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Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Oct. 26

Conductor and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell will conduct the Florida Orchestra in An Evening at Bach's Coffeehouse, Oct. 26-28, 2018. (Courtesy of Apollo's Fire)
Conductor and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell will conduct the Florida Orchestra in An Evening at Bach's Coffeehouse, Oct. 26-28, 2018. (Courtesy of Apollo's Fire)
Published Oct. 25, 2018

Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Evening at Bach's Coffeehouse: This TFO's strings program is led by renowned conductor and harpsichord soloist Jeannette Sorrell. 8 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $18-$48. (813) 229-7827;

March of the Pumpkin King: File in behind the Pumpkin King as he leads themed floats on this costumed "people's parade" down Seventh Avenue. Participation ticket includes admission to post-parade party and costume contest. 7 p.m., Downtown Ybor City, E Seventh Avenue and N 14th Street, Tampa. $35-$50 to participate. Free to watch. (813) 748-0069;

Hanson String Theory: The pop star brothers Zac, Taylor and Isaac collaborated with Oscar-winning composer David Campbell to put together orchestral arrangements of their biggest songs like MmmBop and This Time Around, as well as new tracks. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $39.50-$89.50. (727) 893-7832;

Michael Franti and Spearhead : Musician and singer-songwriter will perform on his Stay Human tour. 7 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $30-$35. (727) 565-0550;

PVMNTS: Musical band will perform their latest hits and more such as, Standing, Jumping Stairsets, Chemical Trails and more alongside a performances from WSTR and special guest Hold Close. 7 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $13.50. $99 VIP. (813) 241-8600;

A Nightmare on Franklin Street: This portion of the Halloween celebration features a screening of the 1927 black and white silent film The Cat and the Canary with Steven Ball providing accompaniment on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. $13, $10 members. 7:30 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. Price varies by event. (813) 274-8982.

Field of Screams Festival: Celebrate Halloween with an evening of activities featuring trick-or-treating, bounce houses, kiddie train, photo zones and a costume contest . 6 p.m., Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N, Seminole. Free, $5 bounce house wrist band. (727) 391-8345;

Spook-tacular: Two scare levels for you to choose from. Ages 12 and younger can stroll through a "Hocus Pocus" themed trail. Or, braver souls can take a "Jeepers Creepers" themed haunted hay ride and try their chances in the Indian Corn Maze. 6 p.m., Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. $5. (352) 567-0262;

Haunted Happenings: Dress your little boos ages 12 and younger for age appropriate costume contests with a spooky walking path, bounce houses and "Zip and Repel" programs. 6 p.m., Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve North, 423 Lafayette Blvd., Oldsmar. Free, $10 zip and repel. (813) 749-1152.

Owl-o-ween: Stroll along the haunted trail in search of nocturnal creatures and ghosts before enjoying crafts, games and scary stories around a campfire. 6 p.m., McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N, Largo. $5, 2 and younger free. (727) 518-3047.

Halloween in the Park: The state park takes on a spooky look for this Halloween party with a scary trail through the woods. There's also a "not so scary" child friendly area. $10 per carload (includes 10 game tickets). 6 p.m., Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd. (at the West end of Dunedin Causeway), Dunedin. $10 per carload (includes 10 game tickets). (727) 469-5942;

TASCO Field of Screams: This 13th annual event, Quarantine, challenges you to escape from a decontamination tent in hopes of finding safety. Participants are exposed to darkness, loud noises, bright lights, wooded trails and intense scare zones. Not suitable for children. 7 p.m., Boyd Hill Environmental Studies Area, 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. $10 advance, $15 day of. (727) 893-7813;

Scarehouse Pinellas: A 10,000-square-foot horror flick themed haunted house. Ages 12 and older only. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Benefits SPCA Tampa Bay. 7 p.m., Scarehouse, 12461 Creekside Drive, Largo. $15. (727) 742-1432;

Haunted River Tours: A docent delivers spooky tales of ghosts as you glide along the Hillsborough River. Includes treats and a stop under the "bat bridge." Tours depart hourly. Through Oct. 28. 7 p.m., Pirate Water Taxi, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. $25, $15 children. (813) 390-3711.

Chase Atlantic: Australian alternative pop band will perform. 7 p.m., The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-9500;

Mindgame: When a true crime writer tries to get an interview with a notorious serial killer, things take a wrong trun, in this thriller. Through Oct. 28. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall Murray Studio Theater, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $24. (727) 791-7400;

Last Fri: Improv troupe Dear Aunt Gertrude performs. 7:30 p.m., The Box Theater at University Square Mall, 2200 E Fowler Avenue, Tampa. $5. (813) 400-0269.

I-4's Premier Fear Park: Three dark, intense walking trails in a wooded forest. 7:30 p.m., Sir Henry's Haunted Trail, 2837 S Frontage Road, Plant City. $30, $45 VIP. (863) 944-0748;

Shakespeare in the City: The St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival presents A Midsummer Night's Dream. Through Nov. 11. 7:30 p.m., Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-6620.

Arnez J: He hosted two seasons of BET's Comic View, appeared on Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam and has a Comedy Central special and his own Comic View Grandstand Hour Special. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25. (813) 864-4000;

As If: American Stage's improv festival features Hawk and Wayne as well as troupes from near and far. 8 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20 advance, $25 at the door. (727) 518-5142;

Between Riverside and Crazy: Pulitzer Prize-winning play. 8 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $44-$54; a subscription-style $15 a month for people younger than 30 and free for people younger than 20. (727) 823-7529;

Samuel J. Comroe: With an act that focuses on him dealing with Tourettes Syndrome, he made his TV debut on Conan and appeared on America's Got Talent. 8 and 10:15 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $16-$18. (813) 960-1197;

Tyler Farr: Country music singer will perform. 9 p.m., The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301, Tampa. $20 Advance Purchase. $30 Day of Event. (813) 987-2855;


Hillsborough County Fair: 5 p.m., Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, Corner of Sydney Washer Road and Hwy 60, Brandon. $7, $5 students, $4 seniors, 4 and younger free. (813) 737-3247;

Downtown Trick or Treating: Children can safely trick or treat from shop to shop along Main Street and Broadway Avenue. Also a Halloween exhibit, and costume contest at the Historical Museum at 5:45 p.m. 5 p.m., Downtown Dunedin, along Main Street, Dunedin. Free. (727) 298-3201.

Halloween Spooktacular and Fall Festival: With a costume contest, inflatable games, moon walks, train rides, stilt walker, moon walks, haunted house and food available. 6 p.m., Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd., Treasure Island. Free, $1-$3 some activities. (727) 360-6062.

Creatures of the Night: The Halloween event with activities for all ages. Included with admission. Also, $24.95 after 4 p.m., 2 and younger free. Runs through Oct. 27. 4 p.m., ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Zoo admission: $34.95, $25.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. (813) 935-8552.

John's Pass Seafood Festival: The 37th annual event with more than 100 seafood options, a Halloween block party, 5K run, attempt to set the World Record Bloody Mary Toast and a fishing tournament. 10 a.m., John's Pass Village and Boardwalk, 150 John's Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach. Free (food/drink additional). Toll-free 1-877-412-2675;

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch Monsters Inc. on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk. 7:30 p.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 449-1036;


SERIES PREMIERE Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix: Kiernan Shipka of Mad Men stars as the title character in the series that imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft.


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  1. The St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market, beautiful landmarks like the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and public art all made it on the list of reader's reasons why they love Tampa Bay.
  2. Lisa Langford opened her artisan boutique, Lis's Pieces, in March of 2019 on Grand Boulevard in downtown New Port Richey. She recently expanded, remodeling an upper floor to use for crafting workshops. Future plans include using the space for small weddings and other intimate occasions, Langford said.
  3. Shannan Panganiban, 26, and her husband Heath Panganiban, 28, with their three boys, from left, Owen, 9 months old, ,Ryland, 5 (in center), and Landon, 3, in their backyard with their kayak racks at their home on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. Shannon and Heath started Yak Tribe, a national kayak fishing community, and now they have started a free kayak rental program with the pilot location being out of their backyard.
  4. Patron vie for beads while attending in the 103nd Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla on Saturday, January 25, 2020, in downtown Tampa.
  5. Charlotte Flair is one of the WWE’s most decorated female competitors and daughter of wrestling legend “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
  6. Kathryn Sharkey, 9, of Masarkytown, proves to have a swift hand in casting at the Family Fishing Festival held Jan, 18 at Withlacoochee River  Park in Dade City. Looking on, is her dad, Devon Sharkey (right).
  7. In this July 30, 2019, file photo, a Super Mario figure is displayed at a showroom in Tokyo. After months of being tight-lipped, Comcast executives on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, said the fourth park at Universal Orlando would be based on characters from Nintendo.
  8. Clockwise from left: Cheesy Sriracha Funnel Cake Bites, Piña Colada Candy Apple, Candy Corn and Cheeseburger-On-A-Stick
  9. Draped against the St. Petersburg skyline on Tuesday evening on January 14, 2020, the Bella Vita is visible as it docks in Port St. Pete. The yacht is nearly 250 feet long and costs about $650,000 to charter for a week in the winter, according to broker Moran Yacht and Ship. It can accommodate 12 passengers between its six staterooms and six decks, and a staff of 22.
  10. An Australian shepherd named Waylon gets some pampering from Kathryn Ross-Nash at the Florida Gulf Coast Classic Cluster of Dog Shows held Jan. 9-13 and Jan. 15-19 at Florida Classic Park in Brooksville.  Ross-Nash of Bradenton is an owner/breeder/handler of Australian shepherds and has been showing dogs for 30 years. "I love the show. Love the set-up, and I'm close to home," she said.
  11. Ava Calvin, 5, participates in a unity dance during the First Night of Kwanzaa in St. Petersburg ceremony on Thursday evening.
  12. Clearwater may soon vote to allow commercial megacycles to ply the streets downtown and on Clearwater Beach. They'll be missing a key ingrediant, though: Beer and wine.