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Halloween happenings: Casino costume parties, contests


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Three casinos are getting into Halloween, encouraging patrons to dress up.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood is having a Scary Rock Star Costume Contest tonight. First prize is a $16,000 package that includes a motorcycle and $5,000 cash; second prize is a $3,700 package that includes a cruise for two. Registration begins 7:30 p.m. for the contest at 9 p.m. Contact: SeminoleParadise.com/scaryrockstars

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek is giving away more than $5,000 in cash and prizes at its costume contest Saturday. Register between 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. for the contest at 11. A Haunted Masquerade Carnival dinner and live entertainment party will be 8 p.m. Saturday, for $55. Contact: SeminoleCoconutCreekCasino.com; 954-977-6700. And a Haunted Masquerade dinner and party benefiting the SOS Children’s Villages Florida will be 6 p.m. Sunday, for $50. Contact: 954-420-5030

Mardi Gras Gaming Casino and Racetrack in Hallandale Beach invites all to its Hallo-Gras III Scarefest costume contest at 8:31 p.m. today. The casino will award $500 cash and trophies for scariest, funniest, most original, best casino theme and best couple. Contact: PlayMardiGras.com; 954-924-3200.

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