The Haunted Circus Comes to Tropical Park

Kate Stuzin, Managing Editor

Santa’s no longer invited to Tropical Park because there’s a new, spookier carnival in town.

The Traveling Haunted Circus came to Miami on Sept. 16 and will run until Oct. 31. The carnival features seven interactive rooms leading guests to solve the mystery of the missing lady acrobat. 

Participants receive a letter after visiting each room. After collecting all seven letters, they must unscramble the word and use it as a clue to solve the mystery.

Santa’s Enchanted Forest moved from Tropical Park to Hialeah Park, leaving the land vacant this holiday season. This prompted the event planning group “Clowns Incorporated” to bring the Haunted Circus to Miami. 

The Haunted Circus runs from 5 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and 10 a.m. to midnight on  Saturdays and Sundays.

Visitors can buy general admission tickets on the Haunted Circus website for $29.40 to $39.90; kids under 3 are free. The tickets include a 35-minute high-flying acrobatics show, pumpkin carving, face painting, quests, a scary maze and parking. 

Tropical Park is also being used as a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site, therefore the park will provide guides to direct drivers to the carnival or to the testing and vaccination site. 

The circus offers additional attractions such as tarot reading, petting zoo access and photoshoots that visitors can purchase on-site for an extra charge. Local food trucks will also be on-site selling unique food and beverages.

Patrons can also purchase a VIP ticket for $88.90, which includes valet parking, skipping the line, a personal photographer, tarot reading and a gift.

On Oct. 30 and 31, the Haunted Carnival plans to host a Halloween party. Tickets to the party go for $48.00; the party includes a costume contest, live DJ and trick-or-treating. 

The circus has limited ticket reservations to ensure social distancing in alignment with COVID-19 safety protocols.