October starts the time of year when food and drink are paired so eloquently with a holiday themes. In order to raise money for the Little Lighthouse Foundation, the nonprofit is throwing their yearly Halloween party complete with some adult beverages and tasty bites.
Imagine a nightclub that has spilled out onto the beach and everyone is dressed in unusual garbs. No, it's not a typical night out on South Beach complete with unique SoBe fashionistas, it's a nightmare on the beach. What's different about this fifth annual Nightmare on the Beach Party is that it's the first of its kind to actually take place on the sands of the beach, according to the organizers.
Attendees will get to drink with an open bar all night, dance to the musical styling's to Lee Kalt, and of course chow on some bites from Miami's finest restaurants.
"In moving the event to the sands of South Beach, we have larger capacity -- one of the best venues in the world -- and if you're walking around Ocean Drive, you'll know the place to be," says Reed Nicol, Director of Operations for Little Lighthouse Foundation.
After organizing the benefit party a few times before, Nicol says one thing he and his team have noticed is that "nothing beats having a Halloween party on Halloween night. The excitement, the buzz, and the guarantee that the town will be at full capacity and everyone will be out lets us know that only a top-notch production and party will continue the legacy of Nightmare on the Beach."
And a top-notch experience is what they're aiming to deliver. The two main sponsors this year include Patron and Dos Equis, which will have their own tent set-ups during the event. The Dos Equis "Most Interesting Lounge in the World" tent will include a life-sized Space Invadors game (try winning that game after a few drinks), meanwhile, Patron will be releasing a new line of tequila.
There will also be a cocktail contest with the winning Patron XO Café Incendio cocktail being the featured drink of the night, says Nicol.
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As for other activities of the evening, "we will have space pods, rocket ships, Co2 blasters, a moon-landing photoshoot, and a giant robot." We have a feeling there's an underlying futuristic theme here.
"Little Lighthouse events always pack a surprise. You may think you know what to expect even if you've been to them all, but we've always got a new look in store."
The Little Lighthouse Foundation Nightmare on the Beach Party hits the sandy shores of Lummus Park (901 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach) on Friday, October 31, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets start at $175 and include top shelf cocktails, beer, and wine, as well as samples from sponsoring restaurants. Mention the Nightmare on the Beach Party at Ricky's Halloween Superstore for a 10 percent discount on your purchase. Event is rain or shine and no one under 21 will be permitted. Call 305-417-8553 or visit nightmareonthebeach.com.