Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Thursday, Oct. 31 – Tampa Bay Times

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Spooky Empire: The horror convention opens a day early to offer trick-or-treating for all ages, exhibits, after-parties, vendors, a kids costume contest and prizes. On Friday, Spooky Empire formally kicks off with a film festival, celebrity autographs, costume and cosplay contests, an area for kids, live music, seminars, a tattoo festival and question-and-answer sessions with artists, filmmakers and authors. Tony Todd (Candyman), Mia Farrow (Rosemarys Baby) and C.J. Graham (Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives) are a few celebrities expected to appear. Runs through Sunday. Thursday: $20, free for 12 and younger; Friday-Sunday: $20 and up, $80 and up multiday passes. 5 p.m. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. (954) 258-7852.

Florida Orchestra Coffee Concert: Spooktacular: Join conductor Stuart Malina for a morning of music that includes Saint-Saens Danse Macabre and Mussorgskys Night on Bald Mountain. Coffee and doughnuts are planned, as is a preconcert conversation at 10 a.m. $24 and up. 11 a.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 300-2000.

Dia de los Muertos Weekend: This new celebration observes the Day of the Dead with one big party zone near the Moroccan Palace featuring entertainment and themed grub. Included with admission. $84.99 and up, free for 2 and younger. 3 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386.

Axel: Cirque du Soliel takes its acrobatics and death-defying stunts to the ice. $44 and up. 7:30 p.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (800) 745-3000.

Adam Ezra Group: The Boston roots rock act, which made their 15th album Hurricane Wind free online for longtime fans, hits the stage. Lisa Bouchelle opens. $15 and up. 8 p.m. The Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (828) 773-9481.

Boo Bash: Kids can trick-or-treat among 25 safe candy stations on the concourse. Hayrides and an on-field costume parade are also in store. Free. 5:30 p.m. Spectrum Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. (727) 712-4300.

All Shallow Eves Horrorlarious Comedy Spookcase: Spend the holiday laughing it up at this wisecracking show. 8 p.m. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000.

Halloween in Old Northeast: The neighborhood behind Sunken Gardens throws this giant annual celebration showcasing open porches, trick-or-treating and elaborately decorated yards. Some streets are closed to traffic. Free. 6 p.m. 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 269-5521.

Halloween in the Park: Costumed kids are invited to follow the Treat Trail to gather donated by local businesses and community organizations. Refreshments, a costume contest, prizes and popcorn round out the highlights. Free. 6 p.m. England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 369-5746.

Downtown St. Pete Halloween Bar Crawl: You hop from pub to pub, and gain access to Novaween 13 and the Nightmare on First Avenue South block party. Expect free welcome shots and a free shotgun beer, as well as a costume contest, games and a raffle. $20 and up. 6 p.m. Park & Rec, 100 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 245-9100.

Sunset Cinema: Bring blankets and low-seating chairs to catch a showing of Robin Hood, rated PG-13. Free. 6:30 p.m. Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater. (727) 462-6466.

Winters Trick or Tweet: The third-floor classrooms offer fun activities like crafts, a slime station and games. You also get to meet rescued bats and all sorts of other critters. On select nights, hop aboard a boat for the Boo Cruise with on-board trick or treating. Included with admission. Runs through Sunday. $19.95 and up. 10 a.m. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage. (727) 441-1790.

Salsaween Masquerade Ball: Wear a Latin-themed costume to this Halloween bash with live music by Orchestra Fuego, a costume contest, a multicultural buffet, salsa lessons and dance performances. $15. 6:30 p.m. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. (727) 893-1070.

Gus Dapperton: The New York-based singer-songwriter and lover of synths and vocal reverb puts on a holiday show in support of his debut album, Where Polly People Go to Read. $18 and up. 7 p.m. The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-9500.

Angels and Demons Halloween Party: Good and evil face off during the costume contest for cash prizes. Free, food anddrink additional). 7 p.m. MacDintons, 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-8999.

Scream-A-Geddon: This spooky, monster-filled celebration features multiple scare zones, among them Bozos Beer Garden, Rage 3D, Demons Revenge, Blackpool Prison, Deadwoods and Infected: Ground Zero. Runs through Nov. 2. $21.95 and up. 7:30 p.m. 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. (813) 452-5412.

Howl-O-Scream: During the annual Halloween celebration, hop on thrill rides with zombies and goblins, tour haunted houses and walk through all sorts of scare zones. Runs select nights through Saturday. $39.99 and up. 7:30 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386.

St. Petersburg Ghost Tour: Costumed guides tell stories of wandering spirits, haunted mansions, phantom lovers and other Sunshine City mysteries on this candlelight stroll. $20, $12 ages 4-12, free for 3 and younger. 8 p.m. Sweet Divas Chocolates, 181 Fourth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-4678.

UNDead in the Water: Avoid being eaten by infected zombie stowaways at you traverse multiple decks of a World War II cargo ship, armed only with a blacklight flashlight. $15, $13 veterans/military. 8 p.m. American Victory Ship, 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 228-8766.

Chris Gorges: Originally from Boston, the comedian has appeared on Americas Funniest People and hosts the Double Special Show podcast. $20. 9:30 p.m. Coconuts Comedy Club, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.

Freak Show Halloween Party: Get sexy and creative with your costume for cash prizes during this celebration with $4 brain hemorrhage shots. No cover. 8 p.m. Yard of Ale, 406 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-4433.

Graveyard of Ale: Dress as frightful as you can for drink specials and a costume contest for cash prizes. No cover. 8 p.m. Yard of Ale, 260 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-2027.

Scary-oke Halloween Party: A karaoke costume party inviting you to scream or sing your heart out. Look forward to drink specials and prizes for Best Karaoke and Best Costume, too. No cover. 8 p.m. MacDintons, 242 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 201-9783.

Haunted Halloween Bash: Arrive in costume to compete for $100 while enjoying drink specials and a photo booth. Free. 8 p.m. Crafty Squirrel, 259 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. (727) 898-4888.

Here Come the Mummies: This costumed funk act performs alongside local funk group the Black Honkeys. $25. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.

Halloween Night: Make sure your costume is creative and danceable for an evening of music by Charles Machado and Mike Sklarz and a holiday-inspired drag show by Kori Stevens, Jade Embers, Esme Russell and Amanda DRhod. Cash prizes are on the line during the costume contest. No cover. 10 p.m. Bradleys on 7th, 1510 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 241-2723.

Halloween Bash with Morgan Page: The Grammy-nominated producer and DJ hosts this bash accompanied by a costume contest. $40. 10 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. (813) 627-7625.

Halloween Candy & Wine Pairing: This sampling matches spooky-themed wines with beloved chocolates that the holiday is known for. $25. 7 p.m. Seminole Heights Wine Bar, 6703 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 999-4966.

Halloween Light Show: A display of thousands of lights dancing to Halloween tunes as well as creepy effects. Benefits Clothes to Kids. Free, donations appreciated. 7:30 p.m. Sylvan Ramble Lights, 4412 W Sylvan Ramble St., Tampa. (813) 296-8805.

Superstore, 8 p.m., NBC: Amy revs up the stores Halloween spirit to impress the new district manager even setting up a haunted house that Glenn is terrified to enter. Meanwhile, Cheyenne and Mateo wonder if any of the Cloud 9 employees are capable of murder.

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