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Celebrate Halloween with events for adults, families


Published:   |   Updated: October 24, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Night at the Museum: As the museum winds down, its exhibits come to life, with families invited to haunt the History Center while they trick-or-treat their way through the exhibits and get candy from historical figures that have come to life. The real Tampa Bay Ghostbusters will be on hand along with Storm Troopers and other “Star War” characters; 4 p.m. Sunday; $9 children, $14 adults; Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa; (813) 228-0097

 

Guavaween Costume Contest: The 28th Annual event has a “Monster Mash,” theme celebrating classic monsters from the golden age of horror films with a $1,000 prize for the best costume; includes an outdoor concert by Scilter (a Florida band); 7 p.m. Saturday; free; 1600 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City; (813) 241-8838 and www.ybor.org

 

Halloween Spree: Costume contests, parades, trick-or-treating inside the museum, a 12-year-old DJ and more are planned for Halloween day at the Glazer Children's Museum; 4:30 p.m. Thursday; $5 to $15; 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa; (813) 443-3821 and www.glazermuseum.org

 

Fantasma Fest: Zombie Crawl & Zombie Fest: Put on your best zombie face and join the zombie crawl. Stops include The Dirty Shame, Boneyard, Coyote Ugly, Dogs Bollocks, Reservoir Bar and The Honey Pot. Makeup artists will be available at The Dirty Shame starting at 4 p.m.; free; 7 p.m. Friday; The Dirty Shame, 1929 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa; www.ybornow.com

 

Howl-O-Scream 2013: Howl-O-Scream 2013 returns with tormenting surprises around every corner and unexpected terrors. Busch Garden will be overgrown with dark, sinister, adult-targeted fun and the chance to ride adrenaline-fuelled coasters at night, including the Cheetah Hunt; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; $30 to $47; Busch Gardens, 10165 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa; (888) 800-5447 and www.seaworldparks.com

 

Guppyween: Trick-or-treat among 20,000 sea creatures and come in your best Halloween costume to get a discount on admission; 4 p.m. Sunday; $5 to $15; The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Dr., Tampa; (813) 273-4000

 

Haunted Ballroom Dance: Costumes, games, prizes, a raffle, dancing and dancing lessons; 8 p.m. today; $10; Dance on Waters, 3301 W. Waters Ave., suite 102, Tampa; (813) 931-3269

 

Tampa Theatre Paranormal investigation: Find out about the things that go bump in the historic movie house when experts from Tampa Paranormal and Plant City Paranormal Research do a lights-off exam into the buildings five most common supernatural claims — including a ghost in the projection booth; event includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar and meet-and-greet with Angela Alderman of Syfy's “Ghost Hunters International”; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; $150; Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa; tampatheatre.org

 

Temptation Halloween Party: Seventh Annual Temptation, “The Haunted Theatre” Halloween Party with $10,000 spent on Halloween decorations; 10 p.m. Thursday; The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa; (813) 247-2555

 

Wicked Warehouse: Ghouls and ghosts are haunting an empty, 7,000-square-foot retail space at Hyde Village every Friday and Saturday night until Halloween. Organizers warn that the dark labyrinth might be too scary for young children; 7 p.m. today and Saturday; $10; 1610 W. Snow Ave., Hyde Park; www.hydeparkvillage.net

 

Dunedin Halloween in the Park: For the entire family, the event includes child-focused games, arts and crafts, a bounce house, “Boo in the Zoo,” a costume contest and a haunted hayride; 5:30 p.m. Saturday; $5 to $10 and $5 for parking; Highlander Park, 1920 County Road 99 ( Pinehurst Road), Dunedin; (727) 812-4530 and www.dunedingov.com

 

Howl O' Fest: Held at the Boyd Hill Environmental Studies Area, the festival includes a rock-climbing wall, inflatable games, arts and crafts, hay rides (for $1), trick-or-treat cabins, and the “Scooby Doo Mystery Trail,” (for $3); 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $5; 2900 31st. St., St. Petersburg; (727) 893-7813 and www.stpeteparksrec.org

 

Doggie Halloween: Gulfport's annual Doggie Halloween Costume Party will offer prizes in three size categories and will include a pet parade after the contest; 6 p.m. Wednesday; Gulfport Art Village Courtyard at Beach Blvd and 29th Ave. S., Gulfport; (727) 323-3892

 

Ghost Tour of St. Petersburg: Discover what lurks in the shadows of St. Petersburg with ghost stories, haunted houses and a promise from organizers to see “where they buried the bodies.” Call for reservations; 8 p.m., nightly; Hooker Tea Company, 300 Beach Drive N.E., #124, St. Petersburg; (727) 894-4678 and www.ghosttour.com

 

Ghost Tour of Tampa: Celebrate Halloween in the city once described as “the damndest town this side of hell,” with true stories of restless spirits, haunted sites and lost cemeteries; 8 p.m. nightly through Halloween; $15 ($10 ages 4-12); tours depart from the Fresh Café, 507 N. Franklin St. Tampa; (727) 398-5200and www.ghosttour.com

 

Mickey's Not-so-Scary Halloween Party: Appropriate for all ages, events include a “Boo-to-You Halloween Parade” featuring Disney characters (8:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.) 9:30 p.m. fireworks, trick-or-treating and more; 7 p.m. Friday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday; $59; Magic Kingdom Park, 7 Seas Drive, Bay Lake; (407) 824-4321

 

Growl-O-Ween at Big Cat Rescue: An after dark spooky night tour that ends up along the haunted trail as you pass by glowing eyes, roaring tigers and screaming cougars; reservations and pre-payment required; 7 p.m. Friday; $55 (10 and older only); Big Cat Rescue, 12802 Easy St., Tampa; 1-800-979-3370

 

Pumpkin Patch Express: The express trains will be stopping at the pumpkin patch for children to grab a pumpkin of their own which is included in the ticket price; 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $14 to $28; Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish; (941) 776-0906 and www.frm.org

 

Murder House in Town and Country: Located within the Pinehurst Community in Town and Country, the haunted house comes with this parental advisory: 18 years or older unless accompanied by an adult, and younger children are discouraged due to the frightful nature of Murder House; 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through October; donations encouraged, money going to The Big Cat Rescue; 9048 Hickory Circle, Tampa; (813) 520-0784

 

Fantasma Fest Story Time: Local scribes, historians and celebrities share their spooky stories; 7 p.m., Friday; $5 suggested donation; Creative Loafing Space, 1911 N. 13th St., Suite W200, Ybor City; www.ybornow.com

 

Haunted Angelus House: Includes haunted houses, haunted hayrides, a haunted walking trail, cemeteries, a pirate ship and glow sticks for the timid; 6:30 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 2; $8 to $30; Haunted Angelus House, 12413 Hudson Ave., Hudson; (727) 364-2868

 

Radley Haunted House: Offers scary music, dim lights and realistic props; suggested for ages 8 and older; 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; free ($4 suggested donation); 3900 19th St. N., St. Petersburg

 

Witchstock 2013: Along with live music, the event includes a pet costume contest at 3:30 p.m., a kid's costume contest at 5 p.m. and an adult costume contest at 9 p.m., winners receiving trophies and cash prizes; 3 p.m. Saturday; The Witch's Brew, 1219 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor; (727) 483-9210 and www.info@thewitchsbrew.com

 

Lowry Park ZooBoo: Five hair-raising haunts, seasonal displays, strange music, reduced prices and night rides are all part of the annual zool Halloween celebration; 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; $14 to $18; Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa; (813) 935-8552 and www.lowryparkzoo.com

 

Brick-or-Treat: This spooky event happens every Saturday and Sunday in October and includes a haunted scavenger hunt, trick-or-treating, costumes, kid's activities and more; 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $99; LEGOLAND Florida, One LEGOLAND Way, Winter Haven; (877) 350-5346

 

Hellview Cemetery: The Hellview Cemetery is the largest yard haunt in St. Petersburg; 7 p.m. today, Saturday, Sunday and Thursday; free; 510 49th Ave. N., St. Petersburg; (727) 525-2139 and www.hellview.net

 

Haunted Forest: Located in the North Anclote River Nature Park, the haunted forest is for both kids and adults and is open Friday and Saturday; 6:30 p.m. (kid's hour) and 7:30 p.m. (adults); 550 Old Dixie Highway, Tarpon Springs; (727) 942-5628 or (727) 437-2343

 

The Monsters Ball: The Sixth annual event includes a special guest appearance by “True Blood's” Joe Manganiello; includes a $1,000 costume contest; 10 p.m. Saturday; $15 to $20; Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 N. Orient Road, Tampa; (866) 502-7529

 

The Scott and Patti Show: The mother and son duo are hosting a Halloween-themed cabaret and costume contest with jokes, bobbing for apples and a full bar; 11 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31; $15 to $20; freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; (727) 498-5205 and www.freefalltheatre.com

 

Freakers Ball — Grave Matters: The 34th annual event at Skipper's is always the Friday before Halloween and includes a dance party, costume party, the grand parade and a theme, which this year is “Grave Matters.” Live music is by Uncle John's Band; 8 p.m. Friday; $10; Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa; (813) 871-0666 and www.skipperssmokehouse.com

 

Pumpkin Boo Camp: Children get to dress in their Halloween costumes and bring a small pumpkin with them for a Halloween-themed workout with pumpkin push-ups and squats. After the workout, the children get to decorate their pumpkins (bring diapers or wipes to donate to Babycycle); 9:15 a.m. Thursday; free; Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg; (727) 637-7913

Abundant Ghoulish Treats: A radio theater fundraiser, the event includes scary scripts by Edgar Allen Poe, creepy celebrity guests, a freaky flash mob, suspenseful silent auction and tricks and treats; 7 p.m. Monday; $20: The Studio@620, 620 First Ave., S. St. Petersburg; (727) 895-6620

 

Halloween Spooktacular: Geared for the little ones, children get to make their own trick-or-treat bags, go on a scavenger hunt in the museum, play games and participate in arts and crafts; 11 a.m. Saturday; $10 for adults, $5 for children 4 to 12; Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way, Largo; (727) 539-8371

 

Red Mesa Cantina's Halloween Fiesta: Four costume categories (most creative, sexiest, best look-a-like and scariest) and four winners will compete for almost $3,000 in prize money; 9 p.m. Saturday; Red Mesa Cantina, 128 Third St. S., St. Petersburg; (727) 896-8226 and www.redmesacantina.com

 

Zombie Invasion: It's a Halloween party with a scream contest, gourmet food, auctions, a cash bar, Thriller flash mob, music and live entertainment, free drink tickets, zombie makeovers and more; 8 p.m. Thursday; $40 in advance, $50 at the door, $75 for VIP; Ybor City Museum State Park, 1818 E. Ninth Ave., Ybor City; (813) 988-9027

 

Haunted Trails: Music, food, exotic animals and the “Haunted Trail” at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; $5; 4600 Alt. 19, Palm Harbor; (727) 943-5897 and www.suncoastprimate.org

 

Doggie Howl-O-Ween: A Halloween carnival along with owner, child and dog costume contests; 6 p.m. Friday; free; Northdale Park, 15550 Spring Pine Drive, Tampa

 

Fantasma Fest Halloween Ball: Party held at the Castle in Ybor City, 2004 N. 16th St.; 9 p.m. Thursday; $8; www.ybornow.com

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