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Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Oct. 25-31

Halloween festivals, ghost tours, haunted houses and Halloween-themed plays dominate this weeks events.
Halloween on Central, haunted houses and other Halloween events dominate the Top 15 events this week.
Halloween on Central, haunted houses and other Halloween events dominate the Top 15 events this week.
Published Oct. 25
Updated Oct. 27

Halloween on Central: Nearly 2 miles of Central Avenue will close down to traffic for a five-hour car-free Halloween event. Enjoy trick-or-treating, shopping, costume contests, entertainment, vendors and Sip and Stroll activities along 22 blocks in The Edge and Grand Central District spanning from Martin Luther King Jr. Street to 31st Street. Free. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Grand Central District, 1800 block of Central Avenue, St. Petersburg.

The Henry B. Plant Museum sets the scene for a scary Halloween-themed murder mystery event. 
The Henry B. Plant Museum sets the scene for a scary Halloween-themed murder mystery event.  [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

An Eerie Evening at the Tampa Bay Hotel: Period lighting and candles set the stage for a night of intrigue. A mysterious death has been discovered at the Tampa Bay Hotel and you get to help solve the crime. Evidence and clues are scattered throughout the rooms and guests attempt to put the pieces together in time to prevent another attack. $20-$30. 5:30-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-254-1891.

Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band: The blues legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall with blues-infused rock group Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. $53-$103. 8-10 p.m. Friday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

A Nightmare on Franklin Street: The historic, and haunted, movie theater continues its annual Halloween horror movie and ghost-related event festival.

  • Mommy and Me: This portion of the afternoon, after-school program for kids features a family-friendly screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas. $10, $7 members, 12 and younger free. 3 p.m. Monday.
  • The Shining: In the 1980 horror movie, supernatural evil takes over a hotel, its guests and staff. $10, $7 members. 7:30 p.m. Monday.
  • A Tale of Two Sisters: In the 2003 horror, a series of strange events plagues a family upon one sister’s release from a mental hospital. $10, $7 members. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Campfire Stories: Sit around a real fire outside the theater and listen to The Storytellers of Tampa Bay share PG-rated scary stories. $10, members free. 7 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Get Out: In the 2017 thriller, a boyfriend meets his girlfriend’s parents for the first time. $10, $7 members. 7 p.m. Thursday.
  • Us: In the 2019 thriller, scary people do scary things during a home invasion. $10, $7 members. 10 p.m. Thursday.
  • Dark Carnival: Victorian Horror Troupe Phantasmagoria presents a dark and evocative 19th century horror-themed stage show. $26. 7 p.m. Friday.
  • SpiritsFest: Backstage: Patrons can sip on drinks and prowl never before seen corners of the theater in search of paranormal activity. Timed entries available. $100, $90 members. 5-8 p.m. Saturday.
  • Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror: The 1922 silent horror is an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Steven Ball performs the film’s score on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ. $13, $10 members. 2 p.m. Sunday.
  • Shadow of a Vampire: The 2000 horror is a semi-retelling of the story of Dracula. $10, $7 members. 5 p.m. Sunday.
  • Halloween: In the 1978 thriller, infamously masked Michael Myers silently kills everyone in a house. $10, $7 members. 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

All events and screenings take place at Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8286.

Tampa Theatre closes this year's 16-night Nightmare on Franklin Street this week. CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
Tampa Theatre closes this year's 16-night Nightmare on Franklin Street this week. CHARLIE KAIJO | Times

Shimmering Lights Fall Festival: Costumes are encouraged for not-scary activities including themed lighted displays, animated props moving to the music, outdoor movies, a lights maze, scavenger hunt, games and crafts. $7, 2 and younger free. 7-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7-10 p.m. Sunday. Sunkissed Acres, 2302 N Dover Road, Dover. 813-510-7553.

Tootsie: The musical comedy about an actor with a reputation for being difficult is forced to adopt a new identity as a woman to land a job comes to Tampa. $41.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

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Chelsea Handler will appear at Mahaffey Theater Wednesday. [Courtesy of Emily Shur]
Chelsea Handler will appear at Mahaffey Theater Wednesday. [Courtesy of Emily Shur]

Chelsea Handler: The comedian and host of the late-night E! talk show Chelsea Lately performs. $49.50-$169.50. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-300-2000.

Owl O Ween: Bring the family to follow a spooky nature trail with animal shows, a candy scavenger hunt, food truck and a marshmallow roast. $5, 3 and younger free. 5:30-9 p.m. Friday. McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N, Largo. 727-518-3047.

The Psychedelic Furs will perform at Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Friday.  (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
The Psychedelic Furs will perform at Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Friday. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

Psychedelic Furs: The Furs perform, along with special guest Royston Langdon. $35.50-$67.60. 8 p.m. Friday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Evil Dead: The Musical: Five college students spend the weekend in an abandoned cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. Note: Some portions of the audience are in a splatter zone. Dress accordingly. Plain white T-shirts and dark pants recommended. $15-$50. 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-374-2416.

Night at the Museum: Haunt the history center and trick-or-treat your way through the galleries as pirates, explorers, Florida pioneers and Star Wars characters come alive. Register for one of three sessions to ensure best social distancing. $14, $12.95 seniors, $10.95 ages 7-17, 6 and younger free. 4, 5 and 6 p.m. Saturday. Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa. 813-228-0097.

Trick-Or-Treat at the Bishop: Put your kids in costume and let them trick-or-treat among the giant animatronic dinosaurs in the new DinoVenture exhibit on the outdoor Riverside Plaza. $5, 1 and younger free. 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. 941-746-4131.

The Sanderson Sisters take on a new look in an interactive drag version of Hocus Pocus at the Palladium Theater Sunday.
The Sanderson Sisters take on a new look in an interactive drag version of Hocus Pocus at the Palladium Theater Sunday. [ Disney ]

A Little Hocus Pocus: An Interactive Tribute Show: Kathryn Nevets, Daphne Ferraro and Chi Chi Lalique present an interactive 90-minute Hocus Pocus-themed drag show that blends the best moments from the film with video elements, props and lip-synched musical selections. Wear a costume for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. Face coverings are required on St. Petersburg College property. $35-$50. 3 p.m. Sunday. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-822-3590.

Scarehouse Pinellas: The third annual haunted house fills a 10,000-square-foot air-conditioned warehouse with a scary tale of the aftermath of Red Tide and the search for an antidote to reverse the human race back to normal. Benefits SPCA Pinellas. $20. 7-11 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Scarehouse, 12461 Creekside Drive, Largo. 727-371-0995.

Field of Screams: Can you escape the Fun House, navigate the dark woods, break out of the big top and flee to the midway for safety? Welcome to Tasco’s 15th annual Carnival of Chaos-themed haunted attraction. $10-$15. 7 p.m.-midnight Friday-Sunday and Nov. 1. Pinellas Pioneer Settlement, 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-892-5060.