Haunted Houses, Costume Contests Highlight Halloween Weekend

Frightening family-friendly activities abound in the St. Pete/Clearwater area

Friday, October 29, 2010

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (October 29, 2010) - From haunted houses to maniacal movie marathons, the St. Pete/Clearwater area will be alive with the dead this Halloween weekend.

So whether it's the Corey Avenue Bash on St. Pete Beach, complete with what organizers say is a 'hearse-load of family oriented things to do,' or the haunted firehouse at St. Pete's Fossil Park Fire Station, you're bound to feed your Halloween fix---and we don't mean candy. 

Below is a quick rundown of just some of the events to be found this weekend in the St. Pete/Clearwater area:

Corey Avenue Halloween Bash - St. Pete Beach area stores will open their doors for safe trick-or-treating, beginning at 5 p.m., tonight. Costume contests, face painting, and a pumpkin carving contest are also on tap. Corey Avenue's Beach Theater will screen a marathon of frightening flicks throughout the weekend, including The Evil Dead. Info: 727-498-8778 

Oldsmar Halloween Carnival - Kids can take part in a haunted house, games, hayrides and a costume contest, tonight, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Cypress Forest Recreation Center. Info: 813-749-1260 

Haunted Block - The intersection of E. Tarpon Ave and Hibiscus Street in Tarpon Springs will be transformed into a haunted block throughout the weekend. Three separate haunted houses will make up the scariest neighborhood in St. Pete/Clearwater this Halloween! See one for just $6 or tour them all for $15. Info: 727-437-2343 

John's Pass Shop of Horrors - The John's Pass boardwalk has been transformed into the haunted house not-so-affectionately known as the 'Shop of Horrors.' If you've got the guts, tour this spooky plantation house and its haunted kitchen and ballroom. As it turns out, the fish aren't the only thing biting. Admission for adults is $7 and just $3 for kids 17 and under. Info: http://www.johnspassfestivals.com

Innisbrook Haunted Hollow - Innisbrook Resort will convert its famous Loch Ness Monster pool into a Halloween wonderland at the stroke of 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Spooktakular activities include: haunted hollow trail, pool side "dive-in" movie, haunted waterslides, 'boo-tiful' crafts and activities, glow-in-the dark night golf, costume contest for kids 12 and under and a 'ghoulf clinic.' Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children (under 10), with kids under four admitted free. Each ticket includes food, beverage, candy and more. A party of four pass is available in advance for $40. Info: http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/listings/1207/?event_id=6010#event_...

Witchstock - Downtown Palm Harbor hosts Witchstock, where Woodstock and Halloween meet! From 3 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, this free event will have live music, psychic readings, costume contests and more. Info: http://www.witchstock.com 

Halloween Happening - Dunedin's Highlander Park will have carnival games, haunted hayrides, haunted house, trick-or-treating, costume contests, games and more, on Saturday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wristbands granting admission to all events are just $10. Info: http://www.dunedingov.com/docs/specialevents/halloween.pdf 

Haunted Firehouse - This firehouse filled with ghosts, spirits and creatures of the night opens its doors to the public on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. St. Pete's Fire Station #7 (6975 9th St. N.) hosts this spooktacular with proceeds benefitting MDA. Free admission, but donations are appreciated. Info: 727-776-4879. 

Howl-O-Fest - A trick-or-treat trail, haunted cabins, hayrides, inflatables and arts and crafts will be on display at St. Pete's Boyd Hill Environmental Studies Area, Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is $4, with hayrides fetching an additional $1. Info: 727-892-5060 

Hallo-Swing! - Wear your costume and get down to swing dance music by the Lounge Cats on Saturday at the Largo Community Center. Beginning at 7 p.m., enjoy a lesson and dance the night away. Admission is $9 in advance and $10 day of event. Info: 727-518-3131 

Spooky Sci-Fi and Sky Night - On Saturday, the Science Center of Pinellas County will hold a costume contest at 7 p.m. and a viewing of the PG-rated The Haunted Mansion in the rear courtyard at 7:30 p.m. Four separate planetarium shows and telescope viewings will also be available---and everyone gets a bag of Halloween goodies! Info: http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/listings/7114/?event_id=10668#event...

Gulfport Halloween Bash - At the Gulfport Recreation Center, older kids can wander through what the artsy village is calling its 'spookiest haunted house ever,' while youngsters can check out a scaled-down boo room. Games with candy prizes and food and drinks will also be available, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Free admission! Info: 727-893-1068 

Halloween Howl Party - The Safety Harbor Resort and Spa is hosting a Halloween Howl Party, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy costume prizes, live entertainment from Lester Freeman, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and reduced drink prices all night. Admission is $10 per person. Info: http://www.safetyharborresort.com/ 

Halloween in the Park - Little ones can find 'treats you can trust' at this carnival in Pinellas Park's Town Square Plaza Park. A kids costume contest is on tap with trick-or-treating beginning at 6 p.m. Info: 727-541-0805 ext. 3076 

Threshers Boo Bash - On Sunday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., head up to Clearwater's Bright House Field for Boo Bash 2010. Enjoy free entry, free candy, a haunted house, hayrides and inflatable games. Info: http://www.clearwaterthreshers.com/

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