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What to do with the kids this weekend: kid-friendly Halloween fun

Jennifer Jhon
Contact ReporterSouth Florida Parenting

Halloween is almost here, and the weekend is filled to overflowing with kids events throughout South Florida.

Shriek Week, Spookyville and Boo at the Zoo continue this weekend in Palm Beach County, while Miami has the Zoo Boo, Frost Science Monster Mash and Miami Seaquarium Monster Splash. Broward has the Hollyweird Halloween Block Party, fall festivals in Margate and Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek, and Booville in Pembroke Pines.

Our picks for the top family events in South Florida this weekend include the following:

YAA Halloween Party, Friday. Enjoy a dance party, art activities, costume parade and contest from 3 to 8 p.m. at Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. Regular admission applies.

Boo Bash, Friday. Enjoy a carnival and inflatable rides, stage performers and DJs, a haunted bus, games, a pumpkin patch costume contest and more from 5 to 9 p.m. at Community Park, 850 NE 18th Ave., Pompano Beach. Free.

Spooky Soiree, Friday. Enjoy trick-or-treating, a costume contest, haunted photo opportunities, entertainment and a specialty cocktail for parents from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Grand Court of The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens.

Hoot ‘N’ Howl, Friday. Bring kids in costume for not-so-scary Halloween games and crafts and to learn about nocturnal creatures such as owls, toads, snakes and spiders. Bring a flashlight and bug spray to explore the boardwalk after dark from 6 to 8 p.m. at Daggerwing Nature Center, 11435 Park Access Road, Boca Raton. Free.

Fall Festival, Friday. Bring costumes and cameras for trick-or-treating, costumed characters, activities, music and photo opportunities from 6 to 8 p.m. at Burns Road Community Recreation Campus, 4404 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens. Free.

Kooky Halloween, Friday. Enjoy bounce houses, candy, music, prizes, games, a flashlight Egg Haunt, trick or treating and more from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 200 Military Trail, Jupiter. Free.

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat, Friday. Enjoy a haunted house, costume contest, photo booth, food trucks and more from 6 to 9 p.m. at Cutler Ridge Park, 10100 SW 200th St., Cutler Bay.

Movie Night in the Park: “Goosebumps,” Friday. With food trucks. Bring chairs or picnic blankets. 5 p.m.; movie starts at 7 p.m. Goodlet Park, 4200 W. Eighth Ave., Hialeah.

Family Hayride & Campfire at Quiet Waters Park, Friday. Hayride and s’mores from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. $3.50 for ages 3 and up, pay at the gate or call to preregister: 954-357-5100.

Booogie By The Beach, Friday and Saturday. Two nights of free contests, games and exhibits, plus a $1 haunted house, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Pelican Community Park, 18115 North Bay Road, Sunny Isles Beach. Rides require a $20 wristband ($5 for residents).

IKEA Sunrise 10th Anniversary and children's concert, Saturday. Enjoy free IKEA gift cards for the first 100 guests, a free breakfast and IKEA tote bag with your IKEA Family card until 11 a.m., raffles, free face painting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and musical theater performances of Peter And The Wolf, with a fun instrument "petting zoo," from 1 to 2:45 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. at 151 NW 136th Ave, Sunrise RSVP required for concert.

Tradewinds Park Fall Festival, Saturday. Model steam train rides, hayrides, a car show, a balloon twister, food trucks, fall games and crafts, bounce houses, a rock wall, interaction with farm animals, barn tours, a face painter, and farm tours and demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activity tickets start at $1. Proceeds benefit retired horses at the Retirement Pasture. Tradewinds Park & Stables is at 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek.

Children With Special Needs Family Resource Fair, Saturday. Learn about special needs resources and enjoy fun activities for the kids, including giveaways, refreshments, activities, entertainment, a quiet area and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Signature Grand, 6900 State Road 84, Davie. Free.

Repticon West Palm Beach, Saturday and Sunday. Reptile event features reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, merchandise, live animal seminars and free raffles at the South Florida Expo Center, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. $12; ages 5-12, $5.

Pumpkin Patch Party, Saturday. Enjoy a pumpkin patch, food and treats, safety tips for trick-or-treating, costumes, children’s slide and bounce houses, clowns and balloons, face painting, pony rides, games and a teddy bear clinic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kendall Regional Medical Center, 11750 Bird Road, Miami. Free.

Spooky Science Monster Mash, Saturday. Wear costumes to the museum for science experiments, underwater pumpkin carving, and two new exhibits — “Brain” and “Monster Fish” — at the Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. The museum is also offering Broward residents a 15 percent discount through November.

Monster Mash, Saturday. Ages 6 and up are invited to come in costume, bring a swimsuit or both for activities in and out of the water, including trick-or-treating, a bounce house, a giant teeter-totter, fresh popcorn and more from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Swim Center, 21618 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton. Free.

A Spook-Tacular Halloween, Saturday. Trick-or-treat in costume along Atlantic Avenue and Pineapple Grove from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A Halloween Parade will start at 1 p.m. at the southeast corner of Old School Square Park, heading east through downtown Delray Beach to Veterans Park. A Kidsfest will have entertainment, a bounce house, food, crafts and more from noon to 3 p.m. at Veterans Park, 802 NE First St., Delray Beach.

Monster Splash, Saturday and Sunday. Miami Seaquarium is open with a pumpkin patch, create a scarecrow zone, and Flipper's Dance Party plus face painting, inflatables and rides included with general admission at 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne.

Davie’s Halloween Happenings, Saturday. Enjoy a pumpkin patch, haunted house, inflatable rides, hayride and train rides, a petting farm, food vendors and costume contests for kids and horses from 1 to 5 p.m. at Robbins Lodge, 4005 S. Hiatus Road, Davie. Free.

Family S.T.E.M.: Bats and Energy Vampires, Saturday. Experiments, bat education, activities and discussion for school-aged children with caregivers from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Davie. Register at

Halloween Movie Night: “The Emoji Movie,” Saturday. Come early for a DJ, inflatables, arts and crafts, trick-or-treat trail, costume parade and food trucks starting at 4:30 p.m. The movie is 7-8:30 p.m. at Founders Park, 3105 NE 190th St., Aventura. Shuttle service will run to and from Harbour Centre from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Free.

Booville Halloween, Saturday. Dress for a costume contest, rides, pumpkin patch, treat-or-treat stations and spooky holiday fun activities from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. Tickets for ages 17 and under, $2.

Hollyweird Halloween Block Party, Saturday. Trick-or-treating, live music, candy stations, playground, balloon twisters, face painting and a children’s costume contest with prizes will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the ArtsPark in downtown Hollywood. Adults are welcome to stay for the bands, outdoor bars and adult costume contests with prizes after 9 p.m. Free.

Margate Fall Festival, Saturday. Concert featuring the Casey Raines Band, a haunted house, line dancing, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, costume contests for all ages, pumpkin carving contests (bring your own carved pumpkin), scarecrow building contest, chili cook-off, and programs for young children from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Margate Sports Complex, 1695 Banks Road. Free.

Spooky Adventures, Saturday. Trick-or-treating stations, monster movies, haunted train rides, food and more from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami. $10.

“Trunk or Treat” and Costume Party, Sunday. Halloween is the theme of this month’s Cars & Coffee Palm Beach event, a monthly gathering of South Florida’s finest automobiles from 8 a.m. to noon at Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach. Free.

Halloween In The Garden, Sunday. Ages 2-6 are invited for costumes, treats, crafts, games, face painting and pictures with Luna the sea turtle from 10 a.m. to noon at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Bug spray and bottled water recommended. Advanced tickets, $7. Walk-ins, $14.

Spooky Symphony, Sunday. The Greater Miami Youth Symphony and the Alhambra Orchestra will perform Halloween family concert at 1 and 4 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Free. Reserve first-access passes online.

Howl-O-Ween, Sunday. Paws-4-You celebrates Howl-O-Ween with tricks and treats, a costume contest, a Doggie Fun Zone Agility Course, food, drinks, a spooky Kids’ Zone and a pumpkin patch from noon to 5 p.m. at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest. $5 per person.,, 954-574-5316 or Twitter @sfparenting


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