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    Halloween happenings

    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published October 31, 2000

    Here is a sampling of Halloween-themed events happening today in mid and north Pinellas County:

    • HAUNTED HOUSE: First through sixth graders are invited to a free Trick-or-Treat at 6:30 p.m. at Clearwater Central Catholic High School, 2750 Haines Bayshore Road, Clearwater. Face painting, games, candy and a haunted house will be offered. Parents are welcome. (727) 531-1449.
    • HALLOWEEN ALTERNATIVE: Abundant Life Ministries, 1550 S Belcher Road, Largo, holding Harvest Festival, a Halloween alternative, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Includes petting zoo, dunk tank, games, refreshments, hayride, pony rides. Families welcome; no scary costumes. Tickets: 25 cents each or five for $1. (727) 586-6464.
    • GHOSTS & GOBLINS: Halloween event, 6-9 p.m. , Largo Municipal Complex, 201 Highland Ave.; includes free trick-or-treating, interactive Family Zone, NFL obstacle course, clowns, rides, food for sale. $5 wristbands for unlimited play in the carnival area. Participants asked to bring canned goods for Project Heartstrings. Park at City Hall or Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. (727) 587-6720.
    • LARGO MALL: Local schoolchildren can trick or treat around the Largo Mall, 10500 Ulmerton Road, 5 to 7 p.m. ; 12th annual event, in conjunction with Project Heartstrings, a charity which benefits needy children and families. With a donation of canned goods, youngsters will receive a free candy bar and special Halloween bag. (727) 587-0100.
    • SAFETY HARBOR: Preschoolers can trick-or-treat, visiting downtown Safety Harbor businesses, 4 to 7 p.m. meet at Safety Harbor City Hall, 750 Main St.; sponsored by the leisure services department. All activities are free, except for a $1 visit to the pumpkin patch, where costumed characters will be on hand. (727) 724-1545.
    • SCARY STUFF: Fright Fest 2000, Renaissance Festival Village, 400 Central Park Drive, Largo, across from Largo Central Park wraps up today; crafts, face painting, hayrides and pony rides, palm readings, tarot card readings, psychic; costume, mummy wrap and scream contests; refreshments for sale; 6 to 11 p.m.; $9.95 for adults and teens, $3.95 for children ages 6-12, $7.95 for seniors 55 and older with IDs (727) 586-5423.
    • TODDLER TURKEY TROT: Lake Seminole Presbyterian Church, corner of 113th Street and 86th Avenue, Seminole, is sponsoring a safe alternative to trick-or-treating for youngsters between four months and three years old, 6 to 8 p.m. . Non-scary costumes are recommended. There will be games, an indoor playground, kiddie rides, finger painting, an infant play area, snacks. Advanced reservations are $2 per child, $3 at the door. Adults free. Reserve at (727) 391-5509.
    • CARTOON CRAZE: A "Cartoon Craze Hallelujah Party" for children through the fifth grade and their families will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church of Tarpon Springs, 501 E. Tarpon Ave. It is a Halloween alternative carnival. Kids are encouraged to come as cartoon characters or dressed in other non-scary costumes. For information, (727) 937-3271.

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