Halloween Guide 2013: Miami's Best Parties, Pumpkin Patches, Costume Contests

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 cultist@miaminewtimes.com.

Athletic Events

Miami Halloween Mud Mingle

Oct. 26, 7 a.m.

A mud run with obstacles and prizes for best Halloween costumes.

Virginia Key Park. Registration costs $79 for individuals, with discounts available for groups. Visit mudmingle.com.

Bar/Pub Crawls

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.

Departs from Automatic Slim's. Cost TBD. Visit the Facebook event page.

The Haunted Jaunt

Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.

A Coral Gables crawl that visits Tarpon Bend, Fritz&Frans, and John Martin's.

Departing from Tarpon Bend. Cost is $15 in costume or $20 without. Visit the Facebook event page.


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.

Armageddon 2013

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.

Miami Beach Convention Center. Admission costs $100. Visit savedade.org/halloween.

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.

Vizcaya. Admission costs $165, or $140 for members. Visit vizcaya.org.

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.

Departs from Fado. Participation costs $40. Visit the Facebook event page.

Children's Events

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.

Miami Children's Museum. Admission costs $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Visit miamichildrensmuseum.org/halloween.

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.

Santa's Enchanted Forest. 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.

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.

Zoo Miami. Admission costs $8.95-$10.95. Visit miamimetrozoo.com.

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.

Jungle Island. Admission costs $34.95 for adults, or $5 for kids with a paying adult. Visit jungleisland.com.

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.

Fontainebleau. Admission is free for hotel guests, or $10 for everyone else. Visit fontainebleau.com.

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.

Coral Gables Museum. Registration costs $5 per dog. Visit CoralGablesMuseum.org.

Film Events

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Oct. 25, time TBD

The freaky classic film gets a Halloween screening in Miami Shores.

O Cinema Miami Shores. Admission TBD. Visit o-cinema.org.

Blood Feast

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.

Miami Beach Cinematheque. Admission costs $10-$12. Visit the Facebook event page.

Haunted Houses

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.

Miami International Mall. Admission costs $23 for adults and $15 for children. Visit houseofhorrorpark.com.

See also: Midget Wrestling in Miami: Hulk Hogan's Micro-Championship Wrestling at House of Horror

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.

Zoo Miami. Admission costs $5, not including regular zoo admission. Visit miamimetrozoo.com.


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.

Nowhere Lounge. Admission costs $10 in advance or $20 at the door. Visit the Facebook event page.

Monster Masquerade

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.

Zoo Miami. Admission costs $60-$650. Visit miamimetrozoo.com.

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.

Hyde Beach. Admission costs $30 for singles, or $50 for pairs. Visit hydebeach.com.

Mad Halloween Party

Oct. 26, 9 p.m.

A costume party with lounge music, live performances, and specialty cocktails.

Segafredo Brickell. Admission is free. Visit sze-brickell.com.

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.

SushiSAMBA. Admission is free. Visit sushisamba.com.

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.

Eden Roc Miami Beach. Admission is free. Visit edenrocmiami.com.

Pumpkin Patches

Miami Lakes United Methodist Church

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.

Time for Wine. Admission costs $2. Visit frontyardtheatrecollective.com.

See also: Front Yard Theatre Collective's Tricks and Treats: Booze, Improv, and a Costume Contest

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.

Colony Theater. Admission costs $50-$60. Visit thevampirecircus.us.

Midnight Madness

Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.

FIU's theater students dress as their favorite scary characters from musical theater and opera. Children welcome.

Wertheim Performing Arts Center. Admission costs $5-$15. Visit www.music.fiu.edu

Impromedy's Halloween Special

October 18, 8:30 p.m.

A Halloween-themed take on improv with the Impromedy troupe.

Roxy Performing Arts Center. Admission costs $10. Visit impromedy.me/shows.

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