Fright Fest 2001, an eerie nighttime tour through Asylum Gardens (Adult Trail), takes place at Largo Central Park from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26-31. There is also a Children's Trail, full of mildly terrifying scenes to frighten the little ones. Also for the kids is Boo Bash, featuring storytelling, games and Halloween contests. Advance tickets cost $9.95, $4.95 for children over 4. Largo Central Park is at 400 Central Park Drive, Largo (727-586-5423).
Ghost Ship The SS American Victory is transformed into a Ghost Ship to celebrate Halloween and help raise funds for restoration of the ship into a mariner's museum and memorial. The Ghost Ship includes goblins, ghosts, a pirate invasion and a maze to test the navigational skills of all visitors. The event takes place from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 and 31. Tickets cost $20, $10 for children under 12. The SS American Victory is at 705 Channelside Drive (behind the Aquarium), Tampa (813-383-5218).
Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens' startling landscape of fright, features encounters with ghouls and goblins plus five new haunted houses: Escape from Insanity, Curse of Tut's Tomb, Screaming Reality, Creeper's Crypt and Night Stalker in 3-D. The event takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. (7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday and Sunday) Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 25-28 and 31. Admission costs $34.95. Busch Gardens is at the corner of Busch Boulevard and 40th Street in Tampa (813-987-5082).
A Trick for the Treaters, a Crazy Cat theatrical production, plays from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14, at the Catherine A. Hickman Theater of Gulfport. This tale is for the whole family and includes guest stars: The Mean Crimpy Old Witch, Blood Sucking Dracula, Zombies and The Head With No Body. Admission costs $9; $6 for children; $1 for ages 2 and under. The theater's at 5501 27th St. S., Gulfport. Call 727-562-6036.
Zoo Boo, at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa (813-935-8552). Zoo Boo, the Lowry's annual family friendly Halloween event, takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 12-14 and 19-30. Get spooked in the new Haunted Mansion, and enjoy the zoo's decorative transformation, which includes a special area for kids' games, storytelling and haunted hearse rides. The zoo's 1,500 exotic animals are also on display until dusk. General admission is $7 for adults and $5 for kids 3-11.
Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center, 176 Fifth Ave., Safety Harbor (727-723-8638). Return to Sender is the Center's sixth anniversary celebration, at which patrons are able to choose from more than 500 black-and-white, postcard-size line drawings by students from Creative Clay's daily arts programs. All pieces cost $20. The opening reception takes place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, and the show runs through Oct. 30. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment.
EastWest Gallery & Framery, 529 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727-823-9629). Flower Power is an exhibit of acrylics on canvas by Susan Supper. The metaphorical works show flora emerging from cityscapes. A reception takes place 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, and the exhibit is on display through Dec. 1. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment.
Glass Canvas Gallery, 146 Second St. N., St. Petersburg (727-821-6767). The gallery celebrates the grand opening of its new location from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Refreshments are available, as well as registration for a $1,000 shopping spree. New hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Lemon Studios and Gallery, 1601 N. Marion St., Tampa (813-805-7487). Trajectories is an exhibit of works by Chicago artist Carrie Shield that pays homage to Piet Mondrian (neoplasticism painter and founder of De Stijl magazine). Shield, who received her MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle, works primarily in oil on linen. A reception takes place 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and by appointment.
Painted Fish Gallery, 350 Main St., Dunedin (727-736-0934). To Fish or Not to Fish is an exhibit of current ceramic works by Ira Jon Burhans, who has made pottery professionally in the Palm Harbor area for the past 21 years. A reception takes place 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, and the exhibit runs through Nov. 18. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Plainsmen Gallery, 2450 Sunset Pt. Road, Suite A, Clearwater (727-726-5100). Symbols of America is an exhibit of works depicting America's strength and pride, featuring bronzes by Montana artists Frank DiVita and J.W. Muir. The exhibit opens Thursday, Oct. 11, and runs through Nov. 3. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday , Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.