Howl-O-Scream: Busch Gardens gets in the Halloween spirit with haunted houses, scare zones, roller coasters in the dark and spooky live shows. This year, Taco Bus will be at the park for late-night grub. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. at Busch Gardens in Tampa. Online tickets start at $48; other deals include the Thursday Four Pack where tickets range from $30-$35 each. (813) 987-5600. Watch our video with insider tips at tampabay.com/things-to-do.
Music and Movies in the Park: Bring a picnic and enjoy the water view with music by the Dead Ichthyologists before a screening of Breakfast at Tiffany's at dark. Music starts at 6 p.m. in North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. Free (donations appreciated). (727) 824-7802.
A Raisin in the Sun: Three generations of the Younger family face the struggles of reaching their goals as a black family on the south side of Chicago in 1959. Show starts at 8 p.m. at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $26; $22 students and seniors. (813) 727-2708.
Pete Lee: The comedian made his television debut in 2005 on Comedy Central's Premium Blend and now produces and edits his own web show New York Minute: 30 on msn.com and is a cast member on VH1's Best Week Ever. See him at 8:30 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$14. (813) 960-1197.
Afrojack: This A-List DJ known for his party soundtracks has collaborated with big names including Pitbull and Beyonce. See him at 9 p.m. at Hogan's Beach, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $22.50-$40. (813) 281-8900.
SERIES PREMIERE Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, 8 p.m., ABC Another one of those "fairy tale-meets-real life" shows, which seem to be all the rage right now. Lewis Carroll probably wouldn't approve, even with John Lithgow playing the White Rabbit.
Project Runway, 9 p.m., Lifetime The contestants get ready for New York Fashion Week, which can mean only one thing: There's only one more week to watch Tim Gunn tell people to pull themselves together.
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