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We understand that people in Miami don't really need a holiday to dress up, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy it nonetheless. And with Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, the dressing up and partying options are even more abundant than ever. Here's your guide to the best bets to party down in that barely there costume of your's all Hallow's Eve weekend.
Friday, October 30
COCONUT GROVE — Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is hosting its annual Halloween Sundowner bash one night early this year. From 8 p.m. to midnight, guests can dance the night away to music by the Spam Allstars and DJ A-Train, sip on drinks from one of the five open bars, dine on bites from places like Whole Foods and the Crepe Maker, and partake in its notoriously competitive costume contest. Tickets start at $140 a person. 3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL; Purchase tickets here.
MIAMI — Local non-profit SAVE is hosting its 21st annual Halloween Ball at Magic City Casino. The night features an open bar, live DJs and a costume contest with over $1000 in cash and prizes from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m. with all proceeds benefitting the organization. Tickets start at $75. 450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, FL; Purchase tickets here.
CORAL GABLES — Want to get your favorite four-legged friend into the Halloween action? Than head to Fairchild Tropical Gardens for its special Howl-O-Ween event. For $25 you can come dressed up with your pup, stroll the 83-acre park and trick-or-treat at the Glasshouse Café. Party runs from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL; Purchase tickets here.
Saturday, October 31
LITTLE RIVER — Workspace MADE at Citadel is hosting its first ever Halloween party, aptly titled "OMG, I'm Like Literally Dead." The festivities will include a full bar provided by Gramps, Haunted Trap House music sets and performances by Villain Theatre. Party runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. with tickets starting at $10. 8325 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL
SOUTH BEACH — The Battle of Heaven and Hell is occurring in South Beach’s Lummus Park when The Little Lighthouse Foundation hosts it’s sixth annual Nightmare on the Beach Halloween party. The shin dig runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and will feature an "outdoor nightclub" experience complete with multiple Halloween themed pavilions and tents, including two lounges, a Drinkhouse Fire & Ice Bar pop-up bar, bites like make-your-own smores and other themed cuisine, and guests even get a free weeklong pass to Equinox. Tickets start at $175. Lummus Park 9th Street and Ocean Drive (on the Beach), Miami Beach, FL; Purchase tickets here.
WYNWOOD — Taking over Wynwood this Halloween is the HalloWYN Block Party. From 7 p.m. until 3 a.m. the free event will feature food from more than 20 food trucks, video DJs mixing videos on a 240" LED Screen and even a special screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Mana Wynwood, 2250 NW 2 AVE. Miami, FL
MIAMI BEACH — The National Hotel is getting into the Halloween spirit with its #SoBeWitched Halloween Party. From 9 p.m. until midnight, the long standing hotel will feature live entertainment, Happy Hour pricing on drinks and two Halloween costume contests. 1677 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL
LINCOLN ROAD — It's only appropriate that a candy shop hosts a Halloween party. From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dylan's Candy Bar is hosting a Halloween Dance Party, for $10 guests get a signature candy cocktail, live DJ and a costume contest. 801 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL
SOUTH BEACH — If you'd like to celebrate Halloween the ritzy way, Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails in Hallandale is throwing a chill get together from 7pm to 12am. Our favorite party curator DJ YSL will be spinning, so sit back and chill on the sand as your favorite scary movies play in the background. Oh, and did we mention there's a giant candy bar? Plus, there will be Halloween-inspired cocktails all night long, so try not to get a sugar rush. Costumes are encouraged and admission is complimentary. Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails, South Surf Road, Hallandale Beach, FL
BRICKELL — If you haven't already checked out El Tucán, Brickell's very own Caribbean style cabaret, then Halloween may be your night to do so. Your favorite musicians will be resurrected for one night only, from David Bowie to Amy Winehouse, and Michael Jackson to Celia Cruz from 9pm to 3am for the Dead Music Society's Halloween takeover. They'll be playing alongside Grammy award-winning artist Marlow Rosado and The Tucán band. Come in for dinner (reservations required), or just enjoy the show. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. Buy them here. El Tucán, 1111 SW 1st Avenue, Miami, FL.
SOUTH BEACH — Nothing sets the tone for a Halloween party like tarot readers and Ouiji boards in an old house, so vintage aficionados might just love Haunted Halloween at The Thompson. Taking place at 1930s House, the historic drinking den in the hotel's backyard, this party features plenty of Witches' Brew and a costume contest, where you can win the prize of a two-night stay at the hotel with $100 gift certificate to its new restaurant, Talde, opening next month. There will be a $10 cover, and the party starts at 9 and runs until you've had one too many cocktails to scare yourself away. 1930s House at Thompson, 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
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