Miami’s tropical Halloween will no doubt look different this year for our kids. Walking the crowded streets for traditional trick or treating on Miracle Mile, throughout North Coconut Grove or in business districts like Lincoln Road are not exactly encouraged. However, that does not mean we have to forfeit fun celebrations with our kiddos. With Halloween taking place on a Saturday this year, we have more options for incorporating activities throughout the day. Here are a few safe activities to consider this year:

Small Park Gathering + Scavenger Hunt

With many of the city and county parks now open, gather a group of 10 or less people for an outdoor candy and trinket scavenger hunt. Consider bringing separate family picnic blankets (placed 6 feet apart, of course) as most benches and tables are still off limits. Parents can also prepare individually wrapped treats to share with the kids (um, and maybe adult beverages for the other parents, too!).

Trunk or Treat

Choose a large parking lot or cul de sac, and have a few families decorate their trunks with themes, and have the children walk from trunk to trunk to receive treats and check out the fun decor. That massive SUV trunk really does come in handy, right?

Neighborhood Costume Parade or Fashion Show

Live on a street with cool neighbors and lots of kids? How about an outdoor costume parade or costume runway with music! This way the kids get to show off their costumes and feel festive, and you can stay in your area close to home. Designate one parent as the photographer, and other parents as the hype crew to cheer on the little people. Upload all photos on a shared album for the neighbors as memories.

Good Ol’ Pumpkin Carving

If you prefer to stay home or keep it simple, purchase a few pumpkins from a local pumpkin patch, and either carve them or use paint or stickers (maybe knife carving isn’t cool around toddlers anyway). You can create characters from your child’s favorite show, of each family member or just let their creativity soar. Grab all the pumpkin flavored treats you can find for a true Fall house party.

Things to Do

If you’re really getting the itch to get out of the house and head to a planned event, check this list of alternative happenings to get started on planning the festivities. Some other things on our radar:

Kids Halloween Art Workshop at Art Box – Spooky arts & crafts activities with nearby haunted house and eats. Please email sofia@artboxmiami.com with the preferred time slot.

Spooky Science Monster Mash – The 4th annual Halloween themed event is taking place at Frost Science complete with costume contests, plenty of activities, and of course exploring the amazing museum.

Halloween Haunt Happy Hour at Phuc Yea – The usual deliciousness with a spooky twist and a free Halloween-themed shot.

Ghouls Night out on Espanola Way – Each of their ten delicious restaurants is offering themed menu items and specials while the street goes all out with decor.

The Citadel Rooftop Full Moon Party – Complete with drinks, tunes, tarot cards, costume contest and more.

Maholoween at Esotico – Live music, and tiki-themed cocktails at this funky Arts & Entertainment District bar.

Dia de Los Muertos Brunch at Coyo Taco Brickell – Extra special and authentic Mexican dishes will be added to the menu, plus mariachis and more.

Cover photo via For Garden’s Sake.


Hey! I’m Deanndria. You can find me eating all over Miami, sweating on the pavement with a running stroller, or helping other women find their strength through movement. @fitfatfoodiemama for all my loves. @cmpilates if you wanna move with me.