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Halloween in Gainesville and Alachua County, 2020

Trick or Treat 2020. Keep it Safe, Fun and FaBOOlous!
This Halloween weekend, the What’s Good guide has got you covered with the most up-to-date and complete directory of events and fun for the entire family. Whether you prefer to celebrate with pumpkin carving and hay rides, trick-or-treating and costume parades, live music and dance performances, a haunted ghost tour, or all of the above, there are over 30 ways for you to celebrate Halloween with lots of treats in store for a fantastic weekend!

The below information was accurate at the time of publishing. Due to the current fluctuating environment, please contact organizers directly to double-check details.

halloween on the green

Drive-Thru Candy at Ironwood Golf Course at Halloween on the Green
Saturday, October 31, 6 p.m. | Ironwood Golf Course
2100 NE 39th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609

The City of Gainesville hosts socially-distanced Halloween fun at Ironwood Golf Course. Grab sweet treats from the candy drive-thru, watch a dance performance of Thriller by Danscompany of Gainesville, enjoy food from food trucks on site and watch Hocus Pocus from the green.

ballet dancers for ballet and beyond

Get Carried Away by Dynamic Dancing and Electrifying Music at Dance Alive National Ballet’s Ballet & Beyond
Saturday, October 31, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611
The dazzling classical ballet Don Quixote bumps up against a contemporary social issue, ‘Oceana’ with music by Stella Sung. Guest dancer/choreographer Oksana Maslova completes the varied program. Audience capacity is limited to 395 seats. Masks are required.View the reopening protocols for UF Performing Arts here.

Limited rehearsal engagements are also available. See the open studio rehearsal Thursday, October 29, 12 p.m. with a limited audience of 20. Click here for tickets. On Friday, October 30, 7 p.m., see the stage rehearsal at UF Phillips Center. Click here to reserve your seat.

Herlong Mansion at night

Hunt for Ghosts on a Two-Day Investigation in Historic Micanopy
Friday, October 30 – Saturday, October 31 | Herlong Mansion Bed & Breakfast
402 NE Cholokka Blvd., Micanopy, FL 32667
American Ghost Adventures hosts a fun weekend of paranormal investigation. Friday night includes a room parade in the Herlong Mansion to meet fellow investigators before embarking on an investigation nearby. Saturday includes a costume social and a four-hour Halloween investigation.

The Herlong Mansion was built circa 1845 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Special events like weddings and corporate events are elevated by the backdrop of striking architecture and lush gardens.

fest that never was

The Fest That Never Was Livestreaming Music Party
Saturday, October 31 | Online Event with The Fest

Have fun with streaming music from Fest bands including Cold Wrecks, Destroy Orbison, Frank Turner, Souvenirs, War On Women and many, manymore. This special Halloween event is free on Facebook and on Twitch.

Trick-or-Treat at the Cade Museum
Saturday, October 31, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Cade Museum of Creativity & Invention
811 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601
The Cade hosts a day of activities throughout the museum with prizes and a goodie bag. Admission is free for children in costumes.

Halloween Spirit Night in Alachua
Saturday, October 31, 6:30 p.m. | Skinner Field
15100 NW 142 Terr., Alachua, FL 32615

Candy treat bags, popcorn, pizza, pumpkin decorating and a costume contest are all part of the fun on Halloween Spirit Night. At 7:30 p.m. enjoy a film screening of Spooky Buddies.

hipp unplugged

Share a Holiday Evening of Mayhem during a Streaming Stage Reading of Those Two Are Definitely Getting Murdered by Kaitlyn McClincy
Friday, October 30, 7 p.m. | Online Event with the Hippodrome Theatre
Ruby and Tess are best friends who have a passion for pop culture, ghouls and the paranormal. On their way to a campy hub for a fantastic evening, their aspirations are dashed in stereotypical fashion, and they are forced to spend the night elsewhere. They are having the best time. Oh yeah, and Santa Claus is trying to murder them tonight. Those two are definitely getting murdered.Stick around after the reading for a talkback with playwright. Reserve your spot here.

Navigate the Corn Maze at Hollow Oaks
Friday, October 30, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, October 31, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday, November 1, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Hollow Oaks Corn Maze
18005 NW 190th Ave., High Springs, FL 32643
Activities include an interactive corn maze, hayride and photo opportunities. The kids area features a mini-maze, pumpkin bowling, hay slide and more.

Get Scares from your Car at Legion of the Undead Drive Thru Haunted House
Friday, October 30 – Saturday, October 31, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Newberry Legion – Post 149
26821 W Newberry, Rd., Newberry, FL 32669
“Horror Road” is a drive-through Halloween attraction you can enjoy from the comfort of your car.

Haunted Hayrides at Celebration Pointe
Thursday, October 29 – Friday, October 30, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608
Enjoy a fall hayride around Celebration Pointe as you listen to a scary story narrated through headphones.

Trick-or-Treat and Pumpkin Decorating
Friday, October 30, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608
Retailers in Celebration Pointe’s Promenade provide a “treat” station for kids to trick-or-treat! The pumpkin decorating station provides kids a small pumpkin (while supplies last) to decorate and take home.

halloween drive thru safari at carson springs

Go on a Halloween Drive-Thru Safari and Get Candy with Exotic Animals
Saturday, October 31, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. |Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation
8528 E County Rd. 225, Gainesville, FL 32609
Hop in your ride and travel down an “unbeaten path,” when you cruise a drive-through wildlife safari. Meet Henry, the oldest Indian Rhino in captivity, and his more than 100 exotic friends on 275 acres of lush Florida woods and farm land. Candy stations throughout the tour provide treats for kids.

Dress Up and Bring Your Bike on the Haunted Hogtown Bike Tour
Friday, October 30, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Depot Park
874 SE 4 St., Gainesville, FL 32601
Head to the bike racks near the Cade Museum and join the tour visiting several haunted Gainesville spots. Learn about some of the “craziest times ever” in local history. Masks are required.

Halloween at Haile Equestrian
Saturday, October 31, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Haile Equestrian Center
7680 SW 46th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608
Haile Equestrian hosts the 2nd annual Halloween Extravaganza. Activities include candy giveaways, horse costume parade, and FREE pony rides.

Axe throwing at The Hatchetbury

Throw Axes with Ghouls and Ghosts at The Hatchetbury’s Hooowloween
Saturday, October 31, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. | The Hatchetbury
213 NW 8th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
The Hatchetbury transforms into “The Ax-ylum” with Halloween decorations, music by DJ MellowBlendz, food from Radha’s Kitchen and Sensational Selfies to document everyone’s axe-throwing costumes.

Do the Time Warp Again and See the Cult Phenomenon Rocky Horror Picture Show Live on Stage
Thursday, October 29, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday, October 31, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Enjoy the Halloween tradition with the story of a newly engaged couple stumbling upon an Annual Transylvania Convention. The outrageous musical plays on stage with actors performing skits alongside the film. Audience capacity is limited with a flexible seating layout to accommodate groups of two, three or four, in addition to single attendees. 

Halloween Dance Party at Dance of the Dead
Saturday, October 31, 8 p.m. – 11:59 p.m. | SwampCity Gallery Lounge
716 N Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601
Dance to DJs playing haunted classics with horror films playing on screens. Prizes for best costume. Masks are required.

A Night of Terror at the Peanut Patch and Corn Maze
Friday, October 30, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, October 31, 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Peanut Patch and Corn Maze
8656 SW 75th St., Gainesville, FL 32608
The peanut patch becomes terrifying after dark with the haunted house, corn maze and hayride.

dogs in ghost costumes

Costume Contest for Pets at Howl-O-Ween Doggo Happy Hour
Saturday, October 31, 4:20 p.m. – 7 p.m. | SwampCity Gallery Lounge
716 N Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601
Dress up your pup with prizes awarded for pet and child costumes. Enjoy family-friendly music from DJ Captain Bli.

Watch Black Panther at The Cinema Drive-In
Friday, October 30, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. | SharpSpring
5001 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608
The drive-in movie experience includes a costume contest, live DJ, candy for the kids and more.

Let the Kids Bounce Around in Their Costume at Monster Bash
Saturday, October 31, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Bouncers
3401 NW 34th St., Gainesville, FL 32605
The indoor bounce house hosts a costume contest with Halloween music, games, candy and more.

franks and steins at high springs brewing company

Gourmet Franks and Craft Beer at Franks and Steins
Saturday, October 31, 5 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. | High Springs Brewing Company
18562 NW 237th St., High Springs, FL 32643
Celebrate Halloween at the brewery in High Springs. Gourmet franks, holiday beer, candy stations for the kids and prizes for best costume provide a perfect Halloween hangout.  

See Halloween Creations at The Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Friday, October 30, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. | High Springs Farmer’s Market
23517 NW 185th Rd., High Springs, FL 32643
Decorated, carved or painted pumpkins compete for votes with prizes awarded based on age category. Trick-or-treating follows at downtown High Springs businesses.

virtual halloween concert

Stream Halloween Music Recorded at UF Century Tower
Saturday, October 31, 7:30 p.m. | Online Event with UF Carillon Studio
UF’s Carillon Studio presents a Virtual Halloween Concert live on Facebook. 61 bells located in the iconic 157-foot-tall Century Tower carillon create a unique sound for Halloween favorites. This performance was pre-recorded.

gainesville harley davidson guile bike night

Cruise Into Motorcycle Fun with the Halloween Edition of Gainesville Bike Night
Friday, October 30, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Gainesville Harley Davidson
4125 NW 97th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606
The last Friday night of every month is Gainesville Bike Night. October’s edition features a costume contest with a winning a prize pack valued at $300. FTG Boutique Food Truck serves up their mouthwatering menu and Cliff Dorsey performs live music. Motorcycles equipped with side luggage compartments get a chance to enter the drawing for “Bagger of the Night.”

day of the dead dance showcase

Cut a Rug at Day of the Dead Dance Showcase
Sunday, November 1, 2:30 p.m. | Rena’s Ballroom
720 NW 23rd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609
Join a day of dancing at the 4th Annual Showcase as a performer or guest. Enjoy an afternoon of performances as well as dancing for everyone. Awards for top dancers in addition to drawings for prizes. Music provided by DJ Josh Angel. RSVPs are required, limited seating is available. 

radioactive horror festival edition

Radioactive Circus 7 Halloween Festival at Heartwood Soundstage
Saturday, October 31, 6 p.m. – November 1, 6 a.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Live music across two stages with live art installations and immersive stage lighting provide a Halloween dance party.

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