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Tampa Bay Halloween – Celebrating Halloween in Tampa Bay

Halloween 2008


  • Through Oct. 31

  • Haunted House
    Where: 9945 66th St., Pinellas Park
    Hours: Thursday and Sunday, 7 to 10 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 7 to 1 a.m.
    Cost: $7 for adults, $6 for children 5 to 12. Children 4 and younger are admitted for free.
    Proceeds will benefit Pinellas Park Police Explorers Post 912 and Pinellas Park Fire Explorers Post 945.
  • Through Nov. 1

  • ZooBoo
    Where: Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa
    Hours: ZooBoo will be offered on Thursdays and Sundays, 7 to 10 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays, 7 to 11 p.m. ZooBoo also will be offered Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7 to 10 p.m.
    Cost: General admission is $17 for adults, $14 for children ages 3 to 11 and free for children age 2 and younger. Ticket price includes free unlimited rides, with the exception of Bubblegum Boneyard carriage ride which is $4 a person.
    Phone: 813-935-8552
    During ZooBoo, the zoo transforms into a family-friendly fright zone featuring haunted houses and spooky trails and shows. Attractions include the Flying Fox Bat House, Frankenstein’s Foam Party, Spooky Fun Fair, Shipwrecked! Secrets of the Dark Galleon, Declassified: Project Alien and Sinister Shadows.
  • Through Nov. 1

  • Howl-O-Scream 2008
    Where: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 10001 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa
    Hours: Thursday, 7:30 to 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7:30 to 2 a.m.
    Cost: $64.95
    Busch Gardens Tampa Bay presents its ninth season of gut-wrenching scares with Howl-O-Scream 2008, featuring The Raven Twins and horrifying new haunted houses. Howl-O-Scream 2008 will prove that not all nightmares happen while you sleep. The devious creatures that infest all-new haunted houses, scare zones, thrilling shows and even the streets themselves will have guests watching their backs, and bone-chilling roller coasters keep the screams coming all night long.
  • Oct. 24

  • Children’s Halloween Spooktacular and Fall Festival
    Where: Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis Facility, 10315 Paradise Blvd., Treasure Island
    Hours: 6 to 9 p.m.
    Cost: The event is free to the public. There will be minimal charges for food and beverage concessions, face painting, fortune telling and caricatures.
    Phone: 727-547-4575
    Activities will include a costume contest, carnival games, moonwalk, entertainment, refreshments, haunted hayride and spooky cemetery. Entertainment will include a storyteller, face painter, magician, caricature artist and fortune teller.
  • Oct. 24 and 25

  • Hall-O-Boo
    Where: Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa
    Hours: 5 to 9 p.m.
    Cost: Admission is $10. Admission for museum members is $8.
    Phone: 813-987-6000
    Designed for families with children, the third annual is less spooky and more fun. Hall-O-Boo will include trick-or-treating and some “spook-tacular” science shows. Attendees can come in costume.
  • Oct. 24 and 25

  • Terrors Through Time
    Where: Honeymoon Island State Park, at the extreme west end of State Road 586, north of Dunedin
    Hours: 6 to 10 p.m.
    Cost: $10 donation for entry includes 10 game tickets with all proceeds going to Honeymoon and Caladesi Island State Parks.
    Phone: 727-462-6187
    A safe alternative to trick-or-treating, the event will feature fun for all ages with a scary trail, nature themed family area, face painting, fortune telling, games and food. Sponsored by Florida Park Service and Friends of the Island Parks.
  • Oct. 24 and 25

  • Science Spooktacular
    Where: Science Center of Pinellas, 7701 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg
    Hours: 7 to 10 p.m.
    Cost: $10
    Phone: 727-384-0027
    This spooky, educational trick-or-treat experience will feature shows with live snakes, spiders and hissing cockroaches; planetarium and science shows; bobbing for apples and on site trick-or-treating.
  • Oct. 25

  • Spooktacular 2008
    Where: Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo
    Hours: 4 to 10 p.m.
    Cost: Wristbands are required for most games, activities and all slides and rides. Wristbands cost $5 with a Largo Recreation Card in advance, $6 without a card in advance, or $7 the day of the event.
    Phone: 727-587-6740
    The event will include a free trick-or-treat path, inflatables, slides, games, rock climbing wall, Guitar Hero playoff, mechanical surfboard, costume parade and concessions. There will be a teen area with music and dancing. Circus arts performers also will be on hand to entertain attendees.
  • Oct. 25

  • Haunted Halloween Hayride
    Where: Crowley Museum and Nature Center, 164 Myakka Road, Sarasota
    Hours: 5 to 8 p.m.
    Cost: To be determined
    Guests will take a tractor-driven hayride at night down Pine Level Trail at the Crowley Museum and Nature Center. The historic road has never known street lights and is lined only with native Florida lands complete with ghosts and goblins jumping out of the woods for this spooky occasion. The event will also include a children’s costume contest, crafts and music.
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