By: Andrew Silverstein

Halloween can be a pretty odd, scary, and admittedly fun holiday sometimes, but let's be real, sometimes that ain't so great for the little ones.  Luckily the Tampa Bay area has a handful of safe Halloween events for kids and adults alike.  Here are a few.

St. John's Fall Fest - This family-friendly Halloween event boasts a ton of attractions for kids at a super-affordable price.  Pay $5 and get in to this event at St. John's Greek Orthodox Day School (2418 Swann Avenue).  Attractions include face painting, trick or treat opportunities, carnival games, a bounce house, haunted house, and more.  Fall Fest falls on Saturday, October 15.

Hyde Park Village Fall Festival - Let the kids test out their costumes and bring them to this family-friendly event at Hyde Park Village.  Enjoy trick or treating, a bounce house, face painting, and live music performance by Mr. Richard on Saturday, October 15.

Guppyween - Explore the wide array of exhibits and cool, aquatic animals at the famous Florida Aquarium while feeling the Halloween spirit all throughout the place.  Suit up the kids in their favorite costumes and bring them to the aquarium to trick or treat, enjoy kid-friendly entertainment, and more on Sunday, October 23.

Green Halloween Tampa - Green Halloween is a halloween event with an environmentally and kid friendly twist.  Kids can enjoy a healthy trick or treat parade with reusable bags to collect their loot.  Vendors and more will be on hand to promote green initiatives for Halloween.  It all goes down at Whole Foods on Dale Mabry on Saturday, October 29.

What's Halloween for the kids without some Halloween treats? There are several websites featuring Halloween recipes and ideas for putting some holiday spook in the kitchen. Here are a few of our favorites:

Halloween Recipes from Disney
Food Network's Halloween Recipes
Hershey's Halloween Crafts and Candy
Treats, Party Bags, Crafts and More from

For more information on Local happenings in Tampa, check out our Halloween Tampa Guide