Pumpkin Carving: The free event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Smith and Associates, 330 Beach Drive NE. The event is sponsored by the Old Northeast Neighborhood Association. Pumpkins are supplied; residents are asked to bring their imagination. Reservations are necessary to ensure the pumpkins are plentiful. For more information, call (727) 269-5521 ext. 105, or e-mail at [email protected] More volunteers are needed.
Halloween Costume Ball: Swing Time's annual Halloween Costume Ball with dancing to Halloween-themed music, a costume parade and contest with prizes for best, scariest, hottest, funniest, swingiest and most original costumes, trick-or-treating and a monster shim sham. Lessons for Wicked Partner dancing from 6 to 7 p.m. and Zombie Styling Shim Sham from 7 to 8 p.m. The dance starts at 8 p.m. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. $7. Call (813) 840-3715 or visit swingtime.info.
Pumpkin Patch of Fall Fun: This pumpkin patch has nightly fall-related fun, games and activities and winds down with a daytime family fest. Wednesday night features trunk-n-treat. Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, 4901 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free .(727) 327-3353. 5thabc.org.
Ghost Tour St. Petersburg: Explore the shadow and mysteries of the "Sunshine City" on this walking tour of St. Petersburg. Hear tales of ghostly lovers, haunted mansions, age-old curses and wandering spirits as you leisurely stroll downtown area streets and the waterfront district. Hooker Tea Company, 300 Beach Drive NE, Suite 124, St. Petersburg. $15, $8 ages 4-12. 8 p.m. nightly through Nov. 3. (727) 894-4678. ghosttour.net/stpetersburg.html.
Ghost Tour John's Pass: Hear tales of buried treasure, eerie tragedies and modern-day sightings or hauntings on this walking tour of the boardwalk and village of John's Pass. Meets at the Hubbard's Marina information booth under the boardwalk. Hubbard's Marina & the Friendly Fisherman Restaurant, 170 John's Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach. $15, $8 ages 4-12. 8 p.m. nightly through Nov. 3. (727) 894-4678. ghosttour.net/johnspass.html.
Yappy Hour and Halloween Celebration: Dress your dog in a costume, or not if they don't like them, and come out for this yappy hour mingle with hors d'oeuvres and wine for shoppers and free Halloween cookies for dogs. One Lucky Dog!, 5320 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 527-5825. shoponeluckydog.com.
Pawsitively Posh Halloween Costume Party: The posh pet boutique combine a yappy hour with a costume contest for both pets and people. Free wine, beer and appetizers will be served. Benefits the Pet Pal Animal Shelter. Pawsitively Posh Pooch, 1425 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free (donations appreciated). (727) 892-9303.
Ghost Tour St. Pete Beach: Discover tales of the rich and famous who haunt the halls of the Don CeSar Hotel on this two-hour tour that finishes with complimentary wine, beer, soda, tea, coffee and a Caesar salad at the Sea Porch Cafe. Ghost Tour Departure Point, Casablanca Blvd. and Debazan Ave., St. Pete Beach. $39.95. 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. (727) 894-4678. ghosttour.net/stpetebeach.html.
Haunted Glow Golfing: Come dressed in costume for this fun night of four-person scramble glow-in-the-dark golfing. Includes hotdogs, chips and soft drinks. Come as a single or foursome. Prizes for best Halloween costume and golf scramble winners. Registration and food at 6 p.m. Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd., Treasure Island. $20.(727) 360-6062.
Owl-o-ween: Celebrate Halloween among the park's nocturnal friends and trick-or-treat along the nature trail, learn about creepy critters and roast s'mores around a campfire. 6:30 p.m. McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N, Largo. $5, 2 and younger free (registration recommended). (727) 518-3047.
TASCO Field of Screams: Can you escape "The Asylum?" You'll be challenged to escape, get out of the graveyard, find your way through a pitch-black maze and make it out of the dark woods. Participants are exposed to darkness, loud noises, bright lights, wooded trails and intense scare zones. Parental discretion advised. Presented by the TASCO Teen Program. Thursday and Sunday 7 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. to midnight. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. $5 opening night; $8, $6 teens all other nights. (727) 892-5060. stpete.org.
Old Northeast Halloween Homes: Enjoy and see firsthand St. Petersburg's most decorated and most famous Halloween neighborhood. A Halloween riddle hunt will be held in the evenings from Friday through Sunday. The hunt is sponsored by the Old Northeast Neighborhood Association. Print several riddles from the HONNA Halloween website starting Friday morning. A map will show the location of decorated homes, including those participating in the decoration contest. Enjoy the tour while hunting for Halloween decorations that solve the riddles. Go to the HONNA website at honna.org and select "Halloween."
Corey Avenue Halloween Bash: Organizers say they've got a "hearse-load of family oriented things to do" with safe trick-or-treating at area stores, a "Howl-O-Ween" pet costume contest, face painting or masked contest, a carved pumpkin contest and the showing of the original Vincent Price version of House on Haunted Hill. There's a nurse in the lobby to check your heat because Percepto! technology make skeletons literally pop out of the screen. Corey Avenue Area, 155 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. Free. (727) 498-8778.
Health-O-Ween: This free family friendly health event with a Halloween twist includes health screenings (hearing and hand screenings), information on available health care services, costume contest for kids up to age 12, pumpkin decorating, face painting, jack-o-lantern bean bag toss, cornhole, putt putt golf, spider ring toss and a duck pond matching game. 4:30 p.m. Bardmoor Outpatient Center, 8787 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo. Free. Call (727) 253-4183.
Hellview Cemetery: What started as a simple yard decoration has grown into a full-blown Halloween attraction. Since 2002, the caretakers of Hellview have been building elaborate props to reinforce the notion of a mythical cemetery with its dead (or are they?) pirates. Hellview Enterprises, 510 49th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free (donations appreciated). (727) 525-2139. hellview.net.
Children's Halloween Spooktacular: This annual Fall Festival and Halloween event includes a costume contest, carnival games, glow golfing, moonwalks, games, entertainment, food, a haunted hayride and spooky cemetery. Costume contest judging begins at 6:30 p.m. Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd., Treasure Island. Free (hayride/cemetery/food additional). (727) 547-4575, ext. 237.
Howl-O-Fest: The TASCO Teen Program will hold a two-day event (also on Saturday) in the Boyd Hill Environmental Studies Area with activities for all ages including hayrides, the Toy Story kids trick-or-treat trail through the woods, haunted cabins, a rock climbing wall, arts and crafts, roaming magicians, fire dance performers, inflatable games and free candy. Concessions available. 6 to 10 p.m. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. $4, $1 hayride. (727) 892-5060. stpete.org/boyd.
PUMPkin BOOt Camp! "Ghouls" and "Boo"ys of all ages and fitness levels can burn a few calories at this Halloween-themed outdoor workout. Bring a pumpkin to use in exercises. Come in costume and the instructor will cut 50 push-ups off your drill. Reward yourself after the workout with free healthy food, face painting and prizes for best costumes. Proceeds from donations benefits breast cancer awareness and research. North Shore Park, 901 North Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free. Donations accepted. (727) 893-7335. stpete.org/parks.
Freaky Fat Loss Pumpkin Workout: Halloween is the start of the holiday season weight gain. Get a jump on beating the fat with this beachfront workout that uses a 5-15 pound pumpkin for women and a 10-30 pound pumpkin for men. Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas. Indian Shores Beach public beach access area, Gulf Boulevard and 193rd Avenue, Indian Shores. $10 (minimum donation). (727) 709-3854.
Halloween Dodgeball Tournament: The city of Largo Athletics Department will host a Halloween dodgeball tournament, "So Don't Go Crying to Your Mummy." Coed teams with 6-10 players ages 18 and older only will show off their 5-D skills (dodge, dip, dive, duck and dodge). The cultural center's portico will be turned into a spooky lounge for awaiting victims, where teams can listen to music and purchase food and beverages. Halloween-themed uniforms or dodgeball-friendly "costumes" encouraged. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. $75 per team. (727) 366-3910. LargoSports.com.
Boo Fest: Tyrone Square Mall's two-day Halloween festival features crafts, hand-made jewelry, exotic plants, furniture, skin-care products, herbal teas, health and fitness and food vendors on Saturday. Sunday features crafts, handmade jewelry, exotic plants, furniture, skin care products, herbal teas, health and fitness and food vendors with trick-or-treating for kids throughout the mall. 4 to 6 p.m. Tyrone Square Mall, 6901 Tyrone Square, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 347-3889. simon.com/mall/default.aspx?id=135.
Haunted Firehouse: The ghosts at the firehouse come alive in this seven-room haunted house with "Minute to Win It" style games outside. Proceeds benefit MDA. Fossil Park Fire Station, 6975 Ninth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free (donations appreciated); game/activity tickets $1 for four. (727) 776-4879.
Javaween: This Halloween celebration for all ages (and pets, too!) includes a children's costume contest, a pet costume contest, adult costume contest, drink specials and live music by Bleu Gravy. 5:30 p.m. Java Nirvana, 2908 1/2 Beach Blvd., Gulfport. Free. Call (727) 323-5904.
Sci-Fi and Sky Night: A fun science-based event for students and families. This month takes on a "spooky" twist with a costume contest (7 p.m.), viewing of the PG-rated movie The Haunted Mansion in the rear courtyard (7:30 p.m.), the planetarium show "Autumn Sky" (6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m.) and telescope viewings (8-10 p.m.). Everyone gets a bag of Halloween goodies. Science Center of Pinellas County, 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $4 per person donation. sciencecenterofpinellas.com.
Gulfport Halloween Bash: Older kids can roam what Gulfport calls its "spookiest haunted house ever." Tots can check out the scaled-down boo room. There will be games with candy prizes and a snack shack with food and drink for purchase. 7 to 9 p.m. Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. Free. (727) 893-1068.
Hallo-Swing! Make sure to wear a creative costume to this swing dance with music by the Lounge Cats and a costume parade and contest and a treat table. East Coast swing lessons precede the dance (7-8 p.m.). Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. NW, Largo. $9 advance, $10 day of event. (727) 518-3131.
Halloween Potluck and Costume Contest: Coordinated through the senior youth group, the community is asked to bring a dish to share and a nonperishable food item for the food bank. 6 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1507 Trotter Road, Largo. Prize for best costume. (727) 581-4865.
Florida Halloween Halfathon and 5K Race: Both races start with a 5K loop that returns athletes to the start/finish area. Post-race party begins as the 5K athletes arrive, while the Halfathoners will continue on the 10-mile out-and-back tour of Fort De Soto Park. Awards for best costumes in categories of athlete, beauty, celebrity, hero, villain, couple and group. Post-race party treats include fresh fruit, pasta, cold beer and entertainment. Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. $60-$80 online, $80 day of (halfathon); $25-$35 online, $35 day of (5K). (727) 347-4440. floridahalloweenhalfathon.com.
Halloween in the Park: Little ghosts, goblins and ghouls will find "Treats You Can Trust" at this massive community carnival. Start working on your costume early to win prizes in categories including: spookiest, prettiest, most handsome, most original and best group. Contestants will be judged in age-appropriate groups. Get there early. Treat-or-treating starts at 6 p.m. and ends when all the treats are gone. Town Square Plaza Park, 5120 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Free. (727) 541-0805, ext. 3076.