring Don Julio and other events for the Fall season. 691 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, (727) 677-6000. Marriott.com.
Kona Grill Stop by for their Boos & Booze Brunch the weekend before Halloween and enjoy the Welcome Back Pumpkin menu plus a live DJ playing Halloween-themed music. Make sure you wear the best costume in order to possibly win a $250 gift card (post a pic or reel to your IG, use location tag, tag @konagrill, and hashtag #KonaGrillCostumeContest). 4134 W Boy Scout Blvd. Unit B-1, Tampa, (813) 877-5938. konagrill.com.
Ology Brewing Co. Dress up for an evening of fun, fundraisings and philanthropy with a Kids in Diapers takeover. Expect drink specials, a diaper drive, and more. 10/26 6 p.m.-10 p.m. 6401 N Florida Ave., Tampa. ologybrewing.com.
Persimmon Hollow Brewing Company A vegan Halloween bash were creepy costumes, plant-based treats, and ghoulishly good vibes await guests. Free. October 28 noon-5 p.m. 217 N Eola Dr., Orlando, (407) 337-6011. eventbrite.com.
Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila A celebration in partnership with Don Julio offers guests complimentary drinks, a visit from Don Julio’s branded truck plus specialty cocktails and trick-or-treat prizes. Come back November 2 for their Dia de los Muertos dinners with live music, free Ghost Tequila samples, and more. Various locations. roccostacos.com.
Sal Y Mar A Dios de los Muertos rooftop event with cocktails, bar bites, a DJ playing the top Latin hits, and a Halloween costume contest with epic prizes. Must be 21+ to attend. Purchase tickets here plus table/bottle service reservations. $30 for GA, $80 for the Bar Crawl experience, VIP tables and cabanas start at $500. Friday, 10/27 8 p.m.-1 a.m. 3650 Midtown Dr., Tampa, (813) 692-3330. salymarrooftop.com.
SHOTS Orlando Roam the streets of Orlando and pop in 10+ bars and nightclubs with one all-access pass. Check in at SHOTS between 6 p.m.-9 p.m. $15-35. Crawl starts October 28 at 6 p.m. Various locations. eventbrite.com.
SpookEasy Lounge A ticket is valid on both days of the crawl. Admission gets you entry into the costume contest, drinks/shots, food specials, and way way more. $20-25. October 27-28 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Various locations. crawlwith.us.
The Brass Tap A Halloween version of Taco Tuesday featuring Halloween-themed cocktails, food specials, and other drink specials. Come dressed up and receive free chips and salsa for the table. Starts October 11 at 11 a.m. 781 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, (407) 420-7479. eventbrite.com.
The Florida Aquarium This year’s Guppyween features complimentary trick or treating, animal encounters, dance party, and more. A sensory-friendly Guppyween will be Oct. 28 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Children in costume are free with a paying adult. $10 per guest and free for members during the sensory-friendly Guppyween. October 28-29 9:30 a.m-5 p.m. 701 Channelside Dr., Tampa, (813) 273-4000. flaquarium.org.
The Grand Central District Central Ave. is closed down for a car-free, family-friendly event with local vendors, music, food, and local shopping. Free. October 29 starts at noon. Various locations. @GrandCentralDistict on Facebook.
Underground Orlando One ticket lets you in both days. Look forward to drink specials, costume contest entry, an afterparty, and more. $20-25. October 27-28 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Various locations. eventbrite.com.
Visit Orlando Ninety days of Halloween-themed events are all throughout the area from from horror movie brunches, paranormal-themed escape rooms, haunted botanical gardens to kid-friendly trick-or-treat trails. Various locations. visitorlando.com.
White Lie Ybor A Halloween-themed Sunday Funday Bar Crawl with the GaYbor Coalition. Dress in your spooky apparel and enjoy a drink or specialty shot at each location. $25. October 29 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Various locations. eventbrite.com.
Wine and Canvas Tampa A spooky night of sipping and painting a work of art at Mastry’s Brewing Co. $39. October 24 6 p.m.-9 p.m. 7705 Blind Pass Rd., St. Pete Beach, (239) 401-9066. wineandcanvas.com.
Yacht Starship Dining Cruises Come dressed in your Halloween costume for the 2.5-hour ride, live music, and views of the city. The cruise is 21+. $40. October 27 9 p.m.-midnight. 603 Channelside Dr., Tampa, (813) 223-7999. yachtstarship.com.
Ybor City Society Wine Bar Pair your fave Halloween treats with select wines. Admission includes at least 5 wines and all candy for each pairing. October 18 at 7 p.m. $40 per person. 1600 E 7th Ave., Tampa, (813) 999-4966. @yborcitysocietywinebar on Facebook.