I first heard about Delmar Farm in a Facebook post in 2018.
Claudia Campbell posted that her sweet little dog, Elvis, was missing from her farm near Lion Country Safari. He had gone missing for a few hours before, but he always came home.
Not this time. When I saw Campbell’s post, Elvis had been missing for days.
But she soon had an update. In a twist fit for a movie, Elvis had never left the building.
He was under it.
You can click here to read my Palm Beach Post column from 2018 on Elvis’ miraculous rescue from underneath the barn at Delmar Farm.
Since then, I’ve watched as Campbell obtained her nonprofit status and transformed her property into an educational farm animal sanctuary, with popular story times, mommy-and-me pony encounters and a growing fanbase on social media.
But there’s one place where Delmar Farm has stood out for years: Its Halloween events.
“Halloween here at Delmar Farm has always been a major thing,” Campbell said.
This year’s Halloween Spooky Fest — from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21 — is set to be bigger and better than ever.
All proceeds from the event go to help Campbell care for the animals in her care, including pigs, horses, goats, ponies, miniature horses and donkeys, including a rambunctious little jack named Dunkin who has earned fans around the world thanks to his antics on TikTok.
From the haunted forest to the witch’s cottage and fortune teller, there will be spooky touches throughout Campbell’s 5-acre farm in the Deer Run neighborhood.
Pony rides will be offered for children age 12 and younger from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Then there will be a costume parade, with handlers walking miniature horses along with the children. Many of the farm’s animals will be available for encounters throughout the two hours.
There also will be crafts, lots of photo opportunities, and games and prizes.
“This year for Halloween, I’m going all out,” Campbell said. “Our events keep growing, and I’ve always loved the Halloween season.”
After a few years off from hosting her Halloween party, Campbell’s spooky events returned recently. They’ve been increasingly popular, along with Campbell’s other holidays events for Christmas and Easter.
Last Halloween, 65 children were ticketed for the event, she said. There were 90 for the winter holiday party, and 113 at Easter. She expects there may be even more for this Halloween event.
This year’s Spooky Fest is booking up fast. Tickets are $30 for toddler to age 12, a price that includes everything including a ticket for a pony ride. Tickets are $20 for ages 13-16, which includes everything except the pony ride. Ages 17 and older can get in for $5, when accompanying a child.
Reservations are required and the event is already booking up quickly. To make a reservation, text Campbell at 561-315-9516.
For more information about Delmar Farm, click here.
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