1. Halloween on Central, haunted houses and other Halloween events dominate the Top 15 events this week.
  2. South Tampa barbecue restaurant Kojak's House of Ribs closed its Gandy Boulevard location in August after 43 years. Now, the owners say they've found a new home in Seffner.
  3. Visitors gather at the Snowcat Ridge alpine snow park entrance for the grand opening in 2020 in Dade City. The park has spent $4.5 million in upgrades since then, including adding a new ice skating rink.
  4. A diver is seen near a statue of a soldier during the installing of Circle of Heroes in the Gulf of Mexico. A group of local divers is planning a Veterans Day tribute dive on Nov. 11. [Photo courtesy of Preston Rudie]
  5. Greg Yarman, 47, who is carrying Elias Yarman, 2, and Michelle Manning 47, of Ohio, walk along a boardwalk at the St. Pete Pier in August. An ice skating rink and holiday shops are planned at the pier from Nov. 30-Jan. 17.
  6. At Gulfport's Historic Peninsula Inn, guests have reported knocking sounds and "bed bumping" from a friendly ghost believed to haunt the property.
  7. Since the 1970s, visitors have come to see the manatees that gather in the winter at Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station. The viewing center, which closed last season because of COVID-19, will reopen Nov. 1.
  8. Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota has set up a maze that’s free and an ideal way to let children explore. The maze, which is next to the park’s playground, will be up until after Thanksgiving.
  9. Dr. Paul Nanda of Tampa General Hospital suggests putting candy at the end of the driveway, or at least away from the entryway, to avoid crowding around the door.
  10. Tangela Chipman of Dundee lets her Lexus sedan drift backward in neutral while exploring Spook Hill with her girlfriends, Dal Brown and Edwina Brown, of Wilmington, N.C., on Oct. 12, 2021, in Lake Wales. The attraction is close to the Bok Tower and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  11. ZooTampa's new aluminum cups, which are made by the Ball Corporation, are "infinitely recyclable."
  12. Hundreds of lights, holiday decorations and entertainers bring Christmas Town to life during the holiday season at Busch Gardens in Tampa.
  13. John Morgan, head of Morgan & Morgan, shown in his offices in downtown Orlando. His career started with the Yellow Pages and billboards in the early ‘80s. Now his firm is offering $100,000 to the winner of an advertising jingle contest.
  14. The May-Stringer House, also known as the Hernando Historical Museum at 601 Museum Court in Brooksville, is said to be Florida's most haunted home. The four-story home was built in the 1800s as a two-story, four-room home and was remodeled in the early 1900s to its present seven-gable style.
  15. A necropsy will be conducted by the Sunken Gardens veterinarian team to determine how Mac the snapping turtle died.
  16. Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley is among the headliners of the 2021 Reggae Rise Up Festival in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park this Thursday through Sunday.
  17. The book "Burgert Brothers: Another Look" compares 80 Tampa locations photographed by the Burgert Brothers in the early 1900s with how they look today.
  18. Runners move across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge during the Skyway 10K race on March 2, 2019, in St. Petersburg.
  19. Tim Wronka (right) and Matt Infante (left), from Spectrum Bay News 9, shoot footage of Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas at Port Tampa Bay Saturday, October 16, 2021. Port Tampa Bay and Royal Caribbean International celebrated the first cruise vessel departure from Tampa Bay since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a no-sail order about 18 months ago.
  20. The team behind the popular chef's table dinner series Abandon Izakaya has opened a street food-themed brick-and-mortar restaurant in Seminole.
  21. Dozens of people gather to watch the Sylvan Ramble light show on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in Tampa. Created by Sam Johnson, the computerized light show features special effects such as flames and dancing lights synchronized to music and lasts 20 minutes. In addition to his Halloween light show, Johnson also has a popular Christmas themed show all to raise money for charity.
  22. Fresh stone crab claws are for sale at Frenchy's Stone Crab Co. in Palm Harbor. Crab season runs Oct. 15-May 1, two weeks shorter than in past years, and the state has upped the claw size minimum to combat overfishing.
  23. Come Out St. Pete offers four National Coming Out Day events to help LGBTQ+ individuals come out of the closet with pride and comfort. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
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