Something magical happens mid-October. The itch to get a little wild and weird gets harder to ignore, and Miami, being the sassy lady she is, accommodates us accordingly. Whether you're young and free or saddled with responsibility, this is the time of year to be as out-of-character as you want.
It can be tough to narrow down all the Halloween-time entertainment, so we've compiled your go-to list of events strictly for the grown-ups —that means booze, risque costumes, and some possible raunchiness thrown in. Don't worry, there are a few lower-key gatherings in this crop, from horror film screenings to ghost tours. We suggest a monster mishmash of fun. Happy haunting!
OUT Miami's GAY BINGO! Halloween Edition
Thursday, October 22, 8 to 10 p.m. at Hôtel Gaythering
Join the OUT Miami Foundation for a night of Gay Bingo, costume contests, prizes, and champagne. Tickets cost $15 to $150. Visit gaythering.com.
Something's Brewing After Dark
Friday, October 23, 7 p.m. to midnight at Miami Children's Museum
MCM's adults only Halloween event is hosted by the Museum’s young professional group, the Playmakers and features craft brews, a DJ, a costume contest, haunted house, and more. Tickets cost $25. Visit miamichildrensmuseum.org.
Dark Dining: Eve of Prohibition Ball
Friday, October 23, 8 p.m. at Westin Colonnade
Don your finest 1920s attire and dine in the dark on creations by Chef Adrianne Calvo, plus drinks and dancing. Tickets start at $150. Visit darkdiningmiami.com
Science Art Cinema #2: Fear
Friday, October 23, 7 p.m. at de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space
Presented by the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, this event focusing on fear features a presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Reynolds Losin from the University of Miami’s Department of Psychology, who will provide insight on what occurs inside the human brain when experiencing fear, followed by a screening of the science fiction cult classic Queen of Blood, wine, and light bites. Tickets cost $10. Visit miamisci.org.
Wine on Harvest Moon
Saturday, October 24, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Deering Estate
Enjoy fine wines and local cuisine along with musical performances, haunting vignettes from American literary classics, a contemporary group art exhibit, and an alluring auction. Tickets cost $150. Visit deeringestate.com
Halloween Pool Party
Saturday, October 24, 1 to 6 p.m., at Vagabond Hotel
The New Tropic's party features drinks, Halloween candy, costume contests, BBQ, and more. Admission is free with RSVP. Visit thenewtropic.com.
The Annual Cobwebs and Candles Halloween Party
Sunday, October 25, 8 p.m. at Station 5 Table + Bar
Come as a famous couple, dead or alive, and enjoy booze, music, and a costume contest. Tickets cost $20. Visit station5miami.com.
Freaky Tiki Halloween Party
Sunday, October 25, 3 p.m. at Freehand Miami
Thrown on some creepy Hawaiian attire, down BBQ and Halloween-inspired cocktails from The Broken Shaker, and enjoy a fire show. Admission is free. Visit thefreehand.com.
Viewing Vizcaya: The Cat and Canary
Wednesday, October 28, 7 p.m. at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Watch the spooky 1927 melodrama while a live theater organist who improvises the score live. Tickets cost $18 for non-members. Visit vizcya.org.
Historic Ghost Stories Tour
Thursday, October 29, 7 p.m. at Deering Estate
Discover all the haunted history of the famous estate grounds, with guided insight on past sightings and experiences from actual paranormal investigations. Tickets cost $30. Visit deeringestate.com.
Photo courtesy Vizcaya
Annual Halloween Sundowner
Friday, October 30, 8 p.m. at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
This huge yearly bash features five bars, live music from Spam Allstars and DJ A-Train, brews, food, and a massive costume contest. Tickets cost $125 to $250. Visit vizcaya.org.
Halloween Bash at Casablanca on the Bay
Friday, October 30, 7 p.m. at Casablanca on the Bay
Eat, drink, and party in your sexiest garb. Tickets cost $50 and include unlimited open bar and bar bites. Visit casablancaonthebay.com.
SAVE's Halloween Ball
Friday, October 30, 9 p.m. at Magic City Casino
Support South Florida's LGBTQ community with a night of cocktails, killer costumes, and non-stop dancing and drag. Tickets start at $75. Visit save.lgbt.
Saturday, October 31, 7 p.m., at Mana Production Lots
Wynwood’s free Halloween Block Party features food from over 20 of the top Wynwood Food Trucks, plus live DJs and a screening on The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Visit hallowynblockparty.com.
Reel Horror Ball VII
Saturday, October 31, 10 p.m., at Nikki Beach Miami
Dance the night away in this White Walker-themed horror fest with music from Damaged Goods, Chris Valencia, Rob Vanz, and more. Tickets cost $20 to $40. Visit Reel Horror Ball's Facebook page.
Heroes and Villains Pool Party
Saturday, October 31, 2 p.m., at The Surfcomber Hotel
Save the day or destroy the night in your best Super Hero or Villain Pool outfit, with DJ Irie. Admission is free. Visit surfcomber.com.
Amy Winehouse: Back From the Dead - Halloween Jam
Saturday, October 31, 9 p.m., Lagniappe
This tribute to the late, great, Amy Winehouse features Taylor Powell and her band, plus a backyard costume party with live music on the patio, $5 Pumpkin Beer and Octoberfest drafts. Admission is free. Visit lagniappehouse.com.
Brickell Monster Bar Crawl
Saturday, October 31, 7 p.m., at American Social
It's mandatory costumes at this five-venue bar crawl, with one free beer or drink at each stop. Tickets cost $20 to $25. Visit miamibarcrawls.com.
Titanic Masquerade Halloween Party
Saturday, October 31, 8:30 p.m., at SeaFair Mega Yacht
Get fancy at this yacht party, with a three-hour cruise of Miami Harbor, DJs, and dancing in the two-level nightclub. Tickets start at $95. Visit
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Nightmare on the Beach
Saturday, October 31, 9 p.m. at Lummus Park
Join The Battle of Heaven and Hell on the beach, with live music and an open bar featuring top shelf cocktails, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets cost $175. Visit nightmareonthebeach.com.
Halloween Masquerade Ball
Saturday, October 31, 9 p.m., Lilt Lounge
Head to the Epic Hotel for a night of masked madness, all night open bar, and the sounds of DJ Kristian. Tickets cost $129. Visit liltlounge.com.
OMG, I'm Like Totally Dead Gala Extravaganza
Saturday, October 31, 8 p.m., MADE at The Citadel
This unique event features improv performances from Villain Theater, full bar provided by Gramps, and a Haunted Trap House music set starts by DJ Svgar. Tickets cost $10 to $15. Visit madeatthecitadel.com.