When you think of a typical Halloween, you might imagine chilly fall temperatures, cozy fireplaces, and the crunch of leaves underfoot—but we’re here to tell you there’s an entirely different way to celebrate Halloween, and it’s at the beach! On our lovely Anna Maria Island along the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico, we offer sunshine and beach weather nearly year-round, but we still know how to celebrate the seasonal holidays in style. In fact, Halloween is an excellent time to visit, as the weather will be breezy, and the crowds of summer will have disappeared. It’s a unique opportunity to experience a whole new kind of Halloween vacation, one where you can wake up to spend your day at the beach and your evening celebrating in your best costume at a beachside bar. If you’ve been thinking about spending Halloween on Anna Maria Island, we’re here to tell you why it’s the best idea ever!
Enjoy a Halloween Beach Vacation on Anna Maria Island
With days that average in the mid-80s, you can easily spend a good part of your Halloween vacation lounging on the beach. Anna Maria Island is a small community, but you’ll find there’s much to explore on our seven-mile coastline, with one side facing the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico and the other facing Tampa Bay and other inlets between AMI and Bradenton. Whether you’re the type that looks for a beach packed with people and action or a beach bum in search of a lowkey patch of sand, you’ll find it on AMI. From the northernmost tip of the island where the beach of Bean Point faces both the Gulf and the bay, to Coquina Beach at the southern end brimming with shops, eateries, and things to do, there’s something for everyone on Anna Maria Island. Skip the cold fall temperatures and spend your Halloween morning at the beach!
Get Into the Fall Spirit While Soaking Up the Sunshine
Even though you’re trading your traditional fall staples for a tropical beach vacation, you’ll find there are still ways to get into the spirit of Halloween, whether it’s carving a pumpkin back at your vacation rental or browsing for some fall-themed treats. Luckily, Anna Maria Island offers a few Farmer’s Markets, where you can shop for fall décor, handmade candles, fresh produce, and even a pumpkin. You can find the Farmers Market at City Pier Park, enjoy a beautiful day out on the bay, and grab lunch from one of the local food vendors. It might not be your typical Halloween day, but once you have a pumpkin spice latte and do a little bit of shopping, you’ll be right in the groove of the spooky season spirit!
Check Out These Anna Maria Island Halloween Events
On Anna Maria Island, you’ll find quite a few Halloween celebrations. Many of these events are family-friendly and put on by the community, so dress in your best Halloween costume and come celebrate Halloween the AMI way! Bayfest usually happens in mid-October and is a local street festival on Pine Ave on the north end of the island. You can browse food and crafts from local vendors, participate in a costume contest, and even see a classic car show! Just a little drive into Bradenton, FL on the mainland, you’ll find Hunsader Farms, which offers a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a petting zoo, a corn maze, and all the iconic Halloween activities. If you’re looking to spend a festive Halloween evening out on the island, you’ll find we have lots of bars featuring live music, costume contests, and more! Try The Ugly Grouper, Bunny and Pirates Bazaar, 88 Live Piano Bar, Island Time Bar and Grill, The Slam House, or D Coy Ducks Bar and Grill.
Do Some Halloween Shopping on Anna Maria Island
Fall is the perfect time to do a little bit of shopping, and you’ll find plenty of places where you can shop locally made items on Anna Maria Island. Pine Ave has long been one of our most popular shopping districts, with boutique shops offering everything from stylish beachwear to handmade lotions and jewelry. You might even find a few Halloween-themed items or even the last missing accessory to complete your Halloween look. It’s also an ideal area to pick up something to remember your vacation by, from a piece of beachy home décor to a professional painting of AMI. If souvenir beach shops are your thing, you’ll find plenty in Coquina Beach and Bradenton Beach!
Book Your Halloween Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental Today!
Your AMI Halloween getaway starts with the perfect Anna Maria Island vacation rental, and at SeaBreeze Vacation, we offer beautiful rentals all up and down the island. To learn more about our amazing Halloween rentals, give us a call today!