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Halloween events and fall festivals

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 29, 2000

THE NINTH ANNUAL ETHNIC FESTIVAL at St. Joan of Arc Church runs through today at the church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive. The event features ethnic foods, entertainment and carnival rides. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 688-0663, ext. 24.

HALLOWEEN PARTY, 5 to 8 p.m. today. Disabled American Veterans facility, 16314 Cortez Blvd. This event is for ages 14 and younger. There will be a haunted house, games, prizes, costume contest and munchies. Sponsored by the DAV and DAVA. 796-1679.

11TH ANNUAL HAUNTED HOUSE AND HALLOWEEN BASH, 6 to 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Hernando Park/Community Activity Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Featuring a haunted house, pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, games and entertainment. Sponsored by the Hernando County Recreation Department. 754-4031.

HOLYWEEN GOSPEL SKATING, 7-10 p.m. Tuesday, Rainbow Rollerland, 1125 W Jefferson St., Brooksville. Skating and candy. Admission is $4 each. Sponsored by Vision Temple Ministries and Chambers of Gospel.

SEVENTH ANNUAL HALLOWEEN HAUNTED TRAIL, 7 to 10 p.m. today and Monday, at the Spring Hill Nature Trail on Kenlake Avenue (by the Little Red Schoolhouse Library), Spring Hill. The cost is $3 for adults, $1.50 for children under age 12. Hot dogs and soda will be available for $1. There will be a drawing for prizes. Ticket sales will stop a half-hour before closing each day. The event is sponsored by the West Hernando Jaycees and the Professional Firefighters of Spring Hill Local 2749.

SPRING HILL CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE'S HALLOWEEN ALTERNATIVE, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, 9600 Century Drive, Spring Hill. There will be candy, games, apple-bobbing and a costume contest (no ghouls, devils, witches, etc.). 683-1945.

PASCO COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION'S SCREAM ACRES HALLOWEEN EVENT, 6:30 to 9 p.m. today, J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Road, New Port Richey. The cabin area will be transformed into a spooky hanted village filled with ghost and goblins -- and candy. Those attending should bring their flashlights. Brian, (727) 942-7439 or (727) 934-4198.

WHISPERING MEADOWS EQUESTRIAN CENTER will have a haunted barn complete with an 1867 horse-drawn hearse from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight through Tuesday. The cost is $4 per person. For younger visitors, the ranch offers a horse-drawn hayride into the pumpkin patch, where visitors can stop and feed goats, ostriches and four-horned Jacob sheep. The ride to the self-serve pumpkin patch is free and runs through Tuesday. Hours for the hayride are 1 to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Pumpkins range from $3 for small sizes to $8 for large. Whispering Meadows is at 20930 County Line Road in Spring Hill just west of Cortez Boulevard. For information, call 799-9505.

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