October 20, 2020

How to Spend Your Halloween Weekend in South Florida

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Photo by Toro Toro - Zombie Apocalypse provided by Brustman Carrino Public Relations

How to Spend Your Halloween Weekend in Miami; Blue Moon, Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop

During the month of October, and perfect for Halloween festivities, Fireman Derek’s seasonal Pumpkin Pie ($38 whole/$7.50 slice) is a slice of Autumnal heaven. Featuring FD’s signature, flaky flour crust, a creamy, custardy pumpkin spiced puree filling topped with fresh whipped cream, crunchy streusel and drizzled with caramel, it’s a feast for the eyes and the belly. Luckily the seasonally sweet specials don’t stop there: Fireman Derek’s is also offering Pumpkin Cheesecake throughout the month of October. Cradled in the bake shop’s classic graham cracker crust, the Pumpkin Cheesecake ($59.99 whole/$6.99 slice) is made with a perfectly spiced, delightfully airy filling and topped with house-made pralines and drizzled with caramel sauce. The Pumpkin Pie has also been transformed into seasonal ice cream flavor with the addition of house made pralines and white chocolate chunks available through October. Fireman Derek’s is located in Wynwood at 2818 N. Miami Avenue; Telephone: 786-703-3623, and Coconut Grove at 3435 Main Highway; Telephone: 786-502-2396. Follow Fireman Derek’s on social media: @fdpies. To order online visit


Located just off of Key Biscayne’s gorgeous waters, Lightkeepers at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami will be kicking off Halloween weekend with a Full Moon Party on Friday, October 30th from 5PM - 10PM. Along with specials like ½ off one dozen oysters, a $25 bottomless Rosé package and music, you get a front row seat to view this rare Blue Moon. Reservations required by visiting or by calling (305) 365-4156. Lightkeepers is located at 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, FL;

Lona Cocina & Tequileria

Halloween Costume Party and Dia De Los Muertos

Celebrate all weekend (Friday-Sunday) at Lona with specialty Halloween Themed Cocktails ($12) - Black Magic Margarita with Volcan Tequila, lime, agave, with black cocktail shimmer served with a Skeleton Straw and the Blood Orange Paloma with Volcan Tequila, Illegal Mezcal, blood orange juice, grapefruit soda served in a clay mug.

Lona will be hosting a Halloween bash featuring a costume contest and cocktail offerings on Saturday, October 31st beginning at 6PM.

Costume Contest Prizes:

1st Prize | Weekend Stay at the Barbary Beach House in Key West

2nd Prize | Lona Brunch for 6 Guests

3rd Prize | $100 Lona Gift Card

Dia de los Muertos celebrations will continue through Sunday, November 1st. Halloween Cocktails will be available for Sunday Bottomless Brunch along with festive decor and sombreros. Lona is located at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort at 321 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Discounted valet is available with validation. Telephone (954) 245-3069;

Sala’o Cuban Restaurant & Bar

Pirates of the Caribbean Halloween Party

Celebrate Halloween a little early this year at contemporary Cuban eatery, Sala’o Cuban Restaurant & Bar. The Calle Ocho restaurant will be hosting a Pirates of the Caribbean Halloween Party on Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 7PM to 11PM. Guests are encouraged to wear their best pirate costumes and enjoy live entertainment while sipping on refreshing libations. On offer will be Chef Alejandro Porben’s inventive new menu items like shrimp cocktail with tomato foam served over dry ice; and black squid ink rice with stuffed squid. Of course, all safety protocols will be in place including extensive sanitation methods, social distancing, and face masks. Sala’o is located at 1642 SW 8th Street in Miami. Telephone: (305) 642-8989;

Tidal Cove

Tidal Cove, the state-of-the-art waterpark at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa, will be hosting Splashin' Spooktacular Halloween this year with plenty of safe and festive activities for the family. Open to hotel guests, members and patrons of the waterpark, the Halloween event will take place on Saturday, October 31 from 4PM until 6PM on the waterpark's Royal Palm Court. Splashin' Spooktacular Halloween will feature activities including pumpkins & pirates, mummy wrap relay, monster mash dance off, speedy spider race, sandy candy edible art, design your own Trick or Treat tote and more. The event will end with a viewing of Hocus Pocus beginning at 6PM with complimentary popcorn. Entry to Tidal Cove on October 31 is priced at $125 per person. Guests who prefer to make it a staycation weekend may book the Splash Into Tidal Cove hotel package. Starting at $219/night, the offer includes entrance to Tidal Cove for up to 4 guests depending on room type booked and free golf play for kids 15 and under after 2:30PM. Day passes to Tidal Cove may be purchased HERE; the hotel package may be booked HERE. Tidal Cove is located at 19999 Country Club Drive inside the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa in Aventura.

Toro Toro

Get in the Halloween spirit at Toro Toro, Richard Sandoval’s acclaimed Pan-Latin steakhouse inside the InterContinental Miami, with festive cocktails. This year, the bar team at the restaurant has created the Zombie Apocalypse ($18) to celebrate the holiday, available starting on Friday, October 23. The cocktail is made with Brugal 1888 Rum, Brugal Supremo Rum, Dark Rum Midori, pineapple, passion fruit, lime, orange and Absinthe rinse. Toro Toro is located at 100 Chopin Plaza inside the InterContinental in Downtown Miami.

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