Halloween 2019 falls on Thursday. That's the weekend, right?
When you're in South Florida, it is.
Get ready to celebrate Halloween in Broward County with a variety of events that appeal to all who dare to dress up and have fun.
Family Halloween and Safety Festival
Start Halloween early in Plantation with this family-friendly event. The city's Parks & Rec and Police departments will host this festival offering a ton of things to see and do — including a hayride. The fest will have a children’s carnival, inflatable rides, police K9 demonstrations, games, a DJ, costume contests, and free Halloween bags and candy for the kids. Bonus: Pony rides. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 19, at Volunteer Park Community Center, 12050 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation; facebook.com. Admission is $5.
Spooky Halloween Dance Party
This family event will offer live music, dancing, games, crafts projects, themed food, and other fun. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 24, at Bass Park Pool, 2750 NW 19th St., Fort Lauderdale; fortlauderdale.gov/halloween. Admission is free.
Ghouls Night Out Halloween Bash
Fort Lauderdale's Housewives in the City's poolside Halloween party theme is "Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun." The first 50 guests to arrive will get a trick-or-treat swag bag. The monthly networking and professional support group also will hold contests for the most elaborate costume, best group costume, and funniest costume. Have a cocktail and some fun by the pool with new friends. 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, October 24, at Royal Palms Resort & Spa, 717 Breakers Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free; register at eventbrite.com.
Halloween Bash at Jaco Pastorius Park
Head to Oakland Park for a free concert, an interactive stage show with dancing and games, costume contests, and trunk-or-treat. Not only will guests be dressed in costume, but also cars and trucks will be decorated in spook-tacular fashion and stocked with candy for trunk-or-treating. 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, October 25, at Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Hwy., Oakland Park; oaklandparkfl.gov. Admission is free.
Halloween Festival Trunk-or-Treat
The seventh-annual Halloween Festival Trunk-or-Treat in Parkland, a city that knows how to celebrate, will offer a family-friendly show, a DJ, pumpkin painting, and trunk-or-treating. Don't forget to wear your best costume. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 25, at Pine Trails Park, 10555 Trails End, Parkland; cityofparkland.org. Admission is free.
Wicked Manors Street Party
The Pride Center at Equality Park will host its annual block party, offering up to three stages and lots of off-shoot events, usually spills over to more than just one block. Last year's attendance was estimated at 25,000, and little wonder: Wicked Manors is usually the place for Halloween's most creative costumes. And this year's theme, "7 Deadly Sins," is sure to inspire guests to dress over-the-top. 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday, October 31, on Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors; pridecenterflorida.org. Tickets cost $5 via wickedmanors.org.
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Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill’s Halloween Bash
The Fort Lauderdale Bokamper’s will host its sixth-annual Halloween party on All Saints' Day. French maids and sexy Sleeping Beauty costumes might be passé elsewhere, but not here, where "Sexiest" is one of five categories in the $10,000 costume contest. 9 p.m. Friday, November 1, at Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill Fort Lauderdale, 3115 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; bokampers.com. Tickets cost $10.
Tijuana Taxi Co.'s Day of the Dead Margarita Fest
Tijuana Taxi's three Broward locations — in Davie, Deerfield Beach, and Coral Springs — will offer margarita and food specials, family-friendly activities such as face-painting and balloon art, and a mariachi band from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for its Day of the Dead Margarita Fest. The Deerfield location is planning a Marc Anthony tribute, while Coral Springs is set to go all out with a fire juggler, a stilt walker, and a DJ beginning at 5 p.m. At 8, the band High Tolerance will perform. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, November 1, at Tijuana Taxi Co., 901 N. University Dr., Coral Springs; facebook.com. Admission is free; $5 after 7 p.m. at the Coral Springs location.