Things To Do

Halloween events for families, fitness freaks and just plain freaks

The Gusman Theatre was the site for a viewing of the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show. Photo: Tomas Loewy
The Gusman Theatre was the site for a viewing of the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show. Photo: Tomas Loewy

It’s time for pumpkin patches, haunted houses, cemetery tours, and for the fitness minded, a Halloween half marathon in Miami Beach — running in costumes!

So, get out an enjoy the holiday. The party’s already starting this weekend, with a Pumpkin Patch Festival in Coconut Grove, complete with a cornstalk and hay bale maze and pumpkin decorating and BG Whiskey Creek’ Hideout’s Carn-Evil in Dania Beach, with a haunted trail and haunted house.


Miami Children’s Museum’s Halloween Week: A haunted house, crafts, games, spooky science experiments and trick-or-treating on the weekend. Team MiChiMu will be in costumes, you should come in yours too! 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Oct. 25-30, 980 MacArthur Cswy.,


Ghosts of Miami Cemetery Tour: Celebrate Dr. Paul George’s birthday with HistoryMiami Museum on this haunted history tour. Lurk among the tombstones to hear stories about the mysterious deaths of the inhabitants. Visit the final resting places of early settlers, Miami’s first mayor, the Burdine family and Julia Tuttle. 8-10 p.m., Miami City Cemetery, 1800 NE Second Ave., Miami. $20-$30. 305-579-6938 or

Spirits of Stranahan House Halloween Tours: Guided by Victorian Mourners, the evening tour entertains guests with tales of spirits and legends unique to Fort Lauderdale. Additionally, the Grave Keeper tells tales of countless other haunted sites throughout South Florida; 7 p.m. Oct. 28-31; Historic Stranahan House Museum, 335 SE Sixth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. $25.

Spooky Zoo Nights: Party in the dark with spooky creatures, ghoulish carousel rides, candy stations, Dr. Wilde’s Creepy Haunted House and Zombie tram rides. 7 to 11 p.m., Oct. 28-31, Admission is $14.95 per person and $12.95 for Zoo Miami members, and the ghoulish carousel rides cost $2 per ride.

North Miami’s Halloween Haunted Trails and Kids Fun Zone: Haunted trails, a hay ride and a kids’ fun zone with music, ghoulish entertainment and fall festivities. Free parking at Johnson & Wales University (124 Street & 16 Avenue). Shuttle buses to park provided every 15 minutes. 7 – 11 p.m. , Oct. 28-29, Enchanted Forest, Elaine Gordon Park, 1725 NE 135 St.


Knock! Knock! Halloween at Jungle Island: Learn corny jokes at trick-or-treat doors placed throughout the 18-acre park and enjoy Halloween-themed arts & crafts, scarecrows and animal shows with cool creepy creatures. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 29-30. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Tr., Miami. $39.95 per adult and $32.95 per child. Each kid (10 and under) gets into the park for free with each paid adult admission. 305-400-7000 or

A Spooky Symphony: Performed by the Alhambra Orchestra and Greater Miami Youth Symphony, the free family Halloween concert features musical scores from Star Wars and King Kong plus creepy classics. Audience may dress in Halloween costumes; 1-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m., Oct. 29, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Free. 

Zoo Miami’s Zoo Boo: Costume contests, watch special performances and see wild animals get a special Halloween treat,.Music and games. Kids ages 12 can trick-or-treat in costumes. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Oct. 29-30, 12400 SW 152 St. $12.

Downtown Fright Night Block Party: Catch DJ Laz on at the Flagler Fright Stage and Miami’s rising youth pop stars at the Radio Lollipop Stage! Flagler Fright Lounge: Sip your cocktails while dancing. At midnight, watch an interactive Rocky Horror Picture Show. RSVP for complimentary drinks. 2 East Flagler St. will be closed to traffic from 3 p.m to 1 a.m., Oct. 29. Bring your dog to run wild in the “Pup Up Dog Park” and enter him or her in the puppy costume contest. Free. 

Nightmare On The Beach: Sponsored by The Little Lighthouse Foundation, this Dia de los Muertos-themed extravaganza is held at Lummus Park South Beach, 10th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. During the day, there will be a Halloween parade for kids, plus trick-or-treating and other family-friendly activities. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 29. Free.

Spooktacular Doral: Trick-or-treat through The Shops at Downtown Doral, performance by the Downtown Doral Charter School Elementary cheerleaders, make scary faces, face painting, rides. First 500 people to check in get a special gift. 3-6 p.m., Oct. 29, The Shops at Downtown Doral, 5335 NW 87th Ave., Doral. Free.

Sundowner at Vizcaya: Celebrate this year’s theme, Prohibition, with dancing and open bar on the waterfront terrace. Costume contest. Emcee NBC 6’s Roxy Vargas. Proceeds go toward Vizcaya renovations. 8 p.m. to midnight, Oct. 29. For tickets, go to

FIU Athletics’s Roary’s No Scream! Halloween: Over 15,000 pieces of candy will be distributed along with fun activities, including a pumpkin patch presented by Pinto Farms. Only children will be given a wristband to trick or treat. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., FIU Stadium, 11310 SW 17th St., $10, includes a trick-or-treat bag, football game ticket and candy. 

Pérez Art Museum Miami’s PAMMoween Celebration: Participate in an eerie gallery scavenger hunt , little ghouls and girls can decorate their own Halloween-themed sweet cookie treats and free museum admission (no masks). Noon to 4 p.m. 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

Miami Seaquarium ‘s Halloween Extravaganza Monster Splash: Trick-or-treating at Sharky’s Sweet Tooth Stations and Halloween-themed marine animal shows; 11 am. – 4 pm. 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne,

City of Aventura’s Monster Mash-Themed Halloween: A disc jockey with interactive games, bounce houses, fortune telling, a trick or treat trail, costume parade, and food trucks! Settle in for the movie, “Ice Age: Collision Course,” starting at 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Alcoholic beverages and pets are not permitted. 4:30 to 9 p.m., 3105 NE 190 St..

Halloween Half Marathon: Run in costumes along the 13.1 mile course, which starts at Jungle Island, goes across the MacArthur Causeway to South Pointe Park, Ocean Drive, Lincoln Road, the boardwalk and back along the beach. There also is a Freaky 4-Miler race. The half marathon starts at 6:30 a.m., the 4-Miler starts at 6:50 a.m. Post-race party at Nikki Beach, 1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach.


Cars in the Garden: Trick-or-treat through the cars, see how the cars and their owners dress up, explore the Garden on a Critter Hunt or watch the car parade. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Oct. 30, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables. $25.

Howl-O-Ween: Games, doggie fun zone, trick-or-treating, arts & crafts, pumpkin patch portraits, costume contests, pet parades and adoptable dogs from Paws 4 You Rescue; noon to 5 p.m., Oct. 30, Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Rd., Miami. $5, free for children under 2. Proceeds benefit Paws 4 You Rescue.

Trick or Treat at Miami’s Ice Bar!: Trick or Treat in Miami Beach’s first Ice bar. Children receive a complimentary trick or treat bag along with a mocktail served in an ice glass. Children are fitted with a winter coat, gloves, hats and shoes if necessary. Children must attend with adult but are free to explore; 5-8 p.m., Oct. 30, Drinkhouse Fire & Ice, 1672 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. $15 children ages 3-17, $20 adults; $20 RSVP by phone or online. Reservations strongly suggested. 305-534-2423 or


Miami’s Children Museum’s Mini Monster Monday: Dress up in the spookiest costumes and trick-or-treat at 12 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.. Museum hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Miami.

Christ Fellowship and City of Miami’s Harvest Festival: Carnival rides and games, candy stations, a hamster ball race. 6-9 p.m., Margaret Pace Park, 1745 N Bayshore Dr., Free.

Halloween at Bayside Marketplace: Trick-or-treating, live music, entertainment from Bayside’s street performers, and prizes. A discounted parking rate is offered to families with children in costume. Bayside, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 305-577-3344.

Halloween on the Mile: Spooky storytelling, arts & crafts, a kiddie costume contest and a doggie costume contest, 4 to 7 p.m., along Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. Visit

Meet Sonic at Sunset Place: Mall-wide ’Trick-or-Treating’ and festivities; take photos with Sonic at GameTime; 4.-8 p.m., GameTime, 5701 Sunset Dr., Miami.

Not So Spooky Halloween at Gulfstream: Entertainment by DJ Koz, face painting, and a laugh-out-loud magic show. 5-8 p.m., Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino, 901 S. Federal Hwy.,

Spooktacular Halloween at Dolphin Mall: Live music, games, magic, face painting, trick-or-treating and costume contests; 5:30-9:30 p.m., Dolphin Mall, 11401 NW 12th St., Miami. Free.

House of Horror Haunted Park at International Mall: Features 25 terrifying scenes, 30 creepy characters and two -acre haunted house. Runs from now through Oct. 31. To buy tickets,

Mall of the Americas’s Halloween Bash: For children 10 and under. Festivities will kick off at 5 p.m. with Gigi the Witch on stage in center court, followed by trick-or-treating at 6 p.m. Costumes yes, but masks are not allowed inside the mall. All children must be accompanied by an adult, 5 – 7 p.m. 7795 W. Flagler St.. Free.

Miami Seaquarium’s Flipper’s Fall Fest: Join for a “hay-mazing” maze, a picture perfect pumpkin patch, “Create A Scarecrow” zone, and Flipper’s Dance Party. There will also be face-painting, inflatables, rides, and more. 11 am. – 4 pm. 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149.