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  1. 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.

  2. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

    Editor's pick

    Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music delights audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. It has it all-the pumpkin, the glass slipper, favorite songs including, In My Own Little Corner-plus surprising new twists.

    Price: $56-$82.

  3. Los Lonely Boys

    Editor's pick

    Capitol Theatre

    Downtown Clearwater : 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 33755

    After one of the three siblings, Henry, sustained serious injuries in a fall from the stage in 2013, the blues, rock 'n' roll band is back and touring in support of their latest album release, Revelation. 

    Price: $31.75-$38.75.

  4. RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships

    Editor's pick

    Pier 60

    Clearwater Beach : 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach, 33767

    Last year's competition, held in Italy, attracted  athletes from 17 nations on four continents. This is the first time this international event has been held in the U.S. and more than 100 domestic and international athletes are expected to compete. All of the competitors are 18 and under, a …

    Price: Free for spectators.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 Smash Mouth.


  7. 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.

  8. Help for Home Gardeners

    Palm Harbor Library

    Palm Harbor : 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor, 34683

    Got garden questions? Find answers to common landscape, pest and garden problems from Master Gardeners at weekly plant clinic on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring plant samples, no appointment needed.

    Price: Free.

  9. Fit for the Cure

    The Shops at Wiregrass

    Wesley Chapel : 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel, 33543

    For every woman getting a bra fitting at participating Dillard's locations, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for breast cancer research. Also, they will donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapeware piece or b.tempt'd bra purchased.

    Price: Free.

  10. 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.

  11. Fall Festival Open House

    Pinecrest Place Retirement Community

    Largo : 1150 Eighth Ave. SW, Largo, 33770

    Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the Pinecrest Place facility for a firsthand look at residential homes floor plans. Seasonal treats and beverages will be provided.

    Price: Free.

  12. Military Officers Association of America Luncheon

    Clearwater Country Club

    Downtown Clearwater : 525 N Betty Lane, Clearwater, 33755

    The Clearwater Chapter of The Military Officers Association (MOAA) invites all military officers, their spouses, survivors and friends to its monthly meeting and program. October's guest speaker will be Congressman David Jolly. 

    Price: $18.

  13. Roger Day

    Safety Harbor Library

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

    The two-time Parents Choice Award-winning performer presents a comical show encouraging children to sing loud, jump high and dream big.

    Price: Free.

  14. Circus Rainbow

    Cornerstone Center

    St. Petersburg : 300 31st St. N, St. Petersburg, 33713

    The traveling circus of the LGBT community brings us family friendly acts by award winning Broadway producers designed to make us laugh, gasp and wonder "how do they do that." Early evening shows are family oriented. Late shows may contain adult material.

    Price: $30, $15 children, 2 and younger free.

  15. Craft: Cultural Meet Up

    Largo Cultural Center

    Largo : 105 Central Park Drive, Largo, 33771

    Bring business cards and event fliers for a tour of the Largo Cultural Center followed by drinks and conversation at Barley Mow Brewing Company. RSVP required at

    Price: Free.

  16. Archaeology of Hunting

    Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center

    Safety Harbor : 329 S Bayshore Blvd. , Safety Harbor, 34695

    Guests learn about prehistoric hunting techniques as they try their hand at throwing an atlatl, a tool that predates the bow and arrow.

    Price: Free.

  17. Sunsets at Selby

    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

    Sarasota : 811 S Palm Ave., Sarasota, 34236

    The Gardens stay open for extended hours with craft beer tastings, wine walks, tapas samples, entertainment and live music.

    Price: $12, $10 members, 12 and younger free.

  18. Metropolitan Opera Encore in HD: Le Nozze di Figaro

    Park Place Stadium 16

    Pinellas Park : 7200 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park, 33781

    The MET series encore features Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. Met Music Director James Levine conducts a spirited new production of Mozart's masterpiece, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action of this classic domestic comedy in an 18th-century manor house in Seville during the 1930s. Also b …

    Price: $54, $23 seniors, $19 child (price varies by location).

  19. Haunted Angelus House

    Editor's pick

    The Angelus

    West Pasco : 12413 Hudson Ave., Hudson, 34669

    Situated on 25 acres of land, the PG-13 rated, handicapped-accessible haunt features pirate-themed decor,  hay rides, a one-mile haunted trail, a kid-friendly haunt and other hair-raising terror. Only the main haunt is open on Wednesdays.

    Price: $12 (main haunt); $8 (pirate haunt); $8 (hay ride); $23 all three. Unlimited passes are $30 adults, $12 ages 5-10. On Wednesdays only the main haunt is open and it's $10 all ages.

  20. Chow and Ciao

    Tate's Pizzeria and Sports Bar

    South Tampa : 3342 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 33629

    Combine fun, conversation and cuisine in class series that explores all things Italian, plus dinner at each class. Four or six week series Wednesdays beginning Oct. 22, through Nov. 12 for four weeks, Nov. 26 for six weeks.

    Price: $225 per person, $430 per couple for four weeks; $300 per person, $580 per couple for six weeks.

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