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Hernando County Halloween events

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The following local events are planned in celebration of Halloween:

• Horror High III, 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 20, Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The high school will be transformed into different scare zones. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students. Children younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult. No masks allowed. For information, call (352) 797-7010, exts. 292, 270 or 251.

• Halloween Harvest Festival, 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 19-20 and 26-27, Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. The event is hosted by the Hernando County Recreation Department and will feature a haunted house, haunted trail, a children's game area, face painting, hayrides and contests. Admission and parking are free. Game tickets are four for $1. The haunted house is $3; the hayride is $2. Food priced separately. Contests include: Pet Masquerade, 7 p.m. Oct. 19, $2 entry fee; costume contest for children ages 12 and younger, 7 p.m. Oct. 20, $2 entry fee. An adult masquerade ball will be from 9 p.m. to midnight Oct. 27 for $10 per person. For information, call (352) 754-4031.

• Wild n' Wicked Nights, 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 19-20 and 26-27, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. There will be a Halloween-themed mermaid show, a Lost River boat ride and hike, hayrides, a Witches of Weeki show presented by John Leggio, a kids fun maze, a haunted house, a carnival, and costume and scream contests for children. Admission is $8; $4 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. For information, call (352) 592-5656.

• Arc Nature Coast Halloween Dance, 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 19, Arc Nature Coast Education Center, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Guests should wear costumes; prizes awarded for scariest, funniest and most original costumes. Music provided by P.J. the DJ. There will be door prizes, refreshments and food. Admission is $4. For information, call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109.

• Halloween Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 27, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. This is a family event that will include Halloween-themed stories and songs. Dressing up in costume is encouraged. For information, call (352) 754-4043 or visit hernandocounty library.us.

• Haunted Tram Rides, 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27, Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. The rides will be down Pepper Creek Trail, behind the Visitor Center. The haunted house will feature a "walk on the moon." There will be Halloween costume contests each night, refreshments, souvenirs, games, clowns and face painting. The band Zero Gravity will perform, starting at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Admission is $5; $3 for ages 12 and younger. The haunted house is an additional $2. For information, call (352) 628-5343.

• Haunted Hayride and Haunted Trails, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27, Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. On the haunted hayride, visitors will unexpectedly meet soldiers, Seminoles and pioneers from the past. There will be a kid-friendly haunted trail, as well as a more scary trail. There will also be a bounce house and music. Candy and drinks will be provided to children at no cost. Admission to the park is $3 per carload, up to eight people (no cost to annual park pass holders). For information, call (352) 793-4781.

• Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 Halloween Party, 6 p.m. Oct. 26, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. Admission is free. There will be live music, prizes for the best costumes, food, a cash bar and a raffle. Hosted by the Men's Auxiliary. For information, call (352) 796-0398.

• Regency Oaks Civic Association Adult Halloween Costume Party, 7 p.m. Oct. 27, Regency Oaks Clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. Guests are asked to bring snacks for their table. The association will provide desserts, ice and coffee. Music provided by DJ Ritch the Music Hitman. Door prizes will be awarded. Tickets are $8 and must be purchased by Oct. 22; no tickets will be sold at the door. Call (352) 597-1405, 597-2988 or 596-9213.

• Marine Corps League Detachment 708 Halloween Bash, 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 27, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. Tickets are $5, and guests should bring a dish to share. Music, dancing and a costume contest. Call (352) 597-7979 or visit mcl708.org.

• Filipino-American Social Club Halloween Costume Party "Fright Night," 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 27, Regency Park Civic Center, 10240 Regency Park Blvd., Port Richey. This is a family event that will include a potluck dinner, dancing to music provided by a DJ, door prizes, raffles, costume contests and games. Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers; ages 13 and younger admitted free. Donations of nonperishable foods and toiletries will be collected to help the homeless during the holiday season. Call (352) 610-3819, (352) 683-9423 or (727) 376-3680.

• Trail of Treats, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Christian Church in the Wildwood, Building A, 10051 Country Road, north of Weeki Wachee. Includes inflatables, cotton candy, popcorn and lots of candy. Free. Guests may register at the door to enter a drawing to win a Kindle Fire. For information, call (352) 596-1388.

• Trunk-or-Treat, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31, Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville. There will be hayrides, candy, games, hot dogs, soda, popcorn, snow cones and bounce castles. Free. For information, call (352) 796-8331.

• Halloween Haunted House, 7 p.m. Oct. 31, 2322 Meadowlark Road, Spring Hill. Free.

• Halloween Haunted House, 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3, Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. Includes a bonfire with ghost stories, refreshments, a fortune teller and tours of the three-story haunted house. Tours of the haunted house are $5 per person. Contact Terri-Ann at [email protected] or Amanda at mullen.amanda @rocketmail.com.

• Saints and Sinners Mystery Dice Run, Nov. 3, starting at Coney Island Drive Inn, 1112 E Jefferson St., Brooksville, and ending at the Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. Registration will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Coney Island. Kickstands up at 2:15 p.m. Last bike in at 7 p.m. (all vehicles welcome). There will be clues at each stop. Five points and a prize are awarded to the first bike at each stop; three points to second bike and one point to third bike. Cash prizes awarded for the top three overall points. A "goblin" prize will be awarded for the lowest point total. There will be a 50/50 drawing at 7:30 p.m. at the museum, with door prize drawings starting at 8 p.m. Call Laverne at (352) 277-2799.

• Candy Buy Back, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 3, Wexler Orthodontics, 1222 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Those who bring in unopened candy from Halloween trick-or-treating will receive $1 per pound, up to a maximum of 5 pounds. Candy collected will be sent to Operation Gratitude, which delivers candy to service personnel overseas. For information, call (352) 688-0331.

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