Putting together a list of all the festivals, parties and other hoo-ha happening around Halloween is more shudder-inducing than a frozen slack-jawed Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Luckily with the help of CL interns Amina Jackson, Marc Seide and Kyetra Bryant — and local organizations who obliged us with information — we have been able to come up with this fairly comprehensive guide — truly something for everybody. (Insert creepy laugh here.) Items in chronological order, under the categories Arts, Music and Culture; Big Nights Out; Boooooze and More, Comedy & Cabaret, Family Fun; Festivals, Haunted Haunts. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an event to add — but do so at your own risk!
ARTS, MUSIC AND CULTURE
A Nightmare on Franklin Street The Tampa Theatre film series spooks us through Oct. 31. tampatheatre.org/a-nightmare-on-franklin-street.Acme Jazz Garage at Ella’s Grown-ups, get a sitter and celebrate Halloween with the superb Acme Jazz Garage and special guests. Free. 9 p.m. 5119 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa. ellasfolkartcafe.com.
Little Shop of Horrors The Seymour-led (and fed) revival stars Best of The Bay Award Winning Actress, Alison Burns, with hubby/partner Chris Crawford. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $25. Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Through Nov. 3. New Stage Theatre, 11650 131st St. N, Largo. 813-817-2585. newstagelargo.org.
Lore Bluelucy highlights a solo exhibition by one of St. Pete’s most intriguing talents — Calan Ree, whose comics and mixed-media sculptures depict characters at once bewitching and weird. The opening reception will feature Ree's short-film feature The Hedge Crosser, edited and co-written by Carla Kaufman. According to the artist, all the lumber used for the works is locally salvaged by Funktionhouse Urban Lumber and Furnishings; all the bones were "unearthed by chance in natural settings." Live T-shirt Silkscreening of Calan Ree's art by Extra Medium will also be featured. Through Nov. 9. 727-251-8529. bluelucy.net.
Thursday at The Bunker Halloween Night The singer/songwriter showcase features Joe "Boo" -nfilglio with Nick Tumi and Tre Fitgerald at Ybor’s Tre Amici. Note: Early show 7:30-9:30 p.m. WMNF's Amy Snider emcees. 1907 19th St. N., Ybor City, Tampa. wmnf.org.
Macbeth From the first appearance of the Weird Sisters to the “Out out brief candle” speech, this is one mind-blowing tale of ambition, murder, and madness. Jobsite Theater Artistic Director adapted and directed the play with intriguing new emphasis that plays up the psychological intrigue and meditations on primordial human nature. Giles Davies stars as Macbeth), Dahlia Legault (Lady Macbeth), Dayton Sinkia (Macduff), Nicole Jeannine Smith (Lady Macduff), Katrina Stevenson, Chris Holcom, Maggie Mularz and Jonathan Cho (all as the mysterious powers). Set and lighting design is provided by Brian Smallheer, costumes by Katrina Stevenson, projections by Jenkins, and sound by Dave Steinweg. $28. Wed., Oct. 30 to Sun., Nov. 24; Thurs. - Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 4 p.m. Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz, Tampa. 813-229-7827. Click here for a teaser trailer, or visit jobsitetheater.org.
Halloween Bootie Quake Join Tampa-based band Soulbotz for their first show ever on the scene, complete with costumes and laser lights. Poetry 'n Lotion, who have a new CD out, rock the party too. Costumes highly recommended. No cover. Cold Storage Brewery/Florida Avenue Ales, 4101 N. Florida Ave, Tampa.
October Movies and Music in the Park: Young FrankensteinThe St. Pete Preservation gets all Halloween-y on you on Oct. 31 with Mel Brooks’ masterpiece, Young Frankenstein. The 1974 film stars Marty Feldman, Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn in a hilarious spoof on the Dr. Frankenstein horror classic. Music by Lounge Cat. Music begins at 6 and the movie at dark. Come early and purchase food and drink from some of Saturday Morning Market’s vendors, or enjoy your own picnic while listening to music before the movie. A limited number of chairs will be available; chairs and blankets permitted. Parking available at Baywalk garage or in the Pier parking lots. Movies are free; pay-what-you-can donation appreciated. Ride your bicycle and take advantage of secure bicycle valet. North Straub Park, Beach Drive between Fourth and Fifth avenues N.E. stpetepreservation.org.Click here for event page on Facebook.
Ventureween 2013 The Venture Compound celebrates across two event spaces with 10 bands and a costume contest $10 with costume $15 without. Thurs., Oct. 31. The Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S., St. Petersburg. venturecompound.com.
Horror Trash XI Issue#3 Tricks or Beats 8 p.m. Halloween night; free till midnight. Trot out that costume one last time for a special edition of Vintage Youth Thursdays starring local club sensation Monk (Hallucination/Rabbit in the Moon/FithyRichard). Orbit 19 Lounge 1542 U.S. 19, Holiday. facebook.com/orbit19.
St. Pete’s Day of the Dead Festival Hear 17 bands on three stages, and see works by nine Artists. Tickets available at Daddy Kool. $8 presale, $10 at the door under 21 $5 (Local 662 and outdoor stage only). Hosted by Katomic Productions, Local 662 and Fubar Downtown with music by Everymen, UNRB, Saganaki Bomb Squad and much more. Artists include Aurailieus, Zach Counts, Chel Panda and several others. All proceeds go to CASA. Click here for Facebook event page.
Reel Terror On Sat., Nov. 16, prepare to have your soiled pants scared right off when Villagio Cinemas Presents: Creative Loafing’s Reel Terror 2013 — a one-day film festival celebrating the local horror scene, and the many brave souls who risk their lives and finances in pursuit of their dreams. Reel Terror includes panel discussions, celebrity appearances, screenings of selected films, an awards ceremony, and much more. cltampa.com/tampa/ReelTerror2013.
BIG NIGHTS OUTSwing Time's 12th Annual Halloween Costume Ball The ball starts with a one-of-a-kind dance lesson: Shim Sham (with Special Zombie Styling!) 7-8 p.m.; no partner required. Starting at 8, you can dance till the midnight hour to the Ultimate Halloween Swing/Dance Music Mix. A costume parade and contest with $300 in prizes and lots more. $8. The Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd S, Gulfport. 727-893-1070.
#NoShame Halloween Ball Directions for Living is non-profit organization that provides the life-saving and life-enhancing behavioral health, child safety and family preservation services for Pinellas County residents. Its #NoShame Halloween Ball , which invites revelers to come in costume to receive $5 off the price of admission. All proceeds go to Directions for Living's outreach to more than 14,000 community members annually. $25. Wed., Oct. 30, 7:30-10 p.m. More details at facebook.com/DirectionsForLiving.
Edgar Allan Poe Halloween Theater and Party On Halloween night, find yourself wandering through the halls of the House of Usher. Actors portraying Roderick and Madeline guide you through Poe's sinister story and then onto night time festivities and dancing. Take the old staircase upstairs; discover room by room your own fears and phobias. As the story unfolds, the Ushers invite you to enjoy a grand buffet and heart stopping music into the night. $75. Thurs., Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m. Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Bradenton. 941-312-0000. crosleysupperclub.com.
Ron White & Margo Rey Throw down with Ron White — the no-holds-barred, whiskey-totin’ Texan infamously known as Tater Salad — in support of Brides Against Breast Cancer — the charity’s national ambassador is singer-songwriter and White’ wife, Margo Rey. Rey, a Broadway star and renowned jazz/cabaret singer, is a two-time cancer survivor herself. She and her comedian co-headline a cool show at Nova 535 on Halloween Night 6-9 p.m., and comedian White returns later to headline r Novaween 7 with Alex Reymundo later the same night at 10 p.m. Word is that White will judge the annual party's costume contest! Buy tickets and sponsor by clicking here.
Castle Halloween Ball The Ybor club is usually creeptacular Halloween Ball but this party ups the ante with a performance by Vita Devoid and more. $5, 2004 N 16th St., Tampa, Thu., Oct. 31, 9 p.m. ybornow.com.
Chic a Boo!The Halloween night soiree spreads out across two venues — Kelly's Chic-a-Boom Room and Blur. Now in its 12th Year with more than $2,000 in cash and prizes. Hosted by ‘Gus’ Frankenfurter. $6.66 Thurs., Oct. 31, 9 p.m. $6.66. 319 Main St., Dunedin. kellyschicaboom.com. Kellyschicaboom.com.
BOOOOOZE AND MORE
Downtown After Dark Halloween Costume Party The first annual Downtown After Dark 2013: Halloween Costume Party hits Tampa. Billed as a “classy yet mysterious night out,” the event boasts dancing, spooky cocktails and specialty drinks all under one haunted roof. $20 at the door. Thurs., Oct. 31, 10 p.m. Kurdis Mediterranean Grill, 777 N. Ashley Drive Unit B, Tampa. 951-444-8274. downtownafterdark2013.eventbrite.com.
2nd Annual Patio Halloween Party The event is in its second year, first time on Halloween night. No cover; starts at 9 p.m. Dress up in costume to get your first drink free. Free jello shot on the hour every hour for those dressed in costume. DJ Casper spins. Oct. 31, The Patio Tampa, 421 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. patiotampa.com.
Tampa Indie Unofficial Halloween Costume Contest Join the Tampa Independent for its annual unofficial Halloween Party and Costume Contest. Prizes to the top three winners. Free. Thurs., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. The Independent-Seminole Heights, 5016 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-341-4883. independenttampa.com.
Novaween 7 Comedians Ron White and Alex Reymundo headline. White is going to judge a Halloween contest too. Thurs., Oct. 31, 9:30 p.m.-3 a.m. 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg. $18.50. nova535.com/novaween, 727-821-6682.
COMEDY & CABARET
R-Rated Halloween Comedy Hypnosis with Gary Conrad With Joe Riga. $13 advance, $16 door. Thurs., Oct. 31, 8:30 p.m. The Tampa Improv, 1600 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. 813-864-4000. improvtampa.com.
Halloween Party with All-New The Scott & Patti Show Scott & Patti are back with a vengeance. This time, Florida's most outrageous mother and son double act are hosting a Halloween-themed cabaret and costume contest. There will be a full-liquor bar, Halloween treats, bobbing for apples and plenty of jokes and songs that even. "Mummy" will love. Tickets are $20, $15 if you wear a costume. Thurs., Oct. 31. 727-498-5205. freefalltheatre.com.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party debuts Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, and Sally, the rag doll, from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and Mike and Sully of Monsters, Inc. hosting a Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball. Young guests will enjoy Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween parade featuring the Headless Horseman, as well as orange and green fireworks. Guests are invited to don costumes and go trick-or-treating. Prices Ranging From $54 to $68 for ages 3-9, and $59-$73. Through Nov. 1. Disney's Magic Kingdom, 1000 Buena Vista Blvd., Lake Buena Vista. 407-934-7639. disneyworld.disney.go.com.
Hyde Park Pumpkin Patch Visit Hyde Park Village Oct. 10-30, Mon.-Fri., noon-8 p.m. and Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m.-8 p.m. hydeparkvillage.com.
IHOP Free Scary Face Pancake Served to trick-or-treaters 12 and under at participating International House of Pancakes.
Chipotle Booritos On Thurs., Oct. 31, Chipotle will treat customers dressed in costume to a burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos for only $3 from 4 p.m. to closing. Proceeds from the fundraiser of $1 million will benefit the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.
Glazer Halloween Spree The Glazer Children’s Museum offers trick-or-treating, a costume parade and contest and cool activities. Thurs., Oct. 31, 4:30-8 p.m. The museum is located at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, downtown Tampa. glazermuseum.org.
Ashes of Innocence: Radley Haunted House The immersive creep-o-cile reopens with tours start at 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 24-27, and Tue. and Wed., Oct. 29-30. Not appropriate for children under the age of 8. This is a very dark space with slight changes of elevation in the dark. 3900 19th St., St. Petersburg. facebook.com/radleyhauntedhouse.
Hellview 2013: Hell Hath No Fury Free fright delight but donations are accepted for Scares That Care. Thurs., Oct. 31, 7 p.m. Hellview Cemetery Charity Haunt, 510 49th Ave N, St Petersburg. 727-525-2139.
Halloween Horror Nights Besides the re-created movies and Resident Evil house, the park is devising terrifying mazes based on AMC’s The Walking Dead television series as well as scenarios with a serial killer in “Afterlife. In total there are eight haunted house, two shows and street rides and more. General admission is $91.99; $42.99 for Florida Residents (depending on the night). Through Nov. 2. Universal Studios, 6000 Universal Boulevard, Orlando. 407-363-8000. halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/index.html.
Howl-O-Scream 2013 Head out to Busch Gardens for the annual fright fest ruled by the sinister No. 13. Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Through Oct. 26. Busch Gardens, 3000 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa. 888-800-5447 http://howloscream.com
Ghost Tours of Downtown Tampa and St. Pete The tours are nightly at 8 p.m. Meet at the Fresh Café, 507 N. Franklin St., Tampa; Hooker Tea Co., 300 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Tours available for John Pass and other neighborhoods in the Bay area. General, $15; children ages 4-12, $10. Reservations are required for both events can be made by calling. 727-398-5200.