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.