Beaches to be frightfully fun

Published October 26, 2005

Calling all ghouls and goblins, witches and warlocks. Ghosts are welcome as well. It's Halloween and several beach communities are celebrating the holiday in style:

Gulfport: A special Halloween Bash will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S. The Super Spooky Schedule includes: 6:30 p.m., free trolley rides to decorated Halloween sites; 7 p.m., Halloween Carnival and a Boo Room for Tots with a $1 pizza and potion, or 25 cent popcorn or potion; Costume contests will be judged at 7:15 (scariest), 7:30 (most creative), and 7:45 (family theme). The Halloween event ends at 9 p.m. For more information, call 893-1068.

Indian Rocks Beach and Belleair Beach: The towns' annual Pumpkin Carving Contest, Costume Party and Haunted House will be held Saturday at the Indian Rocks Beach Civic Auditorium, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd. Pumpkin Carving for children ages 4-12 will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Entrants may sign up at the YMCA, Indian Rocks Beach Library or the Belleair Beach City Hall. The Costume Party, including games, a costume parade and best costume judging will begin at 7 p.m. Costume categories include infants to 3 years, 4-8 years, and 9-12 years. The Haunted House will open at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 517-0404.

Madeira Beach: The city-sponsored Halloween Costume Parade and Party for kids will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. Sign-up will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m. at City Hall where hot dogs will be served. Little ghosts and ghouls will march from City Hall, across the local ball fields to the Recreation Center on Rex Place. A spooky Haunted House will be open for spine-chilling tours. Other activities include a fortune teller, face painting, tattoos, games and Halloween treats. For more information, call Judy at 392-0665.

Redington Beach: "The Twisted Mind of Edgar Allen Poe," the town's sixth annual Haunted House will be open Saturday and Sunday at the old fire house next to Town Hall, 105 164th Ave., to ghosts and goblins of all ages. Admission is $3 for children 12 and under and $5 for children and children at heart who are 13 and over. The Haunted House will be open from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 7 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Proceeds will benefit Pinellas County Juvenile Services Adopt-a-Family Christmas Program. The Halloween event is jointly sponsored by the town and Devine Charities. For more information, call 391-3875.

Treasure Island: The annual children's Halloween Spooktacular, sponsored by the Treasure Island Recreation Department, will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Treasure Island Community Center and Park at Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue. Activities will include a costume contest, carnival games, entertainment, refreshments and a haunted house. Entertainment will include a storyteller, face painter, magician, caricature artist and much more. The Treasure Island Police and Fire departments will pass out Halloween goodies to the children. Costume contest judging will begin at 3 p.m. The haunted house will be open from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The city of Treasure Island also will collect gift cards, nonperishable food, personal care items and water for the victims of Hurricane Katrina (please do not donate clothing). The event is free to the public. The Community Center is located at the intersection of Gulf Boulevard at 106th Avenue For more information, call the recreation department at 547-4575, ext. 237.


Florida Art Village Courtyard Fresh Market is held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Market items include fresh produce, natural products, flowers, live plants, baked goods, seafood. Live entertainment is featured each week. Vendors and entertainers are needed. For more information, call Annie at 528-2575 or send an e-mail to mshaw9@tampabay.rr.com

Indian Shores

The classic baseball movie, The Natural, will be shown at 7 p.m Friday at the Indian Shores Town Hall Picnic Pavilion. The free outdoor theater, sponsored by the North Beaches Branch of the YMCA, features a 22-foot by 36-foot screen. Area residents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Refreshments, including hot dogs, popcorn, soda and water, will be available for sale. For more information, call 595-5610.

Madeira Beach

Madeira Beach Elementary School's 12th annual Fish Fry and Fun Fest will be held Nov. 5. The event will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Business donations are being sought to defray the cost of staging the event. Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase supplies for students and teachers and will support special programs throughout the year. The students are collecting donations for the Kids Helping Kids program to learn the benefit of helping others. Last year, the students raised $1,005 for patients of All Children's Hospital. The school is located at 749 Madeira Beach Causeway. For more information, call Loraina Grace at 547-7838.

St. Pete Beach

The annual Family Fall Festival, sponsored by the city recreation department, has been rescheduled to Nov. 19 because of Hurricane Wilma. The event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at Upham Beach (6850 Beach Plaza). Radio Disney will entertain until 6 p.m. followed by light music. Kids activities will include face painting and Radio Disney games. For more information, call 363-9245.

South Pasadena

A free Health Fair will be held from 9:30 to noon Thursday (Rain date: Friday) at City Hall, 7047 Sunset Drive S. The city-sponsored event will include Wellness Stations for checks of blood pressure, stroke, skin damage, nutrition, vision, cholesterol, diabetes and hearing. Other activities include an exercise class, Tai Chi, a sing-along, and discussions of mental well-being and Medicare/Medicaid fraud. For more information, call 347-4171.

Treasure Island

A Beach Trail Community Meeting will be held today at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Auditorium, 120 108th Ave. The meeting will also be broadcast on TITV.

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The Treasure Island Recreation Department will offer Cardio Tennis at its Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis facility, 10315 Paradise Blvd., from 8 to 9 a.m. beginning Saturday. Cardio Tennis is a new, fun, group activity featuring drills to give players of all abilities an ultimate, high-energy workout. The class includes a warm-up, cardio-workout, and cool down phases resulting in Heart Pumping Fitness. Classes are also offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The fee is $8 per class and loaner racquets available. For more information, call Treasure Bay at (727) 360-6062.

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Planning for the Annual Christmas Parade Dec. 3 is now under way. This year, a new longer parade route will wind from Paradise Island down around the Clock Tower and end at the Community Center where Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for free photo sessions with children followed by the city's Tree Lighting. The parade is sponsored by the Treasure Island Business Association. Anyone wanting to have a float or classic/antique car in the parade should call Ken Brown at 647-8657.