2012 Tampa Bay Area Trunk-or-Treat Events

Trunk decorated for Trunk-or-TreatOkay, so here it is … our annual round-up of Truck-or-Treat events taking place around the Tampa Bay area. Get those costumes together, pull out the treat bags, and get ready to have some serious Halloween fun while checking out some very cool tricked-out trunks!

If your family enjoy decorating your trunk or tailgate for Halloween, for some of these Trunk-or-Treat events (like Our Lady of the Rosary 15th Annual Trunk-or-Treat) it is an annual tradition to have guests participate with their vehicle, as well as enjoy the festivities.

For many Trunk-or-Treat events, however, only volunteer members of the host Church or organization will be participating with their cars. In these cases, the members decorate their trunks for the event and hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. As a guest, all you have to do is enjoy the event!

** For more detail on how any of these Trunk-or-Treat events are being handled, and whether or not you can (or should) participate with your decorated trunk, we strongly advise contacting the event host directly to avoid any unpleasant surprises or disappointments the night of the event! **

By the way, if you do decorate your trunk, we’d all love to see what you come up with. Snap a quick photo of your tricked-out trunk and post it on our Facebook wall!

Below is a list of Trunk-or-Treat events we’ve located. If you know of others happening in the Tampa Bay area, please leave a comment and let us know about it.

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Halloween Fun Fest “Trunk or Treat” & Free Movie in the Park
Stardust Movie PosterTime: Trunk-or-Treat: 6-8 p.m.; Movie: 8-10:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, October 26, 2012
Location: Orange Lake
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 841-4560; City of New Port Richey Website; New Port Richey Recreation & Aquatic Center on Facebook

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids (age 10 and younger) out for some safe family trick-or-treating around Orange Lake. Wear costumes and bring your trick-or-treat bag!

Directly following the Trunk-or-Treat, the Cultural Affairs Committee will be hosting a FREE showing of the movie Stardust in Sims Park.

Address:
Orange Lake
Near Circle Boulevard in Downtown
New Port Richey, FL 34652

Sims Park
6341 Bank Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652

Image: IMDB

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Our Lady of the Rosary 15th Annual Trunk-or-Treat
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Date: Friday, October 26, 2012
Location: Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church
Cost: FREE, but bring lots of candy to pass out! (On their site it says “prepare for 600 kids”)
Info: (813) 949-4565; Our Lady of the Rosary Website

What’s Doing?
Decorate the trunk, don your best costumes, and make it a family night at Our Lady of the Rosary’s annual Truck-or-Treat event. For this trunk-or-treat you are encouraged to decorate your trunk! But if you’re not up for decorating this year, just plant a comfy chair out behind your car. Although you can come to this trunk-or-treat and opt not to pass out candy, it is in good faith that you do. As far as negotiating the logistics of passing out candy and staying with your children while they trick-or-treat, you can opt to go with a group and designate someone to stay at the car to hand out the treats, or you can trunk-or-treat for a while and then pass out candy (or the other way around).

Address:
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church
2348 Collier Parkway
Land O’Lakes, FL 34639

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First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks Trunk-or-Treat
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Date: Friday, October 26, 2012
Location: First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks in the front parking lot
Cost: FREE
Info: For more information or to have your car in the Candy Trail, please contact the Church Office: (727) 593-8745; First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks Website

What’s Doing?
There will be games, food and a Candy Trail for children in Preschool-Grade 5.

Address:
First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks
12685 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33774

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Bay Area Church of Christ Fall Festival IconInternational Fun Fall Festival
Time: 3-8 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Location: Bay Area Church of Christ
Cost: FREE
Info: Bay Area Church of Christ Website

What’s Doing?
This fun family festival will feature international games for kids of all ages to play, as well as food and fun for the entire family. Here’s the schedule for the evening:
— 3-5:30 p.m.: Games
— 5:30-7 p.m.: Hot dog and chili dinner with international food samples
— 7-8 p.m.: Trunk-or-Treat

Address:
Bay Area Church of Christ
3905 Orange Street
Seffner, FL 33584

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Fall Festival Slime Time 2012 Event Banner
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Location: Land O’Lakes First United Methodist Church
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 996-3533; Land O’Lakes First United Methodist Church Website

What’s Doing?
LOLUMC’s annual Fall Festival Slime Time event is a FREE family event with fun for all ages. You and your family are invited to enjoy games, food, fun and SLIME! Children can wear their costumes and treat-or-treat from trunk to trunk, visit Professor Willie at the Slime Station, play in a bounce house, win prizes at games, and slide down a 16-foot slide. It’s going to be a SLIMY good time!

Address:
Land O’Lakes First United Methodist Church
6209 Land O’Lakes Boulevard
Land O’Lakes, FL 34638

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Happy Harvest Festival Trunk-or-Treating
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Location: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 585-9969; Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Website

What’s Doing?
This promises to be a fun family night with lots of games, crafts, food and treats! Congregation members will be giving out candy from their decorated trunks as children go car-to-car Trunk-or-Treating.

Address:
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
455 Missouri Avenue North
Largo, FL 33770

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Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church Trunk-or-Treat
Trunk decorated for Trunk-or-TreatTime: 6-7:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Location: Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church-NORTH and SOUTH Campuses (NOTE: This event takes place at both campuses on the same date/time.)
Cost: FREE
Info: Debra Boland, Parish Secretary: (727) 376-0919; Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the family out for fun — and safe — Halloween trick-or-treating. This event is being held at the North location and South location. Call the Church office general number if you would like to participate.

Address:
Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church
NORTH Campus
9525 Hudson Avenue
Hudson, FL 34667

Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church
SOUTH Campus
8812 Old County Road 54
New Port Richey, FL 34653

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Holiday Community Fellowship Church Trunk-or-Treat
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Location: Holiday Community Fellowship Church
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 944-4773; Holiday Community Fellowship Church Website

What’s Doing?
This event offers a Halloween alternative for children. Kids should bring a big bag to collect candy!

Address:
Holiday Community Fellowship Church
5144 Sunray Drive
Holiday, FL 34691

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St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Trunk-or-Treat
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Location: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Parking Lot
Cost: FREE; Refreshments will be available
Info: Call Hal Blethroad if you have any questions: (813) 597-3652;
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids in costume to trick-or-treat from trunk-to-trunk.

Address:
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
5326 Charles Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652

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CrossPointe Church Truck-or-Treat
Time:
4-6 p.m.
Date: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Location: CrossPointe Church of the Nazarene
Cost: FREE; Pizza and soda will be available for a small cost
Info: (813) 949-7727; CrossPointe Church of the Nazarene on Facebook

What’s Doing?
Join in the fun this Sunday at CrossPointe’s Halloween alternative with bounce houses, obstacle course, horse rides, mega slide, 50cars with candy, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, games and more.

Address:
CrossPointe Church of the Nazarene
919 Debuel Road
Lutz, FL 33549

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Element Trunk-or-Treat
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Date: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Location: Element Church
Cost: FREE; Food, beverages and bake sale items will be available for a small fee
Info: (813) 620-3770

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids out for a fun evening of decorated trunks filled with tasty treats! Plus, there will be face painting, balloon animals, crafts, games, and Author’s Corner, and a costume contest.

Address:
Element Church
2707 Causeway Center Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33619

Thanks to Kacy O. for sending us this information!

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2012 Fall Festival and Trunk-n-Treat
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Date: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Location: First United Methodist Church of Brandon
Cost: FREE
Info: First United Methodist Church of Brandon Website

What’s Doing?
With so much going on, your family is sure to have a fun-filled time. Costumes are encouraged for everyone. Just be sure they are family-friendly. Nothing scary, offensive, or evil, please. Lots of trunks will be filled with candy. Enjoy free hamburgers and hot dogs, hay rides, a cake walk, inflatables, face painting, and more!

Address:
First United Methodist Church of Brandon
121 North Knights Avenue
Brandon, FL 33510

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Sacred Heart Church Trunk-n-Treat
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Date: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Location: Sacred Heart Church Pinellas Park (Parking Lot)
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 541-4447; Sacred Heart Church Pinellas Park Parrish Calendar

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids in costume and trick-or-treat from trunk to trunk. Please contact the Church directly for more details.

Address:
Sacred Heart Church Pinellas Park
7809 46th Way North
Pinellas Park, FL 33781

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South Shore United Methodist Trunk Or Treat
Time: 5:30-9 p.m.
Date: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Location: South Shore United Methodist Church (Front yard campus)
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 677-9482; South Shore United Methodist Church website

What’s Doing?
South Shore United Methodist Church (UMC) is getting into the Halloween spirit this year with car trunks full of Halloween scenes, the chance for little ones to parade from car to car at the annual Trunk or Treat. You can pull your vehicle up to their parking lot, decorate your trunk in any way that you want, and pass out candy. There will also be a movie projected on the outside of the building with popcorn and drink boxes for the kids. For those who are a little more bold, you are welcome to enjoy a haunted walk!

Even Better!
Enter the Best Decorated Trunk contest for a chance to have a water purifier donated to H2Go (a charity that raises money to help buy filters for clean water in Uganda) in your name!

Address:
South Shore United Methodist Church
11525 Big Bend Road
Riverview, FL 33579

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Fall Fun Fest at UMC of Sun City Center
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Location: United Methodist Church of Sun City Center
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 634-2539; UMC of Sun City Center Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the family out for safe Halloween fun with a trunk-or-treat, bounce houses, a slide, candy, games, food, popcorn and cotton candy.

Address:
United Methodist Church of Sun City Center
1210 Del Webb Boulevard West
Sun City Center, FL 33573

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Boo Bash logoBoo Bash 2012 at Heritage Church
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Location: Heritage Church
Cost: Boo Bash is FREE and open to the community; Food is available for purchase
Info: (813) 909-4080; Heritage Church Website

What’s Doing?
BOO BASH is an annual tradition at Heritage Church, and a Halloween alternative for families. The community is invited to join in the fun in a safe family environment. So get the kids in their costumes and come on out for fun family activities, including a large inflatable and a photo booth.

The event also includes a Trunk-or-Treat, where children can go from trunk to trunk to get treats/candy and play games. Members of the Church will have their trunks decorated (there will be no scary trunks), and the church is providing the candy for each trunk. Guests of the event do not provide their own trunks — just enjoy the festivities!

Address:
Heritage Church
1854 Oak Grove Boulevard
Lutz, FL 33559

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Trunk-or-Treat at Cavalry Baptist Church
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Location: Calvary Baptist Church (Clearwater FL) South Parking Lot
Cost: FREE
Info: Diane at (727) 423-2595; Calvary Baptist Church Website

What’s Doing?
Your family is invited to a Christian alternative to Halloween for children in Preschool-5th grade. Children can walk from car to car collecting candy, enjoy fun activities and inflatable games, and have opportunities to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

If you allow your child/ren to wear a costume, the Church requests that you encourage them to dress as Bible characters and avoid scary costumes, guns or knives. NOTE: All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Address:
Cavalry Baptist Church
110 North McMullen Booth
Clearwater, FL 33759

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Shiloh’s Annual Trunk-or-Treat
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Location: Shiloh Baptist Church
Cost: FREE; Food and concessions available for a small fee
Info: (813) 752-8345; Shiloh Baptist Church Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids in costume for games, moonwalks, prizes and lots of fun, and check out some decorated trunks while collecting candy.

Address:
Shiloh Baptist Church
905 West Terrace Drive
Plant City, FL 33563

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Citylife Church Tampa City Jam Truck-or-Treat Event 2012City Jam Truck-or-Treat Family Night
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Location: Citylife Church
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 933-3991; Citylife Church Website; Citylife Church on Facebook

What’s Doing?
You and your family are invited to CITY JAM, a fun family alternative to Halloween with lots of food, candy and music. Come in costume! The event will include:
— Trunk-or-treat
— Jumbo slides
— Moonwalks

Address:
Citylife Church
8411 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33614

Thanks for the heads-up on this one, Melinda D.

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Trunk-or-TreatBay Life Assembly of God Truck-or-Treat
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Location: Bay Life Assembly of God
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 884-3696; Bay Life Assembly of God Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids in costume and trick-or-treat from trunk to trunk. This fun community Halloween event features games, loads of candy, a bounce house, an outdoor movie and more. Members of the congregation are decorating their trunks and handing out candy to guests of the event; this is something they are doing for the community, and they would love to have you and your family participate in all the fun things they have planned!

Address:
Bay Life Assembly of God
6923 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33615

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Event Disclaimer: The Halloween events we post as “Unscary Halloween Events” are not INTENDED to be scary so that small children can enjoy them, too. However, there are many aspects of the Halloween celebration — costumes, masks, carved pumpkins, scarecrows, witches, etc. — that a child may personally find to be frightening. Please use your discretion when deciding to attend a Non-scary Halloween Event with your little one. Nobody knows your child better than you!

RELATED LINKS:
1. Browse more 2012 Halloween events in the Tampa Bay area offering trick-or-treating.
2. Celebrate Halloween at Libraries Around the Tampa Bay Area.
3. Immanuel Lutheran School Celebrates Oktoberfest With Food and Lots of Family Fun!

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