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Events guaranteed to provide plenty of creepy, spooky halloween fun are planned all around Pinellas County this year. Following is an updated list of community events around the area.


• The Belleair Parks and Recreation Department and the Belleair Civic Association will host the town’s spook-tacular Halloween Party and Haunted House on Saturday, Oct. 26, 5 to 8:30 p.m., at the Dimmitt Community Center, 918 Osceola Road, Belleair. The event will feature a free pizza dinner, costume contest, Trick-or-Treat Trail, Not-So-Scary Maze, Haunted House, Haunted Trolley Ride, Bounce Houses and prizes. For information, call 518-3728.

Belleair Bluffs

• The Thorn Collection and Petal & Vine will host the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze Pumpkin Carving Contest Thursday, Oct. 24, 6 to 8 p.m., at 598 Indian Rocks Road N., Belleair Bluffs.

Participants should bring their own carved pumpkin for judging. No artificial pumpkins will be allowed. Costumes are encouraged – the scarier the better, though cute is perfect, too. Prizes of $100 will be awarded in four age groups, including 4 to 7; 8 to 11; 12 to 15; and adult. A panel of frightfully fantastic witches, warlocks and other creepy characters will begin the pumpkin-judging competition promptly at 6:30 p.m. Pumpkins must be in place by 6 p.m.

Pumpkin carving contestants should register by Sunday, Oct. 20. To register, call 432-9019.

Hair Factor Salon and Day Spa of Dunedin also will be on hand to give temporary pink hair streaks as part of their Streak for the Cure campaign to benefit the Morton Plant Mease Foundation’s Mammogram Voucher Program. Streaks will cost $20 apiece.


• The Magic Tree House Halloween Party will be presented Friday, Oct. 25, 2 to 3:30 p.m., at Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., Clearwater. Children up to age 12 are invited to enjoy activities associated with Mary Pope Osborne’s “Magic Tree House” book series featuring titles such as “Mummies in the Morning,” “Ghost Town at Sundown,” “Haunted Castle on Hallow’s Eve” and “Good Night for Ghosts.” Costumes are encouraged but not required.

Participants are invited to stay after this free event and join in the library’s annual in-house Halloween story and costume parade. For information, call 562-4970 or visit www.m­yclea­rwate­­/cpl.

• A Halloween party will be presented Saturday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., at the Sage Supper Club, 22 N. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. Best costume will win $500 cash. There will be a DJ on hand spinning favorite tunes and there will be drink specials all night. For information, call 442-6100.

• The Trunk or Treat Fall Festival will take place Sunday, Oct. 27, 4 p.m., at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, 2165 N.E. Coachman Road, Clearwater. Parishioners will decorate their car trunks and fill them with treats to give to children wearing costumes. There will be slides, games and prizes. The Christian rock band Captive will perform. Hot dogs and soda will be provided.

There is no admission fee and no tickets are necessary; however, the church suggests attendees make a free will donation to Captive. For information, call 461-1717 or visit goods­amari­tan-s­wfl.o­rg.

• Boo Bash is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 31, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Bright House Field, 601 N. Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. This free event is a safe community Halloween celebration, featuring many interactive areas for kids, including games, hayrides, a Haunted House, and plenty of candy. For information, call 467-4457 or visit www.t­hresh­erbas­eball­.com.


• The 16th annual Halloween in the Park is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26, 6 to 10 p.m., in the picnic area at Honeymoon Island State Park, located at the extreme west end of State Road 586, north of Dunedin. The event provides a safe alternative to trick-or-treating sponsored by the Friends of the Island Parks and the Florida Park Service.

There will be face painting for the kids, fortune telling for the parents, games, storytelling with the Dunedin Library on Saturday night, food and fun. There is a scary trail for the older children and adults complete with a haunted house. Attendees should bring a flashlight, a bag for collecting candy and insect repellent.

Cost is a $10, which includes 10 free game tickets. Annual passes are not valid for this after-hours event. Volunteers are needed. To volunteer, call Karen Malo at 462-6187 or email

• The Dunedin Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Halloween Happening event on Saturday, Oct. 26, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. This family-friendly event will feature child-focused games and crafts, Boo in the Zoo, bounce houses, spooky storytelling and a costume contest. Guests also will find the event’s signature Haunted Hayride. This year, the hayride will test guests’ scare and thrill limits. With this year’s hayride theme The End of Days, riders are sure to experience a host of scary creatures lurking in the night.

Tickets for Boo in the Zoo are $5. Hayride tickets are $5. Hayride riders must be 8 and older.

Wristbands cost $10. The wristband includes all game booths, crafts, inflatables, costume contest, and Boo in the Zoo. Concessions are available. Parking is $5, cash only. An ATM will be available during the event. Volunteers are needed. For information, call 812-4530.


• The City of Imagination will host Poe’s House of Horrors: 10 Aspects of Death, running Oct. 24 through Nov. 2, 7 to 10 p.m., at the Gulfport Arts Center, 2726 54th St. S., Gulfport. The event will not be presented Monday, Oct. 28. The experience offers a self-guided walking tour of three-dimensional scenic art addressing various fears and questions about death. The exhibit also illustrates how Edgar Allan Poe exploited these fears in creating his classic tales of horror.

Suggested admission is $10. For information, call 259-8734.

Indian Rocks Beach

• JD's Restaurant and Lounge will host its Big Halloween Party on Friday, Oct. 25, at 125 Gulf Blvd. The event will feature door prizes and a costume contest with more than $175 in prizes. There also will be live music and drink specials. On Halloween night, Thursday, Oct. 31, kids in costume will eat free off the restaurant’s “goblin menu.” For information, call 595-1320 or visit jdsre­staur­ant.c­om.

• The city will host its annual pumpkin carving Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Kolb Park, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. Registration for the event, which is for ages 4 to 12, will be at the Indian Rocks Beach Library and City Hall. In the event of rain, the pumpkin carving will take place in Pilgrim Hall at the Church of the Isles. For information, call Joan Johnstone at 517-0404 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Randy Schwab at 595-6889 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


• Halloween Spooktacular for Kids will be presented Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N., Largo. Specifically geared for the little ones, children will make their own trick or treat bags, go on a scavenger hunt throughout the museum for treats, play games, participate in arts and crafts take home projects, a costume contest, prizes, and decorate their own cookies and cupcakes. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youths age 4 to 12. For tickets, call 539-8371 or visit armed­force­smuse­­m.

• The 19th annual Halloween Spooktacular will take place Saturday, Oct. 26, noon to 6 p.m., at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. The free trick-or-treat trail will run until 4 p.m. Games, music, concessions and more will be offered throughout the event. Bounce houses, ropes course, a petting zoo and strolling entertainment are just a few of the activities that make this a great event for the whole family.

Wristbands cost $5 in advance for recreation cardholders, $6 without a card or $7 on day of event. Wristbands are for children 14 and younger that want to participate in the activities outside of the trick or treat path. Parents do not need wristbands. Children must meet height requirements for bounce houses and rides. Limited on-site parking will be available for $5. Attendees also may park for free and walk from Everest University and Largo Middle School.

• Owl-O-Ween will be presented Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6 to 8 p.m., at George C. McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N., Largo. Attendees will trick-or-treat along the park’s haunted trail in search of bats, owls, ghosts and ghouls. The event will feature crafts, games, live animals programs, and s'mores by the campfire. This is event is fun for the whole family. Cost is $5 a person. Children age 2 and younger are free. For information, call 518-3047.

Madeira Beach

• The 32nd annual John’s Pass Seafood Festival and Arts & Craft Show is set Friday, Oct. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 27, at John’s Pass Village, Madeira Beach. Hours are Friday, 3 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The annual Halloween Ball will be Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. For vendor information, call SIK Promotions at 322-5217.

• A Ghost Tour of John’s Pass is offered Saturdays and Sundays, 8 p.m. The tour departs from Hubbard’s Marina Information Booth under the boardwalk, 150 Boardwalk Place W., Madeira Beach. Visitors will venture on a tour of the boardwalk and village, hearing tales of buried treasure, pirates, eerie tragedies, and modern day hauntings. Cost is $15 a person for adults and $10 a person for children ages 4 to 12. For reservations and other tour locations, call 894-4678 or visit www.g­hostt­our.c­om.

The ghost stories shared on the tour are all based on research and interviews. Some of the stories stem from recent firsthand experiences; others date back hundreds of years. The tours are based on the book “Ghost Stories of St. Petersburg, FL” by Tim Reeser, available in bookstores and at www.g­hostl­ore.c­om.

Palm Harbor

• The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary and Dunedin Academy will present The Haunted Trails, running Oct. 18-26, at Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, 4600 Alt. U.S. 19., Palm Harbor. Event hours will be Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Admission is $5 a person. Food also will be available for purchase. The event will feature haunted trails and music. For information, call Deanna Greene 727-430-5044.

• Trick-or-treaters will have an opportunity to break in their Halloween costumes early at the seventh annual Witchstock on Saturday, Oct. 26, 3 p.m. to midnight, at The Witch’s Brew, 1219 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor.

Witchstock – where Woodstock and Halloween meet – will feature three costume contests, including a Pet Costume Contest at 3:30 p.m.; a Kids’ Costume Contest at 5 p.m.; and an Adult Costume Contest with a Sexiest Costume Category at 9 p.m. Winners will receive customized Witchstock trophies and prizes. The Adult Costume Contest winners will 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 at least a half-hour prior to the contest to register. Applications may be downloaded from www.W­itchs­tock.­com.

Costumed partygoers also will enjoy music with performances by three artists. Terry Premru will fingerpick songs from “The Wizard of Oz” on his acoustic guitar at 3 and 4:30 p.m. Higher Tides, an acoustic male duo, will play songs from the ’60s to get attendees in the Woodstock frame of mind at 6 p.m. Finally, The Defendants will rock the house from 7:30 p.m. to midnight.

Everyone, from parents with small children to the family dog, is invited to this free costume-oriented event. For information, call 483-9210, email or visit www.W­itchs­tock.­com.

Pinellas Park

• The city of Pinellas Park will host a Halloween Treat Trail Thursday, 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. Radio Disney will provide activities, costume contest and prizes. Refreshments and popcorn will be provided. This is a free event. Call 541-0895 for more information.

Safety Harbor

• Pumpkin Palooza will be presented Friday, Oct. 25, 6 to 9 p.m., at Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center, 329 Bayshore Blvd. S., Safety Harbor. Attendees will decorate pumpkins, which they may then enter in the decorating contest. This event is BYOP – participants must bring their own pumpkins. The museum will have all the decorating supplies. The free event is open to all ages. Call 724-1562.

• The city of Safety Harbor will host two “ghost hunts.” Everyone has hunted eggs at Easter time, but now kids will have a chance to hunt ghosts. The hunts start at 5 p.m. Activities and contests will run from 3 to 5 p.m. The events are designed for children ages 5 to 12. The first hunt will take place Tuesday, Oct. 29, at North City Park, 2075 Swan Lane, Safety Harbor. The second hunt will take place Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Douglas Park, 601 Ninth Ave. N., Safety Harbor. For information, call 724-1545.

• The Safety Harbor Main Street Trick-or-Treat event will take place Thursday, Oct. 31, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., on Main Street in Safety Harbor. Attendees may put on their costumes and come to Main Street for this free trick-or-treat event, offered in a safe family atmosphere. City Hall, fire Station 52 and Main Street businesses will be handing out treats. For information, call 724-1572

St. Petersburg

• A Ghost Tour of St. Petersburg is offered nightly, departing at 8 p.m., from Hooker Tea Co. and Café, 300 Beach Drive NE. Along St. Petersburg’s quaint streets and beautiful waterfront, visitors will discover what lurks in the shadows of Florida’s Sunshine City, with stories of ghostly lovers, haunted mansions and wandering spirits on this 90-minute guided walking tour.

Cost is $15 a person for adults and $10 a person for children ages 4 to 12. For reservations and other tour locations, call 894-4678 or visit www.g­hostt­our.c­om. The ghost stories shared on the tour are all based on research and interviews. Some of the stories stem from recent firsthand experiences; others date back hundreds of years. The tours are based on the book “Ghost Stories of St. Petersburg, FL” by Tim Reeser, available in bookstores and at www.g­hostl­ore.c­om.

• Abundant Ghoulish Treats, a fundraiser for RTP Live!, will be presented Monday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. The event will feature scary scripts, creepy celebrity guests, a freaky flash mob, suspenseful silent auction, and abundant tricks and treats. Admission is $20 a person. Proceeds will fund the fifth season of live radio theater. The Studio@620 WMNF Radio Theatre Project is a unique offering where community actors join with community radio to revive the live radio dramas of the past and present. The Abundant Ghoulish Treats Fundraiser will kick off the fifth season of RTP LIVE! For information, call 895-6620 or visit www.s­tudio­620.o­rg.

• freeFall Theatre will present “The Scott & Patti Halloween Spooktacular,” an all-new cabaret, as part of its popular Tandem Series. The show will be presented Thursday, Oct. 31, 11 p.m., at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave. N. Scott & Patti are back with a vengeance. Once again, Matthew McGee and Scott Daniel bring ghoulish glitz and glamour to St. Peter­sburg­.This time, Florida's most outrageous mother and son double act will host a Halloween-themed cabaret and costume contest.

There will be a full-liquor bar, Halloween treats, bobbing for apples and plenty of jokes and songs that even "Mummy" will love. Tickets are $20 for adults – and $15 for those in costume. Call 498-5205 or visit freef­allth­eatre­.com.


• Seminole Recreation will present the ninth annual Field of Screams on Friday, Oct. 25, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St., Seminole. This Seminole community Halloween event will include Seminole’s unique “Spook Zone” which includes bounce houses, inflatable slides and obstacle courses, costume contest, family photo area, and free Halloween candy. This festive event will appeal to all ages and will be fun for the entire family. Attendees may come dressed in costume. Food and beverages 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 information, call 391-8345.

• The Descent Into Darkness Haunted House will be presented Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26, 6 to 10 p.m., at Holland G. Mangum Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N., Seminole. The Seminole Recreation Division will present Descent Into Darkness, Seminole’s premier haunted attraction for six years running. Cost is $5. On Saturday, guests will enjoy two-for-one entry. The attraction may not be appropriate for small children. For information, call 391-8345 or visit www.m­ysemi­nole.­com.

• The annual Trunk-or-Treat event will take place Thursday, Oct. 31, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Lake Seminole Presbyterian Church, 8505 113th St., Seminole. Kids are welcome to stop by in costume to see decorated trunks and collect some treats. For information, call 391-5509.


• The 15th year of fun and fear continues at ZooBoo, Tampa's largest family Halloween event. The event runs weekends through Oct. 27 at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave. Hours are 7 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 to 10 p.m. on other select nights. General admission tickets are $18 for adults and $14 for children 3 to 11. Admission is free for children 2 and younger. Visit www.l­owryp­arkzo­­/zoob­oo.

The ZooBoo experience includes five hair-raising haunts, seasonal displays and lights, mysterious music, a specialty gift shop, night rides and eerie adventures for "monsters" of all ages. The newest haunt, French Quarter Phantoms 3D, explores the secret and sinister side of one of one of the "most haunted cities in America" – the Big Easy.

The haunted attractions at ZooBoo are designed to provide a frightening experience for those who choose to participate without depicting violence or gore. Extensive decorations, animatronics, lights, sound effects, and costumed character actors (volunteers) in designated haunts, scare up a good time.

• A Ghost Tour of Tampa is offered nightly, departing at 8 p.m., from Fresh Café, 507 N. Franklin St.

In the city once described as the "damnedest town this side of Hell," attendees will take a candlelight walking tour of historic Tampa. Guests will experience an evening with tales of ghosts, haunted houses, restless spirits and supernatural oddities. Cost is $15 a person for adults and $10 a person for children ages 4 to 12. For reservations and other tour locations, call 894-4678 or visit www.g­hostt­our.c­om.

The ghost stories shared on the tour are all based on research and interviews. Some of the stories stem from recent firsthand experiences; others date back hundreds of years. The tours are based on the book “Ghost Stories of St. Petersburg, FL” by Tim Reeser, available in bookstores and at www.g­hostl­ore.c­om.

• The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce will continue its long-standing Guavaween costume contest on Saturday, Oct. 26. Guavaween, now in its 28th year, is the traditional Ybor-based Halloween special event. The Centro Ybor stage in the south courtyard will feature live music from 7 to 8:45 p.m. The original Mama Guava, Kathi Grau, will host the costume contest at 9 p.m.

Again this year, there will be a cash prize of $1,000 for the best costume. Gift certificates will be provided for runners-up and best group. This year's theme is “Monster Mash,” which celebrates classic monsters from the golden age of horror films.

Centro Ybor is sponsoring the Costume Contest Stage. Guava sponsors include GTE Financial, C.H. Robinson, Hilton Garden Inn and Tre Amici @ the Bunker. Promotional partners, such as J.J.'s Café and Crowbar, will have Guavaween specials throughout the evening.

Daytime activities in the historic district include the Little Monsters Pumpkin Patch at Centro Ybor and the Big Monsters Bed Race down Seventh Avenue. For information on the costume contest and other Halloween events in Ybor, contact the chamber's Visitor Information Center at 813-241-8838 or check online at www.y­bor.o­rg.

• Seminole Hard Rock’s Monster’s Ball features True Blood’s Joe Manganiello, making a special appearance, on Saturday, Oct. 26. The “Monster’s Ball” will be staged in Hard Rock Cafe and include a $1,000 costume contest (no masks or full facial make-up allowed). The evening will be hosted by 93.3 FLZ’s Brian Fink with Monster mash-up music mixes provided by DJ Barry Carew (from the 2013 Corona Light Kenny Chesney Tour) and DJ Santana. Limited pre-sale tickets starting at $15 are available at www.R­OCKTA­MPA.c­om. Admission is $20 day of event.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is located off of I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, between I-75 and I-275, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa. For more information, call 1-800-937-0010 or visit www.s­emino­lehar­drock­tampa­.com.

Tarpon Springs

• The annual haunted forest event will run through Oct. 26 in the North Anclote River Nature Park, 550 Dixie Highway. Attendees will have an opportunity to take a scary ride to the beginning of the trail where they will be dropped off to attempt to navigate the frightening and dark woods. Participants will be taken back to the parking lot but they should be careful of the van ride back – because just when participants think the experience is over … it’s not. The activity will be offered Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26. Kids can participate from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and adults from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

Treasure Island

• The city of Treasure Island Halloween Spooktacular and Fall Festival will take place Friday, Oct. 25, 6 to 9 p.m., at Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd. There will a costume contest for ages infant to 2 at 6:30 p.m., ages 3-4, 6:45 p.m.; ages 5-6, 7 p.m.; ages 7-8, 7:15 p.m.; ages 9-10, 7:30 p.m. and ages 11-older, 7:45 p.m. Activities include a moonwalk, games, haunted hayride and cemetery, fortuneteller and face painter, magician, a singing scarecrow and the Treasure Island Police Department. Admission is free. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available. For additional information, call 547-4575, ext. 237.

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