By: Maryanne Salvat
Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill
Spook the house down at Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill’s “Spooky Bones” Halloween bash on Friday, October 28. The neighborhood restaurant and bar will host a ghoulish costume party with all “Fire Starters” dressing in their best Halloween getups. From 9:00 p.m. until close guests will enjoy signature “All Day, Every Day” drink specials. Smokey Bones encourages guests to enter its costume contest for a chance to win a $100 gift card, which will be awarded to the sexiest, scariest and most originally dressed. For more information, call 954.474.3711 (Plantation) or 561.383.8240 (Wellington).
Mercadito Midtown Day of the Dead
Beginning Saturday, October 29, Mercadito Midtown will commemorate the Day of the Dead with costumes galore, entertainment, themed cocktails, festive food specials and more. Mercadito along with Citrus Miami, will host the first annual Day of the Dead costume party on Saturday, October 29. Beginning at 10:00 p.m., guests arriving in full costume will be treated to a complimentary shot of tequila. Live music and entertainment will keep guests grooving into the wee hours. Extending the celebration into the week, guests can enjoy a spooky concoction created by the acclaimed Tippling Bros., the Blood Bite – a combination of tequila, orange juice, grenadine, and jarritos tamarindo. Reservations are strongly recommended for the week’s festivities, and can be made by calling 786.369.0430.
Nightmare Above Lincoln Road
The annual Nightmare Above Lincoln Road is a special, charity Halloween Event benefiting The Little Lighthouse Foundation, Inc., an organization assisting children and their families in South Florida who struggle with medical, educational, emotional and financial challenges. On Saturday, October 29, costumed guests will mix and mingle with demonic dancing girls and fire performers, sip cocktails from a large central “Fire Bar” courtesy of GREY GOOSE Vodka, and enjoy food stations from Miami Beach’ finest catering companies and local restaurants. During the past 10 years, GREY GOOSE Vodka has helped charities to raise more than $1 billion dollars. Event begins at 8:00 p.m., general admission tickets are $100 and VIP tickets are $150. VIP tables are also available starting at $2500. For more information please contact: Jason Venger – email@example.com or at 786.368.5494 or – www.thelittlelighthouse.org <http://www.thelittlelighthouse.org>
Monsters Ball at Cafeina
The Wynwood lounge and art gallery presents Monsters Ball on Saturday, October 29 with a spooktacular costume contest giving away $500 for 1st prize, $250 for 2nd prize and a complimentary SVEDAK bottle and VIP table for 3rd prize. Guests will enjoy complimentary SVEDKA Monster Mash martinis from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. VJ Tom LaRoc and DJ A-Train will spin monstrous beats inside and out while frightening 8mm shorts play in the haunted garden movie theater. A freakish monster exhibit will be on display in the gallery. Event admission is $5, for more information and table reservations, call 305.438.0792 or visit www.cafeinamiami.com.
“Oh Jack” at Dream South Beach
Channel your inner villain at Dream South Beach. The hotel’s sleek rooftop lounge, HIGHBAR, will transform into the White chapel district of London circa 1888 with a Jack the Ripper Halloween soirée on Saturday, October 29. Special guest DJ Penguin Prison, famous for remixing artists including Goldfrapp, Kylie Minogue and Passion Pit, will keep the party alive until 3:00 a.m. with his first ever Miami performance. Advanced admission is $25 and $35 at the door with complimentary Dos Equis lager from 9:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. For table reservations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For tickets, visit http://ohjack.ticketleap.com/ohjack/.
The decadent boutique lounge inside W South Beach will host “Wall-o-ween” on Saturday, October 29 with a dark and provocative Black Swan-themed celebration. Miami-based DJ Richard Grey will spin bone-chilling house beats while party goers dance into the witching hour. For table reservations or more information, call 305.938.3130 or visit www.wallmiami.com.
Spooky Bites in Wynwood
On Saturday, October 29, kick off the Halloween weekend at Joey’s Italian Café in the heart of Wynwood. Talented chef Ivo Mazzon and his costumed staff will be serving up an array of Halloween specials such as antipasti of burrata with pumpkin and balsamic onion ($16); followed by beef tenderloin with porcini and pumpkin sauce served with potato puree ($34) and topped it off with a pumpkin bavarese with strawberry sauce and pistachio ice cream ($8). Local neo-folk act Raffa & Rainer, known for their earnest and heartfelt songs, will give a live musical performance at 8 p.m. For more information and reservations call 305.438.0488 or visit www.joeysitalianrestaurant.com.
Just a hop, skip and a jump behind Joey’s and next to Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, the evening’s festivities continue at Wynwood Walls; a massive outdoor space where street artists have used the walls of surrounding buildings as their canvases. Inside the “walls” is a sense of creativity and an energetic vibe that is sure to rev-up the Halloween spirit. Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to party to the electronic sounds of Lazerdisk Sex Party while they spin and mix tracks. The DJ’s, distinguished by wearing Star Wars drone-masks, will play tunes from 8 p.m. until midnight. For more information call 305.531.4411 or visit www.thewynwoodwalls.com.
After twilight, vampires and werewolves alike can stop by Wynwood Kitchen & Bar to enjoy signature artist cocktails. Playfully crafted to mirror the styles of the street artists involved in creating the murals which embody the décor of the restaurant itself, artist cocktails are signature one-of-a-kind drinks. The Clare Rojas provides the savory flavor of the Bloody Mary without the heavy and thick texture by mixing hand-crafted tomato cilantro water, vodka, Tabasco and lemon. Those who enjoy a sweeter cocktail will be enchanted with the Shepard Fairey, a luscious blend of raspberry liquor and cranberry juice. Pair these fun cocktails with one of chef Miguel Aguilar’s Latino inspired global small plates like his famed chicken ropa vieja empanandas ($9) or the signature pork tenderloin with apple jicama slaw and shallot gravy ($12) For more information and reservations call (305) 722-8959 or visit www.wynwoodkitchenandbar.com.
Bring Your Pooch to Howl-O-Ween at Fairchild
Don’t miss out on one of the only days of the year that guests can bring their pooch to Fairchild—Sunday, October 30. At Fairchild’s Howl-o-ween event, now in its third year, guests can take advantage of a great opportunity to enjoy special activities just for pups as they parade through Fairchild’s lush surroundings all the while showing off their Halloween costumes. Guests and their dog can attend informative lectures, watch agility, obedience, and rally demonstrations, visit the Gourmet Hot Dog Court, get a canine caricature and photograph or enter the costume contests to win special prizes from The Dog Bar. Now that’s something to wag your tail about!
Funderdome for Kids
From Ghosts to Goblins, The Ultimate Kids Club Invites You to Dress-Up on Sunday, October 30. Dress the kids in their cutest, scariest and most creative costumes for Funderdome’s first-ever Halloween Howl Costume Competition. Funderdome, South Florida’s newest premier indoor playground and family fun space, is inviting kids of all ages to participate in a costume contest for a chance to win a two-month free membership. A two-month membership includes unlimited amount of play for kids and adults with benefits including discounts on parties, classes, merchandise and access to private events. Kids will watch the Creepy Magic Show while parents are invited to lounge in the Funderdome Café to enjoy light bites and drinks. Don’t fret, Halloween Howl is a safe and fun place for the family to enjoy the ghostly holiday! Entrance is free to to Funderdome Members, $10 for non-members. For more information, visit www.funderdome.net.
Celebrate Halloween at the Bass Museum
Celebrate Halloween at the Bass Museum of Art’s FREE IDEA@thebass Family Day! This Sunday, October 30 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., museum guests will enjoy a creative afternoon full of exciting activities for the whole family including art projects, scavenger hunts, art stations, face painting and free prizes. In honor of Halloween, boys and ghouls are encouraged to dress up in costume and enter the museum’s costume contest – a secret surprise will be given to the best costume at the end of the day! Another fun and eerie addition to the event is the opportunity to view Florida’s ONLY Egyptian Gallery. Admission is FREE. For more info: 305.673.7530 or www.bassmuseum.org.
RA Sushi’s Boo Bash 2011
Dress to impress at RA Sushi South Miami’s Boo Bash 2011. From 8:00 p.m. to close on Monday, October 31, guests will enjoy a variety of “Boo Bites” including sushi and appetizer specials such as Voodoo Crispy Chicken, Vampire Shrimp and the Spider Roll as well as “Potent Potions” such as Grape Ghoulade, Manic Mango and Sinners Sangria and Satan’s elixir. Boys and ghouls are encouraged to dress up and enter the Boo Bash Costume Contest for a chance to win a $100 RA gift certificate. DJ Frankie P will also be onsite spinning a haunting mix of beats. For more information, call 305.341.0092. To RSVP, visit www.facebook.com/RASushiSouthMiami.