Monday, October 31, 2011

The Magic City Does Halloween Right: From the Scary to the Kid-Friendly

Adult Events

House of Horror Amusement Park
Through Oct. 31: Mondays-Thurdays, 6pm-midnight; Fridays-Saturdays, 5pm-midnight. Haunted House opens at sundown.
Enjoy Miami's LARGEST Haunted House, set in a carnival atmosphere, complete with scary rides and kiddy rides, live music, games, food, and much more! Plenty of free parking.
At Miami International Mall (East parking lot), 1455 NW 107 Ave., Doral, FL 33172, 305-639-6000,

Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House
Oct. 15-31, noon-5pm
This 7,000-sq.-ft. haunted house is guaranteed to send chills up and down your spine. Roaches take over the kitchen while cats take over the home of a deceased grandma. What will you find when the freezer defrosts? A zookeeper or two perhaps? (Note: Parental discretion is advised for young children.)  
At Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St., Miami, FL 33177, 305-255-5551,

Dr. Wilde's Creepy House at ZooMiami

Monster Masquerade
Oct. 22, 8pm-midnight
Get your Halloween costume ready and come dance the night away at the darkest spot around town... Zoo Miami! Costumed adults ages 21 and over are invited to the biggest Halloween party in South Florida. Come where the wild things are and party in the dark while enjoying: the Costume Contest, premium cocktails at open bars, savory treats, DJ & dancing, and entry into Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House! Proceeds benefit the Zoological Society of Florida. 
At Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St., Miami, FL 33177, 305-255-5551,

Spooky Zoo Nights
Oct. 28-29, 7pm-11pm
At this after-hours family event, enjoy Dr. Wilde's Creepy House, spooky tram rides, ghoulish carousel rides, and chilling story-telling around a fire pit. Goodies and roving street theater add excitement to the pathways.
At Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St., Miami, FL 33177, 305-255-5551,

Deering Estate at Cutler

Halloween Spookover
Oct. 28, 11pm-4am 
Experience the Deering Estate overnight when the lights are out. The League of Paranormal Investigators takes guests on a Paranormal Investigation of the historic houses and main grounds. Equipment used to detect spectral presences - such as pendulums, dowsing rods, EMF meters, voice recorders and cameras are welcome. 
At the Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72 Ave., Miami, FL 33157, 305-235-1668,

Kiddy Events

Zoo Boo 
Oct. 29-30, 11am-4pm
Families and kids ages 12 and under are invited to trick-or-treat in costumes, participate in costume contests, watch special performances, make Halloween crafts, see the animals get their Halloween goodies, and more!
At Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St., Miami, FL 33177, 305-255-5551,

4th Annual Boo Bash
Oct. 28, 7pm-11pm
The BooBash is a fabulous place to enjoy safe trick-or-treating in the setting of the beautiful ArtsPark in Downtown Hollywood. The "trail of treats," a not-so-scary adventure for tots, tweens and teens is a perfect way for friends and family to enjoy the Halloween festivities. Expect to see imaginative costumes for all ages as event goers vie to win great prizes at the costume contests. And don't forget to bring along Fido for the Halloween Hounds costume contest. Festivities also include face painting, games and live music by The Monsters!
At ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood Blvd. & US1, Hollywood, FL, 954-921-3500,

Jungle Island's Halloween Spooktacular 
Oct. 29-30, 10am-5pm 
From trick-or-treating through the Jungle to themed animal shows, kids of all ages will enjoy a family friendly, fun-filled time. Everyone can enter the annual costume contest. 
At Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132, 305-400-7000,

Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash
Oct. 23, 1pm-6pm. Get ready to be spooked! Whether guests trick or treat their way around the museum’s 14 galleries, brave the haunted house, test their knowledge in the mad scientist lab or create crazed crafts, families are bound to have a bewitching time. 
At the Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Miami, FL 33132, 305-373-5437,

Trick-Or-Treating Events

Mall-O-Ween At Dadeland Mall

Oct. 31, 6pm-8pm (At participating stores)

On Halloween night, costume-clad kids are invited to strut-their-stuff as they visit participating stores during Dadeland Mall’s Mall-O-Ween trick-or-treating event. Trick-or-treaters will have the opportunity fill their sacks with goodies in a safe, well-lit environment. Free event.
At Dadeland Mall, 7535 N. Kendall Drive, Miami, FL 33156, 305-665-6226,

Family Halloween Party 
Oct. 31, 1pm-6pm 
Trick-or-treating, costume contests, live entertainment and more at the CocoWalk Family Halloween Party. 
At CocoWalk 3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133, 305-444-0777,

Halloween on the Mile 
Oct. 31, 3pm-6pm 
The 14th Annual Halloween on the Mile is back to give parents and kids a safe trick-or-treating experience, along Miracle Mile, featuring live performances, kiddy and doggie costume contests and more.
Along Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134, 305-569-0311,

Dolphin Mall Halloween “Spooktacular”
Oct. 31, 5:30pm-9:30pm
A wide array of family-friendly activities will be available for mall guests to enjoy. Children will be treated to a magic show, character sing-alongs, live music, games and more. Costumed guests can trick-or-treat throughout the mall for delicious goodies. Kids wearing their best costumes can also participate in one of three costume contests for ages 3 years and younger, ages 4-8 and ages 9-12.
At Dolphin Mall, 11401 NW 12 Street, Miami, FL 33172, 305-DOLPHIN (365-7446),

Halloween at Bayside Marketplace
Oct. 31, 5pm-7pm
Enjoy live music and entertainment from Bayside’s colorful street performers plus trick-or-treating for the kids. Free event.
At Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 33132, 305-577-3344, 

Miami International Mall ‘Spook-tacular’ 
Oct. 31, 5pm-8pm  
Little ghouls and goblins will enjoy festive giveaways and frightfully fun Halloween-inspired arts & crafts and will have the opportunity to do the Monster Mash to the latest in graveyard rock. Costume-clad kids are also encouraged to strut-their-stuff as they trick-or-treat throughout the mall filling their goody bags. Parents don’t forget the cameras! Children will have the chance to take pictures in front of harvest-themed backdrops and vignettes, along with a spooky snapshot in costume on Halloween Day.   
At Miami International Mall, 1455 NW 107 Ave., Miami, FL 33172, 305- 593-1775, 

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