The typical Miami images you might conjure when dreaming about your vacation will likely have swimsuits, short shorts, or cocktail dresses; on Halloween, the city becomes full of zombies, haunted houses, and—best of all—parties!
A Halloween Costume Party Cruise lets you drink, dance and party the night away as your luxury yacht haunts the nightscape of Miami’s Biscayne Bay. With an open bar, top-notch DJ and costume contest, you’re sure to have a great, ghoulish time out on the water.
The Halloween Half Marathon, which will take place Oct. 27, 2012, has costume categories (although you don’t have to run in costume). It begins at Jungle Island, goes up to the Miami Beach Boardwalk and back down Ocean Drive to South Pointe Park. All participants get a signature medal.
The South Florida Zombie Crawl (Oct. 20) begins at 7:30pm; after you get a wristband, you can crawl your way from bar to bar (to shop to store to restaurant —anywhere that has ‘Zombie Crawl Safe Zone’ displayed).
For adult-age fun, check out the Vizcayans, a National Historic Landmark that throws a Halloween Sundowner party on the Saturday before the holiday (Oct. 27). Tickets aren’t cheap, but it’s for a good cause.
If you’ll be in Miami with the family, kids will love the Monster Splash event at the Miami Seaquarium, which will have Halloween-themed marine animal shows. The House of Horror Amusement Park, the carnival at Miami International Mall ($23/adult, $15/child) is open at the end of September and through the month of October. The Miami Children’s Museum is hosting a Michimu’s Halloween Bash with trick-or-treating and crafts, then a Monster Monday, Tarantula Tuesday, and Wicked Wednesday, all with kid-friendly activities. Lastly, Zoo Miami has Spooky Zoo Nights (Oct. 26–27) with street theater, tram and carousel rides, and storytelling around a fire pit.