At last, Halloween weekend has arrived. As you can see, we’ve done some redecorating in honor of the unholy day.* Now we just have to don costumes and indulge in some tried-and-true Miami Halloween terror. (Pumpkintinis at Liv anyone?)
With so much going on this weekend, it might be hard to figure out where to go. Plenty of venues you wouldn’t be caught undead at are trying to lure you to their Halloween parties with devilish promotions. Beware! You only get to dress like Quail Man once a year, so make it count. To help you plan your haunting, here are the Top Ten Miami Halloween Weekend Events, in chronological order.
Hundreds of costumed bicyclists will terrorize the streets of Miami on this 19-mile ride through Brickell, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Little Havana, Downtown, and Edgewater. After the ride, Beached Miami will hand out free wolfcyclist t-shirts to 20 lucky riders in costume. (Check out the shirt HERE.)
At Churchill’s Pub, the event will honor the Spooky Kids, the creepy band that got overshadowed by their exceedingly creepy front thing, Marilyn Manson. One of the Kids, guitarist Scott Putesky (aka Daisy Berkowitz), will take the stage, along with a slate of other acts. With Churchill’s transformed into a haunted house for the weekend, it should be a terrifying experience.
Billed as a “dark and goth homage to the king of the roaring 20s, The Great Gatsby,” this event will take place at the Raleigh Hotel. If you’ve always wanted a stab at a vampiress Daisy Buchanan — and who hasn’t? — this is the event for you.
Cost: $20 – $25
At the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts downtown, this event offers free cocktails, a virgin sacrifice of “Rocky Horror” first timers, the movie screening at 9 p.m., and free admission to an afterparty at Grand Central.
Cost: $25 – $30
Guest DJ and hostess Elaine Lancaster will give away two plane tickets to Mardi Gras to the night’s best costume at Cafeina in Wynwood.
With the most arresting name and video promo of any Miami Halloween event, Hellrotika, at Awarehouse in Wynwood, invites you to “step onto our carnival grounds and enjoy our bizarro mix of macabre circus performers, wacked-out burlesque dancers, and hellsex costume contest.” Ok.
Cost: $35 – $45
A chance to gallivant around the halls of the historic Vizcaya mansion dressed in a cape, this lavish Halloween weekend event is for platinum trick-or-treaters only.
Cost: $100 – $125
A favorite of Joey Ramone, who produced their 2002 album “Back From the Grave,” this South Carolina punk band will take the stage at Churchill’s Halloween night. Their symbols, fittingly, are a skanking skeleton and a possessed bat.
9. Thriller Block Party on Lincoln Road
I’m not one to recommend the Van Dyke Cafe for anything. But hosting a tribute to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on the corner of Lincoln and Jefferson and a tribute to dead rock stars upstairs that will feature Miami music maestro Fernando Perdomo, VD might be a place to be Halloween night.
10. Lincoln Road
The Van Dyke Cafe block party is only one part of the Lincoln Road Halloween experience, which basically amounts to eight blocks of bloody, fleshy, flamboyant Halloween debauchery. Expect to see more than one adult male in only a diaper, and many more ladies in little more. It’s a damn good time.
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