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Halloween Picks: Pumpkins and ghosts dominate October events

Say Boo! to Halloween with everything from ghostly hauntings to pumpkin-inspired meals and cocktails.

    A not too scary place to start is at “Halloween in the Hammock” at The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton on Oct. 22. Take a mysterious (but not frightening) stroll through the hammock where visitors have the opportunity to find spiders, snakes, ancient shell middens and maybe other surprises the hammock has hidden. There’s also an hour-long nighttime nature walk with ghostly guides and ghouls.
    Walks will depart every half hour from 6:30-9 pm. For age 6 to adult, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance: $7 for members, $10 for non-members. Walk-ins (if available): $15 per person. Reservations and pre-payment requested at least three days in advance; space is limited. See www.gumbolimbo.org.
On Oct 28, Trick ’Em Treat ’Em Costume Party for children ages 2-5  will be held at the James A. Rutherford Community Center, Patch Reef Park, 2000 Yamato Road, Boca Raton. The costume party includes munchies, mayhem, games and more. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. For more details, call 367-7035 or see www.bocaboodays.com.
Get in to the swim of things during Monster Mash — at The Swim Center, 21618 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton on Oct. 29. Come in costume, bring a swim suit. Activities will be held in and out of water. Featuring trick-or-treating, bounce house, face painting, popcorn and more. For ages 6 and up. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 544-8542 or www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us.
On Oct. 30, ages 9-14 can participate in a Special Halloween Workshop: Horror Claymation at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Participants make thier own Horror Claymation Movie while learning about story boarding, set design and character design, stop-motion animation and post production, including sound effects, voices, music and titles. Materials and equipment included. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $60/residents, $75/non-residents. 347-3901 or www.sugarsandpark.org.
At Mizner Park Amphitheater catch a bewitching stage show complete with a large cast of “scary” dancers, “ghoulish” singers and thrilling magical illusions on Oct. 28.  The Spook-Tacular Stage Show is free, but please don’t bring coolers, chairs, pets, umbrellas, outside food or beverages or backpacks. Produced by ZMC  Entertainment, the show is 7-9 pm. For more information call 393-7827.
There’s plenty more stuff for the big kids, too. The Boca Raton Resort & Club’s Cielo Restaurant will host the Tower Bar of Terror with a Halloween celebration at 8 p.m. Oct. 29. There also will be a Teen Scream party at 8 p.m. Oct. 29 with (non-alcoholic) mysterious mocktails. The events are only open to club members and resort guests.
The resort’s “Uniquely Boca” package is good through Oct. 10 and its Waldorf Astoria Luxury Fall Escapes is good through Dec. 15. Visit www.bocaresort.com.
    The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach is going pumpkin crazy in October, with such things as pumpkin muffins and pancakes for breakfast; pumpkin bisque, pumpkin ale and pumpkin ravioli for dinner; and pumpkin cookies, pumpkin ice cream and pumpkin crème brûlée for dessert.
    The resort’s Eau Spa by Cornelia is even getting into the act with a Pumpkin Perfecting Facial ($220). “Pumpkin is a super-ingredient for the skin and a powerful anti-oxidant,” said Spa Director Kristin Carpenter, “it is high in zinc, beta carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A so not only does it help fight the free radicals that are believed to cause aging but it is also acts as a natural cleanser that exfoliates, soothes and softens your skin. Plus, it smells good enough to eat.”
    The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach also is hosting a sweet treat Cupcake Tea and Costume Party on Oct. 22 featuring Great Pumpkin Cupcake and Vampire’s Blood Red Velvet Cupcakes. The event is from 1 to 3 p.m.  Reservations are required. The price is $50 for adults and $35 for children.  Visit www.ritzcarlton/palmbeach.com.
— Staff Report

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