Best entertainment bets in Bradenton: Zombie fest, haunted houses and more!

October 25, 2012 

BEST BETS

TODAY

The Powel Crosley Estate "House of Horrors": Powel Crosley Estate, One Seagate Drive, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Explore the ghastly and ghoulish as the Crosley Estate Foundation presents the "House of Horrors," based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe 7-11 p.m. Oct. 25, 30-31, and Nov. 2-4. Revelers will have the opportunity to tour 13 rooms of Gothic gore, creep through the Crosley Cemetery and squirm through terrifying performances as the Master of the Macabre himself recounts his hauntingly horrible tales in the Coffinbox Theater. Enjoy poisons and potions as well as a few snacks to nourish your courage as a cast of spooks and spirits accompany you through the nightmares and dreams of this horrible haunt. Tickets: $10 adults, $8 students and seniors. Information: 941-729-0177, ext. 243 or visit www.powelcrosleyestate.com.

Twisted Woods Haunted House: DeSoto Square mall, 303 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton

Twisted Terror and Quarante, two great haunts under one roof. Twisted Woods focuses on phobias, and while they do not promote gore in their houses, you will definitely be up for a scare. Hours: Dusk to midnight Oct. 26-31. Cost: $15. Information: www.twistedwoods.com.

FRIDAY

Hunsader's "Trail of Terror": Hunsader Farm, 5500 CR 675, Bradenton

Hunsader Farms "Trail of Terror" will be dusk to midnight Oct. 26-27 and 31. Come and get scared and be entertained by the Didgest Christ Superdrum Oct. 26-27 and 31. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission: $15. Parking: $2. Fast Pass: $40. Information: 941-726-5472.

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show": Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton

The Manatee Players will have two special showings of the cult movie classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," 11 p.m. Oct. 26-27. The audience can purchase "props" at the theater. Costumes and participation are encouraged. Tickets: $8. Information: 941-748-5875 or visit www.manateeplayers.com.

Hanbury Haunted Barn: 1703 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton

Be scared at the Hanbury Haunted Barn 7-10 p.m. Oct. 26-27. Entry: $5 donation per victim. All proceeds will benefit Gulf Shore Animal League. Information: 941-747-2284 or visit hanburyhauntedbarn.blogspot.com.

Dance Theatre of Bradenton "Carnival of Carnage" Haunted House: Behind Starbucks in the Sweetbay Shopping Plaza, 5505 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton

The Dance Theatre of Bradenton will hold a "Carnival of Carnage" Haunted House 7-midnight Oct. 26-28, and 7-10 p.m. Oct. 28. Admission: $7 adults, $5 students with valid ID and children ages 10 and younger. Proceeds will benefit the Dance Theatre of Bradenton. Information: Julia Krzyzewski 941-840-0863.

Sarasota Pumpkin Festival: Sarasota County Fairgrounds: 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

The annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival will be noon-10 p.m. Oct. 26-28 featuring more than 100 free shows, including trapeze shows, horse and bear shows, puppet shows, and demonstrations, business and craft vendors, pumpkin pie eating contest, pumpkin patch and maze, hay rides, amusement rides, carnival games, inflatables, pony rides, roaming street performers, face painting, live entertainment for the whole family and much more. A new haunted house is open 7 p.m.-midnight nightly for visitors ages 13 and older. The event is open to the public. Tickets: $5 in advance, $7 at the door, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-365-0818 or visit www.sarasotapumpkinfestival.com.

SATURDAY

DeSoween V: "Trail of Haunted Legends": DeSoto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton

Come to De Soto National Memorial 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 for the DeSoween V, featuring a family friendly spooky trail walk on "Trail of the Haunted Legends." Intrepid explorers and rangers join participants as they investigate Florida's greatest mysteries and may encounter the haunted guardians of De Soto's fabled sunken gold ship, including the dreaded Skunk Ape. All activities are designed with a family atmosphere in mind and are free. The event is suitable for children and adults of all ages. Information: 941-792-0458 or visit www.nps.gov/deso.

Zombie Fest 4: Old Main Street, Bradenton

The fourth annual Zombie Fest is scheduled for 5-10 p.m. Oct. 27. The historic downtown street will close to vehicular traffic at 2:30 p.m. between Manatee to Third avenues. Dress up in a Halloween costume or stop by Classic Ink, 306 Old Main St., where professional artists will be decorating guests in zombie makeup for a $20 donation. Classic Ink's "Zombification Station" opens at 1 p.m. Saturday (941-747-1700).

Second annual International Beer Festival: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

The second annual International Beer Festival will be 5-9 p.m. Oct. 27. There are three different ticket levels: Bronze Level, includes unlimited craft and specialty samples: $25. Silver Level, includes unlimited craft and specialty samples and full size domestic beer; $35. VIP Level, includes a one-hour pre-party at Polo Grill with unlimited food, select seasonal and craft beers, unlimited craft and specialty samples and full size domestic beers in a collective Tervis Tumbler. Beer sampling starts at 5 p.m. Food from local Lakewood Ranch restaurants, as well as a variety of fine wines, will be available for purchase. There will be a Halloween costume contest and entertainment will be provided by Pitbull Toddler. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Manatee county. For a full list of activities and other information, visit www.lakewoodranch.com.

Hunsader Farms' 21st annual Pumpkin Festival: 5500 County Road 675, Bradenton

In addition to the greatest pumpkin selection in the region, entertainment includes the top bird act and a BMX bike stunt show, both from the popular TV program "America's Got Talent." Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27-28. There are also numerous other live music and variety acts, 100-plus craft booths, the charity pumpkin games, the pioneer trades village, hayrides, pony rides, chainsaw sculptor, corn maze, scarecrow displays, rock climbing wall, power jump, petting zoo, barnyard playground, face painting, children's train ride, a juggler, butterfly experience and the frog jumping championship. There are food vendors galore, too, including popular staples such as fresh produce, homemade ice cream, farm roasted sweet corn and, yes, pumpkin pie. Admission: $8; children age 12 and under are free. Parking is $5. Information: 941-322-2168 or www.hunsaderfarms.com.

"Wild-O-Ween" Festival: Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary will host an exciting, but not scary, kid-friendly "Wild-O-Ween" Festival 12:30-4 p.m. Oct. 27-28. Family fun includes visiting with the Habitat's exotic and other animals. Attendees are invited to bring pumpkins and watermelons to toss in for the bears to play with. Refreshments are available for purchase. Donation: $15 adults, $7 children ages 12 and younger. Information: 941-371-6377.

SUNDAY

Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions; Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa

The 2012 Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions will be 6 p.m. Oct. 28 featuring top performing gymnasts including members of the men's and women's 2011 World Championships and 2012 Olympic teams, along with past Olympians and U.S. medalists. Tickets: $25-$200. Information: tampabaytimesforum.com.

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