Ghouls, goblins and those still in the physical world can celebrate this spooky season at numerous kid-friendly parties hosted throughout the city’s neighborhoods and districts.
Sunday (Oct. 29) from noon until- 5 p.m., 22 blocks of Central Avenue – in the Edge and Grand Central districts – will be bustling with vendors and entertainment, including trick-or-treat stops for children, for the annual Halloween on Central event.
The event, which is entering the third year, requires the city to restrict the area between MLK and 31st Street – two miles of Central – to only pedestrian-only traffic.
According to the Edge Business District Association, which based its estimation on cellular data (as it was a free, non-ticketed event), last year’s attendance totaled 100,000.
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA)’s SunRunner will be free to ride all day.
For more information, including an interactive map, visit the Halloween on Central website.
Here’s a rundown of other local family-friendly events and haunts creeping around the corner:
Fossil Park’s first Halloween block party
The Fossil Park Neighborhood Association will host its first-ever Halloween party Oct. 31.
The free block party event, on NE Monroe Circle, will run from 5 – 9 p.m.
Peter Wahlberg of the neighborhood association said they will have a magician, food truck vendors, games and movies for kids, along with a costume contest.
“Our goal is to make it a yearly event for parents who want something fun and free to with the whole family on Halloween night,” Wahlberg said.
St. Pete Fire Rescue’s haunted house
St. Petersburg Fire Rescue will host its annual Haunted Fire House from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 28). The free event takes place at Station #10, at 2800 30th Ave. N. Visitors can expect bounce houses, face painting, trick-or-treating and free food and drinks.
Treasure Island Trick-or-Treat
Halloween pet parade
Pet parents can show off their dog’s costumes during the Halloween pet parade at Lazarillo Park in St. Pete Beach.
The dog-friendly event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday (Oct. 28).
It’s sponsored by the Don Cesar Place Owners Association. Admission is free; however, donations are accepted.
Shore Acres party
Arrowhead Park in Shore Acres will host its Halloween party from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 31. There will be trick-or-treating, bounce houses and food trucks.