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Happy Haunting
[Times photo: Patty Yablonski • Pumpkin carving: Wilma Norton]
Guavaween fun by day and by night. Haunted houses both mild and wild. Frightening tales, on stage and on screen. Costume balls and bashes. The spooky specifics are here.

October 26, 2000

Cover Stories
Mama Guava for president!
She's representing the one-party system, and that party is big enough to embrace everyone -- at least for one night.

  • Happy haunting
    A musical mixed bag -- featuring Destiny's Child, Godsmack, Foghat and Barrio Boyzz -- will be the soundtrack for Ybor's Halloween bash.
  • Ghosts of Guavaweens past
    Oct. 26, 1985: For the first time, "Guavaween" appears in the name of Ybor City's Halloween street fest.

Scream time
Halloween used to be just for kids, but that ended years ago, once the kids grew up - but didn't outgrow their love of dressing up. Tampa Bay area toddlers, adolescents and adults can participate in the spooky holiday with a variety of events.

Film
A struggle to go home again
Tight action, both moral and physical, brings emotional tension to The Yards, the story of a man's attempt to bury parts of his past in the face of a dangerous present.

Undead, or just misunderstood?
The Little Vampire has seasonal potential as the story of a vampire clan trying to co-exist with humans.

Wicca and sticks
Moviegoers still griping about the realism of The Blair Witch Project get the sequel they deserve in Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2.

Lifting the mask from 'Faces of Death'
Halloween is the right time for director John Schwartz to haunt audiences with tales of his scary film saga. The good news about the horrifying scenes it offers: They aren't entirely as real as the advertising claims.

Family Movie Guide
The Family Movie Guide should be used along with the Motion Picture Association of America rating system for selecting movies suitable for children. Films are categorized as "recommended" for family viewing, "recommended with reservations" and "not recommended" for family viewing, with a description of content that led to that categorization. Compiled by St. Petersburg Times film critic Steve Persall.

Also In Theaters
Is Travolta feeling lucky?

Persall's Top Five
Recent releases recommended by Times film critic Steve Persall

Video
Gibson gets Revolutionary
NEW RELEASES

Dine
Cafe Cibo: Now that's Italian
Welcome to your friendly neighborhood Italian restaurant. Oh, not living nearby? Consider moving.

Side dish
MONSTER FEAST

First Bite
Hawaiian style, all in good taste

Cheap Thrill
Chris Sherman designates his favorites where you can eat happily for $10 or less as Cheap Thrills.

Stage
Momentous music
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony expands the form with the addition of a chorus, almost demanding a special occasion.

Stage: On the horizon
Russia -- Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff are on the program when the Russian Heritage Ensemble makes its debut Nov. 5 at St. Petersburg Junior College. $12. (727) 573-7646.

Stage: Hot Ticket
Playing for love, not money

Get Away
Disappearing on ice
TAMPA -- Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi will weave her magic on the ice, while "First Lady of Magic" Melinda Saxe will make Yamaguchi and the skaters of StarSkates Magic vanish in one of tonight's illusions at the Ice Palace. This show is the first in a series of nationally televised specials bringing figure skaters and other entertainers together.

Get Away: Hot Ticket
Find your way to Founder's Day

Get Away: Down the road
Events to watch for; details in future editions of Weekend.

Night Life
Where worlds mingle
With a game room and extensive food and drinks menus, Cadillac Jack's takes the something-for-everyone approach very seriously.

Art
The heart of CraftArt
An old-fashioned creed reigns at this weekend's outdoor exhibit: a love of creating fine things by hand.

Art: Best bets
Art critic Mary Ann Marger's recommendations for this weekend. Please refer to the Art Calendar for details.

Art: Hot Ticket
American art from the Smithsonian

Pop
Pop: On the horizon
Peter Frampton with Atlanta Rhythm Section -- Nov. 2, Ruth Eckerd Hall: $35.75-$39.75.

Pop: Hot Ticket
Bluegrass flourishes

Team Pop Trivia
This week's winner: Carol Thompson of Largo knew that the late John Denver penned the Peter, Paul and Mary gem Leaving on a Jet Plane.

Shop
Fashionably on time
Come Sunday, we'll return to Eastern Standard Time. Specialty shops and chain stores offer a variety of timepieces, from the traditional to the high-tech. There are options for children just learning to tell time, and for those who know a little something about the passage of time.

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