Pinecrest Gardens and Pinecrest Parks & Recreation present a safe and scary Halloween


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The Village is making Halloween a little scary and very safe this year with three events for everyone in the family, including pets! Rocky Horror Picture Show on October 29th, Zombie Park Truck or Treat Drive-thru on October 30 and a Howl-O-Ween virtual event with Paws for you Rescue on October 31.

Rocky Horror Picture Show — Thursday, October 29 at 8 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens Banyan Bowl
A fan favorite and yearly ritual at Pinecrest, please join us for this cult-classic and longest-running theatrical release in film history! The Rocky Horror Picture Show is not just a movie. It is a social phenomenon. Don’t forget to wear your costume, and bring your props! Feature movie and costume contest at 8:00 p.m. Refreshments available for purchase. This movie is R rated; anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Fasten your seatbelts for a bumpy night in the Banyan Bowl. Social distancing will be respected and masks will be required. $7 tickets must be purchased in advance.

Zombie Park Truck or Treat Drive-thru — Friday, October 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pinecrest Community Center parking area
5855 Killian Dr, Pinecrest, FL 33156
Playful, yet starving zombies will be roaming the Pinecrest Community Center/Pinecrest Gardens parking lot in search of humans and stockpiles of candy. Only those who are brave enough will get a close-up glimpse of these unpredictable ghouls with an affinity for candy and human flesh.

Each group will have the option of choosing just how scary the experience will be at the start of the tour, making this a Halloween experience everyone can enjoy. Visitors will be asked to open their car trunks upon entering the event so that treats may be placed inside. Car trunks will be closed by staff as cars exit.

All guests must stay in the car to avoid being bitten, or worse eaten, by a hungry zombie. Visitors are encouraged to decorate their cars and wear costumes (to trick the zombies who really prefer eating humans).

A photo opportunity will be available at the end of the tour.

Howl-O-Ween — Saturday, October 31, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Live Stream
This much-anticipated annual event will take place virtually this year on Saturday October 31. All proceeds are donated to Paws-4-U. Welcome to PAWS4you Rescue’s 10th annual festival and our first ever VIRTUAL HOWLOWEEN festival. So many businesses have been hit hard due to COVID 19 and they want us all to come together as a community during this difficult time. Join them on a special live stream platform to participate in a Halloween event featuring pet costume contests, virtual marketplace, visit with sponsors and vendors and meet our PAWS4you Rescue’s adoptable dogs. To learn more about participating in this event and helping one of the most amazing rescue facilities in the world, visit their website at

Also happening at the Gardens
Our educational activities are better than ever. Join us for something old…and something new.

KidCademy at Pinecrest Gardens is a two-hour class for preschoolers and their parents to explore motor skills, exercise, art, music and play. Participants choose from classes once a week, twice a week or three times week. Register online at or call 305-669-6990 for more information.

Little Lizards is back with a few changes to ensure safety! This science and art program for kids ages 4-12 is is still free with Garden admission; however you must reserve your space by registering online at or by calling 305-669-6990. Drop-in attendance will no longer be accepted. The classes will be kept small and will take place outdoors. October’s theme is Soil Science, and November is Edible Gardening & Harvest!

The Cortada Science Art Academy is offering three after-school programs tailored to students in grades 3-12, to teach the importance of leadership, empathy, science and art. The curriculum was created by acclaimed Environmental Artist Xavier Cortada, and will feature STEAM enrichment activities. For more information please visit

In my last column, when we humbly thanked our sponsors for their participation in JazzAid Live, we had not yet signed our final sponsor. We are grateful to welcome Gil Development to our family of sponsors this season. They wanted you all to know that Gil Development Inc. has been actively engaged in South Florida’s energetic building industry for over four decades. While originally focusing on residential endeavors, the company soon expanded the scope of its operations to include the development of commercial properties, and is today one of South Florida’s busiest and most successful builders. Gil Development, redefining the industry.

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