Advertisement
  1. Arts & Entertainment
  2. /
  3. Fun

Top things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend: Scream-A-Geddon returns to the Dade City woods

You can also catch a talk from Dick Vitale at St. Petersburg theater the Palladium.
Actors emerge from a simulated farmhouse at the center of the Infected haunted house at Scream-A-Geddon in Dade City in 2015. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Tampa Bay Times]
Actors emerge from a simulated farmhouse at the center of the Infected haunted house at Scream-A-Geddon in Dade City in 2015. [LUIS SANTANA | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Sep. 11

HORROR: SCREAM-A-GEDDON

Now in its fifth year, the monster midway and zombie paintball assault with multiple scare zones known as Scream-A-Geddon opens Friday. Located in a remote part of Pasco County, the setting alone is creepy in one of the area’s better indie haunted house attractions. It boasts six haunted houses, including Bozo’s Beer Garden, Rage 3D, Demons Revenge, Blackpool Prison, Deadwoods and Infected: Ground Zero. For those who would rather fight back against fright, Zombie Paintball Assault has guests board a militarized school bus and head out to the former hayride trail. Zombies have taken over the town and it’s your job to clear them out. Fitted with about two dozen paintball guns and a series of ultraviolet lights, every round fired at the walking dead glows in the dark. As many as 140 scare actors work in the park each night so you never know when they will jump out at you. $21.95-$35.95. 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and then every day Oct. 1-Nov. 1. 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. (813) 452-5412. screamageddon.com.

An actor stirs up scares at the Bedlam 3D haunted house at Scream-A-Geddon in Dade City in 2015. [Luis Santana | Times]

CONVERSATION: DICK VITALE

As part of the Poynter Community Conversation series, ESPN commentator and college basketball’s top analyst Dick Vitale will be at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg on Tuesday. Known by fans as “Dickie V” and for his trademark “It’s awesome baby,” his thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate, sometimes controversial — but never boring — style. Former Tampa Bay Times sports columnist Tom Jones, now a senior media writer at the Poynter Institute, will serve as moderator for a conversation that will explore Vitale’s insights as a player, coach and a commentator who has called more than 1,000 games. There’s a VIP reception at 6 p.m. ($100). The community conversation ($35) is at 7:30 p.m. 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-9494. poynter.org. Ticket sales benefit the nonprofit, educational Poynter Institute, which owns the Times.

ESPN commentator and basketball analyst Dick Vitale has called more than 1,000 games. [CARLOS OSORIO | AP]

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. 4 hours ago• Arts & Entertainment
    Seeing the decorations at the Kresge house, a.k.a. the Oakdale Christmas House in St. Petersburg, has been a holiday tradition for many since it was first decorated in 1977. [Times (2009)]
    From neighborhood displays to theme parks, we’ve got lots to look at.
  2. Blue wave menorah, $275. Available at Shapiro's Gallery in St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of Shapiro's Gallery]
    Hanukkah begins at sundown on Dec. 22 this year.
  3. Hillsborough County Sheriff Office arrested 22-year old Ozcan Rodriguez Okur, an Amazon delivery driver who kept approximately $890 in items and gift cards from packages he was responsible for delivering to customers. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
    Ozcan Rodriguez Okur Junior kept approximately $890 in items and gift cards, marking them as “missing.”
  4. Alanis Morissette is seen onstage at the 39th Annual American Music Awards in 2011 in Los Angeles. [MATT SAYLES  |  AP]
    Whitney Cummings, Def Leppard and Patton Oswalt are other highlights.
  5. A rendering of Iron Gwazi, the hybrid wooden and steel roller coaster coming to Tampa theme park Busch Gardens in 2020. [Courtesy of Busch Gardens]
    Deck the halls and the roller coasters. There’s a tree atop the Iron Gwazi, the hybrid steel and wooden roller coaster now under construction.
  6. Vendors at a previous Indie Noir Market, which will return on Dec. 14. [Courtesy of Camille Washington]
    Plus, the St. Petersburg Pier Marketplace vendors have been selected.
  7. The Boley Centers' annual Jingle Bell Run will return to Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg on Dec. 13. [Tampa Bay Times (2017)]
    CeeLo Green headlines the Winter Wonder Ride, plus holiday-themed runs and parades fill the calendar.
  8. Lighted boats cruise along Boca Ciega Bay in South Pasadena in 2015. [Tampa Bay Times (2015)]
    More boat parades, prancing horses, a fashion show and free fitness classes provide free and cheap fun.
  9. Alligator Attraction started offering sloth yoga classes in November. [kissagator.com]
    Sloth yoga and other sloth activities are becoming more popular around the Tampa Bay area, but some say it puts the animals in peril.
  10. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform during their 2019 tour, which will return to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Dec. 15. [Courtesy of Jason McEachern]
    The Trans-Siberian Orchestra makes a local stop, as do John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John for Meet 'n' Grease. Plus, more boat and holiday parades are planned.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement