Cities in northwest Broward are attempting to make this Halloween a memorable one for people in the community by organizing several spooky festivities, suitable for children, as well as the child within the adult.
Coral Springs’ Halloween Haunted House will take place on Oct. 23, 5 to 8 p.m., and on Oct. 24, 2 to 7 p.m., at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, 2501 Coral Springs Drive, in Coral Springs. Participants will be able to wander through a non-scary haunted house and play on bounce houses and slides. The cost is $5 per child and $2 per adult. Additional information can be obtained by calling Parks and Recreation at 954-345-2200.
Halloween Spooktakular with Grizelda the Witch, for children age 3 to 7, will take place on Oct. 26, 4 to 5 p.m., at the Parkland Library, 6620 University Drive, in Parkland. Story-telling, magic and treats will be a part of the event. Children older than 8 years old will be able to enjoy “Ghostly Gathering” on Oct. 27, 6 to 7 p.m., at the library.
A Parkland Library card is required to register for both of the events. Register by calling 954-757-4207 or visiting CityOfParkland.org/library.
Parkland’s third annual Halloween festival, Trunk or Treat, will be Oct. 29, 4 to 7 p.m., at the Equestrian Center at Temple Park. Participants can come dressed in costume and stroll through the Trunk or Treat Lane, pick out pumpkins from Parkland’s Pumpkin Patch, and participate in family arts and crafts. Children will “trick or treat” for candy out of decorated car or trunk beds. The cost is $20. Applications to participate must be filled and mailed to City of Parkland, Attention: Gayle Vasile, 10561 Trails End, Parkland, Fla., 33076, before Oct. 22.
The Coconut Creek Community Center is also presenting two Halloween events. Children, age 3 to 6, can celebrate early during Halloween Spooktacular on Oct. 23, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Parental participation is mandatory. The cost is $15 for Coconut Creek residents and $20 for non-residents, and includes the classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” movie.
Children can also paint a pumpkin and a trick-or-treat bag in two sessions: Oct. 19, 6 to 7 p.m., for age 5 to 10, and on Oct. 30, 10 to 11 a.m., for children age 2 to 4. The cost is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. The Community Center is located at 1100 Lyons Road in Coconut Creek.
The Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest will take place Oct. 26, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Dog Park in Windmill Park, 700 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek. Dogs dressed in costume will receive a goody bag. Prized will be awarded. Admission is free. Registration is through Oct. 16.
Those who are interested can register at CoconutCreek.net/webtrac or by walk-in at the Community Center. Call 954-545-6670.