Spookyville At The Fairgrounds

Halloween is a favorite time of year for many children, and to ensure they’re safe, the South Florida Fair will continue its annual tradition of presenting Spookyville.

The event is slated for two weekends, Oct. 21-23 and Oct. 28-31, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and from 5 to 8 p.m. on Halloween, in Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

The cost is $10 per person, which includes rides and games, and kids 2 and under are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.southfloridafair.com or at the gate.

“Spookyville is an old-fashioned Halloween event that’s fun for the entire family,” said Lorie Stinson, the fair’s exhibits and special events manager. “Intended for kids 12 and younger, there will be trick-or-treating each day, along with other activities for the kids.”

Spookyville’s highlights include trick-or-treating, carnival rides, a costume parade each day, bounce houses, a barrel train and a big wall on which kids can color. There also will be old-fashioned games, arts and crafts, a spooky house, food and drinks and vendors.

Those who wear a costume on both Sundays can compete for prizes starting at 1 p.m. A pet costume contest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded. Pets must be on a leash. No exotic pets or reptiles (snakes, spiders, etc.) should be brought on site, since they may scare younger kids.

Backpacks, food, glass containers and alcohol are prohibited. Participating sponsors are Ford, Kubota, the Florida Dairy Farmers, Coca-Cola, Lion Country Safari and the Solid Waste Authority.

There are still opportunities for vendors offering products, services or crafts for sale. For more info., call Stinson at (561) 790-5245.

For more information about the event, call (561) 793-0333 or visit www.southfloridafair.com.