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Lakeland Mom’s 2023 Fall + Halloween Guide

Halloween Fun Guide Lakeland Florida

It’s officially FALL and we’ve got the Ultimate Guide to Fall Activities and Halloween Events in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Mulberry, Auburndale, Plant City, and across Polk County and Central Florida.

If you’re looking for things to do with kids in Lakeland and Polk County during September, October, and November, you’ll find it all right here. The great thing about fall is that most activities are outside, making it easy to enjoy outdoor fun.

What do you love about fall?

🎃 Visiting the pumpkin patch and carving pumpkins?
🎃 Planning Halloween costumes?
🎃 Hayrides and special fall events?
🎃 Getting lost in a corn maze?
🎃 Filling your candy bowls up with candy corn?
🎃 Visiting Haunted Houses and getting SCARED?
🎃 Eating apples and caramel dip or drinking a pumpkin latte?
🎃 Watching Halloween movies or scary TV shows?
🎃 Trunk or Treat events and Fall Festivals?
🎃 Going Trick or Treating?


This is the best list of Polk County Halloween activities for kids and families. We’ll be updating this page all the way up until October 31, so be sure to check back often for any new events and things to do.

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Fall + Halloween Video

Fall Family Fun – Local Attractions in Polk County

✦ Find Lakeland Halloween Activities and local Halloween parties that include face painting, bounce houses, food, games, and family friendly fall fun.

✦ Check out the Calendar of Lakeland Halloween Events + Winter Haven Halloween Events and Trunk or Treats across Polk County and let your kids get more than one wear out of their Halloween costumes.

✦ Speaking of costumes, we’ve got a handy list of Halloween costume stores in Winter Haven and Lakeland.

✦ If you have older kids, teens, or want a scary date night out, check out the best Haunted Houses and Scary Attractions in Central Florida.

Fall Fun by City

Looking for Halloween events near you? Check out our Fall + Halloween pages for a list of events in specific cities in Polk County:

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October Top 10 Activities Lakeland FL

Top 10 Things To Do in Lakeland + Polk County in October

There are SO.MANY.EVENTS in October so we’ve put together a Top 10 list to be sure the “can’t miss” events are on your calendar, including plenty of activities that have nothing to do with pumpkins. Check out our October Top 10 for Lakeland and Polk County.

Pumpkin Patch Near Me

Pumpkin Patches in Lakeland + Polk County

Whether you’re trying to find the perfect pumpkin, or a place to take photos of your own little pumpkins, we’ve got a list of pumpkin patches in Lakeland and Polk County.

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Check out our Ultimate List of Things to Do with Kids in Lakeland + Polk County to find indoor fun, outdoor fun, free things to do, seasonal activities, and more.