Socialized medicine. Prescription drugs from Canada. Government-subsidized healthcare for children. If these dont scare the living hell out of you, then we recommend that you head directly to Tradewinds Park and experience the Doctors Sanitarium. Produced by those sick -- yet lovable -- bastards Muncheez Entertainment, the Sanitarium is an expansive affair with three haunted houses, including a sequel to last years Widows Lair and, of course, the good Dr. Sandeskis lab. You see, many years ago the doctor, who was quite mad, conducted horrible experiments on conscious patients, only to fatally gas them and himself before the authorities could intervene. Now hes haunting the place and is understandably really pissed off. Wouldnt you be? Especially considering what the docs probably paying for malpractice and med school loans. Beyond just scares, the Sanitarium will feature rides, fair food galore, a hayride, games, a gore makeover station (admit it, youre just dying for a realistic-looking head wound), and a Little Haunts haunted house with tyke-sized terrors. The kids eating their veggies room is just awful, awful! Money raised benefits Special Olympics of Broward County. If chills and charity dont make your Halloween, try arguing over a deductible with your primary care doctor; now thats friggin scary.
The Sanitarium is located in Tradewinds Park (3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek, and is open from 6 to 11 p.m. Tickets range $17 to $22. Visit www.scarebroward.com.
Oct. 26-31, 6 p.m., 2007