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Get Spooked This Weekend!

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It's Halloween season, so it's time to get your scare on! If you're looking for chills and thrills, check out this weekend's offerings in Seminole County.

With Halloween right around the corner, local arts venues are hoping to entice audiences with entertainment that's a bit spooky – or even downright creepy. If you're looking for chills and thrills, check out this weekend's offerings in Seminole County:

Thursday, October 19

  • A screening of Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "The Birds," at 7:26 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, at 201 South Magnolia Avenue in Sanford. In this 1963 horror flick, birds inexplicably begin launching attacks on humans.

The theater and the city of Sanford are presenting the film as part of their "Movie Classics on Magnolia" series. Tickets are $5 cash at the door.  For details, go to

Saturday, October 21

  • Shriekfest Orlando, a film festival showcasing indie horror and sci-fi movies, from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, October 21, also at the Wayne Densch theater in Sanford. The festival will showcase 35 short films from moviemakers in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

The festival was founded and is directed by Lake Mary resident Denise Gossett, an actress who has worked in movies and television for more than 20 years. An all-day pass is $25. Or, tickets to four separate blocks of films are available for $8 each. For details, go to or

Saturday, October 21

  • Phantasmagoria will present an intriguing mix of performance art and spine-tingling stories on Saturday, October 21, at the Lake Mary Museum, at 158 North Country Club Road. Phantasmagoria is a unique steampunk storytelling troupe comprised of professional performers.



"A Magical Evening at the Enchanted Museum" will run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m, with the first performance at 6:30 p.m. and the last show at 8:30 p.m.

Inside the museum, three actors will enchant audiences with a combination of macabre poetry by Edgar Allan Poe and ghost stories that have their roots in local lore. Then, patrons will step outside to view belly dancing, fire dancing, and sword swallowing acts.  


Tickets are $7 per performance for adults and $5 for children ages 7 and up. Children under age 7 will not be admitted. For reservations or details, call 407-585-1481 or visit


Saturday, October 21

  • Spooky Star Party! The Emil Buehler Planetarium is very proud to host the inaugural "Spooky Star Party!" on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. Join for an evening of celestial observation, tales from the night sky, science demonstrations, and of course...candy! Dress up in your Halloween best, and kids get ready for the children's costume contest!

Like at all planetarium star parties, admission to the event is completely free! All activities, including the "Into The West" planetarium presentation in the star party, are included.
There will be plenty of space in the star party area for visitors to bring chairs and blankets. The event will take place in the faculty and staff parking lot adjacent to building B and the planetarium, just off College Drive on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

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