Chills here, treats there
With haunted houses, pumpkin patches and costume parties, there are plenty of macabre offerings in north Pinellas County through Halloween weekend. For more coverage of some of the biggest events, check out the Diversions page inside Friday's Clearwater & North Pinellas Times. Here's a lengthy list of Halloween happenings:
ScareCo. Haunted Attraction: ScareCo. has prepared two haunted houses to scare your pants off. In Degeneration, follow the tale of the reason why you don't go shopping for taxidermy at night. The Funhaus is a crazy 3D trip through a demented funhouse. This attraction is "very scary," so children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 7-11 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. $9 one house, $15 both houses. ScareCo., 105 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 437-2343; www.scareco.com.
Haunted House: The Tarpon Springs Community Center transforms into a haunted house. Not recommended for skittish adults or children under 9. 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Tickets are $5. Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave.
Total Wine Tastings: Try a selection of wines in themed weekend sampling. Halloween-inspired wines include Armida Poizin zinfandel, Misterio malbec from Flichman, Vicious petite sirah from Lodi. 12-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12-3 p.m. Sunday. Free. Total Wine & More, 2528 SR 580, Clearwater.
Spooktacular Haunted Hollow: Unique Halloween activities for all ages including the Haunted Hollow Trail, a spooky dive-in movie to watch while swimming in a pool with water slides, glow-in-the-dark putt-putt golf, a costume contest with prizes for children age 12 and younger, laser tag, ghoulish crafts, wicked carnival games and a chance to earn money for your school's PTA with the Candy Corn Challenge. 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $15 adults; $10 for children ages 5 to 10; free for ages 4 and younger. Family Pass (up to 4 people) $40 with advance purchase, ($50 at entry). Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. (727) 942-2000; www.visitinnisbrook.com.
Halloween in the Park: The beautiful state park gets a little spooky with a Haunted House and a Scary Trail through the woods. There's also a "not so scary" child friendly area with an interactive children's pavilion, games, face painting, fortune tellers, spooky story telling and a bungee jump. Food and drinks available. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Island Parks. 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $10 per carload (includes 10 game tickets). Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd. (at the West end of Dunedin Causeway), Dunedin.
Haunted Firehouse: Brave souls will wind their way through the Haunted Firehouse, an array of themed rooms that are sure to scare the wits out of all who enter. Recommended for mature audiences only. Children under 13 not admitted without an adult. Proceeds benefit East Lake Fire Rescue awards banquet and Honor Guard. 7-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday. Regular admission $5; limited wait pass $15; fire, police and military personnel $3. Fire Station 57, 3375 Tarpon Lake Blvd., Palm Harbor.
Dracula: A play based on Bram Stoker's novel. Through Oct. 30. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $20, $17 members/students. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St.
Nevermore: Nevermore combines a selection of Edgar Allan Poe stories to create a macabre show. The performance is followed by a Poe movie. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $8, $15. Ruth Eckerd Hall Murray Studio Theater, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater.
Bark-o-Ween: Fluffy Puppies holds a dog-friendly Halloween event with a doggie kissing booth, goodie bags, drink specials and costume contests. Leashed dogs welcome. Proceeds benefit Dunedin Dog Rescue. 5-9 p.m. $10 advance, $15 at the door. O'Keefe's Family Tavern and Grille, 1219 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater.
Halloween Fun at the Library: Crafts and story time for ages 7 and younger. 6 p.m. Free. Clearwater Beach Library, 69 Bay Esplanade.
Not Very Scary Halloween Event: At this special non-scary Halloween program staffed by teen volunteers, children ages 12 and younger will hear stories, make crafts, have treats and watch cartoons in the movie room. 3:30 p.m. Free. Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive.
Historical Halloween Exhibit: The Dunedin Historical Museum's exhibit, The Origins of Halloween, featuring a spooky array of vintage costumes, paper decorations and postcards, will be open late for tours during the Downtown Merchant's Association Trick or Treat Night. 5-8 p.m. $2 adults; free for children 11 and younger. Dunedin Historical Museum , 349 Main St.
Blast Friday: The family-friendly street celebration features entertainment, vendors, food, family activities and contests. In addition to live music by the Fabulous Thunderbirds, there will also be a Halloween costume contest, and participating merchants will offer trick-or-treating for the kids. At 10 p.m., the Capitol Theatre will present a screening of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. 5:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Street District, downtown Clearwater.
Owl-o-ween: Trick-or-treat along the park's haunted trail in search of bats, owls, ghosts and ghouls. There will also be crafts, games, live animal programs and s'mores by the campfire. Fun for the whole family. This event fills fast, call (727) 518-3047 to reserve your spot. 6-8 p.m. $3 per person. McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N, Largo.
Countryside Halloween Spooktacular: Play spooky games, make creepy crafts, and have fun in "not so haunted" bounce houses. Little goblins should wear their costume for a costume contest and check out the Pumpkin Patch full of games. If you enjoy being scared, take a stroll down the Trail of Terror, if you dare! 6-8:30 p.m. Free (donations appreciated). Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater. (727) 669-1914.
Dunedin Halloween Happening and Haunted House: Dunedin holds a haunted house (6-9:30 p.m. each day). The fun kicks it up a notch on Saturday (5:30-9:30 p.m.) with carnival games, haunted hayrides, the "Boo in the Zoo" preschool trick-or-treat house, storytelling, inflatables, Halloween crafts, a costume contest and concessions. Proceeds benefit the Dunedin For Youth Scholarship Fund. 6-9:30 p.m. $10 wristband; parking $2. Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road.
Shuttle to Four Haunted Houses: Sit back and enjoy the ride as a shuttle takes you to four different haunted houses in North Pinellas for night of multiple frights. Ticket includes ride, admission and a drink. 7-10:30 p.m. $30. Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave.
Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Bring blankets, lawn chairs or towels to plop on the beach and watch free movies. Concessions for sale. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk. Friday features the G-rated film Spooky Buddies. 8 p.m. Free. Pier 60, Clearwater Beach.
Friday Night Movies in Pioneer Park: Dress up as your favorite character or thing from each week's film. Tonight features the 1932 fantasy/horror The Mummy. 8 p.m. Free. Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin.
26th Annual Halloween Fun And Safety Fair: This event includes games with prizes, a safety fair, police and fire department demonstrations, Astro Skate jump house and DJ, Tarpon Springs Aquarium demonstrations, and Tarpon Springs Library crafts projects. Costume contest at 12:30 p.m. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; refreshments available for purchase. Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave.
Halloween Jam: Skeletons and goblins will pull Ollies and grind. Skateboarders of all ages and skill levels can show off their tricks in this Halloween-themed competition with a costume contest, food, raffles and prizes. Noon. $15; spectators free. Ross Norton Recreation and Aquatic Complex, 1426 S Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. (727) 729-1941; www.688skateshop.net.
Halloween Fun at the Library: Drive-In Creature Double-Feature: Screenings of The Attack of the 50-Foot Woman and The Angry Red Planet include limited drive-in movie ads, trivia, games and prizes. 1 p.m. Free. Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave.
Halloween Family Fest: The Jessica Dover Foundation "Treating Autism Naturally" presents a children's Halloween costume parade. There will be food, music, a 50/50 raffle and live auction. 2-8 p.m. Free admission; food/beverages available for purchase. Ozona Pig, 311 Orange St N, Palm Harbor. (727) 772-1966; www.thejessicadoverfoundation.org.
Howl-o-Ween: Dress up your cat or dog for this annual pet costume contest. Every pet gets a door prize. 2-4 p.m. $10. Oldsmar Flea Market, 180 Race Track Road N.
Halloween Fun at the Library: Day of the Dead Mexican Holiday Celebration: Crafts and surprises included in this traditional Mexican celebration. 2 p.m. Free. Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St.
Let Us Spoooooook You: Teens from the Palm Harbor Library's Youth Advisory Board will be reading to children ages 9 and older at the library in the dark, so get ready to be spooked! To register, call or visit the website. Free. 2-3 p.m at the library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. (727) 784-3332, ext. 3017; www.palmharborlibrary.org.
Witchstock 2011: Woodstock and Halloween meet in this festival with live music by the Defendants, Terry Premru and Jack Poland and Friends, pet/children/adult costume contests, psychic readings, a lime carving contest, food and vendors. 3-11:55 p.m. Free (fee to enter adult costume contest). The Witch's Brew, 1219 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. (727) 483-9210; www.Witchstock.com.
Halloween Spooktacular: Dress up and join the fun at the Annual Spooktacular with an enormous trick-or-treat path, costume parade, inflatables, slides, games, rock climbing wall, mechanical surf board, Guitar Hero playoff, a Pumpkin Picasso contest (drop off pumpkins noon-2 p.m.), circus art performers and concessions. $5 parking on site or park and walk/shuttle for free. 4-10 p.m. Trick or Treat Path Free; Games/Rides $6, $5 with rec card, $7 day of. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive.
Dia De Los Muertos Family Festival Celebration: Halloween-themed family festival with a costume contest, games, trick-or-treat, food and drink (5-8 p.m.). Brave souls can test their hearts in a haunted house that's not recommended for children (8-10 p.m. only). 5-10 p.m. $5. Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road.
Oktobierween!: Organizers say this is the "beeriest Halloween Costume Party ever!" Everyone wearing a costume gets a free beer. Prizes for best male and female costume. Live music by Delirious. 5 p.m. Free. Lagerhaus Brewery & Grill, 3438 E Lake Business, Palm Harbor.
Halloween Party at Palm Harbor Library: Children and families are invited to show off their costumes and enjoy snacks, games and spooky music. 5-7 p.m. Free. East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.
Chic a Boo 10: It's the tenth anniversary for the annual Chic a Boom Room/Blur Halloween party, so it's moving outside to be bigger than ever. Come out and catch the drag show and dance to music by DJ Luis. Come up with a creative costume for a contest with a $1,200 cash prize. 7 p.m. $10 cover. Chic-A-Boom Room, 319 Main St., Dunedin.
Zombie Halloween Party: Costume contest with prizes, games, zombie movies and music by DJ Evan. 8 p.m. No cover; food and beverages available for purchase. House of Beer, 34970 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor.
Halloween Beer & Wine Tasting Benefit: Nineteen styles of beers from around the world, or 19 wines to sample, food and live music, all to benefit Dunedin Doggie Rescue. Adoptable dogs in full Halloween costume, live music, silent auction of pet-themed art, raffle for beer and wine glasses, pet items, plus jewelry. Wine tickets include tasting glass, beer ticket includes glass and two pints Red Brick Brewing Co IPA and other brew samples. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve. 2-5 p.m. $25 wine tasting, $40 beer tasting. 348 Bay St., Ozona.
Halloween Fun at the Library: Kids can wear their costumes as storyteller Maureen Belote spins Halloween tales. 3 p.m. Free. Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, Clearwater.
Halloween Fun at the Library: Kids are invited to the second floor in their costumes for stories and trick-or-treating. 3 p.m. Free. Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave.
Victorian Halloween at the Safford House: Meet the spirits of Tarpon's past. Played by Dr. Elizabeth Coachman, "Dr. Mary Safford" (1834-1891) discusses the ancestors and lives of the Safford Family. "Anson Safford," founder of Tarpon Springs (played by Bruce Miller), talks of his belief in spiritualism. Madame Isobel Victoria, a professional spiritualist, will give psychic readings. 4-6 p.m. $10, $6 members/students. Safford House Historic Museum, 23 Parkin Court, Tarpon Springs.
Halloween Fun at the Library: Kids are invited to wear costumes and bring trick-or-treat bags. There will be themed stories, crafts and candy. 3 p.m., North Greenwood Library, 905 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. Free.
Boo Bash: A safe community Halloween event with interactive areas for kids including games, hayrides, haunted house and candy. 5:30 p.m., Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. Free.