By John Thomason
By Benjy Caplan
By Artburst Miami
By Carlos Suarez De Jesus
By Daniel Reskin
Halloween is that rare celebration that can be equally exciting for adults and kids. We think it's because of the costumes, which are fun for everyone. And then there are the treats, which only get better as you age. If you think the sugar rush from candy corn is a blast when you're 10 years old, just wait till you get trashed on appletinis as an grownup! Don't get us started on the tricks — there will be lots of those strolling around Coconut Grove and South Beach tonight. Thankfully there are plenty of Halloween happenings to enjoy, regardless of your age.
If you want to get dressed up and hit the town with the fam, head out to Coral Gables for the tenth annual Halloween on the Mile. The event offers a safe place for trick-or-treating, as well as a costume contest, a scavenger hunt, and lots of ghoulish photo opportunities. It takes place along Miracle Mile this afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00, and the haunted house will be open from 5:00 to 9:00. Visit www.shopcoralgables.com for details.
For a dose of things that go bump in the night, venture out on Arch Creek's Ghost Tour. Meet at the Arch Creek Museum (1855 NE 135th St., North Miami) at 7:30 p.m., and a tour guide will introduce you to the spooky and mysterious history of the park and its paranormal reputation. Admission is three bucks, and reservations are required. Call 305-944-6111.
If you like your costumes with an anime influence, head straight to Sushi Samba (600 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) for its Harajuku Spooktacular festivities. The restaurant's usual Cosplay Tuesday party will spill over into today, and there'll be special Halloween-theme cocktails to celebrate the occasion. Jack O'tinis for everyone! Call 305-673-5337, or visit www.sushisamba.com.
At Circa28 (2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami), the cool kids will be breakin' it down at the Haunted MeZuhneen, a costume party/concert where Alucard, Gatoe Xango, and Outereach will perform. Admission is free. Visit www.myspace.com/blissfulfrequencies.
Oh, and if your kids come home with more treats than you can stuff in a piñata, take them to the office of Dr. Howard J. Hoffman (21110 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura). Donate your extra candy the day after Halloween between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m., and the good doctor will pay you a dollar per pound. All the candy is going to be shipped to our Halloween-deprived troops overseas, and you'll score a sweet glowing toothbrush in return.
Check out these other fun happenings, which are also searchable in our Clubs database:
Abusement Parks Halloween Freak Fest: full bar. Best vampire and zombie contest at midnight. Win cash and prizes including Genitorturers tickets in the spanking contest at 2 a.m. Fri., Oct. 26, 9 p.m., $7-$20. Club Xit, 219 N 21st Ave, Hollywood, 954-925-5801.
Alexis y Fido Live Performance: This will be the duo's first Miami performance in more than a year. Sun., Oct. 28, 10 p.m., $25 presale, www.wantickets.com. Club Rendezvous, 6685 Eagle Nest Ln, Miami Lakes, 305-822-7999.
Art of Sole: hosted by DJ Keen One. Artwork by Ron English, Mike Giant, Francesco LoCastro, AS1, R. Grimes, and more. Sat., Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Octopus Building, 169 NW 36th Street (in the Wynwood Art District), Miami, 305-720-6622.
Artist Full Moon Party: musicians, poets, singers, dancers, painters, freaks, and everyone else is invited to express themselves at this event. Bring drums and instruments for the drum circle and jam with the host bands Oski Foundation and Inside Eye. Spiritual readers and witches outside in the full moon vendor's village. Upstairs in the cabaret Miami blues legend Albert Castiglia plays. E-mail Info@TRFullMoonParty.com for more info. Fri., Oct. 26, 9 p.m., $5 after 9 p.m. Tobacco Road, 626 S Miami Ave, Miami, 305-374-1198, www.tobacco-road.com.
Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club Halloween Extravaganza: with the Dixieland Hot Five. Complimentary admission with costume. Wed., Oct. 31. Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club, 6701 Collins Ave (in the Deauville Beach Resort), Miami Beach, 305-865-5775, www.arturosandovaljazzclub.com.
Barnacle Under Spooky Moonlight: monthly outdoor concert series, featuring Outta d'Blues. Bring blankets, chairs and picnic food. Fri., Oct. 26, 6 p.m., $5. The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove.
Bartender's Monster Mash: The ultimate service industry night. There will be a $300 best costume contest (service industry only) and $200 manager's special contest. Tue., Oct. 30, 9 p.m. The Office, 2701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-532-4444, www.theofficediner.com.
Big Wig Cirque de Casino Costume Ball & Silent Auction: open bar, live cirque-style entertainment, dancing, cirque cuisine h'ors douvres, DJ, casino tables, raffle prizes, and more. Fri., Oct. 26, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $95, 866-468-7630. Wherehouse 2016, 2016 NE 155th St, North Miami Beach, 305-956-9282.
Boooogie by the Beach: games, rides, music, and a one-of-a-kind haunted house experience. Fri., Oct. 26, 7-10 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 27, 7-10 p.m. Sunny Isles Beach Government Center, 18070 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, 305-792-1706.
The Catalina's Halloween Bash: live entertainment and costume contest. Ladies get in free 7 p.m.-midnight. Wed., Oct. 31, 7 p.m. The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, 1732 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-674-1160.