October 23, 2013

Halloween fun for the whole family

Looking for some spooky Halloween fun that won’t spook the kids too much? Check out these events.

Not So Scary Haunted House at Miami Children’s Museum

The family friendly 2,500 square foot Haunted House can be as scary as you want it to be, and features its own 7-foot Baby T-Rex along with its collection of clowns, zombies and haunting music and sounds. The Baby T-Rex, the only life-like dinosaur in South Florida that moves under its own power, is part of the Museum’s Dino Island exhibit. The Haunted House also includes: Spooky clowns, Zombie babies, Pirates, a Dino Graveyard, hay bales and pumpkin patch area, and a trick or treat area! All with scary sounds effects and live actors hiding around every corner!

•  When: Oct. 21 – Oct. 31
•  Where: Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami
•  Admission: $16 for adults and children, $12 for Florida Residents, free for children under 1 year and admission for Members is complimentary.
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Jungle Island’s Spooktacular

Calling all princesses, goblins, superheroes and angels: Jungle Island’s Spooktacular will feature Halloween fun from trick-or-treating through the Jungle, interactive Witch’s lair, “Swamp of Fear” - a kid-friendly haunted forest, plus the Costume Contest.

•  When: Oct. 26-27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
•  Where: 1111 Parrot Jungle Tr., Miami; 305-400-7000
•  Admission: $34.95 plus tax adults 11-61, $32.95 plus tax seniors 62 +, kids 3-10 $5 with full paying adult.

Zoo Boo!

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 wild animals get their Halloween goodies, and more. Music and games with fun prizes will be provided by Radio Disney AM 990 and The Coast 97.3 FM.

•  When: Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
•  Where: Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami
•  Admission: Included with zoo admission

Little Monster Mash Halloween Bash

Tongue & Cheek celebrates October’s most anticipated holiday with a fun-filled, Halloween inspired brunch for the whole family with a hauntingly delicious à la carte kids menu, which is complimentary for all children under the age of 12, plus fun activities and entertainment throughout the afternoon including pumpkin painting, costume contests and balloon artists.

•  When: Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
•  Where: Tongue & Cheek,431 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-704-2900

Bleau Moon Howl

A wicked fun afternoon of sugary treats and ghostly activities awaits youngsters at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach where Kids 4-12 will have a bone rattling time at this family friendly affair with fun activities like the monster mash freeze dance, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating and more.

•  When: Oct. 26, 5-8 p.m.
•  Where: Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
•  Admission: Free for hotel guests, $10 for non-hotel guests

Spooky Zoo Nights

An after-hours family event includes entry into Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, spooky tram rides, ghoulish carousel rides, and chilling story-telling. Goodies and roving street theatre will add excitement to the pathways.

•  When: Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
•  Where: Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami
•  Admission: $10.95 per person, $9.95 for zoo members at

GrossOut Science Halloween

Visit the Museum for special Halloween activities. Take the jelly bean taste test, touch snakes, gators and bugs and even play the GrossOut Showdown. Make sure to dress for the Halloween Costume Contest. If you dare, taste edible bugs. Here is a quick sample:

Totally Gross Science Lab: Dissect a diaper, get sweaty, make a crusty scab, dig for ear wax, make fake vomit, get bad breath and play with snot.

Mad Scientist Chemistry and Electricity Shows: The Mad Scientist will blow you away with color changing liquids, bubbling mixtures, and static electricity experiments.

Human Organs show: Learn how the body turns food to poo in this exciting and disgusting show!

Bat Chat: Learn all about echolocation and other interesting bat facts.

•  When: Oct. 25-27; noon to 4 p.m.
•  Where: Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale
•  Tickets: Call 954-467-6637

“A Spooky Symphony” presented by The Children’s Trust

“A Spooky Symphony” features the most beautiful scary music you’ve ever heard by The Greater Miami Youth Symphony and the Alhambra Orchestra conducted by Huifang Chen and Zoe Zeniodi, with piano soloist Asiya Korepanova. The free Halloween family concert includes excerpts from Star Wars, Phantom of the Opera, Night on Bald Mountain, Symphonie Fantastique, Totentanz, and more. Additional concert highlights include a multimedia presentation. Children are encouraged to dress in their best Halloween costumes to enhance the supernatural experience.

•  When: Sunday, Oct. 27, 4 p.m.
•  Where: The Olympia Theater at The Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami
•  Tickets: Free and open seating. Large groups should call 305-667-4069 in advance.

Halloween at Dolphin Mall

The Dolphin Mall hosts its annual “Spooktacular,” a special celebration featuring fun and entertainment for the entire family with sing-alongs, live music, fun games, face painters and balloon artists throughout the mall. Costumed guests can even 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 to 8, and ages 9 to 12.

•  When: Oct. 31, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
•  Where: 11401 NW 12th St, Miami
•  Admission: Free

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