Trick-or-treating can be boring for kids if you stay in your neighborhood. They see these people every day and they aren’t interesting even in scary costumes. However, the problem for most parents is finding a great place to go trick-or-treating and entertain their kids on Halloween that’s safe and fun. So here is a list of the best places where you’ll not only get your money’s worth but you’ll also be the hero of Halloween.

Miami Seaquarium – Monster Splash

4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
(305) 361-5705

Dates: October 26-28 and 31

Take your children to the Miami Seaquarium for a day and night of splashtacular fun. The seaquarium will feature a Daytime Splash and a Nighttime Bash that will include ghosts, goblins, a bounce house and a haunted walk. The price includes regular admission so your family can also explore the park and enjoy Halloween-themed marine animal shows. This is a great adventure for the little ones and it’s certainly better than any night of boring trick-or-treating in the neighborhood.

Bayside Marketplace – Halloween at Bayside!

401 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 577-3344

Date: October 31

Take your children out to Bayside Marketplace for a night of safe trick-or-treating. As they walk by the bay, street performers will entertain and they’ll get the chance to win fun prizes. Parents and children alike will be entertained by live music from the Marina stage. The best part is that it’s all free and completely safe for children of any age. That’s not a bad price to pay for peace of mind.

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Cinema Paradiso – BOO-tacular

503 S.E. 6th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 525-3456

Date: October 31

Prepare to amaze your kids. Cinema Paradiso is holding its 7th annual BOO-tacular featuring contests, a pumpkin patch, prizes, a horse-drawn hayride, a less-than-terrifying movie and of course, candy. Your kids will be exhausted by all the fun which is perfect for you since you can drop them off at home for a good night’s sleep. While they sleep, you can return to Cinema Paradiso for the adult Halloween-themed events at 7 p.m. It includes four Halloween films and a zombie cocktail.

Gulfside Village Halloween

Gulfside Village Shopping Center
5800 Overseas Highway
Marathon, FL 33050
(305) 743-9292

Date: October 31

This local Halloween event is entering its 7th year. Created as a response to the devastation of Hurricane Wilma, Gulfside Village provides a safe, well-lit place for your child to trick-or-treat. The stores of the shopping complex have their scariest decorations up and bags of candy in hand waiting to give your child a good time. Exit Realty, located in Gulfside Village, organizes the event. It’s a welcome alternative for parents who want to keep their children away from the adult activities that consume the Keys around this time of year.

Aventura Mall

19501 Biscayne Blvd.
Aventura, FL 33180
(305) 935-1110

Date: October 31

The Aventura Mall is all about the kids. It has created a safe environment for your children to trick-or-treat. Have your child stop by one of the many stores handing out candy or if you have little children, let them ride the train. This is the perfect experience for any family with young children who want to be introduced to Halloween without being frightened.

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Niema Hulin was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Lexington, South Carolina for the bulk of her formative years. In 2002, she moved to Miami after graduating from the University of Florida. Since then, Niema has worked in film, television and commercials as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator. Some of her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV. Her work can be found at