By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly
Happy Halloween events in Miami starting tonight! If you’re looking for a good way to ring in the spookiest day of the year, look no further than some of Miami’s best parties, dining events, and days out with the family. From Mexican parties with live DJs, to a costume-filled day at Zoo Miami, and Vizcaya’s annual fête, here are our picks for Miami’s best 2017 Halloween events… curated just for you.
Halloween Party at Forte dei Marmi
Saturday, Oct. 28th, starting at 9 p.m.
Dress in your best Dracula costume, and you might just get a free dinner at Forte dei Marmi, a chic Italian eatery, helmed by a two-star Michelin chef, right on Ocean Drive. Offering one of the best deals on the beach, on Halloween night, diners can get a $100 three-course meal (which includes one house drink), as they party to DJ Le Spam’s “Dracula Mambo,” which is performed on a revolutionary analog acoustic system. Forte dei Marmi is located at 150 Ocean Drive. Dinner reservations are required, and can be made as early as 9 p.m. by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Fun at the Pérez Art Museum Miami
Saturday, Oct. 28th, from 10:15 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Looking for some spooky fun for the whole family? Head to the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) on Saturday, October 28th, for a schedule of art expeditions, performances and more. Start with a free performance of “Peter and the Wolf” by the South Florida Symphony, and move on to PAMM Art Storytime for ages 3-5, Halloween cookie decorating, A Family Tour that goes through different galleries, and Picasso-inspired mask-making with a PAMM Teaching Artist. For parents, Hallow’s Eve cocktails are available at Verde, and holiday lovers of all ages can come dressed in costume for trick-or-treating and free museum admission. The PAMM is located at 1103 Biscayne Boulevard. Guests in costume will get free admission, while all other visitors will need to pay $16 per person. It is important to note that no masks are allowed, even as part of a costume. Reservations are required for PAMM Art Storytime, and a caregiver or parent must accompany each child. To contact the venue, call 305.375.3000.
31st Annual Halloween SUNDOWNER at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Saturday, Oct. 28th, from 8 p.m. to Midnight
Held in one of Miami’s most iconic and luxurious estates, the Halloween Sundowner event at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens has attracted 1,000 guests each Halloween for the past 31 years. On October 28th, head to Vizcaya for a special “Mystery, Myth & Fantasy”-themed repeat that fuses sexy Miami with a night of spooky, sophisticated fun. The night will be hosted by NBC’s Roxy Vargas, and there will be dancing, beautiful people-watching, unbelievable costumes, glamorous decor, open bars, DJ A-Train, and live music by Patrick & The Swayzees, The State Of and Tamboka. Guests are welcome to dress for the theme or wear the costume of their choice. General admission tickets start at $140 per person for members, and all party-goers must be 21+ to attend. For more information, or to buy your tickets for this year’s Halloween extravaganza, click here. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is located at 3251 South Miami Avenue. To contact the venue, call 305-250-9133.
Halloween Party at Tacology
Saturday, Oct. 28th, at 8 p.m.
Head to Tacology, in Brickell City Centre, and you’ll get to experience a Halloween party like no other. There’s a costume contest, so come dressed to impress—the 1st-place winner will receive a bottle of Golden Tequila and a $300 gift card, and the 2nd-place winner will get a bottle of Silver Tequila and a $150 gift card. Adding to its spooky allure, a DJ will keep the party going all night long, there will be a photo booth and eerie, $12 “The Dark Side” cocktails. Even though the party is over, stop by Tacology on the actual holiday, Tuesday, October 31st, and you’ll find “The Dark Side” cocktail on the menu. Tacology is located at 701 South Miami Avenue, 4th floor. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 786.347.5368.
“R Haunted House” at R House Wynwood
Tuesday, Oct. 31st, from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.
On Halloween night, put on your best costume and rock out at R House Wynwood. This legendary Bacardi Halloween bash, now in its third year, will be hosted by Revolution 93.5 Radio’s Kelly Rajzjberry and end with a costume contest and cash prizes. Come for happy hour at 6 p.m., and keep the party going until 3 a.m. All winners will be announced at Midnight, with first place getting $250, the runner-up getting $150, and the third-place winner getting $100.
“Haunted Hotel” at Cantina La Veinte
Starting Oct. 28th
Ready for a tasty night of terror? Head to the haute Mexican spot, Cantina La Veinte, for a live DJ, eerie decorations and spooky Love Potion cocktails with mezcal, lime juice, Crème de Violette and house-made butterfly pea flower syrup. From Saturday, October 28th, through Halloween night, the Love Potion cocktail will be on special. And on that Saturday, guests can even don their scariest costumes for a chance to win awesome prizes. Cantina La Veinte is located at 495 Brickell Avenue at the Icon Brickell. It is open for lunch and dinner Monday to Wednesday, from Noon until Midnight; from Thursday to Saturday, from Noon to 1 a.m.; and on Sundays, from Noon to 11 p.m. To contact the restaurant, call 786.623.6135.
Halloween at The Biltmore Hotel
Friday, Oct. 27th, from 8 p.m. to Midnight
The legendary Biltmore Hotel, located in the heart of Coral Gables, is hosting its annual Halloween party inside the hotel’s iconic Country Club Ballroom. Filled with illusions and indulgence, this event will have an open bar, buffet dinner, live entertainment, and a contest for the most creative, handmade costumes, both individually and as a couple. The Biltmore Hotel is located at 1200 Anastasia Avenue. From now through October 23rd, tickets cost $90 per person for members and $110 per person for non-members. After October 23rd, tickets will be priced at $110 per person for members and $130 per person for non-members. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and all guests must be 21+ to attend. For more information, or to register to attend, please click here.
Nightmare on the Beach at Lummus Park
Friday, Oct. 27, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Hosted by The Little Lighthouse Foundation, the 8th Annual Nightmare on the Beach: Dark CarnEvil Halloween party will be a night of top-shelf cocktails, live entertainment, charity and tasty bites from Jack’s Miami, David’s Café, Japanito, Pizza Dude, Cake Lounge Miami, Delicious Catering and Eat Clean for 1,200+ guests. Taking place at Lummus Park, this will be one spookily-extravagant night of celebration benefiting The Little Lighthouse Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports children with educational, financial and medical hardships through volunteer work and programming. If you’re not done with your night when the event ends, head over to the official after party at ORA Nightclub. The entrance to Lummus Park is located at 12th Street and Ocean Drive. ORA Nightclub is located at 2000 Collins Avenue. Tickets to this event start at $175 per person. A limited number of VIP tables are available.
Zoo Boo at Zoo Miami
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28th and Oct. 29th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you have kids, take them to Zoo Miami on October 28th and 29th for some Halloween fun for all ages. Included in your Zoo Miami admission, this event invites parents and kids alike to don their best Halloween costume, trick-or-treat, compete in costume contests, and watch special performances of RENT and Dear Evan Hansen from Actors’ Playhouse actors. There will be plenty of Halloween treats, music, games and fun prizes. As for the animals, you can watch while they get their own themed Halloween treats, too—it is a zoo, after all. Performances will be at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152nd Street. Admission for Zoo members is FREE. Tickets cost $18.95 for children under the age of 12, and $22.95 for those ages 13+.