Halloween in the Age of COVID

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Halloween in the Age of COVID:

The usual Miami Beach celebrations will be very subdued

It will be a subdued Halloween on Miami Beach due to the coronavirus pandemic, but there are some safe, socially distanced activities along with local discounts for socially distanced dining.

Lakeview: In normal times, large crowds make their way to the Lakeview neighborhood, known for its festive Halloween celebration. This year, the neighborhood will be closed off due to the coronavirus pandemic. Area impacted below.

   

Lakeview will be limited to residents only on Halloween night. Miami Beach Police (MBPD) will implement a traffic plan that includes:

  • Restrictions for entering, leaving or driving within the neighborhood on Saturday, October 31 from 5 pm to 9 pm. The City advises if you are expecting any visitors, ensure they arrive before 5 pm. If you are a Lakeview resident, be sure you have identification to enter or exit the neighborhood during those hours.

  • Parking adjacent to the neighborhood will be temporarily restricted. Illegal parking throughout the neighborhood will be prohibited. Violators may be towed at the owner’s expense.

  • Access to Fisher Park will be restricted at 5 pm. The City advises drivers to refrain from illegally parking on the grassy area surrounding Fisher Park.


Lincoln Road: Another holiday tradition, there are no formal activities planned for the night. Of course, the street will be open and revelers are sure to show up but there will be no popup bars at street ends and no DJ performances on the side streets. To encourage social distancing, restaurants may use stanchions to separate pedestrians from diners and, to discourage the gathering of crowds, Lincoln Road cross streets that have been closed in the past, will not be closed this year. Lincoln Road Business Improvement District Executive Director Tim Shcmand told us earlier, “Miami Beach Police will have a significant presence on Lincoln Road” and he emphasized, “Curfew will be enforced.” As of now, the City’s curfew is still in effect from midnight to 6 am.

Espanola Way is decked out for Halloween and is encouraging socially distanced, outdoor dining along the street with “spooky food and drink specials” on the 31st. Details on participating restaurants and specials here.

Washington Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) has no plans for celebrations this year. However, businesses along the street will be offering discounts for lunch, dinner, and retail. Click here for details.

Safe Halloween
To keep trick or treaters (and their chaperones) safe, Miami Beach has created safe Halloween alternatives:

Scott Rakow Youth Center, 2700 Sheridan Avenue
Fun and scary alternatives
$5 per car

*Note this is a pre-sale ticket event only. Tickets will not be sold at the event.
Buy tickets here: register.miamibeachparks.com


Trick or Treat Street: Only treats, no tricks
3:30 – 5:00 pm
For children of all ages, drive through trick or treating… “and be spooked by no one!”

Haunted Avenue: Scare Zone
6:30 – 8:00 pm
This later activity has “ghost and goblins [that] will be ready to scare!”
 

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