For those about to freak out this Halloween season, South Florida boasts a party for every taste. Like your parties drowning in rum? The Mai-Kai’s Hulaween will raise your spirits. Feeling nostalgic for Hollywood horror-movie monsters? Dance with the Wolfman at the Silver Scream. Feeling the urge to destroy some pumpkins? Fort Lauderdale brewery LauderAle has you covered. Here are 10 bars, breweries and hotels throwing bashes this October.
When rum-soaked cocktails are involved, the Mai-Kai needs little excuse for things to get weird. But that Zombie tropical drink you’re sipping will make more sense during the tiki haven’s 10th annual Hulaween bash, an evening of menacing tiki masks and sarong-clad dancers. Subtitled “Back From the Dead,” there’ll be roots-rock and rockabilly from repeat headliner Slip and the Spinouts, a costume contest with $500 in cash and prizes, half-price tropical drinks all night long and Appleton rum giveaways.
Halloween Masquerade Ball
This posh rooftop lounge in Wynwood (chef Norman Van Aken programs the menu) will throw the costumed ball following its 5-7 p.m. social hour, with $500 in cash prizes heading to the best-dressed reveler. Miami electro-pop duo Afrobeta tops the evening bill of music, which also features DJs Tracy Young and Bruno Pozzo.
The Silver Scream
Classic Hollywood silver-screen scarers of the 1920s and 1930s — Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman and the Mummy — will be saluted at this fundraiser, which benefits Slow Burn Theatre Company at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The evening will feature Halloween-themed craft cocktails, live music, small bites and a “haunted walk-through.”
The Purge Crawl 2018
8 p.m.-3 a.m. Oct. 20 along Clematis St., West Palm Beach; $15 via EventBrite.com
The crawl is modeled after “The Purge” horror franchise, set in a dystopian America where once a year all crimes — including murder — are legal for 12 hours. But the organizers assure us that only zombies, and not humans, will be purged during this five-stop bar crawl in downtown West Palm Beach. The crawl gets going at Roxy’s Pub (registration until 10 p.m.) and continues with cocktails at Banko Cantina, Pawn Shop, Sketch and the Loft. There’s a $500 prize for best individual and group “Purge” costumes.
Trick or Treat on 2nd Street
6 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 27 along downtown Himmarshee Street; free; Facebook event page
The noticeable absence of the Fort Lauderdale Zombie Walk this year means partiers need alternative ways to scare themselves. Filling that void is this block party from the Downtown Himmarshee Village Association, whose $5,000 costume contest is sure to guarantee hundreds of drinkers bringing their costume A-games.
Third annual Pumpkin Smash & Beer Release at LauderAle
We love the sweet aroma of freshly pulverized gourds in the morning, in beer form or otherwise. LauderAle will offer its Lordy Gourdy pumpkin-spiced ale on tap along with a stack of pumpkins for customers to whack with baseball bats.
Halloween Party and Costume Contest
There are Halloween shenanigans aplenty at this downtown taproom, with music by Jimmy Buffy and the Vampire Slayers and a costume contest (first prize is a $100 gift certificate and four growler fills of your choice). The brewery is also hosting a pumpkin carving (Oct. 28), a Halloween movie night (Oct. 31) and an Instagram-only Canine Costume Contest (ends Oct. 30) where users who submit photos of their costumed dogs and tag the brewery (more details here) can win more beer.
The Ritz Glitz Revue's Dark Desires
The ladies of Ritz Glitz Revue will bring an evening of rowdy stripteasing during its Halloween-themed burlesque show, featuring spooky shimmying by South Florida favorites Mayven Missbehavin', Sofia Luna, Ruby Tesla and Aurora Natrix.
Second annual Fright Night Bar Crawl
A costume idea to accompanying your night of Wynwood carousing: Dress up as Banksy’s shredded artwork from the Sotheby’s auction. Now, take that brilliant get-up and your five drink tickets to Shots, the Butcher Shop, La Poderosa, Centro and other neighborhood bars, offering specials throughout the night.
Gatsby's Masquerade Halloween Ball
Party as if you’re in an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel at this Roaring Twenties-themed party, with spinning by Miami DJs and views from the Conrad’s 25th floor.
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