Halloween event: Features a graveyard, clown room, mad scientist room and more from 7 to 9:30 p.m. today at the Tarpon Springs Gymnasium and Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave. $3. Haunted house not recommended for children 8 and younger. Call (727) 942-5628.
Going ape: The Haunted Ape Escape, presented by the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary and the Tarpon Springs Business Alliance, takes place today through Sunday. The fundraiser, held after regular hours, is from 6 to 9 p.m. at the sanctuary, 4600 Alt. U.S. 19, Palm Harbor. It includes scary scenes and props along a Halloween trail, food and goodies. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $4 and available at the gate. For information, visit www. suncoastprimate.org.
Halloween In The Park XI: "Terrors Through Time," a safe alternative to trick-or-treating, is from 6 to 10 p.m. today and Saturday at Honeymoon Island State Park, at the west end of Curlew Road (State Road 580), Dunedin, with tours, games, food and fun. $10 per carload includes 10 free game tickets. Call (727) 469-5492 or visit www.floridastateparks.org.
Fun for all: North Pinellas Branch YMCA of the Suncoast will host its fifth annual "Not So Scary Haunted House" for all ages from 6 to 9 p.m. today and Saturday at 4550 Village Center Drive, Palm Harbor. Includes a costume contest, carnival games, candy and prizes. Free. Call (727) 772-9622.
Judgement House: An eight-scene, interactive walk-through drama about four individuals who don't know they have only 59 minutes to live. Audience members walk through heaven and hell from 7 to 10 p.m. today, and from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church, 110 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. May not be appropriate for ages 10 and younger. $5 per person. Call (727) 441-1581, ext. 141, or visit www.59minutestolive.com.
Halloween carnival: A haunted hayride and trail, trick-or-treating and crafts for all ages at Palm Harbor Community Center's fifth annual Halloween carnival, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at 1500 16th St. Refreshments available. Call (727) 771-6000.
Free fun & safety fair: From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Gymnasium and Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave., featuring a costume contest, Chinese Lion Dance demo, health and safety information, police canine unit and games. Free cookies and lemonade. Call (727) 943-3600.
Halloween event: Spooktacular costume contest and Halloween festival from 1 to 3 p.m. at Largo Mall, at Ulmerton Road and Seminole Blvd., with trick-or-treating, DJ, games, balloons and face painting. Visit www.largomall.com.
Free ski show: The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team will perform a special Halloween show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 1 on Tower Lake off Douglas Road in Oldsmar. Concessions available, or bring your own picnic. For directions and team information, visit www.tampawaterski.com.
Family Halloween fun: Come in costume to the 14th Annual Halloween Spooktacular from 4 to 10 p.m. in Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, with a trick-or-treat path, inflatables, slides, games, activities, concessions, teen area, circus arts performers and more. Wristbands are required for most activities at the following costs: $5 in advance with Largo Recreation Card; $6 in advance without card; or $7 at event. No pets, coolers or alcohol permitted. Call (727) 587-6775 or visit www.largoevents.com.
Poppin' pumpkins: Bring a small pumpkin to decorate using markers and stickers from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. or make a coffee filter flower wreath from 1 to 2 p.m. at East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road. All ages welcome; registration is required. Call (727) 773-2665.
A "haunting" evening: Halloween fun for all ages from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin, includes haunted hayrides, a moonwalk, train and pony rides, a DJ, food, snacks and more. Proceeds benefit the Dunedin For Youth Fund. Call (727) 812-4530.
"Trunk or Treat": All pirates and princesses are invited to grab some treats from decorated trunks, enjoy a bounce house and tour the pumpkin patch from 4 to 7 p.m. at East Lake United Methodist Church, 2801 East Lake Road. Call (727) 784-9250.
Caricature pumpkin carving: Bring your own pumpkin to carve or watch award-winning carver John Marek work his magic from 9 a.m. to noon at the Oldsmar Senior Center, 127 State St. W. Tools will be supplied. $7 with rec card, $10.50 without. Call (813) 749-1260.
Ghost stories: Deborah Frethem, author of Ghost Stories of St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Pinellas County: Tales From A Haunted Peninsula, will present a frightful evening of stories from the area's haunted past at 7 p.m. at Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave. Free. Call (727) 298-3080, ext 224.
Paranormal research: Haunted Hunters Paranormal Scientific Investigators will show details and evidence from local investigations and the equipment used for these cases, and discuss paranormal activity at 7 p.m. at Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E Lemon St. For reservations, call (727) 943-4922.
Scare Fest 2008: Tours of Xtreme Fun Center's second annual Haunted Hospital are Wednesday through Oct. 31 at 13211 93rd St. N, Largo. $5 per tour. Call (727) 584-9876 or visit www.xtremefuncenter.com.
Barkoween: This pet costume party for dogs and their owners is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Belleview Biltmore Resort, 25 Belleview Blvd., Clearwater. $10 per person covers a multicategory costume contest, raffle ticket and trick-or-treat doggie bag. Proceeds benefit Stop Pet Overpopulation Together. Call (727) 545-3463 or RSVP at www.SPOTusa.org.
All Howler's Eve: Bring your dog and join an extravagant pet/owner parade and costume contest at 6:30 p.m. at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., Largo. $5 per pet. For details, call Stephanie Simmons at (727) 518-3016.
Halloween carnival: Experience a spooky haunted house, take a hay ride, play games, win prizes and eat candy from 6 to 9 p.m. and enter a costume contest at 6 p.m. Oct. 31 at Cypress Forest Recreation Center, 650 Pine Ave., Oldsmar. Call (813) 749-1260.
A positive message: All children and their families are invited to Trunk or Treat Night at 6 p.m. at Skycrest Baptist Church, 125 N Belcher Road, Clearwater, for cool inflatables, food, prize giveaways and candy. Children are encouraged to wear positive message costumes. Call (727) 791-7107, ext. 202, or (727) 791-7107, ext. 206.
Halloween Spooktacular: Features a costume contest, trick-or-treating, games and candy for children ages 13 and younger, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Countryside Recreation Center, 2460 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater. Call (727) 669-1914.
"Holy Is Thy Name": An alternative to secular Halloween, this event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mount Herman Missionary Baptist Church, 400 S Levis Ave., Tarpon Springs, and includes moonwalks, pony rides, free food, candy, DJ, games, and the four-room decision house. Call (727) 937-7015 or (727) 709-2635.