Everybody wants to have fun but fun is expensive, except when you’re talking about these South Florida events. Treat your kids to one-of-a-kind festivals where they can learn about themselves and other cultures or take them out to enjoy a night of music. If that doesn’t tickle their fancy, make it a movie night without spending $15 per ticket. It’s all available here in South Florida, and by the time you’re done experiencing all of these events, you won’t believe that you didn’t have to spend a penny..

Florida Day of the Dead Celebration

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 560-1028

Date: Nov. 2, 2013

You’ve heard of the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration. Four years ago, Jim Hammond decided that South Florida needed its own Day of the Dead celebration, and thus, a tradition was born. Bring the whole family out on November 2 to watch a morbidly fun Skeleton Processional parade through the streets of Fort Lauderdale followed by displays of crafts and live music. It’s totally free and children are encouraged to dress up in costume. It’s a unique cultural experience that your family won’t want to miss.

Olly Planet Presents Fall Family Festival

1001 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 344-6640

Date: Oct. 27, 2013

Come one, come all to the first annual OllyPlanet Fall Family Festival. OllyPlanet is the maker of children’s clothing and accessories with the unmistakeable animated bird named Olly on it. This organization has planned a totally free beach event, jam packed with entertainment including live performances, a photo booth and games. It’s a day of wholesome fun from a company that aims to “improve your world, one smile at a time.” This event takes place on Sunday, October 27 and lasts from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Greater Miami Youth Symphony and Alhambra Orchestra Present “Spooky Symphony”

174 E. Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 374-2444
Date: Oct. 27, 2013

Nothing soothes the soul quite like music. Take your family out for a night at the symphony as the Greater Miami Youth Symphony and Alhambra Orchestra present “Spooky Symphony.” It’s a night of music featuring songs from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Spiderman.” Seating is first-come, first-served, and patrons are encouraged to dress their best with children wearing their scariest Halloween costume for this spooky event. This event will be held on October 27 at 4 p.m. but doors will open at 3 p.m.

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SoundScape Cinema Series

500 17th St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-3331

Dates: Click here.

A day in the park and night at the movies is sure to please even the most temperamental child, but doing both simultaneously is an event in itself. Throughout the year, The New World Cinema holds its SoundScape Cinema Series, projecting blockbuster movies on its outside wall while locals view the films, sitting on picnic blankets in the park. For a combined three weeks in October and November, the SoundScape Series will show both parts of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” The event is totally free and you can click here for dates and times.

7th Annual Boo BasH

1 N. Young Circle
Hollywood, FL 33022
(954) 921-3404

Date: Oct. 25, 2013

Take your children out for a night of free and safe trick-or-treating at ArtsPark at Young Circle. This well-lit park is located in the center of Hollywood and is the perfect location for your children to safely trick-or-treat. There will also be a costume contest and free concert by THE MONSTERS. The only thing you will have to pay for is the parking and that can be avoided as well if you know where to park. This event begins at 7 p.m. on October 25, lasts for three hours and is sure to be the best money you never spent.

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Niema Hulin was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Lexington, South Carolina for the bulk of her formative years. In 2002, she moved to Miami after graduating from the University of Florida. Since then, Niema has worked in film, television and commercials as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator. Some of her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.