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Halloween happenings

Halloween is creeping up on us, and already there are haunts around town ready to give us chills.

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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.

Halloween happenings 10/02/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 2, 2008 5:28pm]
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