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Halloween on Lincoln Road 2011

October 20, 2011 By Jess in Miami: Local NewsMiami: Travel NewsMiami: Things to Do  | 2 Comments


Halloween is one of Miami Beach’s biggest parties. And for once it’s not about the clubs and bottle service. This is the one night of the year that the residents take the party to the streets, with Lincoln Road as the main destination.

I am often asked what happens if Halloween falls on a week night. Will the party on Lincoln Road still be held on Saturday night? The answer is no. The Halloween celebrations fall on the night of October 31, no matter when in the week it falls. So if you are in town this Halloween, the party will be on Monday. But mid week or not, it is one amazing night, and here are some things to look forward to.



No money is spared on the costumes at this street party. People spend months preparing for Halloween it seems, as the costumes are elaborate and inventive. You will walk down the street laughing and pointing at the amazing things people are wearing. And make sure to bring your camera. You will want your photo taken with complete strangers as you see them dressed as characters from your favorite movies, cartoons and TV shows. Last year’s favorite’s included a BP oil miner, a one night stand and the Real Housewives of Hialeah.





The City of Miami Beach fully prepares for the crowds each year so if you are planning to drive to Lincoln Road to join the fun, don’t. All roads next to Lincoln Road are closed and the easiest way to get there if you live on the beach is to get a cab or walk. Don’t worry about looking strange or out of place, everyone else is in costume too.

If you aren’t a fan of huge crowds, this isn’t the place for you. The streets becomes packed as the night goes on, so be prepared for a squeeze. Police presence is strong though and the officers are more than happy to pose for photos.



The crowds who turn out for Halloween are the friendliest I’ve known since living here. Everyone just wants to have a good time. Families, friends and pets are all welcome - in costume of course!




It’s business as usual for the restaurants on Halloween so you can sit and watch the floor show of costumes go by. The outside tables are packed and it is always a strange sight to see groups of witches and devils tucking into their dinner. However, please be prepared for a minimum spend or to order food with your drinks as this is a big night on Lincoln Road. The restaurants can refuse to seat you if you only want drinks, so decide where you want to go and what you want to spend before you sit down.



If dinner isn’t your thing and you just want to drink, alcohol is readily available. Temporary bars are set up throughout Lincoln Road and it is fine to walk with a drink in your hand. Make sure you bring your cash and ID and you’ll have no problem ordering a drink. Bathrooms are not as readily available however, so keep that in mind as you order!



The reason so many choose to stay away from clubs and party outside on Lincoln Road is because Lincoln Road brings the party to you! Huge crowds can dance the night away as DJs play at various locations along the side streets. October weather is the perfect temperature to party under the stars with total strangers dressed as all sorts of creatures and characters. My first Halloween here I found myself dancing next to a pink bunny, a priest and a french maid. You just never know what you are going to see on Halloween.


Lincoln Road on Halloween is the place to see and be seen. The city and its residents put on a huge party where you can stay out all night, see amazing costumes, be part of a great crowd and enjoy an incredible atmosphere. There are no lines to get in and no age restrictions on who can participate. It’s simply spontaneous fun. And the best part? It’s absolutely free. So enjoy your Halloween and maybe I’ll see you on Lincoln Road this year.

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A SoBe resident for 5 years, Jess’s writing focuses on healthy living in South Beach with a dose of British humor and a cheerful outlook on life in Miami. She can be found moderating the forum Miami Beach 411.

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2 Comments on

"Halloween on Lincoln Road 2011"

Christy says:

Who can forget the pink bunny? I can’t wait to see the costumes this year!

Posted on 10/20/2011 at 10:25 PM

Elena says:

Holloween party should be done on Sunday since after 12pm is Holloween anyway and people will have more time to have fun since they dont have to worry about working the next day. I’m verry surprise that it will be on Monday?

Posted on 10/26/2011 at 3:15 PM

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