Here in Miami, we’ll jump at any chance to put on a costume and get into character: music festivals, Art Basel, a Saturday night at Space. Halloween is practically our Christmas. And because we know you’ve been planning your outfit since last year, we’ve put together a list of parties and events where you can get your ghoul on. Here’s to celebrating the most spooktacular time of the year with plenty of brujaja. Get it?
1. HE11EVEN Apocalypse at E11EVEN
Starting October 25, E11EVEN will count down to Halloween with performances by artists including Joe Maz, Fat Joe, Carnage, Laidback Luke, Mister Gray, Yissel and Wasabi. You’ll find a full lineup for the week here.
When and where: October 25-31; E11EVEN, 29 NE 11th St., Miami,
2. Anime Bash at Pubbelly Sushi Dadeland
Pubbelly Sushi Dadeland hosts a Japanese anime-themed party. Everyone gets to dress up as their favorite anime character for the night and guests of all ages can chow down on delicious house favorites such as the butter crab roll, warm edamame, traditional Japanese miso soup and sip on themed drinks while a DJ spins.
When and where: 3 p.m. till close October 31 at Pubbelly Sushi Dadeland, 8970 SW 72nd Pl, Miami
3. Halloweek at KINGS Dining & Entertainment Doral
This Doral hotspot will transform into a haunted hangout all week long with free Halloween treats for kids and ghoulish decor across the venue.
When and where: October 26 – November 1; KINGS Dining & Entertainment Doral, 3450 Northwest 83rd Ave. Suite 152, Doral
4. Alice in 1Derland at 1 Hotel South Beach
At the 1 Hotel South Beach’s Rooftop, you can venture down the rabbit hole during an Alice and Wonderland themed Halloween party, in partnership with Veuve Clicquot. We’re talking grass walls, cage dancers, and whimsical-wacky decor. Costumes are encouraged, and the event is free with RSVP.
When and where: October 31 from 9 p.m. – late; 1 Hotel South Beach, 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Head to Wynwood’s favorite food hall for tunes all night by DJs A-train, Louie, Arson, Silent Addy, Maneuvers, and SIRE. And make sure you rock a costume because prizes will be given to the best dressed.
When and where: October 31 all night; 1-800-LUCKY, 143 NW 23rd St., Miami
Foxhole is hosting it’s 3rd annual Halloween Costume Contest and the prizes are epic. First place will receive $1,000 in cash, second place will receive $500 in cash, and third place will receive a $250 bar tab. The first 50 people to RSVP under early bird tickets will be automatically entered for a chance to win a complimentary bottle the night of the event. Winners will be decided based on audience applause.
When and where: 9 p.m. October 31 at Foxhole, 1218 14th Court, Miami Beach
7. Beetle Juice Movie Under the Stars at Atton Brickell
Cozy up on the rooftop at Atton Brickell for a low-key Halloween night filled with plenty of onscreen thrills watching Beetle Juice under the stars.
When and where: October 31 at 8:30 p.m.; Atton Brickell, 1500 SW 1st Ave., Miami
8. Monster Mash Bash at JohnMartin's Restaurant & Pub
Coral Gables’ iconic spot JohnMartin’s Restaurant & Pub is hosting their 29th annual Halloween shindig, complete with themed cocktails, costume contests and prizes, face painting for kids during the day and live music by The Super Fuzz from 8 p.m. – midnight. The theme this year is Monster Mash Bash.
When and where: October 31, all day; JohnMartins Restaurant & Pub, 253 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
9. Lincoln Road
If you don’t want to commit to a specific event or want to get in some great people-watching beforehand, there’s no better place than Lincoln Road. Every year on Halloween, the mile-long shopping strip transforms into Miami Beach’s biggest costume block party, complete with live music, performers, and more. It’s family-friendly during the day, but the grown-ups tend to take over after sundown.
When and where: October 31, all day; Lincoln Road Mall, Lincoln Rd. Miami Beach
10. Halloween Yappy Hour at Portico
Time to dress up your doggo — Portico at The Diplomat Beach Resort will host a special Halloween edition “Yappy Hour” featuring a costume contest for canines and their companions. The most creatively dressed duo will win. You’ll also get to enjoy $5 food, drinks, and well liquor cocktails.
When and where: October 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Portico at The Diplomat Beach Resort, 3460 S Ocean Dr., Hollywood
11. Day of the Dead at Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar
Every Rocco’s Tacos location will celebrate Dia de Los Muertos with face painting, a live DJ and spooky surprises — not to mention drink specials like $6 house margaritas and $4 Mexican draft beers.
When and where: November 2, from open to close; Rocco’s Tacos, all locations
Wynwood’s annual free Halloween party returns with multiple bars (one of them will be bursting with flames all night!), signature cocktails, costume contests, local food vendors and DJs including Miami’s own DJ Irie.
When and where: 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Wynwood Marketplace, 2250 NW 2nd Ave., Miami
13. Cantina La Veinte
Cantina La Veinte will transform into a haunted house on Halloween. The best part? Ladies get to enjoy free margaritas from 5-10 p.m. at the bar. Wear a costume, because there will be a contest and the grand prize is $500 in cash plus a 10-year aged bottle of Bacardi. The runner-up will receive a $200 gift card and an 8-year aged bottle of Bacardi. Third place gets a $100 gift card and a 4-year aged bottle.
When and where: all night on October 31 at Cantina La 20, 495 Brickell Ave., Miami
14. Stiltsville Fish Bar
The Sunset Harbor hot spot will host a spooktacular happy hour complete with special treats for anyone rocking a costume — like a cocktail on the house. The dress code is scary, bloody, or spine-chilling.
When: 5-8 p.m. for happy hour on October 31st at Stiltsville Fish Bar, 1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach
15. Dia de los Muertos at Lolo's Surf Cantina
Recover from all those Halloween shenanigans with $10 drinks featuring Espolon Tequila and Sombra Mezcal at Lolo’s Surf Cantina, plus face-painting from 5-10 p.m.
When and where: November 2, all day; Lolo’s Surf Cantina, 161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
16. Day of the Dead and Night of the Dead Festival
Fort Lauderdale’s Day of the Dead Festival kicks off Friday, Nov. 2 with a Skeleton Processional through Riverwalk with more than 50 giant puppets and 2000 skeletons leading the way. Authentic Latin American traditions and the culture of Dia de los Muertos are presented in this family friendly festival, featuring the Folklorico and Aztec Stages hosting mariachi music, street performers, Mexican cuisine at the Muertos Street Festival, art in the Craft Crypt, the Fort Lauderdale History Center’s Ofrendas Exhibition and much more.
Saturday is the Night of the Dead, a music festival starring the ultimate Grateful Dead tribute experience from Dark Star Orchestra, plus musical performances by Galactic and Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio plus the Revolution Live Street Party, open to all ages. The official late-night after party is inside Revolution Live. Tickets $25-$85.
When and where: 4-11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 and 3 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Nov. 3 in Huizenga Plaza, 32 East Las Olas Blvd., Downtown Fort Lauderdale; www.dayofthedeadflorida.com; free