Things are getting spooky this weekend with plenty of Halloween-inspired events. There’s a Beetlejuice-themed dinner full of crispy duck heads at The Federal, a massive costume party in a Gilded-Age mansion, and a dance party with indie band The Faint. Down in Orlando, even the Disney characters are getting into the spirit with special kid-friendly events. And for a little insanity of a different color, you can see Margaret Cho’s aptly-names PsyCHO Tour.
October 29 | Dinner Party
Beetlejuice Dinner at The Federal
If you’re a movie buff, you’ll agree that October should be spent watching “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” the “Saw” movies, and Beetlejuice. Once you’ve crossed Beetlejuice off your list, you might want to enjoy a five-course meal inspired by the film at The Federal. The ticket price includes food, a welcome cocktail, and beer pairings by Tampa’s Coppertail Brewery, and the menu includes themed dishes like Duffy’s Cantonese Chinese: a roasted duck dish served with “duck fried durty veggies” and crispy duck heads. Feel free to wear your best Tim Burton inspired outfits—costumes are encouraged.
7:30 p.m | The Federal Food Drink and Provisions | 5132 Biscayne Boulevard | (305) 758 - 9559 | $55 | website
October 30 | Comedy
Margaret Cho: The PsyCHO Tour
Margaret Cho is a comedic genius with a reputation for speaking her mind on hot button issues. In her current show, Margaret Cho: The PsyCHO Tour (coming to the Jackie Gleason Theater at The Fillmore Miami Beach) Cho channels her anger about everything from police brutality to violence against women and still manages to turn her frustration and insanity into material that makes everyone laugh.
7 p.m. | The Fillmore Miami Beach | 1700 Washington Ave. | From $29.50 | website
October 31 | Event
Vizcaya’s 29th Annual Halloween Event
Vizcaya, a glorious Gilded Age mansion-turned-museum, is the perfect place for a raucous Halloween party. Now it is 29th year (!) this party draws a huge crowd of costumed revelers. This year the Spam All Stars is playing and DJ A-Train is spinning, there are multiple bars, brewery tents, and food options, and the tickets are all inclusive. The event is over at midnight, so you’ll have time to hop to another party or go people-watching in nearby Downtown Coconut Grove.
8 p.m. - Midnight | 3251 South Miami Ave. | From $140 | website
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October 31 | Concert
The Faint at Bardot
Indie band The Faint is DJing the Halloween party at Bardot this year. The band has been releasing music since the late ‘90s, including the very Halloween-appropriate album Danse Macabre from 2001(featuring songs like “Let The Poison Spill From Your Throat”), so we’re thinking it will make for a perfect Halloween party. The band has also released equally as danceable tracks with less spooky titles that are sure to get the costumed crowd dancing.
10 p.m.| Bardot, 3456 N Miami Avenue | From $15 | website
Spending Halloween with Mickey and Minnie might not be the obvious choice, but Orlando sure does know how to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve. If you’re looking for a scary Halloween experience head over to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 25. The park, usually home to Dr. Seuss and Harry Potter, is taken over by mutants, monsters and maniacs. If you’re visiting with kids there is, in fact, a way to celebrate with the Mouse; the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Park hosts the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party featuring fireworks, trick-or-treating, and a parade of Disney villains. SeaWorld, LEGOLAND, and even the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Garden also host events. And if you want to get away from theme parks, there are plenty of haunted houses, hayrides, and spooky events around town.
Patricia Guarch Wise is a Miami native and the blogger behind Miami Nice. Her interests include paella, paranormal activity, Proenza Schouler, and her Pekingese named Bonnaroo.