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Dress up and step out at St. Petersburg gallery Artpool’s Halloween Bash

Check out the Halloween ComicFest at Emerald City and meet the artist behind the Furrybones dolls at Busch Gardens, too.
On Saturday, visit Artpool Gallery to find a costume and stay for the Halloween Bash featuring visual art, burlesque, a runway show and music. [Courtesy of Marc Anthony Smith]
On Saturday, visit Artpool Gallery to find a costume and stay for the Halloween Bash featuring visual art, burlesque, a runway show and music. [Courtesy of Marc Anthony Smith]
Published Oct. 23, 2019


Artpool Gallery is a one-stop-shop for Halloween this weekend. The Halloween Costume Bash Art Party has spooky art, body-painted models and a costume runway show. No pressure, but if you want to slay the costume contest you’ll have to step up your game. Artpool’s patrons tend to be super creative. The boutique is filled with elements for your costume, from headdresses to vintage apparel, and most importantly, inspiration. $15, $30 VIP. 8-11 p.m. Saturday. 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 324-3878.


You have to be pretty creative to make dead things look super cute, but artist Misaki Sawada does it with her Furrybones toys. The Los Angeles-based, Tokyo-born designer will be on hand with her crew of Furrybones at the Emporium Gift Shop at Busch Gardens this weekend. The little critters combine skulls and onesies with endearing accessories like tacos and teddy bears. Sawada designs them for giftware company YTC Summit International. They’re so popular she has expanded the product line to nearly 100 characters that appear as figurines, plushes, snow globes and jewelry. Included with Howl O’ Scream admission, $39.99 and up. 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday. 10165 McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386.

Tampa theme park Busch Gardens will host Furrybones designer Misaki Sawada for a meet and greet on Saturday. [Courtesy of Busch Gardens]


Think of it as a cross between Free Comic Book Day and Halloween. At the Halloween ComicFest at Emerald City Comics, nerds can score three comics and meet their favorite cosplayers. Choose from a hefty selection including Marvel’s Star Wars: Boba Fett #1, Ghost Rider: King of Hell #1 and Iron Man: Road to Iron Man 2020 #1. Apt for Halloween are scary titles Lady Mechanika: La Dame de la Muerte and House of Fear: Attack of the Killer Snowmen. Mini comics are available, too, including Pokemon Adventures and DC Super Hero Girls at Metropolis High. Enter a raffle to win a pack of all the comics. Free. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. 4902 113th Ave. N, Clearwater. (727) 398-2665.


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