If you’re looking for fun, family-friendly Halloween events in Bradenton, you’re in luck! Whether you live in East Bradenton, by Anna Maria Island, or anywhere in between, there’s plenty of spooky fun to be had. So gather up the kids, put on your best costumes, and head on out for a frighteningly good time.
1. Anna Maria Fall Festival
Saturday, October 12th from 10 a.m. until 2 pm.
The Center of Anna Maria Island: 407 Magnolia Ave. Anna Maria, Florida
Kick-off Halloween season at the Anna Maria Fall Festival. This super-fun event will include a bounce house, slides, and carnival games as well as pumpkin patches, hayrides, rock climbs, corn mazes, and their legendary HAUNTED HOUSE. This event is open to the public, so join the children of Anna Maria Elementary for a Howling good time.
2. Goblin Gathering
Friday, October 18th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
GT Bray Park: 5502 33rd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton, Florida 34209
Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Dress the whole family up in their costumes and head over to GT Bray Park for the 17th Annual Goblin Gathering. A $5 armband allows children to enjoy face painting, hayrides, and bounce houses. Parents are free and the kids can enter the costume contest and trick-or-treat for free. Food will also be available to purchase from local vendors.
3. Bradenton YMCA Fall Festival
Saturday, October 19th from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Bradenton Branch YMCA: 3805 59th St W, Bradenton, Florida 34209
Bradenton YMCA’s Fall Festival is a free event that will include a bounce house, haunted house, cake walk, arts & crafts, and costume contests. Tickets will also be available for food and games.
4. Lakewood Ranch YMCA Family Halloween Fall Festival
Friday, October 25th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Lakewood Ranch Branch YMCA: 5100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton, Florida 34211
The Family Halloween Fall Festival is a free community event that’s sure to be a good time for children of all ages. There will be a bounce house, kids games & activities, refreshments, a pumpkin carving contest, apple pie contest, and more! Be sure to wear your best Halloween costume!
5. Howl’ween Pet Parade
Saturday, October 26th at 10:30 a..m (Registration at 10 a.m.)
Downtown Bradenton Farmer’s Market: Old Main St. Bradenton
Every year on the Saturday before Halloween, the Bradenton Farmer’s Market goes to the dogs! Whether you join in on the fun with a costumed pet or you just head over to watch, you won’t want to miss the annual Howl’ween Pet Parade! Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the parade starts at 10:30. Don’t forget to stick around after for judging and photo opportunities!
6. Boo Fest
Saturday, October 26th from 6 until 9 p.m.
Lakewood Ranch Main Street
A one-of-a-kind event, Boo Fest in Lakewood Ranch will feature local dancers, a spooky balloon artist, and trick-or-treating courtesy of local sponsors and merchants. There will also be music and a costume show, so don’t forget to dress up!
Want to really enjoy your evening? Upgrade to the VIP experience for $50 per adult and $10 per child. This includes a VIP parking pass with shuttle, food, beer, wine, punch, and a unique kid’s experience. All proceeds from beer, wine, and VIP tickets will benefit Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue. You can purchase your tickets here.
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