By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Halloween falls on October 31st every year, and in 2019 that means it happens on a Thursday, making for a great long weekend of festivities. As always Miami Beach is full spooky delights and fun for all ages, and some events are even starting this weekend.
Halloween celebration starts early this Saturday, October 26th at the Fontainebleau’s FontaineBOO’s bash for the entire family at 441 Collins avenue. Children ages 4 to 12 will enjoy games and win prizes, such as Hook Toss, Buried Treasures, Coconut Bowling, drame (color) decorating, and a pirate adventure photo station.
The afternoon will last from 2PM until 5PM, admission is $10 for non-guests of the hotel and free for hotel guests. In addition, La Côte, their two-story Mediterranean restaurant, will host Yelloween at La Côte, from 11AM until 7PM.
Attendees can expect live music, fun and spooky decorations, festive dancers and complimentary tastings of Veuve Cliquot Champagne, and a special champagne menu, with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Jungle Island, the popular eco-adventure attraction, will also offer family-friendly Halloween plans for October 26th and 27th, from 10AM until 5PM. The park will be filled with activities such as face painting, lawn games, spooky music, themed arts and crafts, candy, trick or treating and more.
Kids will also be able to participate in a costume contest and pay only a $10 ticket if they are wearing a costume. Otherwise admission is $33.49 per child and $44.99 per adult during the month of October.
A newcomer this year is Jungle Island’s Luminosa Halloween night celebration. Jeremy Hauwelaert, Director of Sales and Marketing at Jungle Island commented, “This is the first time in the park’s over eighty year history that both couples and families will have the opportunity to dress up in costumes and stroll through a jungle at night.”
He continued, “While enjoying hundreds of giant illuminated Chinese Lanterns and acrobats, jam out to live bands, and even enjoy the Moet Chandon champagne lounge under an enchanting banyan tree in the center of the park.” Tickets for Luminosa are $35 per adult, and $30 per child.
As next week gets rolling, for those over 21, the celebration can start on Wednesday, October 30th, when “dark debauchery and temptations,” will already be taking over town at Bâoli Miami at 1906 Collins Avenue. Their weekly Wednesday fete, will be “Dracula, My Love!,” seductive costumes encouraged, admission varies between $65 and $100 per person.
For adults who prefer a more relaxed plan, Generator Miami at 3120 Collins Avenue, will present a “spooktacular” dinner and a movie, featuring Stanley Kubrick’s the Shinning. Admission is $100 per couple and includes two appetizers, one entrée, one dessert and a bottle of wine, two showings are available, at 7:30 & 10:30 PM.
Undoubtedly the place to be on the evening of October 31st, at least to begin the night, is the iconic Halloween Lincoln Road celebration, from 5PM until 1AM. The event attracts approximately 50,000 attendees yearly dressed in the most creative and elaborate costumes around.
It is a Miami tradition to arrive early grab a seat at your favorite Lincoln Road restaurant, café, or bar and enjoy the endless parade of naughty, scary, hilarious and glamorous Halloween get-ups Miami Beach has to offer.
After Lincoln Road, many partygoers choose their favorite club to continue the night, and being this year Halloween is a Thursday night, the options are endless.
However, some locals like Villa Azur at 309 23rd St, offer Insta-worthy beautiful and delicious specialty cocktails. For instance, this “Night at the Scary Movie”, made with vodka and popcorn, and the “Killer Gnome”, which includes mescal, agave, and even some dry ice fog.