This will be your last weekend for family fun at the Countryside Family Farms Fall Festival & Maze. This should be a most enjoyable way to usher in fall. Some of the offerings include Kids and Toddler Zip Lines, Wagon Rides, Rubber Duck Races, Kids Train Rides, Jumping Pillow, Backyard Ball Zone, Lawnmower Ride , a nature trail, a hillbilly hootenanny music station, pumpkins, a ring toss, a bubble stations, graffiti car and, of course, this maze, which here is made of sorghum rather than corn . There will also be plenty of food to buy, from tacos and pizzas to burgers and hot dogs. And there are plenty of sweet treats, too – key lime pie, hot corn, pecan pie, and cinnamon rolls. The Countryside Family Farms Festival & Maze runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, October 29 and 30 at 6325 81st St., Vero Beach. Admission is $17.95 plus tax at the door. Get discounts if you go online to buy tickets at CountrysideCitrus.com. Children 2 and under are admitted free. There’s a special “Howl-o-ween” on Sunday, October 30, when furry friends are invited. Disguised dogs receive a free milk bone. And if you’re a little more adventurous, head to “Flashlight Nights” which runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 28 and 29. Bring your own flashlight and try to find your way through the maze in the illuminated darkness. There will also be spotlights galore so you can enjoy the rest of the fun. Call 772-581-0999 or visit CountrysideCitrus.com.
Head a bit north for more fun at Spooktacular and Haunted Gardens, starting at 7 p.m. at Rock City Gardens in Sebastian. The event brings out zombies as well as other spooky characters. At 8 p.m., Maleficent holds story time. There will be wagon rides with headless horsemen, witches’ brew and trick or treat. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 29 and 30. Cost is $15 usually with discounts available for buying tickets online. Free admission for children 12 and under. Rock City Gardens is located at 9080 N US 1 in Sebastian. Call 772-589-5835 or visit RockCityGardens.com.
You can still get in the Halloween mood and not face such gruesome characters when the Vero Beach Community Church screens the silent film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” with music by organist Andrew Galuska. very accomplished of the church. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 30. Tickets are $10 with a $1.50 processing fee. Vero Beach Community Church is located at 1901 23rd St., Vero Beach. For more information, call 772-562-3633 or visit CCOVB.org.
Other films suitable for the season will be screened at Family Movie Night & Costume Party beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 28 at Riverview Park in Sebastian. The event is free. You must bring your own chairs and blankets. The film screened will be Disney’s “Hocus Pocus”. The costume contest will take place at 6:15 p.m. The film starts at 7 p.m. The event is organized by the Sebastian Police Department. Riverview Park is located at US 1 and County Road 512, Sebastian. That same night, the Women’s Club of Vero Beach will host their Halloween Double Feature Movie Night. It starts at 6:30 p.m. $12. No word yet on what the movies will be, but they’ll be suitable for all ages. The Vero Beach Women’s Club is located at 1534 21st St., Vero Beach. Call 772-205-2259 or visit VeroBeachWomensClub.org.
Other Halloween events include a Halloween costume parade and contest hosted by the Women’s Club of Vero Beach. It starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 29, along 14th Avenue to the community center where the costume contest will be held. There is no free entry. For more information, visit COVB.org or call 772-231-4787 or 772-567-2144. A special way to work those Halloween candies is to participate in the 2-Mile Enchanted Lantern Hunt starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 29 at the Environmental Learning Center. There will be music, refreshments and food trucks. The Environmental Learning Center is located at 255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach, Florida. To sign up, go to RunSignUp.com. Capt. Hiram’s is the perfect location for the “Fire & Ice” Halloween party, which begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 29. There will be a costume contest in 3 categories, but you must register in advance. There will also be live music, food and drink. Capt Hirams is at 1580 US 1, Sebastian, Florida. Call 772-388-8588 or visit Hirams.com.