Miami-Dade County

Halloween happenings: Get spooked at events across Miami-Dade

Choosing the right one: Calina Martinez of South Miami, 20 months, picks out a pumpkin at the Boys and Girls Club pumpkin patch in Miami.
Choosing the right one: Calina Martinez of South Miami, 20 months, picks out a pumpkin at the Boys and Girls Club pumpkin patch in Miami. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Halloween means dressing up, indulging in treats and scaring up a good time.

Haunted trails, horror movies, block parties, costume contests — even a cemetery tour — are on tap over the next week. Kids, pets, adults — Halloween is a celebration for all, even our four-legged friends.

Here is a rundown of the ghostly activities in every corner of town:

A Spooky Symphony

The Greater Miami Young Symphony and Alhambra Orchestra presents “boo-tiful” music, including excerpts from Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings and Scheherazade, plus contemporary pieces from the composer of Peter and the Wolf. Kids are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes.

The event is free, but large groups are encouraged to call in advance. The concert will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Olympia Theater at Gusman Center, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami. Parking is $5 in College Station Garage, 190 NE Third St., Miami. Call 305-667-4069 or visit

Zoo Miami’s Spooky Zoo Nights

After dusk, things take an ominous turn at Zoo Miami with Spooky Zoo Nights. Gruesome tales, a wicked carousel and haunted tram rides make nights there spine-chilling. Guests are dared to tour Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, a 7,000-square-foot haunted house.

Admission for Zoo Miami events is $9.95 for members and $10.95 for nonmembers. The event will be 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 24, 25 and 31 at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St. Call 305-251-0400, ext. 16.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden ‘Friendly Creatures of the Night’

Fairchild will introduce nocturnal animals and critters that scamper around the garden on Oct. 23. Guests can partake in twilight walks, get an up-close look at owls, bats, bugs at the Science Village, and watch an outdoor screening of the Disney movie, A Bug's Life.

Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children ages 6 to 17, and free for members and children 5 and under. The event will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables. Tickets can be purchased at Call 305-667-1651.

West Perrine Park Family Movie Night

The movie Muppets Most Wanted will be shown at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at West Perrine Park, 10301 SW 170th Terr. Call 305-235-2053.

Blue Starlite Drive-In 16 Nights of Halloween

The Coconut Grove drive-in movie theater is showing all of the haunted classics from Ghostbusters to Young Frankenstein, but it’s saving the best for last. For Halloween Eve, the drive-in will celebrate with a showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. The theater group Frontyard Collective will perform along with the picture.

Packages start at $25 for a vehicle with two passengers. Pedestrian tickets are also available and begin at $7. Located at 3500 Main Hwy., behind the Coconut Grove Playhouse. For tickets and movie listings, visit

HalloWYN Block Party

Don’t want to trek door to door to enjoy some treats? The HalloWYN Block Party on Oct. 31 brings all of the fare to the heart of Wynwood. More than 20 food trucks will serve savory food and sweets late into the night. Guests are encouraged to don their most-horrific costumes as they dance the night away to spooky soundtracks played by local DJs.

Free. Beer and food packages are available for $27. Festivities will be from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. The food truck lot will be at 318 NW 23rd St. Visit

Vizcaya Museum and Garden’s Sundowner

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens will host its 28th annual Halloween ‘Sundowner‘ party on 3251 South Miami Ave. from 8 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 25. Those who attend can stroll through the gardens. The event is for people 21 and over.

General admission is $140 for members and $160 for nonmembers. Tickets are on sale at

JohnMartin’s 25th Annual Halloween Party

Continuing its 25-year tradition, JohnMartin’s Restaurant and Pub, 253 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, is hosting a Halloween party at 9 p.m. Oct. 31. On the first floor, there will be a pirate-themed costume party with Karaoke; on the second floor, there will be an ’80s disco party with a DJ.

Free. There will be food and $5 Captain Morgan drink specials.

Miami Cemetery Tour

HistoryMiami will host a cemetery tour through the city of Miami’s oldest cemetery, at 1800 NE Second Ave., from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 30. Paul George, the museum historian, will give the tour, visiting the graves of the city’s famous — and infamous.

Admission is $30, and $20 for members. To book the tour, call 305-375-5792 or email

Ghosts in the Garden: a Knight of Fantasy

The Miami Beach Garden Conservancy will host a Halloween ball from 8 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 31 at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden on 2000 Convention Center Dr. The party include cocktails, live music, a costume contest and a horror film screening at the garden’s lawn. There will be an after party at the Oolite Restaurant & Bar on 1661 Pennsylvania Ave, Miami Beach.

Ticket are $75. Call 305-673-7256 or visit

Coral Gables’ Halloween on the Mile

The 17th annual Halloween on the Miracle Mile will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Families can take their kids trick-or-treating along the Mile and its adjacent streets. Other activities include a photo booth at the Leica Store, story time at Books & Books, a kids’ costume contest at the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre and the fourth annual Doggie Costume Contest at the Coral Gables Museum.

Free. Story time at Books & Books begins at 4:30 p.m. The kids’ costume contest begins at 5 p.m. The dog costume contest starts at 5:30, and has a $5 registration fee. Visit

Pinecrest Gardens Howl-O-Ween

Paws 4 You, the animal rescue nonprofit organization, is hosting a Howl-O-Ween event in Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 S. Red Rd., from noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 26. The event will feature a dog costume contest, a Doggie Fun Zone agility course, a Kid’s Zone, pumpkin patch photos, paw print paintings, and dog tricks and treats. Paw 4 You will have pets for adoption. The panel of judges for the costume contest consists of David Le Batard, Dan Le Batard and their father, ESPN’s Gonzalo Le Batard.

Admission is $5; free for kids under 2. The Kid’s Zone, the Doggie Fun Zone and the costume contest cost $10 each.

Halloween Event Nightmare on Montrose

Miami Lakes Youth Activities Task Force will host a halloween event at 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the Miami Lakes Picnic Park West on 15151 NW 82nd Ave. The event will feature a scare zone, scary movie in the park, a costume contest, trick-or-treating around the track and food trucks.

The event if Free. For more information, contact events coordinator,Clarisell De Cardenas via email to

Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition Halloween Costume Contest

The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition is taking submissions for their Halloween costume contest. Those that wish to enter can submit a photograph online for the chance to four refillable souvenir cups, four admission tickets and four “pay one price” tickets for unlimited rides at the 2015 Youth Fair.

The County Youth Fair is taking contest submissions until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 31. To enter the contest, or for more information, visit or call (305) 223-7060.

Cutler Bay Halloween event

The town will host a trick-or-treating event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 24, at Cutler Ridge Park on 10100 SW 200th St. Students from Cutler Bay Academy of Advanced Studies at Centennial school, park staff and lifeguards will help put produce a haunted house, costume contest, “track or treat” candy and a “spider” egg hunt.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact 305-238-4166 or visit

Tropical Estates Park Family Movie Night

Visitors can enjoy a haunted house and a free outdoor movie screening of Hotel Transylvania from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24. Tropical Estates Park, 10201 SW 48th St. Call 305-226-5782.

North Trail Park Family Movie Night

Free outdoor movie screening of Hocus Pocus will be at 7 p.m. on Oct. 25 at North Trail Park, 780 NW 127th Ave. Call 305-207-2420.

Continental Park Halloween Festival

The festival will feature a Halloween costume contest, bounce houses, a rock-climbing wall, food truck vendors and music. The festival will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Continental Park, 10000 SW 82nd Ave. Call 305-274-9666.

Ives Estate Park Halloween Bash

The free bash will have entertainment, music, bounce houses from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 at Ives Estates Park, 20901 NE 16th Ave., Miami. Call 305-770-3125.

Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Park

Families can enjoy a free outdoor movie screening of Monsters University at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, 6100 NW 32nd Ct. Call 305-633-2044.

Annual Halloween Harvest at Aventura

Community event with Justice League Watchtower maze, bounce houses and trick-or-treating from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 26. The Community Recreation Center, 3375 NE 188th St., Aventura. Call 305-466-3883.

Halloween Haunted Trails in North Miami

North Miami Parks and Recreation will host haunted trails, hay rides and kids’ fun zone from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 24 at Elaine Gordon Park Enchanted Forest,1735 NE 135th St., North Miami. Tickets are $5 per person, kids under 3 are free. Call 305-895-9840.

Halloween Half Marathon and Freaky 4-Miler

Traditional running event with a spooky Halloween twist, starting at 6:30 a.m. for Half Marathon and 6:50 a.m. for 4-miler Oct. 25. All participants are encouraged to dress in costume. Start line is Jungle Island, 1118 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami. Register at

Tobacco Road Thriller Halloween Music Festival

Tobacco Road will put up three stages of music with a $100 costume contest, free zombie makeup and flash mob from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Oct. 24 at 626 S. Miami Ave. Must be 21 years and older. $10 tickets. Call 305-374-1198.