A few things recently seen and heard in the Gulfport area…Things are getting pretty spooky around Gulfport in advance of all the great Halloween celebrations this weekend in addition to everything else going on around town … Wear your dancing shoes to the Halloween Costume Ball with Swing Time at the Gulfport Casino at 7 p.m. on Wednesday October 26 … Manatees on the Bay starts off the holiday weekend with the Manatees Halloween Costume Party at 8 p.m. … Salty’s will host the third annual BOO Bash on Saturday October 29 at 9 p.m. …The same night Boca Bay Grille is having a Halloween Party with DJ Danny Vintage providing the music at 8 p.m. … Monster Mash III at the Gulfport Casino on October 29 from 7 pm to 9 p.m. will feature music and dancing plus costume contest, raffle prizes and food. Tickets are on sale at the Beach Bazaar, the Casino and the Town Shores office. Proceeds benefit the Gulfport Senior Center. … O’Maddy’s annual Halloween Party and costume contest begins at 10 p.m. on October 29 … Venice meets Gulfport at Pia’s Trattoria on Monday October 31 at 6 p.m. with 25 percent of proceeds being donated to Gulfport Neighbors … Also on October 29 is the Pet Halloween Contest Party at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. … The city of Gulfport will host an all-ages Trunk or Treat Bash at the Gulfport Recreation Center on Monday October 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. with carnival games, a costume contest, haunted house, Tot Boo Room and a snack shack. … Juniper, a Celtic/alternative folk duo, will perform a free concert at the Gulfport Public Library on October 27 at 7 p.m. … Artist Debbie Stevenson will be the next featured artist in the Adopt An Artist program at the Gulfport first Friday Art & Gallery Walk on November 4. Stevenson is sponsored by Dawn Marie of Art & Soul Art Classes at 5702 Gulfport Blvd. #5 … Voters have decided the theme of next year’s Gecko Ball: Geckostock, a celebration of the famed 1969 Woodstock Festival … Funky Town Boutique is moving to its new location at 3117 Beach Blvd. S. the first week of December. There is a moving sale until November 30 at the current location … The Catherine Hickman Theater presents a book signing and reception for Gulfport author Cathy Salustri’s book “Backroads of Paradise” on Friday November 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. Seen on a t-shirt: Don’t Boo, Vote.