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Top Halloween parties this weekend Oct. 24-27

The last weekend before Halloween has some big costume contests and a Thriller mob scene, plus lots of trick-or-treating this weekend.
Thrill St. Pete's 2018 version of its zombie dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" took place at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. There's a "Thriller" mob planned there and at Ferg's this week. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Tampa Bay Times]

Now that we are in the last weekend before Halloween, some of the biggest parties are coming up this weekend, including Entourage star Jeremy Piven hosting a big party at the Godfrey Hotel and a Thriller mob breaking out at Ferg’s.

Here are some of the many events happening this weekend and you can find more and also pumpkin patches at tamapbay.com/things-to-do.

PINELLAS

Stadium of Screams and Fall Festival: An adult-oriented scare zone opens at 6 p.m. Friday with some of Hollywood’s most horrific creations. There will be a kid-friendly vibe at 1 p.m. Sunday with Halloween family classics on the field, face painting and soccer drills. It all benefits the St. Petersburg Free Clinic and the Tampa Bay Rowdies Soccer Fund. $8, $5 kids, 2 and younger free. Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-5353. stadiumofscreams.com.

Thrill the World: Witness the simultaneous worldwide attempt to break a world record for the Thriller dance. Dress up and enter the costume contest, which includes dogs. The dance starts at 6 p.m. followed by a performance from the Black Honkeys. Free. 5 p.m. Saturday. Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill, 1320 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. (727) 228-1315. thrilltheburg.org.

Field of Screams: TASCO, the City of St. Petersburg’s teen program, puts on its 14th annual Field of Screams featuring “The Village!” You will be challenged to escape the village, navigate through dark woods and flee to safety. Not recommended for young children. $10 online or at city rec centers, $15 at the door. 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Boyd Hill Environmental Studies Area, 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5060. stpeteparksrec.org.

Winter’s Trick or Tweet: Running through Nov. 3, the third-floor classrooms will have fun activities including crafts, the Giant Squid game, a slime station and more. Also meet rescued bats and critters. On select nights, hop on a boat for a Boo Cruise around Clearwater Bay with on-board trick-or-treating. $19.95-$26.95. 10 a.m. daily. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage. (727) 441-1790. seewinter.com.

Pipe Screams: Wear your costume to this concert of scary organ pieces performed by several organists. Includes a costume contest and a reception. Free, donations accepted. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Christ United Methodist Church, 467 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3343.

Suncoast Primate Sanctuary Foundation Inc.’s Annual Haunted Ape Escape: The Haunted Ape Escape includes a maze of scare zones around the park. $6, concessions for sale. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Suncoast Primate Sanctuary Foundation Inc., 4600 Alt. U.S. 19, Palm Harbor. (727) 943-5897. suncoastprimate.org.

Halloween Carnival: Kids can test Halloween costumes at this event with haunted houses, a trail ride, trick-or-treating, games and food. Free, $10 activity wristband. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. (727) 771-6000. csapalmharbor.org.

Trick or Treat Halloween Jewelry Workshop: Learn how to create a Halloween-themed wire-wrapped charm necklace, a memory wire bracelet and a pair of earrings. $30, includes materials and tools. 5 p.m. Thursday. The Institute for Creative Arts, 968 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 412-8862.

Trunk-or-Treat: Costumed kids trick-or-treat from spooky trunks in the parking lot. Stick around for a free screening of a Halloween family movie. Free. 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. (727) 363-9245.

Read No More: Short, scary plays await in each room of Wordier Than Thou’s literary haunted house. $12-$15. 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Gulfport Murder House, 3009 54th St. S, Gulfport. (516) 906-2140. eventbrite.com.

West Coast Family Medical Care House of Horror: This mild medical office by day turns into a house of living nightmares at night. Benefits Suncoast Hospice. Free. 6:30 p.m. daily. West Coast Family Medical Care, 3165 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 787-3911.

Shadows in the Sunshine Ghost Tour: Have you heard about the Lady in Red that haunts a local music hall? Or the mummy’s ghost that roams the halls of a local museum? Tours are hosted on an air-conditioned bus that travels around the city. Participants can disembark and walk through one haunted venue as well. Seats must be reserved. $20-$25. 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Downtown St. Petersburg Ghost Tours, 300 Beach Drive NE. (727) 417-8036.

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 through Sunday. Sweet Divas Chocolates, 181 Fourth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-4678.

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. $10. 8 p.m. daily. Oasis Pool Service, 5082 67th Way N, St. Petersburg. (727) 287-8359.

Halloween Costume Ball: Put on a costume and join Swing Time for a swing dance with a costume contest, trick-or-treating, door prizes, a zombie shim sham and a steal dance mixer. $10. 8 p.m. Wednesday. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. (727) 893-1070.

Westminster Trunk or Treat: Trick-or-treat from car to car in this event with games, face painting and prizes for scariest trunk and most creative trunk. Free. 4 p.m. Sunday. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 126 11th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-5259.

Our Saviour Trunk or Treat: Dress up your vehicle, don a costume and bring candy to this event that includes a bounce house and prizes. Free. 4 p.m. Sunday. Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 301 58th St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 344-2684.

Owl-O-Ween: Follow the spooky nature trail in the dark to join night creatures and feast on roasted marshmallows and candy. $5. 6 p.m. Friday. McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N, Largo. (727) 518-3047.

Halloween in the Park: Families can wear costumes for an evening in the park with stories, games and crafts. Free. 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin. (727) 469-5942. dunedingov.com.

Field of Screams: Bring a camera to the annual costumed festival with bounce houses, inflatable slides, obstacle courses, Halloween candy and a family photo area. Free (fee for some activities). 6 p.m. Friday. Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N, Seminole. (727) 391-8345.

Halloween Spooktacular and Fall Festival: A Halloween party geared for kids with DJ dancing, carnival games, moon walks, inflatables, a haunted house, train rides and age-appropriate costume contests. Free (fee for some activities). 6 p.m. Friday. Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 547-4575, ext. 237.

Halloween Bash: Do the “monster mash” to music by DJ Chris Craze at this party with food from the Kitchen truck. Free, food and drink additional. 7 p.m. Friday. Mastry’s Brewing Co., 7701 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach. (727) 202-8045.

Scarehouse: Classic horror films come alive in a 10,000-square-foot warehouse of fright. Benefits SPCA Tampa Bay. $15. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 12461 Creekside Drive, Largo. (757) 677-6382.

Haunted History: Walk in the spooky Jungle Prada to an ancient Indian mound where you’ll hear creepy stories of pirate ghosts, strange rituals, the cursed Narvaez expedition and the local legacy of Al Capone. $15. 7 and 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1700 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 430-2677. discoverfloridatours.com.

Enchanted Notions Witches Ball: A witch-themed dance includes photo booths, food and two drinks. $50. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. (727) 893-1070.

Pre-Halloween Costume Party: Test out your costume early at this party with appetizers, drink specials and a costume contest. $10-$15. 8:30 p.m. Friday. Moore Eventful Event Space, 11141 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 914-8270.

Wag-O-Ween: Animal adoptions, dog-friendly raffles, food trucks, craft beer, live music and a costume contest. Benefits CASA. Free, $5 costume contest. 10 a.m. Saturday. Madeira Beach Recreation Center, 200 Rex Place. (727) 392-0665.

Great Eeks-ploration: A spooky, slimy day with critter shows, smoke ring science experiments and polymer worm goo play. Included with admission. 10 a.m. Saturday. Great Explorations Children’s Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. (727) 821-8992.

Howl-O-Ween: A free pet festival with a PAWrade, pet costume contest, prizes, pet adoptions, shopping and food. Free. Noon Saturday. Green Bench Brewing Co., 1133 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 798-5499.

Halloween Spooktacular: Kids can join a costume parade at this not-so-spooky fall carnival with trick-or-treating, inflatables, a petting zoo and a costume contest. Trick-or-treating free, $7-$10 for activities. Noon Saturday. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014.

Halloween Happenings: A slightly spooky festival with a haunted hayride, carnival games, crafts, bounce houses, age-appropriate costume contests, DJ music, Boo in the Zoo and a Little Goblins Hayride. $5 haunted hayride, $10 children’s activities. 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. (727) 812-4530.

Zombie Halloween Party: Zombies take over Caddy’s for a “monster mash” with drink specials, a costume contest and a zombie dance competition. Free, food and drink additional. 7 p.m. Saturday. Caddy’s on the Beach, 9000 W Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 360-4993.

Comic and Cos Play Halloween Party: Dress like a superhero or a villain for this cosplay Halloween party with live music, drink specials and prizes for best costumes. Free, food and drink additional. 7 p.m. Saturday. MacDintons, 242 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 201-9783.

Monster Mash: A black cat, pumpkin and magic themed party with a costume contest for prizes. $25-$30. 7 p.m. Saturday. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. (727) 893-1244.

Halloween Spooktacular Costume Bash: Artpool rocks the holiday with living canvases, a “spooky glamour” fashion show, art, music, cash bar and a costume contest. $15, $30 VIP. 8 p.m. Saturday. Artpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 324-3878.

Sips Halloween Costume Party: Wine prizes for best costumes, a welcome glass of Champagne, all-night happy hour pricing and music by DJ Pezz. $12.60. 8 p.m. Saturday. Sips Wine Bar, 327 Main St., Safety Harbor. (727) 351-7477.

Halloween Silent Disco: Put on a costume and some headphones to pick your music by three DJs. $10-$15, $7 students. 8 p.m. Saturday. 3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 495-6002, ext. 209.

Mask-erade: Dress up as your favorite artist or work of art, or make a mask or hat at the creative station. Enjoy music from the Scott Blum Jazz Trio and refreshments. $15, free for members. 6:30 p.m. Friday. Imagine Museum, 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 300-1700. imaginemuseum.com.

HILLSBOROUGH

Leather & Laces Halloween Party: Emmy-winning Entourage star Jeremy Piven is the host of this poolside pre-Halloween party at the Godfrey Hotel’s WTR Pool and Grill featuring a $10,000 costume contest, a guest DJ and prizes including a trip to the Super Bowl in Miami. $39 and up. 9 p.m. Saturday. 7700 Courtney Campbell Parkway, Tampa. (813) 281-8900. eventbrite.com.

Downtown After Dark: Halloween in the City: A massive Halloween party at four different venues with four DJs, drink specials and costume contests at each venue. 21 and older only. $15-$49. 10 p.m. Sunday. Pokey’s, 100 E Madison St., Tampa. (813) 223-6905.

Halloween in the Village: The annual Halloween Party in the Davis Islands Business Village will have trick-or-treating, costume contests, Silly Sam’s Halloween Show, face painting, a photo booth, a haunted alley, games, crafts and an after-party. Free. 11 a.m. Saturday. Davis Islands Business Village, 304 E Davis Blvd., Tampa. (813) 258-9181.

A griffin adorns the upper lobby of the Tampa Theatre, which has ghost tours of the historic movie house for the Halloween season.

Ghosts of Tampa Theatre Tour: Learn the historic theater’s secrets and stories with a “balcony to backstage” tour that focuses on the movie palace’s spookier side. $15, members free (additional charge for paranormal experience). Times vary. 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8286.

Trunk-or-Treat: Kids can trick-or-treat from trunk to trunk in the park. Prizes for best decorated car. Free. 6 p.m. Tuesday. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. (813) 922-8167.

Shimmering Lights Halloween: A self-guided, quarter-mile walking trail through dancing lights with music, an outdoor movie and a game room. $6, 3 and younger free. 7 p.m. daily. SunKissed Acres, 2302 N Dover Road, Dover. (813) 494-5678. nightsofshimmeringlights.com.

Creatures of the Night: The zoo stays open late as eerie characters, fearsome animals and immersive Halloween adventure zones take over. $26.95-$29.95. 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552.

Stranger Things Halloween: Kids 11 and older can celebrate Halloween at this Stranger Things-themed party with a costume contest and themed music, food and trivia. $37. 6:30 p.m. Friday. Silly Dilly’s at the Enchanted Spot, 4203 A El Prado Blvd., Tampa. (813) 839-8687.

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. Times vary. Pirate Water Taxi at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. (813) 390-3711.

An Eerie Evening at the Tampa Bay Hotel: Victorian mourning and funeral customs come to life as you visit the museum after dark to hear creepy tales, learn about spirit photography and create haunting images. Ages 16 and older only. $25. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 254-1891.

Freaker’s Ball: The “Malice in Skipperland”-themed party with a costume contest for cash and prizes. $10. 8 p.m. Friday. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 971-0666.

13 Ugly Men Halloween Party: The 21st annual 13 Ugly Men Halloween party with DJ dancing and entertainment. Benefits Gigi’s Playhouse. $30-$35. 8 p.m. Friday. Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa. (813) 248-2954.

Halloween Light Show: A display of thousands of lights dancing to Halloween tunes along with spooky effects including fog, strobes and interactive props. Benefits Clothes to Kids. Free, donations appreciated. 8 p.m. daily. Sylvan Ramble Lights, 4412 W Sylvan Ramble St., Tampa. (813) 296-8805. sylvanramblelights.com.

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 black light flashlight. $15, $13 veterans/military. 8-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. American Victory ship, 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 228-8766. undeadinthewater.com.

Twink or Treat: The audience chooses the winner of a costume contest for more than $500 cash at this Halloween party with music by DJ Charles Machado, $1 drinks from 10 to 11 p.m. and themed drag shows by Amy DeMilo, Alisa Summers, Amanda D’Rhod and a surprise special guest. Free, $5 after 10:30 p.m. 10 p.m. Friday. The Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-4663.

Guppyween: Harry Otter invites young witches and wizards to join him at Codwarts School of Fishcraft and Squidery. $10 costumed kids, regular admission adults. 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. There’s also a Sensory Friendly Guppyween for kids with special needs $5-$8. 8 a.m. Saturday. The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000. flaquarium.org.

Spooky Soiree: Come up with an artistic costume for a Halloween party with photo stations, spooky decorations, drinks and a costume contest. Donations appreciated. 5 p.m. Friday. Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 400 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 221-2222.

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. Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail, 2837 S Frontage Road, Plant City. (863) 944-0748.

Fantasma Fest: The day encompasses several events Saturday in Ybor City including Little Monsters Promenade and Pumpkin Patch at 11 a.m., the Big Monster’s Bed Race at 3:30 p.m. and the Legend of the Pumpkin King Parade at 7 p.m. Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave, Tampa. (813) 453-9048.

TOTS Trick-or-Treat Street: Costumed kids roam the 31st annual safe trick-or-treat zone with games, bounce houses, food and prizes. Free. 2 p.m. Saturday. Riverview High School, 11311 Boyette Road, Riverview. (813) 234-5944.

Phantasmagoria X: Reckoning: Storytellers, dancers and a chorus take you on a dark journey through literary tales of terror, horrific folk stories, legends and myths. Contains scenes of explosive stage combat, puppetry, projections and haunting storytelling. Recommended for ages 8 and older. $26. 7 p.m. Saturday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286.

Halloween Spree: Little ghouls and goblins can enjoy safe, indoor trick-or-treating, spooky experiments, creepy crafts and costume parades. $5, members free. 4 p.m. Saturday. Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. glazermuseum.org.

Riverwalk Trick or Treat: Trick-or-treat along the Riverwalk. Stick around for a free movie in Water Works Park at 7 p.m. Free. Starts at 4 p.m. Saturday. Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa. (813) 274-7439. facebook.com

Halloween Happy Hour: Wear a costume for $4 bottles of beer, $5 well drinks, $6 glasses of house wine and happy hour specials on petite plates. 7 p.m. Saturday. Bizou Brasserie at Le Meridien, 601 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 227-9555.

Halloween Costume Party: Grab your boo (or booze) crew and get dancing at Circle’s monster mash with music by DJ Danny Vargas “DJD2," drink specials and a costume contest for cash prizes. Free, food and drink additional. 7 p.m. Saturday. Circles Waterfront, 1212 Apollo Beach Blvd., Apollo Beach. (813) 641-3275.

Haunted Wharf: Ghosts and ghouls throw a party at the wharf with themed drinks, dance performances and music by DJ Valida. Free. 7 p.m. Saturday. Sparkman Wharf, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 839-7900, ext. 0300.

Halloween Party: Dress as your favorite superhero or comic character for a “comics and cosplay” Halloween party with live music, drink specials and cash prizes for best costume. Free, food and drink additional. 7 p.m. Saturday. Yard of Ale SoHo, 406 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-4433.

Haunted Hotel: Aloft Tampa and Hotel ReNault converge into the frightful and wickedly delightful Haunted Hotel for a night of DJ dancing, themed craft cocktails, interaction with Hotel ReNault characters and photo backdrops. $10-$20. 8 p.m. Saturday. Aloft Hotel, 100 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 898-8000. alofthauntedhotel.com.

Meet Furry Bones Creator Misaki Sawada: The creator of the cute and creepy skeleton figurines called Furry Bones will be making an appearance and signing autographs. Included with admission; $54.99 and up. 8 p.m. Saturday. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386.

Hallowine: Poison Dart throws this giant Halloween costume party. $7. 10 p.m. Saturday. Dunns River Island Cafe, 11154 N 30th St., Tampa. (813) 374-2093.

Woofstock’19: Dress up your pup and win prizes at the huge Halloween costume contest. Music, lure chasing, free agility instruction, food trucks and trick-or-treating for the kids. Free. 11 a.m. Sunday. Woofstock Wag O Ween in Carrollwood, 11430 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa.

NORTH SUNCOAST

Knot So Scary Halloween on the Lake: Bring your costumed kids for pumpkin patch photos, candy, a haunted bridal house, costume contest, prizes and snacks. Free. Noon Sunday. Knotted Roots on the Lake, 3310 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes. (727) 351-3222.

Saint Leo University’s Haunted Marmion: The community is invited to this year’s haunted house in Marmion Hall. For children and those who want a tamer experience, there will be trick-or-treating in Snyder Hall within the building. Free. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo. (352) 588-8379.

Spook-A-Thon at the Concourse: A daylight haunted train suitable for young and sensitive children will be from 5 to 7:15 p.m., with the spooky rides starting at 7:30. The West Pasco Sertoma Club will have food concessions. $6 for either the train or trail, or $10 for both. 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. (727) 639-7639.

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.

Haunted Tram: Pepper Creek Trail will transform at dusk into a trail of haunting scenarios created by local groups and businesses. The tram will take patrons down and back on the three-quarter-mile Tram Road, where scare experts will thrill and fright along the way. There will also be Halloween costume contests, a slide and refreshments. Tram $5, $3 for ages 12 and younger, haunted house $2. 6 p.m. Friday. Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343.

Halloween at the Nudist Camp: The nudists cover up with costumes for a “Day of the Dead”-themed Halloween party with a buffet dinner, DJ dancing and live music by NoFilter. $100-$125, free to $70 for members. 7 p.m. Saturday. Caliente Resort and Spa, 21240 Gran Via Blvd., Land O’ Lakes. (813) 996-3700.

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