Halloween Guide 2013: Miami's Best Parties, Pumpkin Patches, Costume Contests
Halloween in Miami is different from anyplace else on Earth. The weather is better, the people are hotter (and more comfortable putting their hot bodies on display), and the culture is as competitively showy as it gets. All that adds up to killer costumes -- and plenty of places to show them off.
From Coral Gables to the north beaches, Halloween events are poised to take over this town for the remainder of October. Here's our guide to it all, from kids' events to pumpkin patches to fetish parties. We'll update this post as we discover more fun and freaky events. If you have a tip for us, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miami Halloween Mud Mingle
Oct. 26, 7 a.m.
A mud run with obstacles and prizes for best Halloween costumes.
Virginia Key Park. Registration costs $79 for individuals, with discounts available for groups. Visit mudmingle.com.
Zombie Walk Miami 2013
Oct. 26, 9:30 p.m.
Zombie-themed bar crawl visiting Automatic Slim's, Lost Weekend/Kill Your Idol, and Chalk on South Beach.
Departs from Automatic Slim's. Cost TBD. Visit the Facebook event page.
The Haunted Jaunt
Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.
A Coral Gables crawl that visits Tarpon Bend, Fritz&Frans, and John Martin's.
Departing from Tarpon Bend. Cost is $15 in costume or $20 without. Visit the Facebook event page.
Nightmare on the Beach 2013
Oct. 26, 8 p.m.
Benefits The Little Lighthouse Foundation in assisting children and their families in South Florida who struggle with educational, financial, and medical hardships. Open bar, food, live performances, and themed rooms inside a waterfront estate.
Villa Vecchia (4821 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach). Admission costs $150. Visit nightmareonthebeach.com.
Oct. 26, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
An LGBT fundraiser supporting SAVE Dade, complete with an awards reception for LGBT leaders followed by a ball with open bar, costume contest, and DJ/Producer Tracy Young.
Miami Beach Convention Center. Admission costs $100. Visit savedade.org/halloween.
The Vizcayans' 27th Annual Halloween Sundowner
Oct. 26, 7 p.m. - midnight
An evening of food, drinks, and music, complete with a costume contest, takes over the historic Vizcaya estate.
Vizcaya. Admission costs $165, or $140 for members. Visit vizcaya.org.
Boos and Spirits Pub Crawl
Oct. 26, 6 p.m. - 12 a.m.
A costumed crawl benefitting United Way, visiting Fado, Barú Urbano, Blue Martini, Brother Jimmy's BBQ Miami and The Hoxton.
Departs from Fado. Participation costs $40. Visit the Facebook event page.
Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash
Oct. 20, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Kids and their families can trick or treat around the museum, or take part in arts and crafts, a haunted house, and costume parade.
Miami Children's Museum. Admission costs $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Visit miamichildrensmuseum.org/halloween.
Santa's Enchanted Forest Spooktacular Opening Night
Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m.
The Christmas attraction opens for the holiday season with trick-or-treating for kids, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, plus the annual theme park and carnival.
Santa's Enchanted Forest. Admission is free for kids 9 and under in costume before 7 p.m. Single day passes range from $19.63 to $28.97. Visit santasenchantedforest.com.
Spooky Zoo Nights
Oct. 25-26, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
An after-hours family event with tram rides, scary storytelling, and access to Dr. Wilde's Creepy House.
Zoo Miami. Admission costs $8.95-$10.95. Visit miamimetrozoo.com.
Jungle Island's Spooktacular
Oct. 26-27, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Trick-or-treating, a Witch's Lair, haunted forest, and costume contest.
Jungle Island. Admission costs $34.95 for adults, or $5 for kids with a paying adult. Visit jungleisland.com.
Bleau Moon Howl
October 26, 5 p.m.
Kids ages 4 to 12 can break out the costumes and head to the Fontainebleau for a monster mash freeze dance, pumpkin decorating, and trick or treating.
Fontainebleau. Admission is free for hotel guests, or $10 for everyone else. Visit fontainebleau.com.
Halloween on the Mile Doggy Costume Contest
Oct. 31, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Cute overload, Halloween style! It's a costume contest for dogs.
Coral Gables Museum. Registration costs $5 per dog. Visit CoralGablesMuseum.org.