Are you the next John Carpenter (Halloween), Jordan Peele (Get Out) or Tim Burton (Corpse Bride)? Then October must send a chill up your filmmaker’s spine! If so, Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton has scares to spare with the 7th annual Kids’ Spooky Film Festival. Resurrected for a 7th straight year, the Kids’ Spooky Film Festival coincides with the 14th annual Shriek Week, Sugar Sand Park Community Center’s family-friendly Halloween event on October 19-20 and 25-27.
The deadline for submissions occurred in dearly departed September, and all films have been sacrificed to the panel of industry pros for judging. Awards will be given for the best youth, family and adult-created film, as well as the Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice. Many of the film formats will include live (or dead) action, (re)animation, and the increasingly popular digital comic books. The range of results should be frighteningly good. “The Kids’ Spooky Film Festival is a good opportunity for amateur filmmakers of all ages to get behind the camera and involve their friends and family,” explained Stefanie Ouellette, Booking Coordinator. “Last year, we had a lot of fantastic submissions in the youth and family categories. We can’t wait to see what our 7th year brings!”
If you’re in the mood for a more extreme scene, creep on over to G-Star School of the Arts for their X-Scream Halloween XIV! Over the past 14 years, X-Scream Halloween has become the third largest haunted house in Florida (behind Universal and Busch Gardens). 2018 contains two brand new haunts, Curse of the Cat Goddess and The Last Haunted Circus, that are sure to make your blood curdle. G-Star’s X-Scream Halloween event officially opens October 13 with tickets on sale at xscreamhauntedhouse.com. Find more details on the Kid’s Spooky Film Festival at sugarsandpark.org/spooky-film-festival.