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The March of the Pumpkin King is the latest attempt to keep Halloween alive in Ybor City, where the Guavaween celebration once drew crowds of 50,000 to 100,000 people and the problems that came with them. [Courtesy of the March of the Pumpkin King parade]

The March of the Pumpkin King is the latest attempt to keep Halloween alive in Ybor City, where the Guavaween celebration once drew crowds of 50,000 to 100,000 people and the problems that came with them. [Courtesy of the March of the Pumpkin King parade]

March of the Pumpkin King: File in behind the Pumpkin King as he leads themed floats on this costumed "people's parade" down Seventh Avenue. 21 and older only to participate in parade. The character "Dr. Paul Bearer II" will be grand marshal. A tented party follows the parade. 7 p.m., Downtown Ybor City, E Seventh Avenue and N 14th Street, Tampa. $20 to participate. Free to watch. $10 after party. (813) 748-0069.

Guavaween: Now a ticketed party instead of a street parade, this year's Guavaween fills the Czar's parking lot with live music, DJ dancing and a costume contest. 21 and older only. 7 p.m., Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $10, $75 VIP. (813) 247-2664.

Cantina Halloweena: Red Mesa closes down the main dining room for this huge indoor and outdoor Halloween party. The party goes on until 3 a.m. 9 p.m., Red Mesa Cantina, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. No cover. (727) 896-8226.

Halloween ComicFest: A day of free full sized and mini comic books with a costume contest and comic related activities. 10 a.m., Coliseum of Comics, 19412 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 528-8758.

Halloween in the Village: Costume clad children and their pets take over Davis Islands Village for this Halloween party with trick-or-treating, caricature artists, costume contests for pets and kids and a Halloween themed show. 11 a.m., Davis Islands Village, 304 E Davis Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 258-9181.

Thrill St. Pete: Special guest Michael Jackson impersonator Santana Jackson joins hundreds of zombie-faced dancers for a flash mob of the hit MTV video dance Thriller. This event is being held as part of the simultaneous global dance Thrill the World. 4 p.m., John's Pass Village and Boardwalk, 150 John's Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach. $6. (727) 455-5688.

Halloween Puppet Show Extravaganza: Punk-rockers, Green Jelly headline along with Last Caress, Mosquito Teeth and Switchblade Villain. 6 p.m., The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8-$10. (727) 258-4829.

The Candy Factory: A grand opening event for a Willy Wonka-themed art exhibit and an interactive art installation that mimics his chocolate factory. Music by DJ Mega. 6 p.m., Bloom Art Center, 910 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $7 in advance, includes 3D glasses.

Halloween Train Ride: Train lovers of all sizes will enjoy the 'not-so-spooky' matinee train ride through more than two miles of woods. Food vendors available. 6 p.m., Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. $5. (727) 639-7639.

Halloween Spooktacular and Fall Festival: Costume contest, carnival games, moon walks and more. Only the cemetery is open Saturday. 7 p.m., Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd., Treasure Island. Free, $2-$4 for some activities. (727) 547-4575, ext. 237.

Gulfport Monster Mash: Dress in a costume for this spooky Halloween dance with food, DJ music, raffle and a costume contest. 7 p.m., Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. $15. (727) 893-1244.

TASCO Field of Screams: The Asylum: This 11th annual event challenges you to escape the Asylum, navigate through the dark woods, survive the inmates and flee to safety. Participants are exposed to darkness, loud noises, bright lights, wooded trails and intense scare zones. Not suitable for children. 7 p.m., Boyd Hill Environmental Studies Area, 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 892-5060.

Mary Chapin Carpenter: The five time Grammy Award winner bring her Passionate Kisses to Clearwater. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $49-$69. (727) 791-7400.

Dracula: The Tampa Ballet Theatre gets the audience into the Halloween spirit with this three-act ballet based on Bram Stoker's gothic horror book, with music by composer Wojciech Kilar, the composer of the 1992 movie. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $15-$50. (727) 791-7400.

Haunted Hotel: Shephard's kicks off the Halloween season with a moderately spooky Halloween party featuring a $1000 cash prize for best costume, live music, DJ dancing and continuous horror movies on a 20-foot LED wall. $10. 8 p.m., Shephard's Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. (727) 442-5107.

The Delusionists: Local magician, Mr. Bones and his traveling troop perform their magic show as a fundraising benefit for the restoration and maintenance of the theater. 8 p.m., James McCabe Theater, 506 Fifth St., Valrico. $15, $13 students, seniors and military with ID. (813) 480-3147.

Downtown After Dark: Halloween in the City: Five venues wrap up five differently themed parties into one big Halloween event. Themes include "Superheroes vs. Villains" (The Franklin), "Addams Family Hounted House Party" (Anise Global Gastrobar), "Game of Throne White Walker Party (Holy Hogs), "Dance Party with Gone Legends" (Spain Restaurant) and "CarnEvil Glow Party" (Jerk Hut). Choose one or hop to all five. 10 p.m., The Franklin, 510 N Franklin St., Tampa. $15 one venue, $49 full access. (813) 447-8538.

Monsters Ball: The Halloween party features a DJ set by Orange is the New Black's Taryn Manning, monster mash-up mixes by DJ Barry Carew, WildCard and Basomatik,a stilt walker and performances by sexy inmate dancers. 10 p.m., Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $20. 1-866-502-7529.


Guppyween: Kids can put on their trick-or-treat costumes and come to the Aquarium's event with children's entertainment, lots of goodies and all the galleries. Kids in costume get in for $10. Ages 12 and older regular admission. 1 p.m., Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $24.95, $22.95 seniors, $19.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. Prices are generally about $2 cheaper if you buy them online at the aquarium's site. (813) 273-4000.


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