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Halloween in Brevard: Here's where to celebrate – Florida Today

As Halloween approaches, there are events throughout the Space Coast for ghosts and ghouls of all ages, and their pets too! Here is a sampling to bewitch you. 
Event details are subject to change, so we encourage you to check with presenting organizations about the status of their events.
The popular event is back at Brevard Zoo, 8225 North Wickham Road, Melbourne, every Saturday and Sunday in October from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be trick-or-treating, photo opportunities, Halloween decorations, spooktacular music, special performances and more. Costumes are encouraged. All Boo at the Zoo activities are included with general zoo admission and free for members. The event will have themed weekends as follows: Oct. 7-8, “Pirates”; Oct. 14-15, “Anime”; Oct. 21-22, “Magic” and Oct. 28-29, “Monsters.” Visit brevardzoo.org
The show “The Addams Family” is playing at the Henegar Center, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, through Oct. 22. Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family, and they are coming together for dinner. How will the creepy, kooky Addams family react? Tickets start at $37. Call 321-723-8698 or visit henegarcenter.com.
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The play “Dracula” is on stage at Melbourne Civic Theatre, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., from Oct. 6 through Nov. 12. As Count Dracula begins to exert his will upon the residents of London, they try to piece together the clues of his appearances in a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate. Tickets are $35. Call 321-723-6935 or visit mymct.org
The show is on stage at Titusville Playhouse, 301 Julia Street, Oct. 6 through 15. All the elements of the cult classic films “The Evil Dead,” “Evil Dead 2” and “Army of Darkness” are combined in an outdoor, site-specific musical production that is more cheesy and funny than scary. Tickets start at $38. Call 321-268-1125 or visit titusvilleplayhouse.com.
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Kids ages 4 to 15 are invited to rescue pumpkins from a floating pumpkin patch at McLarty Aquatic Center, 790 Barton Blvd., Rockledge, on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants will be given a number which corresponds to a floating pumpkin in the pool, which they will dive in and “rescue.” There will also be a pumpkin decorating contest, treat bags, swimming and more. The cost is $6, and advance registration is required. Call 321-633-1874.
Dynamic Tension presents a live shadow cast performing “Rocky Horror” in front of the big screen at Cinemaworld West Melbourne 15, 4345 W. New Haven Ave., on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14. Costumes are encouraged, but no outside props are allowed. Prop bags will be available for $5. Tickets are $10. Visit facebook.com/events/154170707684819 or cwtheaters.com.
LaPorte Farms, 7700 129th Street, Sebastian, hosts a haunted barn experience from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct 19-21 and 26-28. Admission is $5. Call 772-633-0813 or visit laportefarms.com.
Ghouls and goblins ages 21 and older are invited to haunt Cocoa Beach at a Halloween pub crawl on Saturday, Oct. 14. The event will start at 5 p.m. at Salty Sisters, 20 N. Brevard Ave., followed by Johnathan’s Pub at 6 p.m., VFW Post at 7 p.m., Area 142 at 8 p.m. and The Dunes at 9 p.m. There will be a costume contest, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing to benefit National Veterans Homeless Support. Guests are asked to bring donations of non-perishable food, clothing and hygiene items for homeless veterans. Tickets for five drinks are $18 in advance or $25 at the event. Call 321-543-1346 or visit madhatterpromotions.com
Melbourne Community Orchestra celebrates the approach of All Hallows’ Eve with “Le Cirque des Rêves,” a masquerade concert, at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 18-19 at 7 p.m. From the haunting cadences of Khachaturian’s waltz from his “Masquerade Suite” to the mysterious creatures of Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals” featuring dancers from Prelude Dance Company, the program will delve into the world of the macabre. Audience members are encouraged to wear decorative masks. Pre-show music will begin at 6:15 p.m. Admission is free. Call 321-285-6724 or visit mcorchestra.org.
Historic Green Gables, 1501 S. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne, transforms into “Foggy Bluff,” where ghost walks around the grounds will be offered starting at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays from Oct. 19 to 29. There will also be kid-friendly events on Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per adult and $10 for children. Baked goods and souvenir event t-shirts will be available for purchase. Visit greengables.org.
Palm Bay Public Library, 1520 Port Malabar Blvd. NE, hosts the family-friendly Halloween event on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. It will include a Halloween craft, a STEAM experiment, goody bags, a viewing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”, a costume parade and more. Admission is free. Call 321-952-4519.
Ages 18 and older are invited to bring a flashlight and a bag or basket to enjoy the fun at the Crane Community Center, 1440 Mosswood Drive, Melbourne, on Friday, Oct. 20 from 8 to 10 p.m. The cost is $10. Call 321-608-7400 or visit melbourneflorida.org.
The Rich Weirdoes, a “Rocky Horror” shadow cast from Orlando, will perform at Surfside Playhouse, , at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20,  and 6 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. The show contains mature content, and no one under 18 will be admitted. Costumes are encouraged. General admission, which includes a prop bag, is $25. Visit surfsideplayhouse.com or richweirdoes.com
“The Rocky Horror Show” is on stage at Titusville Playhouse, 301 Julia Street, Oct. 20 through 29. This live staging of the musical that inspired the 1975 classic cult film follows Brad and Janet as they seek shelter at a mysterious old castle on a dark and stormy night. Tickets start at $38. Call 321-268-1125 or visit titusvilleplayhouse.com
All ages are invited to this spooky night of games, contests and prizes at the Eddie Lee Taylor Sr. Community Center, 3316 S. Monroe Street, Melbourne, on Friday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost is $5. Call 321-608-7450 or visit melbourneflorida.org.
Space Coast Symphony Orchestra revels in the Halloween season with a concert at the Scott Center at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, Melbourne, on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. The program of fiendish Broadway favorites includes hits from “Sweeney Todd,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Jekyll & Hyde,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Wicked” and more. Vocalists Michelle Knight and Cesar De LaRosa will perform with the orchestra. A second show will be at the Emerson Center, 1590 27th Ave., Vero Beach, on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door or free for ages 18 and younger or with a college ID. Call 855-252-7276 or visit spacecoastsymphony.org
Venture, if you dare, to the second annual Halloween show at The Tangiers on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. The event will flash back to a popular era of music and horror, sure to get you feeling spooky in time for Halloween. The show is rated PG-13. Tickets start at $40. The Tangiers is at 4500 Dixie Highway, Unit 1A, Palm Bay. Call 321-327-8759 or visit thetangiersflorida.com
Cocoa Village Playhouse, 300 Brevard Ave., will show the 1925 silent film “The Phantom of the Opera” on Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. In the film, a mad, disfigured composer (Lon Chaney) seeks love with a lovely young opera singer (Mary Philbin.) There will be live musical accompaniment by J. Thomas Black, Jr. Tickets are $20. Call 321-636-5050 or visit cocoavillageplayhouse.com
During the Cocoa Village Art & Craft Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-22, Tails at the Barkery, 14 Oleander Street, will host a “Spooktacular Paws” fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a $10 donation, have your special furry companion “create” their very own one-of-a-kind designer piece of art. Proceeds will benefit Mid Florida Sheltie Rescue. All pets must be on a leash, or in appropriate carriers, and have current vaccinations and county tags for the safety of our animals and friends. Call 321-305-4584.
Revelers ages 21 and older can haunt Cocoa Village on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 6 p.m. to midnight. Costumes are not required, but there will be a costume contest with prizes as well as a 50/50 drawing to benefit the Children’s Hunger Project. The pub crawl starts at Cocoa Elks Lodge, 315 Florida Ave., at 6 p.m., followed by Murdock’s at 7 p.m., George & Dragon at 8 p.m., Village Biergarten at 9 p.m., Pub Americana at 10 p.m. and Dog N Bone at 11 p.m. Tickets that include six drinks are $20 in advance or $30 at the event. Call 321-543-1346 or visit madhatterpromotions.com
Golf cart owners will decorate their carts for a Halloween parade on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. The parade starts at DeLaura Middle School, 300 Jackson Ave., Satellite Beach, and ends at the Satellite Beach Sports & Recreation Park, 750 Jamaica Blvd. There will be a decorating contest, food trucks, music, prizes and more. Participants may register online at playsatellitebeach.org or on the day of the event starting at 5 p.m. Visit  facebook.com/events/740800924484277.
This fun, indoor trick-or-treating event will be at Merritt Square Mall, 777 E. Merritt Island Causeway, on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family-friendly local businesses will hand out candy and showcase their offerings. Enjoy free balloon animals, face painting, crafts, a reptile petting zoo and more. Admission is free. Visit facebook.com/events/1232918987616660, and RSVP at eventbrite.com
The movie “Casper” (PG) will be shown at the Palm Bay Aquatic Center, 420 Community College Parkway SE, Palm Bay, on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 6:45 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. for open swimming, games, crafts and other spooky surprises. The diving well will close at sunset when the movie starts. There is a limited capacity inside the aquatic center, so once capacity is reached, patrons are invited to bring blankets and chairs to watch the movie from outside the fence. Admission is free. Call 321-952-2833 or visit palmbayflorida.org. In the event of bad weather, call the Aquatic Center Rain-Out Hotline at 321-726-5680.
The North Brevard Fall Festival and Trunk-or-treat will be at Fox Lake Park, 4400 Fox Lake Road, Titusville, on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. Come in costume to celebrate the season with trunk-or-treating, activity booths, a costume contest, face painting, haunted maze, hay ride, music and more. Kids and teens will receive a free goody bag while supplies last. Admission is free. Visit facebook.com/BrevardParks
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Melbourne Municipal Band’s Rock & Roll Revue will celebrate the spooky season with a concert at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave., on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. Admission to the concert is $15, but there will be free dance lessons starting at 6 p.m. There will also be a costume contest for those who wish to dress up. Guests may bring snacks and beverages, and there will be mixers and ice available for purchase. Call 321-724-0555 or visit mmband.org.
The horror film “Ghost in the Graveyard” will be shown at Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach, on Friday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. There will be a Q&A with Charlie Comparetto, the writer and director of the film, following the screening. In the movie, the town of Mt. Moriah comes under the thumb of Martha, a ghost who comes back to haunt the teens who witnessed her death as children, during a “game” of ‘Ghost in the Graveyard.’ Tickets are $12. Call 321-783-3127 or visit surfsideplayhouse.com
Dress in your favorite costume and stroll around downtown Cocoa Beach, 3 S. Orlando Ave., visiting ghoulishly great businesses while sipping a selection of beverages on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. General admission is $25. VIP admission is available for $120, which includes rooftop access, a costume contest and a dance party with “Call the Wolf” duo Jason & Scotty. Visit facebook.com/events/1544364845971052 or eventbrite.com
Bring your pampered pets, dressed in their best costumes, to Dirty Oar Beer Company, 329 King Street, Cocoa Village, on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. The Howl-O-Ween Petacular will feature a pet costume contest starting at 4:30 p.m., with categories including best decorated wagon or stroller, best dressed owner/pet combo and best costumes for large and small pets. Each contest entry fee is $10 in advance or $15 at the event, although the event is free to attend. All pets must be on a leash, or in appropriate carriers, and have current vaccinations and county tags. Call 321-305-4584 or visit visitcocoavillage.com.
Bring the family to Romelia Farms, 165 Gator Drive, Merritt Island, on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a day of furry creatures and sweet surprises. There will be a petting zoo, treat bags, face painting, pumpkin painting, arts & crafts, food trucks and more. Tickets are $25, or free for kids younger than 2. Visit facebook.com/events/1504134863456180 or fareharbor.com.
LaPorte Farms, 7700 129th Street, Sebastian, hosts a fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be train rides, pony rides, a mechanical bull, Home Depot kid’s workshop, food, pumpkin sales and a costume contest starting at 2 p.m. Admission is $2. Call 772-633-0813 or visit laportefarms.com.
Suntree United Methodist Church, 7400 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, will show the 1925 silent movie “The Phantom of the Opera” starring Lon Chaney on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. The haunting melodies and thrilling suspense will be brought to life with accompaniment on a live pipe organ, played by Tom Taylor. Admission is free. Call 321-242-2585 or visit suntreeumc.org.
All ages are invited to walk through a maze of Halloween fun at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne, on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids can collect candy from businesses, organizations and various City of Melbourne departments. Admission is free. Call 321-608-7420 or visit melbourneflorida.org.  
Families and kids are invited to dress in their favorite costume to go trick-or-treating in downtown Melbourne on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participating businesses will have a “Treat Stop” poster displayed at their door. Admission is free. Visit facebook.com/events/991701098694271.
Join other dog lovers to strike a pose at the Satellite Beach Dog Park, 750 Jamaica Blvd., on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. Bring a bag of dry pet food to donate, and be entered into a raffle. Visit satellitebeach.gov.
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Christina LaFortune is the Entertainment and TGIF Editor at FLORIDA TODAY. Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/christinalafortune or send her an email at clafortune@floridatoday.com. 

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