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  1. Must see: SeaWorld's wardrobe department made a coat for a featherless penguin


    Attention fashionistas: Check out the custom-designed frock one of SeaWorld's penguins is sporting these days at the park's Antarctica attraction.

    One of SeaWorld’s penguins gets a custom wet suit.
  2. From Howl-O-Scream to Lowry Park Zoo, scare actors share their secrets


    They get punched in the face and covered in fake blood, and their bosses love it when they make someone wet their pants.

    University of South Florida biomedical science student Lindsay Weppelman, 19, plays a zombie bride at Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream, sometimes posing for “zelfies” with parkgoers.
  3. Your guide to MegaCon Tampa Bay's guests, panels and more


    This weekend the Tampa Convention Center will be filled with geeks, cosplayers, comic book lovers and plenty of Whovians celebrating all the great things about living in the nerddom.

    David Tennant from "Doctor Who" will appear at MegaCon Tampa Bay. [BBC AMERICA]
  4. Column: Halloween plus MegaCon equals the perfect time to get 'Stranger'


    I was chatting with some folks recently — adults, I should specify. I asked if they dressed up for Halloween. Not really, they said, and asked the same.

    Eleanor Zayas, 1, models her costume as Eleven from the Netflix show Stranger Things.
  5. Things to do planner: Olympic gymnasts on tour, Ina Garten, Halloween parties


    OLYMPIC GOLD: Top gymnasts

    Brace yourself, Final Five fans, the biggest names in gymnastics will make a stop in Tampa on Sunday for the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions. Performers include the Olympic Final Five — Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie …

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  6. 'Stranger Things,' Ryan Lochte, Trump: 2016 pop culture Halloween costumes


    Not everyone is a fan of 2016.

    We've lost beloved rock stars, watched a trashed gas-station bathroom become the biggest story of the Olympics and lived through creepy clown hysteria. Smartphones exploded. Brangelina broke up. We had to keep hearing about Hulk Hogan's sex tape. And we haven't even mentioned the …

  7. Plan your weekend Oct. 21-23: Halloween parties, Mike Mills classical show, Stone Crab Weekend, MarineQuest and science festival


    Plan your weekend


    Mike Mills and Robert McDuffie: One of the founders of R.E.M., Mills has created a classical collaboration with violinist Robert McDuffie. Their ensemble of string and rock musicians will perform Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra at 8 …

  8. Column: Trumpkins, celeb divorce and other ideas for your pumpkin this year


    Carving a pumpkin in Florida is a tricky thing. If you do it too early, the gourds dissolve into a disgusting puddle on your front porch steps, eaten by bugs and inhabited by frogs. If you do it too late, you're rushing the process, pitting it against finding time to finalize your Voldemort wand made from polymer …

  9. Things to do planner: Tampa Pig Jig, stone crab party, MarineQuest science festival, Rowdies bring 'Fight Song' singer


    GET CRACKING: Stone Crab Weekend

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  10. 5 things to do under $5: Chalk art, sports industry lecture, Pinellas Pie Festival


    1Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival: It's free to see the work of more than 40 chalk artists along the Beach Walk this weekend. The public will get to vote for their favorite artist, and there will be a kids zone, arts and crafts vendors and music. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at …

    (10/28/12 Clearwater) Kelsea Selle, 11, smudges chalk in her Hawaiian flower drawing, located next to the chalk drawing "This Island Earth 1955", right, by Ana Bruno-Stump during the last day of the Clearwater Beach Chalk Walk Festival Oct. 28, 2012 on South Gulfview Blvd across the street from the beach in Clearwater. The three-day festival featured single, group and student artists who were able to work on their pieces through the weekend until they were judged on Sunday for cash prizes. Free chalk was also provided so that members of the public could make their own creations. [Photo by Leah Millis]