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Pasco ghouls have their pick of pumpkin patches, haunted houses and Halloween festivities

Every year Halloween brings pumpkin patches and costume parties, haunted houses and carnivals. So why not wine? Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery will host its third annual Harvest Pumpkin Festival and Arts and Crafts Show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the vineyard, 17810 Forge Dr. in Spring Hill (just south of the Pasco-Hernando county line). Visitors can browse handmade crafts and artwork, walk through the vineyards, sample the wines made on site and peruse the pumpkin patch. Although there's no pumpkin wine. "We do have watermelon wine from the watermelons up the road at Sweetfields Farm," offered Janis McKnight, who co-owns the winery with her husband, Terry. "That's become pretty popular." Admission is free, and the Toymakers will hand out free wooden toys for the kids. For information call (352) 799-7612 or visit There are plenty of Halloween offerings over the next two weeks, with plenty of chills, thrills and candy for any trick-or-treater's bags. Among them:

Fall Fest 2011 Carnival: 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High St., New Port Richey. Features carnival rides and games, food and beer and entertainment. Tickets for ride and games are $1 each, 24 tickets for $20 and an arm band for $20. Bring cash for food and drinks. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 11680 and the West Pasco Sertoma Club. For information, call (727) 809-0492.

Halloween Train Rides: CP&G Railroad provides spooky train rides through Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Dr., Shady Hills. Rides run from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29. Cost: $5 adults, $3 kids, children 2 and under free. There is also a $2 parking fee. For information visit

Haunted Angelus House: 6:30 p.m. into the night Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as Oct. 28-31, at The Angelus, 12413 Hudson Ave., Hudson. Includes haunted house, haunted cemetery and trail, spooky pirate ship plus hayrides. Cost is $9 per haunt, three haunts for $16 or $25 for unlimited one-night pass. For information and tickets visit, or call Ron's Halloween at (727) 938-1400.

Holiday Fall Festival Spooktacular: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex, 2830 Gulf Trace Blvd., Holiday. Features music, games and a costume contest, for children 12 and under with an adult. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Holiday and the Holiday VFW Post 10167. For information call (727) 942-7439.

Spooktacular: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the gym at Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson. Halloween treats and activities for all ages. Cost: $1. For information call (727) 861-3033 or (727) 861-3034.

Family Fall Follies: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Beacon Square Civic Association, 3741 Bradford Drive, Holiday. Indoor event includes pizza, games, magic tricks and pumpkin decorating ($1 pumpkins, decorations free). Cost for civic association members is $3 adults, $1 children; non-members, $5 adults, $3 children. Call (727) 807-7007 or visit

Haunted House on 41: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes. Come out for a terrifying Land O'Lakes tradition. Some scenes may be too intense for young children. Cost: $1.

Fall Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Suncoast Meadows Professional Park, just east of the Suncoast Parkway on State Road 54 in Land O'Lakes. Features arts and crafts, games for kids, a pumpkin patch, a cake walk and food. Sponsored by the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce. For information, call (813) 909-2722.

Scarecrows N' Stuff: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes. Activities include stuff your own scarecrow, face painting, Hogwarts Castle bounce house, autumn crafts and howling hot dog snacks with Harry Potter sugar cookies. For ages 9 and under.

Halloween Howl: 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday along 5th Avenue in downtown Zephyrhills. The Zephyr Island Haunted House will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. at the old Wachovia Bank building at Fifth Avenue and Seventh Street. Event also features costume parade at 6 p.m., hay rides, carnival games, bounce houses, safe trick-or-treating, food vendors and live entertainment.

Harvest Hoedown: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Hudson, 13123 U.S. 19, Hudson. Features games, children's costume contest, hayrides, prizes, bounce houses and food available for purchase.

Filipino American Halloween Fright Night Spooktacular: 6 p.m. Saturday at the Lakes of Regency Club, 8330 Civic Drive, Port Richey. Pot-luck dinner dance. Dress up in a "goulish" costume and bring a dish to share. $10 for members, $12 for non-members and free for children 13 and under. (727) 505-4905.

Trunk or Treat: 5 p.m. Sunday at Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. Youth are invited to dress up in Halloween costumes and trick or treat from trunk to trunk. Free. (813) 973-2211.

Freaky Family Fun: 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Beacon Square Civic Association, 3741 Bradford Drive, Holiday. Event includes games, cupcake decorating, pizza, popcorn and a movie. Children are welcome to wear their costumes and participate in a parade around the premises. Cost for civic association members is $3 adults, $1 children; non-members, $5 adults, $3 children. Call (727) 807-7007 or visit

Halloween Celebration and Safety Fair: 10 a.m. Oct. 29 at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson. Features carnival games, balloons, bounce houses and booths with candy and information about safety sponsored by local businesses and health care providers. Wear your Halloween costume. Free. (727) 863-5646.

Trunk or Treat: 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at Holiday Community Fellowship Church, 5144 Sunray Drive, Holiday. A Halloween alternative for children. Kids should bring a big bag to collect candy. Free. (727) 944-4773.

Trunk or Treat: 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church, 8812 Old County Road 54, New Port Richey and at Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church's north campus, 9525 Hudson Ave., Hudson. A Halloween alternative. Kids are invited to trick or treat from trunk to trunk. Also features costume and decorated trunk contests. Free. (727) 376-0919.

Trunk or Treat: 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 5326 Charles St., Port Richey. Trick or treat from trunk to trunk. Refreshments will be available. (727) 849-4330.

Halloween Boo Bash: 6:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 29 at VFW Post 6180, 11551 Osceola Drive, New Port Richey. Features costume contest and "Skaraoke" with Renee and Don. Food available.

Get Spooky Annual Halloween Party: 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Chester McKay VFW Post 7987, 7445 Chester McKay Drive, New Port Richey. Features a costume contest and music by Rockin' Mary and George. Bring a dish to share. (727) 376-3502.

Trunk or Treat: 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at Living Faith Community Church of the Nazarene, 11038 Little Road, New Port Richey. Trunk or treat, snacks and music. Free. (727) 809-1139.

Pumpkin patches

• Faith United Methodist Church Hudson: A pumpkin patch is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31 while pumpkins last at the church, 12128 State Road 52, Hudson. Groups, including nursery schools and scout troops, are invited to make reservations for group visits to the pumpkin patch. Special events for children are from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call (727) 856-5000.

• Knights of Columbus Port Richey: A pumpkin patch is open from noon to 8 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends through Oct. 30 at St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, 8400 Monarch Drive, Port Richey. Also includes bounce house (donations only) and games; plus vendors, craft show and car show on Sunday afternoon. For information call (727) 389-2552 or (727) 992-0593.

• First United Methodist Church New Port Richey: A pumpkin patch will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31 at the church, 5901 Indiana Ave., New Port Richey. For information, call (727) 842-7674.

Pasco ghouls have their pick of pumpkin patches, haunted houses and Halloween festivities 10/18/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 8:59pm]
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