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Frightfully good stuff on local stages

BAT BOY FINDS HAPPINESS IN HOPE FALLS in M.A.D. Theatre of Tampa’s BAT BOY: The Musical, with Ricky Cona as Bat Boy.  The musical/comedy runs October 10 -19 at Ybor City’s Cuban Club Theatre, 2010 Avenida Republica de Cuba.  Call (813) 386-6173 for tickets and information.

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BAT BOY FINDS HAPPINESS IN HOPE FALLS in M.A.D. Theatre of Tampa’s BAT BOY: The Musical, with Ricky Cona as Bat Boy. The musical/comedy runs October 10 -19 at Ybor City’s Cuban Club Theatre, 2010 Avenida Republica de Cuba. Call (813) 386-6173 for tickets and information.

Braving haunted houses and lurking about in costume shops are not the only ways to usher in the Halloween season. Here are some Tampa Bay thriller-dillers onstage.

Bat Boy, a campy musical starring Ricky Cona, right, as the "bat child,'' is performed by MAD Theatre of Tampa at the Cuban Club in Ybor City, Friday through Oct. 19. (813) 386-6173; madtheatre.com.

The Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber's megamusical about a serial killer composer-organist, is back again at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center from Oct. 30-Nov. 22. (813) 229-7827 or toll-free 1-800-955-1045; tbpac.org.

The History of the Devil, a play by Clive Barker described as "John Milton meets John Grisham,'' is staged by Jobsite Theater at TBPAC's Shimberg Playhouse from Oct. 30-Nov. 16. (813) 229-7827 or toll-free 1-800-955-1045; tbpac.org.

• The Florida Orchestra's "Spooktacular,'' with conductor and trumpet player Jeff Tyzik, delivers a program of music to trick-or-treat by from Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at various venues. (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286; floridaorchestra.org.

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