Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular planned at Ed Smith Stadium on Oct. 12

Family-friendly event will be free, courtesy of Baltimore Orioles

Two participants are costumed and ready for fun at the 2018 Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular. Image courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles — in partnership with the Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department and the Sarasota Film Festival — are inviting family members from across Sarasota County to wear their favorite Halloween costumes and come to Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 12, “for a free evening of fun, safe activities, including a family-friendly movie.”

The fifth annual Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular will feature children’s games and activities, plus photo opportunities with the Oriole Bird beginning at 5 p.m., a news release points out. At 7 p.m., guests will enjoy a free movie —Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (rated PG) — screened on the outfield video board, the release adds. “Guests may choose any seat in the ballpark to enjoy the movie.” Ongoing ball field renovations will prevent on-field access, the release notes.

Parking and admission also will be free, the release says.

Guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for All Faith’s Food Bank.

Additionally, OneBlood will have representatives present to collect blood donations; each donor will receive a free, Halloween-themed T-shirt and a movie ticket voucher, the release points out.

Concessions will be available for purchase during the Oct. 12 event. No coolers or outside food will be allowed; however, sealed plastic bottles of water will be permitted, the release says.

Parking will be available in the East Lot. “Enter the ballpark through the left field gate,” the release notes. For event details, visit

“The Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular is part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives” through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ball club’s year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community, the release explains.