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The best haunted house in Miami will terrify you this Halloween

Looking for a good fright? The best haunted houses in Miami and ghost tours will have you shaking like a leaf all month long.

By Ryan Pfeffer and Time Out Miami contributors
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Does the cooler weather have you craving the kind of adrenaline rush that can only come from scaring the crap out of yourself? If so, take a break from planning your epic Halloween in Miami (which falls on a weekend this year) to pencil in some good, old-fashioned haunted house tours in Miami. Some are small operations and others take up acres and acres, which you’ll explore from the safety—and comfort—of your car. They use blood-splattered actors, realistic weapons and well-timed screams to turn you into a squealing little baby. So after you’ve taken your pick from the best pumpkin patch, Miami, head on down to these spooky haunts—and bring a change of underwear.

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Haunted Houses and Ghost Tours in Miami

The Horrorland
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1. The Horrorland

Things to do

Halloween in Miami is usually a string of parties where the only thing scary is the hangover you’ll have the next day. But with bars and clubs still closed, this year’s fear factor is coming to us from a different source: The Horrorland.

This new drive-through haunted house experience rolls into Miramar Regional Park on most evenings in October. The first of its kind, Horrorland is a totally contactless, immersive horror game where guests get to participate from their cars. You’ll drive up and while going at an unhurried three miles per house watch as a freaky horror movie unravels around you. Monsters, ghosts, zombies and all kinds of frightening creatures will jump up when you least expect it as you make your way through seven themed passages. Think a creepy carnival, a zombie apocalypse and a Christmas nightmare. The whole thing takes about 35 minutes—if you can handle it.

Folks are welcome to dress up and bring their pets but absolutely no one or nothing is allowed to exit the vehicle. Advanced ticket purchase is also required (the dead don’t like it when you show up unannounced).

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2. A Nightmare at the Curtiss Mansion

Things to do

The company once hired to scare the heck out of the Miami Heat is now putting on its own fright night at the Curtiss Mansion in Miami Springs. Expect a terrifying journey through the historical landmark, encountering demons, cannibals, clowns and other sinister creatures of the night. This one promises to be even more frightening than anything you might be used to: visitors will be required to socially distance, so no running up on a stranger when you get scared. Don’t be late as groups are small and it’s going to be a timed visit. Oh, don’t forget your mask.

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Pumpkin Patch
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3. Not So Spooky Halloween

Things to do

Fall activities may look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be fun. The Not-So-Spooky Halloween adventure is a drive-through event that’s perfect for families. Taking place over the next few weekends leading up to the holiday, the kid-friendly happening features interactive storytime, a pumpkin patch and a trick-or-treating alley—all of which little ones can enjoy from the safety of their parents’ car. Costumes are encouraged.

Not-So-Spooky Halloween takes place every Saturday and Sunday from September 26 through October 31 from noon to 7pm. Admission is $29 per vehicle and includes a goody bag for kids.

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4. Historic Ghost Tours at Deering Estate

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You can’t expect an estate steeped in so much history to be without ghosts, right? See what skeletons and creates from the past lurk in Deering’s proverbial closet as you make your way through the home and the eerie grounds in the dead of night. 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, it’s likely a ghost. Lots of paranormal activity has been reported at the Deering Estate so consider yourself...lucky? Go if you dare, and be sure to wear a mask and closed-toe shoes.

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Miami Cemetery
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5. Miami City Cemetery Tour

Things to do Walks and tours

Dr. Paul George’s annual cemetery tour is going virtual but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be any less eerie. Follow HistoryMiami’s resident historian on a jaunt through the historic graveyard, which was founded in 1897, just one year after the City of Miami was incorporated. You’ll hear stories of the city’s most notable residents, 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. Plus, visit the final resting place of Carrie B. Miller, whose body was famously molded in a block of concrete.

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