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.
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.