Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer

Sharon Kennedy Wynne is a Tampa Bay Times writer and editor who focuses mostly on events and fun Things to Do. A lifelong St. Petersburg resident, she has been a journalist since 1988 and joined her hometown Times in 1994. She is married and has two sons.

A punk vampire seen at Vamp 85, a New Year\u2019s Eve-themed vampire haunt at Universal Studios\u2019 Halloween Horror Nights. (Universal Studios)

Halloween Horror Nights, Howl-O-Scream look to the '80s and classics for horror nostalgia

A thin guy with perfectly Purple Rain era Prince curly mullet hair, blood dripping from his mouth to the front of his puffy shirt, struts past a group of theme park guests onto the streets of "New York City."
Published: 09/18/18
Busch Gardens
For a second year, Busch Gardens offers Halloween fun for Sesame Street Weekends during the day for the little ones every weekend in October. There will be crafts, trick-or-treating and a character parade Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 6-28. New this year is a live show starring Count von Count that debuts Oct. 6.
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Where to find kid-friendly, not-so-scary Halloween fun

Spare the gore and take the kids to these family-friendly Halloween parties planned at theme parks and attractions in the coming weeks.Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writerCreatures of the Night at ZooTampa...
Published: 09/18/18
A movie still from 1985\u2019s \u201CBack to the Future\u201D starred Christopher Lloyd, left, and Michael J. Fox star. Lloyd canceled his weekend appearance at MegaCon Tampa Bay citing \u201Ccommitments in his production schedule.\u201D
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Christopher Lloyd cancels MegaCon Tampa Bay appearance this weekend

Sorry, Back to the Future and Taxi fans, actor Christopher Lloyd has canceled his appearance this weekend at MegaCon Tampa Bay, the celebrity-studded fan fest at the Tampa Convention Center.
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/18/18
Earlier this summer, Busch Gardens filmed a commercial for Howl-O-Scream that followed along as a zombie and two actors rode together on SheiKra, one of Florida's most frightening roller coasters. (Busch Gardens/YouTube)

Actor in Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream commercial projectile vomits on SheiKra and it's no act

One of the most popular features of Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream, the annual scarefest that opens next Friday, is that you never know when a ghoul will show up next to you on the roller coasters. Some will even be on the trams that run from the...
Published: 09/14/18
US actor Nick Cannon poses upon arrival for the screening of the film \u201CChi-Raq\u201D presented out of competition at the 66th Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin on February 16, 2016. / AFP / John MACDOUGALL        (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Top things to do this weekend: Nick Cannon's Wild'N Out Live, Halloween Horror Nights opens and more

The top things to do this weekend in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and beyond.
Published: 09/14/18
Busch Gardens reveals plans for Tigris, Florida's tallest launch roller coaster

Busch Gardens reveals plans for Tigris, Florida's tallest launch roller coaster

Busch Gardens will open Florida’s tallest launch coaster in spring 2019, company officials announced Wednesday. The triple-launch, tiger-themed roller coaster called Tigris will hurl riders 150 feet into the sky, turn them upside down and swirl...
Published: 09/12/18
Warner Bros.
WaWarnerr\u201CBatman: Dark Knight Returns\u201D is one of the animated shows that will be available on DC Universe when it launches on Batman Day. (Warner Bros.) 1239772

5 things to do under $5 this week: Batman Day, WMNF open house, National Gymnastics Day

1 Batman Day: Wham! Bam! Saturday is Batman Day! The promotional gimmick from DC Comics will have a huge video component this year (to tie in with the launch of new streaming service DC Universe).
Published: 09/12/18
The caretaker of these famous cats Cole, top, and Marmalade, will be at the first KittyCon Tampa Bay on Oct. 27. Tampa  resident Chris Poole will be among the speakers at this fan convention for cat lovers. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]

Tampa’s first KittyCon is coming, and cat lovers are purring

Kitten Lady and the owners of Cole & Marmalade will be at KittyCon.
Published: 09/11/18
Top things to do this week: Meet ‘Gator Boys’ star, marijuana doc premiere, WMNF birthday

Top things to do this week: Meet ‘Gator Boys’ star, marijuana doc premiere, WMNF birthday

Our editors' picks for events this weekend.
Published: 09/07/18
Scare Actor Victor Guerrero poses for a photo at  ZooTampa at Lowry Park during their halloween themed Creatures of the Night event in Tampa.   [Friday, October 14, 2016] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

ZooTampa adds more tricks, treats to Creatures of the Night Halloween party

ZooTampa at Lowry Park is bringing back its nighttime Halloween party, Creatures of the Night, adding this year some new scare zones for older kids, animal shows and some devilish food. On Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 5 to Oct. 27, the zoo...
Published: 09/07/18