October 9th, 10th, 11th, , 2015

In 1980, the Hillsborough County Chapter of ABATE of Florida, Inc. lost its president, Jim Hill, to a motorcycle accident. Although other members had been lost previously, Jim's death got us to thinking about a way to memorialize those who were no longer around. It was decided to use a members yearly Halloween party to pay tribute to brothers lost.
In the following years the locations changed as the event grew. The Chapter began hosting ABATE state meetings in conjunction with the event and it grew some more. The name Spooks 'n Scoots was adopted and an annual event was well established.
One of the trademarks of the event were the unique chapter coolers (coffins) from which beverages are served. The chapter then added a hearse to transport those coffins. Whenever they were on the highway it was a reminder to those in cages that motorcyclists have the right to be on the highway as well. Each year offered a different t-shirt design and were printed in limited quantities. Part of these funds were used in the continual fight to protect the rights of motorcyclists and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
In 1991 another change was made to the event. A sister, Elaine Shearin was taken from us. Spooks 'n Scoots  was then dedicated to brothers and sisters lost. Much to our unhappiness, each year we have had to add a few more to the list that have left us. More than a Halloween party, Spooks 'n Scoots became more of a wake in memory of all of those who no longer catch the wind with us.  
Each of the 35 years Spooks 'n Scoots played host to local and out of town bikers. With bands Friday and Saturday, Bike Games, contests and a large assortment of vendors, all set in one of the nicest camping spots in central Florida, Spooks 'n Scoots  became one of Florida's premier motorcycling events.
The event was capped off with a memorial ride Sunday morning in hopes that no new names will be added to the list of those now gone.
Enjoy Due to increasing cost and declining attendance there will be No Spooks n Scoots in 2016.
Spooks 'n Scoots is a trademark of Hillsborough County Chapter, ABATE of Florida, Inc.