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  1. Wild Adventures Theme Park, shown here in Valdosta, Ga., is offering free admission to those displaced by Hurricane Ian this Saturday and Sunday.
  2. Because of Hurricane Ian, Disney issued an announcement that its four theme parks would be closed on Wednesday and Thursday and Disney Springs, its shopping and entertainment center, would also close,
  3. A Joseph Mozier marble statue on display during free museum day at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg was a part of the annual Arts Alive! event in St. Petersburg in 2013, which annually coincides with the Smithsonian's Free Museum Day. It will be held this year on Sept. 17.
  4. After a scary couple of years dealing with a pandemic, Central Florida is back in the horror business for the 2022 Halloween season.
  5. Sir Henry himself, owner Zach Glaros, poses near one of his custom-made haunted houses in 2019. There are three outdoor haunted mazes to choose from at the Plant City attraction.
  6. The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare house features the music of the musician and goes inside his dark mind at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights.
  7. Flags representing man Hispanic countries fly above the field at The Lake House in Hernando County. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated Sept. 15-Oct. 15.
  8. Howl-O-Scream opens at Busch Gardens Sept. 9 with five haunted houses and seven scare zones scattered throughout the Tampa park.
  9. Actors emerge from a simulated farmhouse at the center of the Infected haunted house at Scream-A-Geddon in Dade City in 2019. The scare park returns for its eighth year with five haunted houses and Zombie Paintball Assault from Sept. 9-Oct. 31.
  10. Ghosts and ghouls of all ages line a festively fall-decorated Main Street, U.S.A for “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade" during the first night of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on Aug. 12 at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Exclusive to the limited-capacity event, the parade features floats filled with Disney characters dressed in their Halloween best, Disney villains and the Haunted Mansion hitchhiking ghosts and graveyard diggers.
  11. Enchant Christmas at Tropicana Field, shown here in 2019, will return to St. Petersburg Nov. 25. Tickets go on sale Sept. 15.
  12. This Tuesday brings free admission to the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa, a perk offered on the first Tuesday of each month via the Hillsborough Children’s Board.
  13. Animal care supervisor Lisa Smith feeds orphaned manatee calves Soleil, left, and Calliope at ZooTampa at Lowry Park's David A. Straz Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center on July 30, 2021. ZooTampa is hosting a job fair on Tuesday in which it hopes to hire 50 to 100 workers in a variety of positions, from horticulture to education to facility management.
  14. Tree frogs, such as this one, are part of the hands-on Ribbit Exhibit at the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center at the St. Pete Pier.
  15. Parkgoers ride Cobra's Curse at Busch Gardens in Tampa. The park is putting its 2023 Fun Card on sale early. It can be used now, giving passholders almost five months free.
  16. Bruce Michaud, 59, poses in his garage on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 in Tampa.
  17. Singer-songwriter Sam Hunt has been announced as the replacement for Lady A as the headliner for the Tampa Pig Jig, coming up Oct. 22 at Julian B. Lane Park.
  18. Weeki Wachee mermaid Bonnie Georgiadis is pictured on this postcard as she looked during the early days of her 37-year Weeki Wachee career. Georgiadis died at 86 in July 2022.
  19. The character Hiccup is voiced by Jay Baruchel in DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World." It is among the $2 movies offered this summer as part of Regal's summer family movie promotion every Tuesday and Wednesday.
  20. After taking two years off because of the pandemic, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom is getting its earliest start ever, opening on select nights starting Aug. 12.
  21. Steven Ball, 42, is the resident artist at Tampa Theatre. On Aug. 28, as part of its Summer Classics series, he will play the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, a magnificent, 1,400-pipe instrument, to accompany silent movies.
  22. ICON Park has paused a new sniper-like laser shooting game amid criticism in light of recent mass shootings. In a statement issued Saturday, park officials said some critics had questioned whether it was appropriate. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP, file)
  23. Icon Park in Orlando is shown in this photo. A recent feature allowing riders at the park to shoot at targets is stirring questions.
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