Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular set for Saturday, Oct. 28, at Ed Smith Stadium

Nightmare Before Christmas to be featured film, with other activities planned, including Halloween costume parade around bases

This is a scene from a previous Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular. Image courtesy Sarasota County

The Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department, the Baltimore Orioles and the Sarasota Film Festival will present Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, they have announced.

“Enjoy free children’s games, activities, a sensory area and community booths in the stadium concourse and on the baseball field from 5 to 6:45 p.m.,” a news release says. “At 6:45 p.m. join the Orioles’ Bird, for a Halloween costume parade around the bases,” it adds.

The feature movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, rated PG, will begin at 7 p.m., the release notes.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets on which they can sit to enjoy the movie from the outfield, or they may watch the film from stadium seating, the release points out.

Entry will be provided through the left-field gate beginning at 5 p.m. Children ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

“Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring one non-perishable food item to benefit All Faiths Food Bank,” the release adds. Further, One Blood representatives will be on-site with their bus “to take donations in the parking lot near the entrance.”

Concessions will be available, the release says. Although sealed water bottles will be allowed, it points out, coolers and outside food will not permitted inside the stadium. Additionally, high heels, folding chairs and strollers are not allowed on the field.

Ed Smith Stadium is located at 2700 12th St. in Sarasota.

In addition to this event, the release notes, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office will host its annual Halloween Drive-Thru on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the agency’s Sarasota headquarters, which is located at 6010 Cattleridge Blvd.

For more information call 311 or visit