Guide to Kid-Friendly Halloween Events in Jacksonville


Looking for a special event for you little ones? These Halloween events are perfect for kids who are looking for not-so-spooky fun!

Isle of Faith Craft Fair
October 1 :: 10:00-2:00pm
Join Isle of Faith for their annual Craft Fair and enjoy a variety of handmade crafts, live music, refreshments for sale, the Best Pumpkin Patch in Jacksonville and much more.

Alimacani Fall Festival
October 1 :: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Enjoy bounce houses, food and games at Alimacani Elementary School

Parkwood Baptist Church Community Carnival
October 1 :: 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Pony rides, free games, cheap food. Lots of family fun!

Howls & Haystacks Fall Festival
October 15 :: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Join us for food, music, games and so much more as Seabreeze Elementary hosts their annual Howls & Haystacks Fall Festival. Located at Seabreeze Elementary there will be fun for everyone. This is a community wide event and everyone is welcome to attend.

Pumpkins & Petting Zoo at Rype & Readi Farm Market
October 4th, 13th, and 26th :: 9:30am-12:30pm
Head over to the farm! This fall event will feature storytelling for children, hayrides and pumpkin decorating.

Isle of Faith Car Show
October 8 :: 10:00-2:00pm
Bring the family to Isle of Faith’s annual Car Show and enjoy live music, judging, trophies, bounce house and a BBQ.

{Featured Event!}

Jacksonville Moms Blog Pumpkin Playdate at Isle of Faith
October 12 :: 2:30pm – 4:30pm
We are so excited about our 3rd Annual Pumpkin Playdate event series, and this year our first event will take place on Wednesday, October 12 from 2:30-5:30pm at Isle of Faith United Methodist Church! The Isle of Faith pumpkin patch is the perfect place to play with fun hay mazes, giant spiders that the kids can fly, lots of climbing structures and of course the many pumpkins of all shapes and sizes for the kids to see! Isle of Faith also offers a snack bar with yummy treats for sale. This is a FREE event!

See our blog post for more details!

Fall Fest Week at SUMC
October 12-16
Come to Southside United Methodist Church for nightly family-friendly events Wed-Fri. & Classic Fall Festival on Sunday afternoon.

The Catty Shack Ranch Halloween Haunted Forest
October 14, 21, 28 :: 5:00-9:00pm

October 15, 22, 29 :: 3:00-9:00pm
October 16 :: 1:00-5:00pm

Join us for our biggest event of the year! This October, the forest comes alive with monsters and … Venture through hair-raising scenes like the Infirmary and Butcher Shoppe or see if you survive the Electric Chair! And be sure to watch out for zombies!

Don’t want to test your luck in the Haunted Forest? Check out the Ghoul Garden located by the foxes or stop by the Laboratory for a fun, gooey, hands-on experience! (Not to worry parents, there will be a clean-up station available.) And of course, there will be plenty of time to view the animals! Knowledgeable volunteers will be present throughout the sanctuary to tell you all about our residents and answer any questions you may have. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. The Costume Contest will take place on Sunday, October 16th at 3:00 PM. The winner will receive a 6-Visit Pass to the sanctuary!

12th Annual Halloween Doors & More
Saturday, October 15 :: 2:00pm
Jacksonville Fairgrounds
Enjoy a weekend inspired by your imagination, benefiting the nationally recognized Community PedsCare program, which supports children living with complex illness and their families. This year’s enchanted quest is full of new ventures like Superhero City as well as some familiar ones; you’ll get your groove on in the Disco, enjoy a spooktacular makeover at the Salon, take an enchanted journey through It’s A Frozen World, explore Jaxson’s Clubhouse, indulge in gourmet food, and much more.

{Featured Event!}

Jacksonville Moms Blog Pumpkin Playdate at Shepherd of the Woods
October 20 :: 4:00pm – 7:00pm
We are so excited about our 3rd Annual Pumpkin Playdate event series, and this year our first event will take place on Tuesday, October 20 from 4:00-7:o0pm at Shepherd of the Woods pumpkin patch! This is a FREE event!

See our blog post for more details!

6th Annual Healthy Halloween Jax
Sunday, October 23 :: 4:00-6:00pm
Johansen Park, Atlantic Beach
Kids can enjoy trick-or-treating the healthy way with Healthy Halloween Jax. This special event will be handing out healthy snacks and treats free of artificial colors and HFCs. In addition to the treats, Healthy Halloween Jax will also offer fun games, face painting and crafts free to the community.

Food Truck or Treat
October 28 :: 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Free admission. Florida Trucks vs. Georgia Trucks! Food judging on halloween themed dishes and early trick or treating, bring your buckets! 30 Food Trucks, Candy Zones – Bring a Halloween Bucket! Kids Area, Music, Costume contests for Kids & Adults & Lots more!

Octoberfeast at Rype & Readi Farm Market
October 28 :: 6:00-8:00pm
A “Not So Haunted Mansion.” With its many activities for families and beautiful scenery, there is no better place to be on an autumn evening than at Rype & Readi.

Spooktacular Bippity Boppity Zoo
October 14-16, 21-23, 27-31 :: 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Get into the Halloween spirit at The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. This Halloween, you don’t want to miss Jacksonville’s most magical celebration. Spooktacular is a safe and exciting Halloween adventure for kids of all ages.

Isle of Faith Pumpkin Carving Contest
Saturday, Oct. 22, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Head over to one of the best patches in Jax for some pumpkin carving fun! Lots of activities for the kids and photo opportunities for families.

Beaches Town Center Costume Contest and Parade
October 22 :: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

This is a free family event for children of all ages, to be held on First Street between Lemon Street and Orange Street. Make-your-own-crafts, games, trackless train and refreshments provided.  The Fletcher High School Interact Club volunteers make this event possible! Register for the costume contest, and be eligible to win prizes donated by Beaches Town Center businesses!  Costume contest winners announced following the parade on the sidewalk throughout Beaches Town Center. Costume Photo Booth by Deanne Dunlop Photography Studio and Zombie Dance Experience sponsored by Dance Trance.

TNT Gymnastics Monsters & Minions
October 23 :: 10:ooam – 11:00am
October 30 :: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Join in for an exciting Halloween Pre-school Party with our favorite Minion! Enjoy 1 hour of open play and the final 30 minutes of a spooky craft and Halloween activity! Costumes are welcome. Please not masks or capes that hang around the neck and face. We do not want costumes. clothing to get snagged on equipment while playing.

Flips, Tricks, and Treats Halloween Party!
October 26 :: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Join us at Rebounderz for the Second Annual Flips, Tricks and Treats Halloween Event! This is a Family friendly, not so spooky Halloween Party that is perfect for all ages! Last year was a blast! This year will be even BETTER! With all of our new attractions up and running, you will not want to miss this event!

TNT Gymnastics Halloween Boo Bash
October 28 :: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Drop off your little monsters at TNT Gymnastics for a crazy night filled with Halloween activities, gymnastics, obstacles, crafts and more!

Pumpkin Patch Express
October 29-30
Travel to the Pumpkin Patch by rail. There you’ll find hay wagon rides, toy tent, craft tent, bounce house and much more. Everyone gets a pumpkin to take home. Trains run at 10am, 1pm and 4pm both Saturday and Sunday, 10/29 and 10/30.

Pump It Up Halloween Bounce
October 28, 29, 30
Pump It Up Bounce, Slide, Jump and play in the not so spooky Halloween decorated arenas. Hang out with princesses, pirate, snowmen, turtles or other famous characters. Admission includes meet and greet with superheroes and princesses and a trick or treat goodie bag. Some bounces include a craft. As for attire…it doesn’t matter if you come dressed in costume or dressed in street clothes, but please come dressed.

Pump It Up Junior Halloween Bounce for Ages 1-5
October 27
Just for the little ones!

Gymboree’s Halloween Party
October 29 :: 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Come celebrate Halloween with your friends at Gymboree! Wear your costume and be ready to have a spook-tacular time! Join us for 90 minutes of activities, an art project, and a snack!
Adults must have socks
Please RSVP to [email protected] as space is limited

Mall-O-Ween Spectacular at the Avenues
October 30 :: 3:00 am – 5:00 pm
Halloween is here and The Avenues is inviting all little ghouls, goblins and boo-tiful princesses to our Mall-O-Ween Spooktacular. The event includes safe trick-or-treating with our retailers throughout the mall and fun games, crafts, activities and more in Center Court. Join us for a spooktacular time!

Halloween at St. Johns Town Center
October 31 :: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Avenues Mall invites all little ghouls, goblins, and boo’tiful princesses to come have a spooktacular time at the Kidgits Mall-O-Ween Spooktacular. Hitch a broom and fly by for costume contests, pumpkin decorating contests, fun games, and trick or treating.

Kidgits Mall-O-Ween at Orange Park Mall
October 31 :: 5:30-7:30pm
Orange Park Mall invites your littlest ghost, ghouls and goblins to enjoy a complimentary, safe, air-conditioned and entertaining alternative to Halloween with free trick-or-treating fun the whole family can enjoy.

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Jena Pugh is a stay-at-home working mom, a wife to her adoring husband Paul, and mama to two spunky girls. She currently writes daily blogs for Entertainment Benefits Group, a travel company that sells discounted tickets to Orlando theme parks (, and Las Vegas ( shows and attractions. Her blogs include happenings in both Vegas and Orlando as well as celebrity sightings in Sin City. Jena also teaches group fitness classes with Jacksonville Stroller Strength and is certified as a nutrition coach.


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