Are you wondering “what time does Trick or Treat start Lakeland?” Curious if there are specific trick or treat hours or days?

Here in Lakeland, Winter Haven, and most nearby cities and towns in Polk County we go trick or treating in neighborhoods on October 31, no matter what day of the week it is. It it a local tradition for kids in costumes to go door to door, running from house to house, collecting candy, staying up past bedtime to celebrate Halloween night.

There are also no set Trick or Treat times – we see people start as early as 5pm, with most people heading out between 6-7pm at dusk, as it is getting dark.

When does Trick or Treating end? When you turn off your front porch light. 😉

In all seriousness, most places we’ve gone out it seems the festivities are wrapping up by 9pm, especially when Halloween falls on a school night. If you live in a neighborhood that gets trick or treaters, we suggest turning off your porch light and any visible lights at the front of your house when you’re ready for the doorbell to stop ringing. If you’re trick or treating, a dark house is a sign either no one is home OR they are done for the evening.

Wondering about the best place to trick or treat in Lakeland? There are a lot of great options! If you live in a decent sized neighborhood (20+ houses) we can almost guarantee there will be plenty of houses giving out candy. Find a neighbor to ask about past Halloween nights. For anyone not in a neighborhood that is trying to figure out where to go for Halloween, search the Lakeland Moms Group and read through comments on recent posts asking this exact question.

Be sure to check out our list of Safety Tips for Trick or Treating – we cover flashlights, reflective tape, candy precautions, and more.

{If you’re a Lakeland native these might seem like funny questions, BUT we’ve discovered many communities in other cities and states have set times OR always do it the Saturday before Halloween – which is why anyone moving to town might be asking!}

Lakeland Area Halloween Events

Of course Trick or Treating in the evening isn’t the only event on Halloween! There are a few local family friendly events on the calendar on Oct 31 including trick or treating from shop to shop in Downtown Lakeland followed by the Just Dance Fall Festival in Downtown. Options for indoor trick or treating include all Publix stores, as well as in the Lakeland Square Mall.

 You will only see upcoming Fall & Halloween events below. Visit our calendar page to see a full list of upcoming events.  

Visit our Fall & Halloween Activity Guide to find:
🌽 Corn Mazes
🎃 Pumpkin Patches
💀 Haunted Houses
👸 Halloween Costumes
and more!

There are no upcoming events at this time.

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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!