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Quick Picks: Chilling choices for your Halloween

Enjoy the chills and thrills of All Hallows’ Eve with Scene & Heard’s picks for a ghoulish good time.


Halloween Ghost Ship RAW

You won’t find any cheesy costumes or staged spooky moments here. Tour the American Victory Ship, which returned from the Korean War in 1952 transporting 134 deceased soldiers, and make up your own mind whether paranormal experts are correct in declaring the boat haunted.

Time: opens at 7:30 p.m.

Location: SS American Victory, 705 Channelside Drive

Price: $10 available on the ship or at



Enjoy a 2,000-square-foot haunted house with disc jockey areas and participate in a costume contest for your chance to win $4,000 in prizes.

Time: starts at 9 p.m.

Location: Jackson’s Bistro Restaurant, 601 S. Harbour Island Blvd.

Price: $15-$25 general; $25-$35 VIP




This year is the 25th annual Guavaween celebration, so come prepared to celebrate a quarter century worth of wild costumes, lewd behavior and lots of drinking. If you are new to the area, Guavaween is not for the faint-of-heart with festivities including live music, a parade and a costume contest.

Time: starts at 3 p.m.

Location: Downtown Ybor City

Price: $17



Halloween Horror Nights XX

Sunday is the last night for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. Celebrate your Halloween in style with a whole horror trove of haunted houses, scare zones and live shows.

Time: opens at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Universal Studios, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando, Fla.

Price: $39.99 with a valid UPC from specially-marked Coke products or cups from Burger King



Get in the last frights of the season with Busch Garden’s annual scare-fest. This year is a truly frightening theme: psycho-killer ex-girlfriends!

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave.

Price: $39.95 when you buy in advance online