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Downtown Sarasota Halloween Block Party. (Photos by Ed Taylor)

Downtown Sarasota Halloween Block Party. (H-T archive photo)

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens — Thursday-Saturday nights through Oct. 26. Howl-O-Scream 2013 unleashes thirteen evils, including #7 Surgeon, #4 Butcher, #11 Psychopath, #13 Clown, #6 Voodoo Queen and their demented friends. Expect a host of scary thrills, new haunted houses and plenty of live entertainment. If you hate waiting in lines, there are a bunch of different upgrades to your ticket that will get you everything from front-of-the-line access to a private tour led by a Busch Gardens employee. $55-$159. 10001 N. Malcolm McKinley Drive, Tampa. buschgardens.com.

Mickey's Not-So- Scary Halloween Party — Children dressed as a scarecrow, Minnie Mouse and Tinker Bell march along with Dopey at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Don your favorite costume and get ready to trick-or-treat at this Halloween-themed event in Magic Kingdom park in Orlando — on select nights from 7 p.m. to midnight, through Nov. 1. Tickets start at $62.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando — Various nights through Nov. 2. Another theme park transformed into an exciting horrorscape, Halloween Horror Nights has the added benefit of attractions themed after a host of hit horror movies and games, including “Resident Evil,” “The Walking Dead,” “Cabin in the Woods” and more. Yet again, buy a VIP package if you want to skip the truly horrific lines. Oh, the horror! $91.99-$249.99. 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. universalorlando.com.

Mote's Night of Fish, Fun & Fright — 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 18. Children are invited to a safe and fun trick-or-treating zone in The Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. The event includes underwater pumpkin carving by aquarists in the shark exhibit and a haunted house. Tickets are $6 online in advance, $10 at the door. Kids ages 3 and younger get in free. mote.org/halloween.

Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27. The family-friendly festival features pumpkins, a pumpkin-firing cannon, live music, food, hay rides, pony rides, more than 100 craft booths and more. $8; children ages 12 and under free. $5 parking. 5500 County Road 675, Bradenton. 322-2168; hunsaderfarms.com.

25th annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-27. Hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, mini train rides, a petting zoo, etc. Plus Halloween decorations for sale. Food available for purchase. Free. 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota.

Spirit Voices From Old Manatee — Performance dates: Oct. 17-19 at Manatee Village Historical Park. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. $17 after Oct. 9 or at the gate. Tour the Old Manatee Burying Grounds and witness costumed actors bring to life those interred, under the artistic direction of actor-musician-director Mark Woodland. Graveside dialogues are based on narratives from diaries, archives, military logs, etc. Not recommended for children under 10. 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton. 741-4076; manateeclerk.com/historical/manateevillage.aspx.

The Haunted Ranch — 7-9 p.m., 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 17-20, Oct. 24-26, Oct. 31. $10. Walk the half-mile haunted trail; free outdoor horror movies on big screen, campfire, food and drinks available for purchase. 5418 Lorraine Road, Bradenton (between Lakewood Ranch and Mill Creek). Benefits the Y-guides. TheHauntedRanch.com.

Frightmares Haunted House — 7:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 17-20, Oct. 24-25; 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 26; 7:30-11 p.m. Oct. 27; 7:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 29; 7:30-11:30 p.m. Oct. 30-Nov. 1. $16. Over 12,000 square feet of haunted house and more scares than ever, spearheaded by veteran haunter and horror filmmaker John Rusnak, with over 20 years of experience in producing haunted houses, including Tomb of Terror at the Sarasota Fairgrounds and the House of Terror at the Sarasota Sailor Circus Tent. Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd. frightmareshauntedhouse.com.

Mote's Night of Fish, Fun & Fright — 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 18. Children are invited to a safe and fun trick or treating zone in The Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory. The event includes underwater pumpkin carving by our aquarists in the shark exhibit and a haunted house. Tickets are $6 online in advance, $10 at the door. Kids ages 3 and younger get in free. mote.org/halloween.

Zombie Zip Tour at TreeUmph! — 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. through Nov. 2. Thrill-seekers ages 9 and up can check out TreeUmph! Adventure Course for the haunted walk and Zombie Zipline. Guests will walk along a designated path through Zombie Land in the dark 14-acre forest. The tour ends with TreeUmph!'s signature Triumph Zip line, a 650-foot-long zip line through the trees at more than 60 feet high. $20, or $17 with a nonperishable food item to benefit All Faiths Food Bank. 21703 75th Ave. E., Bradenton. 322-2130; treeumph.com.

Halloween Zumba Party — 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 19. Also, Palmetto Historical Park Halloween Social Flash Mob. $10. Palmetto Art Center, 907 5th St. W., Palmetto.

Poe at the Crosley and The House of Horrors — 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 21-24 and Oct. 27-30. The Powel Crosley Estate will host a one-hour live performance based on the writings of Edgar Alan Poe followed by a self-guided tour of the carriage house. Tickets for the performance and tour are $20 (or $10 for the tour only). Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 722-3244; bradentongulfislands.com/crosley-estate.

"RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead" — 8 p.m. Oct. 24. Hollywood Stadium 20, 1993 Main St., Sarasota. The RiffTrax crew — Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, all of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" fame — will take on the classic 1968 zombie film in select theaters across the country for one night only, including Hollywood 20.

5th annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival — noon-10 p.m. Oct. 25-27. Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane, downtown Sarasota. Safe trick-or-treating, carnival games, rides, fun zone, free hay rides, costume contests for children, costume parades, pumpkin carving, etc. $5 (kids 12 and under free). 706-3102; sarasotapumpkinfestival.com.

Trunk-O-Treat — 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Muscle Car City, 3811 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Free. Hosted by the Veterans Motor Antique Car Club and sponsored by Burnt Store Presbyterian Church. 575-5959; musclecarcity.net.

Boo Fest Halloween Festival — 6-9 p.m. Oct. 25. Children are invited to trick or treat along Lakewood Ranch Main Street, enjoy a costume parade and ghost stories before trotting through a haunted house. lakewoodranch.com/events.

Cemeterror — 7-10 p.m. Oct. 25-26, Nov. 1-2. Free; donations accepted for Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. New location: 2554 19th St., Sarasota. Rated PG-13; children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. cemeterror.com.

Ghost Hunting Tours — 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Oct. 25. Historic Spanish Point, 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey. Appropriate for children ages 8 and up. $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. historicspanishpoint.org/thingstodoghosttours.

7th annual Boo Ball / Zombie Prom — 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 25 at Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. Buffet dinner, beer and wine, cash bar, costume contest, music and dancing, and auction items. $75 ($90 at the door). Fundraiser for American Red Cross. 629-4345; HallowBoo.com.

Haunted Trails at Oscar Scherer State Park — 8-10 p.m. Oct. 25-26. Two trails: a scary haunted trail and a not-so-scary trick-or-treat trail with activity booths and candy stations for kids. Also a pumpkin patch, refreshments, costume contests, spooky sounds and more. $5. All proceeds will benefit the Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department, the Friends of Oscar Scherer Park, Inc., and the Osprey-Nokomis Chamber of Commerce. 1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey. 486-2155; floridastateparks.org/oscarscherer/events.cfm.

Planned Parenthood's 5th annual Safe Sex Halloween Bash: "Studio 13: The Undead Disco" — 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 25. Michael's on East, 1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota. Tickets: $85 in advance, or $100 at the door, and can be purchased at SafeSexHalloweenBash.com or by calling 365-3913, Ext. 1124.

10th annual Boo Run — 8 a.m. Oct. 26. Best costumes awards will be given out to this family oriented 5K run/walk in Lakewood Ranch. Costumes will be judged in three categories: best couple, best hero and best villain. Free entry and no preregistration. lakewoodranch.com/events.

Trunk or Treat — 4-6 p.m. Oct. 26. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders will open McKechnie Field for this free trick-or-treating event. Trunk or Treat allows children to trick-or-treat in a safe environment, receiving candy from Halloween-themed vehicles. Other activities include hayrides around the ballpark, inflatables, a DJ, and cookie decorating. For the first time, there will also be a haunted locker room. 747-3031; BradentonMarauders.com, MaraudersInfo@pirates.com.

Halloween Costume Party — 6 p.m. Oct. 26. Adult party hosted by the Italian American Club of Venice, , 1375 Ringling Drive S., Venice. Buffet "Boo-B-Q" vittles, music by Broadway Brooce, cash bar. Costumes required. Members $15, $20 guests. 493-8883; italianamericanclubofvenice.com.

Englewood’s Halloween Costume Party — 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 26 at the newly renovated Englewood Event Center, 3069 S. McCall Road. The evening will feature party dance band Zombie University. There will be food, drinks, dancing, games and costume contests. Cash prizes for the three best costumes will be $50, $100 and $150. Tickets are $30 in advance $40 at the door, and include food and entertainment. Groups of eight can reserve a table for $240. Catering is by Lock ’N Key restaurant. There will be a cash bar. You must be 21 to attend. Proceeds will benefit the LBTD. englewoodhalloween.com.

Horrorwood: The Dark Side of Tinseltown — 9 p.m. Oct. 26. Costume contest. DJs Mike Nice, Angelia, Chris Mayhem. Club Prana, 1118 N. Washington Blvd., Sarasota. 21+. $7 in advance, $10 at the door. 705-0813; horrorwood2013.com.

Children's Halloween Bash — 1-3 p.m. Oct. 27. Hosted by the Italian American Club of Venice, 1375 Ringling Drive S., Venice. Free. 493-8883; italianamericanclubofvenice.com.

Fright Night: Halloween on St. Armands Circle — 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Children are invited to trick-or-treat around the Circle. starmandscircleassoc.com.

2nd Halloween Crosley Gala — 6:30-11 p.m. Oct. 31. Crosley Estate will be transformed into the "House of Usher," as told by Edgar Allen Poe. $75 reservations; $100 at the door. 21 and up. Dinner buffets, cash bar, theatrical performances by Roderick and Madeline, tarot cards, music by DJ Al Garcia. Crosley Supper Club, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 312-0000; crosleysupperclub.com.

Hymn for Her Halloween Show — 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Circle, Sarasota. $5. wslr.org.

Last modified: October 21, 2013
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