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Top Things to Do on Halloween 2023 in Miami at Every Age

by Roslie L.
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The spookiest day of the year is finally here, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween in Miami. Whether it’s haunted houses, ghost tours, or some good old-fashioned pumpkin carving, Halloween in Miami 2023 promises to be bigger and more hair-raising than ever!

Whether you’re looking for kid-friendly Halloween fun or a dance-until-dawn Halloween party, it’s time to dust off your cauldron and bring out the spiderwebs!

Ready to get ghostly? Here are some of the best things to do in Miami for Halloween 2023.

Halloween Selfies at the Museum of Illusions

Date: October 27th – 29th 

Location: 536 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Family-Friendly? The museum is all-ages, while the Museum of Horror is ages 12+ 

Want to get that perfect selfie in your Halloween outfit? Forget costume parties and head over to the Museum of Illusions in Miami Beach. On top of Instagram-friendly backdrops, they have a Museum of Horror that will bring you through a heart-bounding maze of zombies, creepy clowns, and other scary shocks!

Grab your tickets online before you go and come in your spookiest style for photo ops with the headless horseman.

Best Haunted House in Miami: House of Horror Haunted Carnival

Date: September 28th to October 31st

Location: Miami International Mall in Doral, FL

Family-Friendly? Yep, and kids the age of two and under enter free

Halloween Clown Dancing Chainsaw

Do you love horror? Searching for a scare? The House of Horror Haunted Carnival is the ultimate destination to get your scream on. The carnival has three haunted houses and one bone-chilling scare experience.

In “Mall Mayhem,” manic clerks and mannequins will start you off with some mild frights. If you can still handle the scare, move on to the “Toxic Apocalypse,” a scary look into our immediate future after a nuclear disaster.

Only the brave will prevail and attempt to enter “1455 Asylum”, where deranged patients will have their way with the last of your nerves hanging by a thread. “Scare-X” is the last stop, an immersive experience that will send you crying to your mother.

Come down from all the frightening action with a trip down the trick-or-treat lane or unlimited carnival rides that will have you feeling like a kid again in no time, until you run into a monstrous clown roaming the fairground! For those looking for a kid-friendly Halloween event, this is a great customizable experience that you can cater to your child’s comfort level.

Fun Family Halloween: Miami Children’s Museum Not So Scary Halloween Bash

Date: October 8th

Location: 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami

Kid-Friendly? 100%

The Miami Children’s Museum Not So Scary Halloween Bash is one of the best family-friendly fall events. With pumpkin decorating, Halloween arts and crafts, and first-rate entertainment, this is a one-stop adventure!

Scary Halloween: No Way Out Haunted City

Date: October 6th to October 31st

Location: Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater, FL

Family-Friendly? Yes.

Terrifying haunted houses blur the lines between fantasy and reality, and No Way Out Haunted City has done just that in Miami.

Step into a dream world where you can’t escape your worst nightmares. The houses of “Sleep Paralysis” and “Insomnia” will quite literally give you sleepless nights, as will the AirSoft Simulated Hunting Experience, “Infected.”

But the folks at No Way Out Haunted City have not forgotten about the kids! The “Not So Haunted” kid-friendly maze is the perfect Halloween treat for them.

Speaking of treats, dig into some spooky-themed food and snacks and enjoy various fun indoor activities at Dolphin Mall.

Family Fun Day for Halloween: Zoo Miami Zoo Boo

Date: October 28th and 29th from 10 am to 3 pm

Location: Miami Zoo

Family-Friendly? 100%, this is one of the best places to trick-or-treat in Miami

Halloween in Miami is not all about scares and gore. There are multiple family-friendly outdoor activities to take advantage of the beautiful weather and Miami’s Fall events.

At Zoo Miami’s Zoo Boo event on Halloween weekend, kids under age 12 are invited to trick-or-treat and participate in costume contests. There will also be tons of Halloween crafts to make, but the best part is undoubtedly seeing the animals get into the Halloween spirit.

There will be plenty of animals on display for the Halloween festivities, including African Elephants, bats, birds, hippos, and crocodiles.

Watch the giant River Otters bob for pumpkins, and raccoons in search of treats in the graveyard, while kangaroos and wombats explore (and destroy) the Halloween decorations.

Best Halloween Party in Miami: HalloWYN – Wynwood’s Halloween Block Party

Date: October 31st from 7 pm to 3 am

Location: Wynwood Marketplace at 2250 NW 2nd Ave, Miami 

Family-Friendly? Yes, but it’s 21+ to drink 

Wynwood Miami Florida neighborhood with buildings and murals

If you are searching for free things to do in Miami on Halloween, look no further! Halloween in Wynwood is legendary and a must for anyone looking for a fabulous party. The Wynwood Marketplace will transform into a giant block party with DJs, food trucks, costume contests, and more. 

Hop over to the Hallowyn Block Party website before you go. The first 500 partygoers to RSVP online will get a free drink upon arrival between 7 pm and 10 pm.

One of the best Halloween parties in Miami, this event is open to all ages, and even pets are welcome to join in the festivities.

Eerie Ghost Tour in Miami: Deering Estate Ghost Tours

Date: October 12, 19, and 26 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Location: 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami

Family-Friendly? For age 9 and above 

The Deering Estate is an iconic part of Miami’s history, with parts of the estate dating back to the late 1800s. Visitors and staff have described the tails of paranormal encounters, and they’ll give you chills!

During the month of October, the estate grounds are opened to visitors after dark for the Deering Estate Ghost Tours, and chance encounters with early inhabitants.

Guides take guests to the scene of some of these mystical meetings — not unlike the terrifying and adrenaline-fueled Key West ghost tours.

Guests are encouraged to bring along any apparatus to detect paranormal activity like pendulums, EMF sensors, and infrared thermometers.

Get Active for Halloween 2023: Halloween Half-Marathon Series

Date: October 28th from 6:30 am

Location: 7th St. & Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139

Family-Friendly? Yes  

If you’re one of the freakishly fit people who enjoy a casual marathon, the Miami Beach Halloween Half-Marathon is the event for you.

Get dressed up, enjoy a scenic run along the Miami Beach waterfront, and earn yourself one of the coveted Halloween-themed medals this event has become known for. For a shorter but equally rewarding run, enter the freaky four-miler events.

Participants are welcome to walk, but there is a four-hour time limit, so move as if zombies are chasing you if you want to make it across the finish line!

Best Halloween Event in Miami for Pets: Pinecrest Garden Howl-O-Ween

Date: October 14th from 11 am to 4 pm

Location: Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest, FL

Family-Friendly? Yes

Halloween Dog in Costume

Halloween is not only for humans! Our four-legged friends want to take part in the action too! Join Paws4You, a prominent animal rescue organization, as they host a Halloween day for dogs at Pinecrest Garden Howl-O-Ween.

Dogs and owners get dressed up and participate in trick-or-treat activities, costume contests, agility courses, and more. There is also a spooky pumpkin patch, lots of food and drinks, and live entertainment, making it an all-around good time for the whole family.

Haunted House for the Whole Family: Curtiss Mansion

Date: September 15th to October 31st

Location: 500 Deer Run, Miami Springs

Family-Friendly? No, it’s a 21+ event (includes craft cocktails with your ticket)

By day, the Curtiss Mansion is one of Miami’s historically preserved buildings and education center. By night, it’s the Havana Haunted Mansion, a freakish asylum where everyone is welcome, but no one ever leaves.

Get the fright of your life as patients wander the halls, and Dr. Cortez and his staff try to cure you by scaring your problems away.

If you make it out alive, the Manor Market and the legendary Tuto’s Cuisine are perfect for refueling after a bone-chilling experience!

Visit a Miami Graveyard for Halloween: HistoryMiami Museum City Cemetery Walking Tour

Date: October 27th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Location: Miami City Cemetery, 1800 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 

Family-Friendly? Yes, but better for older kids

If movies have taught us anything, it is to stay away from cemeteries on Halloween! Could it be why this walking tour is scheduled for October 27th?

HistoryMiami Museum’s resident historian will take guests on tour through the 19th-century Miami City Cemetery which has become a monument in its own right.

Many Miami heavyweights have been laid to rest in this graveyard, and Dr. Paul George and Museum Educator Ingrid E. Argueta will take you back in time to meet these prominent figures.

Along the way, you will learn about Reverend Theodore Gibson; a prominent civil rights leader, Julia Tuttle, the “Mother of Miami, and Carrie B. Miller; the woman entombed in cement.

Come as you are or use this as an excuse to pull out your best Halloween costume.

Get Dressed Up for Halloween Harvest Night at Berry Farms

Date: Through October

Location: 13720 SW 216th St., Miami, FL

Family-Friendly? Yes

Berry Farm Corn Maze Homestead Florida

A great Miami date night idea for Halloween is a trip to Berry Farms’ Halloween Harvest Night.

On Halloween weekend, you can visit the farm in your best costume and go trick-or-treating in the corn maze. Hayrides remain a fall favorite for young and old, especially if you add the spooky factor.

There will be food, candy, ice cream, and DJs entertaining all night. Dress up in your Halloween best if you want to stand a chance at the costume contest or simply have a grand ol’ time.

This is just one of many events during the Harvest Festival that runs from September 16th to November 5th. Here’s a full look at the fall fun:

  • Nightmare in the Redland (A Haunted Halloween Experience)
    • Dates: October 6-7, 13-14, 21-22, 26-31
  • Tricks & Treats Extravaganza (Kid-Friendly Halloween Event)
    • Dates: October 27-29
  • Candlelight Concert Series
    • Date:  Friday, October 20

Best Halloween Event for Kids in Miami: Halloween on the Mile

Date: October 28th from 2 pm to 8 pm

Location: Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Family-Friendly? Great for all ages.

Miracle Mile in Coral Gables is the perfect spot for Miami family-friendly Halloween activities. Here are just some of the Halloween fun taking place on the Mile:

  • Trick-or-treating at participating stores
  • Get your hands dirty at an assortment of spooky craft stations
  • Sidewalk magic show will leave kids baffled in amazement
  • Live performances throughout the day, including a version of Little Shop of Horrors, Storytime in their Spooky Trolley, South Florida Youth Symphony Jack-O’-Lantern Jubilee, jugglers, and more!
  • And the annual doggy costume contest, a firm favorite amongst attendees

Mark your calendar for October 28th and get the whole family dressed up for this action-packed free event on Miracle Mile.

Best Halloween party for Adults in Miami Beach: Halloween on Lincoln Road

Date: October 31st from 4 pm to 1 am

Location: Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

Family-Friendly? Yes, from 5 pm to 7 pm

Girl in black Day of the Dead halloween custome

Lincoln Road is one of the best places to celebrate Halloween in South Beach.

From 5 pm – 7 pm, kids trick or treat along the promenade, and after 8 pm, the eight-block pedestrian promenade turns into a playground exhibiting all the wacky, sexy, and bizarre costumes.

People watch while enjoying and outdoor dining experience at one of the restaurants along the promenade or check it all out from one the bars along Lincoln Road.

When it comes to Halloween parties in South Beach, this one is scary good!

Miami’s Large Halloween Event: The Horrorland at Jungle Island

Date: September 22nd to October 31st

Location: Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL

Family-Friendly? Yes

Voted one of the best haunted houses in the US and the most original Halloween attraction in South Florida, The Horrorland at Jungle Island has it all. There are multiple haunted houses and hair-raising experiences along with carnival games, and souvenirs. Check out the spooky circus then refuel at the macabre food village and rehydrate and the ghoulish bar.

Planning Tip: There are no costumes allowed so save your look for one of the other fab costume parties in Miami.

Best Free Halloween Event in Miami at Gulfstream Park

Date: October 28th from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Location: Gulfstream Pak Village, 901 S Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach, FL

Family-Friendly? Yes

Gulfstream Park Village hosts a series of Halloween events starting with an elaborate station trick-or-treat setup. It is one of Miami’s best free Halloween events and a great alternative to traditional neighborhood trick-or-treating.

Kids will love the masked live performers, lights, special effects, and candy at the five-themed stations starting at 6:30 p.m.

Gulfstream Park’s Walking Ring then becomes an adult Halloween party after 8 pm with food trucks, bars, music, and a costume contest for adults with massive prizes up for grabs.

Best Outdoor Event for Kids for Halloween 2023: Kiddo-ween CityPlace Doral

Date: October 28, from 2 to 7 pm

Location: CityPlace Doral Fountain Plaza located at 8300 NW 36th St, Doral, FL

Family-friendly: Perfect for kids!

Kiddos Magazine is bringing families in Miami a Halloween experience at CityPlace Doral. They are offering safe trick-or-treating along with magical character appearances and a pumpkin patch station.

The scary faces photo boo-th is a firm family favorite along with arts and craft stations for the kids. The toddler zone will keep the youngest Halloweeners occupied, and everyone can take part in the costume runway show.

The atmosphere will be electric with live music, magic shows, giveaways, and more!

Entrance is free, but registration is imperative (you can do that HERE) to book your spot in one of the three 2-hour slots.

Essential Family Stop: Halloween at the Moss Center

Date: October 27th, starting at 6 pm

Location: Dennis C. Moss Cultural Arts Center located at 10950 SW 211 St, Cutler Bay

Kid-Friendly? Yep!

Watch Miami Youth Ballet’s Spooky Dancers at the Lab Theater or get your heart racing at the Haunted House in the Black Box. At 7 pm, the Cutler Bay Community Theater hits the Main Stage with their performance of Hey Diddle Diddle. Plan plenty of time for spooky selfies in the Plaza then stick around for the 8:30 performance of Syncopate Collective.

Buy tickets online HERE before they sell out!

The Best of Halloween in Miami: Final Thoughts

Halloween in Miami is so much more than just trick or treating! There are plenty of free Halloween events, adult parties, kids’ costume contests, and even Halloween events for your pets.

With so many events in Miami, what are you most looking forward to this Halloween? Tag us on Instagram with all of your gorgeous autumn snapshots to be featured.


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