| By Dylan Leigh Gamez |
The city of Clermont comes alive with the undead and plenty of surprises throughout the spookiest season. From trick-or-treating events for little ghouls and boys to frightening fun for adults, there is a way for all Clermont mortals to enjoy a festive fall. Keep your spooky senses about you and keep an eye on Clermont Magazine for more events as they develop.
Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct. 6-29; Southern Hill Farms, 16651 Schofield Road; 407-986-5806; Price: $10 and up; southernhillfarms.com.
The second annual fall fun on the farm will officially begin on Friday, Oct. 6, with the farm open on Fridays from 4 to 9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 29. Admission is $10 per vehicle per day, with no limit to the amount of passengers in the vehicle, and will include access to the farm with the following:
- Live music by Sticks and Bones. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
- Food trucks: Twisted Plates, Uncle Eddie’s BBQ and The Big Hot Box. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
- Beer and wine for purchase from Shipyard Brewing Co. Orlando. 4 to 9 p.m.
- Pumpkin patch with a variety of pumpkins of all sizes, Indian corn, gourds, Pelee Mums and more for purchase. Farm provides complimentary hayrides to your vehicle with a pumpkin purchase, as well as a pumpkin holding area for your purchased pumpkins while you stay and play.
- New covered playground for children and permanent restrooms.
- Adult games on the yard, such as life-sized Jenga, bean bag toss and more.
- “Picture perfect” photo op areas.
- Southern Hill Market, filled with frozen apple cider, handmade lotions, candles, lip balms and more. Local raw honey for sale, as well as sweet treats.
- Rides on the Blueberry Express for purchase. $5 for adults, $3 for children and teens; ages 4 to 18.
- Fire pits for roasting s’mores, also available for purchase in the Southern Hill Market.
Access to the kids’ stay-and-play area will require the purchase of an unlimited play Kids Zone wristband for $15 per child, and will include: a large festival swing ride, petting zoo and pony rides, rock wall, face painting, bounce houses and games, inflatable double-lane slide, and touch-a-tractor – all unlimited, all day, with the purchase of a wristband!
Full Moon Great Pumpkin 5K
7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7; 16651 Schofield Road, Clermont; 352-394-1320; Price: $29 and up; sommersports.com.
A 3.1 mile (5K) loop course on the Clay Roads of Clermont with glow-in-the-dark finisher medals, shirt with unique design, glow necklaces, chip timing, homemade muffins, apple cider and more. Awards for top three overall finishers, top masters finishers, and top three finishers in each age division, male and female. Prices start at $29 and increase as the date gets closer.
10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28; Uncanny Comic Shop, 763 W Montrose St.; Price: Free; Halloweencomicfest.com.
Free Halloween-themed comics will be available, along with the chance for fans to participate in “The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever!” Come dressed as your favorite Halloween character and get 15% off your purchase.
11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 28; Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive; 352-536-2275; Price: Free; mylakelibrary.com.
A not-so-scary Halloween party for book lovers. It’s more fun to wear a costume, but you don’t have to in order to win free candy and prizes. This event is appropriate for children in Preschool (0-4) and Early Elementary (5-7).
Clermont Harvest Festival
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28; Montrose Street, between 7th and 8th streets; Price: Free. clermontdowntownpartnership.com
More than 100 arts, crafts and product vendors. Pumpkin decorating from 10 a.m. to noon. Kids’ Zone with games from noon to 5 p.m. Costume parade at 5:30 p.m. Trunk or Treat at 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 750 7th St.; Petting farm and hayrides; Shops open late.
Halloween Kitty – Kids Costume Bash
3:30-5:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28; Painting with a Twist, 2411 South Highway 27; 407-917-4129; Price: $35; paintingwithatwist.com
Paint a kid-friendly Halloween Kitty in a pumpkin. Costumes are encouraged and there will be candy and prizes for the little ones. Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to get smocked and in your seat. If you’re coming with others, but making reservations separately, place your group’s name or point person in the Special Request box. For reservations, visit paintingwithatwist.com
Nightmare on the Clermont 5K Trail
7-11 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28; 8th St.; 352-394-1320; Price: $25 – $45; Nightmare5K.com.
Are you fearless when it comes to fitness? Run/walk along the Clermont Trail and within the darkest reaches of Hiawatha Preserve. As you travel the trail, 10 spook zones will keep you on your toes. This event is family friendly and features glow-in-the-dark finisher medals.
Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade
Noon Sunday, Oct. 29; Downtown Clermont Farmer’s Market; Price: $5 to register, free to watch.
Don’t miss this adorable 9th annual event hosted by the Animal League. Register your pet 11:15-11:45 a.m. for $5 per category (cutest, funniest, most unique, best team effort). There also will be a people’s choice award. All furry pets welcome. Parade starts at noon at the Farmers Market.
Preschool Trick-or-Treat Story Time
11-11:45 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31; Cagan Crossings Library, 16729 Cagan Oaks; 352-243-1840; Price: Free; mylakelibrary.org
Preschool families are invited to a spooky story time celebration. Come to the library dressed in your best costume for Halloween stories, rhymes, an indoor trick-or-treat costume parade and other fun surprises. For children 2½ to 5 years of age and their caregivers.
Dylan Gamez is a professional journalist and a UCF graduate who has called Central Florida home for the past 10 years.