Halloween events for all ages
By Jessica Tuggle
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Halloween parties and fall festivals dominate the entertainment calendar this time of the year all over the world and Indian River County is no exception.
Cities, businesses and nonprofits have been working hard to put together excellent activities for everyone to enjoy. The following is a roundup of many such activities, but not an exclusive list.
Several haunted houses will be open for those who love a good scare.
. In downtown Vero Beach, at 2043 14th Ave., a haunted house will be open from Oct. 18-20 and again from Oct. 25-31. Hours will be 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the weekends.
On Oct. 27 and Halloween, the house will be open beginning at 5:30 p.m. Entry fee is $6 and proceeds will benefit Vero Beach High School ROTC and Main Street Vero Beach.
. The General Federation of Women's Clubs Sebastian River Junior Woman's Club will open their 32nd annual haunted house at 1036 Main St. on Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 25-31 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Cost was not available.
The club will also host a trunk or treat event on Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the same location.
. Vero Beach's Riverside Theatre's haunted house themes are "Psycho Circus" and "Wacky Carnival." The haunted houses will be open Oct. 21 and Oct. 26-28, beginning at 6 p.m. Entry fees vary from $5 to $8.
Main Street Vero Beach is excited about its upcoming downtown Friday event with a Halloween twist.
. On Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., children are invited to trick-or-treat in downtown Vero Beach on 14th Avenue between 20th and 23rd streets. The festivities will include live music by Collins & Co., dancing, a beer and wine garden, a marketplace and food.
. The Junior League of Indian River will host Oktoberfest at Pointe West in Vero Beach on Oct. 27 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Oktoberfest celebrates German culture, traditions, food and drink. Entry to the event is free, but charges will apply to the various food vendors.
Live music will be provided by the Bob Houston Oktoberfest Trio and authentic dancing performed by the Treasure Coast German/American Club.
The event will include a "Kinder Garden" for children with a $10 entry fee, which will cover the cost of pony rides, bounce houses, face painting, a balloon artist and other games.
Three nights of special events in south Vero Beach will combine healthy exercise and yummy treats.
. The Skate Factory is holding a Halloween all- night party on Oct. 26 with skating from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. There will be glow skates, a costume contest, dance contest and races.
The cost for all-night skating is $17.50. To skate from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., the cost is $8.
On Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, The Skate Factory will offer a trick-or-treat costume skate with a candy giveaway from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with regular admission price.
. Early birds might enjoy participating in the fourth annual Halloween hustle 5k run/walk and tot trot on Oct. 27 benefitting Maitland Farm Preschool.
The 5K is $20 in advance, $25 on race day. A 1-mile fun run is $5 per person and the tot trot, a 100-yard dash race for children 5 and younger, is free.
Adult race time begins at 7:30 a.m., but participants are encouraged to come early.
For more Halloween or fall-themed entertainment or activities, look for Hometown News' special section, In Season, online at www.myhometownnews.net.