Halloween Festivities in Ocala/Marion County
Drink in the Spooky Spirit with These Halloween Happenings!
With a rich deep-rooted history, longer nights and cooler weather, Halloween is in the Ocala/Marion air this October. This fall season will look a bit different this year, but you can still tap into your spooky spirit.
Here is a list of Halloween happenings visitors and residents alike can explore for a spooktacular October.
Paddock Mall Halloween Run
Join folks from across the region at the Paddock Mall in Ocala for the Halloween Run that includes a chip timed 5k race. Stay for the after-race festivities with live entertainment, food vendors and more! The race kicks off at 9 a.m. at October 3rd!
The Boo Bash at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center is a free, family-friendly event on Oct. 31! The celebration will feature games, spooky activities and candy. Costumes for all ages are encouraged. Social distancing precautions will be taken and as such there will be a limited capacity, so the City of Ocala asks guests to reserve a time slot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 352-401-3920.
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 in the destination through a guided tour full of ghostly and freighting characters. The proceeds go to Toys for Tots.
Trick or Treat with the Police Chief
The Belleview PD is offering a safe Trick or Treat location on Oct. 31, 2020! Stop by and Trick or Treat with the Police Chief on Halloween between 6 PM and 8 PM at the Belleview Police Department. Click here for more event details.
Bring the youngsters in their best costumes to the Ocala Civic Theatre for a night of Halloween stories that range from silly to spooking at the outdoor stage. End the evening with the storyteller’s classic tale of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” sitting on hay bales by a flickering jack-o’-lantern light. The night of Twilight Tales kicks off with a costume parade for the kids at 8 pm.
Twilight Tale will take place Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2020.
Looking for another fun and safe way to trick-or-treat this Halloween? Downtown Ocala will be having an event Friday, October 30 where the little ones will be able to visit the different businesses for some favorite sweets! For updates and more details, visit the Ocala Main Street’s Trick-or-Treat Downtown Facebook even page.
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 horse in costumes! The event is on Oct. 29, 2020 from 4 – 8 p.m. Food trucks, other vendors and a used TAC sale will also be part of Horse-O-Ween.
This year some of the usual Halloween events in the destination are not happening, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be back next year! Here are some of the Halloween-themed events we expect to see back in 2021:
- Fort King Haunted Trail
- Spooky Springs at Silver Springs State Park
- Themed Tour: The Dark Side of the Appleton
Not just a fan of Halloween, but of ALL things fall? Check out the fall festivities happening in Ocala/Marion County.