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

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 themed movies or scary TV shows?
🎃 Trunk or Treat events and Fall Festivals?

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 activities!

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Corn Mazes & Farms

Thank you to Harvest Holler Corn Maze for sponsoring our Fall & Halloween Activity Guide!

Harvest Holler Corn Maze Lakeland

Visit Harvest Holler Corn Maze for a fun fall day on a working family farm! Enjoy the corn maze, pumpkin patch, live animals, hay ride, cow train, corn hole, tire swings, hay fort, corn bin, photo opportunities, and NEW activity – the FRANKENSLIDE! ALL activities are included with admission!

The Watering Hole serves up hamburgers, sausage, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and more. Be sure to stop into MawMaw’s Country Store for homemade jams, local orange blossom honey, and homemade pies and cobbler. (No outside food allowed)

Open weekends from September 20 – November 10, 2019. Weekdays by reservation only for fields trips, scouts, and other groups. For more info visit their Website and to see photos check out their Facebook page. You can also read our review from 2018.

Spend a day at Harvest Holler to celebrate fall!

Harvest Holler Corn Maze

Location: 950 Tavares Road, Polk City, FL 33868 (MAP IT)
More info: Website Facebook
Dates & Times: Open weekends from September 20 – November 10, 2019
Friday – 4pm-8pm / Saturday – 12pm – 8pm / Sunday 12pm – 5pm / Weekdays by reservation only
Cost: Adults $10.50 / Seniors $8.50 / Children (3-12) $8 / Ages 2 & Under FREE

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CornFusion Crop Maze & Fall Festival at Smith Family Ranch

Location: 13444 Moore Road, Lakeland, FL 33809 (MAP IT)
More infoWebsite / Facebook 
Dates & Times: Open weekends beginning October 5, 2019
Saturday & Sunday – 10am – 6pm
Cost: Adults $10.75/ Children (4-15) $8.75 / Ages 3 & Under FREE /
FREE Admission for Active/Retired Military, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, EMS (I.D. Required)
Some activities are an additional cost, visit the website for details.
Check for GROUPON DEALS

Fox Squirrel Corn Maze

Location: 3002 Charlie Taylor Road N, Plant City, FL 33565 (MAP IT)
More info: Website Facebook 
Dates & Times: Open weekends from October 5 – 27, 2019
Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm (Guests must exit by 6pm)
Cost: Adults $11 / Children (3-17) $10 / Ages 2 & Under FREE
We accept Cash, Visa, Master Card and Discover for admission. NO ATM ON SITE. Most vendors are cash only.
NO PETS ALLOWED (except service animals)

The Heartland Maze and Fall Festival

Location: 3350 US Highway 17 North, Bowling Green, FL  33834 (MAP IT)
More infoWebsite / Facebook
Dates & Times: Heartland Festival is open weekends from October 12 – November 3, 2019
Saturday 11am – 7pm, Sunday 1pm – 7pm.
Cost: $4.95-$13.95/person. Visit website for full pricing details.
Check for GROUPON DEALS

Keel Farms Harvest Days

Location: 5210 Thonotosassa Rd, Plant City, FL 33565 (MAP IT)
More infoWebsite / Facebook
Dates & Times: Every Saturday in October from 10am – 6pm
Cost: Admission and parking are both FREE for this event

Join us for Fall fun that the whole family will love! We have activities for all ages including pumpkin carving & painting, pumpkin patch, bounce house, farm animals, harvesting, vendors, and hayrides.

Know Before You Go:

  • Be sure to check the website or Facebook page prior to your visit, especially if we’ve had a lot of rain – all activities are affected by weather!
  • Take cash – some farms only accept cash and do not have an ATM on site
  • Check out each farm’s Website and/or Facebook page to see a full list of activities – they all have many activities beyond just the maze!
  • Wear closed toe shoes – you will be outside walking on dirt and grass.
  • Leave your pets at home – these are working farms and do not allow outside animals (except service animals)

MAP TIP: Tap the box with an arrow in the top left to see a list and search by name.

Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin Patches Lakeland

Whether you’re looking for the perfect pumpkin, or a place to take photos of your own little pumpkins, we’ve got a list of pumpkin patches in the Lakeland area. Keep in mind that they will close once the pumpkins are gone!

Most (if not all) of the Corn Mazes and Farms listed above also have pumpkins available!

Presbyterian Church in the Highlands Pumpkin Patch

1010 Lake Miriam Dr, Lakeland, FL 33813 (MAP IT)
Website |  Facebook | 863-646-3121
Open: October 6 – 31, 2019 (or until the pumpkins are gone)
Hours: Open daily 9 am to 7 pm

First United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch

72 Lake Morton Dr, Lakeland, FL 33801 (MAP IT)
Website | Facebook | 863-686-3163
Open: October 12 – 31, 2019 (or until the pumpkins are gone)
Hours: Monday through Friday from 11am – 7pm / Saturdays and Sundays from 9am – 7pm

TBA Church Pumpkin Patch

1815 Co Rd 540A, Lakeland, FL 33813 (MAP IT)
WebsiteFacebook | (863) 647-9282
Open: Sold Out! Closed for 2019 Saturday, October 5 @ noon – October 31, 2019 (or earlier if the pumpkins are sold out!)
Hours: Monday through Friday 4 – 8pm | Saturdays 10am – 8pm | Sundays 2 – 8pm

Mulberry United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch

306 North Church Avenue, Mulberry, FL.  33860 (MAP IT)
Website | 863-425-3401
Open: Saturday, October 13 – October 31, 2019 (or earlier if the pumpkins are sold out!)
Hours: Daily from 9am – 7pm

St. John’s United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch (Winter Haven)

1800 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven, FL 33884 (MAP IT)
Website | Facebook | (863) 324-6347
Open: October 5 – October 31, 2019 (or earlier if the pumpkins are sold out!)
Hours: Unsure

MAP TIP: Tap the box with an arrow in the top left to see a list and search by name.

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Local Attractions

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida

Location: 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884 (MAP IT)
More info: Website
Dates & Times: Weekends in October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, 2019
Cost: All activities included with LEGOLAND Florida admission or Annual Passes

Read our review from 2018Brick or Treat Legoland Florida Halloween

Haunted Houses & Zombies

We STRONGLY encourage you to ask around and find out more about each of these attractions before taking children. They are all legitimately SCARY, and only you can judge what age is appropriate for your own kids!

Buckingham Terror Haunted House (Camp Fire)

Location: 2600 Buckingham Ave., Lakeland, FL 33803 (MAP IT)
More info: Website Facebook
Dates & Times: Open nightly from October 18 – November 1, 2019
Open nightly at 7:30pm. Check website for closing times.
Cost: $10 for adults / $8 for ages 13 – 18 / $5 for ages 12 & under
You can also purchase a Fast Pass admission for $5 extra, as well as an unlimited visit pass for $25.
DISCLAIMER: Not intended for children under 10 or the faint of heart.

Haunted House Lakeland

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Haunted Jail Tour: Zombie Outbreak

Location: PCSO Old Jail across from Bartow PD – 455 N. Broadway Ave, Bartow, FL 33830 (MAP IT)
More info: TBD
Dates & Times: Fridays & Saturdays – October 18, 19, 25, 26, 2019 – 6pm-10:30pm
Cost: $6 – all proceeds benefit the United Way
For the little ones who are too young to go through the haunted jail, there will be a separate room with treats and games! Bring the whole family for a night of fun.

Polk County Sheriff Haunted Jail 2019

Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail and Ominous Descent

Location: 2837 S Frontage Rd, Plant City, FL 33566 (MAP IT)
More info: Website / Facebook
Dates & Times: Open weekends October 4 – October 27. Visit website for dates and hours.
Cost: Range from $12-30 per person
DISCLAIMER: The trails are designed to be frightening. Some material and scenes might not be appropriate for children under 12 years of age.

Zombie Farm Paintball Hayride (at Cornfusion)

Zombie Farm Paintball is closed for 2019 – website.

The Shallow Grave – CLOSED IN 2018

The Shallow Grave in Winter Haven was a favorite local haunt, it closed in 2018 and is not open for 2019. Stay tuned for updates.
More info: Website Facebook

MAP TIP: Tap the box with an arrow in the top left to see a list and search by name.

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Halloween Movies & TV Specials

During the month of October you can find plenty of Movies & TV Shows for getting into the Halloween spirit at home.  

A few of our family friendly favorites include:

Channels with special Halloween programming:

Central Florida Fall & Halloween Attractions

Single Day Events

Trunk or Treat, Carnivals, Hayrides, Halloween Movies, Fall Festivals & more – with over 60 Fall and Halloween events happening in the Lakeland area this month, there is something for everyone on our calendar in October! Click on any event to get more details. You will only see upcoming Fall/Halloween themed events below. Visit our calendar page to see all events in October.  Click the name of any event for more details. 

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Did we miss a great pumpkin patch, fall attraction, or other multi-day event? Contact us or leave a comment below and we’ll get it added to our list!

Lakeland Fall Halloween Events Activities for Kids

Be sure to check out our Fall & Halloween Guide for info on Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Patches, Hayrides, Halloween costume ideas, Trick-or-Treating tips, Haunted Houses and Zombies, Halloween Movies and TV Specials, Fall Festivals, Trunk or Treats, and so much more!