Ghosts and ghouls, clowns and creatures, and pirates and princesses will all emerge this weekend at various Halloween events around West Palm Beach. If you and your closest gremlins plan to indulge in chocolate candy or spin in nighttime revelry, check out these six halloween happenings in the Palm Beach area:

Historic and haunted Clematis Street is the backdrop for this adult-only Halloween party. Nearly 70,000 costume-laden roisterers will fill the downtown street and eat, dance, and drink the night away. Spanning three blocks, Moonfest West Palm Beach features live music, a haunted house, a maze of terror, a VIP cemetery, art vendors, and food trucks. Beginning at 8 p.m. and concluding at 2 a.m., ticket cost is $10 for general admission and $75 for a full, VIP experience. 

Held at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach, Fright Nights are a popular event for teenagers and college students. Flesh-eating zombies and creepy clowns chase patrons through four different haunted houses. Additionally, twisted souls will accompany guests on haunted hayrides and through spooky graveyards, abandoned hotels, insane asylums, and corn mazes. Fright Nights also features live music, food trucks, and carnival rides. Admission is $30 and includes 30 fright tickets for the haunted houses and midway rides. The event is held nightly through October 28th.

Benefiting the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach as well as other philanthropic endeavors in Palm Beach County, the Honda Classic is hosting its inaugural “Bear Trap Bash” on Saturday, October 28th at the PGA National Resort and Spa. The Halloween-themed party will feature live music, open bar, and food stations. Prizes will be rewarded for creative costumes. Silver, Gold, and Platinum-level sponsorships are available, which include group tickets and VIP tables. Individual tickets cost $225.

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society presents a family-friendly event at the zoo during the day and during the evening on October 27th, 28th and 29th. In addition to visiting and viewing all the animals, Boo at the Zoo features special activities such as haystack hunt, pumpkin patch, trick-or-treat stations, childrens’ costume contests, live shows, music, dancing, and more. This year, all the candy distributed comes from manufacturers who are associated with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) as the cultivation of palm oil in Southeast Asia is detrimental to the critically endangered Malayan Tigers. Admission cost is $20 for adults, $15 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under the age of three.

Another family-friendly event, the Palm Beach Historical Society’s Annual Scarecrow Festival is sure to entertain and educate guests of all ages. Held at the Palm Beach County History Museum, the festival features historical teachings about the importance of agricultural in our region and showcases creative scarecrows custom made by local students, scout troops, and community groups. The event takes place from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m on Saturday, October 28th. Admission is $10 per person. 

Should you miss Halloween altogether, you can still conjure spirits the following weekend on November 4th at the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. Perhaps the most unique annual event, Dia de los Muertos is intended to be celebratory, not creepy. To honor the deceased, cheerful mourners present food offerings and decorate alters with colorful flowers. A traditional Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos features folk dances, processions, art and craft exhibits, food stations, and childrens’ activities. After receiving a project grant from the State of Florida Cultural Affairs Division, LULA Lake Worth Arts is pleased to showcase this event without an admission charge.

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