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Halloween happenings in Hernando and Pasco counties

Jeffrey Hamilton, 1, of Brooksville, peers across the pumpkin patch toward his mother, Melissa, during his first visit there Friday (10/21/16) at Sweetfields Farm in Masaryktown. The popular farm's Fall Corn Maze is open now as well. For a complete list of hours and activities visit [BRENDAN FITTERER | Times]

Jeffrey Hamilton, 1, of Brooksville, peers across the pumpkin patch toward his mother, Melissa, during his first visit there Friday (10/21/16) at Sweetfields Farm in Masaryktown. The popular farm's Fall Corn Maze is open now as well. For a complete list of hours and activities visit [BRENDAN FITTERER | Times]


Wild n' Wicked Nights: 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Ghoulish mermaids take over the park to present a spooky underwater show along with a haunted house and trails, a kids' fun maze and costume and scream contests. Tickets are $6; $4 for ages 6 to 12; free for ages 5 and younger. Call (352) 592-5656 or visit

Haunted House and Fall Festival: 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. The museum, a three-story, historic Victorian home, has been transformed into a terrifying haunted house. Tours are not recommended for young children. The outdoor festival will feature games, candy, a children's maze, a bonfire with marshmallow roasting and ghost stories, a palm reader, and food and refreshments. Admission is free for the festival, $5 for the haunted house and $1 for the children's maze. Call (352) 835-1535.

Trunk or Treat Festival: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Bene's Career Academy, 698 S Broad St., Brooksville. Featuring face painting, hair feathers, a bounce house, an 18-foot slide, an obstacle course, carnival games and vendors. Donations accepted. All proceeds benefit NAMI Hernando. Call (352) 364-8502.

Great American Cooterfest: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Liberty Park, 286 N Apopka Ave., Inverness. The city of Inverness' largest annual event celebrates the water turtle and features a variety of activities — a "Cooterween" party, live music, cupcake competitions, games, food and old-time carnival activities. On Friday, special VIP Cooter Swamp tickets provide exclusive access to the main tent, which includes food, drinks and an up-close view of featured bands. Sunday's Cooterween will include a costume contest for people of all ages, and pets. After the contest, the Zombie Run (prices $20 to $25) will take place. Festival admission and parking are free. Call toll-free 1-800-595-4849 or visit

Arc Nature Coast's Halloween Dance: 7 p.m. Friday, Arc Nature Coast Education Center and Regional Evacuation Shelter, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Music provided by PJ the DJ. Wear costumes; prizes awarded. Event includes refreshments, food and door prizes. $5 admission; parents, Arc staff and children under the age of 10 are free. Call (352) 544-2322, ext. 102.

Trinity Fest: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Generations Christian Church, 1540 Little Road, Trinity. Carnival rides and food trucks all three days. On Saturday, festivities include the Generations on the GO 5K and Kids Fun Run from 8 to 10 a.m., a free Family Fun Zone and Community Expo from 1 to 5 p.m., with the carnival and food trucks starting at 1 p.m. On Sunday, the carnival and food trucks close at 6 p.m., followed by trunk or treat for kids. Free admission. Carnival rides, $1; wristbands available (prices vary). (727) 375-8801.

Hollywood Horror Nite: 7 to 11 p.m. Friday in downtown New Port Richey, on Nebraska Avenue between Grand Boulevard and Adams Street. A $10 wristband (advance purchase or on site at the "Hospital Morgue") includes a scavenger hunt, Zombie Crawl ("zombie shooter" drink special at each participating location), entry to a costume contest and outdoor movies. A make-up artist will be available. A costume contest will be held at 10:30 p.m. at Railroad Square. (727) 842-8066 or Visit

Haunted house: 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Marker 48 Brewing, 12147 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Last entrance is at 10:55 p.m. Live music and entertainment all three nights, along with food trucks and a photo booth. A Halloween party and costume contest will be held on Saturday. This event is for adults only, and everyone must sign a waiver before entering. The cost is $20 (VIP Night) on Thursday, which includes a full pour of Mermaid's Blood Ale and a special glass to take home. Admission is $5 for Friday and Saturday, which includes a small pour of Mermaid's Blood Ale. Proceeds benefit October's "Tap for a Cause" recipient, the Arc Nature Coast. Call (352) 606-2509.

Halloween train rides: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. Central Pasco and Gulf Railroad hosts this annual event. Not-so-spooky rides, suitable for young children, will be offered at 6 p.m. Scarier rides will begin at 7 p.m. and include a trip through the haunted woods. Tickets are $5 per person. Food vendors available. Call (727) 639-7639.

Scream-A-Geddon: The annual haunt continues daily through Halloween on Monday, as well as on Nov. 4 and 5, at 27839 Saint Joe Road, west of Dade City. Visitors can make their way through six haunted attractions, including the Cursed Hayride, Dead Woods and Blackpool Prison. The event is from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets vary from $19.95 to $29.95. Visit or call (813) 452-5412.

Haunted Angelus House: The attraction continues through Halloween on Monday at the Angelus, 12413 Hudson Ave., Hudson. Situated on 25 acres, the PG-13 event features six attractions, including a haunted house, haunted hayride, zombie and prison haunts, fire dancers and performers. There will be a balloon pumpkin patch for children. Open 7:30 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Sundays, Thursdays and Oct. 31. Tickets are $16; $8 for ages 5 to 10, and free for ages 4 and younger. Unlimited passes are $40; $20 for ages 5 to 10. Visit or call (727) 364-2868.

Halloween Magic: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Merlin's Theater, 7148 Congress St., New Port Richey. Magician David Evangelista will mix scary stories and magic. Tickets are $15; $10 for ages 12 and younger. Call (727) 748-8800.

Halloween Celebration and Fall Festival: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson. Celebrate Halloween with carnival games, balloons, bounce house, clowns, face painting and trunk or treat, as well as other surprises. Wear Halloween costumes. Refreshments and free hot dogs available. Free. Call (727) 863-5646.

Halloween in the Gardens: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. Fun and games with prizes (ages 2 to 6, and 7 and up) and refreshments. Come dressed in your favorite costume. Free. Call (352) 683-9933.

Fall festival: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Trinity Presbyterian Church of Seven Springs, 4651 Little Road, New Port Richey. Kids should come in costume for this fall festival with trunk-or-treating, carnival games, food, crafts, a pie-eating contest, a costume contest, a campfire and a screening of Disney's Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Free. Call (727) 372-7203.

Pasta and Doo-Wop Halloween Dinner-Dance: 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, CARES Rao Musunuru M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. Music provided by Johnny the DJ. There will be a costume contest. $10, which includes a light dinner buffet. Call for reservations, (727) 863-6868.

Halloween Thriller Dance: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Beacon Square Civic Association Clubhouse, 3741 Bradford Drive, Holiday. Hosted by Love to Dance, a nonprofit group. Open to singles and couples of all ages. Costumes are optional; there will be a best costume contest. Door prizes awarded each hour. Snacks and beverages will be available. Guests may bring their own beverages. $3 for Beach Square members; $5 for nonmembers. Call (727) 534-8068.

Harvest Moon Corn Maze: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 6 at Harvest Moon Farm, 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. Featuring a 5-acre maze with more than 3 miles of twists and turns, a petting farm, pony rides, a 70-foot jumping pillow, a cow train, games and a pumpkin patch. This year's theme celebrates the 50th anniversary of the It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Peanuts television special. Visitors can play interactive bingo for a chance to win a trip for four people to Knotts Berry Farm in California, where the Peanuts characters are the theme park's mascots. Admission is $11.95; ages 2 and younger free. Call toll-free 1-800-373-4811 or visit

Sweetfields Farm Fall Corn Maze: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 6 at Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. Featuring five acres of maze fun and a variety of activities, including hayrides and a hay maze, fall maze, hay play area, picnic area, duck race, spider web maze, treehouse, story teller, free craft of the season and petting zoo. There also is a fresh produce and U-pick area. Sturdy shoes suggested. Food and beverages available for purchase. The cost is $9.50 plus tax for ages 12 and older, $5 plus tax for ages 3 to 11 and free for ages 2 and younger. Cash only. Call (352) 279-0977 or visit

Haunted House/Haunted Car Show: Survive the "reign of terror" and "your worst nightmare" in the USA Fleamarket haunted house. Times are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $3; $1 for ages 5 and younger. Call (727) 243-1367. The car show will be 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, hosted by Smokin Pipes New Port Richey and Fresh Start of Pasco. The event will include costume contests for kids and cars, as well as hayrides, auto vendors, food trucks and live music. Awards presented in 15 categories. Car show entry is $10 per vehicle; spectator admission is free. Call (727) 457-1113. Both events are at USA Fleamarket, 11721 U.S. 19, Port Richey.

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. Take a tour of an abandoned Department of Corrections institution for the criminally insane. The cost is $1. Call (813) 929-1229.

Wesley Chapel Fall Festival: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Grove, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd. There will be a carnival with games, live music, food and beverages, arts and crafts, a pumpkin patch, a Little Miss & Little Mr. Pumpkin Pageant and other interactive entertainment. Trunk or treat will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday; community members are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and participate in contests for best-decorated vehicle, best family costume and best costume. For information about the festival, call (727) 674-1464. For questions about trunk or treat, call (813) 506-3638.

Halloween Thriller Dance: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Beacon Square Civic Association Clubhouse, 3741 Bradford Drive, Holiday. Hosted by Love to Dance, a nonprofit group. Open to singles and couples of all ages. Costumes are optional; there will be a costume contest. Door prizes awarded each hour. Snacks and beverages available. Guests may bring their own beverages. Admission is $3 for Beach Square members and $5 for nonmembers. Call (727) 375-4427.

Caliente Carnival of the Dead: 8 p.m. Saturday, Caliente Resort and Spa, 21240 Gran Via Blvd., Land O'Lakes. Check your sanity at the door when the clothing-optional resort covers up with costumes for the "Greatest Show Un-earthed" circus-themed Halloween party, with a freak show, a living statue, a stilt walker and multiple oddities. Tickets range from $70 to $100 for nonmembers and free to $75 for members. Call (813) 996-3700 or visit

Boxer Bash and Howloween Hoe Down: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Smokehouse Creek Ranch, 30218 Darby Road, west of Dade City. The bash will include hayrides, a pet parade, costume contest for dogs and kids (prizes awarded), trick-or-treating, a fire truck display, a doggie water park, a lure course, a dog treat bar, a boxer kissing booth, dog grooming, food trucks and a silent auction. Dogs will be available for adoption at a discount. Hosted by Florida Boxer Rescue. Call (814) 659-0647 or visit

'Bright Night' Halloween Alternative: 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31, Praise Family Worship Center, 17920 Meridian Blvd., Hudson. For elementary-age children and toddlers. With a variety of games and activities. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Call (727) 863-8989.

Trunk or Treat: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, First United Methodist Church New Port Richey, 5901 Indiana Ave., New Port Richey. Call (727) 842-7674.

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