Trick-or-Treating In & Around Jacksonville

Ahhh. We can just picture it now. Our adorable little humans dressed up in their finest costumes, running around gathering all the candy that they can possibly imagine while uttering that tale as old as time phrase: “Trick or Treat!” But, wait! This is Northeast Florida after all, and some things might be a little different in our neck of the woods for trick or treating in Jacksonville.

For starters, the weather (Temps will average somewhere in the low 80s!) here does and will always dictate the type of costumes we choose. There, I said it. You’re not getting these Floridian mamas to cave on any requests for full-body type get-ups whatsoever! However, one thing we do support is a timeless and creative family costume. Whatever you choose, just be sure to have those costumes ready for your trick-or-treating outing as soon as the sun sets on Halloween day, as that’s when the party starts here in Jacksonville.

Halloween Treats

Planning on handing out treats instead of walking the neighborhood? Please consider having a non-edible treat option for those little darlings who are 1 in 13 children who live with a food allergy. All you have to do is display a teal pumpkin on your front porch that tells all food allergy heroes that you have a safe option available to make all of their trick-or-treating dreams come true. It will truly make their night!

Trick(and Trunk)-or-Treating

Traditional neighborhood trick-or-treating have you a little worried? Maybe your candy-grabbing accomplices have legs too little to make it past the first few houses. Enter the ever-popular trend of Trunk-or-Treating. Basically, a group of parents gathers together (usually in a school or church parking lot) to decorate their trunks with all things Halloween and then kids are encouraged to wander from trunk to trunk collecting their treats! Easy peasy. Bonus points when you don’t have to worry about your kiddos sputtering out after only a few stops.

After all that hustle, most times we end up with way more sugary treats than we parents want (or need) lingering around the house. Great news! There are actually businesses that will take that overhaul of sweets off of your hands and put it towards an awesome cause. During this great candy buyback, kids will receive anywhere from gifts, to discounts to cashback for their goods. It’s a win-win!

Just a few reminders for enjoying this holiday safely:

  1. Be mindful when choosing costumes in regards to color. Lighter is better for visibility. No matter the color of the costume, please be sure to have your little one wear some type of light on their body, like a flashlight or glow stick jewelry.
  2. Always trick-or-treat in groups! It’s easier to be seen by drivers and also safer when visiting unknown areas.
  3. Only visit homes with a light on. Darkened windows = no visitors allowed!
  4. Inspect all candy before consuming. This is easiest to do when you are home and under sufficient lighting. Pro tip: bring a small stash of snacks or treats in your own bag for when your little monsters are begging for something to eat. That way you know that it’s safe because it came from your home.
  5. Last, but certainly not least, HAVE FUN! As we all know, these years are fleeting and there are only so many we get to enjoy together before these tiny humans are the same size as us and no longer want to hang with us on All Hallows Eve.

Halloween Bash Trunk & Treat | World Golf Hall of Fame

Join us during the Halloween Bash Trunk & Treat from 11-2pm at the World Golf Hall of Fame. Registration opens at 9am. 🎃 Candy 🎃 Vendors 🎃 Music 🎃 Costumes […]

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World Golf Hall of Fame, 1 World Golf Pl
St. Augustine, FL 32092 United States
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18th Annual Halloween Doors & More | Jacksonville Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall

On Saturday, Oct. 15, Community Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation’s 18thannual Halloween Doors & More will transform the Jacksonville Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall into a magical, superhero themed, day of family-friendly […]

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Jacksonville Fairgrounds, Duval Street and Randolph Blvd
Jacksonville, FL United States
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Farm of Fantasy and Market | Celestial Farms

Trick or Treating with the animals, vendors, food trucks, photo opps, activities, farm fun! $5 admision donation includes a bag of treats for the animals and goodies for the children […]

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Celestial Farms, 13958 Duval Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32218 United States
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Creatures of the Night 2022 | St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park

Trick-or-treating fun at the Zoo! Friday October 21, Saturday October 22, and Sunday October 23 with time slots starting at 5:30pm. Advanced purchase is required. Tickets are now available for […]

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St. Augustine Alligator Farm, 999 Anastasia Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080 United States
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Trunk or Treat! | Winston Family YMCA

Celebrate the season and join us in the Winston Y’s parking lot for a FREE & FUN Halloween Trunk or Treat! This event is open to the community and will […]

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Free
Winston Family YMCA, 221 Riverside Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32202 United States
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Trunk or Treat | Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church

Wear your costume and come join us! TRICK OR TREAT?! Our annual community Trunk or Treat is on October 22nd from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. This is open to anyone […]

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Free
Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church, 8447 Manresa Ave.
Jacksonville, FL United States
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Trick or Treat | Ramona Flea Market

Get in the spooky Halloween spirit at Ramona Flea Market! We will be hosting our 2nd Annual Pumpkin Toss Contest and you are invited to participate! There will be plenty of […]

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Ramona Flea Market, 7059 Ramona Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32205 United States
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Trick or Treat on the Avenue | Historic Avondale

Looking for a fun and spooky way to celebrate Halloween this year? Then look no further than Trick or Treat! This annual event is a great way to get into the […]

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Historic Riverside & Avondale, 4300 St. Johns Ave.
Jacksonville, FL United States
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Trunk or Treat | Middleburg Martial Arts

We can't wait to celebrate Halloween with everyone! We will have candy and a costume contest! We are offering 2 FREE WEEKS to everyone!

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Middleburg Martial Arts, 2360 Blanding Blvd
Middleburg, FL 32068 United States
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2nd Annual Halloween Festival | Yulee Sports Complex

We are excited to announce that Nassau County Parks & Recreation will be hosting the 2nd Annual Halloween Festival on Friday, October 28th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Yulee Sports […]

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Yulee Sports Complex, 86200 Goodbread Rd
Yulee, FL 32097 United States
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3rd Annual Trick-or-Treat | The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum

Halloween is by far our favorite holiday here at the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum and we are so excited to announce the return of our FREE Community Safe Trick-or-Treating & Family […]

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The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum, 20 Aviles Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084 United States
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Trunk or Treat | Cedar Creek Christian School

Join us for a night of fun! We will have food trucks, popcorn, inflatables & CANDY! We hope to see you there! The event will be on October 29th from […]

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Cedar Creek Christian School, 1372 Lane Ave. S
Jacksonville, FL United States
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Moosehaven Halloween Trick or Treat & Haunted Maze | Moosehaven

Join us for trick or treating at Moosehaven! Visit the Haunted Maze if you dare... Food Trucks Outdoor Movie Happy Haunted Trail FREE Admission! No Pets Please See You There!

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Moosehaven, 1701 Park Ave.
Orange Park, FL 32073 United States
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Born and raised in the Aloha state and a traveling gypsy at heart, Chantel left the nest fresh out of high school and headed off for college in sunny Southern California. Almost a decade later she met and fell madly in love with her hubby who whisked her off to the great Midwest. After five brutal winters in Nebraska, Chantel realized that home will always be where the ocean is (and the snow isn’t), so off to Jacksonville they went, where this Hawaiian girl now spends her days as a stay-at-home wrangler to her two baby bears. Prior to becoming a household CEO, she joyfully spent her time as the Program Assistant Director of a preschool. Digging deep into wellness and health is her jam alongside spontaneous dance parties with her kiddos are what sing to her soul. Chantel is wildly passionate about advocating for her son, who lives with multiple severe food allergies. You can find her out and about on a daily basis as she is a self-proclaimed busy body and loves hitting up the beach or exploring new spots in town while homeschooling her kiddos. If you ever see this fast-paced mama on the go, be sure to say hi because she is always up for meeting new people and making new friends!

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