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The best haunted houses in Miami for a really good scare

Enter if you dare: These are Miami’s spookiest haunted houses, from sinister mazes to frightening forests and more.

Melissa Puppo
Contributor: Virginia Gil
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Halloween wouldn't be complete without some spooks, scares and epic Halloween events in Miami. Lucky for Miamians, there are plenty of haunted places and hair-raising experiences to check out around South Florida this time of year. From fully decked-out haunted mansions to a heart-pounding carnival and an entire park overtaken by killer clowns, there's no shortage of frights to subject yourself to in the spirit of Halloween. These haunted houses are for the brave, so find your favorite costume, gather a group of friends and explore our curated guide to the top places around Miami to score your spooky season thrills and chills.

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Haunted Houses in Miami

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This premier South Florida scream park returns to Jungle Island with extended hours until midnight on October 29, 30 and 31. The evening festivities kick off at 7pm with an opening ceremony before guests are invited to explore eight scare zones, 10 chilling “terror-tories” and five new haunts—all family-friendly. Brand-new mazes await the fearless, where eerie creatures lurk in the shadows. Brace yourself for unexpected turns and heart-pounding surprises. Tickets start at $48.99.

When is it? Sep 22–Oct 31, 7–10pm 

Where is it? Jungle Island 

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This huge haunted experience—one of the biggest in South Florida—celebrates its 21st birthday. Journey through four haunted encounters that will leave you questioning your decision to step inside. Traverse the eerie corridors of the Mayhem Museum, brace yourself for an unsettling walk through Haunted HoliDAZE, gain backstage access to the realm of classic cinematic nightmares with your Theater of Terror ticket and become the star of the show with the immersive Scare X Studios experience. Tickets cost $25–$35.

When is it? Sep 28–Oct 31, 7pm 

Where is it? Miami International Mall 

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Shuffle into the forest if you dare: South Florida’s largest and longest-running haunted attraction, The Haunt Davie, returns with over 500,000 square feet of activated woods. Beginning Friday the 13th, explore ​​four uniquely themed Tormented Trails dubbed Florida Man, Psycho Path, Camp Carnage and La Bruja's Graveyard, plus daily entertainment, a full bar and a chef-curated menu. Tickets start at $45.

When is it? Oct 13–31, 4pm–midnight

Where is it? 3900 SW 100th Ave, Davie 

Prepare for the most spine-tingling event of the year: For 2023, No Way Out Miami presents Insomnia at Dolphin Mall. Guests will embark on a harrowing journey through a nightmarish “sleep study center” where unspeakable horrors await at every turn. Once you complete the experience, catch your breath with a one-of-a-kind exit that opens up to an all-new Monster's Lounge—a haven to slow your heart rate with drinks, groovy music and comfort food.

When is it? Sep 30–Oct 31

Where is it? Dolphin Mall. Tickets cost $30–$45. 

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West Palm Beach’s premier Halloween festival returns for a 21st year, beckoning visitors of all ages to explore a slew of sinister haunted houses. Previous Fright Nights have unleashed flesh-eating zombies and twisted carnivals, transformed prisons into eerie spectacles and turned hotels into nightmarish realms. This year's event promises a bone-chilling lineup of haunted houses, a cast of eerie characters, a carnival-inspired midway, captivating live performances and ominous scare zones. At Jed's Chop Shop, blades will whirl and grinders will growl, while the post-dinner seance inside the Hockley House will summon the dearly departed. Tickets start at $35. 

When is it? Select dates in October, 6–11pm (6pm–midnight on Friday and Saturday)

Where is it? South Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach

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Come face-to-face with creepy strangers, killer clowns and zombies, among other freakish delights inside two haunted houses—the Seventh Gate and Carnival of Carnage—inside Xtreme Action Park’s Nightmare Village. Ticket prices vary.

When is it? Sep 30–Oct 31 at various times

Where is it? Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale 

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You can’t expect an estate steeped in so much history to be ghost-free, right? Discover what skeletons might lurk in Deering’s proverbial closet as you make your way through the eerie home and grounds by darkness. You’ll walk the same steps taken by Native Americans, Miami’s earliest settlers and Charles Deering himself. If you hear something strange or feel a cool breeze that no one else experiences, well, draw your own conclusions. (It’s one of the most haunted locales in Miami, after all.) Go if you dare, and be sure to wear a mask and closed-toe shoes. Tickets start at $40.

When is it? Select dates Sep 21–Oct 26, 7:30pm

Where is it? Deering Estate

One of South Florida's most terrifying events returns for two weekends, featuring 20-plus rooms of hair-raising thrills. Nights of Fright transcends the typical haunted house experience; it's a full-blown Halloween extravaganza. And the best part? No lines. Indulge in food, shopping, live DJs, an immersive Halloween ambiance and family-friendly activities in an air-conditioned facility as you await your designated time to enter the haunted house. Tickets start at $20. Purchase your ticket in advance to save $5. 

When is it? Oct 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28. Thu–Fri, 7–10pm; Sat 6:30–10pm

Where is it? Bamford Sports Complex in Davie

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Head to RUMBAR inside The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami every day this October to experience a pop-up unlike any other. Miami's cocktail maestro and influencer Gio Gutierrez has conjured up bewitching libations like the Flantasma, a Halloween-themed Old Fashioned crafted with Angels Envy bourbon, bitters and flan syrup, paired with themed bites like the Monster Meatball sliders and Deviled Eggs with a crab twist.

When is it? Oct 1–Oct 31, noon to midnight

Where is it? RUMBAR inside The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami. 

While you probably won’t be screaming at BITE!, you’ll most likely be oohing and aahing with this new spooky and seductive cirque-style burlesque and cabaret show. The unique immersive experience features extravagant costumes, sexy choreography, Adonis-level physiques, unbelievable stunts and performance artistry. Take the sultry experience further with supernatural-themed cocktails and pop-up performances featuring creatures from the dark. Tickets start at $65.

When is it? Various dates in October, 3pm or 6pm

Where is it? Hunters Nightclub in Fort Lauderdale 

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Kick things off at the Havana Haunted Mansion at the historic Curtiss Mansion in Miami Springs. The adults-only immersive theater experience transports guests to early-20th-century Havana, Cuba with spooky skits and performances, roaming characters, themed cocktails, cigar-rolling and Latin bites. Explore the haunted estate (really, Curtiss Mansion is rumored to house a few spirits), decipher a ghostly maze, look into your future with a tarot card reading and partake in “illegal” casino games. Tickets cost $59 and include one complimentary cocktail. VIP Admission for two is $169 and includes access to a VIP entrance, four handcrafted cocktails and a designated VIP area with exclusive amenities. 

When is it? Sep 15–Oct 31. Thu–Fri 6, 8 and 9:30pm; Sat 4, 6, 8 and 9:30pm; Sun 4, 6 and 8pm

Where is it? Curtiss Mansion 

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