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Things to do planner: Big Halloween party scene, Oktoberfest with a midway

First place winners of the Mama Guava Costume Contest “The Voodoo Group” on stage at Guavaween in Tampa  last year.

Luis Santana | Times (2014)

First place winners of the Mama Guava Costume Contest “The Voodoo Group” on stage at Guavaween in Tampa last year.

GRAB YOUR GHOUL: Halloween party time

Better hurry and get that Game of Thrones costume finished because this is the big weekend for Halloween parties before the big day comes next week, and we have a full list on Page 6. Partygoers can choose between a Mad Max-style post-apocalyptic Guavaween in Ybor City on Saturday at the Cuban Club. It's now a ticketed party instead of a raucous street parade: $12-$25 general; $65-$85 VIP at guavaweentampa.com. Or indulge in a decadent 13 Ugly Men: 13 Ugly Sins party on Friday with the pretty people who party with the Ugly Men raising money for charity for the last 18 years. Admission is $25 women, $35 men at District 3, 802 E Whiting St., Tampa, at 8 p.m. Friday.

Less a party than street festival, Dia de Los Muertos Fiesta in Dunedin on Saturday will bring a giant Mexican celebration honoring lost loved ones with arts and crafts, authentic Mexican food, pinatas, face painting, Groupo Folklorico Mahetzy and a candlelit procession. It's free and runs 1-11 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue.

For more Halloween fun, from events to a guide to scare zones to costume suggestions, see tampabay.com/holiday.

DO YOUR WURST: Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Oktoberfest

One of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations of the season is coming this weekend to Tampa Bay Downs featuring a full midway carnival with rides. The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Oktoberfest expects 10,000 people to head to the giant Munich-style tent set up at the horse track, with music, German-style food and beer, games for kids and competitions including stein holding, log sawing, barrel rolling and keg tossing. Admission is $5, 12 and younger free at Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa. It runs 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-7 p.m. Sunday.

Things to do planner: Big Halloween party scene, Oktoberfest with a midway 10/21/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 1:38pm]
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