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.
When: Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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.
Where: Flamingo Gardens in Davie
When: Oct. 16-17 and Oct. 23-24, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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.
Where: Tap 42 in Fort Lauderdale
When: Oct. 25, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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.
When: Oct. 25, Oct. 30, Oct. 31, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
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
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.
When: Oct. 31, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Costumed trick-or-treaters can journey through this Fort Lauderdale version of Candyland. Visit seven mysterious and mouth-watering 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.
When: Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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.
When: Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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.
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.
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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Article courtesy: Lyssa Goldberg 10.16.2015, Gold Coast’s Fort Lauderdale Daily