Events Roundup: What to Do This October in The Palm Beaches
From wellness-focused events to Halloween celebrations…
A look at what’s happening this Halloween in The Palm Beaches.
Spooky season has arrived in The Palm Beaches, and this year there’s an exciting variety of events and activities that will get you into the Halloween spirit. We’ve compiled a list of festivities, from trick-or-treating and pumpkin patches to haunted houses and costume contests, that will guarantee an eek-tastic time throughout October. You won’t want to miss these celebrations!
Known as one of the best old-fashioned Halloween options in the area, Spookyville is geared toward children 10 and younger and offers an array of safe treats, live entertainment, a kiddie train, costume contests, games, food trucks and more. Held at the South Florida Fairgrounds’ Yesteryear Village, this year the event spans two weekends: Oct. 22-24 and Oct. 29-31, 2021. The hours are 5 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The cost is $10 per person (free for kids age 2 and younger) and you can purchase tickets online. And for the 21+ crowd, on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, from 8 to 11 p.m., the new Costumes and Cocktails event will take over Yesteryear Village for dancing and libations. Break out your best costume for a chance to win a $500 cash prize. Tickets cost $35.
Join the Historical Society of Palm Beach County for an inaugural Haunting History Tour on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum. You’ll learn the chilling stories of the county’s history, from a scandalous woodsman to a killer postmistress. Some people believe the historic courthouse is haunted, and you’ll find out why. The event is 21+ and includes wine and light bites. The cost is $25 and you can register online.
This year, the animals are the ones getting the treats at the Palm Beach Zoo and you can get an up-close look while they enjoy pumpkins and other enrichments. The special viewing times are Thursday, Oct. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, with a different schedule of animals receiving their goodies each day. Though there won’t be candy stations for the humans, kiddos are still encouraged to wear costumes during their visit and fall treats are available for purchase at the Tropics Cafe.
Get your thrills and chills by touring three different haunted mazes — Fatal Fables, Siren’s Curse and Red Room — three nights per week at the South Florida Fairgrounds through the end of October 2021. The midway with carnival rides, games, scare zones, food and live entertainment opens at 6 p.m. each night, with the haunts starting at 7 p.m. The park closes at 11 p.m. on Thursdays and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The haunts feature live actors and cool special effects that aim to fright! Admission is $40 at the gate and includes 30 fright tickets for the haunts and rides.
The Jolly Roger flag will fly above Ocean Avenue in Downtown Boynton Beach during the Pirate Fest & Mermaid Splash on Saturday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Get ready for swashbuckling adventures at this free festival, including pirate reenactments, magic shows, interactive mermaid tanks and children’s activities. You can also participate in a treasure hunt, mermaid pageant and costume contest. Venture into Hobb’s Cove, a bustling Old-World port brimming with pirate supersititions about local shipwrecks. A variety of food and beverage booths from area vendors will also be available.
At the U-pick and farm location of Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market, the Fall Festival is a cornucopia of seasonal fun, including a pumpkin patch, tractor rides, a corn maze and exotic animal encounters. Chow down on homemade ice cream, roasted sweet corn, smoked turkey legs, cider doughnuts and other delicious items. Open Wednesday–Monday starting at 9 a.m. through Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, the festivities wind down at 5 p.m. on Sundays and 6 p.m. all other days. Admission is $22.
Meet, feed and pet animals like sloths, kangaroos, lemurs and capybaras during a 1.5-hour Halloween-themed walking tour hosted by Animal EDventure Park & Safari. You’ll also be able to take amazing photo ops among decorated pumpkin patches, complete with hay bales, scarecrows and other Halloween props. Tours run through Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday–Friday and at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $25 (under age 2 free) and reservations are required. Text (561) 350-6948 to book.
Calling all goblins and ghouls: On Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, from 3 to 6 p.m., you can pick up a trick-or-treat bag at the Boynton Beach Mall’s Center Court and collect candy at stations outside of participating stores. Over at the Food Court, enjoy a magic show, circus act and costume contest — be sure to register for the contest at the beginning of the event for a chance to win.
Head to Downtown Delray Beach for an assortment of activities on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Stroll Atlantic Avenue to view the storefront decorations and enjoy Trick-or-Treating on the Avenue, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with merchants handing out treats. Then, the 59th Annual Halloween Parade kicks off at 1 p.m. at East 5th and Atlantic avenues — line up to be part of the parade and show off your costume! It ends at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, where Kidsfest is happening from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy food, arts and crafts, vendors and entertainment throughout the afternoon.
Benefitting Achievement Centers for Children & Families, the 10th Annual Witches of Delray charity bike ride will fly through downtown on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at 7:30 a.m. The route starts at City Hall and includes historic Downtown Delray, Atlantic Avenue and Highway A1A, and ends at the Delray Green Market. After the witches’ flight, there’s a contest for Best Decorated Bike, Best Witch Costume, Best Group Costume and Best Witch Cackle. Entry is $30.
Bring the kids in costume on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m., and enjoy family-friendly Halloween games and crafts while learning about nocturnal creatures such as owls, toads, snakes and spiders. Remember to bring a flashlight and bug spray to continue the adventure outside along the boardwalk at night. This free event is at the Daggerwing Nature Center within the Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park.
Celebrate all things pumpkin with a bounty of fall fun on Saturday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., have a blast with the family finding your way through the inflatable cornstalk maze, decorating pumpkins, dressing up scarecrows, picking the perfect pumpkin, snapping photos and riding unlimited carnival rides. And don’t forget about all the sweet and savory pumpkin delights at the food court, along with other fair favorites. Adults can also cool off with a cold one at the pumpkin beer bars. On Halloween there will also be trick-or-treat stations and a costume showcase at noon, so little ones can show off their outfit on stage. Admission is $25 (free for age 3 and under) and you can purchase tickets online.
Come out to Village Park for the city’s Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, from 3 to 10 p.m. Admission is free and and includes a wide variety of activities. Don’t miss the bounce houses, costume contests, food trucks, hay rides, live entertainment, pie-eating contests, petting zoo, trick-or-treating and more. You can also get a free shuttle ride from The Mall at Wellington Green near Macy’s, beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Experience toil and trouble at The Gardens Mall‘s Grand Court beginning Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, and running through Halloween. During mall hours (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays), visit Batty Manor, the not-so-haunted house, to enjoy riddles and jokes from the animatronic ghoul duo Mrs. Whistifer and Mr. Hanks. On Saturdays and Sundays, stilt walkers in spider costumes add to the festivities from 1 to 4 p.m.
Take advantage of a free afternoon of Halloween-themed activities during Spooktacular at Legacy Place on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arrive in costume and pick up a treat-or-treating pumpkin pail to gather treats from participating merchants. Other activities include a Spooky Slime Booth to make your own ghostly goop, face painting, a Monster Mash dance party, special visits from characters like Princess Elsa and Pikachu, a Circus Dog Show and a mad-scientist demonstration.
Get into the spirit of the spookiest time of year at The Breakers on Halloween. The slate of activities includes spine-chilling banana boat rides, tie-dyeing, enchanted build-a-bear, and The Breakers Annual Tricket Treat from 6 to 7:30 p.m. — a chance to journey through the hotel for a ghoulishly good time. Make reservations by calling (561) 655-6611.
An all-day fall fest on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, will offer free family-friendly entertainment at Harbourside Place starting at 11 a.m. Trick-or-treat at more than 50 vendors, explore a huge pumpkin patch, get face painting or fairy hair, play games, listen to music, enter a costume contest and much more.
Assemble your “boo crew” for a good time at the Trick-or-Treat Bash on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Jupiter Community Center. All ages are welcome for this free event that will feature carnival games, music, food trucks, character visits from Spiderman and Moana, pumpkin decorating and — of course — trick-or-treating. Just be sure to BYOB (bring your own bag) to collect your goodies.
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