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Halloween party time

Published Oct. 17, 2012



The spirit of Halloween possesses the mermaids at the state park as they present their spooky show "Happily Never After" show, along with other activities including the Lost River boat ride and hike, haunted house, hay rides, a kids maze, crazy carnival, costume contest and a scream contest. $8; $4 ages 6-12, free ages 5 and younger. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-5656. 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.


Catch pirates, explorers, pioneer women and even the Ghostbusters sneaking around the galleries as kids trick or treat their way through the museum's hands-on exhibits while snagging candy from historical figures come to life. $14, $9 children; $8, $6 children members. Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa. (813) 228-0097. 4-7 p.m. Sunday.


See which animals stomp, chomp, kick, play and pounce on their seasonal treat. Included with regular zoo admission. $23.95, $21.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552. 11 a.m. Friday.


Radley Haunted House

Now in its sixth year, this elaborate haunted house takes guests on a trip to explore the dark roots of the Radley family tree. $4. 3900 19th St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 420-5593. 8 p.m. to midnight Friday-Sunday.


With valet parking, where a hearse will deliver you to the mansion's front door. Also gypsy wagons, fire cannons, psychic readers, monster music, food and drink. Proceeds benefit the Chairscholars Foundation. $100, $125 at the door. Rutland-Farley estate, 5030 Sunrise Drive S, St. Petersburg. (813) 926-0544. 8 p.m. Saturday.


A five-stop pub crawl through downtown St. Pete with a costume contest for prizes and a free drink at each stop. Participating pubs include MacDinton's, the Bishop, Five Bucks, Courigan's and Pelican Pub. $10. MacDinton's Irish Pub, 242 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (877) 820-2582. 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Disco Halloween Party

Frankenstein meets Saturday Night Fever for a monster mash with a costume contest, food, drawings, silent auction and music by Fifi. Proceeds benefit the All Children's Hospital Milk Fund. $10 advance, $12 at the door. American Legion Post 14, 1520 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-7320. 6:30 p.m. Saturday.


This two-day event in the Boyd Hill Pioneer Settlement has activities for all ages including hay rides, haunted trick-or-treat cabins, a rock climbing wall, a spooky kids trail through the woods, inflatable games and carnival-style concessions for sale. Admission is $4; $1 hay rides, $3 trails. Friday and Saturday 6-9 p.m. at the settlement, 900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg.

Haunts of Newton Avenue

Tour the scene of a bloodbath under the big top at the Midway Massacre. A firefighter explorer will escort your group for $5 additional. Proceeds benefit the Pinellas Park Fire Explorers. $2 (Midway Massacre); $5 (Haunted Hollows). 5600 Newton Ave. S, Gulfport. (727) 518-4383. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

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Horror High III

The high school will be transformed into various scare zones. $7 adults, $5 students. Children younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult. No masks allowed. Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 797-7010. 6-11 p.m. Saturday.

Haunted Cemetery

With a maze of fog, lasers, special effects, strobes and enclosed spaces. Suggested for ages 10 and older. Donations benefit the Child's Play Charity. Free. Hellview Cemetery, 510 49th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 525-2139. 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Haunted Fire House

The 4,000-square-foot haunt has an array of themed rooms. Children under 13 will not be admitted without an adult. $5. East Lake Tarpon Fire Station 57, 3375 Tarpon Lake Blvd., Palm Harbor. (727) 784-8668. 7-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Tarpon Springs Haunted Forest

A scary van takes adventurous souls ages 12 and older to the beginning of the supernatural experience where ghostly inhabitants await you. $5. North Anclote River Park, 550 Old Dixie Highway, Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5628. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Trick-or-Treat at the Mall

Kids in costume can go trick-or-treating at the mall, with DJ dancing, games, a Halloween creation station and face painting. Free. Largo Mall, 10500 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Noon-2 p.m. Saturday.

Halloween Harvest Festival

Includes a haunted house, hay rides, games, a pet masquerade (7 p.m. Friday), food and contests for adults, kids and dogs. Free admission, charge for game ticks, hay rides. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4031. 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Halloween Party and Haunted House

The Halloween event features pizza dinner, costume contest, trick-or-treat trail, scary maze, haunted house, bounce house and prizes. Free. Dimmitt Community Center, 918 Osceola Road, Belleair. (727) 518-3728. 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Halloween Happenings

A cast of 20 children ages 7 to 14 present a two-act Halloween-themed play followed by a carnival, costume contest and dancing. $5 (games and food additional). Academy of St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 515-5380. 4 p.m. Saturday.

Haunted Angelus House

Situated on 25-acres of land, the PG-13 rated, handicapped accessible haunt features a 40-foot pirate ship and pirate haunt with a monster midway, a one-mile haunted trail and a haunted cemetery. $12 one haunt, $16 two haunts, $18 three haunts, $25 one night unlimited. The Angelus, 12413 Hudson Ave., Hudson. (727) 364-2868. 6:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

Theme Parks/Attractions


Busch Gardens celebrates its unlucky 13th year with haunted houses, scare zones, roller coasters in the dark and spooky live shows. Not recommended for small children. $44.99 -$79.99 general. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-5600. 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday.

Halloween Monster Mash Dine

Your child can do the Monster Mash, meet The Count and his Sesame Street friends and enjoy a spooky, buffet-style lunch. Costumes are welcome at the dine, but not on the rides. $22, $15 children. Park admission required. Busch Gardens, Tampa. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Studios is transformed into a nightmarish labyrinth of haunted houses, including one tied to AMC's hugely popular zombie show The Walking Dead. Costumes, make-up and masks are not allowed. $88.99. Universal Studios , 1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando. 6:30 p.m. today-Sunday and Wednesday.

SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular

Kids may dress up and trick-or-treat among friendly sea witches, mermaids, octopus, pumpkin fish and more. Included with park admission. $81.99, $73.99 ages 3-9. SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive, Orlando. Toll-free 1-800-327-2424. noon-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Dress up your little boos to collect candy around the Magic Kingdom. There's also a parade with an appearance by the Headless Horseman. $50.95-$69.95. Walt Disney World, 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. 7 p.m. today, Sunday and Tuesday.


Included with regular admission, treat stations, a scavenger hunt, a Lego activity and costume contests. $75, $65 seniors and ages 3-12. Legoland Florida, Winter Haven. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.


Lowry Park Zoo's family-friendly Halloween event with haunted houses and trails for older zoo-goers, costumed characters, boo houses and seasonal lights for little ones. Also unlimited zoo rides in the dark. $17 adults, $14 children. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552. 7-10 p.m. today, 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7-10 p.m. Sunday.

Ghost tours

Haunted Hike through Historic St. Petersburg

Tour the Euclid St. Paul's neighborhood on this one-hour, one-mile walking tour. Tours leave every 15 minutes. $6, $2 12 and younger, one and younger free (advance); $7, $3 ages 12 and younger, one and younger free (night of) at 13th Avenue and 13th Street N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-0393. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Ghost Tour John's Pass

Hear tales of buried treasure and hauntings on this walking tour of the boardwalk and village of John's Pass. Meets at the Hubbard's Marina information booth under the boardwalk. $15, $10 ages 4-12. Hubbard's Marina and the Friendly Fisherman Restaurant, 170 John's Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach. (727) 398-5200. 8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday.

Tampa by Twilight: Ghosts and Graveyard Tour

A guided 90-minute walking tour of Oaklawn Cemetery and downtown Tampa. $15, $10 ages 4-12. Oaklawn Cemetery, 600 E Harrison St., Tampa. (727) 398-5200. 5:30 p.m. Saturday.


Autumn Harvest

This old-fashioned fall celebration and farmer's market has hay rides, a hay maze, bobbing for apples, sack races, pumpkin carving contest and more. Free; charge for games, hayrides and maze. Pinellas Pioneer Settlement, 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7326. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Pumpkin Festival and Corn Maze

With more than 100 craft booths, live country music, pumpkin games, a 7-acre corn maze, hayrides and more. $8, 12 and younger free; $5 parking. Hunsader Farms, 5500 County Road 675, Bradenton. (941) 322-2168. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Farm Fall Festival

Primarily for children including hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, pumpkin patch, train rides, games, bonfire, reptile show and a scarecrow contest. $10 children, $8 adults (pumpkin purchase not included). Horse Power for Kids, 8005 Racetrack Road, Tampa. (813) 855-8992. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Fall Festival

Lots of games and children's activities with square dancing for adults, live entertainment and hay rides. Kids can bring a new or slightly used toy to trade for a new treasure in a toy swap at 1 p.m. Free (food/drink additional). Seminole United Methodist Church, 5400 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. (727) 391-9781. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Sweetfields Corn Maze

Stroll a life-sized 5-acre labyrinth made of corn. Also, try your hand at the corn cannon or take a hay ride. Bring water. Cash only. Dates may be added or removed due to field conditions. $8.50, $4.50 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. (352) 279-0977. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Oktoberfest and Musicare Festival

With German foods, beer and wine, games, vendors and two stages of music. Free. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 423-9825. noon-6 p.m. Saturday.

Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Oktoberfest

Takes place under a Munich-style tent with music, German food, a carnival and games including stein holding, log sawing, barrel rolling and keg tossing. $5, 12 and younger free (carnival rides additional). Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa. (813) 855-4233. 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday.


Experience the sights, sounds and suds with a Beer Garden, Beer University, German foods, live music and games in a pet-friendly setting. Free admission, charge for food and drink. Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-7355. 1-6 p.m. Saturday.


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