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This weekend's best Halloween events and parties

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.

Hulaween 2018

7 p.m.-midnight Friday, Oct. 26 at Mai-Kai, 3599 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; free, 954-563-3272 or MaiKai.com

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.

Hutter’s Zombie Crawl West Palm Beach 2018

7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 along Clematis Street in West Palm Beach; $20 via Electrostub.com; 561-833-8873 or Facebook event page

With the cancellation of the drunken stumble known as the Fort Lauderdale Zombie Walk this year, the undead will instead be forced to shamble down Clematis Street in search of libations. Go moaning and groaning at Hutter’s Zombie Crawl, where a ticket includes five drinks at five bars, including Pawn Shop, Banko Cantina and Grease Burger Bar. Stick around for the costume contest afterward.

Wynwood Fear Factory

8 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26 and 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami; $50-$85, $90-$150 for two-day pass via Tixr.com; WynwoodFearFactory.com

The already spooky Mana Wynwood warehouse will be the rightful setting for Fear Factory, the horror-themed electronica music bash topped this year by Swedish DJ duo Galantis, trap producer RL Grime and Belgian DJ duo Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike. Costumes are encouraged (but there’s no contest), and there will be art installations and food trucks on hand.

Halloween Masquerade Ball

5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at No. 3 Social, 50 NW 24th St., Miami; $10 via Eventbrite.com; 305-748-4540 or No3Social.com

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.

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.

Halloween Party and Costume Contest

8:30-11 p.m. Oct. 27 at Tarpon River Brewing, 280 SW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale; free; 954-353-3193 or TarponRiverBrewing.com and Facebook event page

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.

Gatsby's Masquerade Halloween Ball

9 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 27 at Conrad Miami, 1395 Brickell Ave., Miami; $20-$1,095 via ClubZone.com; 305-503-6533 and Facebook event page

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.

Second annual Fright Night Bar Crawl

7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 31 at SHOTS Miami, 311 NW 23rd St., Miami; $15-$30 via Eventbrite.com; 305-571-0439 or ShotsBar.com and Facebook event page

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.

HalloWyn Block Party

7 p.m.-3 a.m. Oct. 31 at Wynwood Marketplace, 2250 NW Second Ave., Miami; free with Eventbrite RSVP, includes Fireball shot; 305-461-2700 or HalloWynBlockParty.com

A free Fireball Whiskey shot is guaranteed to anyone who RSVPs online to this free street party, taking place under the white-tented Mana production lots on Wynwood’s main Second Avenue drag. As with last year’s frenzy of costumed millennials, there will be a fleet of food trucks and DJs spinning throughout the night.

The Silver Scream

7:30 p.m.-midnight Oct. 31 at the Addison, 2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton; $125-$2,500 via Eventbrite.com; 561-372-0568 or TheAddisonofBocaRaton.com

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.”

Wicked Manors

6-11 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 along Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors; free; 954-463-9005 or WickedManors.org

You may have trouble counting the number of revelers suggestively dressed as the Twister board game during Wilton Manors’ annual block party. Themed “Game Night,” this year’s night of over-the-top shenanigans will span three stages between Northeast 21st Court and Five Points and will be emceed by drag entertainer Miss Misty Eyes. Costume-contest categories include “Best Sex Appeal,” “Best Group Appeal” and “Best Theme.” Our prediction? The winner will be dressed as the Monopoly guy.

Enigma Haunt

7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 27 and 7-10:30 p.m. select Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays through Oct. 31 at 1751 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; $25-$45; 855-99-HAUNT or EnigmaHaunt.com

A romp through the Louisiana backwoods to encounter a voodoo priestess who curses you. A haunted maze populated by medical oddities and marauding, axe-wielding clowns. Sinister twists on “Alice in Wonderland.” These are the scenarios unfolding across 20,000 square feet and two floors of themed haunted houses, where some 80 actors are lying in wait to scare you in the darkness. This year’s attractions are “Cursed,” “Twisted Mayhem” and “Realms of Terror.”

MoonFest 2018

8 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 27 along five blocks of Clematis Street in West Palm Beach; $15, $75 for VIP, 561-271-4315 or MoonFest.me

West Palm Beach’s dance party and fright fest is headlined by 1980s synth-pop wizards Information Society, whose 1988 dance hit “What’s on Your Mind (Pure Energy)” wound up in the graveyard of one-hit wonders. They’ll be joined by 15 acts on three stages (down from 29 acts in 2017), including the Heavy Pets, Spred the Dub, Bow Wow Wow, Otto Von Schirach and MillionYoung. The 31st annual block party — yes, it remains adults-only — spans the 100 to 500 blocks of Clematis Street, and includes a haunted house and a $1,000 cash costume contest.

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