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11 Halloween Events To Attend In Broward County This Year

It’s time to get spooky! This Halloween, Broward County is celebrating throughout October with costume contests, themed cocktails, family friendly get-togethers and late-night parties. 

Dig up your favorite costume and get ready to celebrate over the next few weeks because many of this year’s happening will take place before Oct. 31, including a Cher-themed tribute party, the Signature Grand Ghoul in Davie and a Wizard of Oz-inspired bar event.

Signature Grand Ghoul in Davie

Signature Grand Ghoul
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The 17th annual Signature Grand Ghoul returns Oct. 29, transforming the Signature Grand into a spooky mansion complete with food, cocktails, an open bar and live music. Dress in your favorite costume and mingle with locals, celebrities and former athletes. Plus, one lucky winner will be crowned for the people’s choice costume contest.

6900 W. State Road 84, Davie; 954.424.4000; 211-broward.org

Night of 1,000 Chers Halloween Extravaganza 

Night of 1,000 Chers Halloween Extravaganza
Photo courtesy of W Fort Lauderdale

Channel your inner Goddess of Pop and rock the night away at W Fort Lauderdale’s Night of 1,000 Chers, the ultimate Halloween tribute to Cher. Happening on Oct. 27, guests will dress up in Cher-inspired costumed with contests for Best Decade Look and Best Tour Look. Plus, the hotel’s AWAY Spa will have a glam bar with specialists to help guests perfect their Cher looks. The beat goes on from 9 p.m. to midnight as DJ Barry Harris spins Cher’s top hits throughout the evening. In addition, keep an eye out for a special Cher drag performance by Michael Dean, and stick around to win Cher concert tickets, which will be given out every hour to a few lucky attendees. 

401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.414.8200; 1000chers.eventbrite.com

Halloween “Yappy” Hour at Portico Beer & Wine Garden

Portico Beer & Wine Garden
Photo courtesy of Portico Beer & Wine Garden

Celebrate Halloween with your pup at the Diplomat Beach Resort’s Portico Beer & Wine Garden. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31, slip on a costume and visit the waterfront restaurant for a themed party complete with $5 food, drinks and liquor-based cocktails. Plus, enter your pup in the Canine and Companions Costume Contest, where the most creative dog costume will win.

3460 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood; 954.602.8761; porticohollywood.com

Halloween Beach Party at ETARU

Halloween Beach Party at ETARU
Photo courtesy of ETARU Hallandale

Spend Halloween on the sand at ETARU Hallandale. The Asian-inspired restaurant will host a family friendly party at its downstairs beach bar on Oct. 31. Beginning at 4 p.m., stroll through the restaurant’s one-night-only haunted house, and enjoy cocktails and small bites at happy hour pricing until 8 p.m.  

111 S. Surf Road, Hallandale; 954.271.3222; etarurestaurant.us

Trick or Treat on Second Street

On Oct. 27, Bring the kids to this free Halloween event at Esplanade Park. Expect bounce houses, carnival games, face painting, costume parades and contests, and of course, lots of candy.

400 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.828.7275; fortlauderdale.gov

Spooky Halloween Dance Party

Hosted at Bass Park, this family friendly Halloween event on Oct. 25 will include games, arts and crafts, live music, dancing, themed food and more. It’s free and open to the public, but food and drink is pay as you go.

2750 NW 19th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954.828.7275; fortlauderdale.gov

Yaalloween at Young At Art Museum 

Young At Art Museum
Photo courtesy of Young At Art Museum

Dress in costume for a spooky evening at the Young At Art Museum from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 26. The museum-wide party will feature Halloween-themed art and music activities, a monster mash-up dance party, a costume parade with a contest and more. Admission costs $12 for Broward County residents, $14 for non-residents and $11 for military members and their immediate families.

751 SW 121st Ave., Davie; 954.424.0085; youngatartmuseum.org

Halloween Night at Lona Cocina Tequileria 

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Photo courtesy of Lona Cocina Tequileria

All night long on Halloween, hang out at Lona Cocina Tequileria and sip on $10 hickory-smoked margaritas. Stick around for a costume contest, where one winner will receive a weekend stay at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach with dinner for two at Lona. 

321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.245.3069; lonarestaurant.com

Halloween Escape Rooms Experience at Xtreme Action Park

Xtreme Action Park
Photo courtesy of Xtreme Action Park

Through the month of October, enjoy an all-new Halloween-inspired escape room at Xtreme Action Park. Offered every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7 p.m. until close, the experience is complete with live actors portraying eerie characters from each of the room’s storylines: Two-Thirty-Nine, Dine at Dusk and Geneva Trail. Each game is ideal for groups of four to 10 players, challenging participants through a series of mind-bending riddles to ultimately uncover the mystery and escape the room within 60 minutes. Entrance costs $40. The Halloween-edition escape room will also be available all day on Oct. 31.

5300 S. Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale; 954.491.6265; xtremeactionpark.com

Emerald City-Themed Halloween Party at Brimstone Woodfire Grill 

Brimstone Woodfire Grill
Photo courtesy of Brimstone Woodfire Grill

Lions, tigers and bears. Oh my! On Oct. 27, follow the yellow brick road to Brimstone Woodfire Grill in Pembroke Pines for a Halloween-themed evening. Sip on wicked drink specials all night long and join a live costume contest for a chance to win prizes.

14575 SW Fifth St., Pembroke Pines; 954.430.2333; brimstonewoodfiregrill.com

Halloween Bash at Jaco Pastorius Park

Celebrate Halloween with a free concert, an interactive stage show with dancing and games, costume contests and the famed Oakland Park Trunk or Treat, featuring some of the best and spookiest cars and trucks in South Florida. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and settle in for a family friendly night of fun and entertainment on Oct. 26. It’s free and open to the public, but food and drink is pay as you go.

4000 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park; 954.630.4507; oaklandparkfl.gov

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8 Spooky Halloween Events To Attend In Boca Raton, Delray Beach And Boynton Beach

Ghosts, goblins and ghouls are sneaking right around the corner to give you a good fright this spooky season.

If you’re looking for a way to party the night away or something for the whole family, these eight Halloween events in Boca Raton and Delray Beach will give you a ghoulishly fun time.

Shriek Week Family Friendly Halloween Event

Photo courtesy of Sugar Sand Park

Get ready to shriek and shout at the Shriek Week Halloween event at the Boca Raton Sugar Sand Park from Oct. 19 to 27, starting at 6 p.m. For two weekends families can enjoy indoor and outdoor haunted attractions, a variety of shows, games and tasty treats. Kids can also take a crack at the trick-or-treat trail, and get up close to some creepy crawlies at the interactive animal exhibit. 

300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 561.347.3900; sugarsandpark.org/shriek-week

Barks & BBQ Halloween Edition

Photo courtesy of Pigsty BBQ

Grab your furry friends and their favorite doggy-sized costumes for the Barks and BBQ event in Boynton Beach, being held on Oct. 21 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Puppy parents can enjoy delicious barbecue courtesy of Pigsty BBQ, drink specials and music played by DJ Bumi Benjamin. There will also be special prizes for the best dressed dog in the Doggy Costume contest. 

706 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach; 561.810.5801; pigstybbq.com

Super Heroes vs. Horror Villains Halloween Party

Photo courtesy of Blue Martini

Whether you’re a comic book aficionado or a die-hard horror movie buff, now is your chance to dress up as your favorite character. Blue Martini of Boca is back for another year with its Super Heroes vs. Horror Villains party on Oct. 25 at 9 p.m. Guests can either don their spandex and capes, or go the scary route with their best interpretation of classic horror villains. Admission is free, but guests can also register in advance for VIP tickets, which include complimentary cocktails from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and discounted drinks until 2 a.m. Also make sure to dress to impress for a chance to win the $500 costume contest.

6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 561.910.2583; bluemartinilounge.com

Planet SOS! Haunted House

Photo courtesy of Space of Mind

Halloween is all about being spooky and scary during the month of October, but there’s nothing scarier than what’s happening to the planet. From the students at Space of Mind, the fifth annual education-themed haunted house, Planet SOS!, will feature an environmental disaster-themed haunted house. It is designed to help educate people about the repercussions of climate change, pollution and more. The public event will be held on Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Space of Mind in downtown Delray Beach. Guests can also enjoy delicious snacks, festive and frightful games, a corn maze and costume contests with prizes in two categories: Most Creatively Reused Materials and Best Planet-Saving Hero.

102 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 877.407.1122; findspaceofmind.com

Delray Beach Halloween Festivities

Photo courtesy of Downtown Delray Beach

Spend Halloween on Atlantic Avenue with Delray Beach’s annual Halloween festivities, fit for the whole family on Oct. 27. Starting at 11:30 a.m., kids and parents can walk up and down Atlantic Avenue for “Trick-or-Treat Along the Avenue” with the merchants from NW Fifth Avenue, all the way to the Intracoastal Bridge. After trick-or-treating, families can enjoy the 56th annual Halloween Parade starting by Veterans Park. After the parade, Delray Beach Tennis Center will have food, vendors, arts and crafts, entertainment and more to keep the party going.

50 NW First Ave., Delray Beach; downtowndelraybeach.com

Halloween at Boca YMCA

Photo courtesy of YMCA

Get spooky this Halloween at the Annual Halloween at the Y event on Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Hosted at the Peter Blum Family YMCA, the space will transform into a Halloween venue filled with costumes, treats, games and more. Families and kids can enjoy haunted houses, trick-or-treating, magic shows and hayrides. Parents can purchase tickets in advance for $5 for adults and $15 for kids. Tickets will also be available for purchase the day of the event at the front desk at the Y.

6631 Palmetto Circle S., Boca Raton; 561.395.9622; ymcaspbc.org

Halloween at the Addison - "The Silver Scream"

Photo courtesy of The Addison 

Party the night away this Halloween at The Addison’s annual Halloween party on Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “The Silver Scream” and will pay homage to 1930s classic horror icons like Dracula, Frankenstein, the Werewolf of London and the Mummy. The party will feature a haunted walk-through and themed rooms, live music and entertainment, foodie fare catered by The Addison and specialty craft cocktails at the open bar. Proceeds from tickets will benefit the Slow Burn Theatre Company at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton; 561.372.0568; theaddisonofbocaraton.com

Enigma Haunt Attractions

Photo courtesy of Radd Vision and Enigma Haunt

Be sure to tiptoe slowly throughout the Enigma Haunt attractions because you never know what kind of fright is waiting for you, just right around the corner. Starting at $30 on select nights throughout the month of October, Enigma Haunt features three haunted attractions in one indoor location spanning across two floors in more than 19,000 square feet. Be The haunted attractions include “Cursed,” “Twisted Mayhem” and “Realms of Terror.”

1751 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 855.994.2868; enigmahaunt.com

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Five Diverse Halloween Events In Broward County

If you're interested in doing something new for Halloween this year, then check out our list of five events happening throughout Broward County. There's a Halloween party for every kind of interest. 

For The Family: Young At Art's Halloween Party

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Open to kids of all ages, Young At Art Museum’s Halloween party will be held on Oct. 27 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The museum-wide event features art activities like pumpkin painting, dancing to Halloween-themed music, costume parades and contests and more. 

751 SW 121 Ave., Davie; 954.424.0085; youngatartmuseum.org

For The Foodie: Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille's Annual Halloween Celebration

Photo courtesy of Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille

Head over to Las Olas Boulevard’s Riverside Hotel for a chic Halloween party, complete with live music, a costume contest, bar bites and drink specials. The event will be held on Oct. 28 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.467.2555; wildsealasolas.com

For The '80s Lover: Night of 1,000 Madonnas

Photo courtesy of W Fort Lauderdale

Lovers of the ‘80s should head over to W Fort Lauderdale on Oct. 28 from 9 p.m. to midnight. Vogue away and be warped back in time at this Halloween tribute to Madonna. Dress up in Madonna-inspired attire for the costume contests, play Madonna trivia and enjoy performances by Venus Dlite. 

401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.414.8200; wfortlauderdalehotel.com

For The Athlete: Halloween-Themed Skate Night

Photo courtesy of Xtreme Action Park

Xtreme Action Park will host a special Halloween edition of its classic Sunday Rewind Adult Skate Night on Oct. 29 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Beach 102.7’s DJ Holiday will play tunes all night long as guests enjoy throwback-style roller skating while decked out in their best retro '70s and '80s costumes. 

5300 S. Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale; 954.491.6265; xtremeactionpark.com

For The Philanthropist: 16th Annual Signature Grand Ghoul

Photo courtesy of 2-1-1 Broward

Benefiting 2-1-1 Broward on Oct. 30 from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., the Signature Grand Ghoul will transform Signature Grand into a haunted mansion. Guests are invited to come in their most creative costumes to enjoy a costume contest, an open bar and the opportunity to mingle with NFL alumni. Former Miami Dolphins player O.J. McDuffie will be the emcee for the evening alongside Kavita Channe. 

6900 FL-84, Davie; 954.390.0493; 211-broward.org

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Halloween Events In Broward County For 2016

This Halloween, tons of spooky soirees and ghoulish getdowns are taking over Fort Lauderdale.

For those who wish to get the festivities started early (because, let's be real, Halloween deserves to be celebrated all October long), nightmarish events are happening as soon as this weekend.

From there, locals can enjoy family fun, all-out block party bashes, haunted ghost tours, and more. We even have Day of the Dead celebrations to look forward to after Halloween is all said and done.

Here's what to do for Halloween in Broward County. Time to get planning!


A Nightmare on Las Olas

Kick off Halloween early as American Social on Las Olas turns into a nightmare. The Las Olas and SE Eighth Street intersection will also transform into a haunted playground after Las Olas Art Fair takes place.

Oct. 22, 9 p.m. to midnight; American Social in Fort Lauderdale; free


2-1-1 Broward's Signature Grand Ghoul

Put on your costumes and join Signature Grand and 2-1-1 Broward for a night of dancing. Signature Grand will be transformed into a haunted mansion for the Halloween celebration, and there will be open bar, a gourmet buffet, a costume contest and a variety of entertainment. (Check out our story for more info.)

Oct. 24, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Signature Grand in Davie; $75 (per person), $150 (per couple), $125 (VIP)


Halloween Movie Night at C&I Studios

Join C&I Studios for a free Halloween-themed movie night. Guests can vote for their favorite flick—"Beetlejuice," "Halloween" with Michael Myers, "Hocus Pocus" or "Halloweentown"—until Oct. 21. The free event also includes complimentary wine and popcorn. 

Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; C&I Studios in Fort Lauderdale; free


Halloween Happy Hour on a Half Shell

Join Wild Sea Oyster for a special Halloween-themed oyster happy hour featuring spooky snacks and specialty cocktails. These include Crispy Chicken Feet with a blood orange sauce, Swamp Thing Oysters with squid ink seaweed and dry ice, and a Smoking Caldron Cocktail. Guests who bring their own carved pumpkin for a social media contest will receive a free cocktail.

Oct. 28, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille in Fort Lauderdale; free


Masquerade Yoga Flow

Join yogi Cristal Gould for a yoga flow session under the moonlight on W Fort Lauderdale's oceanfront terrace. The evening will also include a live art activation, sound healing and music by DJ Midas. Guests are encouraged to wear masks to this mystical and magical Halloween-themed event.

Oct. 28, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; W Fort Lauderdale; $25


Bokamper's Halloween Bash 

Join former Dolphins player and restaurant Kim Bokamper along with BIG 105.9's Paul and Young Ron for a Halloween party on the Intracoastal.There will be a live DJ, Halloween drink specials and a costume contest with categories such as Best Group, Funniest, Scariest and Sexiest.

Oct. 28, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Bokamper's Sports Bar & Grill in Fort Lauderdale; free


Cocktails for Humanity's Halloween Bash

Join the monthly pop-up bar for craft cocktails and a costume contest to celebrate Halloween. Proceeds will benefit Jack and Jill Children Center, which works to break the cycle of poverty for children of low-income, working families in Broward County.

Oct. 29, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; General Provision in Fort Lauderdale; free


Halloween Himmarshee Block Party

In Himmarshee Village, the party will spill onto the streets with a Halloween block party sure to thrill. Enjoy live music, drink specials and a costume contest throughout the night.

Oct. 29, 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.; SW Second Street in Fort Lauderdale; free


Dr. Stache's Halloween Bash

Dance until you drop dead, and enter a costume contest for some killer prizes. Party guests can also get shots from a creepy nurse and numb the pain with cocktail concoctions.

Oct. 29, 8 p.m.; Stache Drinking Den in Fort Lauderdale


Oceans 234's Twisted Carnival

Ocean 234's dining room will transform into a twisted carnival for Halloween, as guests enjoy upscale fair food prepared by chef Brian Cantrell, seasonally inspired libations, festive games, a fortune teller, magician and more. Attendees are encouraged to wear their best for the late-night costume contest.

Oct. 29, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Oceans 234 in Deerfield Beach


Brimstone Woodfire Grill’s Halloween Bash and Costume Contest 

Slip on your best costume for an unforgettable night at this local restaurant. There will be live music, $10 Monster Martinis, $5 Apple Pie Shots, and $15 bottomless draft and house wine (for those who come dressed up). 

Oct. 29, 8 p.m. to close; Brimstone Woodfire Grill in Pembroke Pines


Haunted Hotel Halloween Party

Society 8's annual Halloween party at Beauty & the Feast will offer entertainment by spooky performers, live music and a DJ. Guests can try Beauty & the Feast’s seasonal Wicked Spice cocktail, made with Rum Chata cream liqueur, vanilla vodka, pumpkin spice and garnished with a cinnamon stick. Come dressed in your best costume!

Oct. 29, 9 p.m.; Beauty & the Feast inside The Atlantic Hotel & Spa in Fort Lauderdale; free


Margaritaville Hollywood's First-Ever Halloween Party

Come dressed up for a costume contest at Margaritaville Restaurant inside the Hollywood Beach resort. Resort judges will choose the best single costume and couples costumes with prizes including lunch or dinner for two to the restaurant. Guests can also enjoy a spook-tacular "Voodoo Blue" drink for the night.

Oct. 29, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Margaritaville Restaurant in Hollywood


The Manor's Zombie Invasion

Wilton Drive's most popular gay nightclub will welcome guests dressed in zombie attire for a costume contest with prizes of up to $1,000. International DJ Tony Moran will be spinning.

Oct. 29, 11 p.m.; The Manor in Wilton Manors; $10 (cover for non-members), $7 (cover for members after midnight), free (Florida residents before midnight)


Not So Spooky Halloween

Find family-fun at Gulfstream Park, from trick-or-treating through more than 20 stores and restaurants to a magic show, face painting, DJ entertainment and more. Kids and families can partake in a costume contest with more than $5,000 in prizes for categories including Best Family, Most Adorable, Most Original, Best Cartoon Character.

Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach; free


Heaven Meets Hell Halloween Street Party

Enter a costume contest at this indoor-outdoor Halloween street party hosted by The Manor, and enjoy food trucks, a performance stage, huge outdoor dance area and more.

Oct. 31, 6 p.m.; Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors; free


Halloween at Shooters Waterfront

During Halloween weekend (Oct. 28-31), costumed kiddos age 10 and under can also receive a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Then on the evening of the 31st, dog owners can bring their pups for a Howl-o-Ween Dog Costume Contest with doggie prizes. The winner will be announced at 7 p.m.

Oct. 28-31; Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale; free


Spirits of Stranahan House: Halloween Tours

Learn about those who've died in Broward County's oldest standing home, and then listen to tales of haunted sites around South Florida. Reservations are required. Call 954.524.4736.

Oct. 28-31, 7 p.m.; Historic Stranahan House Museum In Fort Lauderdale; $25


Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Halloween Event

It’s 5 o’clock everyday at Margaritaville, which is hosting its first Halloween party complete with live entertainment, food, drinks and more. Don’t miss out on the costume contest, which will feature prizes—such as lunch or dinner at the resort’s properties—for the best single costume and couples costume. 

Oct. 29, 9 p.m. to 1 am.; Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort 


Pints & Pumpkins Part 2

The first installment of Pints & Pumpkins a few weeks ago was such a success that Tap 42 is back at it again. Come celebrate pumpkin season the night before Halloween with seasonal pumpkin brews and cocktails while carving pumpkins of your own. Pumpkins and carving tools will be available, or you can bring your own. Prizes will go to the scariest, best freestyle and most creative pumpkins.

Oct. 30, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Tap 42 in Fort Lauderdale; free


Strange But True Tours: Ultimate Halloween Experience

Join experts from New Orleans for a walk down the New River and the historic village of downtown Fort Lauderdale to explore the dark side of sunny South Florida. Please wear comfortable shoes, and feel free to bring your camera. Reservations are required.

Through Oct. 31, 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Starts at Briny’s Riverfront in Fort Lauderdale; $25 (adults), $20 (students, seniors, military), $15 (youth ages 13-17), $10 (children ages 5-12)


Day of the Dead at Agave Taco Bar

Celebrate el Día de los Muertos with Taco Tuesday food and drink specials at Agave Taco Bar's Fort Lauderdale location. There will be all-you-can-eat taco specials, half-off margaritas and micheladas, complimentary dessert for those dressed in costume, and musical entertainment. 

Nov. 1, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Agave Taco Bar in Fort Lauderdale; free


Florida Day of the Dead Celebration

Paint a sugar skull on your face, and take part in an annual skeleton processional featuring mariachi musicians, 1,000 skeletons, and giant skeleton puppets up to 19-feet tall. The event will also feature craft activities for those who want to make masks, puppets or get their face painted; a Muertos Street Festival with folkloric dance; Day of the Dead-themed workshops; and more.

Nov. 2, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Huizenga Plaza in Fort Lauderdale; free


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10 Things To Do For Halloween In Fort Lauderdale 2015

Halloween conveniently falls on a Saturday this year, but there's no need to wait until Oct. 31 to enjoy spooky sights or get creative with pumpkins. 

Fortunately, there are tons of Halloween-themed events in Fort Lauderdale and across Broward County, and many tricks await. But first, we'll treat you to a little poem...

Ghosts and goblins, we've got you covered. 

Witches and wizards, too. 

Here are 10 great picks for Halloween. 

We've brewed them up just for you.


Ghoulish Guardians Pumpkin Carving

Where: Pembroke Pines Community Garden

When: Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

The City of Pembroke Pines will provide families with up to two pumpkins each, as well as carving tools, for a pumpkin carving contest. Paint will be available as an alternative for members of the special needs community not wishing or able to carve. Participants are encouraged to bring "treats" of school supplies and monetary donations for Children's Harbor, a Pembroke Pines-based child welfare organization.


Haunted Nights

Where: Flamingo Gardens in Davie

When: Oct. 16-17 and Oct. 23-24, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $8

At this outdoor, nighttime event, explore two haunted houses and feel immersed in a haunted Halloween world featuring live actors and animatronic props throughout Flamingo Gardens' West Arboretum. This event is not recommended for young children under 10.


Pumpkin & Pints

Where: Tap 42 in Fort Lauderdale

When: Oct. 25, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Enjoy more than 20 pumpkin beers on draft at Tap 42, and including Funky Buddha's Sweet Potato Casserole, UFO Pumpkin Wheat, Out Of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter, Shipyard's Pumpkinhead. The fourth annual event will also include a pumpkin-carving contest. The grand prize winner receives a $100 Tap 42 gift card, and other prizes will be awarded all night long.


Spirits of Stranahan House Halloween Tours

Where: Historic Stranahan House Musuem in Fort Lauderdale

When: Oct. 25, Oct. 30, Oct. 31, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $25

The twice-a-night tours led by Victorian mourners will entertain (or spook) guests with tales and legends of Fort Lauderdale. The grave keeper will also share stories of other haunted South Florida sites. Look out for the spirit of Frank Stranahan himself.


Signature Grand Ghoul 

Where: Signature Grand in Davie

When: Oct. 26, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Cost: $100 (general admission), $150 (VIP), $75 (active 2-1-1 members)

The Signature Grand will be transformed into a haunted mansion for an evening party emceed by former Miami Dolphins players O.J. McDuffie​ and Joe Rose. The party will feature music, a costume contest, a silent auction and celebrity guests including NFL alumni and local celebrities. Entry includes an open bar and gourmet buffet. 


Candy Village Trick-or-Treat

Where: North Beach Village Resort in Fort Lauderdale, starting at North Beach Village Design

When: Oct. 31, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Costumed trick-or-treaters can journey through this Fort Lauderdale version of Candyland. Visit seven mysterious and mouthwatering lands, including Lollipop Forest, Gumdrop Mountain and Twizzler Town, to take home treats. North Beach Village Design will also hold a fun crafting session. Adults can partake in their own trick-or-treat experience while kids embark on their adventure through Candy Village.


Not So Spooky Halloween Extravaganza

Where: The Village at Gulfstream Park

When: Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Head to the Village at Gulfstream Park on Halloween for free family fun. At the Champions Plaza, enjoy face painting, interactive games, a magic show and live DJ. Kids can trick-or-treat throughout the village until 8 p.m., and guests can participate in a costume contest at Barker Animation Gallery with over $5,000 in prizes.


Hollyweird Halloween Block Party

Where: Westbound Hollywood Boulevard between 19th and 20th Street in Downtown Hollywood

When: Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Cost: Free

The Greek Joint, Mickey Byrnes Irish Pub and Whiskey Tango are throwing Downtown Hollywood's first annual Hollyweird Halloween Block Party, featuring costume contests (with $10,000 in prizes), live music from bands at each restaurant, and specials all night long. Kids can take to Treat Street for an interactive trick-or-treat area until 9 p.m., at which point the block party begins.


Wicked Manors

Where: Wilton Manors Drive

When: Oct. 31, 7 p.m. to midnight

Cost: Free, but donation recommended

The Pride Center and City of Wilton Manors are partnering to host the "Once Upon A Drive" Halloween street festival, featuring music, flash mobs and eight costume contests (for kids, pets, cross-dressing, groups and more). The 2015 Wicked Manors event will be emceed by diva Miss Misty Eyes as well as Miss Bryan and Nikki Ramirez. All proceeds from the event will support The Pride Center.


Halloween Sunday Brunch Cruise

Where: Windridge Yachts departing from Tranquility Marina in Fort Lauderdale

When: Sunday, Nov. 1, noon (boarding), 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (cruise)

Cost: $59.90 (adult), $39.95 (children ages 3-12)

Gawk at stunning Fort Lauderdale estates and watch as fellow boaters sail by, while you take in the sights of the Intracoastal Waterway aboard a yacht. Enjoy a buffet-style brunch menu featuring a carving station, smoked salmon spread, assorted pastries, a special caramel apple spider station and more. Kids will receive Halloween goodie bags, while adults enjoy a complimentary spooky cocktail. Be sure to don your best Halloween costume, and dance to music by the on-board DJ. Best of all, costumed guests will be entered to win a cruise charter prize.


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8 Boca Raton Halloween Events For The Whole Family To Enjoy

Halloween is all about spooky activities, trick-or-treating, costume contests, and plenty of fall festivities—from picking out the perfect pumpkin to going on a hay ride. 

This year in Boca (and other locations throughout southern Palm Beach County and even northern Broward), there are plenty of Halloween activities for everyone to enjoy.

Here are eight of them to have on your radar: 

Shriek Week 

Where: Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton

When: Oct. 16-17, Oct. 22-24

Cost: Varies

Sugar Sand's week of mischief, mayhem and mania leading up to Halloween is filled with spooky events, from haunted houses to carnival game nights, LED shows, train rides, magic shows, trick-or-treating and a scary film festival. The events are held on different days and times throughout the week, offering fun for everyone. 


Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat 

Where: Boca Raton Community Garden

When: Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free with the donation of non-perishable food items

This is a Halloween celebration for a good cause that encourages guests to bring in non-perishable food items in exchange for free entry. Items will be donated to Boca Helping Hands, which helps provide meals to families in the community. The event will offer fun for the whole family, with activities like seed painting, pumpkin sales, arts and crafts, and a photo booth. There will also be tasty treats to enjoy throughout the afternoon.


Halloween at the Y!

Where: YMCA of South Palm Beach County

When: Saturday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: $5 (adult Y members), $15 (child Y members ages 2 and up), $5 (adult non-members), $20 (child non-members).

The Peter Blum family invites other families to join them in Halloween festivities, featuring plenty of sweets and trick-or-treating along with hay rides, a glow stick dance party, bounce houses, Thomas the Train, and a magician. Food trucks will also be present throughout the evening for delicious dinner treats. 


Delray Marketplace Halloween Trick-or-Treat

Where: Delray Marketplace

When: Thursday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Fall wouldn't be the same without festivities such as scouting out the perfect pumpkin, riding a wagon overflowing with hay, and showing off crafting skills in art activities. Delray Marketplace is offering all of that and trick-or-treating throughout the evening.


Mall-o-ween Fall Festival 

Where: Boynton Beach Mall in Boynton Beach

When: Saturday, Oct. 31, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

There's no need to worry about the heat during this Halloween event presented by Christ Fellowship, which will be held inside the Sears Court. Families can enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the mall, games, bounce houses, sweet and salty treats including popcorn and cotton candy, and more fun for the whole family.


Moonshine Halloween Party

Where: Waterstone Resort & Marina in Boca Raton 

When: Saturday Oct. 31, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Cost: Free

Dress in your best costume for this Halloween night event at the Waterstone Resort & Marina, which will feature moonshine-themed cocktails and entertainment all throughout the spooky night. In addition to the eerie Halloween evening fun, prizes will be given to the attendees present wearing the best "water-" and "stone-" inspired costumes of the night.


Halloween Bash

Where: Pompano Citi Centre

When: Saturday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Cost: Free

Bring the whole family to the Halloween event for children ages 10 and under. Kids should dress in their best costume for trick-or-treating at the centre's stores beginning at 6 p.m. The first 1,500 trick-or-treaters will receive candy bags. Before then, make sure to check out a performance by Anna the Witch and a Wizard Show that's fun for all ages. A carousel will also be on-site for $1 rides. 


Halloween Celebration and Costume Contest

Where: Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray Beach

When: Oct. 31

Cost: Cost of dining

The hotel's Atlantic Grille will be offering Halloween night live entertainment, decorations and dining prizes at the luxurious hotel. Limited seating is available for the evening, which will also host a costume contest for those at the event. Judging for costume winners by entertainment professionals will begin at 11 p.m. The top three costumes will be voted on by guests, and the costume that receives the loudest applause from the audience will be the night's winner. 


Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly listed the cost of the Moonshine Halloween Party at $95. The event is actually free. 

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