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October family fun in South Florida

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Fall festivals have arrived in South Florida, bringing plenty of costumed fun and trick-or-treating for kids.

We’ve rounded up the region’s fall season events throughout the month of October and listed them by county to help families find the events that are right for them.

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Palm Beach County

Pumpkin Towne Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 12-14, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Visit a pumpkin patch where kids can enjoy bounce houses, hay bales for climbing, photo ops and other fun fall activities. Free. Wellington Green, 2585 State Road 7, Wellington. Also in Jupiter at Indiantown Road and Old Dixie Highway (U.S. 1). pumpkintowne.com

Fall Festival at Bedners Farm Fresh Market

Oct. 13-14, Oct. 20-21, Oct. 27-28. Enjoy a pumpkin patch, pony rides for $5, and animal park admission for $10 featuring a petting area, exotic area, feeding area, camels and animal encounters with a sloth, lemur and kangaroo. Saturdays 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bedner’s Market, 10066 Lee Road, Boynton Beach. bedners.com

Fall Family Fun Fest

Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy face painting, music, games, crafts, science activities and the new outdoor playground at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. Saturday is also the opening day of “Dinosaur Invasion,” a new indoor and outdoor exhibit of moving, roaring dinosaurs at the Science Center. $13.95-$17.95. 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. sfsciencecenter.org

Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 13-31, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Pick put a pumpkin to purchase and enjoy face painting, refreshments and more. Admission is free. First United Methodist Church West Campus, 9087 Glades Road, Boca Raton. fumcbocaraton.org/pumpkin-patch/

Spooky Scouts Overnight

Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 a.m. Palm Beach Zoo is hosting its debut “Spooky Scouts Overnight,” which will feature a dash of Halloween fun and a fresh view of the zoo. This family-friendly program is for Cub Scouts ages 6 and up. $40. Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. palmbeachzoo.org

Spookyville

Oct. 19-21, Oct. 26-27, Oct. 29 and Oct. 31. Children 12 and under will dig Spookyville and its charming old fashion Halloween vibes. Collect candy, play games and make arts and crafts. Fridays 5-8 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m. $10 includes trick-or-treating and kiddie rides. Parking is free. Yesteryear Village, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. southfloridafair.com

Boo At The Zoo

Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28. Enjoy trick-or-treating with more than 125,000 pieces of candy sponsored by FPL SolarNow. Trick-or-treat 10 a.m.-4p.m. Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28. Evening trick-or-treat is 5-9 p.m. Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27. Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. palmbeachzoo.org

Shriek Week Family-Friendly Halloween Event

Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27, 6-11 p.m. Lite Nite for ages 5-12 on Oct. 25, 5-9 p.m. Experience an indoor Dreamy-Land Traveling Carnival haunted house, outdoor haunted walkthrough, shows, glow-in-the-dark carnival games, train rides, food, trick-or-treating and other family entertainment. Lite Nite offers the haunted house with brighter lighting, less intense scares and a less spooky soundtrack, and the second haunted walkthrough, Alien Lab, will be closed that night. Timed paid reservations required for the indoor haunted house, designed for ages 7-12. Reservations $6 through Oct. 5, then $9. Reserve early as times tend to sell out. An LED-lit stilt-walking "robots" & DJ show is planned the first weekend; magic shows with the Amazing Mr. A will be the second weekend. Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. starting October 6. Reserve at 561-347-3948 or sugarsandpark.org/shriek-week

Fall Fest and Trunk or Treat

Oct. 20, 4-7 p.m. Carnival games, firetruck hay rides, trunk-or-treating and character meet-and-greets. Free with a donation of one bag of candy per child. Barwick Road Church, 500 Barwick Road, Delray Beach. barwickroadchurch.org/fallfest

PumpkinFest 2018

Oct. 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy a pumpkin patch, costume contest, balloon artists and face painting, trick-or-treating and photo opps in a waterside setting. The festival benefits Chasin A Dream Foundation, which assists local children battling cancer, cystic fibrosis, heart disease and other issues. Free. Harbourside Place, 200 N. U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter. harboursideplace.com/event/pumpkin-fest-2/

Kid’s Night Out

Oct. 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Children ages 5-12 can be dropped off at this event with projects, pizza and treats. On this special night, “Halloweentown” will be screened while kids paint Jack-o-lantern boxes. $40 per child. Craft Haus, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. Reserve at 561-630-3450.

Rhythm and Hues WPB Kids Night Out Halloween Party

Oct. 20, 5-8 p.m. Children can enjoy watching Charlie Brown’s iconic Halloween cartoon, bob for apples, make edible art such as monster fingers and spider webs, have a costume contest and snack on pizza. $40; $35 for siblings ages 3 and up. Rhythm and Hues West Palm Beach, 5016 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. rhythmandhues.com

Wellington’s Fall Festival

Oct. 20, 3-10 p.m. Food trucks, live entertainment, a petting zoo, pony rides, pie-eating contest, hay rides, trick-or-treating, face painting, bounce houses, laser tag, vendors and Haunted Hallways attractions. Costume contests with prizes for ages under 3, 4-6, 7-10, 11-14 and 15 and older. All-access bracelets required for activities. Admission $7 for kids, $5 for adults. Bracelets $10 for kids, $5 for adults. Village Park, 111700 Pierson Road, Wellington. Discounts offered online at wellingtonfl.gov/FallFestival or 561-753-2484.

Character Trick-Or-Treat

Oct. 21, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Have your child trick-or-treat with Elmo and Doc McStuffins for some added Halloween fun. Admission is $20 per child, $18 for siblings. Adults are free. Little Town Play, 15200 Jog Road, A4, Delray Beach. 561-562-5661

Halloween at The Gardens Mall

Oct. 22, Oct. 27-31. Batty Manor, a frightfully fun cottage, is opening in the Grand Court Oct. 22. Then at 1 p.m. Oct. 27-31, goofy goblins Boogah & Hoogah will perform kids shows. On Oct. 31, The Gardens Mall is hosting a Kids Club “Spooky Soiree!” in the Grand Court beginning at 5 p.m., with activities and store giveaways for the kids. Boogah & Hoogah’s Haunted HouseParty begins at 6 p.m. Free. 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. 561-775-7750 or thegardensmall.com

The Addams Family – A New Musical

Oct. 25-Nov. 4. They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, and they’re coming to a theater near you. Tickets cost $35-$45. The Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. 561-243-7922 or oldschoolsquare.org

Trick ‘Em Treat’ Em Costume Party

Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-noon. Enjoy a costume party for ages 2-5. Cost is $5 per child. James A. Rutherford Community Center, Patch Reef Park. 2000 Yamato Road, Boca Raton. patchreefpark.org

Delray Yacht Cruises Kids Boo’s Cruise

Oct. 25-26, 6-8 p.m. This two-hour creepy cruise up the Intracoastal features prizes for a costume contest, Halloween crafts for kids, tasty treats and more. $30 per person. Reservations required at 561-243-0686. bit.ly/2QjUuqC

Haunted Pirate Fest and Mermaid Splash

Oct. 27-28. Free family street festival with live mermaids, stunt shows, a treasure hunt, costume contests, a pirate ship, entertainment, food, treats, kids crafts and more. Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The festival is located along East Ocean Avenue between 3rd Street and Federal Highway in Boynton Beach. Free admission and free parking. bbpiratefest.com

Witches of Delray Ride

Oct. 27, 7:30-11:30 a.m. The Witches of Delray Ride will inspire the spookiest cyclists to deck out their bikes and dress up in the wickedest fashions to raise funds for Achievement Centers for Children and Families in Delray Beach. The event begins in downtown Delray at Atlantic Avenue and A1A and ends at the Delray Beach Green Market, where there will be contests for “Best Decorated Bike,” “Best Witch Costume” and more. $25-$30. Delray Beach City Hall, 100 NW First Ave., Delray Beach. witchesofdelray.eventbrite.com

Delray Beach Halloween Festivities

Oct. 27. The 56th Annual Halloween Parade takes place at 1 p.m. in a new location starting at Veterans Park on the Intracoastal in Delray Beach and traveling along Atlantic Avenue to the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Trick or treating will take place along Atlantic Avenue from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m and Kidsfest is 1-4 p.m. at Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach. downtowndelraybeach.com

Halloween Ice Skating

Oct. 27, 12:30-3 p.m. Ice skating and Halloween just got a lot more fun. This unique event combines ice skating with costume contests and trick-or-treating on the ice. Admission is $11. Skate rental costs $3.50. Teens can enjoy a Halloween Bash from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Palm Beach Skate Zone, 8125 Lake Worth Road. pbskatezone.com

Jupiter Beachtober Fest

Oct. 27-28. A two-day festival of German food, BBQ and live music takes over Carlin Park with fall fun. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. $10; kids under 12 free. Free parking. Carlin Park, 400 Florida A1A, Jupiter. jupiterbeachtoberfest.com

Delray Marketplace Trick-Or-Treat

Oct. 29, 5:30-8 p.m. Children 10 and under can score free pumpkins at this Halloween celebration with crafts, balloon twisting, face painting and more. Free. Delray Marketplace, 14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach. delraymarket.com

MallStars Trick-or-Treat

Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m. Bring your little ones dressed up in their most fun or ghoulish outfits to trick-or-treat inside The Mall at Wellington Green. Participating retailers will pass out candy in this climate-controlled and safe environment, while supplies last. Free. The Mall at Wellington Green, 10300 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. ShopWellingtonGreen.com/Mallstars-Kids-Club

Broward County

Annual Fall Festival

Daily through Nov. 4, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. See the 10-acre garden center transformed into a fall paradise with cornstalks, hay bales, scarecrows, pumpkins and Grandma’s Garden, which provides a backdrop for family photos. Enjoy a different theme each week, along with tractor-pulled hayrides ($4), kids crafts ($5), live music and food. Free. Flamingo Road Nursery, 1655 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. flamingoroadnursery.com

Harvest Festival at Flamingo Gardens

Oct. 13-14, Oct. 20-21, Oct. 27-28. Enjoy hayrides from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a pumpkin patch and free pumpkin decorating, themed costume contests, bounce houses, character meet-ups, "The Real Pirates of the Caribbean" exhibit, DJ Digital Anarchy, games, food and more. Oct. 13 is “Pirates and Princess” weekend. $19.95; $12.95 ages 3-11. Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. flamingogardens.org

Sixth Annual Bow Wow Ween

Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy a variety of dog costume contests for all sizes by category: best family costume, scariest, cutest and funniest costumes and most original costume. Pal around with your four-legged friends for an awards ceremony, dog-geared games, pet vendors, prizes and other pet-centric options. Free. Pembroke Pines K-9 Officer Craig Rupp Dog Park, 9751 Johnson Street. 954-392-2116 or ppines.com/specialevents

Peter Pan Pirate Party

Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. It’s off to NeverNeverland as The Stranahan House gets taken over by Captain Hook, Peter Pan, Wendy and the Lost Boys for a Halloween to remember. Children are invited to participate in crafts, games, prizes and other fun activities. $20 for child-adult pair. $15 singles. 335 SE 6th Ave, Fort Lauderdale. Register at 954-524-4736.

Yelloween celebration

Oct. 13, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Enjoy healthy Halloween festivities with vegan treat-making stations, trick-or-treat bag decorating, face painting, pumpkin decorating, dancing and Yello Elite performance. A prize will be awarded for best costume. $15. Yello Creative Arts and Events Center, 2495 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. yellofl.com

Halloween Horse Show & Fair

Oct.13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy an old-fashioned family fun day with a horse & rider costume contest, costume parade on foot, horse show competition classes, pony and hay rides, carnival games, a bounce house, fire truck, arts and crafts, face painting, hand-crafted jewelry and food. Sand and Spurs Equestrian Park, 1600 NE Fifth Ave, Pompano Beach. facebook.com/events/2119810928269853/

Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 17-31, Fall Festival on Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Pick out the perfect fall pumpkin. Open weekdays noon- 8 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m.-8 p.m. The free Fall Festival offers outside games, face painting and crafts. First Church Coral Springs, 8650 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs. Welovefirst.church

Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 19-20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Purchase pumpkins, play in the pumpkin patch and pose for some memorable photos. Free. Curci House, 324 SW 2nd Ave., Hallandale Beach. cohb.org/parks

Fall Fest

Oct. 20, 3-6 p.m. Celebrate fall with a family festival full of wagon rides, carnival games, arts and crafts, and a haunted house. Mills Pond Park, 2201 NW 9th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. fortlauderdale.gov/halloween

Family Halloween and Safety Festival

Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Get in the Halloween spirit early with free Halloween-themed photos, costume contests, hayrides, pony rides, a children's carnival, children's Fun Zone, a DJ, games, fire exhibit, kids’ fingerprinting, petting zoo, police K-9 demonstrations, a pumpkin patch, puppet show and zombie diner. Food sales to benefit the Police Explorers Program. $5 ages 2 and up. Volunteer Park, 12050 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation. facebook.com/events/1853613034746982/

Halloween Celebration at Festival Marketplace

Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Pumpkin decorating, games, crafts, costume contests for pets and children, and trick-or-treating throughout the mall. Free. The event takes place under a large white tent in the east parking lot of the mall. Children's costume contest begins at 11:30 a.m. Pets costume contest begins at 12:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top three costumes. RSVP encouraged on Festival Marketplace’s Facebook page. 2900 W. Sample Road, Pompano Beach. shopfestival.com

Sunrise Fall Harvest Festival

Oct. 21, 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Horse-drawn hay rides, a petting zoo, carnival games, children’s rides, and food and retail vendors. $5. Sunrise Athletic Complex, 11501 NW 44th St., Sunrise. sunrisefl.gov/index.aspx?page=615

Broward Health Coral Springs’ Pumpkin Patch Family Day

Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Score a free pumpkin [one per family] at this unique fall fun event, which is centered on safety. Tour ambulance and fire trucks, check out a police command vehicle, learn home safety tips, pet bird and therapy dogs, participate in free crafts, face painting, games and more. Broward Health Coral Springs, main entrance 3100 Coral Hills Drive, Coral Springs. Admission is free, but guests are requested to register at BrowardHealth.org/PumpkinDay or 954-759-7400.

Riverland Trick-Or-Treat

Oct. 24, 6-8 p.m. Enjoy a spooky night of fun with games, arts and crafts, cooking, decorating, refreshments and more. Riverland Park, 950 SW 27th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. fortlauderdale.gov/halloween

Fall Fun at The Walk

Oct. 24, 6-8 p.m. Enjoy live music, face painting and Children’s crafts at The Walk of Coral Springs, 2600-2920 University Drive, Coral Springs. facebook.com/events/681653148866531/

Monkey Joe’s Halloween

Oct. 25, 3-6:30 p.m. Celebrate Halloween at Monkey Joe’s Coral Springs with $7 admission. Win a grand-prize party in the costume contest, plus enjoy a dance party, coloring and giveaways. Pizza and ice cream cups will be $1. Monkey Joe’s, 10301-B Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs. monkeyjoes.com/locations/coral-springs

Spooky Halloween Dance Party

Oct. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bass Park, 2750 NW 19th St., Fort Lauderdale. Join the spookiest dance party in town for a chilling night of haunted fun. Families will enjoy spooky games, craft projects, food, music and much more at this free event. Riverland Park, 950 SW 27th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. fortlauderdale.gov/halloween

YAAlloween

Oct. 26, 3-8 p.m. This museum Halloween party has a family costume contest, Monster Mash music, monster puppets and a spooky spy activity. $12-$14. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. youngatartmuseum.org

Hollywood YMCA Fall Festival

Oct. 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Families are invited to enjoy a bounce house, a haunted house and plenty games, treats and prizes. Dress up in your favorite costume for this free event. 3161 Taft St., Hollywood. facebook.com/events/310244282890108/

Halloween Bash

Oct. 26, 6-10 p.m. Rock out to live music while dining off food trucks at this Halloween Bash that will feature “trunk-or-treating,” free kids activities, costume contests and cash bar for adults. Jaco Pastorius Park. 4000 N. Dixie Highway. oaklandparkfl.gov

Monster Mash

Oct. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Spooky storytelling, costume contests, carnival games, trick-or-treating and more. Coconut Creek Community Center, 110 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek. coconutcreek.net or 954-545-6670

Parkland Halloween Festival

Oct. 26, 5-8 p.m. Sport a costume and stroll through Trunk-or-Treat Lane, while rocking out to tunes by a DJ. Then continue the fun with a pumpkin to decorate at the pumpkin patch. Free. Pine Trails Park, 10555 Trails End, Parkland. cityofparkland.org/

Is It Haunted?

Oct. 26, 7-9 p.m. Nothing is spookier than exploring the 1918 Davie School, the 1912 Viele House and the Pioneer Home by flashlight. Last entry at 8:15 p.m. $10. Old Davie School Historical Museum, 6650 Griffin Road, Davie. olddavieschool.org

Halloween Weekend Celebration at IKEA Sunrise

Oct. 27 and 28, 12-4 p.m. Children can come dressed in costumes for craft activities, costume parades and other fun surprises. Families must be IKEA FAMILY members to participate. Free. Parent must be present. ikea.com/us/en/store/sunrise/activities

Halloween at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Locals and resort guests are invited to a special trick-or-treat day. Complimentary children’s activities and candy stations will be set up throughout the resort. Ilios Restaurant will also be featuring a Halloween menu. 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. 954-414-2222 or facebook.com/events/877194979156977/

Halloween Comic Fest

Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. This event is a one-stop shop for Halloween-themed comic books and other curious merchandise. Free comics for all ages will be handed out at participating comic stores throughout Broward County. At Lauderdale Comics, there will also be a costume contest with registration starting at noon, and Halloween-inspired bubble tea will be sampled 2 to 6 p.m. Lauderdale Comics, 1929 S. Federal Highway. lauderdalecomics.com or halloweencomicfest.com/StoreLocator

Fiesta Fall Carnival

Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.Experience the fall season with music, bounce houses, games, and more. Lauderdale Manors Park, 1340 Chateau Park Drive, Fort Lauderdale. fortlauderdale.gov/halloween

Croissant Park Halloween Party

Oct. 27, 4-6 p.m. Family activities, games, contests, prizes and food. Croissant Park, 245 W. Park Drive, Fort Lauderdale. fortlauderdale.gov/halloween

Trick-Or-Treat On 2nd Street

Oct. 27, 1-5 p.m. Bounce houses, carnival games, face painting, yummy treats, a kid and pet costume parade, costume contests, treats and more. Free. Esplanade Park, 400 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale. fortlauderdale.gov/halloween

Mad Hatter and Alice in Wonderland Halloween Party

Oct. 27, 4-6 p.m. Don’t be late for this very important date: dress up and head to Wonderland with The Mad Hatter and Alice for kooky crafts, pizza, magical storytime, trick-or-treating and some “mad” karaoke. Limited seating so RSVP. $35 per child, adults free. Sip and Sparkle, 11372 W. State Road 84, Davie. sipandsparkle.com

Boo! By The Sea Halloween Stroll 2018

Oct. 27, 3-6 p.m. Kids ages 3-11 in costume are invited to enjoy halloween-themed activities and trick-or-treating in Boo Town Plazas: West Commercial Business District Plazas – Sea Fan, Eagle Ray, Parrotfish and Green Turtle – located just over the Intracoastal bridge on Commercial Blvd. Kid-friendly music, face painting, a magician, cookie decorating and a fire truck and BSO vehicles. Free. 239 E. Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. lbtsevents.com/events

Family Painting Class

Oct. 27, 1-3 p.m. Kids with a parent or guardian can paint jack-o'-lanterns with glowing eyes with the guidance of an instructor. All materials and supplies are provided, including aprons. $25 per canvas. Arts and Crafts Social Club, 902 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale. bit.ly/2xSdkhR

Third Annual Pet Halloween Costume Contest

Oct. 27, noon. Bust out your most original, funniest and best human-pet team costumes for this contest at The Animal Lovers Society Resale Boutique Shoppe & Café, 5482 W. Sample Road, Margate. Entry donation of $5 will be used to help animals in need. animallovershoppe.org

City of Margate Fall Festival

Oct. 27, 6-11 p.m. Enjoy a concert featuring The Tobacco Road Band and line dancing, plus hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo, a scarecrow-building contest and a haunted house crafted by the Margate Police and Fire Explorers. Free. City Of Margate Sports Complex, 1695 Banks Road, Margate. margatefl.com

Town of Davie Halloween Happenings

Oct. 27, 1-5 p.m. A horse costume contest at 2:30 p.m. makes this a signature Davie event. There will be a kids costume contest at 4 p.m. for 5 and under, 6-8 and 9-12. Awards will be given for spookiest, cutest and most original costumes. Free. Bergeron Rodeo Grounds, 4271 Davie Road. davie-fl.gov

Fall Festival at Plantation United Methodist Church

Oct. 28, 3-6:60 p.m. This kid-centered event is packed with family fun such as hayrides, music, face painting, games a bounce house and “trunk or treat” style trick-or-treating. Free. Plantation United Methodist Church,1001 N.W. 70th Ave., Plantation. facebook.com/events/2121281467942668/

Texas Roadhouse Miramar Trunk or Treat

Oct. 30, 5-9 p.m. Local businesses and organizations will be passing out candy while kids can enjoy face painting, a cotton candy machine, creations from a balloon artist and a costume contest at 7 p.m. The first 100 kids will receive a trick-or-treat goodie bag along with a free kids meal for their next visit. Free. Texas Roadhouse Miramar, 3241 SW 160th Ave, Miramar. facebook.com/events/324286545008980/?ti=ia

Boo-ville

Oct. 30, 6-9 p.m. All ages are invited to dress in costume and enjoy a pumpkin patch with hidden prizes, movies, a costume contest, trick-or-treat stations, arts and crafts, and a pumpkin carving contest. Families are asked to bring their pre-decorated pumpkins to compete in three different categories: scariest, funniest and most creative. Admission and parking are free. Charles F. Dodge City Center, 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines. 954-392-2116 or ppines.com/specialevents

Not So Spooky Haunted House

Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Kids can go door-to-door trick-or-treating with residents of the Marrinson Senior Care assisted living facility. Free. 1776 NE 26th St. in Wilton Manors. 954-566-1775 or Marrinson.com

Not So Spooky Halloween

Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m. Trick-or-treat at 20 different stations, enjoy a DJ, games, concessions and a Fire & Fountain show, plus $1,000 in prizes and a wizard show at 7:15 p.m. Mommy and daddy relaxation stations set up throughout the event. Free. The Village of Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Highway, Highland Beach. gulfstreampark.com

Pompano Citi Centre Halloween Bash

Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m. Kids 10 and under are invited to come dressed in their best costumes to enjoy a magical Wizard Show, Halloween craft activities, candy and giveaways, plus $1 carousel rides. Adult supervision required; masks allowed only on kids under 10. Free. PompanoCitiCentre.com

Hallandale Beach Halloween Festival

Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m. Enjoy games, music, candy and a costume contest at 7 p.m. Free. OB Johnson Park, 1000 NW 8th Ave., Hallandale. CoHB.org/parks

Hallelujah Night

Oct. 31, 7-8 p.m. Games, food, candy and prizes. Please, no scary costumes. Free. Praise Tabernacle International, 1050 NW 43rd Ave., Plantation. praiseti.org

Miami-Dade County

Hallow Fest at Jungle Island

Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 26-28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Every weekend at Jungle Island, enjoy interactive games, haunted trails, pumpkin painting, face painting, costume contests, animal interactions, photo opportunities, a winding hay barrel maze, scarecrows, and a trick-or-treating candy trail throughout the park. Also, Halloween-themed carnival food, potion drinks, smoking cocktails, pumpkin spice lattes and a festive beer garden for grown-ups. Guests can enjoy the “Buy A Day, Play For A Year” special through Oct. 21. Costume contests with prizes are planned Oct. 26-28. $52.95 adults, $39.95 ages 3-10. Jungle Island is at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail in Miami. jungleisland.com

Pinto’s Farm Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Enjoy food, photos and pumpkin picking. Admission includes pedal boats rides, tractor rides, pony rides, race track and access to the children’s zoo. Last admission is at 4:30 p.m. $15 online, $19 at gate. Pinto’s Farm, 14890 SW 216th St., Miami. pintofarm.com

Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival

Oct. 13-14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Pick your perfect pumpkin from more than 5,000 pumpkins, plus a full carnival, pumpkin decorating, kids corn stalk maze, scarecrow village, shows and activities, and a Pumpkin food court and beer garden. $20-$80. Regatta Park, 3400 Pan American Drive, Miami. coconutgrovepumpkinpatch.com

Hocus Pocus

Oct. 13, 8-10 p.m. Fantasy Theatre Factory is hosting a free viewing of this Disney classic. Kids will receive free candy. Sandrell Rivers Theater, 6103 NW 7th Ave., Miami. bit.ly/2QkmtXR

Little Monster Tales

Oct.13, 11 a.m.-noon. A sensory-friendly performance of "Little Monster Tales” combines puppets, music and juggling with literature and comedic elements that will delight children with curious stories of monsters, kids and more. Free. Sandrell Rivers Theater, 6103 NW 7th Ave., Miami. bit.ly/2QjhUNu

2018 Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash

Oct. 14, 1-5 p.m. Costumes are encouraged for this party, which offers a toddler room, donut decorating, NBC6’s Roxanne Vargas and goodies from Shipt, GoGo Squeez, Power Crunch, Sugarman Candy, Vintage Pops and others. Enjoy mini-pumpkin decorating, storytime, theater performances, Pirate Island and trick-or-treating throughout the museum's 17 galleries. Tickets include lunch by Pollo Tropical, activities, treats, parking and more. $45. Miami Children's Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. miamichildrensmuseum.org

Family Movie Night

Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. Enjoy Halloween-themed activities before the 7:30 p.m. movie, including a scary flashlight tour. Popcorn, hotdogs and treats sold separately. $5. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest. pinecrestgardens.org

Howl-O-Ween

Oct. 20, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dress up your dog in a costume and compete for prizes while you “Trunk-or-Treat.” Trails and Tails Park Doral, 11645 NW 50th St., Doral. Free. cityofdoral.com

Kiddo-Ween Party

Oct. 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. With more than 40 exhibitors and plenty of entertainment and activities for kids, pre-teens and parents, this free party is all about safe trick-or-treating. Kids can play in a fun zone with a bounce house, face painting, take pictures in a scary photo booth and follow a pumpkin path. Free. Pets welcome. The Falls, 8888 SW 136th St., Miami. simon.com/mall/the-falls

Scary-Okee

Oct. 20, 7-10 p.m. Enjoy a Halloween-themed karaoke show at 7 p.m. The movie, "Boo! A Madea Halloween," starts at 8 p.m. Sandrell Rivers Theater, 6103 NW 7th Ave., Miami. bit.ly/2CEGSEr

Hansel & Gretel

Oct. 21, 2 and 4:30 p.m. Come in costume, meet the performers and trick-or-treat on the set of this family-friendly opera. $20 adults, $10 child. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Miami. mcopera.org

Halloween Bash: Monster Splash

Oct. 26-28. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy Halloween-themed shows, Flipper’s Dance Party, a pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating and scarecrow-making. $46.99; $36.99 ages 3-9. Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami. miamiseaquarium.com/monstersplash

Trick or Treat

Oct. 26, 6-10 p.m. Enjoy a haunted house, kids costume parade, creepy performances and candy and giveaways sponsored by Florida Blue. Free. South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. 786-573-5300 or SMDCAC.org

Halloween Trunk or Treat and Golf Cart Parade

Oct. 26, 6-10 p.m. Enjoy a trunk-or-treat, haunted house, costume contest, photo booth, food trucks and more. Golf cart parade starts at 7 p.m. at the corner of Holiday Road and Martinique Drive. Costume contest limited to the first 25 participants in each age group: 0-2, 3-6, 7-9, 10-13, 14 and up, and pets. Free. 6-10 pm. Cutler Ridge Park, 10100 SW 200th St., Cutler Bay. cutlerbay-fl.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/3745/19?curm=10&cury=2018

Halloween Haunted Trails and Kids Fun Zone

Oct. 26, 7-11 p.m. Enjoy scary hayrides, haunted trails, Kids Zone, costume parade, ghoulish entertainment and food for purchase. $5, 5-ticket Family Pack for $20 (pre-sale only). Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park, 1725 NE 135th St., North Miami. northmiamifl.gov or 305-895-9840

Safe Night of Fright

Oct. 26, 5-9 p.m. Enjoy a movie in the park, pumpkin carving and “truck or treat.” Free admission and refreshments for sale. North Shore Park, 501 72nd St., Miami Beach. miamibeachfl.gov or 305-861-3616

Spooktacular Costume Contest

Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Contest open to all ages including babies, kids and families. Free. Aquatic Center, 1401 Westward Drive, Miami Springs. miamisprings-fl.gov

Howl-O-Springs @ the Circle

Oct. 27, 4-8 p.m. Enjoy live music and photo opportunities, scare zones and rides, food, trick or treating, and a Jack-o-Lantern contest. $5 residents, $10 nonresidents. Royal Poinciana Blvd. and Curtiss Parkway, Miami Springs. miamisprings-fl.gov

3 Night Not-So-Spooky Halloween Festival

Oct. 26, 27, 31. Three nights of movies at 7:30 p.m. plus a Trunk or Treat 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 (trunk registration required). “Mickey’s House of Villains” on Friday, “Disney’s Halloween Town” on Saturday, and “Hocus Pocus” on Oct. 31. Free. Hosted by All Star Activities at Westwood Park, 11350 SW 53rd Terrace. Register a trunk at allstaractivities.org or 786-865-2922.

Halloween Spooky Cupcakes Workshop

Oct. 27, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Kids 2-8 can participate with an adult in a baking class created for parents and kids to enjoy cooking together. Costumes encouraged. $28 per child with one adult included. Registration required, space is limited. Taste Buds Kitchen, 147460 SW 26th St., Miami. 305-903-2023 or tastebudskitchen.com/miamiwest/

Zoo Boo

Oct. 27-28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This trick-or-treating event for ages 12 and under has costume contests and special performances, plus guests can see wild animals receiving their Halloween treats. Zoo Boo included with regular zoo admission. $22.95; $18.95 ages 3-12. Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami. zoomiami.org

Spooky Science Monster Mash

Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy underwater pumpkin carving, spooky new science experiments, snake and owl encounters, Halloween Hustle dance shows, an “Into the Cauldron” live show and a new Mini-Me science class (extra ticket required). Family-friendly, non-political costumes welcome; no masks allowed. $17-$29. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132. 305-434-9600. frostscience.org/event/spooky-science/

Halloween Comic Fest

Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. This event is a one-stop shop for Halloween-themed comic books and other curious merchandise. Free comics for all ages will be handed out at participating comic stores throughout Miami-Dade County. halloweencomicfest.com/StoreLocator

Nightmare on Montrose

Oct. 27, 5-9 p.m. Enjoy pumpkin decorating, costume contest, costume parade for the little ghosts and ghouls, music, food trucks, and a haunted house. Picnic Park West, 15151 NW 82nd Ave., Miami Lakes. Free. toml.eventbrite.com or 305-698-9308

City of Aventura Halloween

Oct. 27, 5-9 p.m. Enjoy free Halloween activities, a DJ with interactive games, inflatables, arts and crafts, a trick-or-treat trail, costume parade, food trucks and a movie, “Hotel Transylvania 3” at 7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Alcoholic beverages and pets not permitted. Parking will be available at the City of Aventura Government Center parking garage and the Harbour Centre. Free shuttles will run to Founders Park from the Harbour Centre 5-9:30 p.m. cityofaventura.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=81

Halloween Weekend Celebration at IKEA Miami

Oct. 27 and 28, 4-6 p.m. Children can come dressed in costumes for craft activities, costume parades and other fun surprises. Families must be IKEA FAMILY members to participate. Free. Parent must be present; please arrive on time. ikea.com/us/en/store/miami/activities

Halloween Family Boo Bash

Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Family-friendly Halloween bash with activities for kids such as balloon art, pony rides, face painting and more. $5. Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village, 22400 Old Dixie Highway, Miami. cauleysquare.com

Howl-O-Ween

Oct. 28, 12-5 p.m. Pinecrest Gardens will become haunted by four-legged ghouls and their scary human companions as Paws-4-You celebrates with tricks and treats, a costume contest, a Doggie Fun Zone Agility course, food, drinks, live entertainment, a spooky Kids’ Zone and pumpkin patch. $5. Off-premise parking at Christ the King Church, Palmetto Senior High and Pinecrest Elementary, with free shuttle service. pinecrestgardens.org

Spooky Symphony

Oct. 28, 4 p.m. Free, family-friendly Halloween concert performed by the Alhambra Orchestra and Greater Miami Youth Symphony featuring music from popular films such as “Jurassic Park,” “Lord of the Rings” and “Star Wars,” plus other eerie selections. There will be a multimedia presentation, a surprise vocalist and costume-clad musicians and audience members. Free. Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami. Get free tickets at MiamiDadeCountyAuditorium.org or call 800-745-3000.

Mall-o-ween Celebration

Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. Kids 10 and under are invited to dress up and do some store-to-store trick-or-treating. No full facial masks or toy weapons. A free Halloween-themed photo opp will be available. Free. Arrive early as candy tends to run out. Westland Mall, 1675 W. 49th St., Hialeah. shoppingwestlandmall.com

Mall-O-Ween

Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. Kids 10 and under are invited to enjoy fun games with the friendly, bilingual Gigi the Witch on stage in center court. Trick-or-treat afterward at participating stores while supplies last. Masks allowed in small children only. Free. Mall of the Americas, 7795 W. Flagler Street, Miami. malloftheamericas.com

Safe Streets Halloween

Oct. 31, 4-7 p.m. Block Party will offer trick-or-treating, free candy, games, music, pumpkin painting and more. Free. Southwest 72nd Street from U.S.1 to Red Road in Miami. facebook.com/events/safe-streets-halloween/881025491955952/

Halloween on Lincoln Road Mall

Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m. Music from local DJs and in-store trick-or-treating. The party turns to adult fun after 8 p.m. with a WALLCAST screening of “Night of the Living Dead” and pop-up bars. Free. Lincoln Road Mall, On Lincoln Road between Alton and Washington streets., Miami. lincolnroadmall.com/halloween-night-on-lincoln-road/

Halloween Happenings

Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m. Carnival games, treats, tot street, rides and haunted house for older children and adults. Masks not allowed on adults and kids older than 10. $5 (cash only). Refreshments for sale. Scott Rakow Youth Center, 2700 Sheridan Ave., Miami Beach. miamibeachfl.gov or 305-673-7767

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