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  1. John's Pass Seafood Festival: Hallween Block Party

    Editor's pick

    John's Pass Village and Boardwalk

    North Pinellas beaches : 150 John's Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach, 33708

    This popular annual event returns to John's Pass for its 33rd year and has more than 100 seafood options this year, a Halloween block party, costume contests, arts and crafts, live music, trick-or-treating and children's activities.

    The first grouper sandwiches start rolling out at 3 p.m. and from 7 to 11 p.m.  things heat up with a huge block party and costume contest for adults with more than $1,000 in cash and prizes doled out. Food vendors, beer trucks and full bar run all night.

    Price: Free (food/drink additional).

  2. Halloween Horror Nights

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    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 2 a.m.

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

  3. Wild n' Wicked Nights

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    Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

    Spring Hill / West Hernando : 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, 34606

    Ghoulish mermaids take over the state park to present the "Tail of Darkness" show along with a haunted trail, costume and scream contests, a kids' maze, the "Fairest of them All" animal show, a safe house (haunted house), the 'Goblin's Revenge' haunted house, petting zoo and carni …

    Price: $6; $4 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free.

  4. Hellview Haunted Cemetery

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    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.

  5. Howl-O-Scream

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    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.

  6. Radley Haunted House

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    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.

  7. CANCELED Sammy Hagar

    Ruth Eckerd Hall

    Clearwater : 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, 33759

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame metal head is joined by his band, The Wabos.

    Price: $49.50-$115.

  8. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

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    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.

  9. Tampa Bay Lightning Watch Party: Vs. Winnipeg Jets

    Guy Harvey Outpost: A Tradewinds Resort

    South Pinellas beaches : 6000 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, 33706

    The Tampa Bay Lightning are out of town, but you can still cheer them on among fellow fans at a watch party with food and drink specials, giveaways and appearances by Thunderbug and the Lightning Girls.

    Price: Free (food/drink/parking additional).

  10. 13 Ugly Men: Halloween Freakshow

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    District 3

    Downtown Tampa : 802 E Whiting St. , Tampa, 33602

    These "ugly" men sure know how to party and garner hundreds of folks at their annual events and then give all the proceeds away. This year marks the 17th annual Halloween Freakshow, complete with costumes, twisted entertainment and a DJ. The party goes on until 3 a.m..

    Price: $15 women, $25 men.

  11. Honda Civic Tour

    Jannus Live

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    The American Authors, known for their hit Best Day of My Life, will headline the thirteenth annual tour, along with The Mowglis and Oh Honey.

    Price: $18 advance, $20 day of show.

  12. Helloween 11

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    Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi

    Tampa : 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa, 33602

    Always one of the biggest costume parties in Tampa, this annual Halloween haunt at Jackson's this year comes with the theme "Something Wicked This Way Comes," including a haunted house, DJ dancing and $5,000 costume contest.

    Price: $20, $30 VIP.

  13. Steam Fridays: Halloween Party

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    The Honey Pot

    Ybor City : 1507 E Seventh Ave. , Tampa, 33605

    "What happens in the graveyard...stays in the graveyard" at this Halloween party with deadly drag shows by Amy DeMilo, Alisa Summers and Trinity Taylor, music by DJ Charles Machado and $1 drinks until 11 p.m.

    Price: TBA

  14. Hawks, Line and Sinker Tournament

    Hula Bay Club

    MacDill Area : 5210 W Tyson Ave., Tampa, 33611

    This catch and release tournament for snook, trout and redfish features prizes for the longest in each species and largest total for all three by one angler. Benefits HCC Workforce Training scholarships.

    Price: $1,500 two anglers.

  15. RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships

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    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.

  16. World Paddle Association Paddle Championships

    Sirata Beach Resort

    South Pinellas beaches : 5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    A weekend of vendors, clinics, yoga sessions, board demonstrations and world class paddle board racing.

    Price: TBA

  17. 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.

  18. 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 Jim Brickman.


  19. 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.

  20. Fit for the Cure

    Dillard's at Citrus Park Town Center

    Citrus Park : 8161 Citrus Park Drive, Tampa, 33625

    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.

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