Annual Halloween Harvest Festival at Fairgrounds
The 21st annual Halloween Harvest Festival will be from 6 to 10 p.m. today and Saturday at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St. The event includes a haunted house, hayrides, games, food and costume contests. Today's activities include a pet masquerade and pet parade ($1 entry fee). Also, three pumpkin contests will be today only. One contest will judge pumpkin baked goods, such as pies, cookies and breads (no canned items). There will also be biggest pumpkin and ugliest pumpkin contests. Registration for all pumpkin contests is from 7 to 8 p.m., with judging starting at 8 p.m.; there is no fee. Costume contests for children and groups will be on Saturday. Admission and parking a free. For details, call (352) 754-4031.
Volunteers needed at SPCA shelter
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Hernando County needs volunteers. Its shelter at 9075 Grant St. west of Brooksville has more than 150 dogs and cats that need care, many that have been abandoned or dropped off due to foreclosures and the economic crisis. Those interested in volunteering can help out as little as one day a week. Call Nancy at (352) 345-8498. For information or directions to the shelter, call (352) 596-7000.
Arc Nature Coast Halloween Dance: 7-10 p.m., West Hernando Middle School, 14325 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville. $2. (352) 232-5727 or (352) 544-2322, ext. 109.
Ethnic Festival at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church: 5-10 p.m., St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free admission and parking. (352) 666-3063.
Wild n' Wicked Nights: 7-11 p.m., Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. $13 for adults, $8 for ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger. (352) 592-5656.
Spook West: 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. $5 for first tour, $3 for the second time. (352) 683-5113.