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Halloween Events and Things to Do in Sanford FL 2014
Well, I know, I say this every year, but how can it be Halloween and Pumpkin Patch season already?? It happened again, and before I knew it I was standing in the store buying my kids their trick or treat outfits (one wants to be a chocolate mouse – he’s the creative one, no doubt – the other is too young to decide so he will be a darn cute astronaut because mommy likes men in uniform).
Are you ready for Halloween yet? Have you figured out where to go trick/trunk or treating yet? Sanford365 to the rescue! As every year, I did all the leg work for you and put together my list of Sanford’s best Halloween and Fall events. I hope you enjoy reading through it and find inspiration. Remember, there’s no need to leave our beautiful little town – we have sooo many fun events to choose from, as you can see! Best of all, most events are very affordable or even free!
Please share this list with your friends and have them enjoy Halloween in Sanford as well!
Did I forget any events? Just comment below and I will add your event to this list 😉
Happy (very early) Halloween!!
Scroll down to see the events listed for Halloween, October 31st, 2014!
1. 6th Annual Spirits in Sanford Halloween Art Show
When: Friday, October 3, 6-8pm & Saturday, October 4, 10am-4pm
Where: Jeanine Taylor Folk Art, 211 East 1st Street, Sanford, FL
What: Jeanine Taylor Folk Art will be transformed into a spookily delightful backdrop for the 6th annual Spirits in Sanford Halloween Art Show. If you love all things Halloween, don’t miss this event!
Visit Jeanine Taylor Folk Art for the 6th annual Preview Party and Champagne Reception (6–8pm) on Friday. Enjoy delectable treats and Jeanine’s signature blood orange champagne cocktails. You’ll enjoy mingling with the artists, getting a first look at their wares and the opportunity to buy early.
Step in front of the antique hearse parked outside and get your picture taken with a costumed character. The $20 ticketed event includes re-entry to the show on Saturday. Reservations must be made in advance by calling the gallery at 407-323-2774.
Admission: Friday $20 | Saturday $5
Info: (407) 323-2774 or http://www.spiritsinsanford.com/
2. Annual Lakeside Fellowship Pumpkin Patch & Trunk or Treat
When: Thursday, October 16 – Friday, October 31, 2014 – M-F: 2pm-dusk, Sat: 10am-dusk, Sunday: noon-dusk.
AND: October 25 from 10:30-12pm: Trunk or Treat Event with fun games, petting zoo, and a people-powered snow cone machine!
Where: Lakeside Fellowship, 305 S Orange Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771
What: This pumpkin patch is a fundraiser that will will benefit the kids of Lakeside through the children, youth, and preschool ministries. There are lots of opportunities to be a part of this fun filled time at Lakeside. Great picture opportunities and story time available. Buy your pumpkins here!
Help unload and set up the pumpkin patch on October 15th at 4:30pm!
Info: Contact Wendy Votino (email@example.com) or Marti Pacheco (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about volunteering and/or story time hours.
3. Zoo Boo Bash
When: Friday & Saturday, October 18, 19, 22 and 25
Where: Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3755 U.S. 17, Sanford, FL, United States
What: Trick or Treat in the Wildest Neighborhood in Town: It’s a safe, fun, and not-too-scary event for young and old alike. Kids are invited to bring goodie bags and wear costumes for trick or treat stations. If you forget your costume, not a problem, our face painter will help you fit right in. Walk on Water Balls will also be available for an additional charge. Take a hayride or learn about the myths and realities of some misunderstood animals. Costume Contest: 1:00 p.m. each day.
Admission: This event is included in general Zoo admission; additional fees may apply for certain activities. Adults: $14.95 – Seniors 60+: $12.95 – Children 3-12 years: $10.95 – Children 2 and under: FREE – Central Florida Zoo Annual Pass Holder: FREE
Info: For more information, call 407.323.4450 ext 100.
4. Spooky Skies
When: Friday, October 24 from 10-11pm
Where: Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College, 100 Weldon Blvd, Sanford, Florida 32773 – Planetarium B-117
What: The stars of the night sky have awed humanity for thousands of years. They have inspired wonderful legends of heroes, mythological creatures, and supernatural beings. Many of these stories, however, are often modified to appeal to a more family-friendly environment.
Not this time!
Join us for a late-night planetarium presentation where the legends and stories of the night sky are told in their original, darker forms.
Admission: $6 for adults, $4 for non-Seminole State College students and seniors 55+. Seminole State College faculty, staff, and students are free with valid Seminole State photo ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door and seating is first come, first served. We only accept cash or check for payment.
Info: This show is for ages 15 and up only. Call Derek Demeter – 407.708.2409
5. 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat Car & Bike Show
When: Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 11am to 3pm
Where: Seminole Harley-Davidson, 620 Hickman Circle Sanford, FL. 32771
What: Join High Performance Promotions and Seminole Harley Davidson for our 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat Car Show. This show is open to all Cars, Bikes, and Trucks of every make and model. The Shriners will be bringing their Motorcycle brigade to the show along with some of the children and their families from the Shriners Children Hospital to do some trick or treating. Car show participants and vendors are encouraged to bring candy to pass out candy to the all the kids dressed in Halloween costumes. There will be a 50/50 drawing, door prizes, Food and Vendors, Giddy Up N Go Band playing a mix of oldies and country tunes. This is a Top 10 event. There will be awards given for Best in Show, Best Engine, Best Interior, Best Paint, Best Chevy, Best Mopar, Best Ford, and Best Bike. There also will be a costume contest for the best looking kids costume and the best looking adult costume. Plus the Pumpkin Pie Eating contest. Don’t forget to bring some candy for the kids! Bring the whole family!
Admission: Registration fee for the car show is $10 for all vehicles and is from 10am to 1:00pm. This will be a participation voting show and Award Presentations at 3:00pm. Vendors your spot is $10.00 set up is from 8am to 10am and there be an award for the best decorated vendor tent.
Info: Car Show and Vendor questions please call Bob Helmick at (321)948-7553 or e-mail at email@example.com – http://www.midfloridacruisers.com/events/3rd-annual-trunk-or-treat-car-bike-show
6. Pumpkin School
When: Saturday, October 25, 2014; 10:00am – 2:00pm
Where: Public History Center, 301 W. 7th Street, Sanford, FL 32771
What: Pumpkin School: An Educational Workshop for the Whole Family – Ghouls just want to have fun!
Heard it through the pumpkinvine, families and friends can experience the fun of Halloween and fall harvest in a hands-on way:
- Learn about the history of the Seminole Pumpkin and Oktoberfest
- Solve spooky riddles on a nature scavenger hunt
- Build a creepy crawler farm as you learn about vermiculture from Florida Master Gardeners
- Decorate a personal pumpkin and craft a “hoot owl”
- Lunch is included in registration
- Games, music and fun!
Admission: $25.00 for Adults; $15.00 for children 3 years and older; free for children under 3
Info: Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration Deadline: October 20, 2014 Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407-936-1679 for more information.
7. The Owlpheratz School of Science and Spooks
When: Saturday, October 25, 2014 – 5-10pm
Where: Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College, 100 Weldon Blvd, Sanford, Florida 32773 – Building B, Main Campus
What: The esteemed faculty and staff of the Owlpheratz School welcome everyone to the 2014 New Student Orientation!
Hosted by Dr. Demetrius Deuteron, Headmaster, and Dr. Samuel Squatch, Director of Academic Affairs, this year’s orientation will introduce brand-new faculty members in Potions & Spells, Lupine & Lunar Studies, (Crypto)Zoology, our Undead Research team, and many, many more!
Our faculty will present various science demonstrations throughout the evening, showcasing their talents in their selected fields of study. Demonstrations include various chemistry experiments, pumpkin launches, hands-on arts and crafts, live animals, slime making and more.
The 2014 New Student Orientation is scheduled for Oct. 25 at the Owlpheratz School (Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College), and will run from 5 to 10 p.m. As always, the Orientation will include live science demonstrations by our faculty, a costume contest, free candy, owls from the aviary, telescope viewings, and a special planetarium presentation, “Into the West: Astronomical Origins of Halloween,” hosted by Dr. Deuteron.
Admission: Most importantly, admission to the Owlpheratz School Student Orientation is completely FREE and fun for all ages! Come and experience the one-and-only Owlpheratz School with us!
Info: Dr. D, Owlpheratz Headmaster – 407.708.2409
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8. 4th Annual Halloween Ghost Tour & Investigation
When: Saturday, October 25, 2014 – 8-10pm and 10pm-12am
Where: La Sirena Gorda Cabana, 118 S Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL, United States
What: The RIP HUNTERS were asked 4 years ago by some of the retailers of Historical Downtown Sanford to help them with a huge amount of paranormal activity that has been going on for years. When we went to talk with some of the business owners it was obvious that this was much bigger than we had ever imagined because of all the history behind the downtown Sanford area. This snowballed into the First Annual Downtown Sanford Historical Ghost Tour & Investigation. We have over 10 locations we will be teaming up and investigating them with you. Some of the history of Sanford includes the first and only legal hanging in Seminole County behind the Old Fire Station of a man that shot a young sheriff and was tried and hung for stealing a pair of pants and the shooting. His spirit is very strong and active and we were fortunate enough to take our RIP TEAM to the OLD FIRE STATION (which is now the residents of Barbara Farrell a famous international artist) and do a private investigation for her and his spirit which aired on PBS Network and many other spirits of 7 firemen are still very strong and present in that building. Also Ft. Melon in that area was a major post during the Seminole Indian Wars in Sanford. Many soldiers and Native Americans died in that area of Sanford and there spirits are very active. The town burned down in 1887 except for 3 square blocks where we investigate these locations. This is a Halloween you will never forget and probably be hooked on ghost hunting from then on.
Info: Bring a flashlight, camera or camcorder, any ghost hunting equipment, bottled water and a folding chair if possible. Comfortable clothes is always a must have in paranormal investigating. You must be at least 16 years old to attend this event. Sign up and get more details at http://meetup.com/riphunters
9. 1st Street Lounge Halloween Masquerade
When: Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 9pm-2am
Where: 1st Street Lounge, First Street, Sanford FL, 32771What: Come dressed in the best, extravagant, or scariest costume. There will be lots of people so come spook us out! Best costume/dress wins a $25 dollar bar tab. No full mask allowed inside! Thanks for understanding. We will have awesome drink specials and good music. Don’t miss this special event. Doors open at 8 pm for the party.
Admission: There will be a $10 cover at door, $5 in advance.
Info: Please rsvp via Facebook for headcount and/or tickets @ 1st street lounge.
10. Trunk r Treat
When: Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 6-7:30pm
Where: Trunk r Treat at Seminole Community Church, 5070 Orange Blvd. Sanford, FL 32771
What: Children, 5th grade and under, are invited to dress up in costumes and enjoy going from car to car. Many cars will be decorated and ready to hand out candy to your children. There will be hayrides, hot dogs, chips and cupcakes.
Please bring cupcakes to this event.
Info: Call 407-324-0199
11. Into the West: Astronomical Origins of Halloween
When: Friday, October 24 from 8:30-9:30pm
Where: Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College, 100 Weldon Blvd, Sanford, Florida 32773 – Planetarium B-117
What: “Into the West” conjures up the history of Halloween, from its beginnings five thousand years ago in what is now Great Britain. The show examines the Britons and the Celts, two groups of ancient people who laid the foundation for the modern-day Halloween celebration. The origins of trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins and ghostly lore are also discussed, all centering around a small, famous cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus, the Pleiades. Join the planetarium, and be swept away on a journey “Into the West.”
Admission: Adults: $6. Seniors (55 and up): $4. Students (grades K-12): $4. Non-Seminole State College Students (with ID): $4. Preschoolers and Seminole State students, faculty and staff: Free!
Info: Appropriate for all ages. Call 407.708.2360
12. Uncle Tom’s and Linda Lou’s Pumpkin Carving Contest
When: Wednesday, October 22 from 7pm
Where: Sanford’s Elk Lounge, 1006 E 2nd St. Sanford, Florida
What: Uncle Tom’s and Linda Lou’s Pumpkin Carving Contest! Prizes and Fun! Limited Pumpkins provided or bring your own! Live Moosic featuring Island Cowboy Keith and the best burgers in the county made with Love by Yours truly (Ken Martin) along with Lovely & Charming Janice Van Casteren & Bad Boy Bo Lindstromindstrom !!! Unbelievable DRINK SPECIALS! Sign in with Linda Silva at the bar if you are not a member. I Need To MOOve at least 60 Burgers out to help the Elks… Check out this months Moo Stack, The Pumpkin Aeoili Bacon Moo, the Moo 30 Burger & The New Boss Hog Burger on the menu. Help Me Help Them. Remember, Elk’s Care – Elk’s Share – Please Join Us!
Info: More info at 407-322-2703!
13. 3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Party
When: Monday, October 27 starting at 6pm
Where: Rabbitfoot Records Coffee Lounge, 309 E 1st St, Sanford, Florida 32771
What: Come out and show off your skills! We will be giving away a $30.00 gift certificate for the grand prize..among other awesome raffled prizes! We will have pumpkins here available for purchase or you can snag a really cool heirloom pumpkin from Kathleen’s Kloset next door, or just bring your own! This is a kids friendly event!
14. 7th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest at West End
When: Thursday, October 30 from 5pm-2am
Where: West End Trading Company, 202 South Sanford Avenue, Sanford, FL
What: Come carve for cash and prizes. We will supply a limited amount of pumpkins and some tools, but feel free to bring your own. MUST CARVE ON SITE TO WIN! PEOPLE’S VOTE!!
1st Place: $50 BAR TAB – 2nd Place: $20 BAR TAB – 3rd Place: $10 BAR TAB
Info: More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/928061003888910
Below are the Halloween Events that take place on October 31st, 2014 in Sanford FL
15. Spooky Hollow Trick or Treat
When: Friday, October 31, 2014, 6pm-8pm –
Where: Downtown Sanford
What: Spooky Hollow in Downtown Sanford for ages 12 and under – don’t forget your trick or treat bag. Downtown merchants give out candy. Halloween Activities for kids.Carnival games, prizes and surprises. Costume Contests by age groups starting at 7 and 7:30pm on Magnolia Square.
Info: Call 407-688-5120. Proudly presented by The City of Sanford Recreation Department
16. All Souls Catholic Church Harvest Festival
When: Friday, October 31 from 5-11pm (non-Halloween related days Sat, Nov 1 from 11am-11pm and Sun, Nov 2 from 12-8pm)
Where: All Souls Catholic Church, 3280 W 1st Street, Sanford, FL 32771
What: All Souls Catholic Church 6th Annual Community Harvest Festival offers loads of fun for all ages with midway rides and kid’s games, live entertainment on the main stage throughout the day, great food, beer, wine, bingo, raffles and crafts. Try your luck at winning the $2500 cash raffle. Discount Ride Tickets/Wristbands will be available through the month of October. And experience the special Halloween events on Friday evening. All Souls Catholic Church invites all of Central Florida to share the affordable family fun.
Admission: Free parking and admission.
Info: 407-322-3795 or HarvestFestival@allsoulssanford.org – www.allsoulsharvestfestival.com
17. Halloween Party Cruise
When: Friday, October 31 from 6:30-11pm
Where: On Lake Monroe! St John’s Rivership Co Llc, 433 North Palmetto Avenue, Sanford, FL, United States
What: We are having a Halloween Party Cruise!!!! It’s gonna be spooktacular!!!! Costume Contest, Prizes, Live Entertainment, Ala Carte Menu, Full Cash Bar!
Admission: $25 per person
Info: Reservations required… 321-441-3030
18. Annual Halloween Blowout – Part 1 & Part 2
When: Thursday, October 30 & Friday, October 31 – 8pm-2am
Where: The Barn, 1200 S French Ave, Sanford FL
What: This year’s Halloween party kicks off on the FINAL THURSDAY of OCTOBER — and The Barn wants YOU to dress up for CASH! PRIZES! AND MORE!!!
- Trouble finding a costume? GET PAINTED by Pete, our AMAZING BODY PAINTER!
- BEST OVERALL Costume Contest for CASH AND PRIZES! Friday also includes BEST COUPLE!
- SEXIEST Costume Contest – ALSO for CASH AND PRIZES!!
- Amazing Halloween themed drinks, shots, and more!
- Our contests feature OVER $1500 IN CASH AND PRIZES EACH NIGHT!
- This event is sponsored by Budweiser, so expect some awesome perks and entertainment!
This year’s Halloween bash is THE ONE YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR! Make sure to bring your “A” game and you could go home with some TRULY DEVILISH DOLLARS in your pocket!
Admission: Call (407) 324-2276 for questions!
19. Walking Dead Pub Invasion
When: Friday, October 31 from 8pm – 2am
Where: Downtown Sanford
What: Participating venues:
- The Quiet Man Irish Pub & Eatery
- The Breezeway Restaurant & Bar
- The Purple Grape
- Celery City Craft
- Little Fish Huge Pond
- The West End Trading Co.
Admission: $20 ($30 value) 6 bars, 6 drinks. One call drink (liquor bars) or premium beer or glass of wine up to $5 value at each stop. If you don’t use a drink at a stop bring tickets back the next day!
20. Costume Contest at West End Trading Company
When: Friday, October 31, from 7pm – 2am
What: BOO! DJ Victorious will be playing all your fav tunes! Come enter our costume contest! Each person that enters gets to vote for the contest! This event can easily be combined with the Walking Dead Pub Invasion (see event above!)
- 1st Place $200 ($100 cash/$100 gift card)
- 2nd Place $100 gift card
- 3rd Place $50 gift card
Judging will be at midnight but the longer you’re there to be recognized the better!!!
Come have some fun!!!!
Info: Event Page
21. Bad Seed
When: October 31-November 2, 2014 – Friday-Saturday at 7pm – Sunday Matinee at 2pm
Where: Karen W. Coleman Performing Arts Center – Seminole High School, 2701 Ridgewood Avenue, Sanford FL 32773
What: Seminole High School’s Theatre Company presents: Bad Seed from William March’s novel by Maxwell Anderson. Directed by Alexander Lowie & Tiffany Ortiz. Costume Contest on October 31st. Prizes awarded – PG Costumes Only!
Admission: $5 in advance – $8 at the door
Info: Call 407-320-5149
When: Friday, October 31, 6-8pm
Where: Seminole Towne Center, Towne Center Circle, Sanford, FL
What: Halloween is here and Simon Malls is inviting all little ghouls, goblins and boo’tiful princesses to come have a spooktacular time at the Kidgits Halloween event. Kidgits is teaming up with Captain McFinn to recognize October as Bully Prevention Month. A free app called The Bully Free zone will be available for download and you could win a free iPadAir. You won’t want to miss all of the fun activities and giveaway!
Malloween – Annual Trick-or-Treat on the mall will take place Friday, October 31 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Watch for orange pumpkin signs outside partiocipating stores! It’s sure to be a howlin’ good time!
Shoppers may also enjoy a special Halloween photo session at Picture Yourself, located on the lower level near JCPenney. 5×7 prints will start at $7.55 plus tax or two for $9.45. Show your Kidgits card and you will get one print free with the purchase of two!
Mallowen is sponsored by Ladybird Academy.
Info: Mall Web Site
Halloween Salsa Party
When: Friday, October 31 from 10pm – 2am
Where: Monroe’s On The Lake, 530 N Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL
What: Salsa Rhythm Halloween PARTY. $50 CASH prize. Live Band “Grupo Swing” and the The BEST Latín DJ in the area, mixing Salsa, Merengue , Bachata & Cha-cha. ALL-NITE drink & appetizers special.
Admission: $10 Cover
Info: RSVP 321-279-4014
A Halloween themed 4-Course Dinner at The Corner Cafe
(101 West 1st Street, Sanford FL)
Miss Jody cordially invites you to “A Very Scary 4-Course Event”! One evening only, Friday, October 31.
Start with Michael’s own Devilishly-Delicious Deviled Eggs, followed by a Cauldron of Tomato-Vegetable Soup (minus Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog). Next, sink your teeth into our Dry-Rubbed Rib Cage with a diabolical sauce, warm, wiggly noodles, and blood-red cabbage. Get your ZOMBIE on! Finally, perform your own postmortem on the “Unidentified Body” in a pool of Raspberry Sauce!
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED, so reserve your plot, uh, I mean spot, today!
Call (407) 322-3779 for exact times and mention Sanford365 when making your reservation!
AND SOME MORE HALLOWEEN EVENTS and PARTIES IN SANFORD FL…
Buster’s Bistro, 412 South Sanford Ave, Sanford FL 32771 – (407) 732-6880 – A Belgian Style Halloween Party
Free Smores for Kids & Adults and great live music all night!
Come and celebrate with the Buster’s crew and the very talented Rick and AJ! This Halloween bash will be one to remember! Great music beer and food all night long! We will be doing free Smores from 5-7 for the kids, and from 9-close for the adults! Halloween at Buster’s, don’t miss it!
The Breezeway Halloween Bash, 112 E 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771 – (407) 878-1284
Little Fish – Huge Pond Costume Party, 401 South Sanford Avenue, Sanford – (407) 221-1499
There is a Trunk or Treat at Lakeside Fellowship on Sat Oct. 25 from 10am-12pm. Lots of fun stuff.
Fyi halloween is on a saturday on several post its says halloween is on a friday.
The dates for all souls festival are incorrect.
This is the 2014 Event Guide 😉 The 2015 Guide has the correct dates!
How about the 2016 events?? Do I need to look at a different website? Thanks!
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