Fort Haunted

We’re all familiar with the traditional haunted house experience: You go in, things jump at you, you scream, and finally you exit. We’re not saying it’s not fun; we’re just saying it’s been done. But there’s a South Florida way of doing most everything differently — and scaring the crap out of people is no exception. At Snyder Park’s first ever Halloween Festival, you’ll enter the interactive horror trail: Snyder Hollow Mass Mutation Experiment. For 30 minutes you will wend your way through the mutant results of a toxic spill caused, of course, by a tropical storm. Evacuate before you mutate or you’ll miss the Halloweenisphere costume contest and the Monster Ball main stage where more than a dozen bands will perform over eight nights. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate from 7 to 11 p.m. October 21 to 24 and 28 to 31. Snyder Park is located at 3299 SW Fourth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit halloweenatsnyderpark.com or call 954-979-7047.
Oct. 21-24, 7 p.m.; Oct. 28-31, 7 p.m., 2010
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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