Yikes! It’s Heeeeee—reeeeeeee again.
The one time of the year you can walk around with a fake saw jutting through your head, or sporting a large latex Richard Nixon mask and nobody will notice.
And in downtown Tampa, there are a variety of ways and places to celebrate what has to be the most, tricky, holiday of the year.
Most places and events the week of Halloween in downtown Tampa are family friendly.
We said most, one is, well…aaaayyyhh…but we’ll save it until last and don’t let the kids read it.
GHOST TOUR OF TAMPA Oct. 23 – Nov. 8
For some reason, the organizers of this tour have seen fit to do it for the week up to, and the week after Halloween. Maybe it’s because there are so many ghosts abiding in these ghostly haunts, they all want to get into the act, or maybe it’s because they only get to come out once a year and they want to show off their new duds….who knows, but it kicks off everynight from Sunday, October 23, through November 8.
The tour is billed as a quirky, haunted walking candlelight tour of what was once known as “The darndest town this side of hell,” and promises to deliver real fright along with a lot of fun. We can’t really imagine being too frightened while you’re carrying a candle around.
The tour kicks off from The Indigo Cafe at 514 N. Franklin every night at 8PM and the price for adults is $15 and for kids aged 4-12, $8 For more information call (727)398-5200
HALLOWEEN SPREE- Oct 30
This one is strictly for the kids, and in order to get into the Glazer Children’s Museum you have to be accompanied by one. It’s billed as family friendly, and will include safe trick or treating inside the museum -which must mean low-fat candy bars – and bobbing for apples and spooky tales and costume parades and all of those other things that bring back fond memories of Halloween when you were a kid. The sessions are broken into two times: Tots 4:30 – Kids 4-12 6PM – 8PM Price for all is a bargain $5..and registration is required in advance.
Glazer Children’s Museum 110 W. Gasparilla Place Oct. (813)443-3861
GOTHIC GRAVEYARD TOUR
We’ve saved this for last because, frankly, it scares us.
A real graveyard tour in a real graveyard. One of the oldest in Tampa. Where reside some of the most famous and notorious past citizens of this city. Among them, 13 mayors, vets of seven wars, and denizens of the cities’ social and political history, along with victims of ship wrecks and yellow fever epidemics.
The tour will be guided by Tampa historian Maureen Patrick who will appear in nineteenth century mourning clothing as Miss Prudence Fipwhistle who expired in 1899 and presumably is buried there.
Fortunately, this tour kicks off at 3PM on October 30. and a $5 donation is requested. call (813) 831-5214 for more information
Oaklawn Cemetery 600 E. Harrison St. Tampa 33602
And, hey, the Marion Transit Center is right across the street from Oaklawn Cemetery, so if you get too spooked….you can always just streak across the street and hop a bus!
Happy Halloween, and good ghost hunting!