Miami's 12 Best Halloween Parties of 2016

Even in an average year, Halloween in South Florida means shoulder-to-shoulder hordes of zombie Trumps and $5,000 Harley Quinn getups jostling for space from Lincoln Road to Las Olas and inside every bar and club in between.

But this year, thanks to October 31 falling on a Monday, the drunken costumed festivities will extend through a whole weekend.

There will be a haunted lounge and even a dungeon to satisfy your fetishes.

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Where to show off your expertly crafted Ken Bone disguise? Here are some of the best Halloween parties the area has to offer this year.

Malice in Wonderland. 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, at Bâoli, 1906 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-8822; Tickets cost $65 to $150 via

Bâoli is throwing a Lewis Carroll-themed take on its usual Wednesday-night party, My Boyfriend Is Out of Town. Don't bother heading to this SoBe hot spot without getting seriously gussied-up, though. The invitation warns that "guests must follow the tea party dress code." For guys that means "black-tie with a sleek twist" or "their best rabbit mask or top hat," while ladies should "dress to complement the fantastical, nonsensical surroundings of Malice in Wonderland."

Halloween the Abyss. 10 p.m. Friday, October 28, 30, and 31 at E11even, 29 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-829-2911. Tickets cost $23 to $35 via

Downtown's 20,000-square-foot megaclub is pulling out all the stops for Halloween weekend. Aerialists, Cirque du Soleil-style performers, choreographed go-go dancers, and exotic acts will all be a part of the fiesta. According to the club, it takes "Halloween celebrations to an entirely new level with a whirlwind of DJs, live performances, and five-star hospitality."

Wynwood Fear Factory. With Flosstradamus, Adventure Club, Lost Frequencies, and others. 3 p.m. Saturday, October 29, through Sunday, October 30, at the RC Cola Plant, 550 NW 24th St., Miami. Tickets cost $75 to $150 via

You have two nights to see just how spooky EDM can be. Saturday night at this Wynwood party will showcase Flosstradamus, Borgore, and Oliver Heldens, while Sunday night will feature Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and Adventure Club. Also on tap are haunted attractions, art installations, graffiti artists, food stalls, and private VIP areas.

Downtown Fright Night. 3 p.m. Saturday, October 29, at 2 E. Flagler St., Miami; Admission is free.

For the daytime portion of downtown Miami's block party, children are encouraged to trick-or-treat up and down East Flagler Street, where businesses will pass out candy and the best costumes will win gift certificates. Adults looking for more trick than treat can also have a good time in the heart of the 305 when the party wears on into the witching hour of 1 a.m. DJ Laz will spin the hits, and adults can win prizes for their getups.

Vizcaya's 30th Annual Halloween Sundowner. 8 p.m. Saturday, October 29, at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-699-6549; Tickets cost $125 to $250 via

For the 30th edition of its Halloween bash, Vizcaya has adopted a 1920s theme. All the gangsters and flappers can drink at five bars and dance along Biscayne Bay to live bands and DJs. If you are a method costume wearer, you need not feel bad about snubbing your nose at Prohibition, because all proceeds for this party will go toward the preservation of Vizcaya.

Le Masque Noir. With Bella Luz. 9 p.m. Saturday, October 29, at Lemon City Studios, 261 NE 73rd St., Miami; Tickets cost $11 to $1,111 via

With six DJs and two live bands, this costume-mandatory party calls itself "Miami's sexiest Halloween party ever." That's a bold claim, but there will be a haunted lounge, an outdoor garden space, and even a dungeon to satisfy your fetishes. There will also be a laser light show and a $500 cash prize for the sexiest and most creative costumes.

Halloween With Guy Gerber and Martin Buttrich. 11 p.m. Saturday, October 29, at Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-375-0001; Tickets cost $19 to $29.75 via

A pair of international star DJs is ready to take Miami on a journey into the haunted realms of techno and house. Israeli DJ/producer Guy Gerber will join Germany's Martin Buttrich in spinning spooky sounds. The party doubles as a birthday celebration for the "Queen of Space," Jackie Richie. Costumes and dancing shoes are strongly encouraged.

Devil's Night. With Miss Honey Dijon and Mystic Bill. 10 p.m. Saturday, October 29, at Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-5613; Tickets cost $10 to $15 via

The Pickle will celebrate the Devil's favorite night with a bit of a Chicago spin. Windy City native Honey Dijon will spin house, techno, and disco vinyl in her South Florida debut. Also on tap to provide the soundtrack for noche de diablos is Mystic Bill, who'll make a Miami homecoming from Chi-Town to play the best underground music.

Cyborg Sundays — Devil's Night. 9 p.m. Sunday, October 30, at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; Admission is free.

This semiregular electronic music party will have a Fright Night theme for its October edition. The no-cover event will feature the musical talents of Pazmal, Lautlos, Phantasman, Skinny Hendrix, and Brightwing. The green room will host Rat's Halloween party.

8th Annual Walloween. 11 p.m. Monday, October 31, at Wall Miami, W South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., 305-938-3130; Tickets prices TBA via

For the eighth year running, the lounge at South Beach's W Hotel will be home to Walloween. It will feature Be Crazy! Ibiza, with sounds provided by Jean Claude Ades. Bring your fangs, fake blood, and capes to dance the night away beachside.

HalloWyn: Wynwood Halloween Block Party. 7 p.m. Monday, October 31, at Mana Production Lots, 2250 NW Second Ave., Miami;

Now that Wynwood has been declared officially Zika-free, the neighborhood can focus on pretend scary stuff. The free event will feature a DJ mixing live and a 240-foot LED screen showing cult-classic horror films including The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 10 p.m. More than 25 food trucks will be stocked with trick-or-treat foods. Those in costume will be eligible to win $500 in prizes for the most creative choice.

Halloween Night on Lincoln Road Mall. 7 p.m. Monday, October 31, at Lincoln Road Mall, Miami Beach; ween-2016. Admission is free.

With its sidewalk bars and cafés, Lincoln Road is always a spectacular spot for people-watching, but on Halloween, that activity goes to an entirely different galaxy. Every pop-culture figure imaginable will be in attendance as the pedestrian mall fills with costumed revelers. Temporary outdoor bars will be set up throughout, and ten DJs will spin songs on five stages. If that isn't enough entertainment for you, the local avant-garde circus performers of CircX will also put on a show.

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David Rolland is a freelance music writer for Miami New Times. His novels, The End of the Century and Yo-Yo, are available at many fine booksellers.
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