Lakeland & Polk County Trick or Treat Times for 2020

Trick or Treat Hours Times Lakeland FL

Are you wondering “what time is Trick or Treating in Lakeland FL?” Curious if there are specific trick or treat hours in Polk County? Or if we celebrate Halloween on a Saturday?

Here in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Auburndale, 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. In 2020, Halloween happens to fall on a Saturday night!

It is 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. Trick or Treating is going to look different this year – we have a list of ideas for a safer Halloween and trick or treat alternatives.

Don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Fall & Halloween Activities for a full list of fun things to do this fall in Lakeland and Central Florida including pumpkin patches, corn mazes, haunted houses, Halloween events, trunk or treat, drive-thru Halloween attractions and more.

First things first…

Is Trick or Treating canceled? Is Halloween happening this year?

With everything else going on in 2020, we feel like we’ve been asked every other day what is going on with Halloween. People want to know if Halloween is canceled, and if Trick or Treating is allowed in Lakeland. The answer is YES – you can go Trick or Treating in 2020.

Trick or Treating isn’t specifically regulated by the government, so you can go door to door if you choose. Obviously if Florida was under a stay-at-home order or something similar, the answer might be different, but none of our local government entities have come out with any guidelines for Trick or Treating. {If you hear about any Halloween restrictions, please let us know!}

We encourage people to make alternative Halloween plans if you aren’t comfortable Trick or Treating, and if you don’t want kids coming to your house, be sure to keep your front porch light off.

If you live in a neighborhood, check with your neighbors or your NextDoor page to see if there are any coordinated plans.

What time does Trick or Treating start in Lakeland?

There are no set Trick or Treating 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.

Where is 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 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 for Kids + Trunk or Treating

You can also enjoy Fall and Halloween Activities throughout September and October. Check out our full list of Halloween Events for Kids.

2019 Events – Check back for 2020 Updates soonOf 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.

Check out our Ultimate Fall & Halloween Activity Guide to find more things to do including:
🌽 Corn Mazes 🌽
🎃 Pumpkin Patches 🎃
💀 Haunted Houses 💀
🍬 Halloween Events for Kids 🍬
👸 Halloween Costumes 👸
🍭 Trick or Treat Hours 🍭
and more!