Halloween in South Florida

It’s time to get your inner goblin on at Halloween events around South Florida. You can choose from haunted houses to special events at local restaurants, bars and even museums. SFL Date Ideas will keep updated with this list so be sure to check back often, if you dare.

MIAMI

Spooky Science Monster Mash at thePhillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Saturday Oct. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 1101 Biscayne Blvd.

Suit up in your favorite costume and join us for our Spooky Science Monster Mash. We’re putting a Frost Science spin on Halloween with bone-chilling science experiments and creepy, cool encounters throughout the day. Guests will also get a chance to experience the debut of our newest exhibition, Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants, which will guide you through the world’s freshwater rivers as you learn about the bizarre and colossal ancient fish that silently roam their depths.

Some of the day’s spooky science includes:

The Smoking Cauldron: Is it magic… or science? Using the powers of energy transformation, watch as we experiment with dry ice and liquid nitrogen during some super “chilling” demonstrations!

Underwater Pumpkin Carving: In a Frost Science first, we’ll be carving a pumpkin… underwater! Join our aquarium team as we create some frightening jack-o-lanterns in the waters of our Gulf Stream aquarium.

The Truth About Sharks: Some things can seem really scary. That is, until we get a chance to truly understand them. Learn about the biology of sharks and find why most have such sharp teeth — and what they eat with them.

Bird Encounter: What goes “bump in the night?” Nocturnal animals, of course. Meet one of our owls and explore how their unique avian behaviors lead to their survival.

Do-It-Yourself Chemistry: Join our partners in the American Chemical Society of South Florida as they wow us with thrilling series of hands-on experiments to celebrate National Chemistry Week.

Coming in costume? We’ll give you a complimentary Halloween mini-button for getting into the spirit while supplies last.

Spooky Science Monster Mash programming is free with paid museum admission. All programming is ongoing throughout the day.

Freak Show Halloween, Saturday October 28 at E11EVEN, 29 NE 11th Street. Known for presenting unforgettable up close and personal live performances and appearances by some of the biggest names in the music industry, this Halloween will not disappoint. American rapper and record producer Lil Jon, known for his hits “Get Low,” “Yeah” and “Turn Down for What,” is set to take the stage. Sunday, October 29th Party Favor will take over the DJ booth for the night. On Halloween night, Tuesday, October 31st, international DJ & Producer BORGORE will be the ring leader in the DJ booth for the Freak Show Grand Finale. Additional DJ appearances to be announced.

MIAMI BEACH

Safe Night of Fright, Friday Oct. 27 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 6:30 p.m., North Shore Park Youth Center, 501 72 Street. Enjoy a safe night of fright that includes a movie in the park and “trunk or treat.” Admission is free but refreshments are extra.

Halloween Happenings, Tuesday Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Scott Rakow Youth Center, 2700 Sheridan Avenue. Visit a haunted house, play carnival games, enjoy Halloween treats and take your costumed devils to Trick-or-Treat Street. The cost is $5 for Trick-or-Treat Street and the carnival games; $2 for the haunted house. Refreshments will be available for an extra charge.

Dia de Los Muertos, Wednesday Nov. 1 at Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, 1220 16th St from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Miami Beach taco spot and bar will be celebrating from with $5 select shots and $6 cocktails while dancing to eclectic tunes.

Halloween Weekend for LIV at Fontainebleau, Thursday Oct. 26 to Sunday Oct. 29, 4441 Collins Ave. The famed Miami Beach nightclub has a Halloween weekend lineup to die for. The fun starts on Thursday night with reggaeton artist Karol G and DJ Alex Sensation. Friday features Fergie while Hardwell takes the stage on Saturday and LIV on Sunday. For VIP table reservations, call 305.674.4680 or email VIP@LIVnightclub.com. Tickets are on sale here.

Lolo’s Halloween Sunset Party Sunday, October 29th from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lolo’s Surf Cantina, 161 Ocean Dr. Start your Halloween party plans early with this free event. By purchasing a food and beverage ticket you can enjoy drinks like beer, classic margaritas, tequila shots and barbecue-style foods like wings and signature Mexican h0tdogs. Guests are invited to dance into the night courtesy of DJ Mr. Gray.

Stranger Things Halloween Party, Friday Oct. 27 at Purdy Lounge from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., 1811 Purdy Ave. Get ready to see some Stranger Things in honor of the release of season two that night. Purdy Lounge will be hosting the ultimate party in collaboration with Brothers & Brawlers Wynwood and Ketel One Vodka. Expect a Stranger Things-inspired specialty cocktail crafted using Brothers & Brawlers coffee, a recreation of the Alphabet Mural and a costume contest with winners in two categories: Best Stranger Things Inspired Costume and Best Overall Costume. Each winner will receive a $150 Purdy Lounge gift card, which can be used for drinks the night of the event or at another night.

American Horror Story Night, Tuesday Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Ricky’s South Beach, 1222 16th St. Prep your costumes and head to the bar and receive half off all drinks. Also enjoy a slice of newly partnered New York’s famed Artichoke Pizza.

Insane Halloween Weekend Thursday Oct. 26 through Tuesday Oct. 31 at STORY, 136 Collins Ave. Thursday is DJ Stevie J. Friday Ingrosso takes the stage and Sunday catch reggaeton artist Don Omar. STORY gives guests an unparalleled, high-energy nightlife experience. Tickets are on sale here and for VIP table reservation, call 305.479.4426 or email VIP@STORYmiami.com.

BAY HARBOR ISLANDS

Annual Halloween Day Parade & Carnival Tuesday, October 31 at 3:05 p.m., the Ruth K. Broad K-8 Center Athletic Field, 1155 93rd St. The Town of Bay Harbor Islands, together with the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and the BHI Business District invite children and families to meet in costume after school for a costume parade through downtown. We’ll walk the Kane Concourse, receiving treats from participating businesses in the district and finish at Town Hall for games, music and more. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call Bridget at Town Hall: 305-866-6241 or send an email to bmorin@bayharborislands-fl.gov.

AVENTURA

Halloween Movie Night Tuesday, October 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Founders Park, 3105 NE 190 St. The city of Aventura invites all ghosts, goblins, witches, heroes and fairies to celebrate Halloween at Founders Park. The event will feature a DJ, interactive games, bounce houses, activity stations, arts and crafts and food trucks. Parking is available at the Aventura Government Center parking garage, 19200 W Country Club Drive as well as at the Harbour Centre on the corner of NE 188 Street and NE 29 Avenue. Complimentary shuttle service will run to and from the Harbour Centre and Founders Park from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit cityofaventura.com or contact the Community Services Department at 305-466-3883.

CORAL GABLES

Halloween at The Biltmore Hotel Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28 from 8 p.m. to midnight, 1200 Anastasia Avenue in the Country Club Ballroom. Join the hotel for two electrifying nights filled with illusions and indulgence at the annual Biltmore Halloween Party. Take part in a costume contest with great prizes for most creative (must be handmade), spookiest and best couple. Must be 21+ to attend. Open bar, buffet dinner and entertainment included. Members $110; general public: $130. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Limited discounted hotel rooms available for this event only. Call 305-913-3230.

DORAL

Halloween Themed Nights, Thursday Oct. 26 to Tuesday Oct. 31 at KINGS Dining & Entertainment, 3450 Northwest 83rd Avenue. KINGS Doral celebrates Halloween with a number of themed nights like Monster Mash, Pumpkin Patch, Totally 80s, and a Howling Happy Hour. Enjoy fun giveaways, a pumpkin patch, food, drinks, candy and of course a costume contest.

House of Horror Haunted Carnival open daily through Nov. 4 from 5:30 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays, 1455 NW 107th Ave. Click here to purchase tickets. Admission includes unlimited rides, attractions and two haunt experiences. Child tickets do not include haunt experiences.

HIALEAH GARDENS

Halloween Party Saturday Oct. 28 to Tuesday Oct. 31 at Westland Gardens Park, 13501 NW 107th Ave. Join Mayor de La Cruz and city council members at the “scariest haunted house in South Florida.” The event runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Halloween and until 9 p.m. on the other nights. Entrance is free all nights but will feature live entertainment on Halloween as well as a costume contest, bounce houses and rock climbing. For more information call 305.558.2331.

HOLLYWOOD

Halloween “Yappy” Hour Canine and Companions Costume Contest on Tuesday Oct. 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Portico at The Diplomat Beach Resort, 3555 S Ocean Dr. Portico is a waterfront beer and wine garden serving sharable, light Italian fare with an exclusive on-tap beer and wine program. Bark your calendars for all dogs, pet owners and friends to enjoy. Slip a costume on your precious pup and enter them in the Canine and Companions Costume Contest. The most creative costume wins. As dogs explore the Diplomat landing area, guests can enjoy $5 food, drinks and well liquor cocktails.

MIAMI GARDENS

Halloween Community Event Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Rolling Oaks Park, 18701 NW 17th Avenue. Join the city of Miami Gardens, Councilman Rodney Harris and Excel Church for the annual holiday affair. You must bring a non-perishable food item to attend. This event features a bounce house, music, candy and food. For more information call 305-622-8000.

PALMETTO BAY

Trunk-or-Treat Car Show and Movie Night on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Coral Reef Park, 7895 SW 152nd St. Wear a great costume for a chance to enter a raffle and take home great prizes. This not-so-frightening celebration will be full of fun with a campfire, raffles, goodies, and of course, lots and lots of free candy. Plus, enjoy an outdoor movie experience with your friends, family and neighbors, as we show the movie you selected, “The Addams Family.” There will even be a Trunk-or-Treat Car Show contest. Bring at least six to eight sealed bags of candy and a decorated car trunk. Prizes will be given to the best decorated car. To participate, you must register at www.benefitcarshows.com. Space is limited, so please register early. We are taking this opportunity to collect toys for the Sugar 4 Kids Toy Drive, an event hosted by Peterson’s Harley Davidson that will take place on Dec. 9 at West Perrine Park. Bring your new and unwrapped toy to the Peterson’s Harley-Davidson tent or donate $10 and be part of a police-escorted caravan from Peterson’s Harley Davidson to West Perrine Park. They will also be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a brand new Harley Davidson Bike.

SUNNY ISLES BEACH

Ghouls & Grills Friday Oct. 27 and Sat. Oct. 28 at Gili’s Beach Club in the Trump International, 18001 Collins Ave. This Halloween, Gili’s Beach Club invites witches, ghosts and goblins to enjoy a wicked fun dining experience that includes ghoulish cocktail potions and sizzling lava stone grills. Guests can enjoy a dining experience with unparalleled ocean views and 700-degree lava stones to cook their own entrees at the table. Entrees range from 8 ounce prime filet mignon to jumbo sea scallops or an 8 ounce lobster tail — each accompanied by one side — from paella style rice to Spanish chorizo potato salad and complemented by a special sauce such as pineapple jalapeño pico de gallo or key lime compound butter. Sip on a “Shrunken Skull” spine-chilling cocktail spiked with gold Puerto Rican rum, Meyer’s Spiced Rum, and Bacardi. The ghoulish cocktail is served in a large skull glass — big enough for two people for $16. You can also enjoy the “Hollo-wine Sangria” for $10, which is made with white wine and muddled apples. Gili’s Beach Club continues to recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of Executive Chef Kurtis Jantz’s grandmother who lost her life to breast cancer, Gili’s Beach Club created a pink homemade s’mores dessert that is grilled on a 700-degree lava stone. During the month of October, 100 percent of all s’mores dessert sales will be donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation to help raise money for breast cancer research. The new s’mores dessert is $10. Gili’s offers interactive Lava Stone grill dinners and new s’mores experience every Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Click here for more information.

SUNRISE

Fear the Territory Night presented by IT’SUGAR Saturday Oct. 28, 5:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy. This Florida Panthers Halloween-themed event takes place prior to the Panthers 7 p.m. match-up with the Detroit Red Wings. Fans and families can take part in “Spookie Cookie Night” by decorating Halloween cookies and drinking “Witches Brew” apple cider before the game. To participate in this event, fans must purchase through the exclusive link here: FloridaPanthers.com/SpecialTicketOffers.

Following the game, fans can take part in trick-or-treating on the ice. A $2 donation fee (cash only) is required to participate in the trick-or-treat session with all proceeds going towards the Florida Panthers Foundation. Candy for the trick-or-treat was donated by the night’s presenting sponsor, IT’SUGAR.