BRADENTON – (Oct. 9, 2013) – Fall has arrived in Bradenton, and The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce several events happening throughout October and November. The Second Crosley Halloween Gala, Spirit Voices of Manatee, Mixon’s Harvest Festival, and Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival will be sure to entertain, whether you’re looking to get in the spirit of Halloween or just enjoy what a Florida fall has to offer.
Halloween Gala at the Crosley Estate
Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”, this year’s Halloween Gala at the Crosley Estate will be held on October 31. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and guests will relive Poe’s story, guided through the estate by actors portraying Roderick and Madeline Usher, before being invited to enjoy a complimentary buffet, drinks, and heart-stopping music. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $75 or at the door for $100. This event is for people ages 21 and up. Costumes are welcome.
Poe at the Crosley and The House of Horrors
The Crosley estate will host a one-hour live performance based on the writings of Edgar Alan Poe followed by a self-guided tour of the carriage house. The event will take place October 21-24 and October 27-30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guests may purchase tickets to both the performance and tour for $20 or just the tour for $10.
Zombie Zip Tour at TreeUmph!
Thrill-seekers ages 9 and up can check out TreeUmph! Adventure Course for the haunted walk and Zombie Zipline, which begins Friday, October 18 and will run every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. until November 2. Guests will walk along a designated path through Zombie Land in the dark 14-acre forest. The Tour ends with TreeUmph!’s signature Triumph Zip line, a 650-foot-long zip line through the trees at more than sixty feet high. Entry for the event is $20, or only $17 with a non-perishable food item to benefit All Faiths Food Bank. Guests are encouraged to reserve their tour soon, as space is limited and expected to sell out.
Gamble Plantation Candlelight Halloween Tour
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, in conjunction with The Gamble Plantation Preservation Alliance, will host a Candlelight Halloween Tour at Gamble Plantation from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m on October 12. Tickets are $6 per person and are available at the Gamble Plantation office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until Oct. 9. In addition to the candlelight tour of the Gamble Mansion, guests will enjoy a scavenger hunt and treats for children.
Spirit Voices of Old Manatee
Spirit Voices of Old Manatee, produced by the Manatee County Historical Commission, offers guests a glance into the lives of some of Manatee County’s earliest pioneers. Held at Manatee Village Historical Park and the Old Manatee Burying Grounds, a free tour of the cemetary grounds will be given at 7 p.m., an hour before the performances start. This event will take place on October 10-12, October 11-13 and October 17 and 18. Tickets purchased on or before October 9 with cost $15; after October 9, all tickets will be $17. This event is not recommended for children ages 10 and under.
Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival
For those looking for more family friendly fun this fall, there’s the Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival on October 12-13, October 19-20 and October 26—27from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival features pumpkins, a pumpkin-firing cannon, live music, food, hay rides, pony rides, more than 100 craft booths and more. Admission is $8, but children ages 12 and under get in free. Parking for the event is $5.
Mixon’s Harvest Festival
Mixon’s Harvest Festival will take place on November 23 and 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival, which is free to attend, includes live entertainment, pony rides through the grove, bounce houses, a rock wall, and plenty of food.
About the Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key area is located on Florida’s gulf coast between St. Petersburg and Sarasota. It is bordered on the north by Tampa Bay, and to the west by the Gulf of Mexico. Easy to get to, but off the beaten path, filled with “Old Florida” ambience brimming with opportunities to experience Florida at its most real and authentic, the Bradenton/Anna Maria Island/Longboat Key area is a part of the state worth discovering and exploring again and again.
The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau promotes tourism to Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key area and the rest of Manatee County, including Palmetto, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, Cortez, Ellenton, Myakka City, Ft. Hamer, Lakewood Ranch and Parrish, through domestic and international advertising, public relations and marketing efforts. For more information on the Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key area, please visit www.bradentongulfislands.com.