Halloween 2015: Best Places to Celebrate in Miami


Halloween is nearly upon us. It’s the season when the air is crisp and the ghosts and goblins come out to play. This year, Miami is going all out with celebrations starting this week and lasting through November 1, the Day of the Dead.

There’s a party for everyone — from sophisticated charity costume balls to pumpkin-carving contests to a dinner honoring Beetlejuice (just don’t say his name three times).

Here are the scariest (and not so scary) ways to celebrate Halloween in Miami:


Pre-Halloween Events

Eve of Prohibition Ball Dark Dining Event at Westin Colonnade Coral Gables
Join chef Adrianne Calvo back in time as she re-creates the Roaring ’20s for an intriguing evening. On Friday, October 23, at 7 p.m., the Westin Colonnade Coral Gables (180 Aragon Ave.) will transform into a wonderland of entertainment, cocktails, and intrigue at the Eve of Prohibition Ball. Wear your Gatsby-inspired best to this event that benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Miami and allows guests to choose from two experiences.

Dance the night away at the masquerade ball (attire is either formal or 1920s-themed) and enjoy live entertainment, cocktails featuring an open bar by Bacardi, and multiple food options by Chef Adrianne. Or choose the Dark Dining experience — a sit-down, multicourse journey where you dine in the dark to allow your senses of taste, touch, smell, and sound to run wild. Tickets start at $150 for general admission at 8 p.m. to the ball, including open bar, food, and entertainment; $200 Bacardi Superior tickets include early entry at 7 p.m., a VIP burlesque show at 7:30 p.m., and a photo opportunity with Chef Adrianne. Dark Dining tickets cost $250 and include a multicourse dark-dining experience, early entry at 7 p.m., and full access to the VIP area. Visit darkdiningmiami.com for tickets.

Wine On Harvest Moon at the Deering Estate
One of Miami’s loveliest (and most haunted) properties will host its annual soiree this Saturday, October 24. From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., the Deering Estate at Cutler in Palmetto Bay will be filled with spirits, spells, and American lore at its Wine On Harvest Moon.

Stroll the gorgeous grounds and visit wine- or spirits-producing regions of the United States such as upstate New York’s Sleepy Hollow, Edgar Allan Poe’s New England, and a rock ‘n’ roll-tinged California. Don’t miss the Mark Twain-themed Southern saloon with a bourbon bar and country music classics for dancing. Each area will have its own pop-up vignette performed by Tandem Theater Company, and art and rare books curated by Deering’s cultural arts coordinator. Food is paired with each theme, region, and libation. It’s provided by some of Miami’s best restaurants, including Oliver Rodriguez of the Biltmore Hotel, Rojelio Fernandez of Brio Tuscan Grille, Diego Solano of Bulla Gastrobar, Rod Chitikov of Devon Seafood + Steak, Phil Bryant of the Local Craft Food & Drink, David Lesser of Munch Thyme, Miguel Antonio Gomez Fernández of Pisco y Nazca, and Julia Ning of Station 5 Miami, as well as A Little Bit of Philly, Anacapri Cucina Italiana, Asian Fusion, Crave American Kitchen & Sushi Bar, Golden Rule Seafood, and Whole Foods Market Coral Gables, among others.

The extravaganza will also feature a live auction, fine wines, and the official unveiling of the 2016 BMW 750i. Tickets for the 21-and-over event cost $150 for Deering Estate Foundation members and $175 for nonmembers and can be purchased by visiting deeringestate.com or calling 305-235-1668, ext. 263.

Melloween at Mellow Mushroom
Mellow Mushroom in South Miami will celebrate a kinder, gentler Halloween, filled with pizza, beer, and fun. Beginning at 7 p.m. October 23, enjoy a costume contest, live music by the Stiltsville, and an extended happy hour on all Concrete Beach beers.

Something’s Brewing After Dark at Miami Children’s Museum 
This Friday, October 23, the Miami Children’s Museum will turn into a 21-and-over haunted house with a costume contest, brews, and a night of play to benefit the museum’s Very Important Potential program. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include craft beers, delicious treats, games, black-light body-painting, a giant Jenga game, and more. Purchase tickets via miamichildrensmuseum.org. 

Carved Pumpkin Contest at Concrete Beach Brewery
Bring your carved pumpkin to Concrete Beach Brewery Saturday, October 24, from 6 p.m. to close and enter it into the carved pumpkin pageant. A panel of judges will select a winner, to be proclaimed Pumpkin King!

Beetlejuice Dinner at the Federal Food Drink & Provisions

Next Thursday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m., celebrate the “ghost with the most” at the Federal’s tribute to Beetlejuice. The evening will feature five ghoulish courses with five beer pairings, including Tampa’s Coppertail Brewing, and one welcome Juice of Beetles cocktail. Dress in your finest Beetlejuice attire and enjoy watching the film Beetlejuice all night while you eat. Entrées include the Village Model, Scared Sheetless, and Duffy’s Cantonese Chicken; dessert is Invoking the Maitlins. Dinner costs $66 and includes gratuity. Purchase tickets at thefederalmiami.com.


Halloween Eve Events

Noche de Duende Masquerade Bash at Piripi
Friday, October 30, at 8 p.m., Piripi at Merrick Park in Coral Gables will host a masquerade ball, complete with flamenco, tapas, cocktails, and live music. The party will spill out into the street, where attendees can enjoy a live performance by Suénalo. VIP tickets cost $50 per person and include access to a private bar and outdoor lounge as well as complimentary passed tapas. General-admission tickets cost $25. The restaurant’s regular dinner, cocktail, and tapas menu will be available all evening. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. Table reservations are available for parties of four or more, and guests must be 21 or older to attend. For more information, call 305-448-2423.


The Biltmore’s Halloween Eve
From 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, October 30, the Biltmore’s Country Club ballroom will host its annual Halloween eve bash, offering an open bar, a lavish buffet, and live music. Attendees can dress up and enter a costume contest to win prizes for most creative, scariest, and best couple. Tickets cost $75 for members or $100 for the public and can be purchased by calling 305-913-3230.


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