Spooky Offerings and Festivities Kick Off for Halloween

October 8, 2020

A look at what's happening this Halloween in The Palm Beaches

While Halloween may look different this year, there are still many ways to have an eek-tastic time in The Palm Beaches, while staying safe. To help you get into the “Howl-oween” spirit and start planning, we’ve compiled a list of this year’s drive-through experiences, playful pumpkin-spiced offerings and more.  Grab your facial coverings, hand sanitizer and squad (costumes optional), because you won’t want to miss these festivities! 

Mother and daughter at the Boo at the Zoo
Photo credit: Palm Beach Zoo

Delray Beach 

Be Witched, Be Delray in Downtown Delray Beach
Stroll through Downtown Delray Beach for their Storefront Window Décor Parade from October 24 to 31. But the fun doesn’t stop there. The Achievement Centers for Children & Families are also hosting both live and virtual events throughout the month of October, such as a Witch Hat Decorating Contest. Continue the Halloween festivities by stopping by Death or Glory for the “Seance with R. Connor: Speak with the Dead” for a night, offered Sundays and Thursdays, to a 15-minute seance experience for just $20 per person. If you’re in town on Wednesdays in October, you can also enjoy “Witch Wednesdays,” which means fresh strawberry daiquiris for $7, all Wednesday night. Only the bravest souls can participate in Wicked Delray Ghost Tours, which begin at Veteran’s Park at 8 p.m. and take you through some of the area’s haunted sites. The tours are by reservation only.

Boynton Beach

Drive-Thru Candy Crawl at Boynton Beach Mall 
Goody bags and treats from participating vendors will be available on Halloween from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The event, which will be held just outside of the northeast entrance across from Cinemark, encourages social distancing and will include several drive-up stations as well as live entertainment including a stilt walker, juggling and decorations. You are encouraged to RSVP for the event in advance through their Facebook page. 

Jack-o'-lantern filled with candy.
Photo credit: Boynton Beach Mall

Palm Beach

Sean Green’s MASKerade Ball at Eau Spa 
On Friday, October 30, Eau Spa at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa will present A MASKerade Ball featuring choreographer Sean Green. The high-energy dance party encourages guests to bling out their face masks. The winner of the mask contest will receive a $500 spa credit. A Spooky Spa Tour and trick-or-treat experience with Eau Spa's vendors will add to the fun. For kids, ages five to 12, there will also be a maskerade ball featuring mask decorating, games, treats and fun. The cost to attend for adults starts at $50 per person, with the option to include a spa day pass in addition to the festivities for $75 per person, while the cost for kids is just $25 each. The event is open to local residents and hotel guests. Social distancing will be emphasized, and participants will be required to wear a mask. To find out more about the COVID-19 safety measures in place, visit the property’s travel information page

The Royal Poinciana Plaza’s Pop-Up Patch for Philanthropy
From October 10 to October 18, 2020, The Royal Poinciana welcomes you to celebrate fall in true Palm Beach fashion. Join several of The Royal’s vendors in the East Courtyard, for a philanthropy-centered day of fun. There will be over 1,000 pumpkins to choose from, including heirloom, traditional and mixed boxes. Suggested donations range from $5 to $30, based on the pumpkin type and size. On Saturdays, additional activities such as live music, costume contests, trick-or-treat grab and go bags, as well as exclusive discounts will add to the festivities. Proceeds raised by the pumpkin patch will benefit Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope, an organization that helps qualified local cancer patients by paying a portion of their non-medical bills (rent, car insurance, etc.), providing support and informational resources, while they undergo treatment. Pre-registration is required in advance to ensure limited capacity, volunteers will handle pumpkins, social distance and facial coverings are strongly encouraged, and hand sanitizer will be made available. To learn more about The Royal’s Commitment to Clean, read on here. If you prefer to pick up your pumpkins without leaving the comfort of your car, a ‘Pick Up Quick’ program is available per scheduled pick up as well.  

Girl dressed as unicorn in front of pumpkins
Photo credit: Capehart


West Palm Beach

Boo 2020 at the Palm Beach Zoo
Socially distant and not-so-scary fun awaits at Boo 2020. Taking place during the day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both October 30 and October 31,  the Zoo’s celebration will include Halloween decorations, a DJ, costume contests, Halloween-themed enrichments for the animals and specialty fall drinks, brews and treats at the on-site café.  

Attendees enjoy Lori Boo exhibit at last year’s Halloween event.
Photo credit: Palm Beach Zoo

Spookyville Drive-Thru
This year, Spookyville organizers are offering a safe alternative to its annual Halloween-oriented celebration. Spanning the last week of October, the re-envisioned event will offer families of little ones a fun drive-through alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. From October 23 through October 31, Halloween night, the family-friendly event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Children are encouraged to dress up while enjoying entertainment, which includes music, dancers and actors, not-so-spooky décor and Halloween vignettes. Costumed volunteers will offer treats from five candy stations as guests slowly cruise through the fairgrounds. The cost to attend is $25 per car. Afterward, families can also stick around to enjoy Fair Eats & Treats, which will feature popular fair food for purchase, from the comfort of their cars.

Two children dressed up n costumes for Halloween
Photo credit: South Florida Fairgrounds



Drive-thru Boo Halloween at The Mall at Wellington Green 

Recommended for those 14 and under, this no-contact, family-friendly event invites families to enjoy the Halloween feels from the comfort of their own car. Taking place from 1 to 3 p.m., it’s a welcome afternoon alternative to the traditional. Taking place in the mall’s parking lot, vehicles will be asked to enter near Lemongrass and Ashley Furniture, following designated route markers, and stopping at trick-or-treat stations along the way. Children will receive pre-packaged goodies while supplies last. Safety measures will be in place including a valid driver’s license, seatbelt usage, masks are required for guests who would like to interface with staff or vendors from their vehicles and follow speed limits.

Palm Beach Gardens

Downtown at The Gardens’ “Feed The Pumpkin” Drive
In honor of World Food Day, shoppers are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to “Feed The Pumpkin” during the half-month-long donation drive. Items can be dropped off at the pumpkin-shaped bins throughout the center. In partnership with CoreGiving, a non-profit that’s focused on fighting child hunger, the collected items will benefit the Palm Beach County Food Bank. Suggested donations include pasta, canned vegetables, beans, canned meats, canned meals, oatmeal and cereal. 

Downtown at the Gardens’ Hey Boo! Let’s Pumpkin Decorate!
Pick up your complimentary pumpkin decorating kit, while supplies last. They are available for pick up at participating retailers Bungalow Palm Beach, IT’S SUGAR, Pineapple Kidz, Sloan’s Ice Cream, The Spice & Tea Exchange and Vagabond Apparel Boutique. 

The Gardens Mall “Whistifer and Hanks’ Mostly Ghostly Revue”
Stop by the mall’s Grand Court during mall hours from October 17 through Halloween, for a spooky sighting of the Mall’s ghostly ghouls Mrs. Whistifer and her friend Mr. Hanks. Watch as they float and hover over Batty Manor sharing riddles, jokes and songs. COVID-19 safety precautions such as sanitation stations, facial coverings, modified seating and visual reminders remain in place and live performances have been replaced by animatronic characters to ensure visitor safety. Please visit their site for a complete list of all the safety precautions in place at The Gardens Mall. 

Batty Manor at The Gardens Mall
 Photo courtesy of The Gardens Mall

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