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10 Halloween Events In The Palm Beaches Guaranteed To Be A Frightfully Good Time

Winds howling, ghosts moaning, temperatures dropping below 80 degrees: Yes, Halloween is indeed approaching in South Florida. 

Here are 10 events in the Palm Beaches that you should explore this year, but only if you dare.

Cinépolis Handpicked October Screenings

Cinépolis Handpicked October Screenings
Photo courtesy of Cinépolis

In honor of the spookiest time of year, Cinépolis will be screening horror classics throughout the month of October as part of its weekly Handpicked series. “Frankenstein,” the 1931 version, will play on Oct. 16; “Beetlejuice” will be shown on Oct. 17; and the 1974 classic film “Young Frankenstein” will play on Oct. 23. Discounted tickets for each film can be purchased online. 

201 U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter; 561.277.1740; cinepolisusa.com

Fright Nights

Fright Nights
Photo courtesy of Fright Nights

With an event like Fright Nights right here in South Florida, you don’t need to drive all the way to Orlando for Halloween Horror Nights. From Oct. 11 to 13, Oct. 18 to 20 and Oct. 25 to 27, explore four haunted houses, including the decrepit Das Krankenhaus institution and the forgotten Mansion on Meadow Lane. If things get too scary, get traditional thrills from live music, food and carnival rides. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday, and 6 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561.793.0333; myfrightnights.com

Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo
Photo courtesy of Palm Beach Zoo

Boo at the Zoo is celebrating its 20th year of combining furry friends and Halloween celebrations. The event, being held from Oct. 19 to 21, and OCt. 26 to 28, will have wild animal encounters, a kids’ costume contest for ages 12 and younger, a DJ and more than 125,000 pieces of candy sponsored by FPL Connect. You can feel good about these sweets too: They come from manufacturers who follow sustainability practices that help Malayan tigers suffering from the harvesting of palm oil in Southeast Asia. Boo at the Zoo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561.547.9453; palmbeachzoo.org 

Wellington’s Fall Festival

Wellington’s Fall Festival
Photo courtesy of The Village of Wellington

Hayrides, haunted hallways and Halloween goodies are abound in Village Park on Oct. 20 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. The whole family will enjoy laser tag, bounce houses and face painting, as well as costume and pie-eating contests. Haunted hallways open at 5 p.m., and children must be at least 12 years old to enter them without an adult. Tickets can be purchased at Village Park and the Wellington Community Center.

11700 Pierson Road, Wellington; 561.791.4005; wellingtonfl.gov

Pumpkin Fest 2018

Pumpkin Fest 2018
Photo courtesy of Chasin A Dream Foundation

Celebrate Halloween on the water at Harbourside Place and pick plenty of pumpkins on Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free fall bash is hosted by Riverside Realty and the Chasin A Dream Foundation, which provides assistance to families with children who are battling cancer, cystic fibrosis and other life-threatening illnesses. Families can explore 45 vendors, a costume contest, a photo op area, trick-or-treating, balloon artists and face painting.

200 U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter; 561.315.7005; chasinadream.org

Palm Beach Gardens Fall Festival

Palm Beach Gardens Fall Festival
Photo courtesy of Palm Beach Gardens Recreation

Bring your trick-or-treat bags and best costumes to the Palm Beach Gardens City Hall Municipal Campus from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 26. Festivities include a rock climbing wall, an inflatable corn maze, live music from local band Burnt Biscuit, an outdoor screening of the 1993 Halloween caper “Hocus Pocus” and an inaugural trunk or treat. Trick-or-treaters with food allergies can find non-food goodies in teal pumpkins, provided by the Teal Pumpkin Project. 

10500 Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens; 561.799.4100; pbgfl.com

Boogah and Hoogah’s Haunted HouseParty at Batty Manor

Boogah and Hoogah’s Haunted HouseParty at Batty Manor
Photo courtesy of The Gardens Mall

Once Boogah and Hoogah arrive at the Batty Manor cottage, your little monsters will surely be scared with delight. The goofy goblin duo will perform six shows in the Grand Court of the Gardens Mall from Oct. 27 to 31 at 1 p.m. On Halloween they’ll be at the Spooky Soiree at 6 p.m. as well, complete with Instagram-worthy photo ops. Everyone is encouraged to dress in costumes while singing along to such tunes as “Hey Ho Halloween’s Here!” and “Rattle Your Bones.” 

3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561.775.7750; thegardensmall.com

Halloween at the Station

Halloween at the Station
Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Ave Station

Ghouls and gals can dress their spooky best at Elizabeth Ave Station, located in West Palm Beach’s trendy warehouse district on Oct. 27 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy food, live music, adult beverages, a tarot card reader, a festive photo booth and a costume contest. The winner will receive $200. 

1500-C Elizabeth Ave., West Palm Beach; 561.318.8011; thestationwpb.com

Moonfest

Moonfest
Photo courtesy of the City of West Palm Beach

Moonfest has been providing scary good delights in West Palm Beach for 26 years. This year’s musical lineup includes ’80s new wavers Bow Wow Wow, Spred the Dub, Otto Von Schirach and Information Society. Set along five haunted blocks of Clematis Street, this bar crawl will show off plenty of eye-catching costumes, from the “Gilligan’s Island” cast to the three-breasted woman from “Total Recall.” With a haunted house, two stages of live music and a $1,000 cash costume contest, there is something for every cool ghoul wanting to party on Oct. 27, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. 

100 to 500 blocks of Clematis Street (entrance on Quadrille Blvd.), West Palm Beach; 561.667.1030; moonfest.me

Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest by Peggy Adams

Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest by Peggy Adams
Photo courtesy of CityPlace

Dress up your pets in paw-sitively spooky costumes at CityPlace for the chance to win some dog-gone good prizes on Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the contest begins at noon. There will also be music, pet photos and games. Want to pick up a critter to keep? Adoptable pets from Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League will be present, and guests who adopt will receive a CityPlace gift card.

700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 561.366.1000; cityplace.com

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Ten Spook-tacular Halloween Events To Attend Around The Palm Beaches

Halloween is right around the corner, and Palm Beach is getting ready to host events throughout the area to celebrate the spooky occasion. Keep reading for 10 Halloween parties you won’t want to miss this year. 

Halloween At The Station

Enjoy live music, food, themed decor, a festive photobooth and cocktails—all in costume, of course. Located in the up-and-coming warehouse district, Elizabeth Ave Station will be hosting the event on Oct. 21 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. At 9 p.m., guests in the best costumes will walk down the catwalk as a panel of judges decides who will win the cash prize.

1500c Elizabeth Ave., West Palm Beach; thestationwpb.com

Boo At The Zoo

Returning for its 19th year at the Palm Beach Zoo, Boo At The Zoo will be held from Oct. 21-23 and Oct. 28-30. The family friendly event will feature trick-or-treating around the zoo, little kids costume contests (ages 12 and under), characters in costume, a DJ and more. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, and also from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28.

1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561.547.9453; palmbeachzoo.org

Clematis By Fright

Costume contests, thousands of dollars in prizes, hayrides, trick-or-treating in the haunted hallows and more await you at Clematis By Fright. The event, held by the City of West Palm Beach, is on Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Face painting, balloon twisters and games are also fun aspects of this Halloween party.

100 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561.822.2222; wpb.org/Meetings-Events/Event-Listings/Clematis-by-Fright-(1)

Garden’s Fall Festival 

Created for fun and families, Garden’s Fall Festival is on Oct. 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Burns Road Community Center. Trick-or-treating with your favorite costumed characters, children’s activities, live music by Burnt Biscuit and food and drinks will all be available at the event. The festival also supports children with food allergies: while trick-or-treating on the trail, teal pumpkins have non-food treats. 

4404 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens; 561.799.4100; pbgfl.com/743/Fall-Festival

Spooky Soiree 

Ghost, ghoul and goblin fans should head to The Gardens Mall on Oct. 27 for its Spooky Soiree. From 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. there will be trick-or-treating at participating stores, a costume contest, haunted photo opportunities and more. Each adult guest will receive a complimentary, Halloween-themed cocktail from BRIO Tuscan Grille. Who says Halloween’s just for kids? 

3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561.775.7750; thegardensmall.com/events/the-gardens-mall-spooky-soiree

Spooky Science Night

A mad scientist laboratory and Halloween fun house? What more could you want for a Spooky Science Night? Held at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Oct. 27, the event encourages guests to come in their best costumes for treats, prize giveaways, alligator pettings, an oozing pumpkins science demonstration and night sky viewing with Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches. Activities will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the observatory remaining open until 10 p.m. 

4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach; 561.832.1988; sfsciencecenter.org/events/nights-museum-spooky-science-0

Kooky Halloween 

Mark your calendars for Oct. 27 and join your fellow ghosts, princesses, monsters and more at the Jupiter Community Center for Kooky Halloween. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will include inflatable bounce houses, candy, music, prizes, games, a flashlight egg haunt and more. The philanthropic vampires over at One Blood will also be on site for a blood drive during the event.  

210 Military Trail, Jupiter; 561.746.5134; jupiter.fl.us/651/Kooky-Halloween

Poolside Brunch-Halloween Edition

A brunch filled with Halloween fun, the event at Hilton West Palm Beach on Oct. 28 will boast yoga, brunch, bottomless drinks, music and plenty of sun to soak up with your mimosa. Yoga will begin at 10 a.m., bottomless drinks begin at 11 a.m. and brunch will be held at 11:30 a.m.

600 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561.231.6000; www3.hilton.com

Scarecrow Festival And Contest 

The Historical Society of Palm Beach County’s Scarecrow Festival and Contest brings together lcoal families to learn about the history of agriculture in the county. The educational event brings in entries of decorated scarecrows from public and private school students, scout troops and other community groups. The event will be held at Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 28. 

300 North Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561.832.4164; hspbc.org/calendar/scarecrow-festival-and-contest-2

Moonfest

The music festival every Halloween fan can appreciate is Moonfest, with bands Surfer Blood, King Complex, Octo Gato and Catfish Critters, a set of DJs and more. The event will be on Oct. 28 from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. the next day. Featuring a haunted house, an art village, a laser light show, 3D projections, a food truck court and a $1,000 costume contest, Moonfest is the place to be for all music-loving locals. 

Clematis Street (Entrance on Quadrille Blvd.), West Palm Beach; moonfest.me

Photo courtesy of The Gardens Mall