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Top 10 events for the week of Oct. 5-11

Halloween events are here, and live theater is back. Take your pick of Halloween-themed light shows, plays and haunted hikes.
The homeowners of 4412 W Sylvan Ramble Street hold a Halloween light show every year.
The homeowners of 4412 W Sylvan Ramble Street hold a Halloween light show every year. [ Sylvan Ramble Lights Facebook ]
Published Oct. 5, 2020

Halloween Light Shows: Trick-or-treat trails are hard to come by, but socially distanced drive- and walk-through light displays are popping up this year. Here are a couple of the larger ones we’ve found.

  • Shimmering Lights Fall Festival of Lights: A not-so-scary, lighted, quarter-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 are required for activities. $7, 2 and younger free. 7:30-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 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 strings of lights, fountains, smoke and moving props. Benefits Clothes to Kids. Free (donations appreciated). Shows start at 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Sylvan Ramble Light Show, 4412 W Sylvan Ramble St., Tampa. (813) 733-8806.

The Rocky Horror Show: Carrollwood Players presents a live stage version of the cult classic film in which young lovers Brad and Janet stumble upon the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Saturday night performances are a bit more edgy and not recommended for minors or those easily offended by adult language. Audience participation is encouraged. No props allowed. $28. 8-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Carrollwood Players, 4333 Gunn Highway, Tampa. (813) 265-4000.

Hound of the Baskervilles: A combination stage show and radio play performed live with social distancing for both the audience and performers. In the play, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate mysterious deaths in the wealthy Baskerville family. $23. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S. (727) 866-1973.

Shakespeare on the Green: Live Oak Theatre Company performs inside, and takes the show outside, to present The Bard Unleashed. The show will be outdoors Friday through Sunday and Oct. 23-25; indoors Oct. 16-18. If you select an outdoor performance, bring a chair or use one of the limited chairs available. $25, $10 ages 13 and younger. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 593-0027.

Euclid/St. Paul’s Haunted Hike: Residents in St. Petersburg’s 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 starting Saturday and running nightly through Oct. 31. On the night of Oct. 17, there will be live walk-by sideshows for viewing only. Note: This year, there will not be tickets, tour guides, a specified route, food or activities. Beginning Saturday, you can go to and download maps to find decorated homes, or on Oct. 17 you can pick one up at the welcome station at 13th Street and 13th Avenue N. Free. Approximately 5:30-8:30 nightly Saturday through Oct. 31. Near St. Paul Catholic Church, 1800 12th St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3481.

Turn-N-Burn: Motorheads will love this giant cruise-in with celebrity guests, burnouts, drifting, live music, food trucks, exhibitions and performances. Benefits the Marine Corps League Detachment 708 Spring Hill. $5, 12 and younger free. Noon-8 p.m. Saturday. Lead Foot City, 17109 Old Ayers Road, Brooksville. Toll-free 1-844-532-3366.

Derrick Adams: Buoyant: “Derrick Adams: Buoyant” reveals the carefree, joyful leisure scenes of Black life that often go unseen in mass media and pop culture. The exhibition features 12 large-scale paintings of Black men, women and children at rest and at play on colorful pool floats. The show is the artist’s first major solo museum exhibition in the Southeast. $10-$12, 6 and younger free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday. Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE. (727) 896-2667.

Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Transgender History Month: October is LGBTQ History Month. It’s a time to help people learn about and better understand the world and lives of the LGBTQ community. Here are a few events that offer a look inside that world.

  • Mothers and Sons: Eight O’Clock Theatre presents Terrence McNally’s award-winning play. In the story, a woman who has lost her son to AIDS pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s partner. Benefits Come Out St. Pete. $100 (table for four). 8-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793.
  • Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: The 31st annual festival of gay- and lesbian-themed films goes virtual and includes 29 feature-length films and six shorts. The short film bundles available through Oct. 17 include Rites of Passage, Wildest Dreams, Mixed Signals, Desperate Measures, Identity Crisis and Role Reversal. Visit to browse a complete list of film titles and buy tickets. $10, $32 four, $100 all. Films are available for viewing at your convenience anytime through Oct. 17. (813) 879-4220.
  • Drag Brunch: The drag queens are back for brunch after nearly six months off because of COVID-19. Enjoy pastries, warm brunch items, mimosas and Bloody Marys as Adriana Sparkle, Nicolet, Lane and Juno Vibranz put on a flamboyant show. Performers will be wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and avoiding direct physical contact with guests. Bring $1 bills for tipping. $25. Seatings are at 11 a.m. and 12:30 and 2 p.m. Saturday. Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 258-8753.

Peace Memorial Concert Series: The new season opens with “Beethoven and More,” a salute to the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth by pianist Pietro Iannotti. Also available for livestreaming. Tickets are required to limit crowds. Call for ticket and streaming information. $15, $10 streaming. 3-4 p.m. Sunday. Peace Memorial Church, 110 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. Toll-free 1-800-479-8846.

Every Quilt Has a Story: The public is invited to join in the creation of the Black Lives Matter Community Quilt. The St. Petersburg Museum of History is distributing hundreds of free quilt squares on which people can tell their family story. Once completed, squares can be dropped off at the museum for assembly into one giant quilt. The dropoff deadline is Oct. 31. Free. 9 a.m. daily. St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE. (727) 894-1052.