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.
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.
Halloween Night on Lincoln Road Mall: Oct. 31
Join the biggest costume party in South Beach and parade up and down Lincoln Road Mall in your wildest costume. A must-see for visitors and locals alike, this event welcomes family and friends (and pets) of all ages, and the whole event is completely free. Expect special events at the bars, restaurants and shops lining the road, as well as musical performances and a costume contest on the main stage. 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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