Why wait for All Hallow’s Eve when you can hunt ghosts all night long Friday, October 17 at the enchanting Deering Estate, where guides will lead you and your EMF meters to hot–and supposedly haunted–spots at the Deering Estate Spookover from 11pm till 4am? This is your chance to make like Ghostbusters as you seek out Casper and his hopefully friendly pals. Otherwordly experts whom you can definitely trust claim to have discovered over 60 voices coming from the manse and former home of businessman and philanthropist Charles Deering. Bring your own equipment, flashlight, and mosquito repellent to scare off the night’s peskiest of creatures. The rest, including tricks and treats, will be provided for $65 per person.
Continuing on the jump-starting of Halloween, channel your inner–or outer–Walking Dead character at the 3rd Annual South Florida Zombie Crawl in Midtown Miami featuring, among other things, the 2014 Undead Fashion Show–take that Stepford supermodels. Beginning at 7 pm on Saturday, October 18, the crawl will give you a good glimpse into what frights may take place when Target opens early on Thanksgiving eve as the gorily costumed convene at the Fountain Plaza for food and drinks. DJ Zog spins and zombies will also be encouraged to participate in “horrifying games” and costume contests. Tickets are $33.33 for regular zombies and $88.88 for VIZ’s–er, VIPs, including parking and admission into a VIP tent that we assume has a buffet of brains.
For less ominous activities, there’s the Grovetoberfest from 4pm to 7pm Saturday, October 18 at Peacock Park, featuring over 350 unlimited (!) beer samplings from around the globe, entertainment, food, and more beer. Local beer is a highlight, with Wynwood Brewing, MIA Brewing and Concrete Beach Beers all debuting new brews while The Milam Kitchen Lab will be bustling with chefs sharing their savory and sudsy secrets. Novices can even attend a Tasting 101 class hosted by FIU’s Beer Academy, which will give your afternoon of quaffing an aura of refinement. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.
Finally, sow your wild oats at the Seed Food and Wine Miami festival all weekend long, featuring organic, vegan, and raw stuff as well as entertainment, wine, beer, vodka, and even a special dinner hosted by Alicia Silverstone. The Whole Foods-presented fest is entirely vegan and, when possible, organic and non-gmo. A Sprout Kids Day from 2pm to 5pm at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens will let the lil’ ones plant their own container gardens, and make like a mad, sweet scientist in the Bunnie Cake’s cupcake lab, aong other things, and the Saturday festival in midtown will feature seminars, tastings and demos by heavy hitters and star seedlings such as the aforementioned Siverstone from 11am to 7pm.