Local Halloween: How Polk County Is Celebrating in 2016

Newton Peach Marketing is a huge supporter of local events here in our own community of Winter Haven and the surrounding areas.  After all, we are a local business ourselves, as are all of our clients, and we know that being an integral part of the happenings in our town is how we build relationships that grow community spirit AND businesses. 

With Halloween coming up on Monday, places throughout Polk County are kicking off the holiday with events from today all the way through the big night on the 31st.  Here are some of the top picks for celebrating Halloween Floridian-style in 2016: 

For the fright factor...

-2015 Polk County Sheriff’s Office Haunted Jail Tour
Where: PCSO jail, 455 N. Broadway Avenue, Bartow
Time: 6:00-11:00 p.m. (going on throughout the Halloween weekend)
Details: The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is hosting their annual Haunted Jail Tour to benefit the United Way of Central Florida. PCSO volunteers will present the Zombie Apocalypse.  Saturday will be family night, with treats and games for kids.  The tour will be $5, with proceeds going to United Way.  Visitors will be taken through areas that include the morgue, infirmary, incinerator and jail.


-Zombie Farm Paintball Hayride
Where: Smith Family Ranch, Lakeland
Time: 7:00-10:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
Details: Zombie Farm Paintball is a 20 minute hayride, in the dark, that takes you through Zombie Farm’s infectious zones.  There have been reports of the living dead lurking in the night, especially around swampy areas.  The ranch will supply you with a paintball gun for your protection against these creatures.  Admission includes live zombies to shoot at, use of a paintball gun, 200 rounds of ammo and a narrated hayride.  The cost is $30 per person. www.smithranchlakeland.com/zombie-farm.html

For family fun...

-CornFusion Crop Maze & Fall Festival
Where: Smith Family Ranch, Lakeland
Time: 3:00-6:00 p.m. Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Saturdays, 12:00-6:00 p.m. Sundays
Details: Join the Smith Family Ranch for a fun-filled day at CornFusion Crop Maze & Fall Festival. where you will find about 20 acres of fun for all ages including a pumpkin patch, 8-acre Egyptian Wheat maze, corn box, corn cannon, country store, cow train, miniature mazes, pony rides, and farm animals. 


Where: LEGOLAND Florida, Winter Haven
Time: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays & Sunday (throughout October)
Details: Ghouls, ghosts and goblins descend on Miniland USA transforming it into a haunted adventure with a scavenger hunt in search for these scary creatures that have invaded our famous cities.  This spooky event takes place weekends in October, and features trick-or-treating along the brick or treat trail, super brick build activities, the largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern in the world, Halloween entertainment and an all-kids costume contest with brick-tastic prizes!


-Ghouls’ Night Out
Where: Downtown Winter Haven
Time: 5:00-8:00 p.m. (tomorrow night, Saturday Oct. 29th)
Details: The City of Winter Haven will be hosting Ghouls’ Night out which includes candy from area businesses, a hayride, food vendors, a DJ, and lots of fun activities for people of all ages.
 For little ones/ safe Trick-or-Treating...

-Safe Place to Trick or Treat
Where: Lewis Matthews Complex/Gene Carroll Field, Davenport
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Details: Enjoy free hot dogs and drinks, cotton candy, popcorn, a haunted house, maze, costume contest and activities.
-Just Cares, Inc. 5th Annual Fall Festival
Where: 124 S Kentucky Ave, Lakeland
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Details: Join this safe environment for families that is an alternative to Halloween featuring a petting zoo, games & activities, bounce house, performances, music, candy and more

-Fall Fest

Where: Lake Eva Park, Haines City

Time: 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Details: NorthRidge Church present this annual fall festival featuring your same favorite free elements and a few extras such as inflatables, food, games, train rides, Ident-A-Kid, Fire Department exhibits, by the Polk County Sherriff’s Office SWAT and Rescue teams, and candy.

We hope to see you come out and support our community this Halloween!  Let the "spook-tacular" fun begin!