Today's best bets for entertainment in Manatee-Sarasota: Oct. 26

October 26, 2012 

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:

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

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

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

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