Editor's note: Due to Covid-19, events are subject to change. We recommend double-checking the event is still happening before you attend.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 7 p.m. or 8:45 p.m
This 75-minute downtown walking tour takes guests on an up-close encounter with Sarasota’s spooky side, where they'll hear tales of ghostly happenings and ghastly crimes as you stroll through the heart of the city—like whatever happened to poor Harry Higel? Pro tip: bring your camera to try capturing orbs or phantasmic shadows peering from darkened windows. Reservations are $17.95 per person and private tours are available.
Starting Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. and running through Nov. 1.
Sign up for this free digital tour of the 1850 Manatee burial grounds presented by Manatee Village Historical Park. Get the history behind the oldest public cemetery in Manatee County, hear the stories of some of its notable residents and learn some of the truths behind tombstone symbology. Get on the list here for full access to the video during its availability, or call (941) 749-7165 for further information.
Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.
Are you brave enough to ride a haunted trolley with a ghostly host for a tour of supernatural Sarasota? Onboard you'll hear stories of the haunted buildings, grim murders and supernatural happenings mixed into Sarasota’s fascinating history. Complimentary beer or a glass of wine are available before departure to help fortify you for the trip. Tours are $39.99 per person and reservations can be made here.
Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.
Missing theatre? This outdoor, picnic-style event, is helping bring it back. Join performers Jmon Buie, Jazz Madison, Amos Oliver III, Brian Finnerty, and Amanda Heisey for a chilling night of song and dance. Guests are invited to bring their blankets, chairs or pillow, in addition to an adult beverage, of their choosing. Tasty treats from Hamlet’s Eatery Food Truck and Q&S Kool Cups will be available. Tickets are $15 and should be purchased in advance here.
Oct. 30 and 31, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
This year Enlightened Monkey Arts is creating a free Halloween-themed family-friendly drive-through on S. Lime St. Using projection mapping, animatronics, sound and special effects they will transform their cul-de-sac into a Halloween treat for the senses. Between scenes of fire breathing pumpkins and swamp monsters, candy will be distributed from a safe distance.
Oct. 31 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fruitville Grove is getting into the fall spirit every weekend through October. Stop by for the farmers' market and Pumpkin Palace, and stay for the Kids Fun Zone, live music, assorted food trucks and the chance for an enchanted unicorn encounter. Additional activities for purchase include pony rides, a rock wall, bounce houses and pumpkin painting. Each Saturday there will be a costume contest for the kiddos at 2 p.m. Masks and social distancing required in public spaces.
Oct. 31, 12-4 p.m.
Live Halloween on the wild side at Big Cat Habitat. After live animal demonstrations, guests can partake in costume and mummy wrapping contests, try their hand at pumpkin bowling or take a pony ride. Children receive an individually-wrapped trick-or-treat bag at the end of their stay. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages three to 12. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-3 p.m
Swing by the Bazaar on Apricot and Lime to grab a treat and show off your Halloween finery. The 21 Century Shakespeare Theatre Company will be putting on interactive seasonal skits each hour in the outdoor courtyard. Local art studio, Let’s Create Art, will be hosting a coloring contest with prizes.
Oct. 31 from 1-4 p.m.
Costumed children are invited to join a trick-or-treat session that spans businesses at both Siesta Key Village and South Siesta Key. Participating establishments will be marked with festive balloons. The event is free to the public.
Oct. 31, 6-8:30 p.m.
Head down to the circle to enjoy decorated storefronts and Halloween fun. Children can trick-or-treat at numerous retailers and restaurants while parents enjoy seasonal promotions. Who knew our little island paradise could be so spooky!?
Oct. 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Coldwell Banker Realty CARES Foundation is hosting the first-ever, pet and family-friendly Spooktacular Halloween Charity Event benefitting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. There will be a festive photo booth and a “trunk-or-treat” for the kiddos. Costumes are encouraged! Find the event at 8181 Tamiami Trail in the Hobby Lobby Plaza. Masks are required.