Skipper's Smokehouse's 29th Annual Freaker's Ball: House of the Headless Hinson
Oct. 24. 8 p.m. to 1 .a.m. Concert starring Unknown Hinson, with "master of scarimonies" Rev. Billy C. Wirtz. Costume parade and judging around 10 p.m. First prize is $500 cash plus a $500 AAA travel voucher. Runner-up prizes include a pair of club-level tickets to the Nov. 1 Lightning-Senators game, tickets to upcoming House of Blues shows, a half-day fishing trip with Captain Fred Everson of tampabayfishingguide.com. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 day of. Must be over 21 or accompanied by a parent. 910 Skipper Road, Tampa, (813) 971-0666; skipperssmokehouse.com
Acropolis Greek Taverna's Mark's Halloween Contest and Costume Party
Oct. 24 from 10 p.m. to midnight. Ladies drink free from 10 p.m. to midnight. First place gets $200. Second place gets a bottle of Grey Goose Vodka. Third place gets a $50 bar tab for the following weekend. Ages 18 to 20 pay $10 cover. Ages 21 and up get in free. 13575 58th St., Clearwater, (727) 538-4273; acropolisclearwater.com
Guavaween's The Features Costume Contest
Oct. 25 from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Best costume gets $2,000 and a Blu-ray DVD player worth $399.99. First runner up gets a digital camera worth $299.99. Some runners up will win other prizes, including a basket of merch from Ybor City shops. Winners will be determined by applause, so bring your posse. Admission is $15 and includes access to all nighttime Guavaween events. All ages. Judging will be at entertainment stage at the southwest corner of Seventh Avenue and 15th Street. (813) 248-0721; cc-events.org/gw.
Progress Energy Art Gallery's Second Annual Halloween Costume Party
Oct. 25 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. First prize is a bottle of green apple riesling made by gallery director Karren Tolliver. Runners up will receive coupons and freebies from local merchants. Tickets are $25 each or $40 per couple in advance; $30 each or $50 per couple at the door. Includes live music, food and one drink. 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey, (727) 848-6500; freewebs.com/nprgallery/index.htm
Gulfport Casino's Halloween Costume Ball
Oct. 29 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. Best costume wins $100. There will also be $250 in prizes split among scariest, sexiest, funniest, most original and "swingiest" disguises. Admission is $7 and includes a shim sham dance lesson from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. No dance partner needed. All ages are welcome. 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport, (813) 274-4950; swingtime.info.
Pegasus Lounge's Best Costume Contests
Three nights = three chances to win. All events will be at 10008 N 30th St., Tampa.
• Oct. 29 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Costume contest at 1 a.m. Best male and female costume each get $25. Runners up will receive free drinks and/or sex toys. (Yes, you read that correctly.) Drink specials and pornaoke all evening. $3 ages 18-20. Free for ages 21 and up. Call (813) 971-1679.
• Oct. 30 from midnight to 3 a.m. This is an album release party for funk band Green Sunshine. There will be one $50 prize. Admission is free with a costume or $2 without. Ages 18 and up. Call band member Rhyan Reinertsen at (848) 333-8214.
• Oct. 31 from 9:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. Live music all evening. Costume contest at midnight. Best costume wins $100. Runners up will get cash, free drinks and/or sex toys. Call (813) 971-1679.
The Ritz Ybor's Zombie Halloween Eve
Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and again at 9:15 p.m. Both contests will give a $25 bar tab for best costume, most original and best couple. Everyone in zombie costume gets a free drink. Ages 18 and up. Free admission. 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City, (813) 247-2555; theritzybor.com
Tamiami's All Hallows Eve Bash
Oct. 30 from 9 p.m. to 2 am. Top prize is $150. Second place gets $75. Ages 21 and up. No cover. 242 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg
13 Ugly Men's 11th Annual Halloween Freakshow
Oct. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cash prizes. Ages 21 and up. Admission is $10-$30. Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel, 200 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, (727) 744-6496; www.13uglymen.com/home.php
ARTpool's Halloween ART pARTy
Oct. 31 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Prizes include gift certificates to the gallery and local restaurants, items from the Dali Museum and original artwork. All ages. $10 admission includes drinks, hors d'oeuvres, games and a professional photo shoot. Dress up as your favorite artist. 919 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, (727) 324.3878; artpoolrules.com.
Centro Asturiano's Swing Is Dead Halloween Dance Party
Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Best costume gets $100. Prizes for second and third place TBA. Winners in the following categories will get tickets to an upcoming swing dance event: best, scariest, hottest, funniest, deadest and "most swinginist zombie." Admission is $7 with a costume or $10 without. Includes candy, door prizes and a swing dance lesson from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. No dance partner needed. All ages welcome. 1913 N Nebraska Ave. Tampa, (813) 274-4950; swingtime.info
The Chic a Boom Room's Chic a Boo
Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. First, second and third place will get $650, $250 and $100 in cash and prizes, respectively. Ages 21 and up. Cover is $5 and includes a patio by Full Fledged Unit, plus entry to Kelly's and Blur next door. 319 Main St., Dunedin, (727) 736-0206; kellyschicaboom.com.
Dallas Bull's Halloween Costume Contest
Oct. 31 from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. First, second and third place will win Dallas Bull gift cards worth $300, $125 and $50, respectively. Ages 18 and up. Cover is $10 for ages 18 to 20; $5 for over 21. 3322 U.S. Highway 301 N, Tampa, (813) 987-2855; dallasbull.com.
Ferg's A Nightmare on 13th Street
Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Three $100 prizes will be awarded for most original, sexiest and best couple. Ages 18 and up. No cover. 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, (727) 822-4562; fergsonline.com
The Florida Aquarium's Nauti-Night 2008
Oct. 31 from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be one $2,500 prize. Admission is $50 in advance or $60 day of. Includes beer, wine food and live music. Ages 21 and up. 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, (813) 273-4568; flaquarium.org.
Jackson's Bistro's Helloween
Oct. 31 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. $1,000 first prize, $600 second prize and $400 third prize. Ages 21 and up. $15 general admission; $25 VIP. 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa, (813) 265-1234; whatshappeningtampa.com.
Push Ultra Lounge's Halloween
Oct. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. First place gets $300 cash, a bottle of your choice worth up to $250 and a weekend for two at the Hampton Inn & Suites Saint Petersburg. Second place gets $200 and a bottle of your choice worth up to $250. Third place gets a $100 gift certificate to Reno Beach Surf Shop. Ladies get in free all night. Guys' get in free before 10 p.m. Cover is $5 after 10 p.m. 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg, (727) 895-7874; pushlounge.com.
Seminole Hard Rock's Rockoween
Oct. 31. 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Cash prizes. Ages 21 and up. Cover is $10 until midnight, $20 after. 5223 Orient Road,
Tampa, (813) 627-7676; myspace.com/floydstampa.
The Venue's Vampire and Vixen Ball
Oct. 31. $5,000 worth of prizes. 2675 Ulmerton Road, St. Petersburg, (727) 571-2222; thevenueclub.com.
Wings Gone Wild's Guavascream 12: Night of the Bodysnatching Scarecrows
Oct. 31 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. The best male and best female costume will each win $250. With more than 4,000 corn stalks, the venue will be transformed into a haunted corn field. $25 admission includes all-you-can-drink Bass beer, drink specials and music by four deejays. Proceeds benefit the Children's Cancer Center. Ages 21 and up. 3114 Bay To Bay Blvd Tampa, (813) 832-9464; guavascreamparty.com
Dunedin Historical Museum's Abracadabra I: Nightmare On Edgewater Drive
Nov. 1 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, most original, best couple and scariest. Prizes will include dinners, a weekend getaway and hotel accommodations. Admission is $50 per person and includes a light buffet and cash bar. Ages 21 and up. The event is a fundraiser for the museum and will be at the historic Fenway Hotel, 453 Edgewater Drive, Dunedin, (727) 736-1176.
Zodiac Group's El Dia de los Muertos
Nov. 1 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wear your scariest '80s attire or dress as your favorite dead celebrity. Gifts will be awarded. Admission includes full open bar, hors d'oeuvres and a viewing of an Ansel Adams exhibition. $30-$50. Ages 21 and up. St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, (727) 823-3767 ext. 3034; salvadordalimuseum.org.