Best Miami Halloween Events 2020: How to Celebrate Safely This Year
Remember how we joked that you couldn’t tell the difference between regular club goers and people in skimpy Halloween costumes? Those were the days. But just because the clubs are closed and the huge Halloween parties are a no-go this year doesn’t mean you don’t have to hunt for apples yourself. Many locations in South Florida have adapted their Halloween celebrations for the COVID era, from haunted drive-through houses to socially distant parties where the costume contests award the coolest mask. Halloween 2020 isn’t even a bit canceled, so read on for our tips on where to best celebrate.
Until Saturday, October 31st
A Cirque du Soleil veterinarian has put together the most haunted Halloween experience in South Florida at Horrorland, where you’ll take a 35-minute drive through seven themed areas filled with unexpected outbreaks of unusual activity. The haunted outdoor areas include themes such as Alice in Horrorland, Farm of Horrors, Scary Carnival and Christmas Nightmare and are open every evening from 7pm to 11pm.
costs: $ 48.99 per carUntil Sunday November 1st
As your family slowly rolls through Tree Tops Park, they will find Bruja, who has been imprisoned in the park for 200 years and feeds on those who get too close. Your followers will come to life during your ride too, and if you’re feeling particularly brave, you can opt for a dark forest walk. Each car also receives a free surprise gift that can be redeemed at the Museum of Discovery and Science, and there is a bingo game to play along with.
costs: $ 39Until Saturday, October 31st
Pompano Beach City is hosting a virtual costume contest with prizes for the scariest, best duo, baby costumes, cutest, original, funniest, and overall best. To participate, follow a link on the official page. Take a picture of yourself in your costume, give it a caption and then share it on social networks using the hashtag #copbboobashdrive.
costs: Free of charge SWARMUntil Sunday November 1st
For those who don’t feel like cleaning their seats after a Halloween drive through, there is the Not So Spooky experience in Tamiami Park, which takes place this weekend and next from 12pm to 7pm. Turn on your car radio and follow an interactive Halloween story as you drive. Then you’ll encounter Miami’s first drive-through pumpkin patch. Your kids can try trick or treating from the car on Trick or Treating Alley, and when you feel like getting out there is a harvest market with food and photo ops galore.
costs: $ 29
Trick or treat in the local parks
Until Saturday, October 31st
Many of the smaller communities in South Florida have trick-or-treating events that are a safe way for your children to rot their teeth. Sabal Pines Park in Coconut Creek, Cooper City Community Center, Snyder Park in Ft. Lauderdale, Pembroke Lakes Tennis Center, Plantation Central Park, Vincent Torres Memorial Park in Lauderdale Lakes, and others all have events through Halloween
costs: Varies depending on the eventFriday October 30th
You wouldn’t be the first person to roll onto a South Florida horse racing track with a mysterious bag tucked into your trunk under the cover of night. But at least by the time you hit the ten trick-or-treating stations around Gulfstream Park Village from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., you can be reasonably certain that whatever in your bag is not subject to federal investigation.
costs: Free of chargeFriday October 30th
If the outside world is still a little too scary for you, you can still take a look at some seriously spooky places around the world. Tiqets will host the Halloween Festival of Fright, which includes a tour of Bran Castle (also known as Dracula’s Castle) in Romania, a family-friendly Monster Mess at Warwick Castle and an interactive crime thriller from Madam Tussauds in London.
costs: Register here for free Yelloween on Hyde BeachSaturday October 31st
If you’re on your way back to your Instagrammable Miami lifestyle, Yelloween on Hyde Beach is the place for you, where the Veuve Clicquot, along with spooky decor, a special Katsuya menu, and a surprise DJ from sunset to midnight flows.
costs: Tickets start at $ 75 and include reserved seats.Saturday October 31st
The excitement of a fun-sized Milky Way wears off when you grow up. But the excitement of a free night’s stay in a fancy new hotel? Never gets old. For this reason, the thesis randomly throws some of them – along with a credit of 100 US dollars for food and beverages – in the children’s goodie bags, which you can drive to the hotel between 5 and 8 p.m. and pick up there.
costs: Free, potentially freer!
Cantina BeachSaturday October 31st
Perhaps the best Halloween score of 2020 is … The Ritz Carlton? Yes. In another 2020 case that will turn the world upside down, Cantina Beach at the Ritz has a special on Key-Biscayne where you can get bottomless tequila, mezcal, and mini margaritas for $ 25 from 5pm to 11pm . The open-air restaurant also offers food and other unlimited drinks, as well as live entertainment.
costs: Menu prices vary, reserve a table hereSaturday October 31st
The Frost Science Museum’s fourth annual Spooky Science Monster Mash will be a little different this year, with masks for everyone and limited capacity. But those who do get a special sticky demonstration from the American Chemical Society, a Frankenstein selfie station, a special Mad Science Lab, and a terrifying black light look on their hands so you can better understand the spread of germs.
costs: $ 27.95, all included with regular museum admission | Tidal baySaturday October 31st
Tidal Cove, the prettiest water park in South Florida, hosts an epic afternoon of Halloween fun with its Spooktacular Halloween. The guests can not only ride all the slides, but also look for pumpkins and pirates on the Royal Palm Court between 4pm and 6pm, a mummy wrapping squadron, a “Monster Mash” dance, the fast spider race, edible sweets and 6pm display by Hocus Pocus.
Costs: $ 125 full day park entry.Saturday October 31st
It’s a little like trick or treating this year when Sour Patch Kids gives you the chance to get a shipload of candy delivered for free. To win, you need to go to Twitter or Instagram on Halloween between 2pm and 8pm on Halloween, tag @sourpatchkids #SourThenSweenHalloween #Sweepstakes and then click the link in the bio to see if you won. Winners will receive contactless returns within a few hours.
Costs: FreeSaturday October 31st
When you’re ready to go back to the concert, 4Ward Miami and the Gay8 Festival are hosting a socially distant Halloween night starting at 8 p.m. The concert and costume competition features live performances by Ray Guell and salsa superstar Lucy Grau, as well as a special tribute to Donna Summer and music by DJ Alex Gutierrez. Families will also find a “trunk or treat” for the kids and a 5pm performance by Coco.
costs: Tickets start at $ 30
slaughterSaturday October 31st
Who better to spend Halloween with than a guy named Carnage? And the airy open-air terrace at 1-800 Lucky provides the perfect socially distant backdrop for the superstar DJ show that starts at 9 p.m. To ensure even more security, 1-800 Lucky is holding a costume competition in which the participants are judged not so much on their overall costume, but on the creative use of masks. Everyone must wear them, but the best wins $ 100.
costs: $ 30Friday October 30th – Saturday October 31st
While finding zombies in Aventura usually doesn’t take much more than hanging out in the common room of a high-rise building on Country Club Drive, the Aventura Police Department has rounded up some of the more frightening ones and is seeking your help to capture the rest. The drive-through haunted experience keeps the zombies socially off your car.
costs: Free of charge
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Curt Hollingsworth is a contributor for Thrillist.