The best family-friendly Halloween events in Miami 2017

The best family-friendly Halloween events in Miami offer trick or treating, fun for pups and more
Not So Spooky Halloween
Photograph: Gulfstream Park
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Let’s not forget: Halloween is for the kids—which is why you’ll need a list of the best family-friendly Halloween events happening this year. Luckily, there are plenty. People forget that Miami can be a pretty family-friendly city—with the best museums in Miami, the best Miami beaches and no shortage of awesome free things to do in Miami all just a short drive away. This Halloween in Miami, suit up, grab the kiddos and head out for an evening of fun.

The best family-friendly events in Miami

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Halloween
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Kids, Exhibitions

Spooky Science Monster Mash at Frost Science

Frost Science invites you and your family to the museum on October 28 to dress up for its Science Monster Mash. The kids can enjoy some creepy science experiments and a first look at the new exhibition, “Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants.”

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Orchestra
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Kids, Quirky events

The Composer is Dead

Part orchestra performance, part murder mystery—the Composer is Dead offers some family-friendly Halloween entertainment. The show is a tongue-in-cheek performance that blends theater with live music from the orchestra in a decidedly un-stuffy environment. 

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Zoo Miami
Photograph: Courtesy Zoo Miami/Ron Magill
Things to do, Quirky events

Zoo Boo 2017

Combine a day at the zoo with an evening of trick or treating at Zoo Miami’s annual Zoo Boo. For two days, families with kids 12 or younger get access to Zoo Miami’s Halloween events, which range from costume contests and special performances to games.

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Miami Children's Museum
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Phillip Pessar
Kids, Quirky events

Not So Scary Halloween at Miami Children’s Museum

Your little one afraid of the dark? Must the closet remain closed at all times? Well the Miami Children’s Museum has the party for you. Its Not So Scary Halloween Bash lets kids trick or treat around the Museum’s galleries, participate in interactive crafts and decorate their own pumpkins. There’s even a new toddler area for the really little ones.   

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Howl-O-Ween at Pinecrest Gardens
Photograph: Courtesy Paws 4 You
Kids, Festivals

Howl-O-Ween

This annual gathering of spooky four-legged friends is for a good cause. Even if the trick or treating, doggy costume contest, raffles and food aren’t enough to get you out the door, the fact that proceeds go to animal rescue organization Paws 4 You should. 

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Not So Spooky Halloween
Photograph: Gulfstream Park
Things to do, Festivals

Not So Spooky Halloween

Is your little one more into sweets than scares? Take your costumed kiddo to Gulfstream Park, where the sprawling grounds morph into a trick-or-treater’s paradise with magic shows, face painting and plenty of sugary treats. 

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Miami Cemetery
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Phillip Pessar
Things to do, Walks and tours

Ghosts of Miami Cemetery Walking Tour

Visit the creepy graves of Miami’s most notable figures, including the city’s first mayor, the Burdine family and Julia Tuttle—all of which have been laid to rest in the historic Miami Cemetery. Dr. George leads two walks (5:30pm and 8pm), though it’s recommended kiddos join early.

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Halloween
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Kids, Quirky events

Children’s Halloween Parade

Does it get any more adorable than a parade of spooky little kids in their Halloween costumes? Maybe puppies riding ponies? But since that’ll require more time and effort than you have, head down to Lummus Park for the Little Lighthouse Foundation’s annual Children’s Halloween Parade. And, yes, you can trick or treat along the parade route.

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ING Miami Marathon
Photograph: Courtesy ING Miami Marathon
Things to do, Sport events

Halloween Half Marathon

Before you stuff yourself with every candy known to mankind, burn some calories at this costumed half marathon. The race starts in the Parrot Jungle parking garage and hits some of Miami Beach’s most beautiful sights along the way—Ocean Drive, Lincoln Road, South Pointe Park and more. Afterward, there’ll be a post-race party at Nikki Beach.

Those kids are going to get hungry eventually

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