Halloween is drawing near and Central Florida parks have events planned to celebrate the holiday. Don costumes or just go as you are to enjoy haunted trails, trick or treating, and costume contests. Events have been planned for city, county and state parks for all ages. There is something for everyone, from the bravest souls to the more tender-hearted.
Some of the events are free of charge while others have a minimal fee for attending. Most are family friendly, however a few do have warnings that young children may be frightened and they are targeted for older audiences. The following parks are hosting these Halloween events:
- Pumpkins & Munchkins in Shady Park - October 31, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Shady Park in Winter Park will hold this free event for children of all ages. There will be games, bounce houses, a costume contest and a trick-or-treat trail. The park is located adjacent to Winter Park Community Center at 721 West New England Street. For more information call 407-599-3275.
- Fright Hike at Geneva Wilderness Center - October 26, 2013 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (last hike leaves at 9:30 p.m.) Brave participants must bring a flashlight and wear closed toed shoes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $5.00 and must be purchased in advance at Sylvan Lake Park, Red Bug Lake Park or Sanlando Park. Geneva Wilderness Center is located at 3485 N. Country Road 426 in Geneva. For more information call 407-349-0959.
- Ghost Stories at Harry P. Leu Gardens - October 25, 2013 from 7:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m. storytellers will tell eerie stories of the supernatural. The first few stories will be fun for all ages, but it is recommended that children be 12 years old or older for all of the stories. Bring a blanket or chairs and food and drinks will be for sale. Admission to this event is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 17 years and under, and $5.00 for Leu members. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. More information may be found at the Harry P. Leu Gardens website.
- Halloween in the Park at Kit Land Nelson Park - October 26, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. there will be Trick-or-Treating booths from local businesses, a costume contest, face painting, bounce house, carnival games and a movie in the park. This is a free event for the whole family. Kit Land Nelson Park is located at 10 South Forest Avenue in Apopka. For more information call 407-703-1784.
- Spooktoberfest at Lake Concord Park - October 26, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. there will be a DJ Ghost & Ghoul Dance Party, a costume contest for kids 1 - 14 years of age, prizes and a parade. Even the dogs are invited to participate in a Howling Hounds Dog Costume Contest. The event is free. Lake Concord Park is located at 95 Triplet Lake Drive in Casselberry. For more information visit the City of Casselberry website.
- Haunted Hayride and Trail at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park - October 25 & 26, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. a haunted hayride through the woods of Dade Battlefield and haunted walking tours on nature trails will be sending shivers up the spines of park guests. Rangers do request that in order to participate on the 1830's Haunted Hayride guests are able to walk along a flat, hard packed trail and have the ability to ascend/descend steps to board and depart from the tram. There is a $5.00 fee per vehicle to enter the park. For more information visit the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park website.
- Halloween Hike at Gateway Park - October 26, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. there will be games, costume contests, a haunted hike through the Gateway Park Haunted Forest, and music and dancing. There will be a hay ride through the Haunted Forest for a $1.00 fee. Cost to attend the event is $5.00 for adults and children. For more information call 386-668-5553.
- Enchanted Forest Hayride - October 24 -26, 2013 at Reed Canal Park in South Daytona there will be 45-minute hayrides through the woods where local high school students perform skits featuring fairy tales and nursery rhymes. There will be a petting zoo to visit, as well. Tickets are $3.00 and children two and younger are free. Tickets are available at the Piggotte Community Center at 504 Big Tree Road. For more information call 386-322-3070.