by Rick Munarriz - 406 Reviews - 155 List
It's time to play dress up, beg for candy, and masquerade the night away. From creepy scare mazes to ritzy costume parties, there's no shortage of Halloween events in Miami. Stick around to find the best places to find scary and sexy costumes to wear.
Updated: September 29, 2009
DR. WILDE'S SCREAMATORIUM: Debuting this year at the zoo is a 7,000-square-foot haunted house. Scenes depict graveyards, menacing butcher shops and zombies. It's all topped with a classic rock soundtrack featuring deceased legends Jimi Hendix and Janis Joplin. Admission is $5 and the walk-through attraction will be open from Oct. 10 through Halloween.
MONSTER SPLASH: The city's only marine life amusement park is kicking things up a notch in 2009, adding carnival rides and a "Buried Alive" haunted house for adults. Those who don't want to brave the spooky walk-through can still enjoy candy stations and themed marine shows. The event runs on Oct. 24-25 and Oct. 30 from 5pm to 11pm, from 7pm until 11pm on Oct. 28-29, and from 5pm until midnight on Halloween itself.
SPOOKY ADVENTURES: Young train lovers are invited for a ride through Spooky Forest, capped off with rail-related crafts and Halloween storytelling. This family-friendly event promises to be "scary-- but not too scary." It runs from 6pm to 10pm on Oct. 30-Nov 1.
One of the largest assortments of masquerading possibilities is this seasonal operator in South Miami's iconic shopping center. Fancy a scary story? This same retail space once housed a Virgin record store and a traveling cadaver exhibit. Both former tenants are frightening.
It has to be October when the window displays at this classic secondhand shop go from showcasing vintage duds to highlighting sexy costumes. From retro cocktail dresses to sultry villainess outfits, this is the place to hit when throwback panache is more treat than trick.
Find costumes for the entire family at this quaint family-owned shop in Little Havana. Even Fido gets in on the festive fun, since a modest assortment of pet costumes are also available. You don't have to speak Spanish to spot the bargains, though it probably doesn't hurt.