With All Hallow's Eve this coming Thursday, some Halloween celebrations are wrapping up their evil deeds this weekend. There are numerous festivities throughout the state dedicated to all things Halloween, some with a kid friendly vibe, and others who tend to venture towards the dark side of America's second favorite holiday.
Demons young and old are invited to put on your best costume and celebrate Halloween all weekend long at the Museum of Discovery and Science’s Gross-Out Science Halloween event. From noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, families can enjoy presentations, gross activities, Pirate Magic Show, and Halloween Laser Shows.
For Broward County students, Friday, October 25 is a Public Schools teacher planning day. That means that, if they want to, youngsters and the young at heart can enjoy three days of “gross-tastic” activities, including:
- Spending the weekend dissecting a frighteningly gross diaper
- Making a crusty scab
- Playing with slimy snot in our Gross Science Lab
- Witnessing a totally disgusting Human Organs Show
- Coming face-to-face with the Museum’s resident creepy creatures
- Wearing “not-so- scary” Halloween attire and participating in a Halloween Costume Contest.
The Gross-Out Science Halloween activities are included in Museum exhibit admission. Museum admission price is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $12 for children (2-12).
You can add a special family friendly “spook-tacular” Halloween Laser Light Show to your Halloween Adventure a for an additional $6. This one-of-a-kind experience blends a fusion of lights and sounds and features music from Men In Black, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and other Halloween favorites.
The Museum of Discovery and Science is located downtown at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information about the Museum, visitors should call 954.467.MODS (6637) or visit their web site.
In the Palm Beaches, Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds has only four more nights of fear left in their 2013 season. There, foolish mortals can tackle up to four haunted attractions, each one more deviously cunning than the last. The event showcases creepy characters such as crazy clowns, murderous orphans, fractured fairy tales, and hungry butchers, plus a few more freaks who have to be seen to be believed.
Admission to the spectacle that is Fright Nights costs a mere $30 for 3 of the 4 haunted houses, as well as all the mysterious midway rides you can handle. For only $70, you get admission to all 4 haunted houses, 4 RIP Passes, plus all the rides you want. An R.I.P. pass is a "fast pass" and also gets you access to the R.I.P. Lounge with cash bar. Tickets for additional trips through the houses can be bought at ticket booths on the midway.
The event concludes on Sunday night, Oct. 27, with a Monster Bash wrap party, featuring a live DJ, costume contest, and more.
Only a few hours drive up the road, brave souls only have three nights left to try and survive Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa. The event, which concludes it's 2013 season on Saturday, October 26, features 13 evils hellbent on tormenting the spirits of those who dare to cross their path. You can experience the unholy terror from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. now through Saturday. The Local Getaways Examiner is looking forward to his second year of trying to survive the event that is Howl-O-Scream. Stay tuned for all the gory details!
It features 7 haunted mazes that are included in the price of admission, and an eighth house, The Experiment, that costs an additional $50 for the first victim, and $10 for each additional member of your party. The Experiment is a unique, interactive experience that challenges your threshold for fear. Reservations are required, and each reservation can accommodate you and up to three additional “test subjects.” Pass member discount does not apply. Not included with any other VIP tour or upgrade product. Howl-O-Scream admission is required, but not included.
General admission is $89 plus tax. Reduced advance-purchase rates and special offers are available for Busch Gardens pass members online. Guests can save $39 on general admission tickets in advance at participating Publix Supermarkets and AAA locations or with promotional codes found at participating Taco Bell, Applebee's locations in Central Florida and on Fanta products in participating Walgreens.
For those who prefer to self-guide themselves through the event but want the front-of-the-line perks, there’s the Front Line Fear pass for $40, which grants no-wait access to seven houses, excluding The Experiment. The Front Line Fear Extreme pass ups the access and also lets guests skip the line at five freaky coasters for $50.
People who have a slightly lower budget, and a slightly larger appetite, would probably enjoy Fright Feast. It is the most deranged dinner show in town, featuring a buffet of monstrous main courses and devilish desserts, plus an exclusive performance of Fiends. Fright Feast guests are also the first to brave the dark with a half-hour of early access to the all-new haunted houses and front-of-line privileges until 8:30 p.m. Fright Feast is $26 per person, with group rates and discounts for pass and Fun Card members available.
Perhaps the best way to see Howl-O-Scream is with all-inclusive VIP Packages, which include event admission, a tour guide and your choice of three levels of terrifying special treatment: The Super experience is a three-hour group tour of haunted houses that includes front-of-the-line access. The five-hour Mega experience adds reserved show seating, front-of-the-line access to several roller coasters and preferred parking, and the Ultimate experience adds the Fright Feast dinner buffet and an exclusive tour guide for your private group. All tours include commemorative photos, merchandise discounts and complimentary beverages. Packages start at $65, and pass member discounts are available.
If you're looking for a weekend getaway, maybe you should consider the Wicked Weekend Vacation Package. It includes Howl-O-Scream admission for two, plus one-night accommodations at one of Busch Gardens’ preferred partner hotels. Prices start at $89 per adult, tax inclusive, based on double occupancy. You can also choose to stay two nights as part of the Thrills and Chills Weekend Package, and get in to Busch Gardens day and night, and enjoy two nights of accommodations. The two night package starts at $175 per adult, tax inclusive.
Remember that Halloween is a time for fun and frivolity. It is a time to come out of your shell, and to acknowledge the mischievous spirit that resides within all of us. Be sure to keep following this column for news on other spooky events and more. If you know of another local event that needs additional undead light shone upon it, please tell me about it!
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