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Pasco County celebrates fall with a bounty of festivities

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As the muggy air begins to give way to crisp fall weather, Pasco County looks toward some fun fall activities throughout October. Bring the kids to a pumpkin patch to choose the right gourd for carving, or rub elbows with zombies while barhopping in downtown New Port Richey. Here's what's going on during the first half of the month. Look out for the second installment of fall listings on Oct. 16.

Pumpkin patch, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays until Oct. 31, or until the supply runs out, at Faith United Methodist Church, 12128 State Road 52, Hudson. From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, there will be a Kids' Fun Fair, including face painting, games and hayrides. (727) 856-5000.

Haunted Forest, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 25-26 at North Anclote River Nature Park, 550 Old Dixie Highway, Tarpon Springs. A scary van takes participants to a ghostly forest. Recommended for ages 12 and older. $5 admission. (727) 942-5628; tsrdonline.com.

Hollywood Horror Night, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday in downtown New Port Richey, on Grand Boulevard from Main Street to Montana Avenue. The downtown area will be crawling with zombies, characters and scenes from the television series The Walking Dead. Dress as a zombie, sample "zombie shooters" from local bars, and participate in a costume contest. Free to attend; $10 for drink and contest wristband. (727) 842-8066; nprmainstreet.com.

ROCKtober Fest, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey.

• 6 to 10 p.m. Friday: Local businesses and residents dole out candy to costumed trick-or-treaters, kids costume parade and contest, pumpkin patch and kids' play area. The evening concludes with a kid-friendly scary movie, followed by a film for young adults. Free to attend; food and beverages for purchase.

• 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: arts and crafts show, Miss Daisy boat tours, a pumpkin painting, petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses, face painting, cornhole games, the Angelus' House Anglers Fishing event, food and beverage vendors, a car show, live music and performances by the Who tribute band the Wholigans and Pink Floyd tribute band Circle Sky. Free to attend; $5 for boat rides. Fees apply for food, beverages, pony rides, petting zoo, bounce houses. For a full lineup, call (727) 842-8066 or visit nprmainstreet.com.

Scarecrows in the Garden, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. Visitors can vote for their favorite scarecrows, on display throughout the gardens ($1 per vote). Country singer George Marshall will entertain. Children's activities include pumpkin painting ($1 per pumpkin), games, face painting, a scavenger hunt and pictures taken with a live scarecrow. Display and voting continue through Nov. 15. This fundraiser for the landmark Spring Hill waterfall is held in conjunction with the Spring Hill Garden Club's fall plant sale at the adjacent plant nursery. (352) 683-9933; naturecoastgardens.com.

Scarecrow Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. Make your own scarecrow and enjoy games, a pumpkin patch, bounce houses, face painting and train rides. No coolers, food or beverages allowed. Service animals only. $3 admission. Free for kids under 3. (352) 567-0262; pioneerfloridamuseum.org.

Pumpkin patch, 2 to 8 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 16-31 at First United Methodist Church, 5901 Indiana Ave., New Port Richey. (727) 842-7674; fumcnpr.com.

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