Spooky season has crept up on us…
The witching hour is close at hand, soon the ghosts will come out to play, cackling witches will soar into the skies and ghoulish creatures will creep out from their lairs. Halloween is almost upon us and we’ve already started planning for the spookiest nights of them all. From haunting candlelit concerts to historic ghost tours, here are 25 frighteningly fun things to do this Halloween in Miami:
Fever’s wildly popular Candlelight concert series is back just in time for the spooky season. This October, let the ominous yet melodic sounds of the violin possess you as you enjoy your favorite Halloween classics surrounded by flickering candles.
- If you’re a classical music fan you might also want to check out Candlelight’s Halloween Piano special featuring Ravel.
- Candlelight is also hosting a special Día de los Muertos concert that is the perfect end to the spooky season.
Is there something more autumnal than pumpkins? Probably not. Pumpkins are the predilect fruit of Fall. they’re in our lattes, our pies, cookies and even donuts sometimes. Nor is there something quite like a perfectly carved jack-o-lantern to get you into the mood for the spooky season. The versatile orange fruit is a total staple of fall, that’s why we’ve put together a list of the best pumpkin patches in the area so you can pick out the perfect Miami gourd!
- Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival
- The Berry Farms, Redland
- Pinto’s Farm, Redland
- Mr. Jack-O-Lantern’s Pumpkins, West Palm Beach, FL
- Pumpkin Towne, Wellington, FL
10. Plan a day at a ghostly circus with Haunted Circus
Nobody knows how or when the traveling Haunted Circus first appeared on this Earth, but legend has it that this mysterious festival has been haunted ever since its beloved acrobat star disappeared into thin air. Let yourself be enchanted by the haunted circus’ mysterious allure and immerse yourself in a thrilling experience that will make you feel you’ve stepped back in time to the golden age of circus entertainment. At this haunted circus, you’ll find all kinds of entertainment including special quests to unveil the mystery of the missing lady acrobat, spellbinding performances by a local circus troupe, pumpkin carving and a petting zoo perfect for enjoying with your whole family. Book your tickets here.
11. Speaking of the Circus… a group of vampires will be taking over Aventura Mall for a rather spooky, acrobatic experience!
The Vampire Circus returns to South Florida after a world tour and brings 90 minutes of innovative and surreal performances by vampires, including acrobatic feats, comical interactions with the audience, tantalizing music and mesmerizing illusions. Gather your garlic for a wicked and witty Halloween circus experience unlike any other! Book your tickets here.
12. Go on a haunted ghost tour through the historic Deering Estate
The historic Deering Estate is bringing back its popular ghost tours on Thursday, October 30. Held on select nights from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. these haunting ghost tours will have you walking through the same paths that Indigenous People, Miami’s early settlers, and Charles Deering walked while listening to the estate’s most spooky stories and recording any signs of paranormal activity. Yikes!
13. Scream your head off at House of Horror’s Haunted Carnival in Miami International Mall
After almost two years of hiatus, House of Horror’s Haunted Carnival is making a comeback just in time for the spooky season and it sounds like you’ll be dreaming of it for days… And no, they won’t be pleasant dreams. For its brand new haunted experience, House of Horror is taking over an abandoned department store and packing everyone’s worst nightmares into 100,000 square feet of uber-frightening space. The freakish carnival experience will feature your favorite carnival treats and unlimited rides on House of Horror classics like the Screamer and the Vertigo Swing as well as four totally new haunted house experiences. Discover more here.
14. Get chased by your worst nightmares at Horrorland’s terrifying drive-thru
Enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes from getting chased as you cruise through this year’s The Horrorland attraction. This spooky drive-thru boasts not just one, but eight haunted houses to satisfy the needs of all horror aficionados. Book your tickets here.
15. Explore No Way out’s haunted city in Westland Mall…
If you dare! This Halloween experience coming to Westland Mall just off the Palmetto offers terrifying fun for the whole family, including two spine-chilling haunted houses, a not-so-haunted, kids-friendly maze, and an AirSoft immersive experience that will have you hunting zombies down to survive!
16. Take a trip up to Orlando and check out Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights
After two years of hiatus, Halloween Horror Nights opened earlier this month much to the excitement (and utter terror) of many and it sounds like it will scare the living daylights out of you! The iconic Halloween experience has gone all out for its 30th anniversary and has brought back old favorites and new, terrifying experiences that are really a celebration of these past three haunting decades. And after reading through several reviews online, we came up with the top 5 haunted houses to check out during this year’s Halloween Horror Nights are. We’ve organized them from scariest to least scary on the scream-o-meter, check them out here.
17. Head on over to Delray for a spooktacular Halloween pop up
Wait, don’t skip out on the hour-long trip just yet, especially if you love Halloween! Delray’s Death or Glory bar has already given into the spirit of the season and has slipped on something a little bit more spooky so that you can celebrate Halloween in all its glory with them. And yes, I know the trip up to Delray isn’t ideal, but you probably spend more time on the McArthur during rush hour anyway, so might as well give Death or Gory in Hellray a chance! Check it out here.
18-27. Go on the hunt for Miami’s most haunted spots
There’s something strange in the 305 and it’s these nine spots in which people have reported inexplicable temperature drops (a rather unusual happening for Miami, no doubt). And no, it wasn’t the AC, but the chilling result of paranormal activity! Not everything is sunshine and beautiful beaches in the Magical City, some of its most inconspicuous buildings hide some dark, ghoulish secrets and we’re here to uncover them. So if you dare, check these seven haunted Miami to get in the mood for the upcoming spooky season!
27-31. Head out on a spooky road trip
Nowadays, Florida is renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches, incredible climate and parties, but it wasn’t always like this. There was a time when the state was known for its agricultural prosperity, towns dedicated to farming and sawmill production popped up and down the state. But as natural resources were exhausted, economic depression took hold or hurricanes, and freezes devastated the land, many of these towns were abandoned. These days these settlements are but a shadow of what they used to be, and many believe them to be inhabited by the ghosts of ages past. So if you’re ever in the mood for a spooky road trip with friends, we highly suggest checking these Florida ghost towns out for some paranormal activity!
33-35. Spend a bewitching evening at Palapa in Upper Buena Vista
Palapa in Upper Buena Vista is dressing up to celebrate the spooky season and will be putting on special shows to celebrate Día de los Muertos. For this occasion, their cabaret-like shows Kayla & the Palapa Keepers and Kama Fatale will incorporate an altar surrounded by candlelight and each performer will be in the traditional holiday makeup and flower crown. This weekend-long event is a tribute and nod to the Mexican traditional holiday and incorporates cultural elements throughout the weekend.