By: Max Crampton-Thomas
2 Min read October 2020 — COVID-19 has been nothing short of a nightmare. From music festivals to parades and everything in between, the pandemic has forced cancellations and postponements where crowds are concerned. And while many feared that this curse of cancellations would mean a pass on everyone’s favorite horror holiday, Miami-Dade County and the area’s businesses have found a way to provide haunted happenings for residents to enjoy and partake in this Halloween. Invest: explores some of the activities for both families and individuals to make the most out of the spooky season.
Not So Spooky Drive-thru Adventure & Pumpkin Patch
The thought of children trick-or-treating in 2020 isn’t something that would seem logistically feasible or achievable from a health and safety perspective, but the Not So Spooky Drive-thru Adventure & Pumpkin Patch embraces that challenge and delivers. Featuring Miami’s first ever drive-thru pumpkin patch, Not So Spooky introduces the idea of socially distanced trick or treating for children from the comfort of their parents’ car. The event also features a drive-through pumpkin patch and a harvest market where visitors can sample food and purchase items from some of Miami-Dade’s local vendors. Like the name suggests, Not So Spooky is meant for children and adults of all ages, tickets are $55 per car and the event will be running until Nov. 1.
For more Information visit: https://notsospooky.com/
A Nightmare at the Curtiss Mansion
Halloween and haunted houses go together like candy and trick-or-treating. If you are an adult looking to scratch the itch for some scares, A Nightmare at the Curtiss Mansion has got you covered. Experience how the famous Curtiss Mansion in the heart of Miami Springs has been converted into a spine-chilling haunted house, featuring demons, witches, clowns, cannibals and more. Although the house may be terrifying for the moment, the reality of the current pandemic is scarier, so the organizers have been diligent in creating a safe environment for this haunted happening as face masks are required at all times, temperature checks are mandatory prior to entering and a 6-foot social distance is expected throughout. Tickets are still available through Oct. 31.
To learn more, visit: https://www.nwohaunt.com/
Drive in Screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas
There are not many classic halloween movies that are suitable for the entire family, and among the outliers, there is one that is perhaps the most recognizable. The Nightmare Before Christmas, the story of Jack Skellington trying to control Christmas by kidnapping Santa Claus, is one of the few notable family friendly Halloween classics and will be on full display Oct. 30 at Doral Central Park. This event, which was originally planned for Oct. 23 but was moved due to inclement weather, is a Drive-In movie experience that serves as a great way to bring in Halloween with the kids. Price of admission includes popcorn and candy, making for a pretty sweet Halloween treat.
For more information, visit: City of Doral
4th Annual Spooky Science Monster Mash
It’s not every year that Halloween falls on a Saturday but as we have all learned, 2020 is not like every year. Families with children may find that their little ghouls want to make Halloween an all-day affair. Frost Science Museum is presenting its fourth annual Spooky Science Monster Mash. Everyone is encouraged to show up in costume, and of course a face mask, to enjoy a full day of scavenger hunts, a Mad Science Lab and trick-or-treating around the museum. Attendees will also have the opportunity to experience the museum’s newest special exhibition, “Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits”.
To register for the Monster Mash, visit: Frost Science