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Local haunts

From trick-or-treating to costume contests, the area has plenty of activities guaranteed to make Halloween a scary good time for guys and ghouls of all ages. Here are some of them.

Published October 22, 2004


Guavaween: The annual Guavaween party hits the streets of Ybor City on Oct. 30. Family Fun Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centennial Park, Eighth Avenue between 18th and 19th streets. Tickets are $3.

Sin in the City starts at 3 p.m., with the Mama Guava Stumble parade down Seventh Avenue at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.

The GuavaEve Masquerade Ball is from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 29 at Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple.

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13 Ugly Men: The 13 Ugly Men present their seventh annual Halloween Bash from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Oct. 29 at the Underground, 802 E Whiting St. No costume - no party! This means you have to dress up. The party includes a costume contest with cash prizes, entertainment by DJ Madd Linx and a cash bar. Tickets are $20, available online or at the door. Partiers 21 and older only. Proceeds will benefit the Children's Home of Tampa Bay. Call 281-1943 or visit

Florida Aquarium: The seventh annual Nauti-Night Masquerade, an adults-only costume party, is from 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 29 at the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive. The event features live entertainment, an open bar, lavish food stations and a costume contest. Tickets are $70. Call 273-4568 or visit The aquarium will also host Guppyween from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Admission is free to any child in a costume accompanied by adult. Entertainment includes a pumpkin rolling contest, critter hunt and trick-or-treating. From 3 to 9 p.m., kids under 12 eat for free at Hooters, Margarita Mamas, Splitsville and Stump's Supper Club in Channelside. Call 273-4568.

Pipos: Pipos Latin Cafe, 238 E Davis Blvd., hosts its first Halloween party at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 featuring live music by DJ Carlos Santana. Costumes are highly encouraged, and treats will be provided to all guests. Tickets cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Call 258-8100.

Yelloween: Mise en Place hosts its seventh annual Yelloween party at 9 p.m. Oct. 30 at 442 W Kennedy Blvd. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Guests must at least wear orange. Tickets are $25 and include a "Trick or Treat" and "Bites to Eat." For information, call 254-5373.

Dias de los Muertos: Viva La Frida hosts a three-day Festival Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead) Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 at the Old Seminole Heights restaurant and gallery, 5901 N Florida Ave. The costumed fest, which starts at 6 p.m. each day, includes a tribute to Frida Kahlo, Calvera Catrina and Federico Fellini. There will be food, live music, dancing and prizes for the best costume. Tickets cost $10 to $15. Call 231-9199.

Sons of Italy

La Nuova Sicilia Unita Lodge 1251 hosts a Halloween dinner, dance and costume contest from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Sons of Italy Hall, 3315 W Lemon St. Cost is $15 per person. Pick up tickets at the hall from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. For information, call Carmen Perez at 223-6310 or Frank Filocco at 248-6502.

Cuban Club

The Cuban Club Foundation will host a masquerade ball, "Noche de Mascaras," from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday in the Grand Ballroom of the Historic Cuban Club in Ybor City, corner of Palm Avenue and 14th Street. The ball will benefit the ongoing restoration of the Circulo Cubano building. Cost is $50 per person, which includes dinner, live music and a cash bar. Dress is evening wear, but costumes and masks are encouraged. For information, call 248-2954.

Freaker's Ball: The Rev. Billy C. Wirtz and the Sauce Boss perform during the 25th annual Freaker's Ball "Skunk Apes & Swamp Queens," at 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa. The costume party includes food, drinks and prizes for original costumes. Tickets are $8 to $12. For information, call 971-0666.


Busch Gardens: Experience a Howl-O-Scream Sleepover for seventh- through 10th-graders today, Oct. 29 and 30. Cost is $75 or $65 for passport members. The chaperoned sleepover includes front-of-the-line access to Howl-O-Scream's haunted houses, accommodations in Mzinga Lodge, a sunrise Serengeti Safari Tour and meals. Arrive at 6 p.m., depart at 8 a.m. For reservations, call toll-free 1-877-248-2267.

Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream is open Thursdays through Saturdays through Nov. 1 with a new haunted house, Darkheart's Fear Fair. 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays; 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $53.95.

Kid City: Kid City, 7550 N Boulevard, hosts its annual Halloween event, Sort-a-Spooky, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with a costume parade at 11 a.m. and costume contest at noon. Games, crafts and refreshments will be available. Cost is $2 for members, $7 for nonmembers. Call 935-8441.

Lowry Park Zoo: Halloween Fun Fest is from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. Activities include entertainment at the bandshell, a pumpkin patch and Wizard's Tent, ghoulish games, magicians, jugglers, puppet shows and scary storytelling. A costume contest with prizes begins at 4 p.m. Free. Call 274-8615.

The zoo will also host Zoo Boo today through Sunday and Wednesday through Oct. 31 with three haunted houses - the Friendly Boneyard Maze, the Grinning Ghostwalk and Creepy Crawlers Lane. This year's Zoo Boo includes two new attractions - Midway Madness and Haunted Mansion: Scarecrow Attack. Visitors can also check out the creepy crawler bug exhibit and the kids' area for games, rides and other entertainment. More than 1,600 zoo animals will be on view each night. Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for kids 3 to 11, and free for children under 2. Hours are 7 to 10 p.m. weekdays and until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Call 935-8552.


Tampa Theatre: Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., will have live performances of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at 8 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30. The Larger Than Life Cast will perform on stage during the movie. Come dressed as your favorite character for the costume contest. No outside items will be allowed. Tickets are $9.50 for adults and $7 for seniors, students and members of the military. Call 287-8844 or visit

Jobsite Theater: Playing With Fire: After Frankenstein, a continuation of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, runs Oct. 28 through Nov. 14 at the Jobsite Theater in Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center's Shimberg Playhouse. The dying Victor Frankenstein tracks down his lonely creation at the North Pole, where they argue and have flashbacks of scenes from the novel. The confrontation between the scientist and his experiment led to the creature asking, Why did you make me? Tickets $16.50-$21.50. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays. A special preview performance will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Preview tickets cost $10. Call 229-7827 or visit

Horror Picture Show: The second annual Halloween Horror Picture Show takes place from 5 p.m. to midnight Oct. 30 at the University of South Florida's Cooper Hall, 4202 E Fowler Ave. The event will show the scariest independent short and feature-length horror films from around the world. Films include London Voodoo, Eternal Blood and The Reaper. Tickets are $5. Proceeds will benefit the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund.


Old Hyde Park Village: Kids can pick out a pumpkin or make a Halloween craft through Oct. 31. The village, at 1609 W Swann Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Free. All proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Call 251-3500.

Hyde and Shriek, a trick-or-treat event at village stores, starts at 1 p.m. Oct. 31. Other activities include a costume contest for children ages 12 and under and a haunted schoolhouse by St. John's Greek Orthodox Day School. Proceeds from the haunted schoolhouse will benefit the Hurricane Relief Fund. Call 251-3500.

Graveyard Walk: Join historian and actor Maureen Patrick for the Gothic Graveyard Walk from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31 at Oaklawn Cemetery, at Morgan and Harrison streets in downtown Tampa. The graveyard, begun in 1850, is the final resting place of 13 mayors, veterans of seven wars, and victims of five yellow fever epidemics. Patrick will appear as Miss Prudence Fipwhistle (1855-1899), in 19th century mourning attire. A $5 donation benefits the Tampa Historical Society. Call 831-5214.

Frightening Fall Festival: Visit the haunted house, listen to spooky stories and take part in the costume contest at 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at the West Tampa Branch Library, 2312 W Union St. A magic show begins at 3:30 p.m. Registration is required. Call 273-3652, ext. 2.

Baby Bungalow: Baby Bungalow, 3106 W Azeele St., will hold its annual Halloween party from 10:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 29. There will be games, snacks and beverages. Costumes are encouraged. Free. Call 673-4646, ext. 247, to reserve a space.

Water Ski Show: The Tampa Bay Water Ski Team will put on Halloween shows at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 30 at Tower Lake, off Douglas Road in Oldsmar. The team, in costume, will perform stunts. Captain Hook is the theme. Free. Call 265-9685.

[Last modified October 21, 2004, 13:59:42]

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