Hi October; welcome; I’m so glad you’re here. This month is amazing for a few reasons:
There SHOULD be a dip in temperatures this month (at least mornings and evenings)
It’s my birthday month (don’t you dare ask how old I am 🙂 )
Allllll the spooky things!!
I am a sucker for fall. I love that the holidays are around the corner and it’s a fun and eventful season packed with opportunities to spend time with friends and family. October is the beginning of the BEST time of the year in Lake County, Florida.
Halloween will be here in no time, so I propose we begin making our plans. From haunted houses to dances, pumpkin patches and parties-let’s make this month SO. MUCH. FUN.
Without further adieu, I have tracked down some of the upcoming happenings and am serving them to you on a (proverbial) silver platter below:
Haunted Pub Crawl of Mount Dora Fri, Oct 11, 7 PM – 10 PM Sunset Park 339 N Alexander St, Mt Dora, FL
The Haunted Pub Crawl of Mount Dora has all the spirits you’re looking for. This three-hour tour takes you to three of Mount Dora’s premier haunted watering holes. Along the way you will hunt ghosts, learn the haunted history of Mount Dora from your tour guide and receive special offers such as samples, BOGO deals and discounts. The evening begins at a historic haunted hotel and tavern built in 1883. Then it’s off to a paranormal underground pub. The last stop is at British Gastro Pub where you will board a derailed 1940’s train car with a dark past.
Folklore of Haunted Hometowns Fri, Oct 25, 11 AM – 12 PM W.t. Bland Public Library 900 N Donnelly St, Mt Dora, FL
Just in time for Halloween, adults are invited to explore the spookier side of Florida through local ghost legends being told across the state. Part history lesson, part folklore, and part ghost story, author Christopher Balzano (author of the Tripping on Legends podcast) takes you on a journey from the Gulf Coast to the Space Coast, from the swamps to the haunted attractions, from the whispers on college campuses to the roads the kids visit on a dark Saturday.
No registration required. Refreshments will be served.
Howl-O-Ween Parade Sat, Oct 26, 2 – 3 PM W.t. Bland Public Library 900 N Donnelly St, Mt Dora, FL
Children ages 12 & under are invited to wear their favorite costumes to the Library for a parade throughout the Butterfly Garden and the Library. They will be joined by the PAWs therapy dogs who will also be in costume! Afterward, children are invited to read stories to PAWs therapy dogs and enjoy free treats as well as a free book.
Night in the Pumpkin Patch Fri, Oct 25, 1:00 – 4:30 PM Trinity Church 890 Abrams Rd, Eustis, FL
You are invited to join in the annual pumpkin patch! There is a short corn maze, pumpkins for sale, a live band, food trucks, and some other fun things going on during this Friday night event. Make sure you wear your halloween costume!
Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest Pumpkin Patch Sep 28 – Oct 27 Santa’s Farm & Christmas Tree Forest 35317 Huff Rd, Eustis, FL
$6 General Admission includes Santa’s Farm pumpkin patch and photo ops, a hayride, and the farm animal petting zoo. Activities available as add-ons include a giant slide, giant bounce pillow, horse rides, zip line rides, three mazes and a play area. Food, beer and wine will be available.
Phantasmagoria X – “Reckoning” Thu, Oct 31, 8 – 11 PM Bay Street Players 109 N Bay St, Eustis, FL
Called “One of the most unique theater troupes in the country.” by Good Day Atlanta, and direct from its ongoing sold out performances in multiple cities and states, Phantasmagoria is proud to present their 10th Anniversary main stage installment of their long running critically acclaimed series PHANTASMAGORIA X “Reckoning” – bringing their unique brand of “Whimsical Macabre” terrors to the 2019 Halloween Season!
5th Annual Boo Festival! Fri, Oct 25, 6 – 9 PM Tavares City Hall 201 E Main St, Tavares, FL
The City of Tavares invites you for an evening of family fun at the 5th Annual Boo Festival! Live music, carnival games, trunk or treat, hayride, giant inflatable corn maze, food vendors, a lumitron stilt walker and more!
City of Tavares Annual Trunk or Treat Fri, Oct 25, 6 – 9 PM Wooton Park 100 E Ruby St, Tavares, FL
Welcome to the 4th Annual City of Tavares Trunk or Treat Festival, on Friday October 25th, 2018 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm in downtown Tavares. This event features Live Entertainment and much more. Come and enjoy Free Family Fun with classic car show, story-telling, kid’s costume contest, food vendors and much, much more!
Mix N’ Mingle – Meet new local friends. Costume Contest – Dress up in your FAVORITE & imaginative attire. Dancing – DJ Martin – Playing ’80’s dance tunes on the patio. The Hurricanes’s Restaurant/Bar in Lake County is HUGE and right on the Dead River so come on out and join in on the fun! No Cover Charge or Drink Minimum – This Halloween Costume Party is Free to attend
The Royal Palm Ghost Train Phantasmagoria Oct 1 – Nov 3, The Royal Palm Railway Experience 305 E Ruby St, Tavares, FL
“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes. . . .”
The Royal Palm Railway celebrates the Halloween Season as critically acclaimed Victorian Horror Troupe “PHANTASMAGORIA” brings its unique brand of “Ghostly” storytelling for it’s first ever “Royal Palm Ghost Train”!
Called “One of the most unique theater troupes in the country” by Good Day Atlanta, this evocative troupe will weave their tapestry of haunting tales in a very special custom performance for passengers . . . if you dare!
Departs: Tavares Union Station Every Sunday at 3:45pm and 6:15pm
Halloween Havoc on the Hill Car Show Sat, Oct 5, 10 AM – 2 PM Stormy Hill Harley-Davidson 2480 US-27, Clermont, FL
Stormy Hill Harley Davidson is having a Car, Bike, and Truck Show. On Saturday, October 5th from 10am to 2pm. Open to all Cars, and Trucks of every year, make and model. There will be awards, DJ, 50/50 drawing, food, dancing and vendors. $10.00 registration fee for all vehicles. The Award Presentation is scheduled for 2:00pm.
It’s our favorite time of the year! Come out and participate in our costume contest to see who can be the best Zombie! Zombie shots available for one night only. All zombies participating in costume contest will receive 10% off their tab, and the winner will receive 4 free entries! Halloween decor everywhere, don’t miss out!
Halloween PotLuck Costume Party! Sat, Oct 19, 6 – 9 PM Family Martial Arts Center 638 FL-50, Clermont, FL
The Family Martial Arts Centers of Mount Dora and Clermont would like to invite you to the event of the year! This is no ordinary costume party. Games, prizes and oh yes bobbing for apples! Make sure you bring great food to share.
Nightmare on the Clermont Trails 5K Sat, Oct 26, 6:30 – 9:30 PM 490 West Ave, Clermont, FL
A Spooktacular 5K Night Run in the spirit of Halloween! The race starts & finishes in Historic Downtown Clermont. A minimum of eight Spook Zones will line the out and back course on the South Lake Trail, with a spooky loop through Hiawatha Preserve.
Costumed runners will compete for lots of great prizes!
Halloween High Tea Thu, Oct 31, 11 AM – 4 PM Erika’s Tea Room And Gifts 787 W Montrose St, Clermont, FL
Avoid the ghosts and goblins lurking around every corner and celebrate Halloween at Erika’s Tea Room. Enjoy our multi course high tea with featured teas for the day. Who knows what tricks or treats may await.
PumpkinPalooza Sat, Oct 19, 1 – 9 PM Florida Army National Guard 400 W Meadow St, Leesburg, FL
In today’s world we are all looking for affordable fun, whether for the kiddies or the adults. When searching for that affordable fun, look no further than PumpkinPalooza!
How about two wrestling shows and Live music? Anyone for games, raffles and costume contests? That’s right a full schedule of fun for all.
The wrestling portion of the day is being split in two. Doors will open at noon. The first wrestling show is from 1pm-3pm and is more for the kids. There will be a costume contest for the young ones. Cash and prizes will be given out to the winners. The second wrestling show is from 6pm- 8pm and includes several “creative” matches. Everyone is highly encouraged to come in costume, as this is Lake County’s Halloween Party! https://www.leesburgpartnership.com/event/pumpkinpalooza/
CREATE’s Grown-up Halloween Sat, Oct 19, 7 – 10 PM Starlight Ballroom & Dance Center 414 W Main St, Leesburg, FL Come in costume, and prepare for a fabulous evening of dinner, drinks, contests, prizes, and fun! Your $40 ticket purchase, which will serve as a fundraiser for CREATE Conservatory, gets you a full dinner, dessert, one drink, and entrance into our costume contest and silent auction. Tickets can be purchased on their website. We hope to see you there! https://www.leesburgpartnership.com/event/creates-grown-up-halloween/
Electronic Dreamz Halloween LAN Party – Leesburg, FL – Lake County Fri, Oct 25, 11:00 AM – Sat, Oct 26, 8:30 PM 101 North Blvd E, Leesburg, FL
Come to Electronic Dreamz to celebrate spooky day. Wear a costume and have a chance at winning the grand prize for our costume contest.
Bring your own PC or just enjoy our VR and Consoles. Either way you’ll have lots of fun. Be sure to invite your friends too!
Join in for a SPOOKTACULAR evening. Get your costumes ready for the spirit of Halloween & enjoy ghoulish brews, a costume contest, and more dance festivities on Friday, October 25th at Anastassia Ballroom & Dance Studio.
10/31 Safe Trick or Treating Lake Square Mall Thu, Oct 31, 6 – 8 PM 10401 US-441, Leesburg, FL 34788
It’s that time of year again! Want to beat the Florida heat and bring your children somewhere safe to Trick or Treat? Then come out to the Lake Square Mall Thursday October 31st from 6-8 pm for their annual Trick or Treating event!
*The first 100 children will receive a FREE Lake Square Mall and VIA Tote!
Seeing how the average temperature seems to be around 1,000 degrees through these summer months in Lake County FL, I’ve been finding myself seeking indoor activities. As someone who loves to spend their time outside because of all the adventure it offers I was pretty excited to find that you can still have some epic adventures in the comfort of an abundance of air conditioning.
If you happen to find yourself in Leesburg, a great place to stop in is VIA Entertainment. Attached to the Leesburg Mall, it houses a sizable arcade, bowling alley, go karts, kid’s corner (for kids up to 55” tall) and the newest addition, escape rooms. Oh; and food and beverage of course. Considering all of the aforementioned are under one roof, you can easily spend an entire day or evening here.
Why do I like Via Entertainment? Well for starters, it is one of the few places in Lake County that you can really enjoy go karts. While I do have a vehicle and a license, there is just something really exciting about doing figure eights around a go cart track. Hearing the screeching wheels as you whip around a tight bend really gives you that “adrenaline rush” that makes any Friday night fun. Afterwards feel free to swing by the full liquor bar and enjoy a beverage (Because before may not be a great idea).
Alright, let’s chat a little about escape rooms because I finally did one for the first time recently and man oh man-it was really fun. Escape rooms have become popular in the last few years and for good reason. It’s something different and exciting. Simply put, it is a game where people are locked into a room and you have to find a way to escape using clues found within the room. I for one love puzzles and escape rooms give you the chance for total immersion. Via Entertainment has two offerings, each with a 15 minute clock and $10 per person price tag. Good luck beating the clock-you can do it!
There aren’t many venues that are equally equipped for families, first dates, teens, married couples, groups of friends and literally everyone in between. Via Entertainment has something for everyone. It will especially appeal to those with a competitive spirit as you can find some friendly competition in every corner of the building. Definitely not a bad place to spend those scorching summer months.
Via Entertainment is open from 11am-10pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am-midnight on Friday and Saturday’s. For all the prices and updated calendar of events, check out Via Entertainment’s website here. Address: 10401 US-441 #2004, Leesburg, FL 34788