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5 things to do under $5: Holiday lights edition

This week's 5 under $5 list takes a side trip down a holiday path, and you should, too. We have made the tough call of picking five of our favorite places to see holiday lights. Michelle and Katie …


  1. What the fright? How did Halloween turn into such a huge holiday?


    Not that many years ago, Halloween consisted of a Peanuts special on television, a few hours of dressed-up kids stomping house to house to fill pillow cases with candy, and maybe a costume party at school or the library for older kids or adults.

    And that was it.

    Juan Acevedo, 21, of Zephyrhills stirs up scares at the Bedlam 3D haunted house at Scream-A-Geddon in Dade City.
  2. Freefall promises an undead evening with 'The Importance of Being Earnest with Zombies'



    The witty dialogue and plot entanglements are still there. Oscar Wilde's satirical depiction of Victorian society is still funny. It's just that this particular version of The Importance of Being Earnest, adapted by Freefall Theatre artistic director Eric Davis, includes the walking dead.

    Kelly Pekar plays a zombie-fighting Gwendolen Fairfax in Freefall Theatre’s zombie apocalypse adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest.
  3. Column: 4 ideas for local Tampa Bay Halloween costumes


    Going local is getting predictable, right?

    Crews from Sonny Glasbrenner Inc. dismantle the Pier in St. Petersburg on Monday.
  4. Art Planner: Make your own glass pumpkins, meet Clyde Butcher and take in photos of 1960s rockers

    Visual Arts


    You can meet Clyde Butcher on Saturday at Michele Tuegel Contemporary Gallery, 320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
  5. Dark places breed Gulfport woman's Halloween haunts

    Human Interest

    "I'm no Mary Poppins," Amy Slone says.

    If Poppins was obsessive-compulsive about a holiday, it would be Christmas. Slone hates Christmas. She has self-diagnosed OHD — Obsessive Halloween Disorder. Months before Halloween, she begins turning her Gulfport home — front to back, top to bottom — into …

    Amy Slone, sufferer of self-diagnosed Obsessive Halloween Disorder, has for the past 10 years built a haunted house at her Gulfport home. This year’s theme: post-nuclear apocalypse clown terror.
  6. Get your scares at these local Halloween haunts throughout October


    Finding a place to be scared into a stupor isn't hard for Central Floridians, who can look forward to an embarrassment of haunted riches every October. Everyone knows Halloween is more than a one night affair. You celebrate all month (  Actors emerge from a simulated farmhouse at the center of the Infected haunted house at Scream-A-Geddon in Dade City. (Saturday, September 26, 2015.) [Photo Luis Santana | Times]  (Saturday, September 26, 2015.) [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

  7. Here's how Halloween Horror Nights, Howl-O-Scream bring the scares this year


    Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights

    The epic 25th year of the nation?s best Halloween event, Universal Orlando?s Halloween Horror Nights, marks the biggest, longest and most intense event in history with nine haunted mazes, five unique scare zones and two thrilling shows. On select nights Sept. 18 through Nov. 1, guests can visit Universal Orlando?s theme parks by day and by night, become victims of their own horror film at Halloween Horror Nights 25.
  8. Here are some not-too-scary Halloween options for kids


    ZooBoo Kids: Lowry Park Zoo made a special point of dialing down the scares this year and turning this into a daytime event for ages 11 and younger, with extended hours on select days, "fright-free" festivities like trick-o-treat stations, a corn maze and kooky-not-spooky character appearances. Running from 1 to 7 p.m., …

    ZooBoo at Lowry Park Zoo features “fright-free” daytime festivities.
  9. Mark the date: This year's top Halloween parties and events


    Here are some of the top Halloween events to look forward to in the next month around Tampa Bay:

  10. We howled, we screamed, we got a first look at Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens


    The story of Scarlett could have been told in any century, but thankfully for local horror fans, they can experience it Scarlett, the character the "Unearthed" story is centered on. She was a village healer who turned to black magic to avenge her dead husband. The producer of The Blair Witch Project was been enlisted by Busch Gardens to produce this year's Howl-O-Scream scare fest.