Halloween is one of our favorite holidays in Downtown West Palm Beach. It’s almost scary how much fun there is to celebrate here, not only on October 31, but throughout the whole month leading up to it. You can go almost anywhere here on Halloween and expect to find spooky specials and frighteningly festive themes. What sets Downtown West Palm Beach apart is all the Halloween happenings that take place before Halloween even arrives! Just take a look at the mixture of adult-only and family-friendly events coming up this week:
WPB Zombie Crawl – Friday, October 24
The celebrations kick off with one of the hottest Halloween events in the county: the official West Palm Beach Zombie Crawl. Don’t worry, you don’t have to actually be a zombie (or even dressed like one) to participate in the crawl. You do, however, have to be at least 21 years old.
If you are 21 and you’re a fan of AMC’s hit TV show The Walking Dead, this is definitely the Halloween party for you, as the price of admission gets you a meet and greet with Michael Koske, who frequently played a “walker” on the show. In addition to swapping survival tips with an actual member of the undead community, the ticket price includes an official WPB Zombie Crawl T-shirt, a souvenir cup for $4 drink specials at all participating venues, a bracelet for free entry to all venues all night, one free drink at the after party and one raffle ticket.
Event registration starts at 5pm at Bar Louie on Clematis Street, and the zombies start crawling at 7pm. The crawl will make its way to multiple venues on Clematis Street, with DJs and drink specials along the way! The night ends with an after party at Roxy’s Rooftop, which will feature a special live performance by The Romantix and a $1,000 costume contest. Presale tickets are available for $25 now and you can get an extra $5 off with promo code “crawlvip” at checkout! Tickets will still be available at the event for $40.
Moonfest -Saturday, October 25
Since we’re already on the topic of Halloween events for adults, we should probably remind you about the biggest Halloween bash in the city: Moonfest. Moonfest is back for its 22nd year in Downtown West Palm Beach as an all-out ode to this haunting holiday. The high-energy event will run along Clematis Street (100 – 500 blocks) from 7pm to 1am., complete with three stages, more than 20 live performers and a new event feature – the Audioplayground Silent Disco, set up to keep the zombies, vampires and other fiercely frightening undead characters dancing through the night.
Of course, no Halloween party is complete without some friendly costume competition. Rest assured, Moonfest will hold a costume contest at midnight, with a cash prize of $1,000 for the first place winner! All of your favorite Downtown bars and restaurants will be open, and many will have seasonal drink specials. There will also be plenty of food trucks and drink vendors, merchants and street performers at Moonfest as well.
Tickets to the street party are available for purchase for Halloween revelers ages 21 and older. Ticket prices this year are $7 in advance and $10 the day of the event. Pricing for the RIP (VIP) area is $50 in advance and $70 the day of the event, which includes open premium bar, a buffet and preferred entrance to Moonfest. For more details about Moonfest or to purchase tickets, visit www.moonfestevents.com or call 305-879-2906.
Scarecrow Festival -Saturday, October 25
Bring the whole family out to the annual Scarecrow Festival and Contest this Saturday, presented by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. A community favorite, this year’s Scarecrow Festival will be on the grounds of the Historic 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse.
The highlight of the Scarecrow Festival is viewing all the homemade entries from community members squaring off to win cash prizes in the trademark scarecrow festival, but that’s hardly the only reason to come by. There will be tons of entertainment and activities the entire family can enjoy together, including a scavenger hunt, pumpkin decorating, a corn shucking contest, live music, an agricultural display by local farmers, and much, much more!
Admission is $10 per person (kids under three free) and includes food and activities. For more information, visitwww.historicalsocietypbc.org.
Clematis by Fright – Thursday, October 30
Clematis by Night is a family-friendly staple of Downtown West Palm Beach, but we are taking it to another level on Halloween Eve. Come out from 6 to 9pm for a night of traditional Clematis fun blended with a batch of new tricks and treats the entire family can enjoy!
New this year is the Haunted Hallows, a dedicated area where children can safely trick-or-treat with free candy bags provided by the city of West Palm Beach. Those who prefer cash to candy can enter the annual costume contest, which will award thousands of dollars in prizes in categories for kids, adults, families and pets. The fun doesn’t stop there. Other spookily spectacular family activities include hayrides, face painting, balloon twisters, ghost story telling by the Mandel Public Library, and more! And off course, it wouldn’t truly be Clematis by Night without live music. That’s why local rock legends, Riverdown, will be providing musical entertainment for your monster mashing pleasure all night long.
For more details about Clematis by Fright, visit www.wpb.org/clematis-by-night.