Halloween Festivities in Ocala/Marion County
Drink in the Spooky Spirit with These Halloween Happenings!
Brick City Carnival
Kick off the Halloween season at the Brick City Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 9! Have some family-fun with games, music, food, face painting and even a silent auction. Make sure to come in your best costume as there will be a contest! This 3rd annual event takes place at Brick City Adventure Park in Ocala and is completely free to attend thanks for Marion County Parks and Recreation. The carnival festivities fall between 5-8pm.
Stories Under the Stars: Phantoms in the Fort
For the scary story lovers, listen to master and amateur story tellers tell spooky tales fit for the October season at Stories Under the Stars: Phantom in the Fort. The audience is encouraged to tell their own stories too. Bring a blanket and chair and get comfortable for a night of story inside Fort King National Historic Landmark. Note, the darker it gets, the spookier the stories. The free event take place Oct. 16, 7-9 pm. For more details, call (352) 368-5535.
Grab your running shoes, best costume and head to the Paddock Mall in Ocala for the 4th annual Halloween Run, a 5K benefiting Marion County Children’s Alliance. Registrants will get a shirt for this chip-timed race. Stay for the after-race festivities with live entertainment, a costume contest and more! The race kicks off at 9 am at Oct. 23.
If you can’t make the first run or want to do both, on the following Saturday, Oct. 30, the City of Ocala is hosting a Halloween Costume Family Fun Run/Walk right in the Historic Downtown Ocala area. As the name suggests, costumes are encouraged! The 5K begins at 8:30 am, starting at Citizens’ Circle, looping through the historic neighborhood district and back around to Citizens’ Circle. Registration is only $8 and benefits United Way of Marion County. The best part, if running is not your thing, you can walk (all the better to show off your costume).
Experience the Horse Capital of the World® with a Halloween twist at Horse-O-Ween at the Downtown Ocala Market located a block south of Ocala City Hall and Citizens Circle. Candy will be available for the kids and those in costume will get an extra treat. There will even be real horses in costumes! The event is on Oct. 29, 2021 from 5 – 9 p.m. Food trucks will also be part of Horse-O-Ween.
Trunk or Treat
Both Silver Springs State Park and the City of Belleview are offering safe ways to trick-or-treat this Halloween with fun trunk-or-treat events!
Make trick-or-treating a weekend affair with Silver Springs’ Trunk-or-Treat celebration on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 3:30-6:30 pm. The entire family is welcome to enjoy stopping trunk to trunk for treats as well as listening to music and playing Halloween games. But save the candy for later, as there will be food trucks too! This not too scary event encourages costumes and also offers a free hay ride on a trail at the park. Admission is just $2.
Additionally on Oct.30, from 5-8 pm at Lake Lillian in Belleview, there will be a free family-friendly trunk-or-treat where kids can visit various “trunks” and collect sweets to bring home! If your business or organization is interested in hosting a trunk please contact call 352-233-2122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Just one of many fun, family-oriented things to do in Ocala!
The Boo Bash at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center is a free, family-friendly event on Oct. 30 hosted by the City of Ocala! The celebration is from 5-8 pm and will offer face-painting, spooky activities, candy and more for a safe and fun time. Costumes for all ages are encouraged!
Bark in the Park
Celebrate Halloween Day with furry friends at Bark in the Park at the Downtown Ocala Market located a block south of Ocala City Hall and Citizens Circle. Make sure to bring your dogs in costume because there will be a pet costume contest and photo opportunities! The doggy expo takes place from 1-4 pm, is family-friendly and free to attend! Various vendors, food trucks, music and more will fill the day up with fun. Proceeds go to Meals on Wheels and Marion County Animal Services.
What is more in the Halloween spirit than picking your own pumpkin? Here are the pumpkin patches open this fall and their dates:
The Pickin’ Patch — Oct. 1st- Oct. 24th, 2021
Fridays: 3-7 pm
Saturdays: 10 am-7 pm
Sundays: 12-7 pm
Timberline Farm — Open every weekend in October 2021
Fridays: 4-8 pm
Saturdays: 10 am-7 pm
Sundays: 12-7 pm
Ocala Pumpkin Patch— Oct. 15-31, 2021
Nightmare on Pine Street
Brave the annual Nightmare on Pine Street Haunted Trail and have a fright for a good cause at Wayne’s World of Paintball. Every year the scary trail provides a fun way to celebrate Halloween through a guided tour full of ghostly and frightening characters. The trail is open the last three Fridays and Saturdays of October! The proceeds go to Toys for Tots. Adult tickets are $10, children 12 and under are $5.
HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION AT WEC
Make trick-or-treating an all-day event on Halloween and celebrate at the World Equestrian Center (WEC) before you visit the neighborhoods on Oct. 31! From 1-3 pm at the Grand Plaza of WEC, families are invited to trick-or-treat at vendor booths and restaurants, play giant lawn games, decorate cookies and pumpkins, and more fun activities. Make sure to come in costume for a family photo opportunity.
Not just a fan of Halloween, but of ALL things fall? Check out the fall festivities happening in Ocala/Marion County.