With Halloween right around the corner, visitors and residents of Miami should be starting to formulate plans for how they’re going to spend the final night of October. Unlike other parts of the country, the weather in Miami should not dissuade anybody from getting out of the house and enjoying themselves on Halloween night. With Halloween falling on a Saturday night this year, there’s even more reason to do something fun on a holiday centered on fantasy and imagination. Here are a few places people in Miami may want to consider celebrating Halloween.
Like many zoos around the country, the Miami Zoo enjoys taking on a more haunted vibe this time of year, creating a variety of events geared towards both children and adults. The Miami Zoo is putting on events for kids this weekend, and then Friday and Saturday night Halloween weekend it’s putting on Spooky Zoo Nights. This will be a family-friendly event from 7 to 11 p.m. featuring scary tram rides, a Halloween-themed carousel, and story telling around a fire. Just like the zoo is during the day, a trip to the zoo at night on Halloween weekend will be fun for the entire family.
It’s only natural that you’ll gravitate to the beach while in Miami, and Halloween night is no different. Lummus Park will be hosting a Nightmare on the Beach party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. It goes without saying that this is a 21 and older party, and tickets should be purchased beforehand with proceeds benefitting The Little Lighthouse Foundation. If you put on a costume and head to the beach, you’re bound to have a great time with an open bar and food being provided by some of the best restaurants in Miami. Between the costumes, the food and drink, the performers, and whatever else may pop up during a Halloween party, Nightmare on the Beach figures to be a memorable evening.
The Coconut Grove part of Miami at CocoWalk will be home to activities for both children and adults all day long on Halloween. The afternoon from 2 to 7 p.m. is the time for kids to enjoy trick-or-treating, costume contests, an up-close magician, tattoo and balloon artists, and even their very own dance party. Starting at 6 p.m. the kids will start to head on home and a DJ will start to take over the entertainment that’s geared more towards adults having a more traditional Halloween party. Then starting at 11 p.m., those in costume can dance to techno music at CocoWalk into the early morning hours to bring their Halloween celebration to a fitting conclusion.
Dylan’s Candy Bar
For just a few dollars at the door, you can celebrate Halloween in a candy store, which would have seemed like a dream come true when you were young. Of course, with the party getting underway at 10 p.m., Dylan’s will be hosting a Halloween party for adults. As you might expected, there will be a live DJ and contests for the best costumes, but Dylan’s will add its own unique twist on Halloween with special candy cocktails that will make you feel like a kid again, giving you a great venue to celebrate Halloween this year.