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Dia De Los Muertos at Chotto Matte
Photograph: Courtesy Chotto Matte

Halloween events and parties in Miami for spooky fun

From themed dinners and disco parties to drive-thru experiences, these are the best Halloween events in Miami

By Ryan Pfeffer, Falyn Freyman and Time Out Miami editors

Combing through the best Halloween events in Miami is a lot like picking out a costume, right? You’ve got to decide what vibe you’re going for and execute accordingly. Want something a bit more kid-friendly? We’ve got options for you! Looking for something slightly more sinister? We know the perfect spot for you to debut that sexy Frankenstein look. The city’s best Halloween events and parties are way more low-key than last year’s ragers at the best bars in Miami and the best clubs in Miami, but we won’t want to hear there’s nothing to do. Halloween is on a Saturday this year and whether it’s a dinner party or a socially distanced music-filled soiree, you’ve got options. 

Miami’s best Halloween events and parties 2020

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Photograph: Courtesy Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

1. Spooky story Time Under the Stars at Fairchild Garden

Things to do Miami

Its Halloween event may have sold out but Fairchild gives you a second chance to celebrate outdoors. Stop in on Friday for a spooky storytelling session, featuring student actors from the University of Miami’s theater department. They’ll read while you listen intently snuggled on a blanket under the stars. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Oct 31 7:30–9:30pm; $25.

Frost Science
Photograph: Courtesy Frost Science

2. Spooky Science Monster Mash at Frost Science

Things to do Exhibitions Downtown

Frost Science delivers a full day of creepy curiosities to celebrate this Halloween. Experience the new exhibit, "Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits," hang out with the cute (and sometimes spooky) owl during the animal encounter, get totally grossed out examining the germs on our hands and partake in a pumpkin scavenger hunt throughout the museum. Oct 31 at 10am

Peach Room Disco Inferno
Photograph: Courtesy Peach Room

3. Peach Room presents Disco Inferno

Roving disco party Peach Room pops up at the new Selina Hotel over Halloween weekend for two nights of sinister ‘70s fun. Friday brings DJ sets from local legends Jessica Who, Scotch Donovan and Slap & Tickle, while Saturday night looks to be extra special with Nashville’s Sparkle City Disco on deck. The two-night, socially distanced event goes from 8pm to midnight with music happening around the pool deck. Tickets start at $25 for general admission (includes a welcome drink), $75 for VIP (includes two hours of a sponsored open bar) and $400 if you’re looking to stay the night and boogie down in your own room with bottle service. Oct 30, 31 at 8pm

Ghouls’ Night Out on Española Way
Photograph: Courtesy Española Way

5. Ghouls’ Night Out on Española Way

Shopping Lifestyle South Beach

It’s all about the wicked deals this Halloween on Española Way. The bustling pedestrian strip is doubling down on its drink discounts across its most popular restaurants, from a $40, 40-ounce margarita at Oh! Mexico and something called a Spider Web Cocktail for $12 at Havana 1957 to a haunted spritz at Mercato Della Pescheria, plus all kinds of food specials, too. The street is illuminated and fully decorated, so if a spirited dinner is what you’re after this Halloween, this is it. Oct 31

Dia De Los Muertos at Chotto Matte
Photograph: Courtesy Chotto Matte

7. Day of the Dead Fiesta at Chotto Matte Miami

Restaurants Peruvian South Beach

The Day of the Dead is just as important, and downright creepy, as Halloween. Pour one out or light one up (a candle, that is) for those who passed at Chotto Matte’s dinner party celebration. The restaurant will be offering a prix-fixe menu and two-for-one tequila cocktails from 7pm to close. There’ll be a DJ spinning to keep the mood fun and frightening. Oct 31 7pm–midnight

Coyo Taco
Photograph: Courtesy Coyo Taco

8. Dia de los Muertos at Coyo Taco Brickell

How do you turn a regular Sunday into a party? Spend it at Coyo Taco in Brickell. The restaurant is bringing in mariachis for a festive Dia De Los Muertos brunch, featuring the restaurant’s signature egg dishes and several drink specials: $5 margaritas and Modelo, and bottles of rosé for $25. Nov 1 1–4pm

Photograph: Courtesy Lightkeepers

9. Full Moon party at LightKeepers

Restaurants Seafood Key Biscayne

Of course, there’s going to be a full moon the night before Halloween—weirder things have happened in 2020. On Friday, head to the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne and feast your fears away, taking advantage of bottomless rosé specials ($25), discounted oysters and more. The party is outdoors so you’ll have a prime view of the glowing sky. Oct 30 5–10pm

Photograph: Joe Turman/Blue Shell Media

10. Sinners and Saints at the ScapeGoat

Bars Cocktail bars South of Fifth

All are welcome at the South of Fifth bar for a drink or 20. There will be specialty cocktails and spooky tunes, plus folks are encouraged to rock their best—or worst—costume inspired by the night’s theme. Oct 31 8pm–midnight

Taurus Beer & Whisk(e)y House
Photograph: Courtesy Taurus Beer & Whisk(e)y House

11. Grove in the '90s Party at Taurus Beer & Whiskey House

Bars Beer bars West Coconut Grove

It’s gonna be, like, a totally ‘90s vibe at Taurus on Halloween night. The whiskey bar takes it back to the decade of grunge, boy bands and Cher Horowitz with throwback jams and cocktails you might remember if you were old enough to drink back then, like the Grove’s infamous Moose Juice. Rock your best mask for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the restaurant. Oct 31 noon–midnight

Not So Spooky Halloween
Photograph: Courtesy Gulfstream Park

12. Car-lloween at Gulfstream Park

Things to do Event spaces

Costume-donning kiddos and their parents are invited for a night of trick-or-treating at the Village inside Gulfstream Park. Collect candy from area vendors safely from your car. Simply drive through with your trunk open and sit back while the sugar riches roll in. Oct 30 6:30–8:30pm

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