Battle Run: Heroes vs. Villains
This 1-mile run/5K turns epic when racers decide if they want to run as a hero or villain. All runners bolt up Clearwater's Memorial Causeway Bridge together after a 7:30 a.m. Saturday start, then branch off into two separate groups. Then cheer your head off to see who crosses the finish line first: Voldemort or Superman? The race entry includes a T-shirt, surprises along the route, music, food, drinks, finishers medals and prizes for best costumes. Proceeds benefit Directions for Living, so everyone's a hero. It's $20-$30 in advance at Active.com, $25-$35 day of at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. (727) 524-4464, ext. 1445.
Rocky Horror Picture Show: 40th Anniversary Party
It's just a jump to the left. And then a step to the right. And you too can do the Time Warp again when Jannus Live hosts a watch party for the longest-running theatrical release in film history. Come dressed as your favorite Rocky Horror Picture Show character (there's a costume contest for cash prizes) and buy a prop bags. Best of all, it's free starting at 8 p.m. Friday in the courtyard at 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg.
Bring your A-game: Helloween 12
This party at Jackson's Bistro in South Tampa is always one of the biggest costume parties in Tampa. With $5,000 in prize money at stake the costume designers pull out the stops. Last year's crowd favorite Exorcist costume took home $1,500 for the clever trick of a floating body and priest. Admission to Helloween is $10 for women, $15 for men, $20 for VIP starting at 9 p.m. Friday. Also of note is Jackson's Halloween party on Saturday with live violin music by Dave Damage along with DJ Pedro M and zombies. Because of the daylight saving time change, the party goes until 4 a.m. Admission is $15 advance, $20 at the door starting at 10 p.m. Saturday. 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. (813) 277-0112.
Halloween in drag: Screaming Queens
Leave it to Hamburger Mary's to put together a Halloween-themed drag show with some of the area's best performers including Esme Russell, Kiala Santi, Desiree Demorney, Amanda D'Rod and Jocelyn Summers. No cover, $2 seat at Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grille, 1600 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Shows are at 5:30, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
MORE TREATS: For more Halloween fun, see tampabay.com/holiday.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer, [email protected] Follow @SharonKWn.