VIVO Halloween Party
What can be better than eating food, drinking wine and dressing up in your favorite costume while you do something good? The party, which features a costume contest, is sponsored by VIVO, a Florida Orchestra volunteer and support group, to benefit the orchestra. It's from 7 to 9 p.m. today at 4024 W Bay to Bay Blvd.. $20 members, $25 guests. Reservations: (813) 960-2525 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Power to the Paddle Race
Series continues Saturday with the Halloween Paddle Bash. Events take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 900 Gulf Way, Pass-a-Grille Beach. Come out to the beach to watch or compete in a 3-mile Stand-Up Paddle Boarding race and team relays. Learn the fast-growing sport of stand-up paddleboarding with free board demos and lessons all day. Race registration is $30 and starts at 8 a.m. with a 10 a.m. race start. Wear your best Halloween costume for prizes and games. Contact Chase Kosterlitz at (727) 481-3637 and email@example.com or Logan Owens at (727) 504-9203 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Hot Glass Pumpkin Workshop
Scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Morean Arts Center. With the instructor's guidance, participants will learn how to pick up and develop color and blow their own gourd, complete with stem. Materials and color included. The workshop is held at the Industrial Arts Center, 2902A Beach Blvd. S. Call (727) 289-9365.
The public is invited to attend Fun Fest, on the waterfront grounds of St. Raphael Catholic Church, 1376 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg. The event is Thursday through Sunday. Carnival rides, live music, bingo, a TV sports beer garden, poker games, karaoke, rummage sale, trick-or-treat island, haunted house, pony rides, a rock-climbing wall, and game booths for all ages are among the featured events. Edible treats include pizza, nachos, burgers, hot dogs, turkey legs, fish fry, carnival treats, beer, wine and soda. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds benefit St. Raphael Catholic School.
Ghosts of Our Town
Join Ghost Tours of St. Petersburg for an eerily entertaining evening of ghost stories and haunted houses in St. Petersburg. 8 p.m. today through Oct. 29. Full Monty Cafe, 119 Second St. N. $15, $8 ages 4 to 12. Call (727) 894-4678 or visit ghosttour.com.
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Stroll, Wine Tasting
Corey Avenue merchants will host a stroll and wine tasting from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and a carved pumpkin contest. Bring an already decorated pumpkin to the event, and register to win a gift certificate. The event will include a pet costume contest. Merchants will stay open late offering wine and refreshments, shopping and dining. Live music will be offered in the courtyard. There will be a special street appearance by the Beach Theatre Little Shop of Horrors cast at 8 p.m. The festivities are just off Gulf Boulevard downtown. Call (727) 498-8778.
Field of Screams
The haunted house titled "Quarantine" is an inside and outside 15-minute tour through a haunted trail of frights. May not be suitable for small children. Select days through Oct. 31. Boyd Hill Environmental Studies Area, 2900 31st St. S. $5. Call (727) 892-5060.
Field of Screams, Haunted House
Seminole Recreation's Halloween event for younger children with free trick-or-treating, costume contest and short "scary" movies will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Holland G. Mangum Recreation Center. Also there will be a "Spook Zone" with carnival games, inflatables and a bounce house from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Braver children ages 8 and older can take their chances on a trip through an asylum for the criminally insane from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Price: Trick-or-treating free; $5 games/inflatables/haunted house. The recreation center is at 9100 113th St. N. For more information, call (727) 391-8345.
The Treasure Island Recreation Department's Halloween event and fall festival is at 6 p.m. Friday. The event will include a costume contest, carnival games, haunted hayride and a spooky cemetery. The event is free (there's a fee for food and some entertainment) at the Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis facility, 10315 Paradise Blvd. For information, call (727) 547-4575, ext. 237.
Spooktacular, Astronomy Night
A spooky evening of bug shows, alligator shows, telescope viewing, planetarium shows and a costume contest will be offered at 6 p.m. Friday at the Science Center of Pinellas County. The cost is $5. The center is at 7701 22nd Ave. N. For more information, call (727) 384-0027
Tricky Treats Night
Learn to cook up good-for-you treats and find out how to choose healthy meal options during the upcoming holidays in a family-friendly atmosphere at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Great Explorations: The Children's Museum. Free, RSVP required. The museum is at 1925 Fourth St. N. Call (727) 767-4943.
Seminole Mall's family-friendly Halloween event with safe trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating, kids and critters, costume contest, and a scary screamers competition begins at 7 p.m. Friday. The event is free. The mall is at 11201 Park Blvd. For more information, call (727) 392-8174.
Guavaween Family FunFest
Ybor City's family Halloween celebration with safe trick-or-treating, Spooky Story Time, hands-on activities, a pumpkin giveaway, pet costume contest, Children's Costume Parade and Contest and more kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday along Seventh Avenue. The event is free before 2 p.m. For more information, call (813) 242-4828.
Eek! Learn the truth about some of Halloween's creepy creatures such as vampire bats, giant spiders, ghostly owls and slithering snakes in a fun and interactive program at 2 p.m. Saturday at Weedon Island Preserve. This event is best for families with children 6 and older. The event is free, but advance registration is required. The preserve is at 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Call (727) 453-6500.