Haunted Ape Escape: Stroll the haunted trails after dark to watch the primates monkey around. Ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. $6. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday. Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, 4600 Alt. U.S. 19, Tarpon Springs. (727) 943-5897. suncoastprimate.org.
Shimmering Lights Halloween: Similar to the annual Christmas display, this Halloween-themed self-guided, quarter-mile walking trail leads through dancing lights with music, an outdoor movie and a game room. $6, 3 and younger free. 7 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. SunKissed Acres, 2302 N Dover Road, Dover. (813) 494-5678. nightsofshimmeringlights.com.
Scarehouse: This haunted house to benefit the SPCA Tampa Bay brings to life classic horror films in a 10,000-square-foot warehouse of fright. $15. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 12461 Creekside Drive, Largo. (757) 677-6382.
Thriller Dance: Learn the iconic Thriller dance and prepare to take part in the worldwide Thriller flash mob. Free. 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 434-1383. Also at 2 p.m. Sunday. Bayou Dance Club, 6541 102nd Ave. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 228-1315. thrilltheburg.org.
Ybor Ghost Tour: Stroll the haunted streets of Ybor City with a ghost guide to hear where bodies are hidden and horrors of the Cuban Club. Reservations are required. $25. 8 p.m. daily. King Corona Cafe, 1523 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 386-3905. yborghosttour.com.
Pint-Sized Pumpkin Party: Children 6 and younger can dress in costume for a party with games, snacks, crafts, a costume parade and contest. $8-$10. 10 a.m. Thursday. Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. (727) 518-3125.
Halloween Paper Masks: Kids can use library supplies to make their own spooky paper masks. Free. 4 p.m. Thursday. SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin. (813) 273-3652.
Scream-A-Geddon: A monster midway and zombie paintball assault with multiple scare zones including Bozo’s Beer Garden, Rage 3D, Demons Revenge, Blackpool Prison, Deadwoods and Infected: Ground Zero. $21.95-$35.95. 7:30 p.m. daily. 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. (813) 452-5412. screamageddon.com.
Howl-O-Scream: Select nights through Nov. 2, ride with zombies and goblins, tour haunted houses and drag your wretched body through scare zones. $39.99 and up. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386.
St. Petersburg Ghost Tour: Costumed guides tell stories of wandering spirits, haunted mansions, phantom lovers and other mysteries of Florida’s “Sunshine City” on this candlelight walking tour. $20, $12 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Sweet Divas Chocolates, 181 Fourth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-4678.
Halloween Movie at Caddy’s: Dress like your favorite movie character for a screening of Disney’s Hocus Pocus with witches brew drinks and a “cauldron of soup and hot sandwich” special. Prizes for best costumes. No cover (food/drink additional). 8 p.m. Thursday. Caddy’s Gulfport, 3128 Beach Blvd. S. (727) 592-2842.
Wykoff’s Haunted House: Clowns take over a Hillbilly barn, turning it into an abandoned circus. Bring three canned food items for Bahamas relief and save $5 off admission. $10. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Oasis Pool Service, 5082 67th Way N, St. Petersburg. (727) 287-8359.
Make and Take: Paper Clay Halloween Decorations: Join an instructor and use paper clay to make “spell book” decorations to take home. $12 (clay additional). 10 a.m. Friday. Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N Boulevard, Tampa. (813) 932-0241. lectampa.org.
Creatures of the Night: The zoo stays open late as eerie characters, fearsome animals and immersive adventure zones take over. This year brings two new scare zones: Twisted Tale Trail and Rising Waters. $26.95-$29.95. 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday. ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552.
Spook-A-Thon at the Concourse: Includes Spooky Train and Spooky Trail each Friday and Saturday through Oct. 26, as well as Oct. 27. A daylight train suitable for young and sensitive children will be from 5 to 7:15 p.m., with the spooky rides starting at 7:30. $6 train or trail, $10 both. 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The Concourse, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. (727) 639-7639.
Haunted River Tour: Costumed characters and “batty fiends” join you aboard a boat to share tales of ghosts and haunted facts along the Hillsborough River on this 45- to 50-minute water taxi ride. 10 p.m. sailings available on select days. $25, $20 child. 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Pirate Water Taxi at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 390-3711.
Mischief Market: Creepy and kooky combine for this market with unique vendors, beer, live art and a movie. No cover (food/drink additional). 7 p.m. Friday. Pair O’ Dice Brewing, 4400 118th Ave. N, Clearwater. (727) 755-3423.
Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail: Choose from trails including the Harvester, Reapers Haunting and Ominous Descent. Optional laser tag and an escape game available. $10-$40. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 2837 S Frontage Road, Plant City. (863) 944-0748.
UNDead in the Water: Avoid being eaten by infected zombie stowaways at you traverse multiple decks of a World War II cargo ship, armed only with a blacklight flashlight. $15, $13 veterans/military. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. USS American Victory, 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 228-8766. undeadinthewater.com.
Day of Discovery: The lights and sounds are turned down low for children with sensory disabilities to trick-or-treat throughout the museum. $5-$8. 8 a.m. Saturday. MOSI, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6000.
Pumpkin Festival: The 28th annual festival includes a pioneer trade village, hayrides, craft show, 14 live shows, pony rides, chainsaw sculpting, scarecrow displays, a rock climbing wall, barnyard playground, face painting, butterfly experience and a zip line. $10, 10 and younger free. 9 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. Hunsader Farms, 5500 County Road 675, Bradenton. (941) 322-2168.
Fall Festival Fundraiser: A family style celebration of fall with pony rides, hayrides, a bonfire, games, train rides, farm animals, face painting and live music. Benefits programs at Horse Power for Kids. $12, 1 and younger free. 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. 8005 S Race Track Road, Tampa. (813) 855-8992.
Here for the Boos: Dress in costume for this five-stop bar crawl with costume contests, giveaways and drink specials at each stop. $15. Noon Saturday. Soggy Bottom Brewery, 660 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 601-1698.
Pint-Sized Pumpkin Party: Children 6 and younger can dress in costume for a party with games, snacks, crafts, a costume parade and contest. $8-$10. 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3125.
Halloween Spooktacular: All ages are invited to enjoy games, candy, music and inflatables. $5 adults, $3 children. 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway. (813) 929-1220.
Wags and Whiskers: The Great Catsby: Dress as a flapper or a gangster for this glamorous 1920s-style party with heavy appetizers, open bar, signature cocktails and emcee Meredyth Censullo of News Channel 8. Benefits Friends of Strays medical fund. $75-$100. 7 p.m. Saturday. St. Petersburg Woman’s Club, 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 522-6566. friendsofstrays.herokuapp.com.
Night of the Living Red: A four-course wine pairing dinner featuring Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon and Sixth Sense Syrah. $40. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 1951 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 897-9375. Also at Carrabba’s on Tyrone Boulevard in St. Petersburg and Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in Clearwater.
Sesame Street Safari of Fun: Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, Grover, Rosita and other Sesame Street characters dress in Halloween attire for dance parties with fall-inspired activities, including trick-or-treating, crafts and a hay bale maze. Kids are encouraged to dress in costume. Included with admission. 11:30 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386.
Brick or Treat: Costumed families can experience a spooky, kooky Halloween event with exclusive entertainment, scavenger hunt, LEGO photo ops, the popular Brick-or-Treat Trail and fireworks. Park admission required. 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. Legoland Florida, 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven. Toll-free 1-888-690-5346. legoland.com
Halloween Horror Nights: A series of houses drawn from the greatest horror films, along with streets transformed into sinister scare zones. $81.99. 5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Universal Studios Florida, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. (407) 224-7840.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: Don your favorite costume to trick-or-treat at this Halloween-themed event at the Magic Kingdom with treats, grinning ghosts, eerie entertainment and costumed Disney characters. This year features a new 180-degree fireworks show. $79-$135, $74-$130 children. 7 p.m. today-Friday and Monday-Tuesday. Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. (407) 934-7639.
Halloween Spooktacular: Kids can dress in costume for this water-themed Halloween “fantasea,” with trick-or-treat zones, whimsical sea creatures and live shows. Included with admission. 9 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive, Orlando. Toll-free 1-800-327-2424.