Fall festivals have arrived at last in South Florida, and they call for costumes, carved pumpkins, and a lot of candy. We have outlined our area’s best bashes throughout October to help your family find the perfect Halloween event.
Sometimes Halloween can be a little too scary for kids. For the 18th year, Yesteryear Village’s 25 historic buildings at the South Florida Fairgrounds will be decked out with costumed volunteers to offer candy to little ones. This West Palm Beach event is designed for children 12 and under to safely trick or treat, and features kiddie rides, games, arts & crafts, and a ‘Spooky House’. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes and compete for prizes both Sundays. This is the ideal event to experience the traditional Halloween experience in a fun, secure environment! Admission is $10, and children 2 and younger get in free.
Dates: October 19th to 21st, 26th to 27th, 29th, and Halloween night
Hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and 5 to 8 p.m. on Halloween.
The Scarecrow Contest is back for its 9th year at the Historic 1916 Court House and History Museum in West Palm Beach! Your family can join other South Floridians to compete for prizes by assembling a life-size scarecrow depicting a historical Palm Beach Count figure. This event invites guests to celebrate fall with live music, arts & crafts and face painting for kids, agricultural displays, and, of course, the scarecrow competition. On the lawn, families can participate in pumpkin decorating, museum tours, haystack hunting, and corn shucking. For those who are up for a challenge, the pie eating contest is a don’t-miss! The bake sale also provides tasty treats. The all-inclusive tickets are $10 per person and the proceeds help fund education programs and field trips for local schools.
Date: Saturday, October 22nd from 2 to 5 p.m.
Boo at the Zoo
The Palm Beach Zoo invites your family to attend Boo at the Zoo’s 20th year in West Palm Beach! This not-so-scary ‘spooktacular’ is prepared with over 125,000 pieces of candy to hand out to children of all ages trick-or-treating. Moreover, all the candy comes from manufacturers who practice sustainability, so the zoo can support an important conservation message. The event promotes a safe environment to enjoy animal encounters, character meet and greets, costume contests, dance parties, face painting, and more! Admission ranges from $16.95 for children to $22.95 for adults in the afternoon and $10 per person at night; toddlers under 3 get in free.
Dates: October 19th to 21st and 26th to 28th from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Clematis by Fright
Don’t miss out on the fun at Clematis’s Haunted Hallows zone in West Palm Beach, which will feature a costume contest, trick-or-treating for kids, and live music! Families can also enjoy face painting, games, and much more. There are thousands of dollars in prizes for kids, adults, couples, and even pets, so dress up in your favorite creative costume!
Date: October 25th from 6 to 9 p.m.
Gardens Fall Festival
This free family-friendly event is in Palm Beach Gardens in City Hall Municipal Complex. It features the first ever “Trunk or Treat,” an inflatable corn maze, a rock climbing wall and photo booth, food trucks, live music, and an outdoor movie screening featuring “Hocus Pocus.” Guests are encouraged to wear costumes and bring a trick-or-treat-bag, and bring blankets or lawn chairs for the movie is suggested. This festival is the perfect way to spend time with your family while enjoying fall festivities.
Date: Friday, October 26th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Halloween Not-So-Spooky Spooktacular
Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens is set to host its third annual ‘Spooktacular’ with an afternoon full of fall-themed activities for all - even pets! Children are invited to arrive in costume to make crafts from Michael’s, enjoy hay mazes, decorate pumpkins, and trick-or-treat all afternoon. There are a plethora of free activities featured, including face painting, mask decorating, wine tasting (for those 21 and over, of course), and a Petco costumed pet parade! With more than 30 stops throughout Legacy, a great turnout is expected. This event is also hosted to raise awareness for Little Smiles of Florida.
Date: October 27th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
South Florida hosts an abundance of family events to welcome the fall season.
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