Halloween costumes can cost a pretty penny even if you're wearing nothing more than souped-up lingerie (maybe especially if you're wearing just souped-up lingerie). That's why saving some coin can go a long way toward a killer getup. Below, you'll find plenty of events to get you in the spirit, such as Downtown Fright Night, the Paranormal Zine Tour with Exile Books at the duPont Building, and Ball & Chain's Monster Ball. If you need to save your spooky energy for the true night of fright, chill at Corona's Electric Beach in Fort Lauderdale, or relax by the pool at the Hotel Colonnade. Just be sure to put your savings where it really counts.
Beetlejuice at Downtown Dadeland. This week, Downtown Dadeland's Movie in the Street is getting spooky with your middle-school goth-phase inspiration. The best way to revel in this seasonal glory is to grab a pumpkin spice latte, settle under the stars, and cozy up to fellow appreciators of the slightly morbid, mostly whimsical world of the undead in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice. If you're truly in the Halloween spirit, bust out your best witchy wear in homage to Lydia and your inner morbid teen. 8 p.m. Wednesday at Downtown Dadeland, 8915 SW 72nd Pl., Miami; facebook.com/downtowndadelandretail. Admission is free.
Dead Rappers Society at Blackbird Ordinary. Every Thursday and Friday, Blackbird Ordinary now hosts concerts, an excellent addition to the Brickell bar scene, otherwise known for overpriced cocktails and a glitzy view. This Thursday, you can catch the Dead Rappers Society, whose name befits the scariest weekend of the year. 10 p.m. Thursday at Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW First Ave., 305-671-3307; blackbirdordinary.com. Admission is free.
The Monster Ball at Ball & Chain. Have you always wanted to see your favorite vintage ghouls performing a choreographed dance in the flesh? Frankenstein and his bride, the Sanderson Sisters (from the film classic Hocus Pocus), Dracula, and other creepy creatures are the focus of the Ball & Chain production Monster Ball. The Candy Corn Spook — a cocktail made with candy-corn-infused vodka and pineapple juice — will be on special for the event, which will be followed by a live performance by Tony Succar. 8 p.m. Friday at Ball & Chain, 1513 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-643-7820; ballandchainmiami.com. Admission is free.
Downtown Fright Night. The best part about a midweek Halloween is that the holiday is stretched out over several days. So starting your celebration this weekend is more than appropriate. Downtown Fright Night is your best bet, especially if there are some kiddos you'd like to take out, because the event includes trick-or-treating, a magic show, and face painting. If you can then pawn them off on a babysitter, you can dance till midnight for your own frightening fun. 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Miami, East Flagler Street between SE Second and SE Third Avenues; facebook.com/downtownfrightnight. Admission is free.
Electric Beach at America’s Backyard. Fort Lauderdale might pale in comparison to the Magic City in terms of parties, but that doesn't mean our Broward counterparts can't get loose. That's why Corona's Electric Beach is making its way there for a day of beats and bumpin' with DJs Chus & Ceballos. But the best part is you won't have to pay a crazy cover to enjoy a decent day party. Maybe Broward is doing something right. 3 p.m. Saturday at America's Backyard, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; coronaelectricbeach.com. Admission is free.
Paranormal Zine Tour at the Alfred I. duPont Building. If you're looking a more direct encounter with the dark and mysterious, investigate some real-life horror. Constructed in 1937, the Alfred I. duPont Building has plenty of history, which always carries more than a few ghostly opportunities. Take a tour through the building's most haunted corridors, and then use a heat-sensitive zine courtesy of Exile Books to capture all contact with the other side. 9 p.m. Saturday at the Alfred I. duPont Building, 165 E. Flagler St., Miami; exilebooks.com. Admission is free with RSVP at email@example.com.
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Not Your Standard Boo-ngo at the Standard. For the best bingo you wouldn't bring your grandma to, Sundays at the Standard Spa with Shelley Novak is a no-brainer. And you just might lose your brains at the Halloween-themed edition of this "boo-ngo" night with a free shot thanks to partner WeWork and new prizes such as a free night's stay or day passes at the Standard, a WeWork swag bag, and other goodies. Don't forget to show up in costume, because you shouldn't miss a chance to let your inner trickster shine. 7 p.m. Sunday at the Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1717; halloweenbingo.splashthat.com. Admission is free.
Sunday Block Party at the Hotel Colonnade. Maybe you've been wanting to attend a fancy pool party but don't want to drive all the way to Miami Beach. Now you don't have to. The Hotel Colonnade in Coral Gables is throwing a Sunday Block Party with Proper Sausages so you can get all the glam of the beach without all the headache. 1 p.m. Sunday at the Hotel Colonnade, 180 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-441-2600; hotelcolonnade.com. Admission is free.