Halloween is creeping up on us, meaning waves of little ghosts, goblins and other gruesome ghouls from the grave (plus a plethora of pretty Disney princesses and spectacular superheroes) will be infiltrating our neighborhoods to cheerfully demand handfuls of candy.
But as tried-and-true as this trick-or-treat fun may be, some families aren’t satisfied with merely going door-to-door to satisfy their bloodlust for sweets – they crave outside entertainment as well.
Here, then, is our guide to the top family-friendly Halloween-themed events in South Florida this weekend:
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Pumpkin Patch at Pinto’s Farm
Enjoy an old-fashioned day at the farm with pumpkin decorating, face-painting, go-kart rides, paddle-boat rides, hay rides, a petting zoo, plus tasty snacks including empanadas, shakes, smoothies, arepas, cachitos and churros.
Details: 3-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; at Pinto’s Farm, 14890 SW 216th St., Miami; www.pintofarm.com; $9 general admission, $15 unlimited rides, kids under 2 free.
Young At Art Halloween Party
Celebrate Halloween a day early and trick-or-treat in your favorite costumes; plus create Halloween decorations, accessories and trick-or-treat bags; dance to Halloween-themed music; participate in the costume parade and contest; take a pumpkin painting workshop; and much more.
Details: 3-8 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie; 954-424-0085 or www.youngatartmuseum.org; $14; $12 for Broward County residents, seniors and children over age 1; and $11 for military members and their immediate families.
Spooky Zoo Nights
Afterhours family event at Zoo Miami features Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, eerie carousel rides, terrifying tram rides, frightful scare zones and bone-chilling performances at the amphitheater. Plus, ghostly goodies and roving street theater will add excitement to the pathways.
Details: 7-11 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31 at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.zoomiami.org; $10.95, 2 and under free.
Knock! Knock! Halloween at Jungle Island
Trick-or-treat through the jungle amid scarecrows and cool, creepy creatures; take part in Halloween-themed arts and crafts; learn funny knock-knock jokes at trick-or-treat stations; and enter a costume contest judged by a panel including Gracie Smith, Miss Florida Teen USA 2016.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 31 at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami; 305-400-7000 or www.jungleisland.com; special buy one, get one free park admission ($34.95 adults, $26.95 kids 3-10).
Come in costume for trick-or-treating, plus walk through the haunted house, create creepy crafts, and partake in ghostly games and spooky science experiments.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; www.miamichildrensmuseum.org; $18, $14 for Florida residents, free for kids under 12 months.
Halloween on the Mile
This 18th-annual event features family-friendly events such as trick-or-treating and costume contests along Miracle Mile, plus various activities at shops along the route including a Reading Circle (Books & Books), a Doggie Costume Contest (Coral Gables Museum), a Halloween Fun Photobooth (Leica Store Miami), selections from Disney’s “Aladdin” and “Tarzan” (Actors’ Playhouse) and balloon artists and face-painting (Nini & Loli).
Details: 2 p.m. Oct. 31 along Miracle Mile and adjacent streets in Downtown Coral Gables (Giralda and Andalusia avenues); 305-569-0311 or www.shopcoralgables.com; free.