By Beverly Perkins
It’s that time of year when the sun sets earlier, the slight change in temperature becomes apparent, and October’s signature holiday is right around the corner. Although, the leaves will not be changing colors and the smell of fall will not be in the air, many Florida residents still enjoy the season and their pumpkin spice lattes.
Most locals, big and small, especially get into the seasonal spirit towards the end of the month when Halloween celebrations and activities pop up all over town. Once the pumpkins are purchased, it’s time to start thinking about costumes, parties and trick-or-treating.
Hollywood’s 3nd Annual Downtown Halloween Celebration promises to be even bigger this year, as both sides of Hollywood Blvd. between 19th and 20th streets are closed for a super-sized block party on October 28th. The free community event sponsored by The Hollywood CRA, Hollywood Kia, The Greek Joint, Mickey Byrnes, Whiskey Tango, The Octopus Bar & Mauro’s Pizza will offer an evening for kids of all ages.
Early in the night from 6-9pm, the little ones can enjoy “Treat Street”. The interactive trick-or-treat area is free and offers plenty of candy stations, face painting, balloon twisters, a costume contest, kid friendly entertainment, and live music by Carlos DJ Sonic. Additionally, a new market area will showcase local vendors.
Later that evening from 9pm-2am, the “Hollyweird” Block Party begins for the 21 and over crowd. Whiskey Tango, Mickey Byrne’s, The Greek Joint, and The Octopus Bar will provide live music and entertainment. There is no cover charge, but the opportunity to purchase food and drinks is available. It’s encouraged to dress to impress as adult costume contests with categories such as: Best Group/Couple, Sexiest, Scariest, Funniest, and Best overall can win cash and prizes valued at over $10,000.
For those that want to continue the festivities, The City of Hallandale Beach will host their annual event on October 31st. The City of Hallandale Beach Halloween Festival welcomes all ages for a fun-filled night of celebration. Games, costume contest, bounce houses, entertainment and candy will be free to Hallandale Beach residents at OB Johnson Park located at 1000 NW 8th Avenue in Hallandale Beach from 6:00-9:00 pm.
Another great option for little ones is the Not So Spooky Halloween event at Gulfstream Park. The one-stop destination for the ultimate in trick-or-treating happens from 5 to 8 p.m. Get the kids in their costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the village at participating stops. Entertainment includes a DJ, face painter, photo booth, magic show and more. If the kids don’t have too much of a sugar rush, pop-in to any one of Gulfstream’s many dining options after you make your rounds.
For more information on these events, please see the calendar on page 10 for more specific details.