There are few things better than the fall in West Palm Beach, Florida. The crowds of summer have dwindled at least slightly, the weather is warm but not hot, and there are a ton of events and activities around the city for people of every age group. Singles, couples, and families young and old can attend outdoor concerts, food festivals, and most importantly, Halloween-inspired activities sure to send chills down the spine of even the bravest souls. Getting scared on Halloween is a rite of passage and with the holiday falling on a weekend this year, event staffs are sure to double-down on the thrills and frights.
Before you go out and have your heart skip a beat at one of the many spook-fests, there’s another annual October activity that’s been going on in West Palm Beach for over 40 years, and that’s Oktoberfest, which runs from October 9th to October 18th. This year is the 42 nd anniversary of the event, held at the American German Club of the Palm Beaches on Latana Road in Lake Worth. The festival includes food, drink, traditional German dancing and singing, as well as craft vendors and a carnival for kids of all ages. Entry is only $8 and children are free when accompanied by an adult.
Have you ever wondered what goes on at a zoo at night after everyone’s gone home? Are you willing to find out during the Halloween season at Palm Beach Zoo? If you are brave enough, you can join the zoo staff for a specially themed family overnight, the Spooky Snooze program on October 17th and 18th . The event includes pumpkin painting, animal encounters, a night time tour, and snacks, too. The overnight at the zoo is for parents and children age six and up who are ready and willing to meet the creatures of the night. The zoo is located on Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach and the event includes a continental breakfast in the morning to round out your stay.
If you’d like a great family Halloween activity without the stay over, check out this season’s version of Nights at the Museum at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. The theme is Spooky Science, of course, and is a great evening activity for parents and kids of all ages. The museum has a lot of treats, and even some tricks for those who are interested in having some fun and learning some science secrets as well. The event includes activities, entertainment, science crafts, exhibits and planetarium shows and the opportunity to view the incredible Florida night sky from the areas only public observatory. The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is located on Dreher Trail North, in West Palm Beach, and tickets range from $6 to $12, with kids under three getting in free.
West Palm Beach is full of day, evening, one-time and ongoing events this month so gather your friends and family and get out and see what our south Florida home has to offer.