Halloween activities

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  The official city time for trick-or-treating this year is Saturday Oct. 30, between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

n SVP presents 2nd Anuual Haunted Theater

Suwannee Valley Players proudly presents its 2nd annual Haunted Theater, "All Things Scary," Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 28-30.

Each room has been designed to bring the spectator a different thrill with monsters, vampires, spiders, clowns, zombies and more. If it's scary, it's at the Chief Theater. 

The haunting begins at 7:30 p.m. nightly.  Tickets are $3 each.  Proceeds benefit the Chief Theatre Beautification Project. The Chief Theater is located at 25 E. Park Ave., Chiefland. 

For more information, visit the website at www.svplayers.org or call 352-493-ARTS.  

Please remember, some content is not appropriate for children under 8 years of age.  Warning: Strobe lights and smoke machines are in use in several areas of the theater. 


n Haunted storytime at the St Clair Whitman House

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Cedar Key Museum State Park and The Cedar Key Museum St. Clair Whitman Citizen Support Organization are proud to present Haunted Storytime on Friday, Oct. 29.

Participants will enjoy an evening of family friendly stories on the spooky side. A professional storyteller will be on hand to offer ghoulish tales from the porch of the St. Clair Whitman House at the Cedar Key Museum State Park. 

Stories will start at 7 p.m. with the youngest audience in mind, and get spookier toward the end of the evening. A lawn chair is recommended.

For more information, call (352) 543-5567 or visit www.floridastateparks.org. If you require assistance in order to participate in this event, please inform park staff prior to the event.


n Fear Injection — The House of SEVEN!

Theatre Santa Fe presents a Halloween haunted house in the spirit of this horrific holiday.  Complete with a maze, lighting, special effects, music, and many ghoulish characters, this event is guaranteed to send chills up your spine!

This year's event, called "House of SEVEN,"  includes unique images and characters in seven separate chambers of horror--each one guaranteed to mesmerize with fear and bring you shaking to your knees. Be there and BE SCARED!

Parents be aware -- there will be graphic images depicted as part of this event. Strobes, fog, and sound effects will also be used. Use parental discretion for young children attending.

Fear Injection is 8 p.m.-midfright, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29-30, in Building S, rooms 29-30, on the Northwest campus, 3000 NW 83rd St. Admission is $4 for all students with I.D. (SF, UF, and high school students); $6  general public; $2 children under 12 (must be accompanied by an adult). 

For more information email Gregg Jones, Theatre Santa Fe advisor or email Sarah Emmets, Theatre Santa Fe president.

n Trick-Or-Treating at the Great American Cooter Festival

Bring your little ghosts, goblins and princesses to the Great American Cooter Festival on Sunday, October 31 for trick-or-treating.  Some of our vendors will be offering treats for those that come dressed in their Halloween costumes.  Visit the City of Inverness or the Chamber of Commerce Information Booth first for all the details.  The annual Cooterween Costume Contest will take place from Noon – 5 p.m. at Liberty Park in downtown Inverness. Trick-or-treating will take place from 1 – 4 p.m. Come out and celebrate Halloween at the Great American Cooter Festival, presented by the Citrus County Chronicle, on Saturday, October 30th from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, October 31 from Noon – 5 p.m.  This is a free, family fun event packed with things to do for the entire family!  For more information, visit the official City of Inverness Great American Cooter Festival website at www.cooterfestival.com or call the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce at 352-726-2801.


n Bronson’s 2nd Annual Pumpkin Festival

 Bronson holds its 2nd Annual Pumpkin Festival, a safe, family-friendly event, on Saturday Oct.30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bronson Sports Complex at 220 Picnic St.

A full day of family fun with free admission. The folks from the Hop Shop are bringing 10 super activities including a mechanical bull, water slide, joust game, bungee run, obstacle course, the velcro wall and much more. And you pay one time and the kids ride all day.  There will be arts and craft, food vendors and the famous Chamber Bake Sale.  A Haunted House will be open for scares and chills. All vendors will have candy for the kids to Trick or Treat at the end of the festival.

There will be live music with the Southland Band, Natalie Green and more as well as DJ Rodney cranking out some hits.

Contests this year include Best Costume Contest with several categories, Pumpkin Pie-Eating Contest, Pumpkin Carving Contest and Guess the Candy Corn in the Jar that pays $100 for the correct guess.   

Bronson’s 2nd Annual Pumpkin Festival is sponsored by the Bronson Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Town of Bronson.

For more information visit www.bronsoncoc.com.  


Note:  If you’d like to run an announcement about a Halloween activity, let us know by 5 p.m., Oct. 25.