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Lakeland Mom’s 2021 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 social distance and 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?

We love ALL THINGS FALL!

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.

Fall + Halloween Video


Fall + Halloween Activities

Calendar of Fall Events + Trunk or Treats

Trick or Treat Locations + Neighborhoods

Trick or Treat Times on October 31

Pumpkin Patches

Corn Mazes + Fall Festivals

Haunted Houses

Hocus Pocus Movie Nights

Costume Stores

Harvest Holler Corn Maze

Sunflower Fields

Fall Kids Fun Runs and 5k events

Things to Do in October

Things to Do in Lakeland + Polk County This Fall

Check out our list of Top 10 Things to do in September and our Top 10 Things to do in October to kick off our fall festivities.

Visit a pumpkin patch in Lakeland to take fall pictures or pick out the perfect pumpkin.

Check out a Polk County Fall festival or pumpkin festival held at local farms across Central Florida.

Take your family to one of these a-MAZE-ing corn mazes in Central Florida and put your navigational skills to the test.

Go on a hayride at Harvest Holler Corn Maze – open September 17 – November 14, 2021.

Visit a Sunflower Field in Central Florida for U-Pick Sunflowers.

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.

See Hocus Pocus in Theatres or at an Outdoor Movie Night.

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.

Get the scoop on Trick or Treat Times in Polk County.

Check out the Best Places to Trick or Treat in Lakeland – events on Halloween night and neighborhoods.

Find ideas for trick or treat alternatives and ways to have a socially distanced Halloween.

Stay safe on October 31 with our safety tips for Halloween night.

Don’t go Trick or Treating hungry – check out local Halloween freebies and deals.

Lace up your running shoes and take the entire family out for a Fall 5K Race or Kids Fun Run.

Please check directly with local attractions about their safety precautions, social distancing, and mask policies.

Fall Family Fun – Local Attractions

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida

Sea World Halloween Spooktacular

Check out the trick-or-treat trail and meet special Halloween LEGO characters at Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida.

Find Halloween Fun in Orlando Sea World’s Halloween Spooktacular.

Be sure to check out our Spring & EasterSummer, and Holiday & Christmas seasonal activity guides. 

Browse all of our Fall Articles:

Hocus Pocus: Outdoor Movie Nights + Theatre Showings

If you’re a fan of the Sanderson Sisters, the Black Flame Candle, talking black cats, and all things Halloween, find out where you can watch Hocus Pocus this October in theatres or at an outdoor movie night.

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 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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100+ Things to Do with Kids

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.