Halloween is one of our family’s favorite holidays. We love dressing up and of course eating some candy! The preparation starts months before, when we start discussing and deliberating the year’s theme. For many of my clients, this will be the very first Halloween in Miami, and therefore, I have compiled a list of the best kept secrets about each of the neighborhoods.
Standout Events in the City:
Both these events/venues are ideal for little ones, as they happen the weekend prior to Halloween Day (10/31) during the morning/afternoon hours.
Zoo Boo (Saturday 10/27 and Sunday 10/28): A day event where little ones are encouraged to dress up and trick - o - treat at the Miami Zoo. The events includes special Halloween themed activities and performances, plus you can stroll the Zoo grounds at your leisure.
Monster Splash Hosted by the Miami Seaquarium (Friday 10/26 - Sunday 10/28): The classic Miami landmark is taking over by ghosts and goblin in a fun-filled (daytime) event.
For grown ups, you must plan ahead, both The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables (SOLD OUT) and Vizcaya Museums and Gardens (SOLD OUT) host pretty spectacular affairs.
If you are in the mood to party, there is still time to enjoy a spooky night at the beautiful Fairchild Gardens, as they will be hosting a Ghoulish Garden Halloween Bash. You can still get tickets here.
Local Neighborhood Guide
You can start early and head to Halloween on The Mile (3:30pm - 7:00pm) and Trick-o-Treat along Miracle Mile or enjoy the various activities the city has planned including Looney Tunes Halloween shorts at the Coral Gables Art Cinema and a Kiddie Costume Contest at the Actor’s Playhouse (limited to the first 100). More info here.
If you want to trick-o-treat like a local, I encourage you to check out the famous Santa Maria Street, where you will stroll under the shade of the oaks and the most beautiful mansions in the North Gables. A tip - be prepared to park and stroll early, as getting to Santa Maria can be a challenge later in the day. Across US-1, you will find the most welcoming and neighbor-friendly stretch of trick-o-treaters, hosts and ghosts on Aduana Street, which tends to get going after sunset.
This eclectic neighborhood never disappoints. This is where our family usually spends Halloween night. You can’t beat strolling through the neighborhood’s mysterious streets, and its dark alleys will showcase spooky surprises. The spookiest dead-end is Irvington Street, which in year’s past has been filled with surprising and mesmerizing encounters. Residents of this cozy street go all out in celebration of Halloween. One year they hosted the scariest Haunted House and I recall seeing an abandoned car with the letters “UBER” imprinted in blood. Irvington is best after dark and best for older kids.
Perhaps my most unique Halloween experience has been the Trick-o-Treating in The Haunted Mooring Fields at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club. This is a wonderful and whimsical outing where kids and member families head out to the waters on a dinghy and trick o treat from sailboat to sailboat, all moored across the Club on Biscayne Bay. It’s just magical!
Pinecrest Gardens will be hosting their Howl -O-Ween Event on Sunday, October 28th where kids and their doggies can dress up in costumes and participate in a day full of fun, featuring a very exclusive Doggie Fun Zone.
On Halloween Day Pinecrest residents and their friends are invited to drive/walk to Evelyn Greer Park (8200 SW 124 Street) for Track or Treat, an event organized by the Village of Pinecrest happening from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.
The City of South Miami will host its annual Spooktacular Safe Street Halloween Party from 4pm - 7pm on Wednesday 10/31. Details can be found here and the location is on Sunset (72nd Street) and Red Road (57th Avenue).
Other popular neighborhoods on Halloween Day include Schenley Park, Key Biscayne and the Brickell area. In Brickell, the fabulous Brickell City Centre will be hosting the 2018 Hallow Bash from 5:30pm - 8:00pm on Wednesday, 10/31. Kids, families and doggies are all welcomed to dress up and have fun! More details here.
If you plan to leave your home and still would welcome trick o treaters, I would encourage you to leave a bowl of candy or treats on your doorstep. I know your neighbors will appreciate it!
If you are interested in exploring these neighborhoods and you are looking to make Miami home, contact me today (305) 607-5938.
Have a Happy Halloween!