Annual children’s tradition returns on Oct. 30 with costumes, candy, activities and more.

TAMPA, Fla. The Tampa Riverwalk is the place to be this Halloween season with events for the whole family brought to you by Friends of the Riverwalk.

Building on the popularity of last year’s event, Halloween Hunt returns from October 16 – 31 at sites  along the Riverwalk. In this not-too-spooky, family friendly virtual event, individuals and teams complete to be the first place HalloWinner.  Solve riddles, puzzles and complete tasks as you explore the great outdoors along the Riverwalk. The Hunt is free to the public and can be played at any time, but players must download the Mobile Adventures app to participate and scan the QR code provided.

The 5th Annual Tampa Riverwalk Trick or Treat, presented by Banko Overhead Doors, returns October 30, 2021 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. followed by a Halloween Lighted Boat Parade at 6:30 p.m. along the Hillsborough River.

This free community event gives children and their families a chance to enjoy trick or treating along Tampa’s famed Riverwalk. All the fun takes place from Water Works Park to MacDill Park, with special activities along the way, including a costume contest at Water Works Parks. More than 50 local organizations and businesses will host treat stations along the path, along with fun activities hosted by the Glazer Children’s Museum, Banko Overhead Doors, Street Laced Marketing & Promotions and Ashley HomeStores, among others. Kids will receive complimentary treat bags at select locations along the Riverwalk (while supplies last).

The fun continues with the 2nd Annual Halloween Lighted Boat Parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. In partnership with the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF), join us as we help scare away pediatric cancer with this Halloween-themed version of Tampa’s much-loved boat parade tradition. Boaters are invited to register and show off their decorated boats. Registration is $100 per boat. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded for the Best Decorated boats, with judging by local pediatric cancer warriors. 

Viewing is available all along the Riverwalk and at Armature Works (approximately 7 p.m.) Davis Island & Channel Drive (approximately 7:30 p.m.) and Sparkman Wharf & American Victory Ship (approximately 7:45 p.m.) Reserved seating is also available. The Halloween Lighted Boat Parade is made possible by Freedom Boat Club of Tampa Bay, Friends of the Riverwalk, Sparkman Wharf and Yacht StarShip.

Proceeds from the Halloween Lighted Boat Parade will support critical pediatric cancer research through Tampa’s very own National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Friends of the Riverwalk is a privately funded non-profit that supports special events, activities and beautification efforts along the Tampa Riverwalk. Working in partnership with the city, its mission is to develop, activate and promote Tampa’s downtown waterfront.  

For more information, visit To register for the Halloween Lighted Boat Parade, visit

Riverwalk Halloween Hunt
​WHAT: Free family-friendly virtual scavenger hunt for all ages
WHEN: Oct. 16-31, 2021
(Hunt can be played at any time by downloading the Mobile Adventures app.)
WHERE: The Tampa Riverwalk

5th Annual Riverwalk Trick or Treat
WHAT: Free family event with candy, costume contests and other children’s activities
WHEN: Oct. 30, 2021, 4-7 p.m.
WHERE: The Tampa Riverwalk from Water Works Park to MacDill Park
WHO: Hosted by Friends of the Riverwalk

2nd Annual Halloween Lighted Boat Parade
WHAT: Halloween-decorated boats compete for prizes, with proceeds from the event benefiting the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s research efforts.
WHEN: Oct. 30, 2021, 6:30-9 p.m.    
WHERE: Viewing spots are available along the Riverwalk and Hillsborough River, plus at Armature Works, Sparkman Wharf, Davis Island, Channel Drive and the American Victory Ship.

Friends of the Riverwalk is a privately funded, local non-profit that supports special events, family-oriented activities and beautification along the Tampa Riverwalk. Working in partnership with the city, its mission is to develop, activate and promote Tampa’s downtown waterfront.  This is achieved by supporting further expansion and development that increases community access to the waterfront, improves mobility and connectivity, and increases people-oriented uses and experiences along the Riverwalk, as well as creating an inviting outdoor destination showcasing downtown parks, museums, attractions, and businesses through outdoor public events and programming and building a stronger sense of community for everyone.  To learn more or to stay up-to-date with what is happening along the Riverwalk, visit or get social with them on Facebook, InstagramLinkedIn and Twitter.