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Costumed revelers party at last year's Halloween Sundowner at Vizcaya.

How do you want to spend Halloween? In a costume partying at one of Miami’s most beloved waterfront attractions? Or maybe trick or treating with the family?

No matter what you want to do, there’s an event for you this month in South Florida.

You hate this Halloween candy, but we love it.

House of Horror

READ: Luis Fonsi was going to perform at the new House of Horror music festival. Now it’s canceled.

Meet some creepy new friends at the parking lot of Miami International Mall, which is transformed into a horror fest with attractions including 1455 Asylum, Gates of Phobia, Hellzapoppin, the Freak Emporium and the Carnival with amusement rides and games. There’s also the Phantasma Music Festival with Luis Fonsi and DJs Afrojack, Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus and groups Cheat Codes and Crankdat, which has since been canceled.

6-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; Friday and Saturday 5:30 p.m. to midnight; Sunday 5:30-11 p.m. through Nov. 5, Miami International Mall, 1455 NW 107th Ave., Doral. House of Horror tickets $10-$29, Phantasma Music Festival $59-$100.

1455 NW 107 Ave., Doral, FL 33172

Haunted Ballet


Crystal Peattie, a dancer and Coconut Grove resident who graduated from New World School of the Arts, and several other local dancers perform around the Barnacle Historic State Park depicting fictional characters from Coconut Grove trying to escape their tragic final days.

8-9:30 p.m., Oct. 26 to Oct. 28 at 8 and 9:30 p.m., Oct. 29 at 8 p.m., The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Hwy., Miami. $20-$30.

3485 Main Hwy., Miami, FL 33133

E11EVEN Freak Show Halloween

On Halloween night DJ and producer Borgore mans the decks and hosts the Freak Show. Also performing on the weekend is DJ Chizzle.

10 p.m. each night, Oct. 26 to Oct. 31 at E11EVEN Miami, 29 NE 11th St. $20 for ladies, $30 for men.

29 NE 11th St., Miami, FL 33132

Halloween at the Biltmore

Party at the elegant Mediterranean-inspired iconic Gables hotel. There will be costume contests at which participants can win for spookiest, most creative and best couple. Indulge in a buffet dinner and open bar and enjoy live music. Must be over 21 to attend.

8 p.m. to midnight, Oct. 27, Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. $90 for members, $110 non-members before Oct. 23; $110 for members, $130 for non-members after Oct. 23.

1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134

Stranger Things Halloween Party

photo via Twitter

For the Season 2 premiere of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Purdy Lounge is crafting a specialty Stranger Things cocktail using coffee from Wynwood’s Brothers & Brawlers. There’s also a costume contest with prizes for Best “Stranger Things” costume and Best Overall Costume.

10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Oct. 27 at Purdy Lounge, 1811 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach, 305-531-4622

1811 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Nightmare on the Beach

Photo: Tomas Loewy

This year’s Little Lighthouse Foundation fundraiser is themed Nightmare on the Beach: Dark CarnEvil and includes top-shelf cocktails and food from various catering companies as well as live entertainment.

9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Oct. 27, Lummus Park, 14th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. $175.

14th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

SAVE's Halloween Ball: Inferno

The LGBTQ SAVE Fundraiser is hosted by Royal Caribbean Cruises with music by Ralph Rosario and DJs Alex Ramos, Yazz Burrell and Bill James.  Tiffany T. Fantasia hosts the party with performances by Athena Dion, Tlo Ivy and others.

9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Oct. 27 at Magic City Casino Stage 305, 450 NW 37th Ave., Miami. $25-$500.

450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, FL 33125

Safe Night of Fright

The Trunk or Treat event includes a couple of decorated trucks where kids will go to grab candy and then when the sun goes down they’ll watch the animated film “Paranorman.” Refreshments will be for sale.

4-6:30 p.m., Oct. 27 at North Shore Park, 501 72nd St., Miami Beach. Free.

501 72nd St., Miami Beach, FL 33141

Griffing Park in the Dark

The City of North Miami had to move its Halloween party to a new location, but it still includes a costume parade. Participants get a treat bag, and there are bounce houses, games, a dance contest with prizes, a hay maze and spooky storytellers.

7-9:30 p.m., Oct. 27, Griffing Park, Northeast 123rd St. and W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami. Free. 305-892-8639.

450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, FL 33125

Halloween Freak Show Week

Rockwell has four nights of freaky fun, with contortionists and kooky characters. Come in your Halloween regalia to each party, but the big costume contest is Monday night. On Nov. 1, Rockwell’s “Kiss Me I’m Latin” Wednesday night party will transform into a Dia De Los Muertos celebration to close out the Halloween festivities with a truly deadly fête.

11 p.m. Oct. 27-28, 30 and Nov. 1 at Rockwell, 743 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

743 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

Trick or Treat Community Pop-Up

Spooky family fun event with a kids costume parade, haunted house, scary movies, giveaways and trick or treating. Costume parade participants must register at information tent.

6-10 p.m. Oct. 27 at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St., Cutler Bay; 305-573-5300; free. Info at

237-B 20 St., Miami Beach, FL 33139

Halloween at Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co.

Sweet Liberty for Halloween

It’s five days of Halloween revelry with a 1970s theme at one of Miami Beach’s best known hot spots. New local faves Patrick & the Swayzees perform on Friday. Saturday Night Fever is Saturday’s theme with DJ Mister Grey playing the Bee Gees and Kool & The Gang. On Sunday DJ BrookeG spins followed by Motown Mondays with DJ YNot spinning a Halloween edition. On Halloween The Ordinary Boys perform and spooky surprises await.

Hours vary, Oct. 27 through Oct. 31 at Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co., 237-B 20 St., Miami Beach. No cover. 305-763-8217.

237-B 20 St., Miami Beach, FL 33139

​Tacology Halloween Party

This Mexican taqueria is always ready for Day of the Dead and before that, they’re hosting a Halloween Party with costume contest where winners receive a bottle of Golden Tequila for first place, Silver Tequila for second and a $100 gift card for third. A DJ spins throughout the night, specialty $12 “Dark Cocktails” are poured and a fun photo booth captures all the fun.

7 p.m. Oct. 28 at Tacology at Brickell City Centre, 701 S Miami Ave., Miami

55 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127

Triki-Triki Halloween Party

Locos Por Juana

Party at Wynwood’s newest brewery and sample the newest seasonal beer, come dressed up for the costume contest, dance to live music by Miami’s own Locos por Juana and DJ Iron Lion. Food available at the Baja Bao food truck.

Noon to 2 a.m., Oct. 28 at Veza Sur Brewing Co., 55 NW 25th St, Miami, FL. No cover. (786) 362-6300.

55 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127


Join PAMM for a not-so-spooky day of family activities with a free performance of “Peter and the Wolf” by South Florida Symphony and Halloween-themed art-making activities. Come in costume for trick-or-treating and free museum admission (no masks).

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 28 at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; $16 or free for guests who come in costume.

3450 NW 83rd Ave Suite 152 Doral, FL 33122

KINGS Miami - Doral

Celebrate Halloween with a different theme every night including Monster Mash, Pumpkin Patch, Totally 80s and Howling Happy Hour. There will be giveaways, costume contests, candy for the kids and drink specials.

Oct. 28 -31, 3450 NW 83rd Ave Suite 152, Doral, 844-494-9400.

3450 NW 83rd Ave Suite 152 Doral, FL 33122

Vizcaya's Annual Halloween Sundowner

Photo by Luis Cruz, Courtesy of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Archives.

This year’s theme is “Mystery, Myth and Fantasy,” with Roxy Vargas, host of NBC6’s “In The Mix,” as emcee. For 31 years, Halloween revelers have been partying at one of Miami’s most beloved waterfront attractions. DJ A-Train mans the decks and local groups Patrick & The Swayzees, The State Of and Tamboka perform. Costume contest will crown winners for best male, female and group costume.

8 p.m. to midnight, Oct. 28 at 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami. $140 for members, $170 general admission.

3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129

Forte dei Marmi Dracula Mambo

Get down with all the classiest vamps at Forte dei Marmi’s Dracula Mambo, featuring a vinyl set by DJ Le Spam, silent horror films, and free dinner for the best patrons wearing the best Dracula costumes.

9 p.m. Oct. 28 at Forte dei Marmi, 150 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; $100

150 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach

Zoo Boo

This family-friendly event is tailored for kids 12 and under. Youngsters will trick or treat throughout the Zoo, enjoy performances, enter costume contests and watch as wild animals tear into their own Halloween treats.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 28 and Oct. 29, Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami. 13 and over $22.95; children 3-12 $18.95.

12400 SW 152nd St., Miami, FL 33177

Monster Splash

Miami Seaquarium hosts a day time bash with ghoulish treats and ghostly fun. Expect a pumpkin patch, inflatables, Flipper’s Dance Party, rides and trick-or-treating.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 28-29 at Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne; $18-$23

4400 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne

Spooky Symphony

The Greater Miami Youth Symphony and the Alhambra Orchestra come together for a free Halloween concert with music from The Phantom of the Opera, Pirates of the Caribbean plus eerie music by Verdi and Mussorgsky.

1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; free.

1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Downtown Fright Night

Downtown Miami’s main drag of East Flagler St. gets transformed into a Halloween-themed area with plenty of areas inspired by the Netflix hit “Stranger Things.” Kids can enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, bounce houses, magic shows and a costume contest at the Stranger Things Family Fun Zone. There’s also The Haunted Market and Pup-up Dog Park. As night falls, you can party in The Upside Down with specialty cocktails at the Hex Your Ex Bar where DJ Laz plays host, they’ll screen “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”and have a dance performance and costume contest.

3 p.m. to 1 a.m., Oct. 29 E. Flagler St. between Southeast Second Avenue and Southeast Third Avenue, Miami. Free.

E. Flagler St. between Southeast Second Avenue and Southeast Third Avenue, Miami, FL 33131

​Halloween themed skate night

​Xtreme Action Park’s regular Sunday night skate goes retro for a special Halloween party where skaters are encouraged to dress in their best ’70s and ’80s costumes. ​Skate to music by The Beach 102.7’s DJ Holiday who spins all night and enjoy $5 drink specials at the Rink Side Bar.

7-10 p.m., Oct. 29, 5300 S. Powerline Rd., Ft. Lauderdale; $5. Info at

11000 Red Road Pinecrest, Florida 33156


Four-legged companions takes over Pinecrest Gardens at the Paws-4-You event with tricks and treats, a costume contest, Doggie Fun Zone Agility Course, pumpkin patch and kids’ zone.

Noon to 5 p.m., Oct. 29 at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Rd., Coral Gables. $5 and kids under 2 free.

11000 Red Road Pinecrest, Florida 33156

HalloWYN Wynwood's Halloween Block Party

Things get creepy at last year’s HalloWYN party.

Hang out at Wynwood’s big block party with other costumed revelers while you dance to live music, nosh on food truck goodies from more than 20 trucks, shop at an Artisan Market, enter the costume contest and sip on specialty cocktails. RSVP early for a free cocktail.

7 p.m. to 3 a.m., Oct. 31 at Mana Wynwood, 2250 NW Second Avenue, Miami. Free.

2700 Sheridan Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140

Halloween on Lincoln Road

No formal event here – it’s just a great place to people-watch because the outlandish costumes and Halloween atmosphere are not to be missed.

There are several activities going on including DJs set up at our different stages along the street as well as 10 outdoor pop-up bars and in-store trick or treating and specials at select stores.


Tuesday, Oct. 31 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.

2700 Sheridan Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140

Halloween on the Mile

Kids trick or treat along Miracle Mile making more than 50 stops to fill up their treat bags along with a storytime at Books & Books, kiddie costume contest at Actors’ Playhouse and Doggie Costume Contest at Coral Gables Museum.

Oct. 31

4-7 p.m. trick or treating along Miracle Mile

4 p.m. Story time at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

5 p.m. Kiddie Costume Contest, Actors’ Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

6 p.m. Doggie Costume Contest at Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

1455 NW 107th Ave, Doral, FL 33172

Halloween Happenings, Scott Rakow Youth Center

Kids can run around on trick or treat street, filling their sacks with candy, play carnival games and walk through a spooky haunted house. There will be refreshments for sale.

6-9 p.m., Oct. 31 at Scott Rakow Youth Center, 2700 Sheridan Ave., Miami Beach. Free except for carnival games for $5 each and $2 for the haunted house.

2700 Sheridan Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140

Miami International Mall

Trick or treat in air-conditioned comfort at plenty of mall-wide stores that display the pumpkin sign in their window.

4-6 p.m., Oct. 31 at Miami International Mall, 1455 NW 107th Ave, Doral

1455 NW 107th Ave, Doral, FL 33172

Monster Mash Bash

Halloween event at the park with costume contests, bounce houses, arts and crafts, music, haunted ghost tours and plenty of candy.

6-10 p.m., Oct. 31 at Patricia A. Mishcon Athletic Field, 16601 NE 15th Ave., North Miami Beach. Free.

16601 NE 15 Ave., North Miami Beach, FL 33162

Haunted House: Nightmare at 405

The Coral Gables Youth Center gets transformed into a spooky haunted house, and it’s scary enough that kids under five aren’t allowed.

6:30-10 p.m., Oct. 31, War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Dr., Coral Gables, $4 per person.

405 University Dr., Coral Gables, FL 33134

Yelloween by Veuve Cliquot

Halloween gets a Japanese theme at this party held in Zuma in downtown Miami. Inspired by Japanese Kabuki Theatre, the party features geisha go-go dancers, Japanese robots performing to live music. Veuve Cliquot will freely flow during the party.

9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Oct. 31, Zuma Miami, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami. $75 per person.

270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, FL 33131

Villa Azur's In the Shadow Halloween Party

Sponsored by Made in Russia and Veuve Clicquot, this haunting celebration will feature stilt monsters, lots of bubbly and a costume contest.

Tuesday, Oct. 31, Villa Azur, 309 23rd St., Miami Beach

309 23rd St., Miami Beach


Miami Beach hot spot Wall’s annual Halloween fete returns for the ninth year.

11 p.m. Tuesday at Wall, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Not So Spooky Halloween

Enjoy a night of free entertainment, a live DJ, dancing, games, a costume contest at Barker Animation Art Gallery, a magic show and trick or treating for the entire family.

5-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Gulfstream Park, 901 S Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach

901 S Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach

Jezebel Bar + Kitchen

This Halloween, Jezebel Bar + Kitchen will celebrate its very first Halloween, with trick or treats, spooktacularly delicious cocktails including their “Bloody Rita” garnished with an eyeball. Dance to music by DJ Garcia into the wee hours. Tables will be available for bottle service.

5 p.m.-5 a.m. Oct. 31 at Jezebel Bar + Kitchen, 1625 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach; 786-275-6324

Yappy Hour Barktoberfest

Canines are the center of attention for this event with a dog costume contest, trick for treat contest, a photo booth, free doggie meals and treats and pumpkin painting for kids. They’ll also be accepting dog food, toys, beds and cages for the local shelter.

4-7 p.m. Oct. 31 at 2911 Grand Ave., Ste. 400D behind the Mayfair, Miami; 305-456-5723. Free.