‘Monsters in the Park’ event is village’s treat for Halloween

The movie Monsters University will be featured.

The movie Monsters University will be featured.

This year, for the first time, the Village of Palmetto Bay is offering something special for Halloween that families may enjoy. “Monsters in the Park” is set for Oct. 31, 6 p.m., at Coral Reef Park, 7895 SW 152 St.

The event, which is open free to the public, combines a safe and fun alternative to traditional trick-or-treating with a movie showing. Starting at 6 p.m. village officials and partners will be distributing candies and stickers for all trick-or-treaters, and children and adults are encouraged to come dressed in their best Halloween costumes.

“Anyone wearing a costume will receive a raffle ticket for chances to win some great prizes,” said Mary S. Fernandez, the village’s special events supervisor for the Parks and Recreation Department. “Then at 7 p.m. we will be showing the animated Disney Pixar G rated summer hit movie Monsters University. This movie is the prequel to the hugely popular Monsters, Inc. movie from 2001.”

Fernandez said that families that attend are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and their own picnic. Food also will be available for purchase that evening.

This event has been chosen as a replacement for the “Pumpkin Patrol” done in previous years because it was difficult to get to all areas of the village in a timely fashion.

The event additionally will feature the reopening of the tennis courts at Coral Reef Park, which have been closed for renovations and improved lighting. The facility’s tennis pros will have some fun and interactive games as well, and all ages and skill levels are welcome.

For more information, visit the village’s website at <www.palmettobay-fl.gov> or call 305-259-1234.

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