Little Monsters Promenade & Pumpkin Patch

Little Monsters Promenade 2013 FlyerTime: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013 (NOTE: I confirmed with the Visitor Center that this is the correct date for 2013.)
Location: Centro Ybor
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 241-8838; Halloween in Ybor City Web Page; La France Facebook Page; See a larger version of the Little Monsters Promenade flyer on the Little Monsters Promenade & Pumpkin Patch Facebook Event Page

What’s Doing?
Centro Ybor will magically turn into a Pumpkin Patch for children and families this Halloween. There will be a FREE pumpkin to decorate and a trick-or-treat bag for kids. Kids will have the opportunity to pick a pumpkin from a fenced patch (pumpkins available while supplies last; one per child with an adult), then decorate their pumpkin in the craft area. (volunteers will be on-hand to help kids with crafting their special Halloween items.)

The event will also include a Little Monster Promenade, where the children can show off their Halloween costumes. Plus, there will be Trick-or-treating (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) at participating Centro Ybor merchants.

NOTE: Costumes are not mandatory, but definitely encouraged.

Centro Ybor
1600 East 8th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605

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Ghosts in pumpkin image courtesy of debspoons /
Little Monsters Promenade flyer image courtesy of Ybor City Development Corporation

Thank you to Tampa Bay Moms Blog Contributor Calley Brewer Pate for sharing this information!

PUMPKIN PALOOZA! 10th Annual Family Fall Festival + Pumpkin Patch

GFWC St. Petersburg Pumpkin Palooza 2013 FlyerTime: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Location: GFWC St. Petersburg Junior Woman’s Club
Cost: Tickets for games and food are 50 cents each (Discounts available for large orders; Both cash and credit cards will be accepted; Proceeds from the festival allow the group to continue their long tradition of volunteer service projects in the community); Pumpkins available for purchase in the Pumpkin Patches
Info: For more details, please contact; GFWC St. Petersburg Junior Women’s Club Website (Visit website for sample ticket prices); GFWC St. Petersburg Junior Woman’s Club Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
The St. Petersburg Junior Woman’s Club will host their 10th Annual Pumpkin Palooza Fall Festival this year, featuring:
— Live performances
— Two pumpkin patches
— Kids games and crafts
— Face and hair painting
— Inflatables
— Community awareness zone
— Craft vendors
— Food, drinks and treats
— Basket raffles

World Food Day Canned Food Drive
In observance of World Food Day, the group will be collecting canned and boxed food at the event. These donated food items will be given to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic’s Food Pantry and Northside Benevolence Ministries. Please bring a donation to help alleviate hunger in our community.

GFWC St. Petersburg Junior Woman’s Club
40 Snell Isle Boulevard NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33704

Pumpkin patch image courtesy of Gualberto107 /
Image courtesy of the GFWC St. Petersburg Junior Woman’s Club

Thank you to Amber M., with the GFWC St. Petersburg Junior Woman’s Club, and WDTB reader Marie H.! Both were kind enough to send information about this event.

Enjoy a Farmtastic Family Experience at The MAiZE

The MAiZE in Lakeland, FL

Maze Design Cancer Awarness-John Wayne/Chris LeDoux
This MAiZE owned and operated by The Smith Family Ranch LLC

Time: 2 p.m.-Dusk (Fri.), 9 a.m.-Dusk (Sat.) & 12 p.m.-Dusk (Sun.)
Date: October 19, 2012 through November 25, 2012
Location: Lakeland, FL
Cost: $10/person age 11+, $8/child (age 5-10), FREE for children under 4 (Includes all attractions except for those run by outside vendors.); The Branding Iron Grill will have food and beverages for sale
Info: (863) 859-6472; The MAiZE Website
Distance: Lakeland, FL is approximately 1 hour NE of Downtown Tampa

What’s Doing?
This corn maze is created by the MAiZE Inc., the world’s largest cornfield maze consulting/design company, and Lakeland, FL is just one of many corn mazes they offer throughout the country. In addition to the chance to get lost — and found — in a field of corn, attractions will include:
— Corn box
— Corn cannon
— Country Store
— Cow train
— Mini mazes
— Hayride
— Pumpkin patch
— Jumping pillow
— Pony ride

NOTE: Since this activity can be affected by weather, please check weather reports before you visit. Closed-toe shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather are recommended, as well as sun screen.

13444 Moore Road
Lakeland, FL 33809

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St. James United Methodist Church 2012 Fall Festival

Multi-colored pumpkins lined up against the skyTime: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Location: St. James United Methodist Church
Cost: FREE
Info: St. James United Methodist Church website

What’s Doing?
It’s back! The Fall Festival being held at St. James United Methodist Church is every bit as it promises. With so much to do, it’s easy to spend all four hours there. Here is what they have planned for this year:
— Outdoor craft fair
— FREE food and beverages
— Cake walk (every half hour)
— Ongoing entertainment: carnival games with prizes, rock climbing, bungee jumping, giant water balls and more
— Pumpkin Patch
— Photo ops (Last year they had a backdrop you can use with your camera.)

St. James United Methodist Church
16202 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33647

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Hyde Park Village 2011 Fall Festival

Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011
Location: Hyde Park Village
Cost: FREE to attend; Food, drinks and pumpkins available for purchase; Parking is typically FREE in one of three parking garages
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Little ghosts and goblins will be dressed in their Halloween costumes for store-to-store trick-or-treating, arts & crafts, a bounce house, face painting … and new this year, a live performance from children’s rock musician, Mr. Richard!

The Pumpkin Patch also opens at the Fall Festival, so there will be plump pumpkins in all shapes and sizes and festive photo opportunities, too! Proceeds from pumpkin sales benefit The Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

Non-Scary Event Disclaimer: The Halloween events we post as “Non-Scary 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!

Hyde Park Village
1621 W. Snow Circle
Tampa, FL 33606

Seal Swim School Pumpkin Patch and Family Fun Festival

Time: 4-30 – 8 p.m.
Date: Fridays in October
Location: Seal Swim School
Cost: Free; cost of pumpkin
Info: (813) 229-7946

What’s Doing?
Music, food, games, bounce house, haunted house, arts and crafts and pumpkins. Bring your child in costume and receive a treat.

Seal Swim School
19509 N. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL

Playtime in the Patch

Time: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.; for toddlers and preschoolers
Date: Oct. 12 & Oct. 20, 2010
Location: Harvester United Methodist Church
Cost: Free
Info: Call the church office at (813) 948-2311;

What’s Doing?
At “Playtime in the Patch”, toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy crafts, coloring, cookie decorating, games and storytime. Parents are invited to bring their cameras to capture some great fall photos of their little ones.

Harvester United Methodist Church
2432 Collier Pkwy
Land O Lakes, FL 34639
(813) 948-2311

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