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Help find Tampa Bay's best Christmas light displays

We're collecting nominations and making some of our own for the best places to see holiday lights. Know of some in your neighborhood? Just snap a picture and Instagram it to us with the tag #tampabayholiday. More details are on our lights page.

 

It's our 12th annual cookie collection!

We have 24 mouth-watering treats to help make your holidays bright. Plus we have tips for baking, videos and past recipes for you to try.

 

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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 …

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  1. Things to do Planner: Corn mazes, USF Homecoming with 2 Chainz, Tailgate Taste

    Events

    USF HOMECOMING: 2 Chainz, comedy show and more

    2 Chainz
  2. Once king of Halloween revelry, Guavaween returns to roots as a kitschy parade, after party

    Human Interest

    The days when Ybor City was mobbed for Guavaween and a raucous Mama Guava Stumble parade are long past, but the name lives on this year as an after party for a kitschy new parade — the March of the Pumpkin King.

    The March of the Pumpkin King is the latest attempt to keep Halloween alive in Ybor City, where the Guavaween celebration once drew crowds of 50,000 to 100,000 people and the problems that came with them. [Courtesy of the March of the Pumpkin King parade]
  3. From Michael Myers to Freddy, Tampa Theatre's Nightmare on Franklin Street lineup is a fright fest

    Movies

    Here's a horror sequel that never gets old. For the fourth time, the historically haunted Tampa Theatre presents A Nightmare on Franklin Street, 10 lineups of scary movies and ghost tours from Oct. 21 through Halloween night.

    Jamie Lee Curtis in a scene from the 1978 horror film classic, "Halloween," directed by John Carpenter. (AP Photo/AMC, Anchor Bay Entertainment)
  4. What to expect: Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party brings more treats than tricks to Disney

    Blogs

    Once a year, Disney villains take center stage at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween party.

    The Hallowishes fireworks show at Cinderella's castle during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
  5. Spooky tours get into the spirit of Safety Harbor

    Events

    SAFETY HARBOR

    This quaint little town, incorporated in 1917, isn't known for eerie pre-Civil War mansions or creepy moss-covered cemeteries, but it does have enough purported paranormal activity to warrant a ghost tour.

    Laura Dent stands outside the Hotel Frances. Through her business, Safety Harbor Ghost and History Tours, she offers day (history) and nighttime (ghost) walks along and around Main Street, which are meant to educate, entertain and enlighten.
  6. Halloween haunts: Zoo, aquarium, Disney and other attractions tone down scares for kids

    Events

    FAMILY FRIGHTS

    Many attractions tone down the gore for Halloween parties aimed at kids under 12. Here are the biggest ones:

    NEW Creatures of the Night

    Cousins Reagan Kelly, left, and Taylor and Madison Cloversettle take a trick-or-treating break to watch sharks.
  7. Mark the date — if you dare — of top Halloween events coming to Tampa Bay this year

    Events

    Here are some of the top Halloween events coming to the Tampa Bay area worth lurking for:

  8. Halloween haunts: Here's where the local scares are around Tampa Bay

    Events

    You don't have to drive far to find a place to get scared in Tampa Bay. But after seeing the price tag and long lines of big thrills like Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream and Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights, you may just want to stay in town, save some many and check out local frights.

    LOCAL

    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]
  9. Halloween haunts: What's new at Halloween Horror Nights, Howl-O-Scream this year

    Florida

    The most wonderful time of the year isn't when the halls are decked with holly, but when they're home to ghouls, ghosts and garish creatures lurking around the corners. Halloween in Tampa Bay means sweating through a toasty Pumpkin Spice Latte, early sunsets on the beach and making room on the calendar for haunted …

    Universal's Halloween Horror Nights is now open at Universal Orlando, with nine haunted houses including one based on 'American Horror Story.' The event also features five scarezones with dozens of  scareactors and two live shows. Photo via Universal.
  10. Things to Do Planner: Labor Day weekend parties, Dog Days at the Rays, Halloween at Disney

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    It's Labor Day weekend, and once again funky Gulfport will be all decked out for its annual GeckoFest, right. And Shephard's Beach Resort, below, on Clearwater Beach brings an EDM dance party to its Labor Day Beach Weekend.

    Shephard’s Beach Resort’s annual Labor Day Weekend party features several EDM performers.