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The Ten Best Halloween Events for Kids in Miami

It's less than 24 hours until Halloween. Do you know where you're taking the kids?
It's less than 24 hours until Halloween. Do you know where you're taking the kids? Courtesy of Gulfstream Park
As parents brace themselves for the sugar rushes that will possess their children tomorrow, Miami is gearing up to celebrate the holiday with costume contests, haunted houses, safe trick-or-treating, and other fun activities. All across Miami-Dade, families have plenty of options for celebrating a night of spooky fun. You can even bring your dog to some spots. From North Miami Beach to Kendall, here are the ten best halloween events for kids.
click to enlarge Costumed kids can compete in a contest at Monster Mash Bash. - PHOTO BY GMARTNX
Costumed kids can compete in a contest at Monster Mash Bash.
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1. Monster Mash Bash. The dark and eerie Patricia A. Mishcon Athletic Field beckons the tiny and hungry monsters of the 305 to sink their teeth into a night of low-key scares. The Monster Mash Bash will offer arts and crafts, rides, rock climbing, haunted ghost tours for $1, and other diversions. The free event will also give young ones a chance to compete in a costume contest. Will their frightening Halloween looks slay the competition? 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, at Patricia A. Mishcon Athletic Field, 16601 NE 15th Ave., North Miami Beach; 305-948-2957; citynmb.com. Admission is free.
click to enlarge There's nothing cuter than a dog in costume. - PHOTO BY GMARTNX
There's nothing cuter than a dog in costume.
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2. Yappy Hour Barktoberfest. Nothing brings more joy than watching a gang of pups prance around in silly costumes on the scariest night of the year, especially when there's a dog costume contest and a trick-for-treat competition involved. The all-out holiday canine- and kid-friendly affair will offer pumpkin painting for the little humans, raffles, a photo booth for you and your pooch, and other goodies. You can support local four-legged friends who are waiting to be adopted by bringing dog food, toys, beds, cages, etc., that will benefit the Humane Society. Each donation will get you five raffle tickets. And don't forget to keep your furry friends safe on Halloween with these pet safety tips from the Humane Society of Greater Miami. 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, at the Spillover, 2911 Grand Ave., Ste. 400D, Miami; 305-456-5723; thespillovermiami.com. Pet supply donations encouraged.
click to enlarge Nightmare at 405 offers kid-friendly scares for children over the age of 5. - PHOTO BY AMADEUS MCCASKILL
Nightmare at 405 offers kid-friendly scares for children over the age of 5.
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3. Nightmare at 405 Haunted House. Calling all brave young souls: Do you dare to be scared? Spirits linger behind the walls and through the halls of the cursed Nightmare at 405. As night falls on All Hallows' Eve, little ones can roam the kid-friendly haunted house at Coral Gables' War Memorial Youth Center for a night of fright. Will the spirits of the nearby haunted Biltmore Hotel lurk through? Only the gutsy ghouls who make their way to University Drive will know. The site warns that the haunted house isn't suitable for children under the age of 5. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, at the War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Dr., Coral Gables; 305-460-5600; coralgables.com. Admission costs $4.
4. Hocus Pocus in 35mm at Nite Owl Theater. Sistas! The best part of Halloween has arrived. If your kid has yet to see the 1993 Disney cult classic starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, it's time to get them acquainted with the Sanderson sisters, stat. The Secret Celluloid Society will screen the film at the Nite Owl Theater tomorrow. Whether it's your first or 50th time seeing the Halloween flick, we suggest making your way to the Design District's 35mm classic movie theater on your broomstick or vacuum cleaner for a night of witchy fun. 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, at Nite Owl Theater, 3930 NE Second Ave., #201, Miami; 833-648-3695; niteowltheater.com. Tickets cost $10 plus tax via niteowltheater.com.
click to enlarge Halloween on the Mile offers costume prizes for both humans and their pets. - PHOTO BY GMARTNX
Halloween on the Mile offers costume prizes for both humans and their pets.
Photo by Gmartnx
5. Twentieth-Annual Halloween on the Mile.  How much candy can the kids collect on Miracle Mile in three hours? Our guess: enough to keep all of Miami-Dade's dentists in business. Kick off the Halloween celebration at Books & Books on Aragon Avenue for some eerie Halloween tales. From 4 to 7 p.m., stroll along Miracle Mile and through downtown Coral Gables as kids trick-or-treat at more than 50 stops. The best part: The bash will include two costume contests: one for the human children and one for your furry, four-legged ones. Check out the schedule and location of events here. 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, in downtown Coral Gables and on Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-569-0311; shopcoralgables.com. Admission is free.
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