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Halloween Horror Nights: Fresh scares, cult horror

Halloween Horror Nights show director Charles Gray recently called the Times to chat about what goes into bringing the best scares to the 27th year of Halloween Horror Nights. Click here for a guide.

  1. Halloween Horror Nights: 'The Shining,' 'Saw' and more things to give you nightmares at Universal Orlando


    The 27th year of Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights will scare the pants off you -- in the best possible way.

    The scare zone inspired by horror flick Trick r' Treat is one of the most beautiful at this year's Halloween Horror Nights 27.
  2. Top things to do this week in Tampa Bay: 'Rick and Morty' mobile, Wanderlust 108, Howl-O-Scream


    WARP SPEED: Rick and Morty's Rickmobile

  3. Directors of Haunted Mansion doc talk bringing piece of Disney history to Orlando


    Filmmakers Ryan Grulich and James H. Carter II aren't just casual fans of The Haunted Mansion ride. They're obsessed.

    Publicity still from the Foolish Mortals documentary.
  4. See ghost tours and scary movies at Tampa Theatre leading up to Halloween


    Neat trick, Tampa Theatre, packing so many Halloween treats into the fifth annual Nightmare on Franklin Street.

    While Tampa Theatre was sure to include some classics, the lineup also features some exciting detours from nostalgia. 
Universal Pictures and Times files
  5. Pumpkin spice: gateway drug to candy canes


    Think Christmas creep, but orange: A slew of pumpkin-flavored products inspired by fall are turning up earlier each year, arriving in July and August as a harbinger of a season that this year doesn't officially begin until Friday.

    It’s here: You can eat pumpkin-spice foods all day.
  6. Halloween Horror Nights show director talks bringing fresh scares, cult horror to Universal Orlando


    Charles Gray is the man behind the screams at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights.

    At last year's Halloween Horror Nights, horror fans screamed in terror when  confronted by Twisty the clown in the American Horror Story house.
  7. Tips for throwing dinner parties from a seasoned pro


    I was cocky. I had nearly finished cooking school, I could make a genoise and a decent hollandaise. But, in much the way an amateur juggler who has mastered the basic three-ball cascade assumes she's ready for four, I was overconfident. In juggling, difficulty increases exponentially as you add objects. I'm pretty sure …

  8. Red Mesa restaurants closing now to get ready for Hurricane Irma

    Food & Dining

    Tampa Bay restaurants are adopting a "better safe than sorry" strategy with the approach of Hurricane Irma. Peter Veytia, co-owner of Red Mesa, Red Mesa Cantina and Red Mesa Mercado, all in St. Petersburg, is closing as of tonight until further notice.

  9. Insider tips: Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a deal if you go early


    Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is already spooking up the Magic Kingdom on select nights, and it can offer a rare chance to play in the world's busiest theme park for under $100.

    Guests wait along Main Street USA for Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom.
(Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel)
  10. Restaurant review: Bayshore Mediterranean Grill brings Turkish fare, and ballooning lavash bread, to Tampa

    Food & Dining


    The signature dish alone is worth the trip. They will tell you about it: oven-baked hummus ($10.99). Mmm, okay. Pureed chickpeas with tahini, only warm? Hummus is so ubiquitous these days it's probably offered as a Lunchable.

    Kebabs make up the bulk of the menu at Bayshore Mediterranean Grill, such as this ground lamb Beyti kebab, set on lavash bread and napped with tomato sauce and tangy yogurt.