SOUTH FLORIDA FAIR - SPOOKYVILLE DRIVE-THRU FAIR EATS AND TREATS
A 20-year old signature event wasn't about to succumb to a pandemic that kept people homebound for months on end. It took some initiative, creative thinking, planning and executing for this two-weekend family activity, albeit with a different look and feel, and safety as the top priority.
Though it wasn't the typical family-oriented "walk-through" October event, Spookyville at the South Florida Fairgrounds came alive as an inviting drive-through Halloween experience to over 4,500 carloads of families able to enjoy a slow cruise with friendly faces, familiar songs, Halloween sets, actors, and lots of candy, while staying in the safety of their car the entire time.
The one-mile experience winding through historic Yesteryear Village exceeded expectations as carloads were "treated" to the story of Halloween in a number of different settings. Attractions ranged from video mapping and music to colorful props and Halloween decor on the historic buildings, live actors playing out their roles, costumed volunteers, vignettes and fog machines enhanced guests' experiences, all the while listening to the storyline tale on their mobile devices. Over 10,000 pounds of prepackaged candies and treats as well as craft making supplies were safely passed through vehicle windows into treat bags as wide-eyed adults and kids waited to see what was around the next bend.
While screams and oh's and ah's resonated from vehicles, limousines, pick-up truck beds, RV's and convertibles, the common reaction was laughter, smiles and "Thank You's."