(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Why limit your Halloween thrills to one day, when you can 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 Oct. 31
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dr. Wilde's Creepy House at Zoo Miami
A 7,000 square-foot haunted house guaranteed to send chills up and down your spine when it debuts. We will make your every fear come to life! Roaches take over the kitchen while cats take over a cadaver's home. What will you find when the freezer defrosts - a zookeeper or two perhaps? You'll have to come and see for yourself! 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 Zoo Miami or call 305-251-0400.
Ghost Tour "Be Your Own Investigator" at the Deering Estate
"Be Your Own Investigator" and become part of the Paranormal Investigative Team as we discover evidence and occurrences with the League of Paranormal Investigators. Please dress comfortably. Bring your own flashlight, mosquito repellent and any equipment you wish to use. Pendulums, dowsing rods, EMF meters, voice recorders and cameras are welcome! Tour may contain mature subject matter. The cost is $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased online for an additional fee or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668 ext. 233. The Deering Estate at Cutler is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave., Palmetto Bay.
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.
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 Deering Estate.
11 p.m.-4 a.m.
Halloween "Spookover" at the Deering Estate
Experience the Deering Estate at Cutler overnight when the LIGHTS ARE OUT!!! The League of Paranormal Investigators will take guests on a Paranormal Investigation of the historic houses and main grounds. Guests are encouraged to dress comfortably and bring along a flashlight, mosquito repellent, a camera and their favorite ghost detecting equipment. Halloween attire is welcome, but not required. This is not a sleepover - there will be activities and investigations all night long. A light breakfast will be served. The tour may contain mature subject matter. The cost is $65 per person. Tickets can be purchased online for an additional fee at Deering Estate, or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668 ext. 233. The Deering Estate at Cutler is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave., Palmetto Bay. For more information, visit deeringestate.org.
October 26, 31 & Nov 2
Ghost Tours at Arch Creek Park
Have a ghostly encounter this Halloween at Arch Creek Park - one of Miami's best-kept secrets! 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.
"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.
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.
Oct. 26 & 27
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.
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.
Oct. 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 Zoo Miami. 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 Zoo Miami or call 305-251-0400.
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 at14751 Hammock Blvd., Miami. For more information, call 305-386-0227.
"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.
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.
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.
All About Owls Campfire at Bill Sadowski Park and Nature Center
Join naturalists for a family-oriented evening learning about nocturnal native wildlife, followed by a trail hike in search of these creatures. The event concludes with a marshmallow toast around the campfire. Bill Sadowski Park and Nature Center is located at 1755 SW 79th Ave., Miami. The cost is $6 per person and reservations are required. Call 305-255-4767.
About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,848 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For information visit Miami-Dade County Parks or call 3-1-1.
Miami-Dade County Parks is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department's efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County's world-class parks system for residents and visitors. Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities. For more information visit the Parks Foundation.
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