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  1. Halloween Spree

    Glazer Children's Museum

    Downtown Tampa : 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

    The Glazer Children's Museum will be offering safe trick-or-treating, costume parade, story time, dancing to music by DJ Jake Dela Cruz, pumpkin carving, games, prizes and refreshments.

    Price: $8, $6.50 members.

  2. Nocturnal's Halloween Bash

    Editor's pick

    Hogan's Beach

    Rocky Point : 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, 33607

    It's only appropriate that rapper Vanilla Ice headlines this '90s themed Halloween party with DJs spinning hits from the decade, drink specials and a $5,000 costume contest for sexiest, scariest and "totally '90s" costumes. The party goes on until 3 a.m.

    Price: $13.50-$25.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Haunted Trail

    Big Cat Rescue

    Citrus Park : 12802 Easy St., Tampa, 33625

    Keep your eyes open for characters from scary movies as you make your way along the haunted trail through a spooky cemetery and Cypress marsh. Open for ages 10 and older only. No costumes.

    Price: $25.

  6. Hellview Haunted Cemetery

    Editor's pick

    Hellview Cemetery

    St. Petersburg : 510 49th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33703

    Hellview Cemetery is a free local haunted attraction. This year, the disappearance of Madame Oar leaves the power balance in shambles as a new power grows inside Hellview's walls. Donations will be collected for the Florida Bat Conservancy and Child's Play, as well as local non-profit The Kind M …

    Price: Free.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Shephard's Gothic Halloween

    Shephard's Beach Resort

    Clearwater Beach : 619 S Gulfview Blvd. , Clearwater, 33767

    Shephard's annual Halloween party takes on a gothic twist with music by Kiss America, fire breathing, blood spitting and a costume contest for a $2,000 cash prize. The party goes on until 3 a.m.

    Price: $10.

  10. Chic a Boo!

    Kelly's for Just About Anything

    Dunedin : 319 Main St., Dunedin, 34698

    Celebrate Kelly's 25th anniversary with a Halloween bash including a costume contest for cash prizes and entertainment by DJ's Gus, Monica Moore and Luis.

    Price: $7.

  11. Novaween VIII

    Editor's pick

    NOVA 535

    St. Petersburg : 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg, 33707

    This year's 21 and older only "Don't H8 Celebr8" themed Halloween party has multiple bars, food, go-go dancers, a costume contest and plenty of scary surprises. The party rolls on until 3 a.m. Valet parking is free. 

    Price: $16 advance, $24 at the door.

  12. Stroller Strides Halloween Extravaganza

    Westshore Plaza Mall

    Westshore : 250 Westshore Plaza, Tampa, 33609

    Bring your baby and a 2 to 3-pound pumpkin to the third floor of the parking garage for a Halloween themed work out. Then, move to the mall's center court for a costume party with stroller treating, photographs, pumpkin painting, giveaways and play time.

    Price: Free.

  13. 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.

  14. Dino-Ween

    Dinosaur World

    Plant City : 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City, 33565

    One child in a costume gets in free with one paid adult. Leashed dogs in costume welcome.

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  15. 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.

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  16. Halloween Blood Drive

    Memorial Park Funeral Home

    St. Petersburg : 5750 49th St. N, St. Petersburg, 33709

    On Halloween, the bloodier, the better. Donate your time (and blood) before heading off to trick-or-treat, or party, and help save lives.

    Price: Free.

  17. 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.

  18. PNC Days

    Great Explorations Children's Museum

    Fourth Street Garden District : 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33704

    Kids can learn about managing money as they make their own piggy bank and do coin rubbings.

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  19. Pre-School Story Time

    Safety Harbor Library

    Safety Harbor : 101 Second St. N, Safety Harbor, 34695

    Come dressed in your costume for this monster mash for children including songs, games, not-so-spooky stories and snacks.

    Price: Free.

  20. 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.

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