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Family-Friendly Halloween Activities Near Anna Maria

Fall is upon us and although our tropical temperatures aren’t always the easiest giveaway to welcome the typically crisp season, Autumnal plans are fully underway here in the Anna Maria Island and Bradenton area. You can always do some DIY decorations to have a little bit of spooky fun, or make some plans to attend some community events!

There are many fun things to do this month so make the most of it because before you know it, the busy Holiday Season will be upon us! Here’s what’s going on in October on Anna Maria Island for all-ages:


Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival: Weekends in October

Hunsader Farms in Bradenton, Florida, hosts its annual Pumpkin Festival every October. Floridians can flock to the farm for three weekends and enjoy fall festivities such as a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, and hayrides. The festival includes exciting shows, live music, festive displays, a petting zoo, a pumpkin cannon, and a chainsaw sculptor. There really is so much to see at this storied annual event.

Information and directions HERE.

Anna Maria Elementary Fall Festival: October 22nd

The annual Anna Maria Elementary (AME) Fall Festival is an island Autumn staple, hosted by the AME PTO. From 4pm – 9pm at The Center on AMI (407 Magnolia Ave) on Saturday, October 22nd. There will be plenty of food, games, interactive fun for the kids, a haunted house and a good old-fashioned bake sale. This event is open to the public and they would love for all children to attend!

Trail of Treats: October 31st

Trick or Treat

The best way to start off your trick-or-treating night is at the Trail of Treats hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. The Trail of Treats has been an Anna Maria tradition for years, drawing locals and visitors from miles around. This family-friendly event is perfect for everyone from the youngest trick-or-treaters to the parents and grandparents as well. All visitors are welcome to wear their costumes and collect as much candy as they can.

Businesses contact the Chamber a couple of months before Halloween, and then the Chamber of Commerce releases a flyer with the participating businesses. There are participating businesses in all three cities on Anna Maria Island, and each business is in a safe and secure location so you don’t have to worry about your young kids running all over town to collect treats. Check-in at the chamber on October 31st at 3:30 p.m. for the costume contest (kids 0 – 12) and begin trick or treating at participating businesses around the island. It ends at 8:00 p.m.

Howl-O-Scream: Continuous, Special Dates

For our older readers and very brave souls: Venture to Tampa for this famously frightening event! Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream returns in full force, taking over the entire park with haunted houses, scare zones, sinister shows and more. Horror lives in every dark corner, including on Busch Gardens’ pulse-pounding thrill rides. Howl-O-Scream is bringing fear to the next level. Info and tickets HERE.

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It’s All About Community: A Paradise Giving Back

When you live in a highly sought-after vacation destination year-round it could be easy to assume that it would be hard to find a sense of community. Fortunately, our beloved Anna Maria Island area couldn’t be a more tight-knit and supportive are that we are so proud to be a part of. That’s REALLY what makes it paradise, and that’s exactly why we always seek out ways to support our local community.

Paradise Team

Whether it be at our schools, charities, fundraisers, festivals, or even just events, it’s safe to guess that our team is always jumping to get involved in any way we can. And not just on our little island — but in Cortez, Bradenton, and beyond.

Just a few weeks ago for Halloween, our wonderful team at the Ellenton office dressed up in their best costumes and Halloween garb for Trunk or Treat. They were so excited to pass out goodies to the students of one of our sponsorship partners, Barbara Harvey Elementary in Parrish. We love celebrating the next generation of Manatee County kiddos.

At the beginning of October, we were so proud to be a part of one of our favorite annual fundraisers for Turtle Watch! This event at Hurricane Hank’s is truly special and we were so happy to help raise over $16,000 for Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring. This important work helps ensure the safety of our local sea turtles, and continued education about these vital parts of our ecosystem. 

Paradise Team

Some annual events we always look forward to supporting is the Giving Back event that we are always excited to be Music Sponsors of, the Chili Cook-Off, Toys for Tots, pet supply drives, and many events with Anna Maria Elementary School. Basically, if it positively impacts our community— we’re all in. It’s a major part of our company and team culture that we will always do all we can to help build up this local community and show love to its residents.

There is no greater honor we have than to be a light here on AMI and our wonderful surrounding towns. Have an event, fundraiser, or community event coming up? Reach out to see how we can partner up and increase joy AND impact.

In the meantime, go show love to someone today. We’re sending love from our A Paradise family to yours!

Photos courtesy of Visit a Paradise Team