Halloween crafts: Create a fun craft for Halloween at 3:30 p.m. at Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, Clearwater. Free. Call (727) 562-4970.
Owl-O-Ween: Celebrate Halloween among nocturnal friends while trick-or-treating along the nature trail 6:30-8 p.m. at McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St., Largo. Learn about creepy critters, roast s'mores around a campfire and more. Space is limited so register early by calling (727) 518-3047.
Halloween carnival: The city of Oldsmar's Leisure Services presents its free annual Halloween carnival 6-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Cypress Forest Recreation Center, 650 Pine Ave. N. A costume contest for children from infants to age 12 will begin at 6:30 p.m., with registration at 6 p.m. The event also features a haunted house, games, prizes and candy. Call (813) 749-1260.
Haunted house and safety fair: The Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave., will be turned into a scary haunted house at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 10 a.m. Saturday. Packed with scary occupants, the house is not recommended for skittish adults or children age 8 and younger. $3 admission per person. A free safety fair is planned from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday with a costume contest, jump house, outdoor music and games, trick-or-treat bags and displays by the Tarpon Springs police and fire departments. Call (727) 942-5628.
Howl-O-Weird: This program, designed for children age 12 and older who like the spooky side of October, begins at 4:30 p.m. at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Come in costume and be prepared for fun with ghost stories, a haunted hall and other "creep-tacular" crafts and entertainment. Call (727) 587-6715.
Trunk" or Treats: A fun, safe alternative to trick-or-treating 6-9 p.m. in the parking lot of Skycrest Baptist Church, 125 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. Event includes inflatables, games, face painting and candy. Please use the Drew Street entrance. Call (727) 791-7107, ext. 206, or (727) 744-5667.
The Trail of Terror: An intensive, interactive experience 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater. Visitors can expect dynamic audio, visual and special effects including sudden loud noises, bright lights, low visibility, fog, smoke, strobe lights and confined spaces. Parental discretion is advised for children ages 10 and younger. Free, but donations are welcome. Call (727) 669-1914.
Halloween Spooktacular: This event, geared for children ages 13 and younger, takes place 6-9 p.m. at Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater, and features trick-or-treating, games and prizes for the best costume. Call (727) 669-1914.
Dunedin's haunted house: The Rotary Club of Dunedin Waterside is co-sponsoring a haunted house with Dunedin Parks and Recreation 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. Admission is $3 and helps support the Dunedin for Youth Scholarship Fund. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Call (727) 683-9920.
Costume parade: Dress up, listen to Halloween stories and go trick-or-treating at 3 p.m. at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. Free. Call (727) 562-4970.
East Lake Trunk or Treat: All pirates and princesses are invited for some treats 3-5 p.m. in the parking lot of East Lake United Methodist Church, 2801 East Lake Road. Participate in a contest for "best decorated trunk." Event includes a children's bounce house. The pumpkin patch will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Call (727) 784-9250.
Witchstock 2009: A cross between Halloween and Woodstock, this event will be noon-midnight along Florida Ave. in downtown Palm Harbor and feature costume contests for children, adults and pets, live music, lime-carving contest, psychic readings and craft and food vendors. Call (727) 483-9210, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Witchstock.com.
Dance party: Find out whodunit at a Murder Mystery Halloween dance party, 7-9 p.m. at Arthur Murray Dance Studio, in the Fountains Plaza, 34930 U.S 19, Palm Harbor. $10 per person, $7 if in costume. Call (727) 786-2224.
Free Trunk or Treat: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 407 S Saturn Ave., Clearwater is hosting a trick or treating event in the church parking lot 4-6 p.m. Event includes a spooky garden and craft tables set up for fun. Call (727) 446-7718.
Kiwanis fall festival: The Kiwanis Club of Springtime City hosts its annual fall festival 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Celebration Station, 24546 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. $2 pancake breakfast 8-11 a.m.; free video games 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; unlimited rides 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for $7.99, plus a trick-or-treat golf trail noon-2 p.m.; and a costume contest. Call (727) 725-7549.
Halloween fun fest: Paint pumpkins, wear costumes and enjoy Halloween treats at 1 p.m. at East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road. Register by calling (727) 773-2665.
Halloween Happenings: This annual family event will be 5:30-10 p.m. in Dunedin's Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, and features carnival games, "Boo in the Zoo" for preschoolers, pony rides, storytelling, moonwalks, crafts, train rides, a costume contest, annual haunted hayride and a haunted house. All activities require one to six tickets, at 50 cents each. Haunted house and hayride are $3 each. Call (727) 812-4545.