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Local haunts

Times Staff Writer
Published October 29, 2004

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.


Haunted house

Agents of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate will turn their office into a haunted house for a good cause. Coldwell's Halloween Spooktacular is from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at 889 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon.

All ages are welcomed to the free event; a raffle will be held for cool giveaways. Raffle tickets may be purchased in advance or during the event. More than 50 prizes will be distributed. Sales from baked goods, sodas and pizza will benefit the Coldwell Banker Cares Community Foundation. Call 662-1610.


The annual Guavaween party hits the streets of Ybor City on Saturday. 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 7 to midnight tonight at Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. Visit

13 Ugly Men

The 13 Ugly Men present Freakshow, their seventh annual Halloween bash from 9 tonight to 3 a.m. at the Underground, 802 E Whiting St. No costume - no party! You must 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 must be 21 and older. 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 8 to midnight tonight 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. Sunday. 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 Latin Cafe, 238 E Davis Blvd., hosts its first Halloween party at 7 tonight featuring live music by DJ Carlos Santana. Costumes are highly encouraged and treats will be provided. Tickets cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Call 258-8100.


Mise en Place hosts its seventh annual Yelloween party at 9 p.m. Saturday 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." Call 254-5373.

Dias de los Muertos

Viva La Frida hosts a three-day Festival Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead) Saturday through Monday at the Old Seminole Heights restaurant and gallery, 5901 N Florida Ave. The costumed festival, 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. Saturday at the Sons of Italy Hall, 3315 W Lemon St. Cost is $15 per person. Call Carmen Perez at 223-6310 or Frank Filocco at 248-6502.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 tonight 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.

Halloween Swing Dance

Join the Swing Gang in their swing dance Halloween party Sunday in Zendah Grolto, 4109 N Lauber Way. Prizes will go to the best vintage costume and best traditional costume. Admission $7. Call 985-8216.


Busch Gardens

Experience a Howl-O-Scream Sleepover for seventh- through 10th-graders today and Saturday. 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 at 1-877-248-2267.

Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream is open today through Sunday. Hours are 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and until 1 a.m. on Sunday. Admission is $53.95.

Lowry Park Zoo

Lowry Park Zoo hosts Zoo Boo today through Sunday 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 in view each night. Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for kids 3 to 11, and free for children under 2. Hours are 7 to 11 p.m. today and Saturday and until 10 p.m. Sunday. Call 935-8552 or go to


Tampa Theatre

Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., will have live performances of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 8 tonight and Saturday. 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 through Nov. 14 at the Jobsite Theater in Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center's Shimberg Playhouse. In the story, 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 lead to the creature asking, "Why did you make me?" Tickets are $16.50 to $21.50. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 229-7827 or visit

Horror Picture Show

The second annual Halloween Horror Picture Show takes place from 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday 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 benefit the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund.


Halloween Fun Fest

The city of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department presents Halloween Fun Fest from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lowry Park Band Shell at Sligh Avenue and North Boulevard. Families are invited to participate in a costume contest at 4 p.m., ghoulish games, scary stories and creepy crafts. Magicians, jugglers and dancers will entertain. Call 274-8615.

Harbour Island Halloween

Harbour Island retailers host a Halloween party from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Harbour Post Drive and Channelside Walkway. The Pets & Pals costume contest is from 4 to 6 p.m. with prizes for most original, cutest and scariest costumes. A pumpkin contest follows at 6 p.m. A $1 minimum requested donation will benefit the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund.

Old Hyde Park Village

Kids can pick out a pumpkin or make a Halloween craft through Sunday. The village pumpkin patch, in the main fountain area on Dakota Avenue, is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. All proceeds 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. Sunday. Other activities include a costume contest for children ages 12 and younger and a haunted schoolhouse by St. John's Greek Orthodox Day School. Proceeds from the haunted schoolhouse 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. Sunday 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. Saturday 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., holds its annual Halloween party from 10:30 a.m. to noon today. There will be games, snacks and beverages. Costumes are encouraged. Admission is free. Call 673-4646, ext. 247, to reserve a space.

Water Ski Show

The Tampa Bay Water Ski Team performs a Halloween show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Tower Lake, off Douglas Road in Oldsmar. The team, in costume, will perform stunts. The theme is "Captain Hook." Admission is free. Call 265-9685.

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