Forget beaches — Miami in October is all about haunted hotels, Halloween festivals, spooktacular boat parties, and pup-friendly pumpkin patches!.
Miami is one of the top vacation spots in Florida, with its popularity as an exciting destination of gorgeous beaches, great weather, vibrant nightlife, and retail therapy, seeing it reach the ranks of the best tourist destinations in America. As a premier place in the Sunshine State and within proximity .
Miami is the ultimate spot for Floridians and the state’s visitors seeking sun, sand, and sea. But Miami in the fall? Really? Absolutely –
Sure, Miami is a sun chaser’s paradise and party animal’s preference, particularly in the summer. However, the area does offer enticements of all kinds as the summer transcends into a cooler climate – many of them befitting of the harrowing Halloween season.
From haunted hotels, ghastly ghost tours, and pooch costume contests to Halloween festivals, macabre musicals, and petrifying parties for little creeps and grown-up spooksters, there’s something spectrally scary for everyone in Miami throughout the best portion of fall .
October to tempt chill-seeking travelers into choosing the best things to do in Miami on Halloween (and throughout the whole month), here are several spookier options taking place in October selected by .
the official travel and tourism site of Greater Miami and Miami Beach.
In September and October, the Deering Estate in Miami hosts seasonal at the Bayfront estate along with the non-profit League of Paranormal Investigators. Participants in this hair.
raising trip can learn about spectral sightings and eerie experiences from a paranormal investigation of the Deering Estate and view the recorded video, photographs, and audio.
The is one of the most haunted hotels in Miami, said to house a tirade of sinister spirits. One of the ghosts reportedly haunting the property is none other than the notorious gangster Thomas “Fatty” Walsh. In 1929, Walsh was murdered on the 13th floor of the hotel over a gambling dispute – and is still said to stalk the premises to this day.
On October 30,deliver an afternoon of spooky symphonic music guaranteed to evoke the hauntingly Halloween spirit. During this frighteningly fun musical spectacle of spectral soundtracks, the audience can enjoy a live performance of everything their ears eerily enjoy, from creepy classics to macabre movie themes loved by all.
What’s more, the live show’s audio marvel is accompanied by visual image projections that excited adults and energetic kiddos donned in Halloween outfits are sure to love.
What could be better than a Halloween costume contest? A Halloween costume contest for doggos, of course! On October 15, the city of Doral’s yearly at Trails & Tails Park is set to raise hairs and fur (and induce wagging tails). Free of charge and open to the public, this event only requires dog owners to register if they wish to enter their furry friend into the competition.
After absolutely adorable costume viewing from the snappiest and spookiest four-legged specimens, prizes are awarded to the puppers with the best costumes, with categories including the funniest, spookiest, superhero, villain, and the top homemade and coordinated ‘paw-sse’ (the latter being a group category with multiple pets and/or humans!) Don’t forget to register in advance – registration for this adorable contest began on October 3.
here to enhance Halloween in Miami as it takes over Bayfront Park! Featuring an immersive autumnal pop-up with a 7,000-square-foot hay maze, there’s a ton of fun to be had for spook-lovers of all ages as they get lost among the whimsical walls of this Halloween special event. With a pumpkin wall, scarecrows, haystacks, and sunflowers, plenty of photo ops abound.
Plus, there’ll also be tasty autumn-themed treats and delicious drinks, like pumpkin bread, pumpkin pies, pumpkin beers, and many more fall-focused goodies to tempt the tongue. Thirsty guests can also taste seasonal beers, local brews, and specially curated spirits at the eerie event’s exclusive beer garden.
It’s going to be a spooky ride descending into Miami City Cemetery’s eventful past with a guided through its storied history. Led by History Miami Museum’s Coordinator of Education Programs and Community Engagement, Ingrid E. Argueta, as well as Resident Historian, Dr. Paul S. George, this is one creeptactular storytelling tour those in Miami do not want to miss.
First founded in 1897, the Miami City Cemetery remains a monument to many people who helped shape the city’s early history, including civil rights leader Reverend Theodore Gibson, Bernard Mackey of the Ink Spots Quartet, and “Mother of Miami” Julia Tuttle. The tour also takes participants to see the final resting place of Carrie B. Mille – the woman encased in a cement tomb. Tour-goers are also welcome to come in costume if they wish to get a Halloween head start.
Craving some creeps in the countryside? Meandering through a mighty metropolis like Miami might do that to people. Fortunately for those fed up with the city, a playful pumpkin patch event in the country awaits! in Redland provides ample opportunity for visitors to stroll through orange-hued pumpkin patches, enjoy pony rides, ride on tractors, wander through a fun hay maze, and float on a pedal boat. Perfect for families with kids, the farm’s fall-fun pumpkin patch event also features a magic show to wow the little ones.
Regular admission for this spectacular autumnal event has already begun; bookings can be made on the farm’s website. However, the site’s dog-friendly weekend program takes place on November 5 and November 6, welcoming Fido and friends to get in on the pumpkin party and snap plenty of Halloween pics!.
Welcome to Returning to its fave haunting spot, the House of Horror Haunted Carnival will commandeer Miami International Mall once again for yet another big celebration of spooks. Fest-goers can get their dose of shivers as they explore a massive abandoned department store with four haunted attractions covering more than 100,000 square feet.
First, the “Mall Mayhem” part instills chills guests as they’re greeted by demented clerks and surrounded by daunting demonic mannequins. Next, they’ll feel the intense paranoia in the infested urban jungle – “Toxic Apocalypse.” Later on, those brave enough get to check in to “1455 Asylum,” where patients oversee the delivery of nervous breakdowns – but be warned, the chances of getting out of this place are spookily slim.
Last but not least on the roster of scares, there’s Scare-X, an immersive experience with no lack of unnerving haunts. Those who make it out of these four blood-curdling levels can savor the ultimate medicine for recovery: tasty treats, unlimited carnival rides, and a gamut of carnival games at the House of Horror midway.
Granted, have solidified the city’s place on the map as a nightlife hotspot – but this event takes the party to the ocean. Leave the kids at home for this one; it’s adults-only! Those aged 21 and above can celebrate Halloween on the water this year on a two-hour sea cruise around.
Biscayne Bay on board the Departing at 8 pm sharp from the ferry dock on the Miami River Bay Walk outside the James L. Knight Convention Center in Downtown Miami, cruisers will dance the night away on this ship trip party chock-full of scares.
With creeptastic tunes from DJ Oscar, complimentary ‘Poseidon’s Blood’ cocktails, and costume awards for the best dressed, this Halloween cruise is set to be a hell-raiser on the water, with sensational views of the Miami skyline from an incredible angle. How could this macabre maritime soirée get any more spooktacular? A full-service bar serving drinks, wines, spirits, beers, and snacks, of course!.
Here’s a fun-filled yet tamer good time for the kids; an afternoon of Halloween family delights at Miami On Sunday, October 16, this family-friendly Halloween extravaganza returns for its 12th annual edition and will overflow with tons of entertainment for little ones, such as trick or treating through the museum’s 17 galleries, spooky arts and crafts, mini pumpkin decorating, lunch, character meet and greets, and so much more to keep kiddos happy.
Additionally, the museum’s famous Haunted House invites the bravest little trick-or-treaters further spooks and fun.
Don’t forget kiddies wearing their best Halloween costumes is a must for this event! Also, all proceeds and funds raised at the event directly support the Museum’s educational programs, boosting its immersive, hands-on learning experiences for kids of all abilities and all backgrounds – win-win!.
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