Autumn is finally here! For Gainesville, that means slightly cooler weather and fall festivities! If your family wants to wear costumes, trick-or-treat, and possibly get scared this October, check out these family-friendly Halloween events in Gainesville.

Roger's Farm

The Fall Festival at Roger's Farm just north of Gainesville has lots of family-friendly activities including a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides, and a corn maze, which transforms at 8 p.m. with the emergence of goblins and other creatures. This event runs on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for the attractions and $12 for the corn maze.

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On Sunday, October 21, bring the family out to Sun Country Sports West ​for Howl-O-Palooza in Jonesville, 13 miles outside of Gainesville. There will be rock climbing, obstacle courses, train and hay rides, face painting, and a costume contest hosted by Gainesville's local radio station, KISS 105.3, plus much more from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Newberry Cornfield Maze

The Newberry Corn Maze is an annual family-friendly Halloween event in the Gainesville area that's definitely a must for the season. Running on a large farm in Newberry since 2004, this corn maze will be open through Saturday, October 27. Everyone can enjoy the maze, but the fun doesn't stop there. If you like a good scare, the corn maze also has a scary trail full of jump scares plus a spooky hayride and their popular haunted barn!

Boo at the Zoo

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo ​is hosting one of Gainesville’s favorite Halloween events, Boo at the Zoo. The zoo is decorated for Halloween and offers a safe place for families to trick-or-treat and appreciate wildlife. Admission is the donation of one canned good for Gainesville Harvest and Catholic charities, so bring several cans to the zoo on Halloween between 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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These family-friendly Halloween events in Gainesville are fun for all ages, so everyone is guaranteed a ghoulishly good time. Now all you have to do is figure out what costumes you and the kids are wearing!

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