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So much do to: Have yourself a merry (or scary) little Halloween

Noah Whiteman picks a pumpkin at the Boy Scout Troop 442 patch at Fellowship Community Church in Spring Hill, which is also hosting Trunk ’R Treat. 


Noah Whiteman picks a pumpkin at the Boy Scout Troop 442 patch at Fellowship Community Church in Spring Hill, which is also hosting Trunk ’R Treat. 

Looking for ghosts, goblins and a little entertainment this Halloween weekend? The Hernando Heritage Museum will have its annual Haunted House and Halloween Bash from 7 to 11 p.m. today and Saturday. The museum, in the allegedly haunted May-Stringer House, is at 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. All ages are invited. The event includes fireside stories, a marshmallow roast, a palm reader, children's games and face painting. Food and drinks will be available. The $5 haunted house tours are not recommended for young children. Call (352) 799-0129. What else? Here's a rundown:

• Pumpkin Patch programs will be offered at 10 a.m. today for toddlers 18 to 35 months, and at 11 a.m. for children ages 3 to 5 years, at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Children may come dressed in costumes; they will be treated to stories, songs and trick-or-treating inside the library. Participants should bring trick-or-treat bags. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver. For information, call (352) 540-6391.

• Children and Family Fall Fun Festival, 6 to 8 p.m. today, First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The event is for children through the fifth grade. It includes a four-in-one bounce house, climbing wall, basketball hoop and a 10-foot slide. Also offered will be face painting, arts and crafts, games and prizes. Food and drinks will be available. "Not too scary" costumes are welcome. Call (352) 683-2600.

• Wild n' Wicked Nights, 7 to 11 p.m. today and Saturday, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way. Includes the Freak Show performed by the Weeki Wachee mermaids, costume and scream contests, hayrides, a pirates quest for the Fountain of Youth, a carnival, a bazaar, the "Final Destination Tour" (bus/boat ride), haunted mazes, a haunted forest and a presentation of The House of Horrors by John Leggio. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and younger. Call (352) 592-5656.

• Spook West, 8 p.m. to midnight today and Saturday, Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Visitors will tour the haunted theater. Admission is $5. Also, Stage West will provide safe trick-or-treating from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday for children ages 12 and younger. For information, call the box office at (352) 683-5113.

• Haunted Farm, 7 p.m. to midnight today through Monday at theGrove Events Venue, 8485 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. Features a haunted barn and hayrides, and includes complimentary sodas, hot dogs and candy. The cost is $5 for either the haunted barn or hayride, or $7 for both. Proceeds will benefit the CAUSE Autism Group. The event is put on by Band-Aid, a group of local entertainers that hosts benefits for families with special-needs children. Call (352) 610-8485. Visit online at, and

• VFW Post 10209 Halloween Costume Party, 8 p.m. today, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. Entertainment will be provided by the Dukes. For information, call (352) 796-0398.

• Spring Hill Domino Club Halloween Party, 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. today, 15120 County Line Road, Spring Hill. There will be a costume contest, and a cash bar will be available. Admission is $3. Call (352) 346-6337 or (352) 585-8238 or send e-mail to

• Arc Nature Coast Halloween Dance, 7 to 10 p.m. today, Arc Nature Coast Education Center, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Includes door prizes, a DJ and food. Prizes will be awarded for scariest, funniest and most original costumes. Admission is $3.50. Call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109, or send e-mail to

• Haunted Tram Rides at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 6 to 11 p.m. today and Saturday, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. There will be a children's haunted house, a costume contest, clowns, face painting, souvenirs, the Sorcerer's Bouncy House, a 25-foot climbing wall and a 15-foot slide. Refreshments include food, cold drinks and popcorn. Cost for the tram ride is $5 for anyone 13 and older, and $3 for children 12 and younger. The Haunted Jungle is $2, the climbing wall is $5, and the bounce house and slide are $2 each. Today, call (352) 628-5343.

• Horror High, 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The high school will be transformed into 11 scare zones with six main characters. Regular admission is $10; a "slash pass" is $15, which allows guests to cut the line. Call (352) 797-7010.

• Haunted Hayride and Trails, 7 to 9:30 p.m. today and Saturday, Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. Admission to the park is $3 per vehicle. Call (352) 793-4781.

• Mariner United Methodist Church Fall Festival, starting at 4 p.m. Saturday at 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Includes bounce houses, face painting, games, haunted house, pumpkin patch, hayrides, food and "Trunk or Treat." Everything is free. Call (352) 596-0080.

• Eden Baptist Church Fall Festival, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, 22308 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Includes games and free hot dogs, chili and candy. Nonscary costumes welcome. A barbecue dinner will be available for $5, benefiting missions. Call (352) 796-3855.

• Forest Oaks Lutheran Church Fall Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Includes clowns, balloons, pumpkins and face painting, as well as door prizes, crafts, a bake sale and a quilt raffle. Call (352) 683-1229.

• Latin-American Civic and Cultural Association's annual Halloween Masquerade Dance, 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Featuring DJ Frankie "Cajuko" with Latin-salsa and a variety of other music. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. Guests may bring snacks and drinks (no strollers or large coolers permitted). Tickets are $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers. Call Frances Gonzales at (352) 688-7260 or Carmen Torres, (727) 869-9398.

• Heather Property Owners Association Halloween Dinner Show, 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Heather Community Center, 9100 Nakoma Way, north of Weeki Wachee. Featuring singer/comic/impressionist John Timpanelli. Tickets are $22. Call (352) 596-5028.

• Friends of Crystal River Preserve's Haunted Halloween, 8 to 11 p.m. today and Saturday, Crystal River Preserve State Park, State Park Street, Crystal River. Includes a Terrifying Tram Tour, pirate boat ride and a Zombie House for teens and adults for $5. A free children's Halloween party will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday for ages 11 and younger. The party will include pumpkin decorating, games, a costume contest and a free hot dog. Call (352) 563-0450.

• Trunk 'R Treat, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Fellowship Community Church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Includes candy and games for kids and a chili cookoff for adults. Call (352) 686-4612.

• Trail of Treats, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Christian Church in the Wildwood, Building A, 10051 Country Road, north of Weeki Wachee. Includes inflatables, cotton candy, popcorn and candy. Admission is free. Call (352) 596-1388.

• Ghost Stories of Brooksville, 12:30 p.m. Monday, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Local author and storyteller Jerry Cowling will share some of his favorite haunting tales about Brooksville. The free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. Call (352) 540-6391.

• Trick-or-Treating at Forest Oaks of Spring Hill, 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, 8055 Forest Oaks Blvd. Parents and children may go door to door for treats. For information, call Mona at (352) 683-3323.

• Shiloh Problem Solvers presents Trunk-A-Treat, 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, South Brooksville Community Center, 601 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Brooksville. Call Maria at (352) 540-6005.

• Harvest Fest, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Christian Life Assembly of God, 13065 Jacqueline Road, Spring Hill. Includes games, inflatable activities, a maze, a dunk tank, hayrides, food, clowns, candy and prizes. There will also be a drawing for door prizes. Free admission. Registration for the event will be accepted today. Call (352) 597-1139.

• Trunk or Treat, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill. For preschoolers through fifth-graders, who must be accompanied by an adult. Includes bounce houses, a dunk tank and snow cones. Call (352) 683-5882.

• Hallelujah Night, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Includes free games and candy. Call (352) 796-3685.

• Trunk-or-Treat, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville. Includes candy, games, hayrides, bounce castles, hot dogs, soda, popcorn and snow cones. Free. Call (352) 796-8331.

• Haunted House, 7 to 11 p.m. Monday, 2322 Meadow Lark Road, Spring Hill. Free.

• Boy Scout Troop 442 Pumpkin Patch, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Fellowship Community Church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 686-4612.

• Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy Buy Back, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 5, Wexler Orthodontics, 1222 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Get paid $1 per pound (up to 5 pounds) for unopened Halloween candy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The candy will be sent to Operation Gratitude in Van Nuys, Calif., which ships holiday packages to U.S. troops in war zones overseas. Visitors may also bring a thank-you letter or a picture to send to the soldiers. Call Wendy at (352) 688-0331.

So much do to: Have yourself a merry (or scary) little Halloween 10/27/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 27, 2011 5:50pm]
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