1. Things to Do

Halloween events, corn mazes, a talent show and more

This week

Halloween hauntings: Halloween kicks off early with the Halloween Harvest Festival in Brooksville and Wild n' Wicked Nights in Weeki Wachee, both on Friday and Saturday:

• The Halloween Harvest Fest will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. Hosted by the Hernando County Recreation Department, it will include a haunted house, hayrides, games, food and contests. A dog masquerade will be held Friday, and costume contests for adults and children will be on Saturday. Admission is free. Game tickets are four for $1, the haunted house is $3 and hayrides are $2. The entry fee for the pet and costume contests is $2. Call (352) 754-4031.

• Wild n' Wicked Nights will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way. Featuring Area 51 tours, a haunted trail, hayrides, costume and scream contests, a kids maze, the "Creatures in the Treehouse" show with John Leggio's Xcel Performers and special Halloween shows by the Weeki Wachee mermaids. Admission is $6, $4 for ages 6 to 12, and free for 5 and younger. There is an additional fee for the petting zoo, carnival and pony rides. Call (352) 592-5656.

A-maze-ing fun: Two local farms are offering corn mazes and a variety of activities to welcome fall:

• Harvestmoon Farm, 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 23. Admission is $9, $5 for ages 3 to 10, free for 2 and younger. Call (727) 326-3256 or visit

• Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, east of Masaryktown. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 3. Admission is $8.50, $4.50 for ages 3 to 11, free for children 2 and younger, plus tax. Call (352) 279-0977 or visit

Searching for haunts: Ghost tours of the Hernando Heritage Museum are offered from 8 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. Legend has it that the four-story house built more than 151 years ago by John May is inhabited by family members' spirits. Cameras and recording devices welcome. $20, cash only. For 16 and older. Reservations required. Call (352) 799-0129.

Quick trip

Superstars: Tampa Bay Times movie critic Steve Persall emcees Pasco-Hernando Community College's Hernando/Pasco Has Talent Grand Finale at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Center on the West Campus, at 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Fifteen finalists perform for the chance to win a cash prize of up to $500. Broadway stars Jimmy Ferraro and Dee Etta Rowe judge the competition. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Call (727) 816-3435 or visit

Cultural fun: The Silverhawk Native American Flute Gathering and Arts and Crafts Show honors American Indian traditions with flute players, crafts, singers and open mike sessions from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Withlacoochee River Park, 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd., Dade City. Includes an authentic 1800s town and American Indian food. Overnight primitive camping isavailable for $10. Free admission; parking is $5. Visit or call (813) 763-2118.

Cedar Key Seafood Festival: Downtown Cedar Key, off State Road 24, will come alive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Featuring fresh seafood, arts and crafts, live music and entertainment. Admission is free. Visit