Celebrate Halloween with creepy ghost tours, lavish costume parties and good old-fashioned trick-or-treating. Check out these October events in Miami.
Vizcaya’s 31st Annual Halloween Sundowner
Dance the night away at the stunning Vizcaya Museum & Gardens for their 31st Annual Halloween Sundowner. The former villa of James Deering located in Coconut Grove boasts spectacular views of Biscayne Bay and European maze gardens that make it perfect for a costume affair. This year, the event will host three stages with live music by Patrick & The Swayzees, The State Of, and Tamboka. Enjoy the dance floor, a premium open bar, and a costume contest. Judged by a panel of local celebrities, the contest categories include Best Female Costume, Best Male Costume, Best Group Costume and can include myth, mystery, and fantasy. All proceeds benefit the restoration efforts of the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
October 28, 2017, from 8 p.m. until midnight
Tickets are for 21 & over. $170 General Admission
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, 3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 250 9133
Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival
Scarecrows, cornstalks, and pumpkins, oh my! The Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival kicks off with roller coasters, bounce houses and a food fair open to all ages. Enjoy the Pumpkin Food Court Feast, and what’s a festival without a little alcohol? Head to the Pumpkin Beer Garden for a light buzz.
October 21–22, 2017
Spooky Symphony at the Adrienne Arsht Center
Watch the Alhambra Orchestra and Greater Miami Youth Symphony perform a Halloween concert with musical scores such as the spooky “Danse Macabre” and “Night on Bald Mountain.” The event is free and takes place at the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Get a Fast Access Pass online, or stand in line for first come, first served entrance on the day of the performance.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Two performances: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Jungle Island Knock Knock Halloween
Take your kids trick-or-treating through the jungle on Miami Beach. The park features activities such as Halloween-themed arts and crafts and a costume contest plus animal shows with creepy creatures.
Adults $39.95 and Children (3-10) $32.95 (all prices plus tax)
Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 400 7000
Halloween at the Biltmore Hotel
Attend the Halloween Party, featuring an open bar, buffet dinner, and entertainment, at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Guests are encouraged to dress to impress with handmade costumes to compete in the costume contest. Prizes will go out for the most creative, spookiest, and best couple. The fashionable hotel built in the 1920s has a spooky mystery of its own, with multiple reports of hauntings that date back to when it became a hospital during World War II. Enjoy a thrilling evening filled with mystery and indulgence. Must be 21 years and older to attend. Visit here for more information.
October 27, 2017, from 8:00 p.m. until midnight
Early bird tickets (until October 23rd) are $110. Tickets after October 23rd are $130.
The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL, USA, +1 855 311 6903
Coconut Grove Haunted Walk & Ghost Tour
Departing from Coconut Grove Playhouse, this educational ghost tour visits sights where people have spotted the spirits of ancient indigenous people as well as specters in the playhouse and soldiers and sailors that linger in the area. The length of the tour is about two hours and covers about a half mile.
Fridays and Saturdays in October; starts at 7:45 p.m.
Adults $26, Children $17
Bay Skate Miami Halloween
Put on your roller blades and go outdoor skating. Bay Skate Miami hosts free rollerblading events along with music and food trucks. Skate rentals, provided by Super Wheels, are available all night (while supplies last). The event meets at Bayfront Park by Claude Pepper Fountain.
General Session all ages from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Adult skate from 7:30 p.m. to midnight
House of Horror
Step in for a thrilling night of spine-chilling events and carnival fun. This year, the House of Horror Amusement Park will feature a “1455 Asylum” (a haunted insane ward with creepy hallways that you can roam through in the dark due to a staged power outage) and “Gates of Phobia” (a 3D experience that torments those with a fear of insects, reptiles, spiders, clowns, etc.). There will also be “Hellzapoppin” (a circus freak show); a “Freak Emporium” (a haunted gallery exhibiting artifacts such as a two-headed Siamese baby skull and chupacabra remains); and countless carnival rides and games, along with food and live performances.
September 28th – November 4th
Tickets vary from $15–29
Ghost Tour at the Deering Estate
Hear all about the paranormal activity sighted at the Deering Estate at Cutler. The estate offers two tours: Historic Ghost Stories Tour and the Deering Estate Spookover. The first tour includes a walk around the historic home as you listen to stories of the estate’s previous inhabitants and walk the paths of Native Americans and even Charles Deering himself. A group of volunteer paranormal investigators will lead the Spookover Tour, taking guests to the most active locations on the property. Investigate and attempt to communicate with spirits that roam the houses and main grounds via audio recordings, photographs, and EMF meters that you may bring.
Historic Ghost Stories Tour is $30 on October 19th and 26th from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Deering Estate Spookover is $65 on October 13th from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 235 1668
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Monster Splash at Miami Seaquarium
Kick off the harvest season with a pumpkin patch, face painting and rides at the Monster Splash event at Miami Seaquarium. The celebration will feature a scarecrow zone and Flipper’s Dance Party suitable for kids and families.
October 14th–15th, 21st–22nd and 28th–29th
Park admission for adults $45.99 and children (3-9) $35.99 (all prices plus tax)
Miami Seaquarium 400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 361 5705