The Haunted Ranch — takes place from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 17 to Oct. 31, at 5418 Lorraine Road. Walk the half-mile haunted trail through a graveyard and forest, make s’mores or watch a horror film at the outdoor theater. Tickets are $10. Visit the hauntedranch.com.
Goblin Gathering — takes place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. Manatee County Parks and Recreation is hosting the 11th annual Goblin Gathering. Bring the family and enjoy a costume contest, face painting, hayride, bounce house and 18-foot inflatable slide. Free. Call 742-5923.
TreeUmph! Adventure Course Zombie Zip Tours — runs from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night Oct. 18 through Nov. 2. TreeUmph! Adventure Course is now booking reservations for its Halloween-themed Zombie Zip tours. Daring participants will meander through a path on the dark 14-acre forest for a haunted walk through zombie land. The tour ends with a 650-foot zip line at more than 60 feet high. For thrill-seekers 9 and up, entry for the haunted walk and zombie zip line is $20, or $17 with a non-perishable food item to be donated to All Faith Food Bank. Call 85-322-2130 or visit TreeUmph.com.
Boo Fest Halloween Festival — runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, on Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Children are invited to trick or treat, participate in a costume parade (adults are invited to participate too), listen to ghost stories, visit the pumpkin patch, participate in a spooky graveyard hunt and tour a haunted house. Free. For information, visit lakewoodranch.com/events.
Frightmare’s ‘Extreme Haunted House’ — takes place from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 through Friday, Nov. 1 (various times on 12 dates). Frightmare’s offer more than 12,000 square feet of terrifying scares around every cover, featuring a mix of horror and fun. Veteran haunter and horror filmmaker John Rusnak spearheads the terrorizing team. Tickets are $16; or $30 for fast-pass tickets. Discounts available online. Visit frightmareshauntedhouse.com.
Cemeterror ‘A Haunt to Die For’ — takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19 and Oct. 25 and 26, at 2035 Cornell St. the yard haunt is a walk-through haunt for ages 13 and up. Free. Donations benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.