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  1. Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor

    Editor's pick

    The Orpheum

    Ybor City : 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City, 33605

    For the second year, Gainesville's Fest will kick off with this two-day mini festival at Ybor City venues including the Orpheum, Crowbar, New World Brewery and Tequilas. Headliners include, Less Than Jake, Screaming Females, the Menzingers, Cheap Girls, Tim Barry, Strike Anywhere and A Wilhelm S …

    Price: $50 two-day passes, $60 at the door; $10-$25 individual tickets; $140 combo pass.

  2. Music and Movies in the Park

    Editor's pick

    North Straub Park

    Downtown St. Petersburg : Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg, 33701

    This weekly series features musical talents from Florida who entertain before a classic movie screening. Bring a picnic and enjoy the water view. The music starts at 6 p.m., and the films start at dark. Families are encouraged to ride their bicycles to the films. Free and secure valet bicycle pa …

    This week features a Halloween costume contest with music by Between Bluffs followed by a screening of Goonies. Movie goers are encouraged to wear a Halloween costume and enter the costume contest. Because of larger crowds, the movie will be projected on the north wall of the Museum of Fine Arts.

    Price: Free (donations appreciated).

  3. Our Town Conversations

    Editor's pick

    Dali Museum

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg, 33701

    Host Carol Mickett, philosopher and artist, leads this monthly series of talks with local heroes about their visions, accomplishments and contributions to shaping the identity of our town. Come early for hors d'oeuvres and cocktails at Cafe Gala.

    This portion features Kanika Tomalin, Deputy Mayor of St. Petersburg.

    Price: $5, free for members.

  4. Halloween Horror Nights

    Editor's pick

    Universal Orlando

    Orlando : 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 32819

    On select nights through Nov. 1, Universal Studios is transformed into a nightmarish labyrinth of eight haunted houses, multiple street experiences and live shows. Highlights this year are houses based on Halloween, Alien vs. Predator and The Walking Dead. Costumes, make-up and masks are not all …

    Remains open until midnight.

    Price: $95.99 general, $41.99-$72.99 add on to daily admission ticket, $45.99-72.99 Florida resident.

  5. TASCO Field of Screams: Carnival of Chaos

    Editor's pick

    Boyd Hill Environmental Studies Area

    St. Petersburg : 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg, 33705

    This ninth annual event challenges you to escape the Fun House, navigate through the dark woods, break out of the big top and flee the midway to safety. Participants are exposed to darkness, loud noises, bright lights, wooded trails and intense scare zones. Not suitable for children.

    Price: $15, $10 ages 18 and younger.

  6. Howl-O-Scream

    Editor's pick

    Busch Gardens

    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    Busch Gardens' Halloween celebration with haunted houses, scare zones, roller coasters in the dark and spooky live shows. This year brings "Dead Fall," a new haunt in which ghosts of our memories reach into the present to never be forgotten. Remains open until 1 a.m. Not recommended fo …

    Price: $45-$65.

  7. Radley Haunted House

    Editor's pick

    Radley Haunted House

    St. Petersburg : 3900 19th St. N, St. Petersburg, 33714

    This elaborate haunted house set up in a residential neighborhood has a new theme: Dr. Radley's Nightmare Machine. Blood will be used in the outdoor, eerie environment and touching is not allowed. Recommended for ages 13 and older. Benefits the Cancer Research Institute.

    Price: $5.

  8. Tour of Ofrendas

    Casa Tina Gourmet Mexican & Vegetarian

    Dunedin : 365 Main St., Dunedin, 34698

    Take a self guided walk tour of the downtown shopping district and view Dia de los Muertos ofrendas (altars) created by area businesses. Traditionally, the altars are made from candles, flowers, leaves, photos and colorful paper as a dedication to lost relatives or pets. Merchants will have thei …

    Price: Free.

  9. EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival 2014

    Epcot at Walt Disney World

    Lake Buena Vista : 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 32830

    From Sept. 19 through Nov. 10, take your taste buds on a trip around the world to sample tapas-sized treats, learn culinary secrets and sip exotic beverages while touring World Showcase. Other events include Food and Wine pairing dinners, Wine "Schools'', the Eat to the Beat Concert series  …

    Today's Eat to the Beat concert features Dennis DeYoung.


  10. Tampa Bay Senior Expo

    Gulfveiw Square Mall

    West Pasco : 9409 US Hwy 19 North, Port Richey, 34668

    Stroll around the mall and browse exhibits from local organizations offering products, tips, advice and free giveaways. There will be health screening and free giveaways. 

    Price: Free.

  11. Pumpkin Patch for Dogs

    Humane Society of Tampa Bay

    Tampa : 3607 N Armenia Ave., Tampa, 33607

    Bring your children and your pets for photos among thousands of pumpkins and gourds and festive Halloween decorations. Pick out a plump pumpkin or a painted jack-o-lantern to take home. Pumpkin sales benefit homeless pets.

    Price: Cost of pumpkins only.

  12. Our America

    Carrollwood Cultural Center

    Carrollwood : 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, 33625

    A.C.T. for Youth uses heroes Mike Fink and Sally Ann Thunder to explore Asian-American, Latin-American and Native-American cultures along with the history of the Underground Railroad.

    Price: $7, $6 members.

  13. Zumba Gold

    Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center

    Dunedin : 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, 34698

    A fitness program designed specifically for older adults using Latin and international rhythms and easy to follow moves.

    Price: $4, $3 with I.D. card.

  14. Miracle on South Division Street

    Early Bird Dinner Theatre

    Pinellas Park : 13355 49th St N, Clearwater, 33762

    In this holiday story, a family's longtime legend unravel when the famed sighting of the Blessed Mother may not be what it appears. Through Dec. 21.

    Price: $32 for dinner and show.

  15. Florida Orchestra Coffee Concerts: Magic, Mystery and Music

    Editor's pick

    Mahaffey Theater

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Stuart Malina conducts Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone Suite, Mozart's The Magic Flute Overture and Dvorak's The Noon Witch.

    Price: $24-$42.

  16. Top Chefs Pumpkin Fight

    Epicurean Hotel

    Tampa : 1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 33606

    Area chefs' carved pumpkins are on display in the lobby until Halloween; guest donations benefit Feeding America Tampa Bay.

    Price: Donations appreciated.

  17. Halloween Costume Swap

    East Lake Community Library

    East Lake : 4125 East Lake Road, East Lake, 34685

    Parents don't have to buy their children a new costume every year. Just take them and their old costume to the library and trade it for a new one. Don't have a costume to trade? Make a $5 donation and your child can still take home a new costume. Takes place during library hours through Oct. 30. …

    Price: Free with costume, $5 without costume.

  18. Wild Edibles

    Sweetwater Organic Community Farm

    Town 'n' Country : 6942 W Comanche Ave., Tampa, 33634

    Join a folk herbalist for a "weed walk" to learn about free food that grows wild, and easily, in Central Florida.

    Price: $15-$20.

  19. Angry Open

    Seminole Lake Country Club

    Seminole : 6100 Augusta Blvd., Seminole, 33777

    The annual four-person scramble with a shotgun start includes skin screenings, cart, greens fees, range balls, goodie bag, dinner, auction and prizes for closest to pin and longest drive. Benefits the Philip A. Bryant Melanoma Foundation.

    Price: $125.

  20. Armadillo Factory Tour

    Armadillo Enterprises

    Town 'n' Country : 4924 W Waters Ave., Tampa, 33634

    The makers of Dean Guitars, ddrum and Luna Guitars invites the public to watch as they make their instruments. Reservations required.

    Price: Free.

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