Saturday's Guavaween stumblefest kicks off a packed week of spooks and spectacles. We've scared up a look at some of the top places to haunt. (For a complete list of Halloween events check entertainment.tampabay.com)
Guavaween Street Party and Mama Guava Stumble Live music by national and local artists on multiple stages and the "Mama Guava Stumble" parade and costume contest begins after Family FunFest ends. 3 p.m. Sat. downtown, Seventh Avenue and nearby area, Ybor City. $15. (813) 242-4828. www.cc-events.org.
Freaker's Ball: House of the Headless Hinson The annual Skipper's Smokehouse freak show is this Friday with music, a costume contest and parade at 10-ish. Tickets ate $10 in advance, $15 at the door at 910 Skipper Road in Tampa, (813) 977-6474.
Zombie Night at the Beach Theatre Before screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday, the Interchangeable Parts theater group will act out movie scenes as zombies and there will be a performance by the Funeral Dazies, an all-zombie punk band. beachtheatre.com. The pre-show entertainment starts at 11:50 p.m. at the Beach Theatre, 315 Corey Ave. in St. Pete Beach.
Tampa's World Zombie Day A walk will start at 5 p.m. at the Dirty Shame Pub on Sunday at 20th Street and Seventh Avenue, Ybor City, with an assortment of games and ice cream (bring the kids!). Bring a non-perishable food item for charity. This is one of about 50 zombie walks that day around the world. Anyone who walks in Tampa will have their name taken and sent to the World Zombie Day headquarters of Pittsburgh as part of the final tally. Get the details at myspace.com/worldzombieday.
13 Ugly Men Halloween Freakshow This is where beautiful people go to get Ugly. On Halloween night you'll find bizarre decorations, twisted entertainment, costume contest with cash prize and a DJ create fun while raising money for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. Admission is $10 for women, $20 for men in advance, $20 and $30 at the door at the Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel, 200 North Ashley Drive in Tampa, starting at 8 p.m.
Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball The popular ball comes to Tampa Bay on Nov. 1. Deemed to be the most risque Halloween ball in Las Vegas means that the event is one not to be missed. Cuban Club, 2010 Ave. Republica De Cuba N, Tampa. (813) 248-2954
Rockoween 3 On Halloween night Seminole Hard Rock Casino will have DJ Sassy Panez, voted Maxim's "sexiest DJ" as the host of its Rockoween 3 party from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. at Floyd's. The cover is $10 and there's a $500 cash prize for sexiest costume. The casino is at 5223 N Orient Road in Tampa.
Nauti-Night 2008 Adult costume party with alcohol, live entertainment and costume contest. 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 31. $50-$60. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000. flaquarium.org.
For the kids
Guavaween Family FunFest Ybor City's family Halloween celebration with safe trick-or-treating, Spooky Story Time, amusement rides, pumpkin giveaway, children's costume parade and contest. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. downtown, Seventh Avenue and nearby area, Ybor City. $5. (813) 242-4828. www.cc-events.org.
Guppyween Go trick-or-treating and enjoy activities and treats. Kids in costume are free; age 12 and older are $12. Limit four kids per adult. 4-9 p.m. Sun. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000. flaquarium.org.
Haunted Halloween at the Science Center Here's a sneaky trick: an educational trick-or-treating experience at the science center. Visitors can watch shows with live snakes, spiders and hissing cockroaches and learn all about nature's spooky critters. Trick or treating on site, bobbing for apples, and haunted laboratories. 7-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Science Center of Pinellas County, 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 384-0027. http://sciencecenterofpinellas.com.
ZooBoo Lowry Park Zoo's family-friendly Halloween event with haunted houses and trails for older zoo-goers. Special activities for young kids and free unlimited zoo rides in the dark, including Gator Falls log flume. Through Nov. 1. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $17, $14 ages 3-11. (813) 935-8552. lowryparkzoo.com.
Halloween Spooktacular Safe trick-or-treating and a pumpkin painting contest for all ages as well as other games and events. 4-10 p.m. Sat. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. $7. (727) 587-6775.
Howl-O-Scream (For teens and older only!) Busch Gardens transforms into a ghastly theme park with six haunted houses and numerous scare zones. 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Thur., 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri.-Sat. Through Nov. 1. $64.95. 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Toll-free 1-888-800-5447. buschgardens.com.
7th Annual Pumpkin Patch and Pet Masquerade From now through Halloween kids can pick out a plump pumpkin at Hyde Park Village with the proceeds going to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. And don't miss the Pet Masquerade at the Pumpkin Patch this Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m. Hyde Park Village is at 742 S Village Circle, Tampa.(813) 774-4313. humanesocietytampa.org.
Howl' Oween Bring your dog and dress him for the costume contest, dog parade and haunted trail this Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Northdale Park, 15550 Spring Pine Drive, Tampa. (813) 264-8956.