South Florida's casinos are partying it up for Halloween. If you wear a costume to one, e-mail me pictures.
From 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-649-3000, MagicCityCasino.com) will host SAVE Halloween 22: DISCO de los Muertos. The Halloween ball celebrates and benefits the local LGBTQ community. According to the invitation, organizers are expecting "the spookiest and sexiest ghouls and ghosts in all of South Florida [to] meet on the dance floor."
More than $1,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to winners of the "Killer Costume Contest." Tickets to the ball cost $150 for general admission and $200 for VIP and are available at Magic City's website. Hundreds of "undead disco divas" are expected.
A few venues at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com) are hosting costume parties, including the Swamp with $500 in cash and prizes on Friday and $5,000 on Saturday.
Eateries and drinkeries at the complex are serving special concoctions from now until Halloween, including the pumpkin patch cocktail and jack-o'-lantern punch at L Bar.
Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKennelClub.com) will hold a costume contest at 12:45 p.m. Saturday near the first-floor info center. Kids and adults — and even greyhounds — can dress up and hope to get lucky with cash prizes. A winners' parade will take place after the second race.
Starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MardiGrasCasinoFL.com) will have a costume contest in the categories of scariest, funniest, most original, best couple and "casino theme." Each winner takes home $500, except the best couple, who gets $1,000.
From 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, GulfstreamPark.com) will have a Halloween festival with kids trick-or-treating at two dozen locations, a kid-friendly DJ and magic shows. At the Barker Animation Art Gallery, $5,000 in prizes will be awarded for a costume contest from 4 to 8 p.m.
Making Strides against cancer
A breast cancer survivor celebration will be held at Seminole Classic Casino (4150 N. State Road 7, Hollywood, 954-961-3220, SeminoleClassicCasino.com) from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. In conjunction with the American Cancer Society, the 1950s-themed reception will honor 150 local breast cancer survivors. The casino is also fundraising for the nonprofit until Oct. 31 through special events at the property and being a sponsor of the Making Strides of Broward walk on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Huizenga Park in Fort Lauderdale.
Another political race
Ivanka Trump was a winner at Palm Beach Kennel Club. A long shot at 10-to-1 odds, the white-and-black greyhound won Race 1 on Oct. 16 under fast conditions.
Ivanka is one of nine littermates named for the Trumps, including Donald.