Manatee County invites kids of all ages to enjoy the 15th annual Goblin Gathering

  • Oct 5, 2017

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Oct. 5, 2017) — Manatee County’s Parks and Natural Resources Department invites the public to celebrate Halloween in a safe and fun-filled environment during the 15th annual Goblin Gathering.

The festival will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, at GT Bray Park. The event is free. Wristbands for children to participate in activities will be sold for $5.
At the event, children can explore bounce houses, obstacle courses, slides, a hay maze, and take a ride on the haunted wagon tour. Face painting will be available with wristbands, and vendors will be on hand selling food and other items. Trick-or-treating with the event’s vendors and exhibitor tents is free and open to all children.
Adults and children can also compete in the annual costume contest, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Prizes include gift cards for the winners and pumpkins stuffed full of candy.
“We’re expanding the number of age categories this year, providing even more opportunities to win a prize,” said Melissa Nell, Parks and Natural Resources Volunteer and Education Division Manager. “We love to see the creative and clever costumes that visitors create. Everyone is invited to watch the costume contest and cheer for their favorites.”
Parking and Directions
Parking for this year’s event will be in new locations: at the Tennis Center, the south ball fields, and the north Red Cross building, with overflow parking at the dog parks.
GT Bray Park is located at 5502 33rd Avenue Drive, West Bradenton, FL 34209. The park is accessible from 51st St W or 59th St W, off either Cortez Road or Manatee Avenue.
Additional Information
For more information on the Goblin Gathering, contact Amy May at
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