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Halloween gatherings will offer tricks, trunks of treats

By TIMES WIRES
Published October 26, 2006


Here's a look at some upcoming Halloween gatherings:

BEVERLY HILLS

Trunk or Treat: Beverly Hills Community Church will host a Trunk or Treat party from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the church parking lot, 82 Civic Circle. Children through fifth grade will go from car to car and they will be given treats from the car trunks. Refreshments will be served. Call 746-3620.

Halloween Dance Party: Wear a costume if you wish for the adult holiday dance party hosted by Beverly Hills Recreation Association at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at 77 Civic Circle. Refreshments provided, music provided by DJ Bob Arthur. Tickets: $6. Call 746-4882.

Harvest Festival: Fun games, treats and prizes make up the Harvest Festival scheduled from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Heritage Baptist Church, 2 Civic Circle. Call 746-6171.

CITRUS SPRINGS

Harvest Time Festival: North Oak Baptist Church will host its annual Harvest Time Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at 9324 N Elkcam Blvd. The event includes all kinds of games, hay rides, a huge slide, free food, cotton candy, snow cones, face painting, free prizes and much more. The festival is for children in K3 through fifth grade. There are no costumes for this event. Call (352) 489-1688 or 746-1500.

CRYSTAL RIVER

Haunted Hayride: Boy Scout Troop 415 will offer food, fun and a hayride from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the United Methodist Church pavilion, 4801 N Citrus Ave. Prizes every half hour for best Western costume (no repeat winners). Donation for games and hayride: $5.

Halloween Party: Ghosts and ghouls are invited to the first Halloween party hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County Crystal River Unit from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at 405 SE Seventh Ave. Games, costume contest, candy and fun. Call 563-2395.

Knights Edition Fall Festival: It will be from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Copeland Park, with food and games such as bean bag toss, cake walk, penny toss and pumpkin pinata. Receive four game tickets for every bag of candy you bring.

Judging for the costume contests (various age categories) begins at 7 p.m. at the park pavilion. Co-sponsored by the Fountain of Life Restoration Ministries and the Community Action Foundation of Citrus County.

Harvest Night: First Assembly of God Youth free Harvest Festival will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church, 5735 W Gulf to Lake Highway. Safe events include a bounce house, unique games, food and candy.

Halloween at the Library Karaoke Night for Tweens and Teens: Tweens and teens, have fun singing karaoke from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Coastal Region Library, 8619 W Crystal St. Sandra Craig and her Karaoke Sound Stage will have all types of music: hip-hop, country or rock. Costumes optional.

This program is free; refreshments will be served. Call youth librarian Debbie Robitaille, Coastal Region Library, at 795-3716.

FLORAL CITY

Adult Halloween Party: VFW Post 7122 will host its annual Halloween party from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at 8191 S Florida Ave. There will be prizes for first, second and third places in the costume contest. Dinner before the party will serve charbroiled filet or strip steak from 5 to 7:30 for $9. Call 344-9457

HOMOSASSA

Haunted Tram and Little One's Haunted House: Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and Friends of the Park present the Haunted Tram Rides from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 4150 S Suncoast Blvd. Pepper Creek The trail will be transformed into a trail of haunting scenarios. The event offers refreshments, clowns and costume contests and activities in the parking area of the Visitor Center.

Children ages 2 to 8 can go through the special haunted house set up in the Florida room. Halloween costume contests for three age groups start at 7 p.m. Fees for the tram ride are adults $5, children younger than 12, $3; the haunted house fee is $1.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office will offer its free children's identification program from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Visitor Center. The process includes fingerprinting, video taping and DNA sampling and takes about 10 to 15 minutes per child. For information call 628-5343.

Dance Party: The Homosassa Knights of Columbus will host a Halloween Dance Party from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the hall, 9020 W Atlas Drive. Dance to the music of Sally and Roy (Eddie Shannon Group).

Snacks, coffee and cake provided. Fee: $10, at the door.

Halloween Party: Children ages 10 and younger are invited to a free Halloween party hosted by the Homosassa Elks Lodge from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the lodge, 7890 W Grover Cleveland Blvd. Clowns will entertain the children and do face painting and make balloon animals. There will be prizes for the best costumes and winners of some children's games. There will be hot dogs, fries, soda and cookies for everyone.

INVERNESS

Halloween Fun House and Haunted Houses sponsored by Citrus County Parks and Recreation this weekend at the Citrus County Auditorium, 3610 S Florida Ave.

Here is the schedule:

-Fun House for children 13 and younger: 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $2 per child.

-Haunted House for children 14 and older, adults: 8 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $3.50. (Children younger than 14 may go through the Haunted House with parental permission.)

Parental supervision is required for children younger than 16. Parental discretion advised for the later hours. For information, call 726-4380.

Harvest Night: Calvary Christian Center will host Harvest Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at 2728 E Harley St. The event is free and includes inflatable games, carnival games, face painting, hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and candy. Kids should wear comfortable clothes that they can wear on the inflatable games. Call 637-5100.

Fall Fair: All ages are welcome at the free Fall Fair hosted by Calvary Bible Church from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at 5335 E Live Oak Lane. Dress to fit an "Old West" theme.

The event will include a moon walk, dunk tank, cotton candy, cookout, game booths, prizes, music, and a best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl contest. Call 344-8331.

Trunk or Treat: First United Methodist Church offers Trunk or Treating from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 3896 S Pleasant Grove Road. It's well lit, safe and totally free! Call 726-2522.

Fall Festival: First Baptist Church of Inverness will host a Fall Festival for children ages 3 through grade five from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at 123 S Seminole Ave. There will be games, pony rides, hayrides, moon walk and refreshments at no cost, plus several costume contests.

It is requested that no scary costumes be worn. Anyone may register for the event from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Thursday at the church. Call 726-1252.

Country Carnival: Cornerstone Baptist Church will host a free country carnival from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at 1005 Hillside Court. Activities include a rock climbing wall (40-foot challenge), train and pony rides, moon walk, food, lots of candy. Call 726-7335.

Harvest Ball: The Inverness Elks Lodge 2522 will host its Harvest Ball at 6 p.m. Saturday, 3580 E Lemon St., Hernando. The menu offers a choice of prime rib or chicken. Donation: $25.

LECANTO

Fall Festival: Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church, will host its annual Fall Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the gymnasium, 4221 W Gulf to Lake Highway. There will be carnival games, inflatables, hot dogs, chili, popcorn, candied apples, face painting, candy and prizes. Tickets are 25 cents each or five for $1 and are available at the church office. Call 746-6200.