Best Haunted Houses In Tampa Bay

Halloween and haunted houses seem to go hand-in-hand. As Halloween approaches, the lure of haunted houses becomes stronger. The Tampa Bay area has many wonderful and scary haunted houses. From cemeteries, to graves, to zombies, there's something for everyone this Halloween season in the Tampa Bay area.
ZombieFest 2014
Munn Park
Lakeland, FL 33801

Date: Oct. 11, 2014

Once again, the zombies are invading downtown Lakeland. This very popular venue is a one-day event complete with food, music and entertainment. Take a stroll through the "zombie walk," or take a run through the "avoid the zombies" course. There will also be a lot of kids activities, prizes and a good, clean, zombie-free area. ZombieFest 2014 is sure to supply lots of fun for the entire family.

The Haunts of Newton Avenue
5613 Newton Ave. S.
Gulfport, FL 33707

Date: Now through Nov. 1, 2014

There are two different haunts at this event: Midway Massacre and The 13 Hollows. Due to the graphic nature and scare factor at these two events, children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. There will be volunteers posted throughout the two events in case someone gets too scared and wants to leave the haunted houses. Midway Massacre and The 13 Hollows are best viewed in small groups of four people. If you want to enjoy a truly scary event, try the Haunts of Newton Avenue. The cost of this event is $2 per haunt.

The Haunted Angelus Scream Park
12413 Hudson Ave.
Hudson, FL 34669
(727) 364-2868

Date: Now through Nov. 1, 2014

The Sleep-Disorders Haunted House, where visitors can explore the nightmares of children, is $12. Plunder's Revenge Pirate Haunt costs $8 and visitors get to walk through an insane pirate world. The Hayride to Hell is $8 and visitors can relax in a hayride while experiencing Confederate Zombie Soldiers and other haunted souls. There is even a special Three Little Pigs haunted house for little kids. These haunted houses are all wheelchair accessible. The Haunted Angelus Scream Park supports the Angelus House, a Cerebral Palsy home and educational center.

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Hellview Cemetery
510 49th Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
(727) 525-2139

Date: Oct. 18 – Nov. 1, 2014

Hellview Cemetery is a free haunted attraction located just south of Tampa. What started as a backyard haunted house has grown into a full-blown, area-wide haunted attraction that encompasses several blocks in St. Petersburg. Graves will suddenly appear where you least expect them. Take a walking tour of the mausoleum or go through the Rites of Passage section, if you dare. Meet swamp water Maggie and her band of werewolves. Or just walk around and see if you can spot the Real Tampa Bay Ghostbusters or other special guests visiting the cemetery.

The Shallow Grave
701 42nd St. N.W.
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Date: Now through Nov. 1, 2014

The Shallow Grave is a 20-minute, thoroughly scary haunted house. For 2014, the owners have created an ADHD (Attention Deficit Haunt Disorder) haunted house. This is an event that is not advisable for young children. Anyone who goes to this haunted attraction is sure to have a scary evening. Don't be surprised if you see zombie-like creatures roaming freely. Guests are sent through the haunted house in groups of six so that guests can fully experience this haunting adventure.

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