As we’re sure most of you are probably aware, Palm Beach Happening is probably the biggest fan of Halloween in South Florida. Over the past few years, we’ve dedicated ourselves to being your source for all the gory, gruesome, and grotesque details of our local haunts, as well as insight into horrifyingly terrorific events located only a few hours away.
With All Hallows Eve only six months away, we wanted to give you some early insight into what we know about this spooky season, so you aren’t too afraid of what’s to come!
With that fact in mind, we want to get you into the mood for celebrating the most evil time of the year.
Storytime for Grownups: Halfway to Halloween– Since I’m preparing a list of astonishingly scary books in honor of the halfway point to All Hallow’s Eve, I have no excuses for October 31st. And you, the reader, have no excuses not to read these titles… unless, of course, you’re too scared.
Storytime for Grownups: Books to Keep You Up at Night – With Halloween less than six months away, our thoughts here at Palm Beach Happening have turned to haunted houses, scary movies, and all the things that go bump in the night. That being said, we figured that this month’s book list should focus more on the spooky side of life.
Story Time for Grownups: Pick a classic Halloween Tale – Fun stories of hauntings, witches and black magic are relatively new in the literary world, mainly because up until about 100 years ago people believed these things existed and they were genuinely afraid of them. But, when Edgar Allen Poe’s tales of the macabre hit the scene it signaled a new age when it was okay to be scared for entertainment.
HAUNTED HOUSES (Palm Beaches):
FRIGHT NIGHTS AT THE SOUTH FLORIDA FAIRGROUNDS – (9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach) 2017 is their Sweet 16! Sixteen years of scaring the hell out of you. This year they return with four Indoor Haunted Houses, and are bringing back three themed outdoor scare zones.
The four houses are named Cuckoo’s Nest, Purgatory, Necromantia and Shutter. Their Midway and live entertainment will be in full effect for those who don’t dare to enter the scare zones or haunts.
For more information, call 561-790-5225, or visit myfrightnights.com.
X-SCREAM HALLOWEEN AT G-STAR – (2030 South Congress Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33406) Do you have what it takes? Over the past 10 years X-Scream Halloween and the X-Scream Team have grown into a diversified G-Star Department all its own. In addition to building the third largest Haunted House in Florida (behind Universal and Busch Gardens), the X-Scream Team has taken on projects ranging from music to mayhem.
For more information, visit XScreamHalloween.com.
ENIGMA HAUNT – (1751 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33486) Celebrating its 6th year, Enigma Haunt was just ranked #1 in Top Haunts in Florida and voted as #2 nationally in The Scare Factor’s 31 Must See Haunt List, the only other Florida haunt making that national list came in at #17. Enigma Haunt is also currently ranked in the top 10 haunted attractions by USA Today’s “10 Best” feature.
This Saturday night, April 29, starting at 7p.m., Pandemic will reopen for one night of terror at Enigma Haunt’s 4th Annual Halfway to Halloween Costume Party at Nippers Bar & Grill, 1751 N Military Trail; the same building as the haunted attraction.
Visit http://www.enigmahaunt.com for more details.
HAUNTED HOUSES (Road Trip Edition):
We all know that Palm Beach County doesn’t have the market cornered on scary places. In fact, only a few hours up the road are some of the most intense Halloween attractions ever created.
Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa (10165 N Malcolm McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612) Howl-O-Scream®, Florida’s premier Halloween event, returns for another terrifying year on select nights from September 22 – October 29.
The streets will be swarmed with hundreds of roaming creatures, making escape nearly impossible. Chilling live shows and the chance to challenge Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark will keep the screams coming all night.
Visit http://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-tampa/howloscream for more details.
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando – (6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819) Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando will run for a record-breaking 34 select nights from September 15 – November 4. Guests will face all-new haunted houses based on iconic horror films, terrifying hit TV shows and haunting original stories; multiple screzones where hordes of manacing “scareactors” stalk their every move; and outrageous live shows. And when they need a break from the screams, guests can enjoy some of Universal Studios’ pupolar rides and attractions throughout the evening.
The nation’s premier Halloween event puts you right into some of the most pulse-pounding moments in horror history. Visit their website for all the gory details.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom – (1180 Seven Seas Dr, Orlando, FL 32830) Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special event featuring trick-or-treating, Disney Characters, live entertainment and more in Magic Kingdom park on select nights from August 25 – November 1. As the name suggests, it focuses less on the fear and more on the fun associated with the holiday. It is the only time of the year when everyone is encouraged to dress up, so dig out your Halloween finery and enjoy the Magic Kingdom at night. For more information, visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/magic-kingdom/mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party/.
Brick-Or-Treat at LEGOLAND Florida – (1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884) This October, LEGOLAND Florida Resort is hosting its fifth annual Brick-or-Treat celebration, which features the Brick-or-Treat trail, costume contest, scavenger hunt, LEGO® building contests, LEGO characters and a new LEGO Hearse photo opportunity. The event is included with park admission and is filled with Halloween festivities, including photo opportunities with the largest LEGO pumpkin in the world, a giant LEGO ghost build, Scavenger Hunt in Miniland USA, meet and greet with new LEGO Halloween characters and new nightly fireworks over Lake Eloise. Also, guests can explore Vladmir’s Castle takeover in LEGO Kingdoms, take photos with the new 13-foot long LEGO brick hearse and giant LEGO Vampire, and collect a new exclusive commemorative LEGO Brick each weekend! For more information, visit http://florida.legoland.com.
SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular – (7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, FL 32821) – It’s an ocean of Halloween fun for the whole family at SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular®. During this daytime event, taking place from September 30 – October 29, families are immersed in an underwater “fantasea” including trick-or-treating, whimsical pumpkin fish, sea-themed arts and crafts and up-close animal encounters in a family-friendly event that could only come from SeaWorld. SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular® is included with park admission and runs weekends in October. For more information, please visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.
Wicked Delray Ghost Tours – (Veteran’s Park on the west side of the Intracoastal) Beware; you may be followed by orbs as you walk near many of the haunted locations where ghosts are said to lurk in and around downtown Delray Beach. Your guide, Marilyn Egan, will entertain, enlighten, and sometimes frighten you with tales of the spooks, spectres, ghosts, and ghouls who call Atlantic Avenue their home. Bookings may be made online at http://www.wickeddelrayghosttours.com. Special group rates available upon request.
Remember that Halloween is a time for fun and frivolity. It is a time to come out of your shell, and to acknowledge the mischievous spirit that resides within all of us. Be sure to keep following Palm Beach Happening for news on other spooky events in the Palm Beaches. If you know of another local event that would appreciate the undead light shone upon it, please let us know!
From PALM BEACH HAPPENING – HAVE A SAFE AND SPOOKY HALLOWEEN!