Haunted Houses Clearwater FL
If you’re one of those people who says “PS, I love you” where PS means “pumpkin spice,” then your favorite time of year is coming. The autumn brings with it conversations of ghosts, Halloween costumes, candy, and plenty of gourd-themed drinks. From Starbucks coffees all the way to Tampa’s own Cigar City brewery and its Good Gourd beer, pumpkin-themed drinks are as inevitable as taxes but much better for your mental health.
Do you have a comforting pumpkin spice drink ready? Good, because you might need it as you take a tour of haunted houses (and other locations) in the Clearwater, Florida area.
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Still here? You don’t scare easy. That’s good, because we have a few places that are sure to make you at least quiver a little in fear. And if you’re lucky, some zombie with a chainsaw in his head just might make this the scariest Halloween ever.
Here’s a few of our favorite haunts (pardon the pun, but Halloween only comes once a year!), with some unexpected locations included for maximum fright:
- Where: Busch Gardens, Tampa.
- When: Sept. 25 through Oct. 31, mostly Thursdays through Saturdays with Sunday shows on Oct. 18 and 25.
- What to expect: Busch Gardens puts on a comprehensive fun-and-fright-filled production, with haunted houses, thrilling rides, and deranged dance parties, among other events.
- How much: Tickets start at $59, but there are discounts and group packages available.
- Hellview Cemetery
- Where: 510 49th Ave. N, St. Petersburg.
- When: Shows are Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 30 and 31, 7-10 p.m.
- What to expect: The Hellview Cemetery is a lavish production, with plenty of actors and terrifying scenarios to scare you.
- How much: Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
- The Shallow Grave
- Where: 701 42nd St., Winter Haven.
- When: Open Oct. 2-31, with shows every Friday and Saturday and many Thursday and Sunday shows as well. Check the website for times and specific dates.
- What to expect: This detailed haunted house experience is in-your-face and comes with terrifying tenants. Enter the grounds and get your ADHD (Attention Deficit Haunt Disorder) on.
- How much: Prices range from $15 (for Oct. 2 and 3 shows) or $17 general admission tickets to the Quick Death Pass, at $35 for Oct. 2 and 3 and $40 afterwards.
- The IHOP
- Where: 22996 US Highway 19, Clearwater.
- What to expect: The hosts should ask you “haunted or non?” as you enter, as stories abound of eerie occurrences at this local eatery, like flickering lights and a Santa figure vandalized by a specter. If the spirit moves you, sit down for some flapjacks and see if the bacon tries to kill you.
- John’s Pass Bridge
- Where: Between 129th and 127th Avenues, Treasure Island.
- What to expect: Some stories say two 19th century farmers haunt the bridge at night or sail in the waiters below. If you dare, check the bridge out at night and see if they return.
We hope we’ve scared up some interesting places for you. We’re shivering just thinking about ghost farmers ourselves. For more information about local events come back here and visit the official Friendly Kia blog. Friendly Kia is located in New Port Richey, Florida, and we serve the area from Spring Hill and Trinity to the greater Tampa-St. Pete area, including Clearwater, and beyond.
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