Entertainment Editor

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With Halloween on a Wednesday this year, there’s even more time to celebrate spooky season. Central Florida is kicking off Halloween week with a ton of things to do around town this weekend. 

BOO! on Broadway 

When: Friday, Oct. 26, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Broadway, Downtown Kissimmee

About: Kissimmee Main Street is teaming up with A Hero for Kids to present BOO! on Broadway. Join the Kissimmee Main Street businesses, the Early Learning Coalition, Osceola County Welcome Center, Distrx and First United Methodist for a safe night out. Activities include adventures in Boo Ville, Haunted History Tour, a scavenger hunt, a magic show, pumpkin decorating and a family movie. Plus, Batman will be there to hand out free books for children, Bat Candy, high fives and free photo opportunities. 

Eden Bar’s Halloween Party

When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: Enzian Theater

1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland

About: Venture to Orlando for a big night out at the Enzian’s Eden Bar. Dress to impress in your best costume for a costume contest (Best Couple, Most Original and Scariest) and have a bloody good time with featured drink specials all night. The party only welcomes guests ages 21 and up, and there is no cover fee. 

Hastings Ranch & Farm Fall Festival

When: Friday & Saturday, Oct. 26-27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Hastings Ranch & Farm

5452 Jones Road, St. Cloud

About: This family-friendly fall festival invites everyone to enjoy a corn maze, corn cannons, hay rides, barrel train rides, live music, games, livestock animals and more. Plus a pumpkin patch with pumpkins available for purchase. Admission is $11 for adults (ages 13 and up), $8.50 for kids (ages 3-12) and free for ages 2 and under.  

Homestead Harvest

When: Friday, Oct. 26, 7-10 p.m.

Where: Whisper Creek Farm, Grande Lakes Orlando

4040 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando

About: Sample culinary creations at reception-style food stations, beverage pairings including beer, cocktails and wine by Tito’s Vodka, Breakthru Beverage, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Icelandic Glacial; plus live music throughout the night.  

Spooky Empire

When: Oct. 26-28, 1-11 p.m.

Where: Caribe Royale Orlando

8101 World Center Drive, Orlando

About: Spooky Empire’s “Ultimate Horror Weekend” — also known as “the dark side of comic con” — has become one of the largest horror conventions in the nation. The weekend features celebrity guest appearances, exhibitors, a tattoo festival, a film festival and more. Some of this year’s celebrity guests include Elvira, Peter Criss, Alex Vincent, Greg Cipes and more. Visit spookyempire.com.  

Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” in concert

When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 8-10:30 p.m.

Where: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando

About: Experience Tim Burton’s cult classic with the score by Danny Elfman performed live. When Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s pumpkin king, accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry. 

Admission: Tickets start at $55. Visit drphillipscenter.org.  

Twilight Ghost Tours of Downtown Kissimmee

When: Friday, Oct. 26, 5:30-8 p.m.

Where: Historic Downtown Kissimmee

About: Hosted by the Osceola County Historical Society, these twilight ghost tours take guests on a 45-minute haunted tour of Downtown Kissimmee. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 12 and under), and can be purchased online: http://osceolahistory.org/event/twilight-ghost-tour-of-downtown-kissimmee-2018/. Ticket vouchers should be printed out and turned in at the tour. Note: Ghost tours are held in conjunction with Boo! on Broadway.