Halloween is arguably the best holiday of the year. It's the one day when everyone from little kids to grandmas to bull terriers can let their freak flag fly. Secretly wish you were a sexy witch or a superhero? How about a space alien or zombie? It's all good.
So, break out the angel wings and devil horns and come party like it's 1999... or 2000 B.C. Here are the best parties to celebrate at!
Note: Check the dates carefully. A few of the parties listed are held the day before Halloween.
Furball-O-Ween at OTC
You finally got Scruffy in that wiener costume and placed that "wiggle" perfectly on Petunia's widdle head. Now that your dogs are decked out for Halloween, take them out on the town and show them off at OTC's first ever Furball-O-Ween event.
The party starts on Thursday, October 30, at 6:30 p.m. where pets can participate in a costume contest and eat yummy treats. Humans can spin the prize wheel. Best of all? A portion of sales will be donated to the Miami Pet Assistance Coalition.
Villa Azur's Haunted Villa
Villa Azur's chic French Riviera vibe is about to get spooky when the restaurant opens its doors to ghosts and goblins for its Haunted Villa dinner party. Bring your best "ghoul" and enjoy dinner and the VIP lounge. The hauntings start Thursday, October 30, at 6:30 p.m.
Sushi Samba LIncoln Road
Sushi Samba provides a two-punch of pleasures for Halloween. First, the Lincoln Road restaurant is hosting a Japanime-inspired party complete with Taiko drummers, dancers, and Geisha girls. And, of course, the location is perfect to watch Lincoln Road Halloween parade in all its glory. The party goes on all night and table reservations are highly suggested.
John Martin's Boogie-Nights Irish Halloween Bash
Here's a wee Halloween factoid for you: the holiday that celebrates all things that bump in the night actually started in Ireland as the Celtic celebration of Samhain, a day where the dead roamed the earth. Also, Dublin goes all out, turning its iconic castle into Dracula's playground -- which makes sense since Bram Stoker was a native of the city. With all that in mind, iCoral Gables' John Martin's Irish Pub is celebrating Halloween with a giant party. This year's theme is Boogie Nights, so break out the glitter. Prizes for the best costume, $5 drink specials, and giveaways. The fun starts at 9 p.m. on Halloween.
Star Wars Halloween Party at Perfecto
Channel your inner Princess Leia or Han Solo at Perfecto's Star Wars-themed Halloween bash. On October 31, enjoy tapas or a special tasting menu, then stay for DJ Fer-R at 10:30 p.m.. Best costumes win a prize.
Bulla Gastrobar's Boo-lla Party
This Halloween, Bulla Gastrobar will host an all-night happy hour from 5 p.m. to midnight, with half-priced house wine, beer, and liquor. There's also a costume contest. The best "Boo-lla" costume wins a $150 restaurant gift card, second place gets a $100 gift card, and third place receives a $50 gift card.
TK's at Villa Mayfair's Gets Sweet and Spooky
TK's at Villa Mayfair will be celebrating Halloween with special treats including a free beer or candy corn martini for people in costume. Try the special pumpkin spice mojito ($10) and enter the costume contest and win a $50 gift card. Kids and pets (on the patio) are welcome and they'll get special treats.
Clandestino Pub's Hallow's Eve and Dia de los Muertos
Sure there's Halloween, but let's not forget November 1, the Day of the Dead. Celebrate both at Clandestino Pub's back-to-back parties.
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First, come out on All Hallow's Eve for a back-from-the-grave concert complete with live music, DJs, and a costume contest, starting at 6 p.m.
Then, come back on November 1 for Dia de los Muertos. Free face painting, shots, and an "ofrendas" altar where you can honor the dearly departed, who are likely partying right alongside you, in spirit. The fun starts at 6 p.m.; music starts at 10 p.m.