Still not scared?
By Times Staff Writer
Published October 20, 2003
R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse 4-D attraction, which opened in May at Busch Gardens in Tampa, is a featured part of the attraction's Howl-O-Scream event this Halloween. The 750-seat theater, resembling a typical stadium-seating multiplex, is rigged with speakers and sprays to give more oomph to the 22-minute, 3-D movie based on Stine's Goosebumps series of books for kids. Several Tampa Bay area haunt fests are slated for Halloween. Most of them will run through Oct. 31.
Great Explorations: The Children's Museum hosts a Halloween event with haunted graveyard, scary storytelling and other "spooky" activities. 6-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Oct. 30-31, 1925 Fourth St. N (next to Sunken Gardens), St. Petersburg. $10 adults, $8.50 children. (727) 821-8992.
Sort-A-Spooky Days and Nights
Kid City, the Children's Museum of Tampa, re-creates Washington Irving's Sleepy Hollow as "Spooky Hollow," complete with characters Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel and the Headless Horseman. With trick-or-treat costume parade, themed games and crafts, and decorated buildings. 5-8 p.m. Friday and Oct. 31 (with costume parade at 7 p.m.); also 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (costume parades at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.). 7550 N Boulevard. $6.75, or $2 for museum members. (813) 935-8441.
Wild and Wicked Nights at Weeki Wachee
The attraction celebrates Halloween with a new, live Underwater Spooktacular performance, haunted forest, costume and scream contests for children, mermaid graveyard, creatures of the night and magic shows, candy and more. 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Weeki Wachee Springs, U.S. 19 and SR 50 in Weeki Wachee. $8.95 adults, $6.95 for ages 3-10. Pre-registration available, (352) 596-2062.
Choose a haunted hayride or a nonscary one for little ones; also pony rides and horseback riding, carnival games and a guided walk in the woods. Bring hotdogs and marshmallows to roast on a bonfire or purchase a hamburger and drink on site. 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, ongoing through Nov. 1, the Breeze Horseback Riding Ranch, 7514 Gardner Road, Tampa (off Sheldon Road between Gunn Highway and Linebaugh Avenue). $3 hayride; $2 nonscary ride, pony ride or guided walk; 50 cents for games; $20 horseback riding. (813) 264-1919.
"Foreboden" Haunted House
"The Final Scream," annual haunted house to benefit "Ghouls" (Girls) Inc. of Pinellas returns to ParkSide Mall. Ongoing 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 31 (with extended hours on Halloween). Upper level at ParkSide Mall (outside JCPenney), U.S. 19 and Park Boulevard, Pinellas Park. $5 adults, $3 kids age 12 and under. (727) 544-6230.
15,000-square-foot "spooktacular" at the Pinellas Expo Center, with the Fountain of Blood, Henchman's Cemetery, the Come to Life Mausoleum and other Halloween horrors. Benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pinellas County. 7-10:30 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday, 6-10 p.m. Sunday and 7-10:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, through Oct. 31 at the expo center, 10601 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park. $8 adults, $6 for ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and under. (727) 572-7100.
Busch Gardens is transformed after closing time with six haunted houses with state-of-the-art special effects, five scare zones, six roller coasters in the dark, music by DJ and Halloween-themed entertainment. Parental discretion strongly advised; not recommended for small children. Continues Thursday-Saturday and Oct.30-Nov. 1. Hours: 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday and 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday. $49.95 general admission. Passport members: $19.95 during nonpeak nights and $29.95 (peak nights). In-park upgrades available. 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Call toll-free 1-888-800-5447 or www.buschgardens.com
- Information from Times files was used in this report.