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Halloween happenings in Pasco and Hernando counties

From family events that include games and trick-or-treating for the young ones to spine-tingling haunted houses for thrill-seekers to costume contests for pets, there is plenty to do this Halloween season in Pasco and Hernando counties:

Scream-A-Geddon: 7:30 p.m. daily through Nov. 3, at 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. Features numerous haunted attractions spread across 60 acres. New this year is Rage 3D, Demon's Revenge and Zombie Paintball Assault, in which participants hunt, shoot and "kill" zombies. Tickets vary $19.95-$39.95; There is an additional $9.95-$19.95 for the paintball assault. Call (813) 452-5412. Visit screamageddon.com.

Halloween Spooky Train: Sunset Ride (good for all ages) is 6 to 7 p.m., Fright Rides (with scary effects and live actors) run from 7:15 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 27 at The Concourse, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. $3 per ride; ages 1 and younger free. Call (727) 639-7639. theconcourse.org.

Escape the Box - Live Halloween Edition: Halloween escape room from Oct. 19-31 at Time Trap Escape Room, 8042 Old County Road 54, New Port Richey. Open 6 to 11:50 p.m. Fridays, noon to 11:50 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 4:30 p.m. Sundays; also 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25, and 6:30 to 11 p.m. daily Oct. 29-31. Featuring a live character option. Perfect for up to four people. $25 per person. Call (813) 279-1064. escapetimetrap.com.

Halloween Haunted House: Opens at 7 p.m. Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27 at Hernando Historical Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. Roam all three floors and the attic of one of the oldest restored houses in Brooksville, then exit through several scare zones. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Younger children can enjoy a children's maze, games, trick-or-treating, stories and marshmallow roasting around a fire pit. Hot dogs, soda, water and homemade baked goods available for purchase. Last ticket sold at 11 p.m. Admission to the outdoor festival is free. Cost to enter the haunted house is $7 adults, $5 ages 11 and younger, $1 children's maze. Call (352) 835-1535.

Darker 48 Upside Down Haunted House: Opens at 8 p.m. nightly Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 25-27 at Marker 48 Brewing, 12147 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. A family-friendly haunted house will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 31. All dates, except Oct. 31, are for adults 18 and older only. VIP nights will be Oct. 18 and 25, and include commemorative glass, drink ticket, longer haunted house experience and photos with cast and crew. All proceeds benefit the Arc Nature Coast, United Way of Hernando County, Children's Advocacy Center of Hernando County and National Alliance on Mental Illness Hernando. $10 general admission, $25 VIP nights. Call (352) 606-2509.

Spooky Tails: Noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 20, at Parwick Kennels, 22129 Carson Drive, Land O' Lakes. Halloween party and pet costume contest to benefit Pasco County Sheriff's K-9 Unit Retirement Fund. The costume contest starts at 1:30 p.m. Includes food, music and games. Free admission. Call (813) 480-0811. Visit pasco-k9-fundraiser.com.

Mutt Strut: 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. Hosted by San Francis Veterinary Hospital Acupuncture and Laser Center, the event includes a dog costume contest and parade. The parade starts at 4:30 p.m. Dogs on leashes are welcome with their owners to participate in contest and parade. Prizes for top three costumes. Donations accepted to benefit Angel Fund. Free admission. Call (352) 848-0940.

Haunted Marmion: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25 at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo. All floors of Marmion-Snyder Hall will be transformed into a Stranger Things-themed haunted house. Trick-or-treating will be on two floors. There will be games, crafts and other activities in the Lion's Den for those not participating in the haunted house or trick-or-treating. Free, but please donate a nonperishable food item at check-in for a local food bank. Call (352) 588-8651. saintleo.edu.

Trunk or Treat Festival: 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26, Benes Career Academy parking lot, 698 S Broad St., Brooksville. Vendors will be set up throughout the parking lot with decorated trunks and candy. With face painting, bounce houses, carnival games and refreshments available. This is a fundraising event to benefit Eckerd Connects Youth Alternatives. Call (352) 593-2259.

Dade Battlefield Halloween Event: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 26-27, Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. Featuring the Scouts' Toxic Waste Trail and "Creepy Carnival Comes to Dade," with a haunted trail and side shows. Free parking. Admission is $3; free for children younger than 6. Tickets for games, food and crafts are 50 cents each or 13 for $5. Call (352) 793-4781.

Halloween in the Gardens: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 27 at Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. Dress in costume and enjoy refreshments, games and prizes in the gardens. Costume contest for two age categories: ages 2-6, and ages 7 and older. Free. Call (352) 683-9933. naturecoastgardens.com.

Spook-tacular: 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27, at Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. Two scare levels to choose from. Ages 12 and younger can stroll through a Hocus Pocus-themed trail. Braver souls of all ages can take a Jeepers Creepers-themed haunted hay ride and try their chances in the indian corn maze. 6-11 p.m. $5. (352) 567-0262. pioneerfloridamuseum.org.

Spooktacular: 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at Avalon Park West Community Center, 5227 Autumn Ridge Drive, Wesley Chapel. Wear a costume for a spooky night of haunted houses, costume parades, food and music. Free admission. Call (813) 783-1515.

Halloween Howl: 4 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27, throughout historic downtown Zephyrhills (along Fifth Avenue). Main Street Zephyrhills presents this event that includes food and merchandise vendors, games, a safe trick-or-treat zone, hay rides, haunted house and other activities. Free. Call (813) 780-1414.

Wesley Chapel Fall Festival: 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27-28, at the Grove at Wesley Chapel, Wesley Grove Boulevard, Wesley Chapel. Oct. 26 will be a Glow Party. Oct. 27 and 28 includes live musical entertainment, pumpkin patch and various activities. On Oct. 27 there will be a pet costume contest at 11 a.m., and Trunk or Treat at 4 p.m. with prizes for best trunks and best costumes. On Oct. 28, there will be the Lil Miss and Mr. Pumpkin Pageant starting at 11 a.m. Free admission and parking. Call (727) 674-1464 or email sonya@simplyeventsfl.com.

St. Mark's Trunk or Treat: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31, St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson. Call (727) 863-5646.

Trick or Treat Downtown New Port Richey: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Downtown merchants invite families to dress up and stop by for candy and other treats. Journey Church will provide sidewalk games and activities for little ones along Main Street. A walking map will be made available prior to Oct. 27 at RockTheBoatFL.com and facebook.com/rocktheboatproductions, or available at participating locations.

Brooksville Elks Halloween Party: 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31, Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Open to the public. Costumes are encouraged. Karaoke by Terry Campbell. Admission is $5, includes finger foods; or $1 and bring a covered dish. Call (352) 799-7148.

Contact Phyllis Day at pday@tampabay.com or (727) 869-6235.

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