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Sarasota's Best Halloween Events in 2022

Jennifer Thompson

Fall is upon us, and with that comes the excitement of Halloween in Sarasota. The city of Sarasota in Florida is known for celebrating Halloween with great gusto, and there are many weekend events planned that involve fun activities for the entire family. 
Here are some of the best and most fun Halloween events in Sarasota, making these the ideal places to head to for trick or treating. 

1. Arlington Park Halloween Trail Carnival

The Arlington Park Halloween Trail Carnival is one of the biggest events of Halloween in Sarasota. People of all ages get to participate in games, trick or treating, and there is even a costume contest at the walking trail of the Arlington Park and Aquatic Complex. The Halloween Trail Carnival is organized by The City of Sarasota's Parks & Recreation District, and it is a free event aiming to attract more families to enjoy the festivities. The event goes on from 5-7 pm at the Arlington Park and Aquatic Complex in Sarasota. 

2. Haunting on the Harbor

Another Halloween event that is super popular in southwest Florida is the Haunting on the Harbor. This is a 6000-square-foot haunted house that features a festival complete with a rocking Halloween party, live music, and costume contests. The event takes place throughout the month of October from 5 to 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. On October 31, the event is open from 7 to 10 pm. The event takes place at Tamiami Trail in Punta Gorda, very close to Sarasota. 

3. 75-Minute Sarasota Ghost Walk

As soon as the month of October begins, Sarasota transforms into a spooky town, and the townspeople start looking out for the famous ghosts of Sarasota. Well, if you are wondering if there really are any ghosts in Sarasota, you will have to embark on the 75-minute guided, creepy, and super dark Sarasota Ghost Walk. This popular event runs for the entire month of October, and you get to experience the spooky and sinister side of Sarasota on this unique walking tour, where you get to learn more about the town. When you embark on this ghost walk, you get to hear many chilling and haunting tales and feel the spookiness in the air. However, you need to reserve your spot on the tour as it is a very popular event. The event is not free, and neither is it recommended for small children. The ghost walk costs $18.95 for one person.

4. Spooktacular Ghost Tour

Another spectacular Halloween event organized in Sarasota is the Spooktacular Ghost Tour, which takes place from October 1 to 31st. This is a unique Haunted History Tour that also lasts for 75 minutes. This tour is packed with spooky ghost stories, and you get to learn a lot about the history of Sarasota. The tour is also great for learning many ghost-hunting tips and tricks to help you get ready for Halloween. A unique feature of this ghost tour is that you get to hear the live audio of a disembodied voice coming from a local Venice building. You even get the chance to catch your very own ghost by using real paranormal investigation tools and strategies. Costing $20 per person, you will leave the tour wanting to come back again to find your own ghost and local haunts.

5. Goblin Gathering

On October 14, 2022, the 20th annual Goblin Gathering event will take place at GT Bray Park. This is a yearly event that the entire town of Sarasota looks forward to every year. The event is hosted by the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources, and for $5, you get to take part in many fun-filled events like the hay maze, face painting, and many other exciting activities. There is also a costume contest that is held for children up to the age of 9 years, and anyone who is interested can sign up on the spot. Entry to the event is only allowed if you purchase the $5 wristband (only cash accepted). These wristbands go on sale from October 7 at the front desk of the GT Bray Park.
Do you have big plans for this Halloween? We'd love to see your costume! Tag us in your favorite Halloween pic on Instagram at @thompsongroupsarasota.

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