South Florida Haunts and Spooks

Drive Through Haunt. Expresso Coffee Drive-Thru and Beanery hosts the Haunted Halloween Drive-Thru Extravaganza with candy, coffee samples, limited edition stickers and specials on beans. The free event will also feature special menu items for sale including espresso, pastries and gourmet beans. Customers can also drive up to Expresso Coffee and other local businesses such as Tarpon River Brewing and Downtown Pizza for Halloween specials and goodies. Oct. 31; 6-9 p.m.; 1900 South Andrews Ave. 

Spooky Science. The Frost Museum of Science puts on special programming during its fourth annual Spooky Science Monster Mash. Families can trick or treat and go on a scavenger hunt for pumpkins around the museum, shine a blacklight on germs, take a selfie with Frankenstein, learn with the American Chemical Society, and explore webs and potions in “Mad Science Lab.” Plus, the event gives visitors a chance to check out the exhibit Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits. Oct. 31; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Hotel Halloween. With social distancing being the rule this Halloween, THesis Hotel Miami is ready to surprise Coral Gables and South Miami families. Hotel guests and locals can drive through the hotel’s porte cochere for treats for children. Plus, randomly selected bags will include a gift certificate for a one-night hotel stay and $100 in food & beverage credit to enjoy at chef Niven Patel’s Mamey restaurant. Oct. 31; 5-8 p.m.; 1350 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables

Did someone say pie? Nothing says fall like pumpkins, which is why Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop offers its pumpkin pie throughout the month. The pie features a flaky flour crust, a creamy, custardy pumpkin-spiced puree filling topped with fresh whipped cream, crunchy streusel and caramel drizzle. There’s also pumpkin cheesecake and a pumpkin pie ice cream with house made pralines and white chocolate chunks. 2818 N. Miami Ave., Miami and 786-703-3623; 3435 Main Highway, Coconut Grove and 786-502-2396

Make a splash. The water park at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa will be the stage for the hotel’s Splashin’ Spooktacular Halloween. Tidal Cove invites hotel guests, members and patrons to enjoy pumpkins and pirates, mummy wrap relay, monster mash dance-off, speedy spider race, sandy candy edible art, and a chance to design their own trick or treat tote. The night ends with a viewing of Hocus Pocus and complimentary popcorn. Open to  Tickets are $125 per person. Oct. 31; 4-6 p.m. 19999 Country Club Drive, Aventura

Best in show. The party’s at Fort Lauderdale this weekend at Lona Cocina & Tequileria‘s Halloween Costume Party (Oct. 31) and Dia De Los Muertos (Nov. 1). Diners can enjoy the Halloween-themed Black Magic Margarita and Blood Orange Paloma on both Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos, which features a Sunday Bottomless Brunch. During Halloween’s costume contest, diners compete for prizes such as a weekend stay at the Barbary Beach House in Key West and a Lona brunch for six guests. Oct. 31, 6 p.m. Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954.245.3069

It’s a hoot. Hooters restaurants locations bring out the fun in Halloween for kids and their parents. Children wearing their Halloween costume receive a free kids meal, served on a Hooters Kids Club Frisbee that the kids can take home. Menu items include grilled cheese, wings, boneless wings, burger sliders, chicken sliders, cheese quesadilla and mac & cheese. Oct. 31; locations in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Doral, Weston and more

Downtown Halloween. Offering an alternative to neighborhood trick or treating, CityPlace Doral hosts “Not So Spooky” Halloween where children an collect candy and sweets from more than 20 participating merchants. Oct. 31; 5:30-7 p.m.; 8300 NW 36th St., Doral

Treats for kids. With its claim to fame as a beloved bakery filled with traditional Italian treats, it’s no surprise Doris Italian Market is giving out treats this Halloween. At all locations, children dressed in costume will receive a free cookie from the bakery. Oct. 31; Locations in Boca Raton, Sunrise, Pembroke Pines and Coral Springs

Time to fiesta. You’re invited to Chotto Matte as it celebrates the Day of the Dead with specials and a party. Enjoy a one-night-only special prix fixe menu ($95 per person) with shishito peppers, Nikkei Sashimi, Tuna Tataki, Sato Maki, Soul of The Dead Tempura, Chuleta De Cordero Ahumada, Tentaculos De Pulpo, and a Day of the Dead Dessert. Pair your meal with two-for-one La Adelita Tequila cocktails such as the Deadly Spice(La Adelita Tequila Blanco, passion fruit puree, St Germain, agave, lime juice, jalapeño, cilantro leaves, pinch of tajin) and Vampire Ritual (La Adelita Tequila Reposado, Chambord Liqueur, passion fruit puree, lime juice, agave, filthy cherries, lemon twist). Oct. 31; 7 p.m.-close; 1666 Lenox Ave., Suite 1664, Miami Beach; 305-690-0743

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