Your Where to Be on Halloween In Brandon, FL

To help you find local Halloween events in Brandon, Riverview, Apollo Beach, and other close by areas in Tampa Bay, John Soliman & Associates have compiled two lists. One for family-kid friendly events and the other for Adult events. Stay safe this Halloween!

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Brandon, FL area events:

-October 31st starting at 6:00pm
Trick or Treat at Brandon Westfield
Brandon Westfield Town Center Mall Brandon : 459 Brandon Town Center, Brandon, 33511
Features store to store safe trick-or-treating.
Price: Free

Tampa, FL area events:

-October 30th, 31st, November 1st Starting at 7:30pm: This is the last weekend to catch Howl-O-Scream 2014!

-October 31st @ 4:30
Halloween Spree
Glazer Children’s Museum Downtown Tampa : 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602
Safe trick-or-treating, costume parade, story time, dancing to music by DJ Jake Dela Cruz, pumpkin carving, games and prizes
Price: $8, $6.50 members.

-October 31@7pm
Lowry Park Zoo – 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604
Haunted houses and trails for older zoo-goers, costumed characters, boo houses and seasonal lights for little ones. Also unlimited zoo rides in the dark.
Price: Contact the park or visit their website at:

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Apollo Beach, FL area events: 

-October 31st starting at 6:30pm
5th Annual Halloween Costume Party
Circles Waterfront Restaurant – 1212 Apollo Beach Blvd., Apollo Beach, 33572
Drag queen entertainer Nae Nae hosts this adult only Halloween party with music by DJ DJD2, holiday inspired drink specials and a costume contest for cash prizes, gift cards and wine. Music stops at 1 a.m. (Information provided by Tampa Bay Times)
Price: Free

Tampa, FL area events: 

-October 31st starting at 5:00pm
Nocturnal’s Halloween Bash
Hogan’s Beach – 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, FL 33607
The scariest part of this Friday party at Hogan’s Beach is that it’s ’90s-themed, and we’re pretty sure our fashion choices will come back to haunt us, just like headliner Vanilla Ice. (Information provided by Tampa Bay Times)
Price: $13.50-$25. (813) 281-8900.

-October 31st starting at 7:00pm
“Hallowine” Party
Vintage Wine Cellars – 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, 33609
Trick or Treat like a grown up! Feel free to show up in costume as they treat you to 10 beguiling beverages with no tricks. Reservations to join this high-spirited haunt are appreciated and can be made by calling 813-879-2931. Wine list is also available on their site by clicking here –  Vintage Wine Cellars

-October 31st at 10:00pm
Amphitheatre Ybor City – 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City, 33605
Legendary producer Figure brings us this terrifying party that combines hardcore, electric punk/rock and dance mixes with random clips of horrific scenes from movies or videos. 18 and older only. RSVP on Facebook #TERRORVISION
Price: $18.39-$24.

-October 31st at 10:00pm
Monster Ball
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – 5223 Orient Road, Tampa, FL 33610
Hosted by Brian Fink 93.3FLZ 
- Tampa’s Hottest Halloween Party 
Featuring Kaya Jones formerly of  the Pussycat Dolls Performing Live!
* $1000 Costume CONTEST 
* Monster Mash-up Mixes by DJ Barry Carew, Santana and TQuest
* Performances by the Devilish Shine Dance Girls
* Full Color Laser Light Show 
* Extra Lighting and Haunting Decor added for your screams! Tickets available at –  online reservations or call 1-866-388-4263

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Tarantula Dog Costume Unleashed on Strangers

If you haven’t seen the video that went viral with the dog in the tarantula costume, it’s a must see!

With Halloween just a few days away, every horror movie has been playing for the last two weeks, you can’t eat one more candy corn and I know your sick of all the Pumpkin flavored treats out there. Why not have a laugh! The trend of everyone dressing up their furry family friends, this one takes the cake. The costume isn’t only what makes this video hilarious it’s combined with the production, music, along with props that are staged to scare these poor by-standards.  Their reactions are priceless!

By far one of the funniest Halloween pranks in good spirits.

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Keep Your Happy Little Pumpkin From Becoming A Fire Hazard

You took the perfect family outing to the harvest festival. You had the little one pick out the perfect pumpkin. If your kido is anything like mine, you probably paid for more than one, as mine decided to demonstrate where Smashing Pumpkins got their band name.

Now you have your perfect pumpkin at home and you haven’t quiet decided how to carve it yet. Do you go big or go home? Get the Dremel out with the 14 different heads you have purchased for this exact moment? Do you go for the Darth Vader pumpkin or do you play by the rules and go for the basic jack-o-lantern to make your kid remember his happy little pumpkin? Come on he is only 1, he will love that Darth Vader’s eyes glow with the candle light flickering!DarthVader - Awesome Squidoo You have stayed up all night and it doesn’t look anything close to Darth Vader, but hey, your kid will love it either way.

Before you head outside and light that candle inside the pumpkin, reconsider a battery operated flickering candle. This will reduce the risk of your pumpkin becoming a fire hazard. This prevents kids brushing up against the pumpkin with their costumes possibly exposing them to the flame of a candle and possibly being injured. Other tips we found from the National Fire Protection Associations (NFPA):

Download these NFPA safety tips for Halloween(PDF, 348 KB)

Tips from the National Fire Protection Associations (NFPA)

  • When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If you are making your own costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
  • Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candles in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)
  • Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.
  • If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.
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404 York Dale Drive Ruskin FL 33579
                     404 York Dale Drive Ruskin FL 33579

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93 Year Old Tampa Bay Woman Wins Powerlifting Medal

What an amazing story! At 93 years old Edith Traina, the oldest competitor in the 2014 Polk Senior Games performed her 135lb Gold Medal Winning Dead lift.

Original article below is from BayNews9 -

Woman wins powerlifting medal at 93 years old

A Bay area powerlifter is turning heads at the gym.

Edith Traina is pumping iron at 93 years old. She won a gold medal after competing recently in the senior games of Hillsborough County.

Traina said she loves the attention, but it’s really no big deal.

“I always get a big round of applause,” Traina said. “Everybody thinks its amazing and truthfully I don’t. I do not think there’s anything amazing about it.”

Traina started powerlifting two years ago. Her friend, 73-year-old Carmen Gutwirth, convinced her to take it on.

“I said, ‘do you want to do powerlifting?’ She said, ‘not especially, no,'” Gutwirth said.

Traina agreed.

“I was inclined like a lot of other people to say — 91, why would I want to do that,” Traina said.

Now, the sport helps Traina stay energetic and focused. Traina added it’s also great for her ego.

“Powerlifting, I discovered all I need to do is go to the bar, do a lift, I get all the applause, I take a bow and I go off the stage,” she laughed.

Traina just hopes other women her age will give the sport a try. She said she really wants some competition.

We at John Soliman & Associates salute Ms. Edith Traina and were inspired by her drive for life!

Photo Credit to CrossFit Fenrir


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