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Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Oct. 26-Nov. 1

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30:  Musician Taylor Swift attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Musician Taylor Swift attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Taylor Swift: The stadium-sized concert of the year has finally arrived, Swifties! So get ready to Shake It Off as T-Swift wraps up her U.S. tour on Halloween night (that's Saturday, if you haven't already marked your calendars) at Raymond James Stadium. $65-$195.50. For all things Taylor, check out our 10 Days of Taylor at tbtim.es/taylorswift.

More music: If you and Tay-Tay are Never Ever Getting Back Together, there's plenty of tunes in the bay area this week, including Scottish indie-electro-pop outfit Chvrches at Jannus Live the same night ($23). The Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor with acts like Desaparecidos, Lagwagon, the Menzingers and Teenage Bottlerocket takes over Ybor City venues Wednesday and Thursday ($80 two-day pass, or $10-$25 individual shows). Dust in the Wind hitmakers Kansas also take a two-day stand Wednesday and Thursday at the Capitol Theatre ($39.50-$49.50). Former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler performs Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($68.50-$158.50).

Halloween

Halloween Pops: The Florida Orchestra performs spooky songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Harry Potter, Jaws and more, with conductor Jeff Tyzik and vocalists Lisa Vroman and Doug LaBrecque. $15-$45. Performances are Friday at the Straz Center, Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. (727) 892-3337.

The Exorcist: See the classic 1973 horror flick on the big screen Thursday at Tampa Theatre with none other than actor Linda Blair (who played Regan) sharing behind-the-scenes stories from filming. $43, $103.50 VIP meet and greet. (813) 274-8981.

Helloween 12: Always one of the biggest costume parties in Tampa, this annual Halloween haunt at Jackson's on Friday comes this year with the theme Twisted Fairy Tales, including three areas of DJ dancing and $5,000 costume contest prize money. $10-$20. (813) 277-0112.

More Halloween: Find plenty of other spooky events at tampabay.com/holiday.

DATE NIGHT

So You Think You Can Dance: This season, the TV show mixed things up by splitting dancers into stage and street styles. The top 10 finalists perform Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $43.25-$83.25; $160 dinner package. (727) 791-7400.

Doug Benson: The comedian performs his stoner-comedy standup Thursday at the Improv and follows it up by recording his Doug Loves Movies podcast there Saturday. $20. (813) 864-4000.

Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Oct. 26-Nov. 1 10/25/15 [Last modified: Sunday, October 25, 2015 9:34pm]
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