Halloween 2014 has arrived and while there’s plenty of spooky happenings going on around town like Zoo Boo at Lower Park Zoo, Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens and Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando, for eerie happenings and bumps in the night, stick around Tampa for some “real live” action when it comes to ghosts.
Put on your bravest face and sign up for a tour of some of Tampa’s best-known haunted locations. Yes, Tampa has a few locations where things just don’t seem quite right. Places where spirits from the past walk the corridors and make their presence known to a select few. Maybe you’ll be one of the lucky ones to encounter a spirit or two as you make your way into the haunted recesses of Tampa.
- Tampa Theatre – located in downtown Tampa, the theatre has been regaling customers since 1924. The beautifully detailed Mediterranean architecture and marble steps are beckoning you to enter for a tour of the dark passages. Maybe you’ll encounter the former ticket seller from long ago who likes to walk through the theatre especially during special events. Halloween is the perfect event for ghosts to celebrate with the living. Plan to stay late and watch the movie. Don’t be scared.
- Ybor’s Cuban Club – this building has had the reputation of being haunted for a long time. Find out why, if you dare!
- Henry B. Plant Museum – originally the Tampa Hotel, is a true look at the Golden Era when it was all about providing fun, comfort, fine dining, and entertainment to the wealthy. The massive building holds a lot of history. If only the walls could talk! Many famous and not so famous people from the past have walked the ornate corridors. Some still do. Take the tour and see for yourself.
- Don Cesar Hotel Ghost Tour – located across the bridge in St. Petersburg is a magnificent and massive hotel built with plenty of hide away places for spirits of the nigh. It’s said to be haunted by its original owner.. If you visit, maybe he’ll introduce himself and ask you to check in for an overnight experience.
Create your own Halloween memories by signing up for a personal tour of Tampa’s “hot spots.” Whether you see a misty image, hear footsteps, or feel the presence of a captured spirit still calling Tampa home, Halloween will never be the same once you step into the darkness.
Be safe and responsible no matter what time of year or which holiday you’ll be celebrating. Keep your eye’s peeled for ghosts and goblins and listen for unexpected bumps in the night. Bring your flashlight to light up the night and beware because you never know who you may encounter or what may be lurking in the dark recesses of in Tampa’s haunted regions.
Happy Halloween, everybody. May the ghost be with you……..