Halloween is coming a little early this year
Did you feel that little bit of briskness in the air recently? I could almost hear the collective "ahhhhhhhh" around the bay area because this is the time of year that makes the previous six extra hot months fade from our memories.
And that means it's time to pull out your calendars and do some planning. Because now that the weather is nice -- at least for a little while -- the events will be heating up. So here are a couple of local Halloween events that are happening right at the beginning of October that will be fun and fabulous.
On Wednesday the Preschool Village Ramblers at Heritage Village will get a jump start on Halloween by hearing pumpkin stories, making puppets and planting pumpkin seeds in the garden. Cost is $6 for kids who are members of the Pinellas County Historical Society and $8 for non-members. You can also pay for the entire series ($20 for members, $26 for non-members) which is presented the first Wednesday in each month. The village is at 11909 125th St. N, Largo. Call (727) 582-2123 for more information.
The "got milk?" Halloween tour is coming to Haslam's Book Store in St. Petersburg on Thursday to encourage us to put on a chocolate milk mustache for the holiday and, of course, to drink lots of milk. The tour makes its only Florida stop at Haslam's from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. where visitors can get their picture snapped with a chocolate milk mustache; enjoy a "spook-tacular" story read by young adult science fiction author Tracy Akers of Pasco County; and sample milk from local processors. In addition, the first 25 folks there get a "got milk?" special trick-or-treat bag. Haslam’s is at 2025 Central Ave. Call (727) 822-8616 for info?.
And on Saturday, check out Pumpkin Palooza at the St. Petesburg Woman's Club. There will be games and crafts, food and drinks for sale, treats for the kids and vendors and live performances. And of course, a pumpkin patch. Check it out from noon to 6 at the club, 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE St. Petersburg,Features children's games and crafts, food drinks and treats, arts, crafts and vendors, live performances, and, of course, a pumpkin patch.
Speaking of pumpkin patches, if you know of any that are setting up shop around the bay area, please let us know. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There also are plenty of Halloween haunted houses out there to get your blood rushing, many of them not so scary, like parts of ZooBoo at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, and Walt Disney World's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. But keeping checking back here throughout the holidays for information on local events.
Ahhhhhhhhh, don't you love this time of year?
-- Sherry Robinson
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