So Much Fun, It's Scary

There is certainly no shortage of ghoulishly themed entertainment in October, but the Coconut Creek Casino (5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek) is making a seriously frightening attempt to scare you into deading it up there all month long. In addition to a different harrowing Halloween event every weekend, the Creek's "Haunting October" will be serving terrifyingly famous celebrities you've been dying to meet. Friday and Saturday is "Phantom Illusions Weekend." Friday, see "Bizarre Magic" with illusionist Brian Bushwood at 8:30, 9:30, and 10:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, meet real-life poltergeist purger Ryan Buel of A&E's ghost-hunting reality show, Paranormal State, from 7 to 9 p.m. Vampish vixen Pam (Kristen Bauer) and former fang-banger Hoyt (Jim Parrack) will be greeting bloodthirsty fans from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, October 15, during "Classic Monster Weekend." Next up is the "Zombie Apocalypse" on October 21 and 22. That Saturday, get survivor tips from AMC's Walking Dead star Steven Yeun and special-effects artist Toby Sells from 7 to 9 p.m. And the final weekend, "Creek Creature Weekend," try your luck in the costume competition at 11 p.m. Saturday, October 29. Contest registration is 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Every weekend, the Krypt Keeper himself -- or at least his freaky voice, actor John Kassir -- will bring his signature spine-tingling cackle as MC. Visit, or call 954-977-6700.
Fri., Oct. 7; Fri., Oct. 14; Fri., Oct. 21; Fri., Oct. 28, 2011
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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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