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Here are some events that I've discovered so far.  If you know of others, please add them here or email them to me at shawn.arnold@polkmoms.com

Do you already have a planned or favorite event you're looking forward to?

Free Kids on Halloween at Dinosaur World  Oct 31st

Day of the Dead Celebration & Workshop
Oct 30th

Ghost Stories (part of the Cracker Storytelling Festival) -October 8th

Trick or Treat Dance Oct. 29th

Shriek Peek Sept. 24th

Polk State College's 24th Annual Fallfest
-Oct. 16th

Dr. Scissorhands Pumpkin Carving Exhibition -Oct. 30th

Boktoberfest- Oct. 16th

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Haines City Parks & Recreation will host the 21st Annual Fall Festival on October 30th from 10:00AM-2:00PM at Railroad Park in Downtown Haines City. Entertainment will be provided all day by local schools and dance groups. The event will feature food & craft vendors, pie eating contest, children's & adult costume contests, a pumpkin decorating contest and a cake walk! All contests and admission are FREE!
For additional information, please log on to the City's website at www.ci.haines-city.fl.us or contact the Haines City Parks and Recreation Department at 863-421-3700.
Polk City is having their Halloween event this Sat, Oct 23 from 4-8 at Freedom Park. Free moonwalk, candy, balloons and popcorn. Food vendors and lots of great stuff for sale. Children's costume contest, pie eating contest and lots of games. Dog costume contest (pre-registration required and no walk ins please). 863-984-1375, extension 222 for additional info. We actually had a great time last year and I'm sorry that this year we have a football conflict.
Trunk o' Treat at Kathleen Baptist is happening on the 31st from 4p-6pm. also pulled this from the orlando sentinel last week:
My Ghost Mickey and Hannah Montana had a blast with friends at last year's Happy Haunting! event at Downtown Disney. (Kristin Ford/Orlando Sentinel)

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is sold out for Halloween, but that doesn’t mean you can’t trick-or-treat at Walt Disney World. Downtown Disney’s Happy Haunting! event offers free sweets and entertainment from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31 again this year.

Families have a mile-long celebration — partying from the West Side through Pleasure Island and into the Marketplace. The Treat Trail includes about 20 stations, where treat bags and candy will be distributed to the young and young-at-heart. Last year, maps for the event were available in most stores.

The folks at Disney World describe this year’s entertainment as “slightly scary ghost storytellers, Halloween performers, a super freaky-cool DJ and a mega mix of world music makers fill the streets, all performing live.” In past years, the group of kids I have been with loved the storytelling — the performer was dressed as a witch and used a puppet; the magician’s tricks amazed them; and they couldn’t get enough of the dance party.

New this year: Guests will be able to take photos with Disney’s custom characters of Downtown Disney’s Happy Haunting!, the Pumpkinhead men. As with past years, fun fall backdrops will be available for photo opportunities. The scenes actually were set up last week, so guests can enjoy the decorations for the rest of the month. See more photos of the decorations at Happy Haunting! here.

If you plan to go, I would recommend arriving early, if possible, because crowds and parking are more manageable early on. I’d expect that to be true again this year, especially because the events are both weekend nights.
I just found this one for saturday the 23rd: http://events.theledger.com/lakeland-fl/events/show/149382045-candy...

Lake Morton Community Church
Bartow has a halloween parade on the 28th at 4pm downtown. It's not as big as Lakeland's christmas parade, but it's cute and they pass out candy for the kids so bring a bucket or treat bag.

The Polk Museum of Art does a family day every year for Halloween. I think it's on Sat, but not sure. It's on their website probably.

Boo bash is Fri the 29th at Explorations children's museum. It's in the morning, so more appropriate for preschoolers and toddlers.
I found another one.... http://www.firstumc.org/ A fall festival and trunk or treat at the first united methodist church on lake morton - downtown....
The 68th Annual Crickette Club Parade and Carnival in Bartow will be Thursday, October 28, 2010.

The parade starts at 4:00p.m. at 5:00 at Mosiac Park.
Hi, I was curious if anyone knew if it is okay for you to come set up chairs early for the Bartow Halloween parade like people do for the Christmas parade? My nephew is marching in the parade & my sister has to work, so I thought I'd go set up chairs if you can so she can have a good seat to see him! :)
Selina, I see people do this all the time. Just be warned your chair/seat could be moved (or gone!) if you leave it. Good luck on getting a good view.

I'm excited. Me and the kids will be in the parade tomorrow. If you see me, wave and say, hi! :) I hope to see some Polk Moms there.
Hi Shawn! Thank you for your response! My mom actually called the chamber & then was told to check with Main Street Bartow (I think that's the name), anyway, she was told that is fine if we leave our chairs out. A hint - the lady she spoke to said there is a nice shady area near Wachovia bank where you can leave them. You can also leave them around the high school after school lets out to be closer to the carnival. We are going to take our chances with the chairs - some friends of mine have done that for the Lakeland Christmas parade & had no problem. So fingers are crossed!! We can't wait for the parade - it will be exciting to see my nephew march, he just made Private first rank at Summerlin! :) How exciting for you & your kids to be in the parade too! I hope everyone has a great time!

Shawn Arnold said:
Selina, I see people do this all the time. Just be warned your chair/seat could be moved (or gone!) if you leave it. Good luck on getting a good view.

I'm excited. Me and the kids will be in the parade tomorrow. If you see me, wave and say, hi! :) I hope to see some Polk Moms there.

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