Tormented Trails, a 20-minute walk through woods filled with scary twists and turns, returns to Tree Tops Park, 3900 SW 100th Ave in Davie, Oct. 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 and 31.

Groups are sent to their certain doom down two different options: “Hike of Horror” and “Psycho Path,” both of which are haunted by a plethora of creatures and nefarious characters. For those who are brave enough and looking for the most intense and realistic experience, there is an optional hands-on walk that allows specially trained talent to touch arms, legs and backs.

This year, a virtual queue has been created to shorten wait times, along with timed entries so surprises ahead on the trail aren’t revealed by earlier groups.

Tormented Trails will host a special Tri-County Day on Oct. 9 for employees of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties and their families. Pride Night is planned for Oct. 22 and will benefit the Pride Center at Equality Park. On Oct. 30 – 31, a family-friendly, mildly scary experience called “Davie After Dark” will begin at 5 p.m., followed by Tormented Trails at 7 p.m.

A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Parks Foundation of Broward County and the Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit TormentedTrails.com.

 

Frankenstein’s Monster on the Loose at the Arsht

Zoetic Stage at the Arsht Center in Miami presents the South Florida premiere of Nick Dear’s “Frankenstein,” Oct. 14 – 31. Carbonell-winner Stuart Meltzer directs.

One of the great horror stories of all time, Mary Shelley's classic tale of gods and monsters still fascinates 200 years after its 1818 publication. First presented at the National Theatre in London, where it was directed by Danny Boyle and starred Benedict Cumberbatch, Nick Dear’s adaptation is highly theatrical and surprisingly relevant.

Employing striking images and beautifully poetic language, the play explores the very nature of good and evil, brought to life with thrilling and heartbreaking results. From the creature's first moments onstage, as he writhes out of an organic pod, the audience is swept into a breathtaking whirlwind of emotional storytelling through imagery and movement.

Tickets are $55 at ArshtCenter.org.

Vampires Have Arrived in Aventura

“The Vampire Circus” returns to South Florida after a world tour and brings 90 minutes of innovative and surreal performances, including acrobatic feats, tantalizing music and mesmerizing illusions. Gather your garlic for a wicked and witty Halloween circus experience unlike any other. The family-friendly Cirque show is being presented through Oct. 31 in Aventura and producers describe it as a “fusion of Tim Burton and Cirque du Soleil.”

“‘The Vampire Circus’ was inspired by the magical and captivating allure of legendary traveling carnivals,” said Francisco Santos, artistic director and a Cirque du Soleil veteran. “Set in Bohemia during the 19th century, Count Dracula contemplates a plan for world domination, when he decides to open a traveling circus with his gypsy bodyguards. ‘The Vampire Circus’ is a perfect cover-up to travel unnoticed and begin his world reign of terror and turn all humans into an army of vampires for global dominance.”

Performances at 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays at the corner of Biscayne Blvd. and Abigail Rd., across from Aventura Mall. Tickets start at $39.99 at TheVampireCircus.com.