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Halloween Events in Orlando

Orlando theme parks and nearby attractions have already started their Halloween events. Seasonal activities await your children at nearly every theme park. If you have little ones, a daytime visit to any theme park is  fun, however, if you want the scary screams and thrills, night-time is the best time at some parks, without the kids.

If your child wants to trick-or-treat in Orlando, you have 3 great alternatives:

  1. Walt Disney World’s “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party” at Magic Kingdom
  2. SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular
  3. LegoLand’s Brick-or-Treat

Mickey's Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party

On September 10, Walt Disney World’s “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party” at the Magic Kingdom started. It will run on select days/nights through November 1. This Orlando theme park event lets children trick-or-treat in costume at various locations within the park. Nightly Halloween special events are scheduled, such as the “Boo-to-You” Halloween parade, the nightly Happy HalloWishes fireworks display and other events  just for children (and their parents). ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Check out Cinderella’s Castle during the evening show. Is it a spell? Special merchandise and food items are available only during this special event too. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is perfect for children. It provides a wholesome fun activity that the entire family will enjoy. Tickets are required and are only available on certain nights. Visit Disney’s website for more information.

Counts Breakfast at SeaWorld

Every weekend now through the end of October, SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place and is included with your admission. This Halloween event allows children to trick-or-treat and take part in other Fall-like activities within the Orlando theme park. Check out Penelope’s Party Zone and let your kids have fun dancing with sea fairies and pumpkin fish, as well as create sea-themed art and crafts. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Enjoy a Spooktacular breakfast (additional fee) with Count von Count. This is a very fun and memorable meal for the entire family.

Brick-or-Treat

Children can trick-or-treat at LegoLand’s Brick-or-Treat event every Saturday and Sunday in October. Let your children wear their costumes and participate in fun activities such as a scavenger hunt with ghouls, ghosts and goblins. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: The world’s largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern will be there, which makes a great backdrop for a memorable family photo. This Halloween event is perfect for children 12 years and under, especially if they like to build things.

Howl-O-Scream

September 27 through October 26, Busch Gardens features their annual Howl-O-Scream event on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30 pm to 1:00 am. 2013’s event features thirteen evils, such as “The Possessed” or “The Torturer,” where you’ll experience thrilling haunted houses and scare zones. Tickets at this Central Florida theme park Halloween event vary, as there are many “evil” upgrades. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Check out the dinner & show fright feast for an additional $26 and receive other perks too. This event is not recommended for children.

Halloween Horror Nights

It wouldn’t be Halloween at the Orlando theme parks without Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando. This annual event started September 20th and runs through November 2 on select nights. This event is for adults. Visit all eight haunted houses in between spine-chilling street experiences and outrageous live shows. This year’s haunted houses include:

  • Afterlife: Death’s Vengeance
  • An American Werewolf in London
  • Evil Dead
  • Havoc 2: Derailed
  • Resident Evil: Escape from Raccoon City
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven
  • Urban Legends: La Llorona

The shows include:

  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show: A Tribute

Ticket prices vary with several upgrade options. You might even find special passes on sponsoring products.

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: If you are looking for something fun to do on Halloween night, but prefer less-ghastly events, how about enjoying a chilling beverage at Capone’s Dinner & Show? This fantastic Orlando dinner show will host a costume contest on October 31, and their tickets are half price. Dress up for the fun and join Al and the gang. The cast will pick three winners from the crowd after the show and award them treats (without the tricks), such as cash prizes and Capone’s gift cards.  This event is suitable for children, so choose your costume with care or the wise guys might deny your entry into the joint.

Whatever Orlando theme park or Halloween event you attend, be safe and enjoy.

Halloween at Orlando’s Theme Parks…BOO!

Orlando sure knows how to celebrate holidays and Halloween is no different!  Universal Orlando will surely frighten  you with their famous Halloween Horror Nights (even the website is cool, complete with scary sounds).  This year is the 20th anniversary, called A New Age of Darkness, so they’ve got even more scary fun.  There will be live entertainment including the popular Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure,  all-new haunted houses such as Hades, the Gates of Ruin, and frightening scare zones including Zombie Gras and Saws n’ Steam.  Check out some bizarre magic by illusionist Brian Brushwood in his show Menace and Malice.  Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event. This year’s event nights are September 24, 25 & 30; October 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 20-24, 27-31. They are posted on our calendar. Select rides will be open during the event.  You can’t come in costume, just come prepared to be scared.  This event is not suitable for small children (under 13), however, there is an alternative fun-filled event for the little ones.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is an all-ages event where you can see your favorite Disney characters in costumes while you trick-or-treat around the Magic Kingdom.  Highlights include Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade, which begins with a spook-tacular ride by the Headless Horseman and includes the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction as well as other Disney characters.  Don’t miss Happy HalloWishes, the fireworks show where Disney villains go trick-or-treating in the sky!  Guests are encouraged to come in costume to this separately ticketed event, and select rides are open.  Dates (shown on our calendar) are September 14, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30; October 1, 3, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, 31; November 1st.

Another great Halloween adventure,  about 80 miles from the Orlando area, in Tampa, is Busch Garden’s Howl-O-Scream.  This 18 and older horror spectacular is sure to give you a fright.  The theme this year is My X, based on an underground band whose lead singer, Sylvie, seems to be the main suspect after her longtime boyfriend comes up missing.  There are several scare houses, such as My X:  Revenge Rocks, where fans get to go backstage to meet Sylvie, but it turns into a life or death race to get out.  Scare zones include Road Trip, Light of Doom, Spiders and Snakes, Crazed Love, and Xtreme Fanatics.  There are also several shows including nightly concerts by the My X band.  If you’d like to dance after your scary night, hit the 21 & over dance club, Club X.   This is also a separately ticketed event, on select nights.

Some other great Halloween attractions include SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, a kid-friendly event complete with trick-or-treating, silly and spooky shows, and amazing sea creaturesSilver Spring’s Fright Nights will hold their 38th annual haunted house where you cross the bridge to Terror Island to visit the Spirit of the Swamp Cemetery, the Voodoo Bayou, Pirates Port Tavern, and more!  Check out Howling Halloween at Forever Florida for a Haunted Zipline Adventure!  They also have family friendly hay rides, a Haunted Coach Safari, entertainment, and more! Weeki Wachee Springs State Park will be holding their 20th annual Halloween festival, Wild ‘n’ Wicked Nights, which will showcase a Haunted Forest, Haunted Boat Ride, their famous mermaid show, and more.  The Central Florida Zoo is hosting Zoo Boo Bash, a kid-friendly trick-or-treating event through the zoo with face painting, a haunted hay ride and more.  If checking out real paranormal activities is your thing, then the nightFlight experience at Fantasy of Flight is for you.  Investigative team Apollo Paranormal Investigations (API) has conducted a series of scientific explorations of the apparitions, voices, and moving objects that have been reported at Fantasy of Flight.  They have rated the paranormal activity here an “11” on a scale of 1-10.  Spooky……check it out and decide for yourself if this attraction is indeed haunted.   (Check individual websites for specific dates and information.)

Orlando Tourist Tips:

For Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween:

  • This is an event that is fun for all ages, kids through adult, so don’t get turned off because of the ‘not scary’ name.
  • If you are not a parade type of person, then head over to your favorite rides during the parade, much shorter lines.

For Halloween Horror Nights:

  • Go on an off peak night, Thursday or Sunday, for it to be a bit quieter.
  • Best advice for getting the houses done is to get there as they re-open the park gates and just hit house after house. Any house in a studio won’t be affected by the sun still being up, but the houses located in the JAWS queue, and behind the “Disaster” queue would be better visited when the sun is completely down.
  • The later in the “Season” you go, the better it gets, More Scare-ators and a little more fear. Also, the Bill & Ted show (A MUST) gets better day after day.
  • Be prepared most of the haunts have 1 – 1½ long waits, or more. If getting to everything is important to you, then you may want to purchase one of the expensive R.I.P. Tours or the cheaper express pass. The R.I.P. tour gives you behind the scenes info and front of line access to all the haunts and shows. The express pass gives you one-time access to the front of the line.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!