Got your family plans for Halloween yet? If not, there are lots of fun Halloween activities and events planned for Citrus County, from haunted tram rides, costume contests, Halloween movies in the park, safe trick-or-treating event, magicians, and even a costume contest for your pet at “Howl-O-Ween Fest”.
COSTUME CONTESTS & TRICK-OR-TREATING FAMILY FUN
If you’re looking for safe trick-or-treating for your kids, make sure to bring them to the “Community Trick-or-Treat” event from 4 to 8 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the Central Ridge Community Center in Beverly Hills at 77 Civic Circle. There will be indoor and outdoor games and activities for kids including; a bounce house, Wii and ping-pong, as well as local groups handing out free candy.
The annual family friendly event Cooterfest is going on this weekend and includes all kinds of family Halloween fun activities in Liberty Park, Inverness. See below for more information:
COOTER FESTIVAL & COOTERWEEN: 12:00 pm- 5:00 pm at Liberty Park, Inverness, FL
- 12:15 pm – Cooterween Contest Registration
- 1:00 pm – Cooterween Costume Contest
- 2:30 pm- Cooterween Contest Awards
- 4:00 pm – Trick or Treat
See Cooterween event schedule pdf here.
Ellie Schiller Homossassa Springs Wildlife State Park’s Pepper Creek Trail is a great place to take the kids for haunted tram rides tonight 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm, along with a youth band Zero Gravity performing for your Halloween music entertainment. See below for more information:
HAUNTED TRAM RIDES – OCTOBER 26 AND 27 at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
This will be the eighth year the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park will be holding the Haunted Tram Rides event, which attracts thousands of visitors each night. In addition to the Haunted Tram Rides, the event includes family fun such as clowns, a face painter, nightly costume contests, refreshments and trinkets for the children. The suggested donation for the tram ride is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children up to age 12. A special Take a Walk on the Moon-themed Haunted House for children will be set up in the Florida Room. The donation for admission to the Haunted House is $2.00 per child.This is the first year that the popular youth band Zero Gravity will be performing for the event. The band will start playing at 8:30 pm on Friday night and at 7:30 pm on Saturday night.
For more information on this event, please call Event Coordinator Tricia Fowler or Susan Strawbridge at (352) 628-5343. Download the flyer! HAUNTED TRAMS EVENT 2012 (PDF – 0.77KB)
Also, in Crystal River’s Perserve State Park there will be lots of Halloween children’s activities for kids from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. See below:
HAUNTED HALLOWEEN – OCTOBER 26& 27 at Crystal River Preserve State Park
On Saturday, October 27 the Park Visitors Center will open early, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., for a Kids Halloween Event (children under age 12, FOR FREE). There will be less scary kids activities including pumpkin decorating for the first 100 children, a costume contest, and games. A free hot dog and soda for each child will be provided by Gulf Archaeology Research Institute.
$5.00 per person. Children 12 & under are free. Proceeds support Friends of Crystal River State Parks.
(For grownups that like to be really scared, tickets will be on sale for $5.00 per person from 7:00-10:00 PM both nights. Halloween at the Park includes a “Terrifying Tram Tour” through the fearsome forest, A “Slimy Swamp Walk.” a “Beastly Boat Ride” down the creepy Crystal River, Fortunes will be told by Madame Epoch, and the Florida Public Archaeology Network will once again host photograph your departed loved ones in its “Mortuary Photography” studio. An evening food booth will be sponsored by the Gulf Archaeology Research Institute, who will be cooking up some “Eerie Edibles” promising to satisfy horrendous hungers.)
Mall-O-Ween celebration at Crystal River Mall is a great place to take the kids for family fun from 6 to 8 pm, Wednesday, Oct. 31 with trick-or-treating and a magic show by Dallas Smith in Center Court at 7 pm. For more information, call mall office at 352-795-2585, or see the website at: www.thecrystalrivermall.com.
In Lecanto, check out the annual Halloween Movie in the Park event starts at 6:00 pm, with face painting, carnival games, free popcorn, and a bounce house along with the Halloween movies. Call 352-527-7540 or visit www.citruscountyparks.com for more information.
There’s also a free kids costume contest at the West Citrus Elks Lodge 2693 and a Halloween party from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm today at 7890 Grover Cleveland Blvd.
Hanging Pumpkin Hootenanny benefit for the Humane Society of Citrus County on Tuesday, Oct. 30, and Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the end of Miss Maggie Drive with a costume contest, (best and scariest) music, dancing, and other family fun activities like haunted hayrides (($2 donation) and Zombie Makeover ($10 donation). Call 352-382-2200 or 352-382-0800 for directions. All profits to Humane Society for rescue of animals.
And for your pets, make sure to check out the “Howl-O-Ween Fest” from 9:00am to 3:00pm today at Smooch-A-Pooch Salon, 6605 N. Carl G. Rose Highway, Hernando, FL. where pets compete for best costume and best trick, with an entry fee of $5.00.
There will also be a “Howl-O-Ween Fundraiser” in Lake Panasoffkee on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 am to 2 pm, registration for dog costume contest (at noon), as well as live music, pet adoptions, refreshments, prizes, drawing and photos. For more information call 352-568-9994.
Castle Keep Resort Haunted House at: PO BOX 1313, Lecanto, FL. For more information contact: (352) 795-0056.
CastleKeepResort on Facebook wrote: September 11
Today F.E.A.R. Volunteers, Inc. the sponsor of Castle Keep Resort was dissolved. As many of you already know, Technatron, Inc. has licensed the Castle Keep Resort name to first the county, then to F.E.A.R. for many years, at no cost. Castle Keep Resort will live on, We will find a new sponsor to back the house, either non-profit or commercial. We have worked too hard, and invested too much time and money in this brand to let it die.
So, that being said, I doubt there will be any Halloween goings on there. But no matter, with all the other fun family activities happening in Citrus County, I’m sure you’ll find something spooky for everyone. But you can check out Citrus County Haunting’s Facebook page to find other haunted houses in the area.