Enjoy more than a week of Halloween-themed festivities that are being offered by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department. Here’s a listing of fun-filled Halloween happenings for families, kids, and teens at Miami-Dade County parks and attractions that includes everything from Halloween movie nights and costume contests, to haunted houses and spooky trail hikes.
Now through October 31, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House at Zoo Miami
Visit the 7,000 square-foot haunted house. Roaches take over the kitchen while cats take over a cadaver’s home. With an admission cost of $5/person (not included in zoo admission), this house of chills will remain open through October 31. Parental discretion is advised for young children. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 St., Miami. For more information, visit www.zoomiami.org or call (305) 251-0400.
October 26, 7-10 p.m.
Hunter’s Moon Stargazing Party at Fruit & Spice Park
Under the allure, and mystique of the full moon, Southern Cross Astronomical Society will guide you through a celestial exploration of the heavens. The night includes a campfire sing-a-long and storytelling. There will also be moonlight tram tours. Bring along a blanket to sit by the campfire, as well as hot dogs and marshmallows to toast. Admission is free. For information, call 305-247-5727. Fruit & Spice Park is located at 24801 SW 187 Ave., Homestead.
October 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
Spooky Tales at the Deering Estate
Costumes are welcome at this evening of spooky storytelling. The cost is $5 per person. Admission is free for Deering Estate Foundation members. The Deering Estate at Cutler is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave., Miami. For more information, call (305) 235-1668, or visit www.deeringestate.org.
October 26, 31 & November 2, 7:30-9 p.m.
Ghost Tours at Arch Creek Park
Have a ghostly encounter this Halloween at Arch Creek Park. This naturalist guided tour takes you on a journey through the park’s history, detailing ghost sightings that date back to the late 1800′s. The cost is $6 per person and reservations are required. Call (305) 944-6111. Arch Creek Park is located at 1855 NE 135 Street in North Miami.
October 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
“Treats Street” Halloween Family Event” at South Dade Park
Spend a “spooktacular” evening at the park with free Halloween candy for the kids, sponsored by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Lynda Bell. For more information, call (305) 247-9453. South Dade Park is located at 28151 SW 280 St., Miami.
October 26, 8-11 p.m.
Halloween Happenings Haunted House at Tropical Estates Park
Families will enjoy a safe Halloween celebration in the park, with an outdoor movie and a spooky haunted house. Admission to the haunted house is $2 per person. For more information, call (305) 226-5782. Tropical Estates Park is located at 10201 SW 48 St., Miami.
October 26 & 27, 7:30 p.m.
Creepy Crawly Campfire at Bill Sadowski Park
Join naturalists for a family oriented evening full of animals that send shivers down your spine, and then settle in for a campfire. Don’t forget to wear your costumes! The cost is $6 per person and reservations are required. Call 305-255-4767. Bill Sadowski Park is located at 17555 SW 79 Ave., Miami.
October 27, 7:30 p.m.
Creepy Crawly Campfire at AD Barnes Park (Sense of Wonder Nature Center)
Join naturalists for a family oriented evening full of animals that send shivers down your spine, and then settle in for a campfire. Don’t forget to wear your costumes. The cost is $6 per person and reservations are required. Call (305) 662-4124. AD Barnes Park (Sense of Wonder Nature Center) is located at 3401 SW 72 Ave., Miami.
October 26 & 27, 7 -11 p.m.
Spooky Zoo Nights at Zoo Miami
Spooky Zoo Nights is an after-hours family event. The $10.95/person admission ($9.95 for zoo members) features Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, spooky tram rides, ghoulish carousel rides*, and chilling story-telling around a fire pit. Goodies and a roving street theatre will add excitement to the pathways. *Ghoulish carousel rides are an additional fee. Save $2 by purchasing your tickets now for $8.95/person plus tax during the online pre-sale at www.zoomiami.org. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 St., Miami. For more information call 305-251-0400.
October 27 & 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Zoo Boo at Zoo Miami
Included with zoo admission, families and kids ages 12 and under are invited to trick-or-treat in costumes, participate in costume contests, watch special performances, make Halloween crafts, see our wild animals get their Halloween goodies, and more. Music and games with fun prizes will be provided by Radio Disney AM 990 and The Coast 97.3 FM. Zoo Boo is included with paid zoo admission. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (ages 3 – 12) plus tax. Children under two, Zoological Society of Florida members, and parking are free. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami. For more information, visit www.zoomiami.org or call (305) 251-0400.
October 27, 5-9 p.m.
Halloween Family Night at Wild Lime Park
This Halloween event is sponsored by the Kendall Hammocks Optimists. It’s an evening of free Halloween thrills with pumpkin rolling and Halloween costume contests, and an outdoor screening of the Halloween family movie “Monster House.” Wild Lime Park is located at 14751 Hammock Blvd., Miami. For more information, call (305) 386-0227.
October 31, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
“Light the Night” at Deerwood Bonita Lakes Park
Families are invited to this “Trick-or-Treat” alternative festival, sponsored by Miami Vineyard Community Church. Dress in your favorite costume and enjoy free candy, carnival rides, and games. Savory treats will also be available for purchase from gourmet food truck vendors. Deerwood Bonita Lakes Park is located at 14445 SW 122 Ave., Miami. For more information, call (305) 233-5783.
October 31, 6-8 p.m.
Halloween Trick-or-Treat at Highland Oaks Park.
Sweeten your child’s Halloween with festive fun and trick-or-treating, sponsored by Miami-Dade County Police Department (Officer Al Perez). Highland Oaks Park is located at 20300 NE 24 Ave., Miami. For more information, call 305-932-2164.
October 31, 7-9 p.m.
Family Movie Night featuring “Monster House” at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park
Bring your kids in their Halloween best and head to the park for a night of spooky fun with this free outdoor screening of the Halloween family movie “Monster House.” This event is sponsored by the Miami-Dade Police Athletic League. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park is located at 6100 NW 32 Ct., Miami. For more information call (305) 633-2044.