Halloween happenings around Tampa Bay

You know what time of year it is when the 12-foot-tall skeleton is stood up next to Santa’s giant rocking chair outside the Concourse off State Road 52 at 11919 Alric Pottberg Road.

The Spooky Train and Haunted Trail attraction is running Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30 and 10 p.m. through Halloween at the Concourse off State Road 52 at 11919 Alric Pottberg Road.

Pumpkin patches and demonic decorations herald the haunting season: Halloween will soon be upon us!

Bewitched and bedeviled, Pinellas residents busily prepare their costumes, stockpile sweets and seek out some of the area’s most terrifying Halloween happenings. During this creepy season, communities throughout Pinellas and around the Tampa Bay area traditionally play host to horrifying haunted houses, fiendishly fun festivals and tantalizing trick-or-treating. The pandemic may limit this year’s activities, but event organizers are finding ways to conjure up a few good scares while adhering to CDC safety guidelines on social distancing.

PINELLAS COUNTY

Largo to present Howl O Train, Drive O Ween events

LARGO — To kick off your Halloween weekend, the city of Largo will present a free Drive O Ween event Friday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m., at Largo Central Park. Participants will drive through Largo Central Park where a line of spooky scenes will await them. Costumes are encouraged and all participants must be in their cars for the duration of the event. The first 1,000 children ages 2 and older will receive a goody bag filled with candy. The city is also collecting donations of nonperishable canned/boxed foods for event partners at the High Point Neighborhood Family Center.

The city is currently accepting applications for businesses to participate in our Drive O Ween event. Visit LargoEvents.com for sponsor information and application.

To learn more about these and other special events, visit LargoEvents.com or call 727-587-6740, ext. 5014.

Dunedin History Museum plans Halloween activities

DUNEDIN — The Dunedin Museum Virtual Costume Contest will take place Friday, Oct. 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the museum, 349 Main St., Dunedin.

Families can register online at www.dunedinmuseum.org to select a time to come down dressed in their costumes and be on live Facebook outside the museum. There will be first, second and third places for best individual costumes, and an aaward for best family themed costume.

The entire event is planned so that there is space between each family participating in the event. All must wear a mask with their costumes for safety reasons. Each costumed person will receive a number to hold and individuals watching from Facebook at home will text in their winning selections. The winners will be announced on the museum’s Facebook site that evening and on Halloween Day the winners will receive their trophies. All participates will receive a free goodie bag and winners will get their trophies at the museum. There are limited number of contestants.

The museum has not forgotten about adults who love Halloween. It will present a new COVID-19 safe program at the historic Andrews Memorial Chapel at 1899 San Mateo Drive on Friday, Oct. 30, at midnight. Tickets are $15. Spaces are limited to approximately 50 guests per show. Visit www.dunedinmuseum.org to purchase tickets.

The event will feature a 1920s silent feature with live music and sound effects and audience participation. Refreshments will be available outside the chapel for 30 minutes before showtime. Donations are appreciated for drinks.

Haunted Graveyard set for Seminole City Center

SEMINOLE — Seminole City Center, the Rotary Club of Seminole Lake and William Clare Entertainment will host the Haunted Graveyard Saturday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m., in the Studio Movie Grill parking lot, 11201 Park Blvd. N., Seminole.

Social distancing will be practiced at the event. This safe, fun and free trick-or-treat event will feature candy stations situated throughout the graveyard. All are invited to participate in the Halloween costume contest for a chance to win individually or as a family.

Pinellas Park to host Drive-thru Halloween Treat Trail

PINELLAS PARK — The city of Pinellas Park will host a Drive-thru Halloween Treat Trail Saturday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m., at Helen Howarth Park, 6301 94th Ave., Pinellas Park.

For the public safety and health of the community, the city of Pinellas Park's Halloween Treat Trail will be a drive-thru event. The city will be distributing 2,000 pumpkin buckets filled with treats you can trust for kids. Event organizers will be following all CDC protocols during this event to make it as safe as possible.

The route starts off 94th Avenue through the little league baseball parking, through Helen Howarth Park and wraps around to the Jackpot point — X marks the spot — at Forbes Recreation Center. There will be Pinellas Park police officers along the route keeping the traffic moving and keeping everyone safe from the ghosts and ghouls wandering around on Halloween. One bucket of candy is available per child in each car. Children must be present to get candy, which will be presented on a first come, first served basis.

Businesses and organizations can participate this year by dressing up and wishing the drive-thru trick-or-treaters a happy Halloween along the route, as well as by donating pre-wrapped candy for the event. Businesses or organizations Interested in being a part of the event may call 727-369-5746 for information.

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