Looking for a scary good time? Boo! on Broadway is back for 6th year

One of the activities at BOO! on Broadway in downtown Kissimmee Friday will be a casket derby.

BOO! on Broadway is back in downtown Kissimmee this Friday to spread some ghoulish glee and family fun with live entertainment, activities and most importantly, lots of candy.

The free annual Halloween event sponsored by Kissimmee Main Street is celebrating its sixth year in the heart of Osceola County’s biggest city. About 10 blocks along Broadway will be blocked off from 6 to 9 p.m. that night to create a safe, family-friendly area for treat-or-treaters and their guardians.  

“It’s the kind of event where you can bring the kids and can let them run around and have a good time,” said Kissimmee Main Street Executive Director Diana Marrero-Pinto.

About 5,000 visitors attended BOO! last year.

“I think we’re expecting even more people this year,” Marrero-Pinto said. “We have more stops than we’ve ever had before, more vendors and more merchant participation than we’ve ever had.”

Participants will be given a map and list of the night’s spooky activities, which include a magic show, balloon artist, music and a dance performance by the Adanse Dancers.

Other festivities like a casket derby, “Adventures in BOOville,” and historical twilight ghost tours will also be available.

Over 50 downtown businesses will hand out candy to trick-or-treaters along the route that spans from Neptune Road to the Kissimmee Police Department. The businesses include a mix of familiar establishments and newcomers alike. This year also includes the virtual “Spooktacular Family Scavenger Hunt,” with prizes for the first three families who correctly answer the clues.

After the kids have satisfied their sweet tooths, families are invited to the First United Methodist Church for a movie, pumpkin decorating, free snacks and drinks.

Marrero-Pinto said Friday is for families, but Saturday night will feature independent Halloween parties and costume contests geared toward adults at downtown establishments like 3 Sisters Speakeasy.

For more information about BOO! on Broadway, call 407-846-4643, or visit www.kissimmeemain_street.org.