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South Florida's Five Best Halloween Parties of 2015

No tricks, just treats — that's what South Florida is in for this All Hallows' Eve.

But you won't have to disguise yourself as Batman and empty out your neighbor's stash of candy apples and Kit Kat bars to join in on all the spooky fun.

All you have to do is gather up your crew of party monsters; put on your bloodiest vampire attire, sexiest cow costume, or skimpiest bro outfit; and hit up South Florida's five best Halloween bashes of 2015. 

The Bath Salt Zombies' Halloween Spooktacular 
Somewhere in between the whole Walking Dead madness and the Miami Zombie craze of 2012, the Bath Salt Zombies were born. Rising from the shores of Delray Beach, BSZ are taking their "sideshow cabaret, grunge grass, carnival freak folk" 55 miles north to Stuart this Halloween. Known for using UV-reactive props, makeup, and costumes during their live gigs, lead zombie Graham Woodard and his crew — which consists of a banjo, theremin, fiddle, maracas, and mandolin player — will creep the hell out of you (in a good way) as they celebrate their favorite holiday.

Thursday, October 29, 7 to 10 p.m. Terra Fermata, 26 SE Sixth St., Stuart; 772-286-5252; terrafermata.com. Admission is free. Ages 21 and up.

The Joker's Madhouse
This city may need a hero, but at the Joker's Madhouse, bad guys (and gals) rule the night. So channel your inner Poison Ivy, Two-Face, and Bane as the Joker's leading lady herself, Harley Quinn, hosts a night of debauchery and dancing villains at Passion Nightclub.

Hosted by Harley Quinn. Friday, October 30, 10 p.m. Passion Nightclub, 5701 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-321-3443; passionnightclub.com. Ages 21 and up.

Fifth Annual Howlween Party
Nothing's more haunting than a full moon around Halloween. And this month, the Downtown Full Moon Party will be howling its way to the 31st as fire spinners, drummers, and artists take over Makers Square for the fifth annual Howlween Party. In the spirit of All Hallows' Eve, creative attire is strongly suggested. That means now would be the perfect time to pull off that Jurassic Park ranger costume idea that's been brewing in your head.

With Fabi, DJ Stingray, Chilly, and Broward Beat Box. Presented by Downtown Full Moon Party and Enlightened Flow Entertainment. Friday, October 30, 9 p.m. Makers Square, 1142 NE Sixth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-816-9191; makerssquare.com. Admission costs $10 to $25 plus fees via eventbrite.com. All drummers, musicians, and performers with proper instruments and spinning props/gears get in free before 11 p.m. Ages 21 and up.

Hulaween Party: Night of the Zombie
Vampires and mummies are definitely welcomed here, but this year's Hulaween Party is all about the zombies. The bash kicks off at 5 p.m. with Halloween-inspired vibes from the tiki junkies over at the Atomic Grog during happy hour. Come 7 p.m., SoFla's fave rockabilly band, Slip and the Spinouts, will summon all the zombies of Fort Lawdy and beyond as they take the stage for spooked-out tunes. Later into the evening, the freaks will be unleashed as they partake in the $600 costume contest. Only the best of the best will be treated to cash money prizes, but with $10 Appleton Zombies all night, everyone wins.

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With Slip and the Spinouts. Sponsored by the Atomic Grog. Saturday, October 31, 5 p.m. Mai-Kai, 3599 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954-563-3272; maikai.com. Admission is free.

Hoodoo Voodoo Halloween
The Downtowner Saloon is bringing New Orleans blues to the 954 this 31st. Headlining the bar's Hoodoo Voodoo Halloween rager is Oakland's California Honeydrops. Led by lead vocalist, guitarist, and trumpeter Lech Wierzynkski, the Bay Area band, as pointed out in a recent New Times piece, "traverses the length of all that’s bright and bouncy in music." That may not be the first thought that comes to mind when thinking of All Hallows' Eve, but consider this our sweet treat to you. Happy Halloween!

With the California Honeydrops, the Albert Castiglia Band, the Nucklebusters, Famous Frank Ward, Iko-Iko, and others. Saturday, October 31, 8 p.m. Downtowner Saloon and Maxwell Room, 10 S. New River Drive E., Fort Lauderdale; 954-463-9800; downtownersaloon.com. Tickets cost $15 plus fees via hoodoovoodoo.com.

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