The Big List of Frights & Events for October in Hernando County, FL

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Fall is upon us and there are a TON of events in Hernando County
to celebrate the season and Halloween.

SHN’s Big List of Frights & Events will be updated with EVERY new event we find
so check back often and share it with your friends!

The Big List will be on the homepage of under “SHN’s Picks”
for the entire month of October so you can easily find it again…and again…and again!
You can also search events by day using the community calendar at

Please click on the title of each event to get more information:

  • The Fall Maze at Harvest Moon Farm runs Saturdays and Sundays through November 23rd. The 5-acre corn maze features more than 3 miles of twists, turns and decision points and the Farm features a variety of other activities including mini mazes, pumpkin bowling, pony hopping, riding a cow train, a petting farm, arts and crafts, and more. There is also a pumpkin patch onsite.
  • mazeThe Fall Maze at Sweetfield’s is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. starting September 28th and running through November 3rd. They will also be open on Monday, October 21st from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The corn maze is a life-sized living labyrinth and the Farm offers hay rides, a hay maze and spider web maze (for the littler ones), lawn games, a tree house, story telling, crafts, and visits with the farm animals including the infamous Rosie Moo Moo. Hot cider and kennel corn as well as other delicious food and beverages are usually available onsite and you can visit the pumpkin patch to pick out your perfect pumpkin or check out the contestants for the Fall Scarecrow Contest. U-pick produce is also available…and don’t forget your camera because the Farm offers lots of great photo opportunities!
  • The Haunted Angelus House in Hudson (which is handicap accessible) is open for 18 hair-raising nights and includes 25 acres of terror complete with a large haunted house with parts in insane 3D, a pirate haunt with realistic hangings, a haunted hayride with confederate zobies, and a one mile haunted trail.
  • Mischief Night at Weeki Wachee Springs October 30th will feature games, entertainment, contests, food, arts & crafts, vendors, and some surprises!
  • Halloween Story Time October 30th at the West Hernando Branch Library featuring themed songs and stories that are fun for the whole family. Kids are invited to dress up in costumes.
  • Brooksville Ballers’ Trunk or Treat October 30th at Veterans Park with  free candy for all the kids and the person with the best Ballers costume will win free 2014 season passes!
  • Free Halloween Walk October 30th and 31st on Weldon Street featuring two massive haunts (at houses across the street from each other) and candy for kids on Halloween night.
  • Halloween Apocalypse October 31st where zombies will be unleashed at 1401 Patch Street in Spring Hill and the public is invited to run for their lives!2013hauntedhouse_spring hill paranormal
  • Spring Hill Paranormal’s FREE Haunted House October 31st, November 1st, and November 2nd has zombies on the loose and this year’s event has gone bigger and gotten scarier. Guests who survive on Halloween night will receive their bag of candy as they exit the haunted house and you can have your picture taken with the zombies if you’d like to fondly remember their gruesome, flesh eating expressions or the experience in general.
  • Ghost Tours on Friday and Saturday nights from 8:00-10:00 p.m. (by reservation only for ages 16 and up) at the Hernando Heritage Museum which a four-story, 12-room house, built more than 151 years ago by Brooksville pioneer John May, and is inhabited by the spirits of long-deceased family members, including May’s 3-year-old daughter, Jessie.
  • Trunk-or-Treat October 31st at Christ Lutheran Church (475 North Avenue W, Brooksville, FL 34601) from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. will feature games, hot dogs, soda, popcorn, snow cones, bounce houses, and candy (of course!) all for free. For additional information call (352) 796-8331.
  • Harvest Festival October 31st at Grace World Outreach Church (20366 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, FL 34601) from 6:00 until 10:00 p.m. is free for the whole family. The event will feature games, rides, candy, an obstacle course, joust, surf machine, and more. For additional information call (352) 796-3685 or visit
  • Harvest Fest October 31st at Christian Life Assembly of God (13065 Jacqueline Road, Brooksville, FL 34613) from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. is free for the whole family. The event will feature carnival games, candy, prizes, a gladiator joust, bounce house, inflatable slide, dunk tank, hot dogs, soda, snow cones, popcorn, and a special presentation. For additional information call (352) 597-1139 or visit or treat
  • Trunk-or-Treat October 31st at Forest Oaks Lutheran Church (8555 Forest Oaks Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34606) from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. will also feature snacks and apple cider. For additional information call (352) 683-9731.
  • Trunk or Treat October 31st at Northcliffe Baptist Church (10515 Northcliffe Blvd, Spring Hill, 34608) from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. in Parking Lot C offers an alternative to Halloween for preschoolers through 5th grade. The event will feature decorated cars full of candy for kids to collect candy from as well as games and other fun activities. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For additional information call (352) 683-5882.
  • Trunk-or-Treat at Hope Community Bible Church (13241 Spring Hill Drive,  Spring Hill, FL 34609) from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. will have free hotdogs and bottled water. Parents can also sign up for a door prize – a Family Movie Night with four movie passes (Beacon Theaters,) popcorn & drinks for four and candy – a $60 value. For additional information call (352) 686-6020.

If you know of an event that hasn’t made this list please send all of the details to!

Special thanks to the Royal Writers Organization for sponsoring this year’s Big List:


Past Events:

  • Fall Plant Sale October 11th-12th offering well cared for, beautiful plants that grow well in this area at very reasonable prices. Hosted by the Spring Hill Garden Club.
  • SCARE CROWSScarecrows in the Gardens October 12th is a FREE family event that will showcase scarecrows made by individuals, clubs, organizations and businesses which will be placed throughout the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens. George Marshall, a local country singer, will be providing entertainment and there will be a variety of games for children including pumpkin painting, a scavenger hunt, and candy corn guessing game complete with prizes. Face painting will be available at no charge, Tony the Balloon Guy will entertain, and a live scarecrow will be available for pictures with children too so be sure and bring your camera! A raffle will be held ($1.00 per ticket or six for $5.00) of items donated by local businesses and individuals. Refreshments will also be served.
  • Rescues in the Park October 13th is a free event hosted by the Animal Friends Rescue Network and the Pasco County Parks Department that will feature food, drinks, games, raffles, Westmunster Dog Show, Dog Parade led by the PDQ Pack Walk, clowns, face painting, costume characters, coloring contest, live music and a DJ, lure course, dog training demos, horse back rides, a petting zoo, bake sale, and a number of vendors. Dahlia Canes with Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation will be speaking and The Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad will be running that day. Dogs and cats will be onsite that are available for adoption through several rescue organizations.
  • Nightmare on Explorer Street October 18th will feature a Halloween costume parade at 7:00 p.m., haunted house, carnival games, face painting, arts and crafts, and more. $5 per person includes all activities plus pizza, chips, and a drink.
  • Horror High October 18th at Springstead High School where the school will be transformed into one scary place as they open their doors to the public.
  • Food Truck Rally & Classic Car Show October 19th for all the foodies going through withdrawal, car enthusiasts, and anyone else looking to get out of the house and enjoy the (slightly) cooler weather! With live broadcasting by True Oldies 106.3?s Marvelous Marvin. Prizes and giveaways will also be happening every 30 minutes.harvest festival
  • 23rd Annual Halloween Harvest Festival at the Fairgrounds October 18th and 19th will feature more than a dozen games, hay rides, haunted house, face painting, fantastic food, bounce house, and contests as well as a pet masquerade and costume contest.
  • Harvest Festival October 19th  at Tom Varn Park is free to the public and will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. around the walking path with music, dancing, free food, local entertainment, trick or treating, a costume contest, games and more. Bring a blanket and stay all day!
  • Brooksville Cycling Classic October 19th offers a festival atmosphere with fun cycling events for all ages, live music, great food, activities, and vendors. This event is free and family friendly!
  • Barktoberfest October 19th will feature a talent contest for dogs, Dog Trivia Games, the cutest/ugliest dog contest, and a Doggie Costume contest. Vendors will be on-hand selling pet friendly items, hotdogs, drinks (including beer and wine), and more.
  • Art n’ Market Walk October 19th in Downtown Brooksville is a family friendly event will feature live music & entertainment in front of the courthouse, plein air painters, arts & crafts, a sculpture walk, and a stroll through the City Hall Art Gallery.
  • Halloween Skate October 19th at the Locomo for $5 per person (does not include skates) featuring skating, karaoke, games, raffles, costume contest, and more.
  • Happy Halloween Train Rides October 18th-19th and 25th-26th at Crews Lake Wilderness Park
  • Annual Ethnic Festival October 24th-27th at St. Joan of Arc featuring carnival rides and games, live entertainment, delicious ethnic food, beer and wine, a flea market, raffles.
  • Boys & Girls Club/Westside Elementary Fall Harvest Festival October 25th is open to the public and will feature a haunted playground, haunted stage, carnival games, dunk tank, Smokey the Bear, fire engines, police cars, and more.
  • Haunted Hayride & Trail October 25th-26th at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park features haunts from the past including soldiers, Seminoles, and pioneers.
  • Haunted Tram Rides October 25th-26th in Homosassa will transform Pepper Creek Trail for a spooky tram ride, haunted house, and a trail creepy scenes. Event goers can also participate in a costume contest, hang with the clowns, and have their faces painted.
  • Historical Museum Fall Festival & Haunted House October 25th-26th is 3 floors of pure terror and is VERY scary followed by outside scare zones. The Fall Festival area will be family friendly with FREE games for children of all ages to enjoy and prizes awarded just for playing. The will also have a safe and not sacry children’s maze for $1, a fire pit with story telling and marshmallow roasting, palm reading, and a food booth selling hot dogs, soda, water and baked goods.
  • Lizzie T’s Fall BBQ October 26th will include BBQ pulled smoked pork, cole slaw, baked beans, and cake for dessert. Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 10. The BBQ will also feature a live DJ, door prizes, silent auction, children’s activities, and a pumpkin patch. Costumes are welcome. Proceeds will benefit the Dawn Center of Hernando County.
  • Fall Festival & Haunted Hayride October 26th at Frazier Farms featuring food, fun, and frights suitable for scaredy cats.
  • YMCA’s Spooktacular Fall Festival October 26th will feature a mad science lab, trunk or treat, games and crafts, spooky face painting, snacks, and more.
  • Halloween Night Runs October 26th at Weeki Wachee Springs for anyone brave enough to venture into the woods at night. The one mile Weeki Wachee Night Owl Classic is open to all ages and will be held at 11:00 p.m. At midnight, the 5K Weeki Wachee Creature Feature will begin and is open to anyone over the age of 16. Both events will be through the woods on trails marked with reflective tape, it will be dark, there are some small hills and soft sandy areas.
  • Free Fall Festival for Education October 26th at Challenger K-8 School is FREE and open to the public. The event will feature pony rides, a dunk tank, two bounce houses, pumpkin decorating, a family photo booth, face painting, a bike parade, cookie decorating, a crazy hair station, DJ, firetruck, student art auction, games and activities with prizes, a variety of vendors, and food.
  • Witches & Warlocks Tea Party at the Magnolia Terrace Tea Room on select dates in October. Each darling witch or warlock will receive an abundant assortment of frightening delights! Cheesecake, cookies, cupcakes, tea, coffee, witches brew (champagne), tea sandwiches, caldron soup and other savories will be served in the spirit of the season. Costumes are encouraged, and witches of all ages are welcome! Reservations only and space is limited.
  • The Haunted Trail on Golddust Road October 18th, 19th, 25th, or 26th takes you through a dark and mysterious forest where you’ll face your fears and the frightening unknown…If you survive the trail, you will come face to face with the Wicked Witch…and possibly a few of your furry friends from The Humane Society of the Nature Coast since this annual event is all about raising money for these beloved pups and cats.
  • Wild n’ Wicked Nights at Weeki Wachee Springs features the park all spooked out on October 18th, 19th, 25th & 26th. The event is from 7 – 11 p.m. each night and features tons of activities for the kids, the spooktacular mermaid shows, scream contest, costume contest, fun maze, crazy carnival, and more.
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