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The best haunted house in Miami for a freaky Halloween experience

The best haunted houses in Miami, spooky drive-thrus and ghost tours will have you shaking in your boots all Halloween long

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Time Out Miami contributors
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What’s Halloween without a Miami haunted house experience? We’re not willing to find out. As far as we’re concerned, spooky SZN needs a terrifying jaunt through some possessed mansion or a creepy maze to get lost in—it’s par for the course when you’re celebrating the scariest holiday of the year. This year’s haunted houses range from drive-through experiences to old-fashioned house tours. No matter the format, expect 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—if you dare.

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This huge haunted experience is one of the biggest of its kind in South Florida. This year, four attractions—Mall Mayhem, Toxic Apocalypse, 1455 Asylum and Scare X Studios—promise to scare the crap out of you. Tour abandoned houses and explore the supernatural if you’re brave enough. Liquid courage is available for the 21-and-over crowd.

When is it? Daily through Oct 31; 7pm. Where is it? Miami International Mall. Tickets are available online.

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For those still avoiding crowds, The Horrorland delivers serious fear factor right to your car.

Returning for a second year, this drive-through haunted house experience rolls into Aventura on most evenings in October. 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).

When is it? Through October 31. Where is it? Adjacent to the Aventura Mall at Corner of Country Club Road and Abigail Road. Tickets start at $48 per vehicle.  

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A lot of walking around dark places goes on in Wynwood but no jaunt is as terrifying as what you’ll experience at Paranoia’s black-out horror maze. It’s a terrifying experience that changes often so there’s really not much else we can say but a) it’s scary and b) it opens year-round—perfect excuse to turn your Halloween into Groundhog’s Day. Well, sorta. 

When is it? Sun–Thu 5pm–2am; Fri, Sat 5pm–3am. Where is it? 2602 NW Fifth Ave. Tickets are available online.

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A frightening hospital with a perverse, evil doctor at the helm is just the beginning of what's in store at the Curtiss Mansion’s Cortez Manor, the Manor of Fear. You’ll make your way through the historical landmark—in small, socially distanced groups—encountering all kinds of creatures of the night. But it's not all scares—the Cortez Manor also features games, food and fun that won't send you running for the hills.

When is it? Select dates through Oct 31, 7–11pm. Where is it? Curtiss Mansion in Miami Springs. Tickets are $29 online.

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No Way Out - Miami Haunted City
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5. No Way Out - Miami Haunted City

NWO Haunt, the company once hired to scare the heck out of the Miami Heat, is now putting on its own fright night in the former Sears location inside Westland Mall. The theme is sleep—insomnia (or a normal night for an anxious adult) and sleep paralysis—plus there are zombies and a kid-friendly area that’s more treats and fewer tricks.

When is it? Select nights through Oct 31. Where is it? Westland Mall in Hialeah. Tickets are available online

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