Get some real mileage out of that polyester Halloween costume by doing the rounds at South Florida's endless Halloween events.
Miami.com has partnered with some of South Florida’s premier event producers who are bringing an unforgettable Halloween experience to Miami on Saturday, Oct. 30. The Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel, Ibiza’s number-one show of the summer, makes its U.S. debut in Miami for the signature Halloween event of 2010. The event takes place Saturday, Oct. 30, from 3 p.m. - Midnight in Midtown. Limited discount presale tickets are on sale now at www.masquerademiami.com .
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden invites Miami's professionals to come in costume and howl on the lawns and terrorize the dance floor, all in support of environmental conservation and education. Event features food, cocktails, music and costume contest. The party is from 8 p.m. to midnight on October 29. Tickets $45-$50.
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables; 305-667-1651.
Seminole Hard Rock
The festivities kick off with the Scary Rock Stars Costume Contest on October 29 at 7:30 p.m. where you can unleash your inner rock 'n roll demon by donning your spookiest, scariest musical garb for cash, prizes, vacation trips and more. Then party on throughout the weekend at the hottest club haunts in town.
Seminole Paradise at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino & Hotel, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 800-937-0010.
Nightmare on Lincoln Road
Get decked out in your Halloween finery for the Nightmare on Lincoln Road on October 30 from 9 p.m. till 2 a.m. There will be Grey Goose vodka open bars, entertainment, music, fortune tellers and delectable treats from several of Miami’s best restaurants. Tickets $100-$150. The event takes place at 1111 Lincoln Road (7th floor, building at Alton and Lincoln). Tickets available at www.thelittlelighthouse.org.
Gatsby Gone Goth
On October 30, The Raleigh hotel hosts the “Gatsby Gone Goth” Halloween costume party. A gloomy homage to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic, guests will enjoy complimentary Heineken / Heineken Light lagers from 9-10 p.m.. Tickets are $25 at www.gatsbygonegoth.com. The Raleigh, 1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-6300.
House of Horrors
Amusement park, complete with a haunted house featuring gruesome characters that lurk in the dark. After surviving the terrifying house, park guests can enjoy lots of rip-roaring rides and feast on carnival favorites.
Open Mondays – Fridays 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays and Sundays from 5 p.m. to midnight; the Haunted House opens at sundown. Admission is $22 for adults and $15 for children (ages 9 and under), this includes unlimited rides. Miami International Mall, located off SR 836 & NW 107 Ave., Miami.
Spooktober at Zoo Miami
Spooktober at Zoo Miami features Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, a full-scale haunted house at Dr. Wilde’s World; The Monster Masquerade, an adults only costume party on October 23, (tickets $50-$65); Spooky Zoo Nights on October 29 & 30 ($10.95/person admission, $9.95 for Zoo members); and the annual Zoo Boo (formerly MetroBoo!) on October 30 & 31. Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (ages 3 – 12) plus tax. Children under two, Zoological Society of Florida members, and parking are free.
‘Buried Alive!’ features seven terrifying nights of haunted houses, unlimited carnival rides, live DJs and nightmarish fright on Friday to Sunday, October 22 - 24 and Thursday to Sunday, October 28 - 31, 2010 from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Intense scare zones make ‘Buried Alive!’ inappropriate for children under 13 years old.
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key on the Miami Seaquarium event field. Admission is$13 plus tax. For more information visit www.buriedalive2010.com or call 786-235-4140.
HELLROTIKA: Circus of Lost Souls
SAVE Dade presents this event that is party dance party, part muti-media experience and part circus on Saturday, October 30 at 8 p.m. The Awarehouse, 550 NW 29th St., Miami; www.hellrotika.com. Tickets $20-$100.
Check out a special Halloween screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" on Saturday October 30 featuring complimentary cocktails starting at 8 p.m., goody bags and prepare to take part in the Virgin Sacrifice of Rocky Horror first-timers. Audience participation will be led by a troupe of actors. After the screening, guests get free admission to the official after party at Grand Central nightclub, 697 N. Miami Avenue, where Poplife will present a live performance by the New York-based group Eclectic Method.
Catalina Hotel's Howlin' Halloween Party
This party is all about blood, werewolves and freebies. Guests can donate blood, pre-party only, at the on site blood mobiles and score $50 dinner gift certificate to Maxine’s Bistro & Bar. Guests are also encouraged to dress the part as their favorite werewolf for a chance to win the best costume prize. The party will feature complimentary “bloody vampire” cocktails from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. and passed hors d’oerves all night with live music by the Fabulous DJ Madame Turk. Friday, October 30 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Maxine’s Bistro & Bar at The Catalina Hotel, 1756 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-1160.
Sunset Lounge at Mondrian invites guests to celebrate Halloween with a special Candyland themed fete. Sunset Lounge will be offering Candyland-inspired cocktails concocted by expert mixologist Angelo Viera all night long as well as complimentary Leblon Caipirinhas from 10pm-11pm. Imaginative décor for the festive celebration will be curated by SKY GROUP and music will be provided by DJ Brooklyn Dawn. Saturday, October 30; doors open at 10 p.m. Sunset Lounge at Mondrian, 1100 West Ave., Miami Beach.
Yo Gabba Gabba Live!
DJ Lance Rock and the cast present Yo Gabba Gabba Live: There's a Party in my City! on October 31. Joining the characters on stage will be hip-hop legend Biz Markie and more special guests. Before the showe enjoy the Yo Gabba Gabba Halloween Spooktacular with interactive games, bounce house, face painting, trick-or-treating, Halloween munchies, music and more.
The pre-show Spooktacular begins at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Yo Gabba Gabba performance begins at 12:30pm and 4:30pm. AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami; www.americanairlinesarena.com.
Monster Splash Nighttime Bash
Kids will have a spooky good time at the annual Monster Splash Nighttime Bash, a family-friendly nighttime extravaganza at Miami Seaquarium featuring trick-or-treating, Halloween themed animal shows, a haunted house and lots of fun for kids. The is October 29-31 from 5p.m. – 11 p.m.
Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy, Key Biscayne; 305-361-5705 ext. 225 or visit www.miamiseaquarium.com. Admission is $24.95 plus tax for adults, and $19.95 plus tax for children (ages 3 to 12 years).
Jungle Island's Halloween Spooktacular
Calling all princesses, goblins, superheroes and angels: Halloween weekend adults and kids (3-10) get in the Jungle for just $15 and kids (ages 3-10) in full costume come in for just $10. Trick-or-treat through the Jungle and enter the costume contest. The Halloween Spooktacular is October 30th and 31st with activities from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day.
Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Tr., Miami; www.jungleisland.com or 305-400-7000.
Thriller on Lincoln Road
“Thriller on Lincoln Road” Block Party will feature a costume contest, live music by Tony Succor and his 12-piece “Thriller Salsa Band,” and Fernando Perdomo Upstairs at The Van Dyke.The block party will close part of Lincoln Road and Jefferson avenue directly adjacent to The Van Dyke Café on Sunday, October 31 from 8pm to midnight.
The Van Dyke Cafe, 846 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.
Boo Bash Halloween Party
RA Sushi in South Miami hosts the Boo-Bash Halloween edition of the restaurant’s Sunday night “Flying Fish Lounge.” The freakish fun starts at 8 p.m. with music, a variety of half-priced sushi and appetizers, plus great drink specials topped off with a “Best Costume” contest awarding the winner with a $100 RA gift certificate. Sunday, October 31 at 8 p.m. at RA Sushi, 5829 SW 73rd St., South Miami; 305-341-0092.
Skybar at Shore Club presents their popular SUN-DAZE at Shore Club pool party with a twist this Halloween where guests can dress as the animal that represents their partying ways. Resident DJ Jason Vernau will spinning in costume from morning until night. Costumes required. Sunday, October 31 from 1 p.m.- sunset at Skybar at Shore Club, 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-276-6772.
Reel Horror Ball at Gansevoort
The party starts at the rooftop with cocktails from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. then moves down to STK for a Prohibition-theme dinner party featuring jazz music. The afterparty is at Coco Deville, which promises to be a devilish time. Presale tickets $25 at Wantickets.com. October 31 at the Gansevoort Hotel, 2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.
Photo: Tomas Loewy