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Things to Do Halloween Weekend in South Florida



Halloween may fall on a Tuesday this year, but that's not stopping South Florida hotspots from celebrating the haunted holiday with spooky specials and shenanigans the weekend prior (or the entire week). Check out the thrilling action in our Halloween 2023 guide below, including themed comedy shows to pumpkin pie tacos.


SPOOKY RESTAURANT SPECIALS


Trick-or-Treat Yourself to Crafted Cocktails at Whiskey Neat Cocktail Lounge


Whiskey Neat, the urban cocktail lounge boasting one of South Florida’s largest whiskey selections, is celebrating Halloween all month long with five specially crafted spooky cocktails. Throughout October, Whiskey Neat guests can enjoy creative cocktails like the decadent Trick or Treat ($14), made with Sheep Dog whiskey, egg white, lemon, Frangelico and chocolate syrup, or the festive Fall’n for You ($12), featuring vanilla-flavored Stoli vodka, pumpkin syrup and an espresso shot. Other options on the limited-time menu include the Bat Out of Hell ($16), made with Knob Creek whiskey and garnished with smoked-maple old-fashioned bacon; the Corpse Reviver #2 ($14), featuring Nolet’s gin, Lillet Blanc, lemon and orange liqueur; and the Monster Smash ($12), made with tequila, sage blackberry syrup, lime juice and club soda.


Spooky Salmon Roll at Casa Sensei


Say hello to the Spooky Salmon Roll ($20) this Halloween at Fort Lauderdale’s Casa Sensei. What makes it so spooky? The haunting orange and green color combo is presented on a smoking dish to create a bone-chilling sight. You’ll be sure to whip out your phone for that Insta-worthy shot of the limited-time sushi roll. Likewise, try the This is Halloween Roll ($20), with wahoo tuna, masago black caviar and kizame nori. Voted “Best Asian Restaurant” by Fort Lauderdale Magazine for the past four years, Casa Sensei welcomes all this Halloween season to try its brilliant blend of traditional Latin American cuisine with Pan-Asian staples.



The Basic Witch Taco at Velvet Taco Fort Lauderdale


Get bewitched this Halloween at the newly opened Velvet Taco. The acclaimed restaurant, known for its globally inspired tacos and delectable margaritas, is ringing in the spooky season with its Basic Witch Taco ($5.50), made with fried pumpkin pie, flaky pie crust, cajeta, marshmallow fluff, candied pepitas, cinnamon jalapeño flavored gummy worms and pearls wrapped in a tie-dye waffle tortilla. This hauntingly delicious taco is available October 25-31.


Imbibe on the Day of the Dead at Chotto Matte Miami


Need help getting into the spooky spirit this season? Head over to Chotto Matte and indulge in its Day of the Dead Cocktail ($15), featuring flavors from El Ramo Immortal aged rum, dry vermouth, banana cordial, elderflower, lime and Peychaud’s bitters. This boo-zy cocktail is available from October 30 to November 5 and is the ideal way to celebrate Halloween in style!



haunted happenings


Havana Haunted Mansion


Open now through Halloween, Havana Haunted Mansion is an immersive, theatrical cocktail experience unlike any other in South Florida. The legendary grounds of Curtiss Mansion have been transformed into a spooky realm filled with ghostly challenges and puzzles, mesmerizing performances, spine-chilling cocktails and cuisine that transports guests back to early-20th-century Havana, Cuba. The adults-only pop-up Halloween experience is breaking all the rules of a typical haunted house, and Miami is the first city to witness it.



Halloween Full Moon Circle Ceremony at THesis Hotel


Get into the spooky spirit at the Halloween Full Moon Circle at THesis Hotel Miami on Saturday, October 28 from 7-9 p.m. Come with an open heart and a costume to connect with the phases of the moon and celebrate Halloween. The ceremony will include meditation, slow-flow yoga, journaling, affirmation cards, costumes and a Halloween-themed altar. Everyone who joins in a costume will receive a crystal to take home. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased HERE.


Halloween on Lincoln Road


Halloween on Lincoln Road is one of the country’s largest, most spooktacular parties, welcoming over 50,000 participants every year. From 5-7 p.m., kids are invited to come dressed as their favorite characters to trick-or-treat along the road and dig into the candy stations at the Euclid Oval and the 1100 Block. At 7 p.m., Miami’s biggest block party kicks off as all eight blocks of Lincoln Road transform into a vibrant catwalk decorated with costumed zombies, superheroes, vampires and more. Visitors can choose from a bevy of restaurants, cafés and bars with outdoor seating for top-notch views of the promenade featuring live DJ performances.



Halloween at Higher Ground


Kick into full gear this Halloween at Higher Ground, Wynwood’s go-to bar located on the third floor of Arlo Wynwood. With four events this spooky season, this indoor-outdoor spot is sure to get anyone in the Halloween spirit. Start the festivities on Thursday, October 26 with Ha-Ha Halloween, a Halloween-themed comedy show, part of the monthly ArLOL Comedy Series. Shop till you drop by supporting local vendors up at the Little River Flea on Saturday, October 28 from 1-7 p.m. If you’re looking to boo-gie, dance the night away at Groove Theory on Saturday, October 28 from 5-11 p.m., where a musical mashup from all your favorite eras will keep the energy high. For the grand finale, head to Wine, Witches & Wizards: Embracing Your Inner Magick on Tuesday, October 31 from 7-10 p.m. to indulge in delicious dishes and drinks, groove to the music and explore local vendors.


By ML Staff. Top image courtesy of Unsplash. Additional images courtesy of each mentioned venue on this story.

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