Don’t Miss: South Florida Halloween Happenings

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On October - 26 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

Nightmare on the Beach: The Dark CarnEvil

The Little Lighthouse Foundation hosts its eight (8th) Annual Halloween charity event, Nightmare on the Beach: The Dark CarnEvil (“NOTB2017”), on Friday, October 27 at South Beach’s Lummus Park. NOTB2017, South Florida’s premier Halloween charity event, will offer guests a unique outdoor nightclub experience where guests will join the Evil dwellers of the abandoned carnival to share the celebrations while raising money for South Florida children.  This event will also feature multiple themed pavilions and tents, costumed performers, deranged clowns and other amazing activations. All attendees will enjoy a top shelf open bar, including Tito’s Vodka, Camarena Tequila, Notorious Pink, Atlantico Rum, Jagermeister and Coppertail Beer with food tastings from some of Miami’s best restaurants and caterers. Guests will keep refreshed with the Foundation’s Official Sparkling Water, LaCroix Sparkling Water, still water from Core and coconut water from Zico. Music from DJ Louis Dee.   There are a limited number of premium  tickets for $175 (plus service fee), which can be purchased at   Ticket prices will increase until NOTB2017 is sold out.  There are also VIP Tables packages available, which include 10 VIP table tickets, unlimited bottle service all night, for $5,000.  VIP Tables can be purchased by contacting Jonathan Babicka at


 31st Annual Halloween Sundowner at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens hosts the 31st Annual Halloween Sundowner, one of Miami’s most iconic events attracting 1,000 guests each Halloween. The allinclusive party takes place on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 8:00 p.m. to midnight, and benefits the continued preservation of Vizcaya, a National Historic Landmark. This year’s event will feature a theme of Mystery, Myth and Fantasy. Guests are welcome to dress for the theme or wear the costume of their choice and enter to win fabulous prizes in the following categories: Best Male Costume, Female Costume, Best Couple and Best Group Costume. The beautiful and talented Roxy Vargas, host of NBC 6’s “Six in the Mix”, returns once again as mistress of ceremonies. The Halloween extravaganza will feature five full open bars by Bacardi, including specialty themed drinks. Bars will also feature beer by Heineken as well as wine and spirits by GatoNegro, Liquore Strega and Marques de Riscal – all included in the ticket price. General Admission tickets are $170 ($140 for Vizcaya Members) and $150 for Groups of 8 or more. VIP tickets are $250 and include all General Admission benefits as well as exclusive access to a VIP Lounge area located in the courtyard of the Main House, featuring VIP bars with drinks and a catered buffet as well as an air-conditioned lounge and entertainment. In addition to the VIP tickets, there will be limited availability VIP Reserved Tables of 6 for $3,000 which includes the benefits of the VIP tickets plus three-bottle champagne service. Tickets are all inclusive. Must be 21 and over to attend. Proof of age required at entry. This is a rain or shine event and no refunds will be available. Tickets can be purchased online at


Frightening Bashes


WALL celebrates Halloween with two festive events. Secret Sin Sunday gets a Halloween twist on Sunday, October 29, featuring a hair-raising party. Then on Tuesday, October 31st, WALL throws a haunting bash with its 9th Annual WALLOWEEN Party.

Scary Dinner Parties

Villa Azur

The wicked will rise at Villa Azur’s Haunted Villa pre-Halloween dinner party on Saturday, October 28 at6:30pm. Diners will be entertained by a fearsom saxophonist and eerie DJ to dance the night away.

The haunting celebration continues on Tuesday, October 31st with the In the Shadow Halloween-themed party, in collaboration with Made in Russia and bubbly by Veuve Clicquot. Stilt monsters will frighten guests as all dine, drink and dance all night long.

Guests are encouraged to dress in their best costume for the chance to win the Veuve Clicquot grand prize.

Forte dei Marmi Dracula Mambo

The FDMArtsclub will host the best deal on the Beach, for a mere $100 guests will receive a 3-course dinner and one house drink as they party to Dracula Mambo by DJ Le Spam performed on a revolutionary analog acoustic system and entertainment.  Forte dei Marmi will also feature an open bar on a house cocktail and a Dracula costume contest where the winner will receive dinner on the house.


Seaspice enchants the Miami River with its luxuriously chic, haunted party on Sunday, October 29 with live entertainment, scrumptious food and a few scares. 

Spellbinding Offerings 

Coco Bambu

With a few tricks up their sleeves, Coco Bambu features freakishly tasty treats for its dining guests. Available from Friday, October 27 – Tuesday, October 31, guests can order the Halloween Pumpkin Shrimpand themed cocktails, the Witches Cauldron (made with cream de casis, lime, peach vodka and prosseco) and Kandy Korn (mixing lemon, acetola, pineapple, citron goose, Malibu and egg white). On October 31st, the restaurant will transform into a Halloween utopia, with decorations and a staff outfitted in theme.


DÔA celebrates with a sinfully delectable poison, Into the Fog. The spine-chilling drink blends Altos tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, cinnamon syrup and allspice dam for a combination so delicious it’s do die for.


Halloween on #onLincoln

Lincoln Road, Miami Beach’s iconic promenade, will host its annual Halloween #onLincoln celebration with spectacular live music, dining, shopping and entertainment. Attracting over 50,000 participants each year, Lincoln Road’s landmark celebration is the ultimate place to be on October 31st.  

Included in this year’s celebration:

  • Music from local DJ’s set up on four different stages throughout Lincoln Road
  • WALLCAST screening of Goosebumps, the movie at New World Symphony
  • In-store trick or treating, where select stores will have candy to distribute to visitors
  • Ten outdoor pop-up bars
  • Select in-store Halloween specials 



 MARGAUX Returns to the Main Line

On Saturday, October 21 through Sunday, October 29, Wayne native, and 2010 Episcopal Academy graduate, Alexa Buckley and her business partner Sarah Pierson return to the Main Line with a Margaux pop-up shop in Suburban Square. Blending technology, fashion and millennial energy, Buckley and Pierson are changing the way that women purchase footwear around the country.

Hours are 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. daily, and 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sundays

Special events include:

  • Saturday 10.21: Opening day with complimentary refreshments from Saxby’s
  • Tuesday 10.24: Peter’s Place benefit day, dedicating 10% of proceeds to Peter’s Place
  • Friday 10.27: Girls Day in the Square (offering gift with purchase from Suburban Square retailers)

The brand designs comfortable footwear built to meet the demands of modern life, and to carry the Margaux woman throughout her day with confidence and chic; Location: 59 Saint James Place, (the former Walking Company store) in Suburban Square, Ardmore


The Habit Burger Grill Opens in Cherry Hill

Burger lovers in Philadelphia will have a new reason to celebrate as The Habit Burger Grill (Nasdaq: HABT) opens a new location this month. Following the success of their King of Prussia location, on Wednesday, October 11 at 10:30 a.m. the second Habit store in the Philadelphia region opened in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Home to the award-winning Charburgers, Habit Burger Grill also offers hand-cut salads, grilled sandwiches including line-caught, sushi grade albacore tuna, fresh chicken and hand-filleted marinated grilled tri-tip, and sides including onion rings, sweet potato and French fries and tempura green beans. Guests can choose from a variety of peppers, lemons, limes and sauces at a complimentary condiment bar to customize the flavor of their meal. The Habit has since grown to over 190 restaurants in 10 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Washington and Maryland as well as two international locations. More information is available at 


Thank You for Your Service Treats Veterans

Universal Pictures and AMC Theatres today announced that, on October 26, up to 10,000 free tickets will be presented to U.S. veterans and active-duty servicemembers for DreamWorks Pictures’ Thank You for Your Service—at more than 400 AMC locations nationwide.  Each of the first 25 servicemembers (per location) with valid, government-issued ID who request a ticket will be given one free admission to the 7:00 p.m. preview screening. The promotion will be available at all AMC Theatres playing Thank You for Your Service.  Free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and may only be picked up at the AMC box office on October 26.  Each guest must present a valid government-issued military ID to receive their ticket, with a limit of one free ticket for each military ID presented, while supplies last.  This offer is valid for the 7:00 p.m. showing of the film on October 26, only. 




Athina Divina Expo 

On Friday, October 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the heart of the Miami Design District, the best names in art, design, fashion and lifestyle will unite in a one of a kind event. Raiza Perrault will be on hand to discuss climate change as well the Maestro Marturet that will demonstrate how to conduct in his master class. Athina Marturet, event ambassador, will introduce the panel of amazing personalities of art, fashion, architecture and lifestyle. This Expo will be crowned with the first MISO Pop Up Series Concert by Eduardo Marturet and Miami Symphony at spectacular Palm Court; the free outdoor concert is guaranteed to be absolutely beautiful starts at 6.00 pm. Messages of healing and words that touch the soul and heart are going to be some of the many things that you will enjoy for free. The concert will also feature leading artist of Emilio & Gloria Estefan’s Broadway Show “On Your Feet”, Ana Villafañe. Maestro Marturet will be presenting his exclusive work composed in Greece, the most emblematic and uplifting piece ever written by the composer. Its vibrations are guaranteed to enrich your soul and transport you to the majestic temples of the Greek Gods. It will be performed for the first time by the Miami Symphonic Orchestra, featuring Eduardo Calle as solo saxophonist.  


The Diamond Ball, Miami Children’s Health Foundation

On Saturday, October 21st Miami Children’s Health Foundation (MCH Foundation) will hold its annual Diamond Ball, with over 600 of South Florida’s most philanthropic community members. This inspiring and uplifting event benefits the children and families of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. This year, MCH Foundation will induct two honorees into the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame: world-renowned photographer, Anne Geddes, and highly successful racecar driver, Hélio Castroneves. Guests and celebrities will experience a black-tie affair, with a stylish cocktail soiree featuring entertainment, and a silent auction and a special drawing of a 2018 Audi A5, 2018 Audi A5 Coupe, generously donated by Audi of America & Audi Stuart. The hospital is home to the largest pediatric teaching program in southwestern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, visit:

Clarins and Fondation Arthritis

Throughout the entire month of October, Clarins will be donating funds to arthritis research via each sale of a Tonic Oil Body Treatment. With each purchase of the brands iconic Tonic Oil, formulated with 100% pure plant extracts, a blue bracelet will be gifted in recognition of your contribution to help fight against this disease. 

Proceeds will be donated to Fondation Arthritis’, a non-profit whose mission is to help advance early diagnosis, new therapeutic pathways and restore hope for all patients. Plus, as a thank you, receive a FREE blue-ribbon logo charm bracelet and support Fondation Arthritis.



This Sunday, October 22, at 11 a.m. the mall will host PINK WALK, a 2-mile, indoor walk to support The Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative, an outreach organization dedicated to educating women about the importance of breast and heart health while providing them with the resources to beat these diseases. The Awareness Walk is part of Aventura Mall’s One Life Walking Program, a wellness initiative that offers a variety of fitness sessions aimed at reducing stress and enhancing the overall well-being for families in the community.


The suggested donation to participate in the walk is $20, and Aventura Mall will match donations up to $1,500. The first 50 people who donate will receive a Fitness Journal Magazine and a pink “I Can” t-shirt. Complimentary pink cupcakes from Cupcake World and refreshments will be provided after the walk by Farmer’s Market vendors. The walk will start at Fountain Court next to Apple. To register in advance, guests may email or check in on-site at the Visitor Center.



ON YOUR FEET! Officially Hits the Road

The highly anticipated First National Tour of ON YOUR FEET!based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY® winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, 19-time GRAMMY® winning producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan – will celebrate its Grand Opening tonight in the Estefans’ home city of Miami at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Tickets to ON YOUR FEET! in Miami are available through the Arsht Center Box Office in person at 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132, by calling 305-949-6722, or online at  The engagement runs through Sunday, October 15, and then travels to 60 additional cities across the country through April 21, 2019 – including Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, Washington DC and Denver.


MISO Grand Season Opening

Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) under the leadership of Music Director & Conductor Eduardo Marturet, is glad to invite you to its “Grand Season Opening” concert 2017 – 2018, Sunday, Oct 15th at 6pm at the Adrienne Arsht Center – Knight Concert Hall in Miami starting with an extremely vivid and original performance. Please use our promo code MGSO25 and enjoy 25% off at This offer is valid until October 8th and will be available to the first 20 users.

Program includes: Gershwin – Lullaby, Marturet – Music for Sixty and Sax (World Premiere), Cremisini – Concerto for Guitar (World Premiere), Bernstein – Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story”, Ed Calle – Saxophone, Tulio Cremisini – Guitar; Featuring Ana Villafañe best known for her portrayal of pop icon Gloria Estefan, direct from the critically acclaimed Broadway musical, “On Your Feet”.


Lyft Offers Discounts for SOMOS LIVE

To encourage support of disaster relief efforts, Lyft, the nation’s fastest growing ridesharing service, will offer half-priced rides for concert-goers of “Somos Live!” a benefit concert helping those affected by recent natural disasters in Puerto Rico, South Florida, the Caribbean and Mexico on Saturday, October 14 at Marlins Park in Miami, FL. New and existing Lyft users will receive 50% off rides taken to or from Marlins Park for “Somos Live!” on Saturday, October 14 by using discount code SOMOSLIVE. The list of performers who will take the stage for the benefit concert include, Marc Anthony, Camila, Gente De Zona, Nicky Jam, DJ Khaled, Prince Royce, Romeo Santos, Alejandro Sanz and Daddy Yankee with many other stars who will appear – via telecast – live from Los Angeles. Proceeds of the “Somos Live!” concert will be used to rush food, shelter, medicine, power and communications to the areas affected by recent natural disasters through different charities.


The Miami Children’s Museum Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash!

Once again, the Miami Children’s Museum is bringing Halloween’s most fun event to South Florida! The annual Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash, co-chaired by Michal & Adam Kuperstein and Kelly & Chris Melchiondo, will be held on Sunday, October 15 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Guests will trick or treat around the Museum’s galleries, brave the Haunted House, test their knowledge in the Mad Scientist Lab, create crazed crafts including pumpkin decorating and a special area to decorate sugar skulls! This year the Museum has added a new toddler area including a variety of sensory bins featuring pumpkin insides and fake spider webs, block play and an area for story time and music play led by the Museum’s Theater Troupe.

All tickets can be purchased in advance at:  Admission is $45.00 per person for non-members until October 10th and $50.00 thereafter.  Members are $35.00 until October 10th and then $40.00 thereafter. The Museum is closed for the event and the only entrance is through the purchase of a ticket.  All proceeds raised for the event will directly support MCM’s educational programs. 





Last night in Miami Beach Ocean Drive magazine and Ricky Martin, the glossies October issue cover star and multi award-winning actor, singer, activist and Puerto Rico native was joined by partners INFINITI and W South Beach to celebrate the new issue as well as raise crucial funds for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.  Recognized as one of the most beloved performers and humanitarians, Ricky was joined by his fiancé Jwan Yosef, the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Jared Shapiro and Publisher, Courtland Lantaff along with VIPs and leading tastemakers including the Mayor of Miami Beach Philip Levine and more than 200 philanthropists and tastemakers in giving back to the victims in Puerto Rico of Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story star opened up to Ocean Drive in a candid interview inside the October issue about what fatherhood means to him, returning to Miami to play such an important role in the life and death of Gianni Versace and the inspiration behind creating the Ricky Martin Foundation.  Funds raised at the invitation-only event were collected through the Ricky Martin Foundation. In addition to INFINITI and W South Beach several Miami-based businesses supported the event through the donation of silent auction packages including hotel stays, luxury items and epicurean dinners. Guests enjoyed the sounds of DJ Rascal, DJ Iron Lyon and DJ Liveitup while sampling savory hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails by 1888 Rum.



By: Maryanne Salvat

 PHeast on South

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s fall fundraising event, PHeaSt, moves outdoors this year for a delicious, moonlit celebration in the PHS Pop Up Garden at 15th and South Streets on Friday, October 6, from 7 to 10 p.m. The new “PHeaSt on South” will offer exciting dishes and drinks created by some of the city’s most talented chefs and mixologists, and live musical entertainment in the beautiful garden setting. The exclusive VIP experience at 6 p.m. will feature the mixologists of the Aqua Vitae Institute, who will teach guests how to conjure a unique love potion – a captivating cocktail that blends sour and sweet and a little bitter. The VIP experience also includes reserved seating and free valet parking. Featured restaurants at PHeaSt on South will be Cantina Dos Segundos, Royal Tavern, Triangle Tavern, Khyber Pass Pub, Garces Trading Co., Blackfish, Sojourn Philly (Rex 1516, Jet Wine Bar, Café Ynez), Square 1682, Red Owl Tavern, Melograno, Campbell’s Place, and The Night Kitchen Bakery. Sips partners will be Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Hendrick’s Gin, and Constellation Brand imported beers, Modelo Especial and Cerveza Pacifico Clara. Coffee will be provided by Saxbys Coffee. The versatile Philadelphia String Quartet will set the mood at PHeaSt on South, with their fiery LED-lit violins rocking Bach to pop. And for mystical moonlit fun, tarot card readers will offer guests a glimpse into the season ahead. Each ticket to PHeaSt supports the impactful work of PHS, which connects people with horticulture and creates more beautiful, healthy and sustainable communities. VIP ticket price is $300. Regular admission at 7 p.m. is $150 per person. For information and tickets, click here.


Monument Lab and Mural Arts Philadelphia Present Promument

Join Monument Lab and Mural  Arts Philadelphia on October 6, for Promument at  PAFA’s beautiful Rotunda space. Explore the Monument Lab hub in PAFA’s downstairs exhibition space and enjoy a lineup of Philadelphia’s best DJs, great food and cocktails, live art and sign-making with Steve Powers, and tons of surprises. Sponsorship: Major support for Monument Lab projects staged in Philadelphia’s five squares has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. An expanded artist roster and projects at five neighborhood sites have been made possible by a significant grant from the William Penn Foundation. Lead corporate sponsor is Bank of America. For a full list of sponsors and partners, visit


Mad Rex Fishtown

Mad Rex, the world’s first post-apocalyptic entertainment venue, opens its doors this weekend with a grand opening celebration. Complete with virtual reality lounge (beverage of choice served up in a take-home IV bag), guests will enjoy fire breathers and live DJ’s.  With an extensive menu and craft cocktails, SURVIVORS can indulge as they create their own “interactive rites” while cooking up their choice of protein on a hot lava rock and salting their ice cream in beautiful Himalayan salt bowls.  

Mad Rex is located at 1000 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. Street parking is available as well as neighboring lots; for more information visit: