Follow These Tips So Halloween Doesn’t Become Scary

In Delray Lakes, even the dogs dress up.

In Delray Lakes, even the dogs dress up.

Halloween is a big deal in these parts.

My neighborhood, Delray Lakes, goes all out with a Halloween parade as do many others in Boca/Delray.

We put together these handy tips to make sure it’s a safe Halloween for everyone. Enjoy and be careful out there.

Here are a few suggestions from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention:

For the kids…

* Avoid trick or treating alone. Walk in groups, accompanied by trusted adults.

* Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags so you’re visible to drivers.

* Examine all treats to avoid choking and tampering.

* Carry a flashlight at all times.

* Walk, don’t run, from house to house, so as to keep small  children close by.

* Remove make-up before children go to sleep to prevent possible eye and skin irritation.

* Use established crosswalks when possible.

* Walk only on sidewalks.

* Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, tripping, and falls.

* Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

* Children should only enter homes with trusted adults, and be familiar with the hosts.

* Only approach well-lit homes.

* Always wear flame resistant costumes.

For additional information on Halloween safety visit

For the adults…

Head to Buddha Sky Bar on bustling Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, for their 1st Annual Halloween Buddha Ball on Thursday, October 31, from 10 pm – 2 am.

There is no cover charge for the event, but a costume is required for ALL entries. The first 100 guests will receive VIP access to the Tanteo Tequila VIP lounge and a special goody bag.

In addition, there are some serious prizes:

1st Place Winner: $2,500 gift card courtesy of East Coast Jewelry

2nd Place Winner: $1,500 gift card courtesy of Ulysse Nardin

3rd Place Winner: Gift basket valued at $1,000 courtesy of Tanteo Tequila

Have a great Halloween!


Weekend Best Bets: Brews, Wine, Music, Costumes, Jazz and Parades

Crane's Tiki Bar samples six fall brews tonight

Crane’s Tiki Bar samples six fall brews tonight

Things are starting to heat up in Boca/Delray this weekend. Here’s our picks for your best bets.

Start your weekend early at Crane’s
Go to Crane’s Beach House in Delray and find your new favorite fall brew Thursday, October 24th from 6-8:30pm.
The Tiki Bar at Crane’s Beach House Hotel, 82 Gleason Street, and Boston Brewing Company present six fall craft beers for your tasting pleasure.
Enjoy Taps and Tapas while you sample the Fall Brews, and create your own pairing with delectable and savory bites from area restaurants.
Samuel Adams Oktoberfest, Harvest Pumpkin, White Lantern, AO Cinnful Cider, Double Agent IPL, and Whitewater IPA are the fall brews.
Cost is $25 for entry. Brew specials all night.

Fine Wine Soiree in Boca
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation & The Fresh Market are hosting a “fine wine soiree” benefiting JDRF and Diabetes Research Thursday, October 24 from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the The Fresh Market, 100 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton.
Delight your palate with some 50 wine varieties; enjoy crab cakes, shrimp cocktail other delightful hors d’oeuvres and distinctive cheeses at this exclusive tasting event.
100% of proceeds benefit JDRF and diabetes research.
Tickets: $25 per person.
Online Purchases:
Tickets are limited, so RSVP today! And support a great cause.
Questions? Call JDRF at 561.686.7701

Halloween in Delray can't be beat, trust us on that one.

Halloween in Delray can’t be beat, trust us on that one.

Halloween Downtown
If you haven’t been to downtown Delray for Halloween, you really want to make it a point to do so.
Hundreds of kids, their parents and even their pets will converge on Atlantic Avenue Saturday , Oct. 26 from 1 to 2 p.m. for the annual Halloween parade and trick or treating tradition.
Merchants will have candy and treats for the kids and its fun to watch the little ones parade down the street as super heroes and more.
During the parade, the following road closures will be in effect:

NE 2nd Avenue will be closed from Old School Square Park to Atlantic Avenue on Saturday, October 26th, between 12:30 pm until approximately 2:00 pm. Detour signage will be posted to assist motorists.

Atlantic Avenue will be closed from NE 2nd Avenue to the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) on Saturday, October 26th, from 12:30 pm until approximately 2:00 pm. Eastbound traffic on Atlantic Avenue will be detoured at Swinton Avenue to SE 1st Street to Palm Square. Beach area traffic traveling westbound across the Atlantic Avenue Bridge will be detoured at Ocean Blvd/A1A to George Bush Boulevard or Linton Boulevard.

NOTE: Roads will reopen to vehicular traffic as the parade completes that section of the route.
While road closures are in effect, the Downtown Roundabout will operate on a modified route on Saturday, October 26th from 12:30 pm until approximately 2:00 pm, providing free roundtrip service from the Tri-Rail Station on Congress Avenue to NE 6th Avenue (Northbound Federal Highway) via the NE and SE 1st Street by-passes. Eastbound trolleys will use SE 1st Street with westbound trolleys using NE 1st Street. Normal service will resume when road closures are no longer in effect. NO SERVICE will be provided east of the ICW during road closures. Due to anticipated traffic, please expect scheduling delays during the event.


Immediately following the Halloween Parade, all children are invited to attend Kidsfest!

Kidsfest is a free family event in Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st Street, that features live entertainment, a bounce house, food vendors, a make-and-take craft area and much, much more.  In addition, local children’s services/organizations that target health, safety and fun will be featured to provide additional information to parents. Kidsfest, which is sponsored by the City of Delray Beach Parks and Recreation, will run until 4:00 pm.

Delray needs you

Delray needs you

Volunteer Delray
Have you ever wondered how you can give back to your community?
Wonder no more.
Volunteer Delray is an event that seeks to match “missions to interested volunteers.” The event is set for Friday, Oct. 25 from 5-7 p.m. at Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., just prior to the Friday Concert Series. (see below).
About 30 local non-profits will be in attendance and will be offering volunteer opportunities.
The event is the brain child of Leeanne Griffith, who works at the Delray Center for the Arts. This is the second year for the event which was a great success last year.
Come and find out how you too can give back.
If you still want to volunteer but can’t make the event, send an email to

Brings the funk

Brings the funk


Free Friday concert series continues
If you love funk, blues and R&B bop on down to Delray Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. for a free concert at the pavilion.
This week’s performer is the high energy South Florida based funk band “Pocket Change”.
The Friday concert series features food trucks, lawn chairs and an energetic crowd. It has become a great place to see a ton of friends, enjoy beer and wine and dance. Make sure to check it out.
Union Hosts Down For Whatever Halloween Party
After the Friday night concert series you may want to walk over to Union Delray, 8 E. Atlantic Ave., for what promises to be a memorable “Down For Whatever” Halloween Party from 9:30-11 p.m. Friday night.
No themes. Just costumes. And $1,000 in prizes will be awarded for the best, including the sexiest costume.
Visit for more info. Say hello to owner Scott Kennedy while your there.

Australian sensation Troy Roberts

Australian sensation Troy Roberts

Sax in the City
The Jazz Times says Troy Roberts is “… a force to be reckoned with… He is more than one to watch, he is one to follow closely.”
And you can follow him closely this Saturday night at 8 p.m. when he takes the stage of The Arts Garage.
Roberts comes to Delray with music from his new release Nu Jive 5. From Perth, West Australia, he has won four Downbeat Jazz Soloist Awards, two West Australian Music Industry Awards, Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition finalist, and a Grammy Nomination Medal.

Tickets range from $25-$35 visit for more information and to purchase reserve seats.