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Halloween events: Saturday through Friday


Going ape: The Haunted Ape Escape, presented by the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary and the Tarpon Springs Business Alliance, will take place through Sunday. The fundraiser, held after regular hours, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the sanctuary, 4600 Alt. U.S. 19, Palm Harbor, includes scary scenes and props along a Halloween trail, food and goodies. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $4 and available at the gate. For information, log onto:

Halloween in the Park XI: "Terrors Through Time," a safe alternative to trick-or-treating, continues 6 to 10 p.m. at Honeymoon Island State Park, at the west end of Curlew Road (State Road 580), Dunedin with tours, games, food and fun. $10 per carload includes 10 free game tickets. Call (727) 469-5492 or visit

Fun for all: North Pinellas Branch YMCA of the Suncoast will host its fifth annual "Not So Scary Haunted House" for all ages, 6 to 9 p.m. at 4550 Village Center Drive, Palm Harbor, with a costume contest, carnival games, candy and prizes. Free. Call (727) 772-9622.

Judgement House: An eight-scene, interactive walk-through drama about four individuals who don't know they have only 59 minutes to live. Audience members walk through heaven and hell 2 to 9 p.m. today and Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church, 110 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. May not be appropriate for ages 10 and younger. $5 per person. Call (727) 441-1581, ext. 141 or visit

Halloween carnival: A haunted hayride and trail, trick-or-treating and crafts for all ages at Palm Harbor Community Center's fifth annual Halloween carnival, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at 1500 16th St. Refreshments available. Call (727) 771-6000.

Free fun & safety fair: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs gymnasium and Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave., featuring a costume contest, Chinese Lion Dance demo, health and safety information, police canine unit, and games. Free cookies and lemonade. Call (727) 943-3600.

Halloween event: Spooktacular costume contest and Halloween festival 1 to 3 p.m. at Largo Mall, at Ulmerton Road and Seminole Boulevard with trick or treating, DJ, games, balloons and face painting. Visit

Free ski show: The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team will perform a special Halloween show at 7:30 p.m. today and Nov. 1 on Tower Lake off Douglas Road in Oldsmar. Concessions available or bring your own picnic. For directions and team information, visit

Family Halloween fun: Come in costume to the 14th Annual Halloween Spooktacular 4 to 10 p.m. in Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, with a trick-or-treat path, inflatables, slides, games, activities and concessions, teen area, circus arts performers and more. Wristbands are required for most activities at these prices: $5 in advance with Largo recreation card; $6 in advance without Largo recreation card; $7 at event. No pets, coolers or alcohol permitted. Call (727) 587-6775 or visit

Poppin' pumpkins: Bring a small pumpkin to decorate for the season using markers and stickers 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. or make a coffee-filter flower wreath 1 to 2 p.m. at East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road. All ages welcome, registration is required. Call (727) 773-2665.

A "haunting" evening: Halloween fun for all ages 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin, includes haunted hayrides, a moon walk, train and pony rides, food, snacks,. Proceeds benefit the Dunedin For Youth Fund. Call (727) 812-4530.

"Trunk or Treat": All pirates and princesses are invited to grab some treats from decorated trunks, enjoy a bounce house and tour the pumpkin patch 4 to 7 p.m. at East Lake United Methodist Church, 2801 East Lake Road. Call (727) 784-9250.


Caricature pumpkin carving: Bring your own pumpkin to carve or watch award-winning carver John Marek work his magic from 9 a.m. to noon at the Oldsmar Senior Center, 127 State St. W. Tools supplied. $7 with rec card, $10.50 without. Call (813)749-1260.


Ghost stories: Deborah Frethem, author of Ghost Stories of St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Pinellas County: Tales From A Haunted Peninsula, will present a frightful evening of stories from the area's haunted past at 7 p.m. at Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave. Free. Call (727) 298-3080 ext, 224.


Paranormal research: Haunted Hunters Paranormal Scientific Investigators will show details and evidence from local investigations, the equipment used for these cases, and discuss paranormal activity at 7 p.m. at Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E Lemon St. For reservations, call (727) 943-4922.

Scare Fest 2008: Tours of Xtreme Fun Center's second annual Haunted Hospital run Wednesday through Friday at 13211 93rd St. N, Largo. $5 per tour. Xtreme Fun Center also features indoor batting cages, huge arcade, karaoke and a Friday and Saturday night Guitar Hero challenge. Call (727) 584-9876 or visit

Barkoween: This pet costume party for dogs and their owners is 6 to 8 p.m. at the Belleview Biltmore Resort, 25 Belleview Blvd., Clearwater. $10 per person covers a multicategory costume contest, raffle ticket and trick-or-treat doggie bag. Proceeds benefit Stop Pet Overpopulation Together. Call (727) 545-3463 or RSVP online at


All Howler's Eve: Bring your dog and join an extravagant pet/owner parade and costume contest at 6:30 p.m. at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., Largo. $5 per pet. Call Stephanie Simmons at (727) 518-3016.

Halloween carnival: Experience a spooky haunted house, take a hay ride, play games, win prizes and eat candy 6 to 9 p.m. and enter a costume contest at 6 p.m. Friday Oct. 31 at Cypress Forest Recreation Center, 650 Pine Ave., Oldsmar. Call (813) 749-1260.


A positive message: All children and their families are invited to Trunk or Treat Night at 6 p.m. at Skycrest Baptist Church, 125 N Belcher Road, Clearwater, for cool inflatables, food, prize giveaways and candy. Children are encouraged to wear positive message costumes. Call (727) 791-7107 ext. 202 or (727) 791-7107 ext. 206.

Halloween Spooktacular: Features a costume contest, trick or treating, games and candy for children age 13 and younger, 6 to 8 p.m. at Countryside Recreation Center, 2460 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater. Call (727) 669-1914.

"Holy Is Thy Name": An alternative to secular Halloween, this event takes place 6 to 9 p.m. at Mount Herman Missionary Baptist Church, 400 S Levis Ave., Tarpon Springs, and includes moon walks, pony rides, free food, candy, live DJ, games, and the four-room decision house. Call (727) 937-7015 or (727) 709-2635.

Halloween events: Saturday through Friday 10/24/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 5:14pm]
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