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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. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  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. Field of Screams

    Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex

    Seminole : 9100 113th St. N, Seminole, 33772

    Celebrate Halloween with an evening of laughs, screams, and activities featuring trick-or-treating, bounce houses, inflatable slides, costume contest and a carved pumpkin contest.

    Price: $5.

  13. Hoedown Fall Festival

    Kiddy Up Ranch

    West Pasco : 10740 Brian Lane, New Port Richey, 34654

    The Halloween themed event includes a chili cookoff (Friday only), pony rides, trick and treats, spooky hay rides, costume contest, petting zoo, bounce house, dancing and crafts. Benefits Kiddy Up Ranch's equine therapy programs.

    Price: $1 per car, $3-$5 pony rides, hayrides and carriage rides.

  14. Sarasota Pumpkin Festival

    Payne Park

    Sarasota : 2050 Adams Lane, Sarasota, 34237

    This Halloween themed festival says it has something for everyone -- and they do have a grizzly bear. Put on your trick-or-treat costume and come out for live music, hay rides, face painting, a large variety of cuisine and tons of games and activities for all ages. See a grizzly bear show, costu …

    Price: $10, $7 students ages 12-18, $5 ages 4-11, 3 and younger free. Rides additional.

  15. Howl-O-Fest

    Boyd Hill Environmental Studies Area

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

    This two-day family friendly event includes inflatable games, a rock climbing wall, arts and crafts, hay rides, trick-or-treating, a kids trail and a spooky trail for children of all ages. Benefits the City of St. Petersburg TASCO Teen Programs. 

    Price: $5, $1 spooky trail, $1 kids trail, $1 hayride.

  16. Central Zombie Pub Crawl

    Green Bench Brewing Co.

    St. Petersburg : 1133 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33705

    Dress like a zombie and get ready to scare the daylights out of patrons at seven Central Avenue area bars. Stops include Green Bench, Enigma, The Burg, Queens Head, Garage, Lucky Star and Georgie's Alibi. Transportation provided for those too rotten to walk. Benefits riders in the Smart Ride to  …

    Price: $25, $20 with student I.D.

  17. Children's Halloween Spooktacular

    Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis

    South Pinellas beaches : 10315 Paradise Blvd., Treasure Island, 33706

    This annual fall festival and Halloween event includes a costume contest, carnival games, a singing scarecrow, moonwalks, balloon art, magician, food, a haunted hayride and spooky cemetery. Costume contest judging begins at 6:30 p.m.

    Price: Free (hayride/cemetery/food additional)

  18. Brandon Haunted House

    Belli Estate

    Brandon : 2300 Green Lawn St., Brandon, 33511

    A spooky haunted house for adults and an "un-haunted" house for children ages 8 and younger. Benefits the American Cancer Society.

    Price: $10 advance, $12 at the door, $5 ages 8 and younger.

  19. Haunted Tram Rides

    Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park

    Citrus County : 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, 34446

    Pepper Creek Trail is transformed for a spooky tram ride. A haunted house, costume contests, face painting and games are included. The fundraising event is sponsored by the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park. 

    Price: $5, $3 ages 12 and younger; $2 haunted house only.

  20. "Twisted Mind of Shamus McNasty" Haunted House

    Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex

    Seminole : 9100 113th St. N, Seminole, 33772

    Enter if you dare to follow the maze through a twisted mind of horror.

    Price: $5, two for one on Saturday.

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