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.
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.
The Haunted Jaunt
Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.
A Coral Gables crawl that visits Tarpon Bend, Fritz&Frans, and John Martin's.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Oct. 25, time TBD
The freaky classic film gets a Halloween screening in Miami Shores.
Oct. 31, 9 p.m.
A screening of the made-in-Florida cult film, with director Herschell Gordon Lewis in person to introduce the movie.
House of Horror
Open Mondays - Thursdays 6 p.m. - 11 PM; Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to midnight; and Sundays 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. through Nov. 3.
Rides, carnival games, a circus, and 30 themed rooms inside its haunted house. Also: midget wrestling.
Dr. Wilde's Creepy House
Oct. 17-31, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A zoo-themed haunted house, complete with creepy roaches and ghoulish zookeepers.
Spooktacular Halloween Party
Nov. 1, 12 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Serendipity 3's Halloween festivities include specialty desserts and cocktails, food and beverage specials, live DJs, and dancers.
Serendipity 3. Admission is free. Visit facebook.com/serendipitymia.
Dis-Enchanted Forest of Horror
Oct. 31, 8 p.m.
Halloween night at Sandbar Lounge features a costume contest, live DJ, and specialty shots and drinks.
Sandbar Lounge. Admission is free.
Hallow's Eve Fetish Ball
Oct. 19, 10 p.m. - 5 a.m.
Submission's regular series of fetish nights takes on Halloween with a fashion/latex show and live performances by fetish artists.
Oct. 19, 8 p.m. to midnight
A costume party with open bar, costume contests, and access to Zoo Miami's Dr. Wilde's Screamatorium haunted house.
Fire and Ice Halloween Costume Party
Oct. 31, 7 p.m. - 4 a.m.
A Brickell-set "fire and ice" themed costume party with comped food and drinks.
Porcao Grill, 901 South Miami Ave Ste. 101, Miami. Tickets cost $60-$120; readers can get half off with promo code PorcaoVIP. Visit porcaofireandice.eventbrite.com.
Ghosts in the Garden
Oct. 26, 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.
MC crypt keeper Octavio Campos presides over a costume contest, RIP snack lounge stocked by Dylan's Candy Bar, and a haunted trail through the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Admission costs $25. Visit mbgarden.org.
Playboy Halloween Masquerade
Oct. 31, 10 p.m.
Playboy's Miss July 2012 Shelby Chesnes and Miss February 2013 Shawn Dillon stop by the SLS for a costume party awarding prizes for sexiest getup and best imitation of a Playboy bunny.
Mad Halloween Party
Oct. 26, 9 p.m.
A costume party with lounge music, live performances, and specialty cocktails.
Cosplay Halloween Party
Oct. 31, 7 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Everyone's a cosplayer on Halloween. SushiSAMBA on Lincoln Road's honoring those who play dress-up year round with an evening devoted to anime, video game, and movie cosplay.
Dead Golden Era Hollywood Stars Party
Oct. 31, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
A vintage Halloween fete paying tribute to Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe and James Dean.
Throughout October. Admission is free. Visit miamilakesumc.net.
Tricks and Treats
Oct. 26, 9 p.m.
Front Yard Follies performance troupe celebrates Halloween with improv, skits, and music.
Tales of a Graveyard Clown
Oct. 17 to Oct. 20. Show times: Thursday, October 17, 8:30 p.m.; Friday, October 18, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 19, 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 20, 5 p.m.
The circus performers who brought The Vampire Circus to Miami last year return with acrobatics and illusions.
Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.
FIU's theater students dress as their favorite scary characters from musical theater and opera. Children welcome.
Impromedy's Halloween Special
October 18, 8:30 p.m.
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A Halloween-themed take on improv with the Impromedy troupe.
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