Fall is finally here! While the thermometer may not agree for awhile, we do have lots of other signs – including the appearance of roadside pumpkin stands, the reopening of farmers markets and the preparations for Halloween.
Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights of the season:
Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Tr., is the place for kids to celebrate Halloween in Boca. Oct. 24-27, you can tour a haunted house, play in a glow-in-the-dark game room, trick or treat and more.
- The haunted house “Creepaway Camp” runs 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24 and 5 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 25 – the first hour those nights is a lighter version for kids 5 and older; 5 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 26-27. Tickets are $5 before Oct. 10, $7 after. Tickets for other activities sold on site.
- Trick or treat at booths around the carousel 5-8 p.m. Oct. 24-27. Free.
Get more information at SugarSandPark.org.
Meet Me on the Promenade
In its second year, this Downtown Boca festival takes on a Halloween flavor with costume contests for the kids and pets, as well as shop-to-shop trick-or-treating and a live Beetlejuice Rock ‘n Roll Monster Revue. The event also includes food trucks, a family zone, other live entertainment and more. The event starts at 10 a.m. Oct. 27; kids Halloween activities at 3 p.m. The event is in the area of Sanborn Square and surrounding streets, Palmetto Park Road and Federal Highway. Free parking for bikes at Comerica Bank, on the southwest corner of Palmetto Park Road and Federal Highway. Get the details at DowntownBoca.org.
Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market
The pumpkins have arrived at Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market, 10066 Lee Road (U.S. 441), Boynton Beach. The market also offers a corn maze and hayrides every day except Tuesday. It’s open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Hay rides are $3; free for kids under 2. On weekends, you can also get caramel apples, barbecue and more. More information at Bedners.com.
Boca Raton Green Market
The annual market resumes Oct. 6 and runs Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through April 27 at Royal Palm Place, Federal Highway and South Mizner Boulevard. Buy fresh fruits and veggies from local growers, baked goods, plants, fresh seafood and more.
Green Market at FAU
There’s a new green market in town this fall – at Florida Atlantic University’s stadium plaza. Vendors will sell fresh produce, artisan jewelry and organic food, 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, with yoga at 6 p.m. Free parking north of Lot 11.
Delray Beach’s annual green market opens for the season Oct. 13 – in a new location, Old School Square Park at Northeast Second Avenue, just north of Atlantic Avenue. It will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through May 11. Get more info at the Delray GreenMarket blog.
Family Hay Ride & Campfire
Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach hosts a hayride and campfire a few times in the fall and winter. The outing is offered 7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Nov. 16, Dec. 14 and Jan. 11 at the park, 401 S. Powerline Rd. Admission is $3.50 for ages 3 and up, including fixin’s for smores, plus park gate admission of $1.50 for visitors over age 5. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 954-357-5100.
Halloween Nights at the Museum
Come to the South Florida Science Museum in costume for a contest and trick-or-treat your way through the exhibits. 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26 at the museum, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. Admission is $11 for adults; $7 for kids; free for kids under 3.
Boo at the Zoo
The Palm Beach Zoo gets decked out for Halloween on Oct. 19-28. Festivities include trick-or-treating, games, crafts, a hay stack hunt, decorate-your-own pumpkin patch, bounce house, face painting, Monster Mash dance parties, a costume contest for the animals and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19-21 and 26-28; 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26. Admission is $18.95 for adults; $12.95 for kids 3-12; free for kinds under 3. Friday nights are “Safari Nights”, with discount admission of $14.95 for adults and $8.95 for kids.
What’s your favorite fall event? Post in the comments.
Find even more events in the Things to Do calendar.