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Here’s a quick guide to Halloween happenings this weekend

Find a pumpkin, a party or a haunted house this weekend.
This artful Jack-O-Lantern bandleader on Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom,is part of the decorations in place for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party held annually at the theme park. A separate ticket is required to attend for the event running through Nov. 2. [Associated Press]
Published Oct. 10

We are fully into Halloween season, so check out some of the parties and events popping up. Plus we have reviews of haunted attractions at Universal, Busch Gardens and Disney World. Orange you glad we made it convenient for you?

Emily Ventura, 13, holds up a pumpkin she has chosen to take home from the Gallagher's Pumpkin Patch in St. Petersburg. [ANGELIQUE HERRING | Tampa Bay Times]

First, find a pumpkin. We have a guide here to the many roadside stands and markets with camera-worthy pumpkin patches. As a bonus, many of the sites offer festivals, corn mazes and Halloween-related family activities, too.

For Creatures of the Night, the Halloween event being held weekends at ZooTampa at Lowery Park, there are activities for all ages includes scare zones, night time animal encounters and a ghoulish dance party. [Courtesy of ZooTampa at Lowry Park]

Then, find a party. Check out this list of more than 30 Halloween parties and events happening just this weekend alone.

Next, read what we had to say after our reporters checked out some of these parties:

Halloween Horror Nights team members walk through a preview of the Killer Klowns From Outer Space haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights 2019. [WILLIE ALLEN JR. | Courtesy of Universal Orlando]

BUSCH GARDENS: Howl-O-Scream is back and we went to all the haunted houses

UNIVERSAL: We rank the houses worth seeing at Halloween Horror Nights this year

DISNEY WORLD: New fireworks and more at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this year

Then, learn the history. Take a look back with us as Howl-O-Scream celebrates its 20th birthday this year. It caused a traffic jam in year two because they didn’t expect to be mobbed by fright fans.

A prop is pictured inside the Howl-O-Scream costume shop during rehearsals in September at Busch Gardens. [LUIS SANTANA | Tampa Bay Times]

RELATED: Actor in Howl-O-Scream commercial projectile vomits on ShieKra, and it’s no act

RELATED: Halloween guide 2019: What you’ll find this year in theme parks and top parties

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Alison Krauss will perform at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday on Oct. 20. Capitol Records
    The Clearwater Jazz Holiday returns with a strong music lineup, Zac Brown Band plays Tampa and Barry Bostwick will be here to screen ‘Rocky Horror.'
  2. On Sunday, Wayne Brady will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Courtesy of Mahaffey Theater
    Wayne Brady performs at the Mahaffey, St. Petersburg hosts the UpDog Triple Crown Challenge and Taking Back Sunday stops by Jannus Live.
  3. J.B. Smoove will perform at the Straz Center in Tampa on Saturday. RICHARD SHOTWELL  |  Invision/AP
    J.B. Smoove takes the Straz Center stage, plus Roboticon Tampa Bay at the Yuengling Center and the St. Pete Side Lot hosts the Guerilla Art Market.
  4. On Friday, Chris Stapleton will take over Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre for a performance. Courtesy of Andy Barron
    Chris Stapleton appears at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Oktoberfest Tampa begins and Jeanne Robertson stops by the Capitol Theatre.
  5. Lizzo is scheduled to perform during this year's Jingle Ball at Tampa venue Amalie Arena. ALLIE GOULDING  |  Times
    Jingle Ball, which will feature acts like Lizzo and Sam Smith, leads the lineup, along with the Turtles and Kris Kristofferson.
  6. This artful Jack-O-Lantern bandleader on Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom,is part of the decorations in place for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party held annually at the theme park. A separate ticket is required to attend for the event running through Nov. 2. Associated Press
    Find a pumpkin, a party or a haunted house this weekend.
  7. Smokey Robinson will visit the new Hard Rock Event Center at Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Thursday. Courtesy of Mahaffey Theater
    Motown legend Smokey Robinson plays the Hard Rock, ‘And Then There Were None’ opens at Ruth Eckerd and rockers Adelitas Way hit the Orpheum.
  8. For Creatures of the Night, the Halloween event being held weekends at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, there are activities for all ages includes scare zones, nighttime animal encounters and a ghoulish dance party. Courtesy of ZooTampa at Lowry Park
    As we head into Halloween season there’s lots of both scary and kid-friendly choices to get into the Halloween spirit this week.
  9. Students from across Florida will show off their "Star Wars"-themed creations at Tampa's Yuengling Center on Sunday. Courtesy of Terri Willingham
    See student creations at Roboticon, find music and movies (and the Rays baseball game) in the park or check out Saturn’s rings at MOSI.
  10. USF walk-on receiver Bryce Miller (19) celebrates with guard William Atterbury (78) after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium on Sept. 28. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    It’s homecoming for the Bulls, and the Bucs and Bolts go international.
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