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!
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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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