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Halloween themes bring screams in the dark

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Whether you prefer your Halloween celebrations mild or wild, there's plenty to choose from in the Tampa Bay area and beyond. For a selection of spirited stage productions, see Page 22.


Busch Gardens thrills with six haunted houses and numerous scare zones. 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Thur., 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri. and Sat. Through Nov. 1. $64.95 (separate from park admission, discounts are available online). 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Toll-free 1-888-800-5447;


Lowry Park Zoo's family-friendly event features haunted houses and trails as well as special activities for younger kids and free, unlimited rides. 7-11 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 7-10 p.m. Thur. and Sun. Through Nov. 1. 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $17, $14 ages 3-11. (813) 935-8552;

Halloween Horror Nights

Three seasonal stage shows and select rides and attractions. No costumes, stage makeup or masks are allowed. 6:30 p.m.-midnight Thur. and Sun., 6:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri. and Sat. Through Nov. 1. $69.99. Universal Studios, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando. Toll-free 1-800-837-2273;

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

After-hours, separate ticket event with trick-or-treating, parade, fireworks and some attractions. 7 p.m.-midnight, with parades at 8:15 and 10:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Select nights through Halloween. Note: Oct. 31 is sold out. Walt Disney World, 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. $55.95 plus tax, ages 10 and older; $49.95 plus tax, ages 3-9. Discounts available with advance purchase. (407) 934-7639;

Halloween themes bring screams in the dark 10/08/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 3:08pm]
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