Halloween events in Tampa Bay the week of Oct. 26

Halloween is right around the corner, and we found some spooky fun.
A small ofrenda is seen while volunteers work to build the altar Pioneer Park Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 in Dunedin. With its big Day of the Dead celebration canceled this year, instead the owners of Casa Tina have built a large community altar at Dunedin's Pioneer Park. The community is invited to bring laminated pictures of loved ones for the ofrenda to be set up there Oct. 15-Nov. 2, which is Dia de los Muertos.
A small ofrenda is seen while volunteers work to build the altar Pioneer Park Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 in Dunedin. With its big Day of the Dead celebration canceled this year, instead the owners of Casa Tina have built a large community altar at Dunedin's Pioneer Park. The community is invited to bring laminated pictures of loved ones for the ofrenda to be set up there Oct. 15-Nov. 2, which is Dia de los Muertos. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Oct. 26, 2020

UNDead in the Water: The nautical haunted attraction takes place in and on an actual warship. The floating haunt includes steep stairwells, narrow hallways and live actors. Scare actors and guests are required to wear face coverings and socially distance. $15-$20, $13-$18 military. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. American Victory Ship and Museum, 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-228-8766.

Creepatorium: The museum’s Odditorium Gallery turns into a Creepatorium for Halloween. A collection of creepy dolls has taken over. The dolls date from the early 1800s to the mid-1900s. Some depict real-world characters such as Charlie Chaplin, complete with a real hat and cane. $15, $9 ages 7-17, 6 and younger free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday,10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday. St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE. 727-894-1052.

Eerie Evening at the Tampa Bay Hotel: See the museum after dark and try to solve a murder mystery before the next victim falls. Period lighting and candles set the stage. Advance ticket purchase required. $25, $15 members. 6-9:30 p.m. Friday. Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-254-1891.

Halloween Hunt: The family-friendly not-too-spooky scavenger hunt takes place along the Tampa Riverwalk. Individuals and teams solve riddles and puzzles and complete tasks as they explore the Riverwalk and compete to be the HalloWinner. To participate, download the Mobile Adventures app and scan the QR code at Free. 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Tampa Riverwalk, 600 N Ashley Drive. 813-221-1539.

Day of the Dead Community Ofrenda: Instead of its typical Dia de los Muertos festival, Casa Tina is inviting people to bring pictures of departed loved ones to put on the altar in Pioneer Park to mark what’s also known as Day of the Dead. Be sure pictures are laminated and weatherproof. There is also a separate memorial for those affected by COVID-19. Contact or visit the Casa Tina Facebook page, where $5 buys you a tin heart that can have the name of a loved one stamped on it. The ofrenda will be set up in the park through Monday. Free. Anytime Wednesday-Saturday. Pioneer Park, 420 Main St., Dunedin.

Euclid/St. Paul’s Haunted Hike: Residents in the Euclid/St. Paul’s neighborhood decorate their homes as if it’s “The Last Halloween on Earth.” This year’s haunted hike is at your leisure through Halloween. Note: This year, there will not be tickets, tour guides, a specified route, food or activities. Maps to find decorated homes can be downloaded at Free. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. St. Paul Catholic Church, 800 12th St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-822-3481.

Drive-in: War of the Worlds: Inspired by Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast, this live radio show will bring audiences together “drive-in” style to experience a combination of live music, multimedia elements and radio performance. $75-$99. 7-8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-498-5205.

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Scream-A-Geddon: A monster midway and zombie paintball assault with multiple scare zones including Ravenhill Asylum, and Deadwoods. There are five haunted houses, and for a $10 upcharge you can shoot zombies with a paintball gun. $21.95-$39.95. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Scream-A-Geddon, 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. 813-452-5412.

Drive-In Movies: The Rooftop Cinema Club presents movies you can watch from the car. Screenings are nightly at 7:30 and 10. Audio can be picked up on local FM stations, and Armature Works food is available to order online. Parking is first-come, first-served depending on what ticket type you purchase. For a schedule, go to $22-$34 per car. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. 813-250-3725.

Shimmering Lights Fall Festival of Lights: A not-so-scary, lighted, ¼-mile walking trail with Halloween displays, a light maze, scavenger hunt, cornhole, spider races, duck/boat races, horseshoes and seasonal crafts. Costumes welcome and face masks required for activities. $7, 2 and younger free. 7:30-10 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Sunkissed Acres, 2302 N Dover Road, Dover. 813-494-5678.

Sylvan Ramble Light Show: A computerized, drive-through neighborhood Halloween light show with more than 200,000 channels of lights, fountains, smoke and moving props. Benefits Clothes to Kids. Free (donations appreciated). 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 7:15 p.m. Saturday. 4412 W Sylvan Ramble St., Tampa. 813-733-8806.

Ybor Ghost Tour: Hear spine-tingling tales about ghosts that have made Ybor City their playground on this two-hour walking tour. $25, $10 ages 8-12, 7 and younger free. 8-10 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. King Corona Cigars Cafe & Bar, 1523 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. 813-386-3905.

Chalktober Fest: Artists create chalk masterpieces in front of Clearwater and Clearwater Beach area businesses and attractions. Each weekend moves to a different neighborhood. This week features Central Clearwater Beach and Halloween Weekend. Artwork changes weekly. Work starts Thursday morning with pieces scheduled for completion by noon Saturday. Free. 9 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. Pier 60, 1 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater. 727-461-0011, ext. 226.

Creatures of the Night: The Spider Queen requests your presence at this outdoor, family-friendly Halloween event themed around spooky campfire stories and spooky characters. Capacity is limited. Park reservations are recommended. $24.95-$29.95. 4-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. 813-935-8552.

Opera Tampa: The group presents an outdoor, cabaret style presentation of The Witching Hour. Takes place on the Riverwalk. $5-$10. 7 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Halloween on S Lime Ave.: Artists Dave Gordon and Elln Hagney transform the cul-de-sac in front of their home into a Halloween drive-through experience with 14 technology/art-based scenes. Images include swamp monsters engaged in an epic battle with pumpkin men and a ghoul’s garden with light-up skull flowers, oversized mushrooms and a creepy caterpillar smoking a hookah. A $25 donation gets you a gravestone in their Western Style Cemetery. Free. 7-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Halloween on S Lime Ave., 133 S Lime Ave., Sarasota. 617-823-5081.

Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus: A creepy one-person show featuring Jobsite ensemble member Giles Davies. Tables available for parties of two to four. Single seats available in the balcony. $35.50-$99.50. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Sweetfields Farm Corn Maze: Running weekends through Nov. 8, admission includes a huge corn maze, a hay play area, a mini maze, tree house play area, hay maze, jumbo foosball, access to harvest barn and pumpkin patch. Tickets must be purchased online for a date and time slot before arrival at $9.75 for ages 3 and older. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. 352-279-0977.

Harvest Holler Corn Maze: Bring the family to learn about country living at this farm with a corn maze, “See the Animals” Adventure Hayride, cow barrel train, tire swings, hay mountain, miniature golf course and the “Frank-n-Slide.” $10.50, $8.50 kids, 2 and younger free. 4-8 p.m. Friday, noon-8 p.m. Saturday. Harvest Holler Corn Maze, 950 Tavares Road, Polk City. 352-895-8687.

Halloween Dance Bash: Seniors can dress in costume for a Halloween-themed line dance party with prizes. $12. 6-9 p.m. Friday. Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. 727-518-3131.

Drive-O-Ween Spooktacular: Largo’s annual Spooktacular gets a safety twist. Parents drive costumed kids through decorated themed areas. At the end of the trail, the first 1,000 kids ages 2 and older get a goody bag full of treats. Free. 6 p.m. Friday. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. 727-587-6740, ext. 5014.

Haunted River Tours: Two “dead-lightful” hosts tell eerie tales of Tampa’s ghosts on this 45-minute cruise along the Hillsborough River. Departs hourly at 6:15, 7:15, 8:15 and 9:15 p.m. Boats are limited to 50 percent capacity. $25, $20 children. 6:15-9:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Pirate Water Taxi, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. 813-390-3711.

Sunshine Grove Trail of Horrors: Move along a “Halloscream” trail of real ghosts, giant man-eating spiders and thirsty vampires. Halloween night also features a trick-or-treat trail, food, drinks and gifts. $5, 9 and younger free. 6:30-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Sunshine Grove Trail of Horrors, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, Brooksville.

Haunted Highway: Community organizations and clubs show off their spooky sides creating a drive-through experience of outdoor scenes at Northdale Park, Emanuel P. Johnson Park, Keystone Park and Ruskin Park. The first 500 kids at each location get a free bag of treats and toys. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday. Northdale Park, 15550 Spring Pine Drive, Tampa. 813-276-2409.

Howl-O-Scream: Busch Gardens throws a socially distanced Halloween haunt night. This year’s event has been modified to feature open air scare zones and entertainment, limited capacity admission and reservations required. $29.99. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. 813-884-4386.

Haunted Zombie Cruises: Tampa’s Pirate Ship, Lost Pearl, will turn into Haunted Zombie Cruises on select nights in partnership with the American Victory Ship’s UNDead in the Water haunted ship. The Haunted Zombie Cruises, recommended for age 13 and older, depart from the Tampa Convention Center on a 30-minute journey down Tampa Bay’s waterways to the American Victory Ship. $39.95, includes admission to American Victory Ship 7-11 p.m. Friday. Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-223-7999.

Spooktacular Movie in the Park: Dress in costume for an outdoor screening of Walt Disney’s Hocus Pocus. View from your car or from socially distanced park seating. Drink and candy concessions available. Free. 7 p.m. Friday. Treasure Island Community Center, 154 106th Ave. 727-547-4575, ext. 237.

Undr:wtr Halloween: Cool costumes are strongly suggested for the Undr:wtr Halloween party with music by DJs Lyndon Uy and Jason Kitchen, drink specials and a costume contest for sexiest, scariest, funniest, most creative and best couple or group. Cash will be awarded. Free before 9 p.m., $10 after 9, $20 after 11. 7 p.m. Friday. Godfrey Hotel, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. 727-490-9835.

Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail: Choose from trails including the Candy Tree, Marionette of the Dead and more. $25-$35. 7:30-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail, 2837 S Frontage Road, Plant City. 863-944-0748.

True Tales of Florida Hauntings and the Paranormal: Paranormal expert Christopher Balzano talks about his findings and reviews his book. $28, $23 members. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 First Ave. NE, Ruskin. 813-645-7651.

The Rocky Horror Show: Young lovers Brad and Janet stumble upon the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Find out what happens as they venture in to the life of the scientist in this musical. Audience participation is encouraged. $28. 8-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Carrollwood Players, 4333 Gunn Highway, Tampa. 813-265-4000.

Halloween Hooplah: Families can get into the spooky spirit at this fall-themed celebration with a monster dance party, creepy crafts, hay bale maze and a pumpkin pick-and-paint project. $15, $10 members. 9-11 a.m., noon-2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. Saturday. Great Explorations Children’s Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-821-8992.

HarvestMoon Fun Farm’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch: A daytime corn maze for kids with a 70-foot jumping pillow, pumpkin patch, candy cannon, cow train, petting farm, ball toss, hill slide, photo ops and Halloween themed activities. $12.95, 2 and younger free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. HarvestMoon Fun Farm, 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. 800-373-4811.

Brick or Treat: Costumed families can experience a spooky, kooky Halloween event with exclusive entertainment, scavenger hunt, Lego photo ops and the popular Brick-or-Treat Trail. Park admission required. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. Legoland Florida, 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven. 888-690-5346.

Fox Squirrel Corn Maze: Fox Squirrel Corn Maze includes tractor-pulled hayrides, vendors, music, games, food, horse/pony rides and a pumpkin patch. $11, $10 ages 3-17, 2 and younger free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Fox Squirrel Corn Maze, 3002 Charlie Taylor Road N, Plant City. 813-756-8918.

Halloweekends at CMA: Dress in costume and get out to the aquarium for tasty treats, underwater pumpkin carving and Halloween treats for the resident animals. Included with admission. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage. 727-441-1790.

Trunk or Treat on Corey Ave.: The streets are blocked off for costumed kids to trick-or-treat throughout area shops and car trunks. For safety measures, tickets for time slots at 10 and 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. required. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 300-400 block of Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach. 727-363-9245.

Trick-or-Shake: Ages 12 and younger in costume can get a free kid’s shake when they trick-or-treat at any area Steak and Shake. Most locations in the Tampa Bay area are drive-through only. Kids in cars still get a free shake. Free. 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday. Steak and Shake, 8101 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-568-9169.

Wesley Chapel Fall Festival: The 16th annual festival features carnival rides, games, more than 60 local crafters, a pet costume contest (Saturday), Lil Miss and Mister Pumpkin pageant (Sunday), pumpkin painting, hay maze and live music by The Black Honkeys, Jeff Vitolo, the Quarter Mile Rebels, Shevonne and more. Free, $10 concert area (rides additional). 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. The Grove at Wesley Chapel, 6105 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. 727-674-1464.

Sesame Street Kids Weekends: Every Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 1, the furry stars of Sesame Street will be on hand for physically distant trick-or-treating, an open-air stage show for families and new special character appearances such as the Count’s Not-Too-Spooky Howl-O-Ween Radio Show with song and dance numbers in the outdoor Sunny Day Theater with physically distant seating. Oct. 31 features extended hours of trick-or-treating in Sesame Street Safari of Fun (noon-6 p.m.). Included with admission. Noon-3 p.m. Saturday. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386.

Halloween Costume Contest: A popup costume contest with safe trick-or-treat goody bags for kids. Free. 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd. 727-547-4575, ext. 237.

Halloween in the Park: COVID-19 turns the usual trick-or-treat trail into a drive-through version with city staff and business representatives handing out candy at stations along the way. The route starts at 94th Avenue and moves through Helen Howarth Park, ending at Forbes Recreation Center. Limit one bucket of candy per child to the first 2,000 children. Police officers will be on location to keep order and safety. Free. 6 p.m. Saturday. Forbes Recreation Center, 6401 94th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. 727-369-5746.

Rave from the Grave: The nudist resort throws a poolside Halloween glow party with entertainment by DJ Ian, Will and Ray and #NoFilter. $70, $140 couples (nonmembers). 8 p.m. Saturday. Caliente Resort and Spa, 21240 Gran Via Blvd., Land O' Lakes. 813-996-3700.

Halloween Hype: Dress in ghostly garb or masks for a heart-pounding Halloween-themed fitness class set to spine-tingling tracks. $15 (registration required). 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. All Y’All Yoga, 4222 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 260-0978.