Scarily safe Halloween in Miami (includes video story)

Get out the pumpkins and spooky décor because Halloween is right around the corner! Even though the pandemic has impacted the way we attend events, SWARM Inc, an event planning agency based in Miami, is getting creative by allowing families to celebrate spooky season while being safe and socially distant. 

The Not So Spooky Drive-Thru Adventure, consists of a Trick or Treating Alley, Pumpkin Patch and a socially-distanced outdoor harvest market for those who feel comfortable leaving their cars. There, vendors sell carnival-style food and drinks. Also, a pumpkin patch area made to take Instagram-worthy pictures. 

This event is one-way. SWARM is reinventing an industry hard-hit by the pandemic, while preparing other socially-distant events for the holidays.

For Sarah Porter, vice president of operations at SWARM, finding a way to still have a fall season for families is important. “Long before we had the venue here at Tamiami Park, we decided that this was something that we wanted to do to provide a fun, safe fall activity for families to come out to,” she said.

Not So Spook Drive-Thru Adventure takes the contactless experience of a drive-thru and makes it into an entire show, complete with witches, ghosts, pirates, skeletons and so much more. 

This event takes place from October 3 to October 31 at Tamiami Park, on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite and start at $29. 

Valeria Venturini, originally from Caracas, Venezuela, is a Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Social Media Marketing and E-Analytics. Bilingual in Spanish and English, she has a deep passion for storytelling and wants to provide a voice for others. Venturini dreams of working at a news station delivering stories to her community, interviewing citizens, celebrities and political figures.

Ana Soler is majoring in journalism with a translation & interpretation certificate at Florida International University. She has a passion for writing and reporting in both English and Spanish. She is a lover of linguistics, pop culture, entertainment, traveling and learning about people of all walks of life.

Julissa Mederos is a junior majoring in Digital Communications + Media at FIU. Apart from being an executive producer for SFA, she is also the sound engineer and webmaster for The Roar, FIU’s student radio station. 

Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Monica is working on her broadcast journalism bachelor's degree. She loves to write and is passionate about sports, the art of interviewing and strives to become an on-air sports talent. She produces digital content and is a social media manager.