The witchiest time of the year is just around the corner, and if you’ve lived in Miami for a while you know we like to go all out. Halloween is pretty much the trial-run for Art Basel, which also requires over-the-top costumes and lots of drinking.
And since All Hallows Eve falls inconveniently on a Thursday this year, we’ve made a list of all the best Halloween parties happening in Miami from Oct. 25 until Nov. 1, so go ahead — book-end that week with all sorts of freaky stuff.
Friday, Oct. 25
Halloween at The Biltmore Hotel
Halloween at The Biltmore Hotel is a legendary affair, and the historic landmark hotel has just announced the details for this year’s fête. Costume contest categories will include best couple, most creative (handmade costumes only), and best group (up to six people). Guests will enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, a premium open bar and music by DJ OneTrack.
Details: 8 p.m. until midnight at 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; early bird tickets are $150 until Oct. 18 and $165 afterward until the date of the event. You can purchase tickets here.
Nocturne L’Inferno at Faena
Kick off ghoul week at a special hellish Halloween edition of Faena’s wild Nocturne party series featuring pyrotechnics, dazzling costumes and sultry choreography. Tickets are $30 per person.
Details: 11:30 p.m. - 4 a.m. at 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.faena.com
Saturday, Oct. 26
Triki Triki Halloween Fiesta at Veza Sur Brewing Co.
The Wynwood brewery invites ghouls and gals to join their third annual Triki Triki Halloween Fiesta, a night filled with live music from local bands and DJs, a costume contest with a $100 bar tab as first prize, and of course, great beer.
Details: 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. at 55 NW 25th St., Miami; RSVP here.
Game of Thrones Halloween Bash
Dress up as your favorite Game of Thrones character and head to either Brimstone Doral, Brimstone Pines or Beach House Pompano on Oct. 26 for the three biggest GoT Halloween parties happening in South Florida. Each event will offer cocktail specials, themed activities, giveaways and prizes for the best costumes.
Details: festivities begin at 8 p.m. at Brimstone Doral (8300 NW 36th St., Doral), Brimstone Pines (14575 SW 5th St., Pembroke Pines) and Beach House Pompano (270 N Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach)
Pirates of The Wharf
The Wharf is inviting all buccaneers and booty-hunters to a pirate party, complete with a real pirate ship-turned VIP open-bar, Caribbean-inspired dishes from seven food trucks, drink specials, and a costume contest with three grand prizes. Admission is free before 10 p.m.
Details: 5 p.m. until close at 114 SW North River Dr., Miami; RSVP here.
Y100 Halloween Block Party
Your favorite radio station will take over America’s Backyard for a special Halloween block party on Saturday, October 26. There will be lots of music, drink specials and spooktacular surprises aplenty.
Details: 9 p.m. until close at 100 SW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Sunday, Oct. 27
Spooky Science Monster Mash
Frost Science will host its third annual Spooky Science Monster Mash. The all-day affair will feature an owl animal encounter, a pumpkin carving demonstration underwater, and more “spirited” science activities and shows the whole family can enjoy.
Details: all day at 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; www.frostscience.org
Wednesday, Oct. 30
Cafe La Trova’s 80’s 305 Bar
On Wednesday, Oct. 30 and Thursday, Oct. 31, Cafe La Trova’s backroom bar and lounge will transform into Cuba circa the 1930’s and ‘40s. Dress as a mafioso, classic actor or high-rolling gambler and time warp back to Havana’s golden years. There will be a DJ, specially-curated cocktails and hand-rolled cigars.
Details: Oct. 30-31 all night at 971 SW 8th St, Miami, FL; www.cafelatrova.com/
Dracula, My Love at Baoli
Baoli will add a gothic spin to its iconic My Boyfriend is Out of Town party. For one night only, the Miami Beach nightspot will welcome the glammest Victorian vamps to Dracula’s castle. Undead DJ Hugo M will provide the music.
Details: 7 p.m. until close at 1906 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; pre-sale tickets start at $65 here.
Hello Tarzan, It’s Me Jane
El Tucan is hosting this year’s wildest Halloween party, transforming its multi-level club into a tropical paradise inhabited by exotic creatures. DJ Hush Money will keep the beats going strong while performers dazzle you all night long.
Details: 8 p.m. until close at 1111 SW 1st Ave, Miami; tickets are $50 here.
Thursday, Oct. 31
Halloween at No. 3 Social
Celebrate Halloween with a bird’s eye view of Wynwood at No. 3 Social, which will pulse all night to sounds by DJ Hilda and Dan K. It’s also ladies night, which means gals will enjoy 50 percent off drinks, plus sparkling wine from 7 p.m. until midnight if you’re wearing a costume.
Details: all night at 50 NW 24th St., Miami; www.no3social.com/
Yelloween at Cvltvra Miami Restaurant
Veuve Clicquot will host its annual Yelloween extravaganza at Cvltvra Miami Restaurant this year. The theme is “haunted mansion,” and the party will feature sounds by Los Wizzards, themed drinks, and Veuve and Hennessy cocktails and lite bites complimentary with the purchase of a ticket.
Details: 7-11 p.m. at 1100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; tickets are $75.
Yelloween at 1 Hotel South Beach
The 1 Hotel South Beach Rooftop will also host a “haunted mansion” Yelloween event with Veuve Clicquot, including specials on bubbly, a costume contest, a guest DJ and some additional surprises. Tickets include a glass of Veuve upon arrival.
Details: 8 p.m. - midnight at 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; tickets are $30 here.
Disco Inferno at Faena’s Living Room
Faena invites angels and daredevils to celebrate Halloween in The Living Room this year. Sir Portela Band and special guests Michelle Susset and Damiano will provide the sounds, while Faena’s world class (and costumed) mixologists pour spooktacular themed cocktails.
Details: 9 p.m. at 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.faena.com
Winter Olympics at Lost Boy
Downtown Miami watering hole Lost Boy will host a Winter Olympics themed party on Halloween, transforming the space into a ski lodge decked out with winter sports memorabilia, chalet-chic decor and plenty of medals. Guests can look forward to drink specials and tunes by DJ G. Brown. This might be your only chance to rock ski gear in Florida, so go crazy.
Details: 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. at 157 E Flagler St., Miami; www.lostboydrygoods.com
HalloWYN Block Party
Wynwood goes all out for Halloween every year and this party at The Wynwood Marketplace is one of the highlights. Get ready for two nights of cocktails, costume contests, food trucks and more.
Details: 7 p.m.-3 a.m. Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at 2250 NW Second Ave., Miami; VIP tickets are $49 here.
Haunted Factory by Secret Garden
Four days of interactive fright with scare rooms, horror themed art and creepy characters. Along with the scares, party with a packed line up of DJs including Lee Foss, Roger Sanchez, Richy Ahmed and HOSH and Cocodrills along with local favorites Fiin, Lou Flores, Ohashi and many more.
Details: 9 p.m. at 55 NE 24th St., Miami; Tickets $30 here.
Stranger Wharf at The Wharf
The Wharf will welcome guests to their version of “the Upside-Down,” transforming the space into the town of Hawkins with tons of Instagrammable photo opps. Expect a special menu of Stranger Things-inspired cocktails and dishes, drink specials, and a giveaway of limited-edition Stranger Wharf trucker caps for the first 500 guests who check in with their online RSVPs.
Details: 5 p.m. until 3 a.m. at 114 SW North River Dr., Miami; RSVP here.
Bonnie And Clyde at Marion
Calling all ride-or-dies — Marion will host a Halloween soiree for robbers, thieves and outlaws. There will be performers, surprises and beats by Hush Money — just make sure you dress to kill.
Details: 7 p.m. until close at 1111 SW 1st Ave., Miami; tickets are $50 here.
The Shining at Generator Miami
Forget Netflix and chill — spend your Halloween getting wined and dined with a four-course meal, a bottle of wine and a private showing of “The Shining” at Generator Miami.
Details: screenings at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at 3120 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; tickets are $100 per couple here.
Sugar Heist at Sugar EAST Miami
EAST Miami’s beloved rooftop lounge will host a themed party inspired by the Netflix series Money Heist. Guests who arrive wearing a Halloween costume will enjoy a complimentary drink.
Details: 8 p.m. - 3 a.m. at 788 Brickell Plaza, Miami; www.east-miami.com
Friday, November 1
Nightmare on 1st Street at Black Market
Come face to face with your most horrific nightmares in the oldest, most haunted bar in Downtown Miami — After Market. The space above the beloved happy hour haunt Black Market, After Market was once a hospital ward for injured WWII soldiers. On Nov. 1, it will become a haunted manor once more, serving Halloween-themed cocktails, beats by DJ Shift, and special prizes for the best-dressed partygoers.
Details: 11 p.m. - 5 a.m. at 168 SE 1st St., Miami; www.blackmarketmia.com
Saturday, November 2
10th Annual Day of the Dead Celebration
Fort Lauderdale’s biggest block party is back, honoring Mexican and Latin American traditions with a spirited Day of the Dead celebration. This free, family-friendly event will feature eight stages set up throughout downtown Fort Lauderdale and within the Damn Good Hospitality Entertainment Complex off Broward Boulevard showcasing artistic performances. Expect pop-up ofrendas, puppet building, sugar-skull face painting and more. At 5:30 p.m., a skeleton processional will march from Huizenga Plaza along Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk, finishing at the Folklorico Stage outside Revolution Live. Everyone is welcome to join in the parade. The night wraps up with a Night of the Dead concert at 8 p.m. at Revolution Live.
Details: 2 p.m. until 4 a.m. at Huizenga Plaza, 32 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; Info here.
Ghost Town at E11EVEN
From Oct. 24-31, E11EVEN will transform into a sexy haunted saloon serving up eight nights of costumes, bottle-popping and world class headlining acts including Carnage (Oct. 25), Diplo (Oct. 26) and Dada Life (Oct. 31).
Details: 29 NE 11th St., Miami; www.11miami.com