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Trick-or-treat 2012! Halloween-themed fun is happening all around Pinellas County.

TBNwe­ekly.­com put together a list of events and activities sent in by readers. The list is sorted by date.

• Pumpkin patch through Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., at First United Church of Pinellas Park, 9025 49th St. N., Pinellas Park. Trunk or Treating is Sunday, Oct. 28, 6 to 8 p.m. The church will host its Fall Festival on Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival will feature crafts, entertainment, games and food. For information, call 546-5741.

• Eighth annual Field of Screams, Friday, Oct. 26, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St., Seminole. The event includes Seminole’s unique “Spook Zone,” which includes bounce houses, inflatable slides and carnival games, Lazer Tag, a costume contest, family photo area, and free Halloween candy.

The festive event appeals to all ages. Those attending should come dressed in costumes. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Cost of participation in the spook zone is $5 and includes unlimited play in bounce houses and carnival games. For more information, please call 391-8345.

• Spooktacular and Fall Festival, Friday, Oct. 26, 6 to 9 p.m., at Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd., Treasure Island. Activities include a costume contest, carnival games, glow golf and moonwalks, along with interactive games, a haunted hayride and spooky cemetery, as well as entertainment and refreshments. Judging for the costume contest begins at 6:30 p.m. with the 2-year-old and under age group.

The haunted hayride and cemetery opens about 7 p.m. For more information, call the Recreation Department at 547-4575, ext. 237.

• Spooktacular, Friday, Oct. 26, at Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Entertainment includes the Trail of Terror, a pumpkin patch, costume contest, inflatables, carnival games with prizes, and music. Call 669-1914.

• JD’s Halloween Party, Friday, Oct. 26. Door prizes and Costume Contest with more than $175 in prizes. Halloween night, Oct. 31, kids in costume eat free off from items on the goblin menu. Call 727-595-1320 for times and more information. JD’s Restaurant and Lounge is at 125 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach.

• Haunted Tavern of Terror, Friday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Rosie's Tavern of Dunedin transforms into a Haunted Tavern of Terror with live music by Razed by Wolves, a costume contest with a $50 bar tab prize for best costume and a pumpkin carving contest. Pumpkin entries will be accepted at the Dragonfly Garden next door. The party is in conjunction with Dunedin’s Downtown Trick or Treat.  For more information call 727-724-4209. Rosie’s Tavern is located at 730 Broadway on the corner of Main St. and Broadway in Stirling Commons.

• Pandemonium II Return of the Horde, Seminole’s premier haunted attraction for five years, Friday, Oct. 26, 6 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 27, 6 to 11 p.m., at the Seminole Recreation Center. Admission is $5. A portion of the receipts benefits Kiwanis Clubs of Seminole’s community projects. The event is intense and may not be good for small children. The recreation center is at 9100 113th St, Seminole. For more information, call 391-8345 or visit www.m­ysemi­nole.­com.

• Halloween in the Park XV, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, 6 to 10 p.m., in the picnic area at Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin. The Florida Park Service and Friends of the Island Parks Inc. sponsor this annual event. This year’s theme will focus on the Wild West complete with a haunted house as well as scenes along the scary trail. There will be a family area for the younger ones where children and adults will be entertained with Halloween themed arts and crafts, games, music and freeze dance. Activities include face painting for the kids, fortune telling for the parents, games, bungee jump, dunk tank, storytelling with the Dunedin library, food and fun. A donation of $10 per carload includes 10 free game tickets. Annual passes are not valid for this after hours event. Participants can wear their costumes, if they want. Wear walking shoes and bring insect repellant and a small flashlight. For information, call 462-6187.

• Halloween Spooktacular for Kids, Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N., Largo. Activities for kids include a scavenger hunt for treats throughout the museum, decorating cupcakes and cookies; take-home arts and crafts projects; games; and a costume contest. The event is sponsored in part by Publix. Discounted tickets are priced at $10 for adults and $5 for youths 4 to 12. Call 539-8371 or visit www.a­rmedf­orces­museu­

• Halloween Spooktacular, Saturday, Oct. 27, noon to 6 p.m., at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. This family-friendly event features fun and games for kids 14 and younger as well as a free trick-or-treat trail, open from noon to 4 p.m. In addition to games, there will be music, concessions, bounce houses, ropes course, a petting zoo and strolling entertainment. Event wristbands cost $5 in advance for recreation cardholders and $6 without a card. All wristbands purchased the day of the event will be $7. Wristbands are required for all inflatables, games and activities. Children must meet height requirements for bounce houses and rides. Limited on-site parking will be available for $5. There will be free park-and-walk areas at Everest University, Largo Middle School and the School Board parking lot. For more information, call 587-6775 or visit Largo­Event­

• Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary Hallowings Haunted Carnival Saturday, Oct. 27, 6:30 to 11:30 p.m., at Inside The Gates, 2338 Emerson Ave. S., St. Petersburg. The fun-filled fundraiser will include live music, a costume contest, carnival games, door prizes, food and drinks. First prize in the costume contest is a five-day stay at a Redington Beach condominium. The music lineup includes Dean Johanesen, Noah Broe and the Groove Company, Shoeless Soul and The Josh Magwood Band. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The ticket price includes a buffet dinner and one drink. Buy tickets in advance by calling 391-6211. For more information, call Don at 518-4652 or Micki at 785-7090.

• Shepherd Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival, Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 10891 102nd Ave., Seminole. Activities will include a pumpkin patch, free food, carnival games, crafts, pumpkin decorating, and bounce houses. Pumpkin sales support the youth group. For information, call 391-4644 or visit mygoo­dshep­herd.­net.

• Sixth annual Witchstock 2012, Saturday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m. to midnight, at Witch’s Brew, 1219 Florida Ave. Witchstock features a Pet Costume Contest at 3:30 p.m.; Kids Costume Contest at 5 p.m. and an Adult Costume Contest with a sexiest costume category at 9 p.m. Winners receive customized Witchstock trophies and prizes. Adult costume contest winners receive cash prizes of $100, $75 & and 50 for first and second place and sexiest costume. There is no entry fee and participants are encouraged to arrive a half hour prior to contest to register.

Terry Premru will fingerpick songs from The Wizard of Oz on his acoustic guitar at 4:30 p.m.; Higher Tides will play songs from the 60s at 6 p.m. The Defendants rock the house from 7:30 to 11 p.m. The event will be streamed live on www.l­ivest­ream.­com/t­hewit­chsbr­ew and archived on the internet for on demand viewing. The Witch’s Brew is located at 1219 Florida Ave. in Historic Downtown Palm Harbor. Call 727-483-9210, email or visit www.W­itchs­tock.­com.

• Halloween Happening, presented by the Dunedin Parks & Recreation Department , Saturday, Oct. 27, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. This family-friendly event features child-focused games and crafts, Boo in the Zoo, bounce houses, spooky storytelling and a costume contest. This year's Haunted Hayride will test visitors’ scare and thrill limits with the theme of Zombie Apocalypse and a host of scary creatures lurking in the night. Wristbands cost $10 and include all game booths, crafts, inflatables, costume contest and Boo in the Zoo. Hayride tickets are $5. Concessions will be available. Parking is $5, cash only. An ATM will be available during event. Proceeds will benefit the Dunedin for Youth Scholarship Fund. Volunteers are needed. For information, call 812-4530 or visit us online www.d­unedi­ngov.­com.

• Halloween Carnival, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 6 to 8 p.m., at Clearwater Beach Library and Recreation Center, 69 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater. Admission is free. Carnival game tickets will be five for $1. The event will feature small carnival games, costume contests, crafts, story time and light refreshments. For information, call 462-6138 or visit www.m­yclea­rwate­

• Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a special story time for ages 6 and up, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., at the Palm Harbor Library. No preregistration is necessary. For further information, call the youth services department at 784-3332, ext. 3018.

• Halloween Treat Trail, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m., at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Girls and boys of all ages may collect candy donated by local businesses and community organizations. The free event kicks off at 6 p.m. Radio Disney will provide activities, costume contest and prizes. Refreshments and popcorn will be provided. For information, call 541-0895.

• Boo Bash – Wednesday, Oct. 31, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Bright House Field, 601 N. Old Coachman Road. This free event features interactive areas for kids, games, hayrides, a haunted house, costume parade on the field, and plenty of candy. For information, call 467-4457 or visit www.t­hresh­erbas­eball­.com.

• Spooktacular Pumpkin Contest, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor. Contestants may bring a painted, carved, or otherwise crafted-out pumpkin for display and judging. Sign-in for the contest is at 5 p.m. Results will be announced at 5:30 p.m. Contestants ages 15 and older are welcome to participate and compete for prizes and gift cards. For information, call 724-1525, ext. 112.

• Simon Kidgits Club Mall O Ween, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Tyrone Square Mall, in St. Petersburg. The event will be presented by The Hub TV Network, a destination for kids and their families. The Hub will provide fun activities for attendees, giveaways and trick-or-treat bags (while supplies last). Little ones can view some of the network’s fun, kid-friendly, spooky-themed episodes of shows including “My Little Pony Friendship is Magic” and “Transformers Rescue Bots.”

• Sweet swap – Thursday and Friday, Nov. 1-2, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., at The Long Center, 1501 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater. Trick-or-treaters ages 17 and under can donate their Halloween candy and receive a prize from the pumpkin prize box. Each pound of candy that is brought in earns an entry into a drawing for prizes such as a new bike, a Play Pass, and tickets to a local sports game. An extra entry can be earned by bringing in a thank-you note to a U.S. service man or woman overseas. All candy collected will be sent to the armed forces. Call 793-2320.

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