Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular returning to Ed Smith Stadium

Gates will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15

Image courtesy Baltimore Orioles
Image courtesy Baltimore Orioles

Sarasota County residents and visitors may plan on some “major league,” family-friendly fun during the Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular at Ed Smith Stadium, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15, Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources staff has announced.

This second annual event — sponsored by the Parks Department, the Baltimore Orioles and the Sarasota Film Festival — will feature children’s games and activities, a costume parade around the bases and a screening of the movie Hotel Transylvania — rated PG — on the outfield video board, a news release says. The stadium is located near the intersection of 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue in Sarasota.

The gates will open at 5 p.m., with children’s Halloween-themed games and activities planned in the concourse and near the outfield wall. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes, as the Orioles’ mascot, Bird, will lead a costume parade around the bases at 6:40 p.m., the release adds. The screening of the movie will begin at 7 p.m., the release notes; all gates will close following the film, at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Each family that wants to watch the movie from the outfield is encouraged to bring a blanket on which to sit. Attendees also are welcome to enjoy the film from the ballpark seating areas, the release notes. Concessions will be available, the release says. Families may bring sealed water bottles into the park, but no coolers, outside food or lawn chairs will be allowed, and no strollers or high heels will be permitted on the field, the release points out.

Children ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

All those planning to attend the event are asked to enter the ballpark through the left field gate. Admission is a non-perishable food item to benefit All Faiths Food Bank, the release continues.

Free parking will be available in the East Lot, the release says.

For more information, call the County Contact Center at 861-5000 or visit More information also may be found at