The Halloween scene

By Times staff writer
Published October 16, 2007

Feast of the Dark

From a costume contest to a silent auction, Gaspar's Grotto hosts a party to benefit the Tampa Historical Society. The event also features games, live music, and food and drinks. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Fri.; Gaspar's Grotto, 1805 E Seventh Ave., Tampa; $10. (813) 248-5900.


This two-day horror festival features films, celebrity guests, live music and more. 6 p.m. Fri.; Channelside Cinemas, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa; $10-$15. Visit halloweenapalooza.net .

Nothing going on Monday? Head to the Orpheum for this dance party of costumed ghoulies. There will be 2-for-1 drinks, costume contest and Dirt DJs Maynard and Ryan. The party starts at 10 p.m. and it’ll cost you $3 to get in. The club is at 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-9500.

Sorta Spooky

Kid City's family-friendly Halloween event with parade, entertainment, games, crafts, more. 4-8 p.m. Sat. The Children's Museum of Tampa, 7550 N Boulevard. $5 advance, $7 at door. (813) 935-8441; www.flachildrensmuseum.com

Family Friendly Haunted Hike

Guides lead visitors on 1-mile walking tour to old homes and landmarks where costumed characters tell spooky stories. Tours leave every 15 minutes. Benefits Euclid-St. Paul's Neighborhood Association and the Sallie House. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sat. Euclid/St. Paul's neighborhood, 13th Street and 13th Avenue N, St. Petersburg. $5, $1 ages 12 and younger; under 2 free. (727) 823-0393; www.espna.org

Gargoyles and Ghosts

Halloween family event with self-guided tours of theatre's "Halloween scenes," gargoyle hunting, music, crafts and classic Halloween cartoons and a Halloween movie (films begin 3 p.m.). Open to all ages; costumes welcome. Reservations suggested. 2-5 p.m. Sun. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $5 per family. (813) 274-5507


Hyde Park Village Fall Festival

Pet Masquerade fashion show registration begins 10:30 a.m., show 11 a.m; benefits Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Children's activities start 11 a.m., with trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, bounce house, more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. Hyde Park Village, Swann and S Dakota Avenues, Tampa. Free admission. (813) 251-3500

Paws on Parade

SPCA’s 1-mile walk for pets and people. Also vendors and canine activities, entertainment, adoptable pets. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat. North Shore Park, 901 North Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Walkers collect donations. (727) 586-3591; www.petwalk.org



Busch Gardens' Halloween with six haunted houses, five scare zones, roller coasters in the dark and spooky live shows. Not recommended for small children. 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Thurs., 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri.-Sat. and select nights through Oct. 28. 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $59.95 plus tax; $34.95-$44.95 advance online. Toll-free (888) 800-5447; www.buschgardens.com


Lowry Park Zoo's family-friendly Halloween event with haunted houses and trails for older zoo-goers and special activities for young kids with free unlimited zoo rides. 7-11 p.m. Fri-Sat., 7-10 p.m. Thur. and Sun. and select nights through Oct. 28. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $16 adults, $13 ages 3-11. (813) 935-8552; www.lowryparkzoo.com