THU 10/27 As if the Bocatonization of Palm Beach County and the scourge of pink condos weren't creepy enough, Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds (9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach) brings three truly haunted houses to the 561. Bypass PG entertainers like mummies and vampires in favor of bioterror and rednecks! Investigate the gold-rush town called Calamity Junction, where a plague has hit. Tour Country Bill's Meat Market, where "Bill's team of butchers utilizes their carving mastery" and "farm-raised 'livestock' are ground fresh daily." And, oh, don't forget the reclusive Smiths, even though they warn you to "keep your feet off our walkway and your knuckles off our door. That would be best." Fright Nights is open through Monday. Admission costs $13, $20 with midway rides and games. Visit www.frightnights.net.
Down in the L-Dub (Lake Worth), a lovely operation known as Hoffman's Chocolates Factory (5190 Lake Worth Rd.) has delighted neighbors for years with its annual all-out Christmas display. Which makes it even more sinister that the Willy Wonkas have turned the on-site botanical gardens into a "Haunted Forest" that's "not suitable for children under 12." During "Halloween at Hoffman's," students from the theater department at Palm Beach Community College play the undead. The grounds are open through Monday, and admission costs $10. Call 561-967-2213. -- Deirdra Funcheon
Party in Spanglish!
Gringo-Rican? Afro-Zuelan? You're welcome too
SUN 10/30 When Cuban-American rapper Pitbull gives a shoutout to "my people" in his "305 Anthem," he generously includes "every friend, every foe, every bitch, every ho." The marketing geniuses at Soulfrito have tapped into the special bond that unites Miami's so-called urban Latinos -- whom they describe as "second-, third-, and fourth-generation Latino-Americans who are fluent in Spanglish and English and listen to hip-hop, R&B, and alternative music in addition to traditional Latin music." That explains the lineup for Soulfrito's fourth-annual Urban Latin Music Festival, going down Sunday at Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Catch Pitbull, La India (the "salsa princess"), Orishas (who mix turntable scratches with Afro-Cuban rhythms and twinkling Spanish guitars), Zion & Lennox (heirs to Daddy Yankee's reggaeton throne), '80s mixtape master Tony Touch, and more. Tickets cost $20. Call 954-523-3309, or visit www.soulfrito.net. -- Deirdra Funcheon
Bat Boy Wreaks Havoc
... on local bookstore!
FRI 10/28 The Weekly World News sits reliably on its supermarket throne, just to the left of the cash register. This prince of impulse purchase serves as a poignant reminder that the world is full of unexpected, magical, yet fact-based stories like "Boogieman Retires!," "Indigenous Tribe Worships Jennifer Aniston!," and "Archeologist Discovers Leprechaun Colony!" In celebration of WWN's new book, Bat Boy Lives! The Weekly World News Guide to Politics, Culture, Celebrities, Alien Abductions and the Mutant Freaks that Shape our World, (a.k.a. the new Bible), Barnes and Noble (1400 Glades Rd., Boca Raton) hosts a Halloween party and book signing with WWN author and CEO David Perel on Friday. Show up and talk shop: "How tall is Batboy?," "Are the Page 5 Honeys really single?," and of course, "How cheap is Jesus?" This free event begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 561-750-2134. -- Jamie Laughlin
Stick or Treat
FRI 10/28 You know what'll go good with that Dracula costume? A glow stick. And the place to glow Friday is Club Boca (7000 W. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton), where DJ Jazz drops the hip-hop, reggae, reggaeton, and R&B while guests compete for a cash prize in the costume contest. Admission, including a glow stick, costs $12 to $15. Doors open at 8 p.m. Call 561-715-0858. -- Jason Budjinski