Miami Halloween Event Guide 2016

Halloween in Vizcaya
Halloween in Vizcaya

By: Kara Franker & Shaneeva Yassin

Here are the many festive, fun and freaky ways to celebrate Halloween in Miami.

Looking for something fun to do this Halloween? In Miami, we have plenty of options to get the party started. This Halloween, kick back, masquerade and become someone else. From the ghoulish and ghastly, fantastical and fun, to the scandalous and sassy, Miami has plenty of family-friendly outings, spooky haunted houses or all-night parties that promise a little something for everyone.

Spooky Zoo Nights: Oct. 28 - 31

This Halloween, get spooked with Zoo Miami’s Spooky Zoo Nights, which will take place Oct. 28-31, 2016 from 7 to 11 p.m. During this haunted celebration, you’ll find Halloween-themed attractions that are perfect for the whole family. Wear your favorite costume and party in the dark with spooky creatures, ghoulish carousel rides, candy stations, Dr. Wilde's Creepy Haunted House and Zombie tram rides, and find scary surprises in hidden pathways. Admission is $14.95 per person and $12.95 for Zoo Miami members, and the ghoulish carousel rides cost $2 per ride.

Monster's Ball Halloween Kick-Off: Oct. 28

The Hard Rock Cafe at Bayside Marketplace is hosting its Monster's Ball Halloween Kick-Off on Friday, October 28. The party begins at 9 p.m. and continues all night long. Donning your best costume? They're hosting a costume contest with prizes. Let your inner-beast free for the night. Enjoy guests DJs and a surprise special host. Call ahead fro reservations or to book a group at 305.377.3110, extension 203. 

30th Annual Sundowner at Vizcaya: Oct. 29

For an unforgettable Halloween experience, head to Vizcaya Museum & Gardens for the 30th Annual Halloween Sundowner, which will take place on Sat. Oct. 29, 2016 from 8 p.m. until midnight. Dance the night away as you enjoy live music and a premium open bar, while mixing and mingling on the waterfront terrace with a spectacular view of Biscayne Bay. Celebrate this year’s theme, Prohibition, in costume with some of Miami’s finest partygoers. Funds raised from the event go to the historic estate’s restoration and preservation efforts.

Nightmare on the Beach: Oct. 29

At Nightmare on the Beach: Dia de Los Muertos, guests can expect to enjoy visual treats, electronic beats and dazzling performers. Taking place on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Lummus Park will be transformed from light to dark. Enjoy bites and cocktails from some of Miami's best restaurants and caterers, as you party well into the next day. With costumes, performers and a few surprises throughout the night, this party is certainly not to be missed. VIP tickets and a limited number of VIP Tables with unlimited bottles are also available, and tickets sold benefit The Little Lighthouse Foundation. Must be 21 and older to attend.

Downtown Fright Night Halloween Block Party: Oct. 29

East Flagler Street will be closed to traffic on October 29, 2016 from 3 p.m. - 1 a.m. for Downtown Fright Night: A Halloween Spooktacular. Kid activities include trick-o-treating, face painting, arts & crafts, inflatable rides and a costume contest. Adult-friendly activities include a "Hex your ex" station, adult costume contest, and several bars of which you can find a spooky cocktail unique to Downtown Fright Night. Bring your dog to run wild in the "Pup Up Dog Park" and enter them in the puppy costume contest. Vendors will be selling Miami's best bites and exclusive cocktails. There will be a main stage for kids sponsored by Radio Lollipop with performances by popular Miami Youtubers, and an adult stage sponsored by HITS 97.3 featuring DJ Laz and other popular DJs.

6th Annual Howl-O-Ween Events: Oct. 30

Bring the whole family to Howl-O-Ween, including your four-legged friends, and enjoy a fun filled day with great activities for everyone. There will be games, a pumpkin patch, costume contests and parades, music, raffles and giveaways. All proceeds benefit Paws 4 You Rescue and the wonderful humane work they do for the community! From 12 noon until 5p.m. Admission is $5.00 (children under 2 Free).

River Yacht Club Halloween Party: Oct 30

Boogie down in your costumes this Halloween at the waterfront River Yacht Club for its evening blow out party Rock My Boat: Halloween Edition. On October 30, beginning at 5 p.m. until late, enjoy beats from DJ Alex Orue, host of Revolution Radio Miami’s “Detox” show and a food menu programmed by the restaurants Michelin-starred chef Giacomo Pettinari. This will be an evening of ghoulish fun, complete with a selection of exciting, live performances throughout the evening including fire performers, dancers, a violinist and saxophone player and more. This event is open to the public and there is no cover charge. For table reservations call 305.200.5716.

Halloween Magic Sunday at Seaspice: Oct 30

Brunch, champagne, a great on-the-water view and costumes sounds like a great Sunday funday. Join Seaspice, for their launch party for the new Moët Ice Rosé Impérial, the first and only rosé champagne created to be enjoyed on ice. Dine on deck for their Sunday brunch while enjoying music and entertainment.

Halloween Night on Lincoln Road: Oct. 31

This year's Halloween night on Lincoln Road is unlike any other! Lincoln Road Business Improvement District has organized a show-stopping night including 10 DJs on 5 stages, entertainment and live performances from Miami's own Circ X, with multiple outdoor bars scattered along Lincoln Road. This already popular celebration will be reaching new heights. This event welcomes family and friends (and pets) of all ages to come in your best costume. Lincoln Road offers the best people watching any time of year, but it’s especially spectacular on Halloween.

Halloween at Bayside Marketplace: Oct. 31

Spend Halloween at Downtown Miami’s Bayside Marketplace with free and fun activities. Taking place on Monday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be trick-or-treating, live music, entertainment from Bayside’s colorful cast of street performers, and plenty of opportunities to win prizes. A discounted parking rate is offered to families with children in costume.

Just next door, from Oct. 29-30, adults can celebrate the weekend at the Miami Nice 2016 Annual Halloween Yacht Party on the South Beach Lady Yacht. Dress in costume and set sail as you dance and drink the night away with DJ SNAP and DJ PRINCE. A complimentary light buffet will be included. Boarding begins at 11:30 p.m., sets sail at 12:30 p.m. and gets back at 4 a.m.

Halloween on the Mile: Oct. 31

Every year the City of Coral Gables hosts its annual Halloween on the Mile. A treat for the whole family, there will be something for everyone, including pets. Participate in trick-or-treating along Miracle Mile and its side streets, enjoy story time and a variety of kid’s activities, and enter the Kiddie Costume Contest at the Miracle Theatre. There's even a doggie costume contest, which is too cute to miss.

Halloween Spooktacular at CocoWalk: Oct. 31

Head to Coconut Grove’s CocoWalk for free festivities. Kids can enjoy a Kid's Howl-O-Ween collecting trick-or-treat candy, participating in costume contests and other feature entertainment, including an up-close magician, tattoo and balloon artists and dancing away to spooky dance music. There will also be live music throughout the evening.

House of Horror Haunted Park at International Mall: Sept. 28-Oct. 31

For a true haunted house fright fest, a visit to the House of Horror Haunted Park is a must. Not for the faint of heart, this two-acre haunted house features more than 25 different terrifying scenes, more than 30 creepy characters lurking in the shadows, and it promises to make you shriek. There’s also plenty of fun for the little ones. The park also boasts carnival rides, concession stands, circus sideshow acts and live musical performances for a fright-filled night of fun.

Grab your family and friends, wear your favorite costume and celebrate this spooky holiday with fun-filled festivities for all ages.

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