Owl-O-Ween: Celebrate Halloween among nocturnal friends while trick-or-treating along the nature trail from 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 limited; register by calling (727) 518-3047.
Halloween carnival: The city of Oldsmar's Leisure Services presents its free annual Halloween carnival from 6-9 p.m. today 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. today and Friday, and 10 a.m. Saturday. Packed with scary occupants, the house is not recommended for skittish adults or children 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.
DUNEDIN CELEBRATES HALLOWEEN: This popular annual show will display vintage Halloween costumes, decorations and artifacts in a haunted house setting in the Dunedin Historical Museum at Main Street and the Pinellas Trail. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, ending Nov. 15. $2 adults, free for children 12 and younger. Call (727) 736-1176.
Howl-O-Weird: This program, designed for children 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 2009: A fun, safe alternative to trick-or-treating from 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. Use the Drew Street entrance. Call (727) 791-7107, ext. 206, or (727) 744-5667.
The Trail of Terror: An intensive, interactive experience from 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 advised for children 10 and younger. Free, but donations are welcome. Call (727) 669-1914.
Halloween Spooktacular: This event, geared for children 13 and younger, takes place from 6-9 p.m. at Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater. 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 from 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.
A HAUNTING IN TARPON: Tour a 100-year-old former boarding house taken over by ghosts and other scary things from 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday above the Court of Two Sisters antique shop, 155 E Tarpon Ave. in downtown Tarpon Springs. Purchase tickets at the door. A portion of the $7 admission will be donated to schools and clubs. May be too frightening for small children. Call (727) 437-2343.
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 from 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 Avenue 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 [email protected] or visit Witchstock.com.
Dance party: Find out whodunnit 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 from 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 fall festival is from 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; 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 from 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.