The Ten Best Things to Do on Halloween Night 2013
October isn't finished with you yet, Miamians. All Hallows Eve is right around the corner, so rise up from those cocktail-soaked coffins you call beds, spray some Febreeze on that costume, and finish out the month like a champ.
Here's a very special Halloween guide to what's happening around town on Oct. 31.
10. Fire and Ice Halloween Costume Party
Oct. 31, 7 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Halloween at Porcao Grill in Brickell means a "fire and ice" themed costume party with comped food and drinks from 8 - 10 p.m. Revelers can rock out to live DJs upstairs at the new Kao lounge. Tickets cost $60-$120; readers can get half off with promo code PorcaoVIP. Visit porcaofireandice.eventbrite.com.
9. The Haunted Jaunt
Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.
The Ponce Society of Young Professionals presents a Coral Gables crawl that visits Tarpon Bend, Fritz & Frans, and John Martin's. From 7:30 to 9 p.m., there's a free well drink or draft beer and drink specials at Tarpon's Bend. From 9 to 10:30 p.m., there's a free Bierhaus shot and drink specials at Fritz & Franz and from 10:30 p.m. to midnight, there's a free shot and drink specials at John Martin's. Friends of PSYP get free admission. Cost for attendees in costume is $15 or $20 without. Visit facebook.com/hauntedjaunt
8. 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.
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.
7. Halloween on the Mile Doggy Costume Contest
Oct. 31, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
For some squeals of delight instead of terror, there's a costume contest for dogs!
6. Halloween Fright Night at Zoo Miami
Oct. 31, 8 p.m. - midnight
Young adults can come in their favorite costumes to celebrate with a full-scale haunted house with live actors, a DJ, and a live band. Bloody wine, beer, and tasty bites will be available for purchase. The event is not recommended for kids under 14. Costs $12 per person in-park and $11 per person online. Visit miamimetrozoo.com.
5. Blood Feast
Oct. 31, 9 p.m.
A screening of the made-in-Florida film, with director Herschell Gordon Lewis in person to introduce the movie. Considered the first "splatter film," the 1963 flick surrounds an Egyptian caterer who kills women in suburban Miami and uses their body parts to bring a dormant Egyptian goddess to life, while an inept police detective tries to track him down.
4. Dis-Enchanted Forest of Horror
Oct. 31, 8 p.m.
Halloween night at Sandbar Lounge comes complete with drunken fun and hangover help. The costume contest winners for best fantasy cartoon character gone psycho get bar tab prizes, and a complimentary breakfast buffet begins at 2 a.m. A live DJ and festive shots and drinks round out the night. Admission is free.
3. 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. Admission costs $30 for singles, or $50 for pairs. Visit hydebeach.com.
2. Cosplay Halloween Party
Oct. 31, 7 p.m. - 3 a.m.
SushiSAMBA on Lincoln Road will provide Harajuku-themed decorations, Taiko drummers, Cirque X dancers, and staff dressed as Geisha girls. DJs will spin Japanese pop music and crowd favorites while guests dine, dance, and admire outrageous costumes from anime, video game, and movie cosplay.Admission is free. Visit sushisamba.com.
1. The Reel Horrorball
Oct. 31, 8 p.m.
AMC's The Walking Dead sponsors this costume party at the Design District's Moore Building. Wannabe walkers have access to a silent auction with authentic memorabilia from the show, merchandise and poster giveaways, plus live music and open bar.
General admission costs $40 after 10 p.m. To receive 50 percent off tickets, use promo code CITYGIRLS upon purchase. Visit reelhorrorball.com.
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