It’s that time of year again folks, Halloween! Or rather, Ja-lo-wing for my fellow Hialeahians. There’s lots to do around town from eating out to family fun and real deal local haunted houses. So I’m going to give you a quick run down of what’s going on so you can plan your pachanga accordingly.
First, where’s a hipster to go? Well, Wynwood naturally! This Saturday, October 27th from 6pm – midnight The Armory Studios, located at 572 NW 23rd Street in Wynwood is hosting ‘Hallowynwood.’ A conglomeration of vendors, musicians and bon vivants are joining to take part in this first annual event working to bring everyone in the Wynwood community together and have a great time celebrating Halloween.
There will be a costume contest, sign up here if you’re interested. Wondering what you get if you win the costume contest? Bueno, you can win anything from a free haircut, free yoga classes, cd’s from local artists and much more. Be sure to bring the kids, this family friendly event is free for all children
Word on the street is there’ll be the following musical acts headlining the event, BEATMACHINES & KRISP, DJ John’s , Aleah Axiom and VJ Jason. Kilwin’s Chocalatier and The Chill Stop will be on hand to cover your need for sweets. Some of my favorite food trucks will also be there, Ms. Cheezious and Arepa Box will be there to fill your belly with deliciousness. Be sure to get a Blue and Bacon grilled cheese from Ms. Cheezious and a yummy Arepa! Check out their Haunted Gallery BEFORE you grab a bite to eat, cuz ain’t nobody got time to be cleaning up puke! The haunted gallery will be haunted by Miami’s Independent Thinkers throughout several rooms ready to scare the crap out of you!
Next, there are plenty of dinner specials going on for Halloween. Lincoln Road is always a place for awesome people watching and on All Hallows Eve, it’s even better. A couple of restaurants in the mall will have special offerings for the night:
Quattro is having a 4 course Halloween feast with varying prices depending on whether you want to sit inside or outside. If you guessed that outside seating is more expensive, you’re right. For outside seating in the middle of Halloween madness, it’ll cost you $85 (versus $65 for indoor) Be sure to reserve your table at (305) 531-4822
Meat Market will have a $75 three course meal. Pero, it’ll only be indoor seating for this place. Don’t want any zombies or Honey Boo Boo’s trying to pick your food or your brains. To reserve for prime time gawking between 6pm – 9pm be sure to call (305) 532-0088
Maybe you have kids and don’t want to deal with el bayou of Lincoln Road, well here’s a run down of Family Friendly events going on around town:
Both Publix stores across town and Whole Foods in Coral Gables will be hosting their own trick or treating events on October 31st. From 3pm-6pm go and enjoy some safe trick or treating (and do some grocery shopping all at once)!
Whole Foods in Plantation is having a Halloween Harvest Bash on October 27th. There will be Pumpkin decorating and trick or treating for the little ones and samples of food for the not-so-little ones. This event requires prior registration, so be sure to call ahead (954) 236-0600
If you’ve listened to the radio at all or been stuck on the Palmetto traffic lately, then you know about House Of Horror. This haunted house meets carnival has a little bit of everything from the horrible, deep fried carnival food to the 1990 Zipper ride. However, the actual haunted house is good and worth the price of admission ($23 for adults and $15 for kids 6 and under). House of Horror runs til October 31st and is located on two acres of land in the Miami International Mall parking lot.
Maybe you’re looking for something a little more fun for your pre-teens and teens, bueno then head over to Zoo Miami for their Dr. Wilde’s Screamatorium. Zoo Miami is being turned into 7,000 feet of haunted land. This massive haunted house is set to include graveyard scenes, zombies and roaming monsters through out the park. This even cost $5 and is running from October 10th-31st. Check out Miamimetrozoo.com for all the details!
Lastly, I have a real deal haunted mansion to check out. Everyone in Hialeah and Miami Springs grew up knowing about the old Curtiss Mansion and its stories of being haunted. In school rumors used to swirl about kids who tried to break in to the mansion only to never be seen again (something our parents would tell us to keep us from snooping around). Five years ago the mansion was completely abandoned, vandalized and falling apart, but the mansion has been restored to its 1920’s glory, it looks spookier than ever! Now you can have a Haunted Mansion tour for $20 at the door from October 25th – the 31st and find out for yourself if this place is haunted.
Whatever you and your familia do this Halloween, be sure to stay safe and have fun!
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