Halloween On Central 2

Published on 10/28/22: Onto my second Halloween activity recommendation, Halloween on Central! 🎃 This 2nd Annual event is huge and happens this Sunday (10/30) from 12-5pm. Over 20 blocks and nearly 2 miles of streets will be closed for the celebration. This is St. Petersburg’s largest Halloween event and promoted as family friendly with lots of children’s activities and trick or treating!

Family Friendly – Mostly

That topic is my only word of caution to parents, as there were a few things last year we navigated around with our then 6 year old. ie adult themed costumes. With that in mind, I’ve identified some specific areas below where businesses are focused on family friendly activities. If you know of other businesses on Central doing the same, please add/tag in the comments! As you venture to these locations, you may still pass areas that are not as child friendly.

Halloween on Central Location

First, this event is on Central Ave, between MLK and 31st Street, including The EDGE District of St. Petersburg and The Grand Central District. From their posts: “free treat bags and trick or treating for the kids, costume contests, zombie flash mobs, haunted house, haunted pirate ship, comedic juggling, weiner dog races, roller derby, skateboard demos, free rides on the new SunRunner, and SO much more!” Side note, the haunted pirate ship is at my favorite sports bar in town, Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill! ⚾️🏈🏒
Details on the free SunRunner in photo 3 and on Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s page.

Here are some child friendly setups…

St Pete ArtWorks @ 2604 Central Ave: “The Gulf Coast Artists’ Alliance will be set up all around and inside the gallery with Halloween crafts for the kids, candy, frightening music, as well as spooky art for sale.“ Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Pinellas and others!
Imagine Museum @ 1901 Central Ave: Free for kids, $7.50 for adults. Includes Haunted Scavenger Hunt, candy to hand out, curated pumpkin patch for a “fantastic selection of pumpkin masterpieces”, glass blowing demo (Colt loved this last yr) and selfies with their version of E.T.
Zoie’s @ 2245 Central Ave: 12pm is face painting and balloon animals. Magic Show 2pm & 4pm. Kids costume contest 3pm. They’ll host “Kiddie Games” as well, such as ring toss & balloon pop. Also a dunk booth! FREE youth t-shirts while supplies last.
900 Block – Randy the comedic juggler!
Official candy tote bags are free for costumed kids while supplies last. The locations to pickup are:
1900 block YSM Title and Onyx+East tents
2100 block Jeeves Law Group
2200 block Zoie’s
3000 block Studio B Salon

Free “Halloween on Central 2” t-shirts while supplies last at these locations:

1900 block YSM Title, Duke Energy, and Onyx + East tents
2200 block Zoie’s (youth size shirts)
Tent Treat Stations: You’ll see 13 of them labeled on the sponsor’s map in the pics.
I know my favorite Churned Ice Cream will be serving up homemade ice cream at Dog Bar St. Pete!
Complete event details with more activities can be found here: https://halloweenoncentral2.com/

Few basic FAQ’s from the organizer’s page:

Alcohol: “Not allowed to walk around with open containers. Need to keep it on the premises of the businesses with liquor licenses.”
Bike, scooters and skateboarding is allowed, simply need to “stay under 5 mph”.
Bathrooms: Portable toilets available, including handicap and wash stations all along the event path. If you’re eating or drinking at the nearby businesses, they may have additional options.

Parking (pulled from multiple sources):

Free parking in Tropicana Field Lot 6 thanks to the Tampa Bay Rays (per sponsor). The rest of the Tropicana area is paid via the Park Mobile app. Also, the nearby neighborhoods offer street parking, though you may need to go a ways out depending on the time you arrive.
Riding a bike? Car-Free St. Pete is hosting a free bike valet in the parking lot at Central Avenue and 18th Street to secure your bike while you explore!
Happy Halloween from Loving St Pete to you! Thank you for following along and supporting local! 🎃👻

Photo Credits

I took photo 4 and 11 at last year’s event and the rest are from the event sponsors mentioned above.

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