Halloween is almost here, and if you don't want to get stuck scrambling for a place to spend All Hallows', now's the time to nail down your plans. You've gotta have somewhere good to show off your sexy Elsa costume, after all.
So to save you the headache of scouring the web for Halloween happenings, here are the ten best things to do on October 31. From family-friendly to super-sexy to drunken dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller," you'll find it here.
10. Spooky Zoo Nights at Zoo Miami
October 31, 7 to 11 p.m.
Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St, Miami
This year, Miami's menagerie plays home to Dr. Wilde's Creepy House, spooky tram and carousel rides, scary storytelling and costumed characters -- perfect for Halloweeners of all ages. Tickets are $10.95 per person ($8.95 for zoo members). Visit zoomiami.org.
9. Howl-o-ween at Cocowalk
October 31, 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Cocowalk, 3015 Grand Ave., Miami
Miami's charming little enclave goes buck wild one night a year: Halloween. Up to 40,000 costumed revelers swarm Cocowalk for costume contests, food, drinks, music, and the best people watching north of Fantasy Fest. Kid stuff happens early on, then the grown ups come out to play. The event is free. Kid's events run from 2 to 7 p.m., and adult-focused fun from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. (the adult costume contest will kick off at 9:30 p.m.) Call 305-444-0777 or visit cocowalk.net.
8. Trick or Treat at Santa's Enchanted Forest
October 31, 5 to 8 p.m.
Santa's Enchanted Forest, 7900 SW 40th St., Miami
The 305's famous Christmas cornucopia opens its doors this month. Pop in for trick or treating down Santa Claus Lane, carnival rides, a Christmas tree light show and an appearance by the Big Man himself (no, it's not the Great Pumpkin). Admission is free for kids in costume before 7 p.m., $29.91 for adults 10 to 64. Visit santasenchantedforest.com.
7. Boo at FIU: A Haunted House Extravaganza
October 31, 6 p.m. to midnight
FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, 11200 SW 8th St., Miami
A college campus makes a hell of a setting for Halloween (remember Scream 2?). They'll have two haunted houses, "Thriller" performances, games, food, vendors and plenty of co-eds. Visit fiu.edu.
6. Nightmare on the Beach
October 31, 8 p.m. to midnight
Lummus Park, Ninth Street & Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
The only Halloween party on the sands of South Beach, this annual affair benefits the Little Lighthouse Foundation ... This year's theme: Alien Invasion! So don your best ET getup and enjoy an open bar, plenty of food, and live entertainment all evening. Tickets run $182.12 and the event is 21+. Visit nightmareonthebeach.com.
5. Playboy Halloween Masquerade
October 31, 10 p.m.
Hyde Beach, 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
What's Halloween without a few hundred sexy bunnies? Hosted by the girls themselves, expect dancing, drinking and "sexy surprises" at this masked affair.
Tickets are $30 each, $50 per couple.Visit hydebeach.com.
4. John Martin's 25th Annual Halloween Party
October 31, 9 p.m.
John Martin's Irish Pub, 253 Miracle Mile
Downstairs, you can party like a pirate with karaoke; upstairs, it's an '80s disco dance scene. Plus food, giveaways and $5 Captain Morgan drink specials. Shiver those timbers.
The event is free, 21+ only. Visit facebook.com/johnmartinsirishpubandrestaurant.
3. Lincoln Road's Live Halloween Costume Parade
Lincoln Road Mall, Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Once a year this tourist haunt gets overrun with sexy cats, garish zombies, pop culture personas and everything else you can turn into a costume -- with as little clothing as possible, of course. The event is free. Visit lincolnroadmall.com.
2. Miami Halloween Yacht Party
October 31, 11:30 p.m.
Bayfront Park, 301 Bicayne Blvd., Miami
Nothing screams Miami like having Halloween on a boat. Scratch that -- a multi-million dollar yacht. The South Beach Lady will set sail for an evening of waterbound debauchery. With tunes by DJs Snap and Prince, cash bars on every deck, and an open-air promenade, anything is possible. Tickets are $72.74, 21+ only and costumes are mandatory. Visit halloweenyachtparty.eventbrite.com.
1. Terror in the Jungle
October 31, 7:30 p.m.
Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami
Get scared silly by mutant animals and half-dressed human while winding your way through Aztec ruins. While you take a stroll through the jungle, your friends in the Northeast will be freezing their costumed asses off. Might as well make the most of living in paradise. Tickets are $55 per person. Visit terrorinthejungle.com.
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