Events: Fall festivals, haunted houses with plenty of vampires and zombies

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Sep 20, 2021 11:08 AM

The season is upon us for pumpkins, scarecrows, hayrides and family fun. File illustration by staff photographer.

The season is upon us for pumpkins, scarecrows, hayrides and family fun. File illustration by staff photographer. (Taimy Alvarez / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

This is a list of reader-submitted public, in-person events. CDC social distancing and other guidelines apply. Please use the contact information to verify details. All programs and activities are subject to change without notice.

Fall Festival, Davie, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Oct. 1-Nov. 7. Features hayrides, pumpkin patch, crafts, harvest market and more. Enjoy frozen apple cider, funnel cakes, caramel apples, kettle corn and other seasonal treats. Flamingo Road Nursery, 1655 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. 631-352-6179. Free admission; $6 pumpkin painting.

Spooky Safari, Boynton Beach, tours start at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday-Sunday, through Oct. 31. Features hands-on animal encounters, seasonal decorations with a private pumpkin patch and more. Bedner’s Animal EDventures, 8545 US Highway 441, Boynton Beach. Space limited, must book in advance. $25 per person, $5 parking. Text 561-350-6948 to reserve.

Halloween Drive & Scream, Miramar, 7-11 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 1-Nov. 1. Devilish drive-through features wandering zombies, dancing skeletons, and other graveyard creeps and monsters. Each scene is inspired by horror cult classics and include actors in character, lighting, costuming, props and special effects. Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway, Miramar. General admission $60; VIP express lane $100; admission per car, up to 6 passengers. Get tickets at or see

Halloween Drive and Scream is a monthlong drive-through experience at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway.

Halloween Drive and Scream is a monthlong drive-through experience at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway. (SBI/Courtesy)

The Horrorland, Aventura 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, and 7 p.m.-midnight Friday- Saturday, Oct. 1-31. Offers a frightening drive-through experience for the whole family. Corner of Country Club Road and Abigail Road, across from Aventura Mall. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Masks should be worn inside the vehicle if guests plan to put down their windows. Tickets must be purchased in advance at $58.99-up per vehicle.

House of Horror Haunted Carnival, Doral, 6-11 p.m. Oct. 1-31; closed Mondays. Features Haunted Houses, rides and treats, plus 100,000 square feet of horror. Miami International Mall, 1625 NW 107th Ave., Doral. $15-$35.

Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser, Miami Lakes, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 1-31. Features live entertainment, food, photos, and fun for families of all sizes and ages. Miami Lakes United Methodist Church, 14800 NW 67th Ave., (corner of Miami Lakes Drive and Ludlam Road), Miami Lakes. 305-821-7274. $4-$12. children 12 or under get free admission with paying adult.

The Vampire Circus, Aventura, 7 p.m. Oct. 1-31. Features 90 minutes of innovative performances by vampires, including acrobatic feats, and comical interactions with the audience, plus tantalizing music and mesmerizing illusions. In the tent at Biscayne Boulevard and NE 199th St., Aventura, next to the mall. 786-390-8510. $39.99.

October ‘Halloweekends’ at the Old Davie School, Davie, 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. Oct. 2-30. Every Saturday features guided tours with a spooky twist. Includes Trick-or-treating and crafts. Bring a flashlight and visit 7-9 p.m. Oct. 29, for a not-so-spooky Halloween for $5. Old Davie School Historical Museum, 6650 Griffin Road, Davie. 954-797-1044. See or Weekend tours $7-$10.

Trick & Treat weekends at MODS, Fort Lauderdale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 2-31. Features Spooktacular Science activities, crafts, and treats for ghouls and goblins in costume. Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-467-6637. Free event with paid admission; $19-$24.

Fright Nights returns for weekends in October at the South Florida Fairgrounds, in West Palm Beach.

Fright Nights returns for weekends in October at the South Florida Fairgrounds, in West Palm Beach. (Kelly Goodman/Courtesy)

Fright Nights, West Palm Beach, 6-11 p.m. Oct. 8-9; Oct. 14-16; Oct. 21-23; and Oct. 28-30. Haunted houses open at 7 p.m. South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. $40 at the gate. Limited to 30 people per tour. Get tickets online at or

Harvest Festival, Davie, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., weekends Oct. 9-31. Admission includes hayrides, weather permitting, themed scavenger hunts, fun educational activities, harvest themed displays, photo ops, live performances, food and music. Flamingo Gardens Botanical Garden and Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. 954-473-2955. $15.95-$21.95.

Bow Wow Ween, Pembroke Pines, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 9. Halloween party and costume contest for dogs and their owners. K-9 Officer Craig Rupp Dog Park, 9751 Johnson St., Pembroke Pines (just east of Palm Avenue). 954-392-2116. or

Halloween Week, Miami daily 10 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m., and 4-6 p.m. Oct. 25-31. Miami Children’s Museum offers timed (2-hour) play sessions with limited capacity for guests age 2 and older; masks required. Tickets must be purchased in advance at $15-$22.

Fall craft & plant sale, Boca Raton, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 15-16, Features handmade and unusual gifts, crafts, decorations and plants for Halloween, Thanksgiving and other seasonal holidays. Boca Raton Garden Club’s clubhouse, 4281 NW Third Ave., Boca Raton. Admission free and open to the public. 561-395-9376.

Little Monster Tales, (a live sensory friendly performance), Miami, 11 a.m.-noon Oct. 16. This is a Fantasy Theatre Factory fan favorite. Sandrell Rivers Theater, 6103 NW Seventh Ave., Miami. 305-284-8872. $5.

Fall Festival, Wellington, 3-10 p.m. Oct. 16. Features Bounce Houses, costume contests, food trucks, petting zoo, hayrides, laser tag and more. Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road, Wellington. Free admission.

Hay Maze, Miami, 1-10 p.m. Oct. 22-Nov. 7. Get ready for scarecrows, haystacks, and sunflowers, an 80-foot by 80-foot hay maze and pumpkin wall, plus there’s a leaf pit with leaf throwing encouraged. Early bird tickets $10 or $50 for to enter the beer garden for unlimited beer. Proceeds will be donated to The Home Team, a youth development charity in Miami.

Drive n’ Treat, Coconut Creek, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 22. Drive through decorated Sabal Pines Park, 5005 NW 39th Ave., Coconut Creek. Cars scheduled every 30 minutes. Must preregister. 954-545-6670. $10 per car.

Kidsfest & Halloween festivities, Delray Beach, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 23. Enjoy trick-or-treating along Atlantic Avenue, show off your costume in the 59th annual Halloween Parade, and finish off the day in Kidsfest. Features live entertainment, food, arts and crafts and more. Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. 561-243-7277. Free.

Fall Festival, Margate, 6-11 p.m. Oct. 23. Celebrate the arrival of fall in Margate with this family-friendly event for all ages. Features craft and food vendors, plus line dancing, hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo, a haunted house and more. Margate Sports Complex, 1695 Banks Road, Margate. 954-972-6458. Free admission.

Spooky Symphony, Miami, 4 p.m. Oct 24. Features family-friendly program with projected visual effects by the Greater Miami Youth Symphony with Alhambra Orchestra musicians. Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami. Email or call 305-547-5414. Tickets are free but required.

Boo-Ville, Pembroke Pines, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 27. Halloween Spooktacular event that’s fun for boys and girls of all ages. Open to Pines residents only. No pets, and children must be with an adult. Dodge City Center, 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines. 954-392-2116 or visit

Clematis by Fright: Tribute to The Spazmatics, West Palm Beach, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 28. Performance plus costume contests and activities for the whole family. Waterfront Commons, 100 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach.

Toddler Halloween Spooktacular, Coconut Creek, 10 a.m.-noon. Oct. 29. Halloween-themed activities feature crafts, interactive playtime, snacks, lights, music and dance. Toddlers must come dressed in costumes; parents are encouraged to dress up and take photos. Event for ages 3 and under. Recreation Complex, 4455 Sol Press Blvd., Coconut Creek. $20 for Coconut Creek residents; $30 guests.

Boo Bash, Pompano Beach, 5-6 p.m. Oct. 29. City of Pompano Beach Parks and Recreation: 954-786-4111 or email See

Halloween Festival, Parkland, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Pine Trails Park, 10559 Trails End, Parkland. Don’t forget to wear your favorite costume for an exciting night of trunks and treats. There will be photo booths, characters, stilt walkers, and a Halloween performance on the main stage. 954-757-4107.

Scream on the Green, Boynton Beach, 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Families can enjoy time in the fresh air watching a family-friendly scary movie on the big screen. Wilson Park, 225 NW 12th Ave., Boynton Beach. Free movie and popcorn (while it lasts); concessions open. 561-742-6645. Free.

Witches of Delray Bike Ride, Delray Beach, 7:30-8:30 a.m., and 9:15-11 a.m. Oct. 30. Features bike parade with prizes for costumes and decorated bikes. Proceeds benefit Achievement Centers for Children & Families. From City Hall, 100 NW First Ave., to Old School Square Outdoor Pavilion Stage, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Registration $30.

Trick or Treat Shop to Shop, Cooper City, 10 a.m.-noon. Oct. 30. Kids can dress up in costumes and visit participating merchants to fill their Halloween bags with treats. The Cooper City Recreation Department will also be on hand to celebrate with games, prizes, and more. Children up to grade 8 should arrive on time to be part of costume contest. Countryside Shops, 5524 S. Flamingo Road, Cooper City.

Pumpkin Patch Festival, Boca Raton, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 30-31. Features 2,500 pumpkins, Scarecrow Village, a cornstalk maze, and a carnival for all ages. Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. $25 per person, age 3-up.

Zoo Boo, Miami, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 30-31. Guests are invited to wear costumes and enjoy face painting. Features contests with prizes, Halloween crafts, magicians and special characters. Dozens of local sponsors will have treats and giveaways. Masks required indoors. Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami. Limited capacity; buy advance tickets online at 305-251-0400. See Zoo Boo at Event included with admission price. $18.95-$22.95.

The Haunted Circus Miami, 5 p.m.-midnight through Oct. 31. Spooky fair features scary fun with a family-friendly carnival, ghost clowns, and a mad ringmaster with a mystery to solve. Includes fire eaters, acrobats, jugglers, contortionists, pumpkin carvings, tarot readings, a petting zoo, a Halloween store, photoshoots and food trucks. Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th St., Miami. $24.05-$37.05 admission.

Raising Spirits, Boca Raton, 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Enjoy costumes and cocktails, along with devilish delicacies and ghoulish entertainment. 561- 372-0568. The Addison, 2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton. $150 all inclusive.

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