Weird and ugly rule the Hallo-weekend

The time for haunting has crept up on us and thanks to Halloween falling on a Friday, there are lots of parties that encourage howling at the moon. Here's a roundup. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne

13 Ugly Men Halloween Freakshow The ultimate party boys always throw a great Halloween bash with bizarre decorations, twisted entertainment, a costume contest with cash prize and DJ. It all benefits the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. It's 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday at the Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel, 200 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $20 women, $30 men. (813) 226-4400.

Nauti-Night 2008 The adults take over the Florida Aquarium in skimpy costumes with slutty themes at a party full of live entertainment and a $2,500 cash prize for best costume. It runs 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $50-$60. (813) 273-4000; flaquarium.org

El Dia de los Muertos: A Dead Man's Party The Museum of Fine Art's Contemporaries and the always weird (in a good way) Dali Museum Zodiac Group join forces for this first ever Day of the Dead Party. There will be a DJ and live electronic music by Holiday, and costumes are of course encouraged. Scare up your old '80s garb or dress as a dead celeb from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $30 for Contemporaries and Zodiac members, $40 for non-members. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667, fine-arts.org or salvadordalimuseum.org.

Halloween Art Party Combining a studio exhibit and Halloween costume party, this throwdown features artworks in a variety of mediums by ARTpool artists, dress-like-an-artist costume contest (best Andy Warhol wins) drinks and hors d'oeuvres from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday. The $10 admission includes drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Art Pool, 919 1st Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 324-3878. artpoolrules.com.

Swing Is Dead Halloween Dance Party The monster shim-sham features a costume parade and contest, trick-or-treating and a steal-dance mixer for all ages starting at 8 p.m. Friday at Centro Asturiano, 1913 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. $7 with costume, $10 without. (813) 274-4950.

Witchstock Woodstock and Halloween meet and fall in love at this costume event with cash prizes for adults from 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday in downtown Palm Harbor. Free. (727) 483-9210; thewitchsbrew.com.

Guavascream 12 — Night of the Bodysnatching Scarecrows There will be drink specials, DJs and a $500 costume contest from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday at Wings Gone Wild, 3114 Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa. $25. (813) 832-9464; guavascreamparty.com.

Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball The naughtiest party in Vegas arrives in Tampa Saturday with music by Scooter and LaVelle, John Debo, DJ Scotty Boy, Vegas Vandals and Curse Mackey starting at 8 p.m. at the Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa. $45. (813) 248-2954.

Helloween One of the bigger adult parties in the area for ages 21 and up is at Jackson's Bistro. It runs 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and admission is $15, VIP is $25. 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa, (813) 265-1234; whatshappeningtampa.com.

We Are The Ghosts: A Halloween Scavenger Hunt Uncover the mystery of uneasy spirits at Plant Hall with this self-guided scavenger hunt, included with museum admission, through Friday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 254-1891; plantmuseum.com.

Cafe Alma Halloween Party The downtown hangout will have DJ Rein spinning club and hip hop music and a $250 gift certificate for best costume. That party starts at 11 p.m. at 260 First Ave. S in downtown St. Petersburg.

Rockoween 3 Seminole Hard Rock Casino will have DJ Sassy Panez, voted Maxim's "sexiest DJ" as the host of its Rockoween 3 party on Friday 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.

Halloween Spooktacular Safe trick-or-treating and a pumpkin painting contest for all ages as well as other games and events. It's 4 to 10 p.m. Sat. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. $7. (727) 587-6775.

Frankenstein's Creator Susan Marie Frontczak presents a monologue in character as Mary Shelley and discusses how the 18-year-old author created Frankenstein from personal experience at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. $13-$15. (727) 942-5605.

Cork Knights of Screams This haunted house wins the prize for most unique setting: Dinosaur World. This fundraiser for Cork Knights Volunteer Fire Department in Plant City uses the giant fiberglass behemoths to scare the pants off visitors to the "Radiation Chamber" or "Bonesaw's Meathouse." It may be too intense for younger children. Costumes are not permitted. Open 7 to 11 p.m., tickets are $12.75 for adults, $9.75 for children. See corkknightsofscreams.com for tickets.

For kids

ZooBoo The Lowry Park Zoo's family-friendly event features haunted houses and trails, plus activities for younger kids and free unlimited zoo rides from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $17, $14 ages 3-11. (813) 935-8552. lowryparkzoo.com.

Trick-or-Treat So Others May Eat University Mall in Tampa and Magic 94.9-FM have teamed up with Metropolitan Ministries to collect food while the kids trick or treat at the mall. Children in costume can trick or treat from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and the first 400 children to bring in a non-perishable food item will get a goodie bag from Magic 94.9. Many stores will be passing out candy and the Chick-fil-A cow will be posing for photos with kids in the Food Court from 6 to 7 p.m.

Scare Away Hunger The mall at Westfield Citrus Park and America's Second Harvest are inviting boys and ghouls to bringing one non-perishable food item to the mall's concierge during trick-or-treat at the mall from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. All food collected will go to local families in Tampa Bay. A door decal will point your little goblins to the stores that are handing out treats.



A weird, wild Hallo-weekend

The time for haunting has crept up on us and thanks to Halloween falling on a Friday, there are lots of parties that encourage howling at the moon. For more, parties visit events.tampabay.com. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne

13 Ugly Men Halloween Freakshow The ultimate party boys always throw a great Halloween bash with bizarre decorations, twisted entertainment, a costume contest with cash prize and DJ. It all benefits the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. It's 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday at the Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel, 200 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $20 women, $30 men. (813) 226-4400.

Nauti-Night 2008 The adults take over the Florida Aquarium in skimpy costumes with slutty themes at a party full of live entertainment and a $2,500 cash prize for best costume. It's 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $50-$60. (813) 273-4000; flaquarium.org

El Dia de los Muertos: A Dead Man's Party The Museum of Fine Art's Contemporaries and Dali Museum Zodiac Group join forces for this first-time event. There will be a DJ and live electronic music by Holiday, and costumes are encouraged. Scare up your old '80s garb or dress as a dead celeb from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $30 for members, $40 for non-members. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667, fine-arts.org or salvadordalimuseum.org.

Halloween Art Party Combining a studio exhibit and Halloween costume party, this throwdown features artworks in a variety of mediums by ARTpool artists, dress-like-an-artist costume contest (best Andy Warhol wins) drinks and hors d'oeuvres from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday. The $10 admission includes drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Art Pool, 919 1st Ave. N, St. Pete. (727) 324-3878. artpoolrules.com.

Guavascream 12 — Night of the Bodysnatching Scarecrows There will be drink specials, DJs and a $500 costume contest from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday at Wings Gone Wild, 3114 Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa. $25. (813) 832-9464; guavascreamparty.com.

Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball The naughtiest party in Vegas arrives in Tampa Saturday with music by Scooter and LaVelle, John Debo, DJ Scotty Boy, Vegas Vandals and Curse Mackey at 8 p.m. at the Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa. $45. (813) 248-2954.

Helloween One of the bigger adult parties in the area for ages 21 and up is at Jackson's Bistro. It runs 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and admission is $15, VIP is $25. 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa, (813) 265-1234; whatshappeningtampa.com.

Halloween Beer Fest Get all-day drink specials at Taps Wine and Beer Merchants in downtown Tampa, including $3 Rogue Dead Guy and Pumpkin Ale, and a buy-one-get-one-free deal on premium drafts from 4 to 7 p.m. There's a $500 gift card for the best costume. 777 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 463-1968, tapswineandbeer.com.

Rockoween 3 Seminole Hard Rock Casino will have DJ Sassy Panez, voted Maxim's "sexiest DJ" hosting its Rockoween 3 party from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday at Floyd's. The cover is $10, with a $500 prize for sexiest costume. 5223 N Orient Road, Tampa.

Cork Knights of Screams This haunted house wins the prize for most unique setting: Dinosaur World. This fundraiser for Plant City's Cork Knights Volunteer Fire Department uses the dinos to scare visitors to the "Radiation Chamber" or "Bonesaw's Meathouse." May be too intense for young kids. Costumes not permitted. Open 7 to 11 p.m., tickets are $12.75 for adults, $9.75 for children. corkknightsofscreams.com.

For kids

ZooBoo The Lowry Park Zoo's family-friendly event features haunted houses and trails, plus activities for younger kids and free unlimited zoo rides from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $17, $14 ages 3-11. (813) 935-8552. lowryparkzoo.com.

Trick-or-Treat So Others May Eat University Mall in Tampa and Magic 94.9-FM have teamed up with Metropolitan Ministries to collect food while kids trick or treat at the mall. Children in costume can trick or treat from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday; the first 400 kids to bring in a non-perishable food item will get a goodie bag. Many stores will pass out candy from 6 to 7 p.m.

Scare Away Hunger The mall at Westfield Citrus Park and America's Second Harvest invite boys and ghouls to bringing one non-perishable food item to the mall's concierge during trick-or-treat at the mall from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. A door decal will point kids to stores that are handing out treats.

Weird and ugly rule the Hallo-weekend 10/30/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 30, 2008 4:02pm]

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