Volume 47, Number 5 - October 19, 2009

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Halloween Fun Time

By Kaylanie Alvarez

21 AND OLDER: Party like you know how to on Halloween

South Florida is famous for its dynamic nightlife. With all the clubs, discos, bars, music houses, and local bars preparing for Halloween festivities, college students have plenty of options for fun on Halloween night. The number of options are even greater if your 21 because so many of these places are exclusive to those who are of legal age to drink alcohol. For students looking forward to dressing up and having a great time on Oct. 31, here are a few places you might want to check out.

Mansion Nightclub, voted “Miami’s Hottest Club” by People Magazine, has played host to some of the entertainment worlds most glamorous events. This Halloween, join Joachim Garraud, a well-known producer, as he takes over Mansion. One of the largest nightclubs on the beach, Mansion features two levels, five rooms, four dance floors and five fairly large bars. The Nightclub is located at 1235 Washington Ave. Miami Beach. Doors open at 10pm. For more information, call (305) 531-5535.

Van Dyke Café will play host to award-winning “Soulful Swampadelic” Americana rock band IKO IKO on a musical trip to the origins of voodoo this Halloween.

The café features two floors, the restaurant downstairs and the lounge upstairs. The lounge will be transformed into a roaring costume party; the person with the craziest and most original costume will win a dinner for two at the Van Dyke restaurant and free CD’s from a wide variety of music. The Café is located at 846 Lincoln Rd, Miami. Doors open at 10pm.  For more information, call (305) 532-1233.

The White Room Nightclub will host a Haunted Halloween with The 12th Planet on Oct. 31. The 12th Planet is a progressive rock band influenced by the sounds of Pink Floyd, Daft Punk, and The Doors. The White Rooms main lounge is complete with a stage for live performances and dancing. The White Room also features a courtyard with private cabanas and an intimate red lounge for more private conversations. Each area is furnished with a full bar to service patrons and keep the party moving. The White Room is located at 1306 N Miami Ave. Miami, toward the north end of downtown Miami. Doors open at 10pm. For more information, call (305) 995-5050.

So, when Halloween rolls around, keep some of these local bars and clubs in mind.

UNDER 21: No Trick-or-Treating for you this year

The South Florida nightlife has a lot to offer its residents for a fun time this upcoming Halloween. In South Beach alone there are roughly 106 nightclubs and the costumes, drinking, and dancing are sure to be a great time. What is there to do for college students who aren’t of the legal drinking age this Halloween night? Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort is tagged as “The Ultimate Halloween Experience.” For those college students short on cash, there are still plenty of places in South Florida that aren’t just exclusive to the 21 and older crowd.

First on the list: Fright Night at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Starting Oct. 15 to Halloween night, Fright Night is back. Featuring three new haunts and various scare zones, it is guaranteed to terrify. The south Florida Fairgrounds is located at 9067 Southern Blvd. West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 793-0333.

The Arena at the Don Taft University Center will serve as the venue for Boo Bash Featuring Sean Kingston. A Jamaican singer and rapper, Kingston is best known for his singles “Beautiful Girls” and “Fire Burning”. This massive all ages event will be located at 3301 College Ave. Fort Lauderdale. Doors Open at 7pm. For more information, call (954)-262-5553.

Culture Room will spend there Halloween night with KMFDM and Angel Split. KMFDM is a German industrial rock band that has sold more than two million records worldwide; Angel Spilt is an electro industrial rock band. Located at 3045 North Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale, The Culture Room’s compact quarters are ideal for an adrenaline filled rock-n-roll Halloween night. Doors open at 8pm. For more information, call (954) 564-1074.

For those not into the rock-n-roll vibe of the Culture Room, go to The Costume Street Party at CocoWalk.  Starting at 7pm the streets of Coconut Grove will transform into an out of control party street party. The event includes a live DJ, dancing, drinking, and costume contest. Attend the event in the scariest and most original costume and enter the contest to win a prize.  CocoWalk is located at 3015 Grand Ave. Miami. For more information, call (305) 444-0777.

Charlotte Jimenez, a student at the North Campus who went to Coco Walk last Halloween, can’t wait to go again.

“Last year Coco Walk was amazing,” Jimenez said. “Looking at all the costumes and socializing with new people was a great way to spend Halloween Night.”

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