Halloween is creeping up on us, and already there are haunts around town ready to give us chills.
ZooBoo Haunted houses and trails, plus activities for younger children and free unlimited rides in the dark (carriage ride is $4). Starts Friday, continues select nights through Nov. 1. Hours are 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday and Thursday, Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $17, $14 ages 3-11. (813) 935-8552. lowryparkzoo.com.
Pumpkin Palooza Family Fall Festival Children's games, arts and crafts, vendors, various entertainers, pumpkin patch. Benefits club charities. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, St. Petersburg Junior Woman's Club, 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. Free. spjwc.org.
Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens thrills with six haunted houses and numerous scare zones. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. $64.95 (separate price from park admission, but with various deals available online). 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Toll-free 1-888-800-5447, howl-o-scream.com.
Halloween Horror Nights Universal goes ghoulish with three shows as well as rides and attractions. Friday through Oct. 5, then Thursday to Sunday through Nov. 1. 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 6:30 p.m. to midnight Thursday and Sunday. $69.99 (separate price from park admission). Universal Studios, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando. halloweenhorrornights.com.
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party After-hours, separate ticket event with trick-or-treating, parade, fireworks and some attractions. 7 p.m. to midnight, parade at 8:15 and 10:30 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday and Tuesday, plus select nights in October (Oct. 31 is sold out). Walt Disney World, 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. $55.95 plus tax for ages 10 and older; $49.95 plus tax for ages 3-9. Discounts available. (407) 934-7639. disneyworld.com/halloween.
Halloween Spooktacular SeaWorld Orlando opens its daytime Halloween festivities starting Saturday through Halloween, dressing up the park's walkways with "fantaseas" zones filled with meet-and-greet stations for characters. The activities include a Halloween-themed breakfast, music and trick-or-treat opportunities. Most of the activities are included in regular park admission.