North Broward readies for Howl-O-Ween Week
Everyone just seemed to know about the haunted house in Lighthouse Point. Each year, on Halloween, the regular single-family house on the end of 40th Street would be transformed into something out of a nightmare. Halloween enthusiasts from as far away as Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach lined up into the street and, says Lighthouse Point Police Chief Ross Licata, that became a bit of a problem.
“They were walking. They were driving. They were parking in the area -- it was a traffic hazard,” he said. “So we had a conversation with him and articulated our concerns about getting emergency vehicles through, for example.”
This year, the haunted house everyone has come to know and love is in Pompano Beach, instead. Rotary Club of Pompano Beach has transformed the 98-year-old Sample-McDougald House, one of South Florida’s oldest existing homes, into a historic site to remember.
The 17-room replica of the Georgia Colonial home on Fridays and Saturdays through Halloween offers the stuff of nightmares. The $10 admission supports Rotary-chosen charities, including college scholarships for local students; local charities including Broward Children’s Center, Special Olympics, Sawgrass Nature Center; Crystal Lakes Middle School’s Robotics program and clean water in Africa.
As for the children of Lighthouse Point? Those 12 and under are invited October 30 for a two-hour Halloween party to Dan Witt Park, 4400 N.E. 21st Terrace. Featuring a bungee jump, bounce houses, entertainment, a costume contest – and candy for everyone, it starts at 6 p.m.
Deerfield Beach’s two-day Halloween celebration kicks off October 30 as well, with the Family Halloween Hoe-Down at Villages of Hillsboro Park. Kids of all ages are invited to 4111 N.W. Sixth St. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the city has organized an old-fashioned family gathering with a costume contest, pie-eating and pumpkin-carving contests and a petting zoo. Those are free. Hayrides, take-home pumpkins for Jack-o-Lanterns and refreshments are available to buy. For information, call Constitution Park, 954-480-4494.
On Halloween night, Deerfield Beach hosts a second Halloween celebration, this one complete with a Silly Magic Stage Show and music by Extra Extra Entertainment. The free event runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Westside Park, 445 S.W. Second St.There will be balloon artists, bounce houses, a costume contest, haystack candy find, crafts and Halloween games. For information, call Westside Park, 954-480-4481.