Weekend Top 10: Last Halloween Gasp, Witchy Stevie Nicks, Crosswords, and Verdi’s Macbeth

Hope everyone has had an eerily good October so far. The weather is fine, and the build-up to Halloween culminates this weekend, but there is always so much to choose from in Tampa Bay. Get out there and enjoy.

Newly Opened

Color Abstractions 1989-2021 – Works by Ken Falana
Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, St. Pete

Ken Falana

Ken Falana describes himself as a colorist whose strongest inspiration for his images and color is based on remembered experiences of growing up in rural Central Florida and the Gulf Coast. His works of art span over 60 years, from early works that include a series of silkscreen and collage prints that commented on the Civil Rights movement of the sixties to realistic graphite drawings. Stop in to see this body of important work.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 12-5pm More information here


Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks MIDFLORIDA Ampitheatre
at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa

The bewitching Stevie Nicks is the perfect musical note to strike on this halloween holiday weekend. Her classic vocals and her prolific songwriting are the soundtrack of a generation. An opportunity to see her is always one that should be taken.
October 28th 8pm Tickets and information here.


Halloween Hustle
Sloppy Joe’s on the Beach Treasure Island Florida

Courtesy of Waves & Bilmar Beach Resort

Enjoy a “Ghoulish Good Time” on the beach and run for a good cause. It’s the annual Halloween Hustle 5k Fun Run and Kid’s Dash, followed by the MONSTER BASH. There’s an after party at Waves at the Bilmar, and even a beach clean-up for your environmentally responsible side. Costumes are encouraged and there will be contests and prizes. Funds will benefit the Treasure Island Chamber and the Beaches Environmental Action.
October 29th 9am Register here

Halloween Crossword Solving Contest
Pickford Sundries, Tampa

Merl Reagle

Calling all crossword puzzles lovers!!! Pickford’s Sundries is having a spooktacular puzzle breakfast featuring Merl Reagle crosswords and hosted by Bridget Bean. Merl Reagle’s puzzles enjoy a huge public following as they have appeared in many national publications. It’s sure to be a fun challenge for all. Stop by the store this weekend and the rest of the month to buy your ticket and reserve your spot. October 29th 12-2pm Reserve your spot here

3rd Annual “La Luchaween”
The Palladium, St. Pete

Courtesy of The Palladium

Just a reminder about this very cool event: Classic silent horror films are shown in historic Hough hall, while your favorite local jazz trailblazers, La Lucha, provide the score. Guest host for the evening is our very own resident movie star, Eugenie Bondurant, who appears in the upcoming Marvel horror film Werewolf by Night. She’ll guide us through the evening with camp-like Elvira realness, and then head downstairs to Side Door Cabaret for a fabulous after party. October 29th 7pm Tickets and information here

Friday & Saturday

Read No More: St. Pete Murder Murder House – Wordier Than Thou
Undisclosed location (until after ticket purchase)

I have written and performed for this event, and I can tell you, it’s an incredibly entertaining experience. Tour a series of short, scary plays to learn about the hauntings and history of the St. Pete Murder House. Attendees will tour a St. Pete home where each room will feature a short scary play produced by teams of local writers and actors in this Wordier Than Thou take on the classic haunted house. These are immersive, walking appropriate for ages 13 and older. The home’s address will be shared after tickets are purchased.No refunds. Tickets can be exchanged for a different date/time if space is still available.
October 28th-29th @6,7,8, and 9pm on the hour (approx 45 min ) Tickets and information here


Steinway Piano Series: Ghadeer Abaido
USF Barness Recital Hall, Tampa

Beautiful Music is something we all need. The USF Steinway Series is an inspired way to meet that need. Palestinian pianist Ghadeer Abaido performs a multimedia recital inspired by childhood themes, with music by Stravinsky, Schumann, Liszt, Hiromi, Matt Mason, and Stormtrap Asifeh.
October 30th 4pm More Information here.

Saturday & Sunday

Pied Piper’s Haunted Carnival Works
Armature Works, Tampa

Courtesy of Pied Piper Productions

Come one, come all to the 2nd Annual Haunted Carnival Experience! With 300,000 square feet of terrifying Carnival Rides and Nostalgic Sugary Eats like cotton candy, funnel cakes, and elephant ears. It will be an experience like none other. Come early with the fam and take a photo on the Ferris Wheel or Merry-go-round with downtown Tampa in the background.
October 28th-30th 4-10pm Tickets and information here.


Verdi’s Macbeth (in 90 minutes)
Moccasin Lake Nature Park, Clearwater

Courtesy of Moccasin Lake Nature Park

It’s the opening weekend of this long anticipated classical concert series in a beautiful park setting. Experience one of the greatest stories ever told and retold, based on historic Scottish characters, explained in a pre-performance lecture by the Scottish American Society of Dunedin.  Sung in Italian with English explanation throughout with a Q&A after the performance with the panel & performers.
October 30th 4:30pm More information here.

And Finally….

Halloween on Central
Central Ave., St. Pete

Courtesy of Halloween on Central

Last year’s inaugural event was so successful, that Halloween on Central is back once again. It’s two miles of tricks, treats, activities, vendors, and entertainment. This family friendly, car-free Halloween market covers 22 blocks in the Edge and Central districts, with special events happening at many participating businesses. Car traffic will be diverted, so stroll at your leisure, and ensure safe trick or treating for the kids. It’s a great way to spend Halloween Day with the family.
October 30th 12-5pm More information here

Have fun and stay safe out there.