And they're off! Out to an early lead, it's Nightcrawler! But coming up on the inside, it's Roley Poley! And in the end, it's Slimy by a nose! Or is that a tail?
Worm races are just one of the events featured at the Museum of Discovery and Science's (401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale) "Gross Out Science Halloween." No word on exactly how long these races are supposed to take, but the event itself lasts three hours, from 6 to 9 p.m., so the worms should have plenty of time to get across a worm-sized track. In the meantime, kids can delve into all sorts of other yucky fun. Between visits to Einstein's Haunted Lab, children can experiment with slime and other gooey concoctions and meet some creepy critters. Top it all off by getting your face painted to give you made-up gashes and lacerations aplenty. Call 954-467-6637. -- Dan Sweeney
Melts in your mouth, not on your costume
Mmm... chocolate. It's sinful, it's seductive, and it's a not-so-guilty pleasure. Chaacoolaaat. It's one reason kids look forward to Halloween. If you're looking for some Willy Wonka action, sans the golden ticket and Oompa Loompas, the closest you'll get is Halloween at Hoffman's Chocolates (5190 Lake Worth Rd., Greenacres). Kids can sample different confections, pick through the decorated pumpkin patch, and take a trip through the haunted forest. The event runs through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $6 during the day and $10 at night. Call 561-792-5753. -- Audra Schroeder
Mystery, Mirth, and Magic
If you want to get a little pent-up artistic energy out before you hit the streets on Halloween night, join the Young at Art Children's Museum (11584 State Rd. 84, Davie) for an artsy-fartsy Halloween Party. Kids of all ages can participate in studio activities, including molding Day of the Dead model skeletons out of clay, making glow-in-the-dark slime, and producing spooky photograms and macabre paintings. Kids can also chow down on candy to give them that extra "artistic edge" (i.e., a raging sugar buzz). Each costumed child is admitted free with a corresponding paid adult admission. The party runs all day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kids ages 5 to 12 can also take part in a one-day art camp and create Halloween art with mixed media. This event costs $40 and requires preregistration. Call 954-424-0085. -- Audra Schroeder