The following events are planned in celebration of Halloween:
Halloween Harvest Festival, 6-10 p.m. today, Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. The haunted house opens at 6:30 p.m. A children's costume contest for ages 12 and younger will be at 7 p.m. (registration starts at 6 p.m.); the entry fee is $1. A group costume contest for all ages is $5 per entry. Hosted by Hernando County Parks and Recreation, Spring Hill Central Rotary Club and Brooksville Kiwanis. Free admission. The haunted house is $3, hay rides are $2 and festival game tickets are four for $1. A food court is available. Call (352) 754-4031.
Spook West, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. today, Friday and Oct. 30, at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Come tour the haunted theater. The cost is $5 for first tour, $3 for the second time. Stage West will also serve as a kid-friendly site for trick-or-treating from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31. Call (352) 683-5113.
Wild n' Wicked Nights, 7-11 p.m. today, Friday and Oct. 30, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Includes a haunted boat ride, mermaid show, kids' maze, a "Maze of No Return," scream and costume contests. Admission is $13 for adults, $8 for ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger (passholders receive 50 percent off admission). Call (352) 592-5656.
Haunted Trail on Golddust, 7:30-10 p.m. today, Friday and Oct. 30, 5277 Golddust Road, Spring Hill. Take a guided tour through a wooded trail and help hunt down the witch. Appropriate footwear required. The cost is $5, which will benefit the Humane Society of Hernando County. Call (352) 263-8044.
Ridge Manor United Methodist Church Fall Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, 34350 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. Includes hayrides, bounce house, scarecrow factory, games, face painting and other activities. Barbecue dinners available. Call (352) 583-2556 or (352) 583-3770.
Library Pumpkin Patch program, offered at several locations: 10:15 a.m. for toddlers 18 to 35 months, 11:15 a.m. for children 3 to 5 years Tuesday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville; 10 a.m. for toddlers and 11 a.m. for children Wednesday at East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Drive, Ridge Manor West; 10 a.m. for toddlers and 11 a.m. for children Thursday at Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive; and 10:15 a.m. for toddlers and 11:15 a.m. for children Friday at West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Children can enjoy stories, songs and trick-or-treating inside the library. Children can come in costume and should bring a trick-or-treat bag. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. Free. (352) 540-6391.
Hernando Heritage Museum's Haunted House, 7 p.m. Friday and Oct. 30, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. Outdoors, there will be fireside stories, fortune telling, games and face painting. Refreshments will be available. Inside, the museum will be transformed into a haunted house. Tours of the house are $5 and are not recommended for young children. Call (352) 799-0129.
Hernando Haunted House to benefit Love Your Neighbor, 6-10 p.m. Friday and Oct. 30, 11075 Hearth Road, Spring Hill. Admission is to bring a canned/nonperishable food item or a dead electronics item (cell phone, cords, computer monitors, lap tops, key boards, etc.). Call (352) 678-4330.
Horror High — Maze of Terror, 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 30, Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The high school will be transformed into 13 different scare zones with more than 200 students participating in this haunted house walk-through event. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for students. Call (352) 797-7010, ext. 251.
Eden Baptist Church Fall Festival, 4-7 p.m. Oct. 30, 22308 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Free games, hot dogs, chili and candy. Nonscary costumes are welcome. There will also be an optional barbecue pork dinner for $5, which will benefit missionaries Robbie and Joy Pritz to support their service in Southeast Asia. (352) 796-3855.
Christian Life Assembly of God Harvest Fest, 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 30, 13065 Jacqueline Road, Spring Hill. Includes games, inflatable activities, a maze, dunk tank, hay ride, food, clowns, candy and prizes. There will also be a drawing for door prizes (must be registered and present to win). Free admission. Call (352) 597-1139.
Aripeka Elks "night of the living dead" costume party, 6 p.m. Oct. 30, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. Dress up like a "dead celebrity," such as Elvis, Freddy Krueger or Cleopatra. Prizes will be awarded. Food available for purchase. Music provided by the Bendys. This is a benefit to help troops in Afghanistan through the Shoe Box program. Admission is items for the troops, such as toothpaste, wipes, eye drops, magazines, games, hard candy and gum. (727) 863-2520.
Latin American Civic and Cultural Association's Halloween Masquerade Gala, 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 30, SNPJ Lodge/Suncoast Dance Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Music provided by Mambo Mandy. Tickets in advance are $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers; at the door tickets are $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Admission for children younger than 12 is $5. RSVP to (727) 869-9398 or (352) 540-5066.
Filipino American Social Club Halloween Fright Night "Spooktacular", 6-11 p.m. Oct. 30, Elks Lodge 2284, 7201 Congress St., New Port Richey. This is a family event that includes a potluck dinner and dance. Guests are to bring a dish to share. There will be door prizes, raffles and games. A DJ will provide music. There will be a costume contest with prizes for adults and children. Tickets are $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers and free for children 13 and younger. Donations of nonperishable foods, toiletries and other items for the homeless will be collected. For tickets, call (352) 344-5411, (727) 376-3680 or (352) 686-5519.
"Trail of Treats" at Christian Church in the Wildwood, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 31, Building A, 10051 Country Road, Weeki Wachee. Includes inflatables, cotton candy, popcorn and lots of candy. Free. Call (352) 596-1388, ext. 224.
"Hallelujah night" at bridge Christian life center, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, 7279 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill. This is an alternative for trick-or-treating and includes games, candy and prizes. Call (352) 683-2863 (between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays).
Halloween House, 7-11 p.m. Oct. 31, 2322 Meadow Lark Road, Spring Hill.
Trunk or Treat, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31, Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville. Includes candy, games, hayrides and food. Call (352) 796-8331.