Halloween in Orlando
If you’re lucky enough to experience Halloween in Orlando, you get ready to see the city transformed into a fabulous Halloween destination with lots of events in the theme parks, community events and lots of dares and scares for all ages.
Some Top Orlando Halloween Events
Starting as early as August and running through early November, Orlando offers a line-up of the country’s top Halloween events. You can choose from softer spooks for the little kids or extreme scares for grownups.
Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights
One of Orlando’s top Orlando events for Halloween is Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. Held on select evenings from September 6 to early November, the streets of Universal Studios come alive with freaky scare zones, terrifying street experiences and nightmarish haunted houses.
For the brave ones, you can challenge your fears at other haunted houses that draw their themes from films such as Ghostbusters, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, or House of 1000 Corpses. You will also meet many Universal Monsters such as Dracula, The Wolfman, or Frankenstein.
A lot of Universal Studios rides remain open for Halloween Horror Nights such as Men in Black, Transformers, and Revenge of the Mummy.
Don’t be surprised to find a zombie riding with you, but fear not, they are just actors. You can end the horror night with a dinner in a themed buffet or have a freaky photo op at Classic Monster Café.
American Ghost Adventures Greenwood Cemetery Tour
Spend Halloween joining American Ghost Adventures, a two-hour investigative paranormal tour of the historic Greenwood Cemetery. It is a spooky tour that’s not intended to scare anyone.
Intoxicated individuals are not allowed to join the tour because horseplay is not allowed in this final resting place for the dead, which is sacred for many. American Ghost Adventures professionals host the tour with full respect for the living and the dead during the tour.
The tour will give you history, ghost stories and a mini-investigation with equipment of the cemetery. This tour could be your only chance to visit the Greenwood Cemetery at night and legally do a ghost hunt at this historical location.
Greenwood Cemetery is an old cemetery established in 1880. It never disappoints visitors with the level of paranormal activity.
Gaylord Palms Goblins & Giggles Weekends
Celebrate Halloween and experience Goblins & Giggles by spending the night at Gaylord Palms Resort starting September 15th. Pack your costume for a ghoulishly good time at Gaylord Palms this Halloween season, including fun and fright for each member of the family.
Enjoy spooky movies under the stars, the resort-wide trick or treating, and the Monster Mash Bash. Hang by the pool to enjoy the night decorating with Halloween cookies while enjoying a pool party hosted by Vladimir the Vampire. Tickets include accommodations and select Halloween activities for registered guests.
Enjoy a Halloween date night at any of the following:
Enzian’s 13 Films of Halloween/Eden Bar Halloween Party
Every October, Enzian showcases a series of scary movies and events to celebrate Halloween all month long. The movie lineup includes programs for all ages, including free outdoor screening, midnight films, parties, and cult classics.
If you’re into watching movies on a Saturday, don’t miss Eden Bar’s Halloween Party with free entry and drink specials all night.
Adults-Only Science Night Dead (Orlando Science Center)
The special programming at Orlando Science Center is designed for adults. It is a spooky spin on Science Night Live. Find out if we are having robot overlords soon, which you will discover traveling exhibit Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & the Machine.
There will be guest speakers, an interactive Synesthesia presentation with Synthestruct, and you can participate in ghoulishly good trivia with prizes.
OSC After Dark (Orlando Science Center)
This is the Halloween party for the young professionals of Orlando. Enjoy a frightfully fantastic night at the museum dancing the night away in DinoDigs while taking part in some wicked tricks and treats.
There will be a costume contest, live music and entertainment, booo-z beverages, and sweet and savory bites. The party is for ages 21 and up only.
Orlando Halloween Events For The Whole Family
Orlando transforms into the ultimate Halloween destination during the fall season with theme park events and community festivities that will include fun activities for the whole family.
The Crayola Experience Screamin’ Green Hauntoween
Family members can go trick or treating throughout this colorful attraction while making slime, creating crafts, and snapping character photos. All activities are included with general admission.
Gatorland’s Gators, Ghosts and Goblins
This is a new Halloween event at Gatorland. Guests can explore many spooky-themed locations throughout the park, encountering ghoulish actors and selfie zones, plenty of specialty vendors, fun shows, entertainment and themed food and beer.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
This is a special event held each fall on select nights at Magic Kingdom theme park. Purchasing your ticket in advance will save you $10 per ticket except for the October 31, 2020 party. There is no separate theme park admission required to attend the party.
Children, including adults can Trick-or-Treat all they want through the Magic Kingdom while encountering Halloween magic at each turn. Guests are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes.
The evening includes Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade with the special Halloween-themed fireworks display. Enjoy the Grim Grinning Ghosts Come Out to Socialize with green and orange show lighting up the sky above Cinderella Castle.
Spooky Days in the Parks
This is a two day meet up event for fans that have a “villainous” side. It is a mixture of Theme Park gatherings, bizarre merchandise that fulfills your dark side, special VIP events, and more.
SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular
One of the Fall’s popular attractions in Orlando is SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, a boo-tiful festivities that run weekends from September 21 through October 27.
This is a unique celebration that features a party that goes all day on Saturdays and Sunday from 11 a.m. until closing time, instead of starting at dusk like many other celebrations. This is the place to celebrate Halloween with your young tadpoles.
Brick or Treat LegoLand
This is a Spooktacular family-friendly Halloween night event taking place on select evenings in the Fall at Legoland Orlando. Extended park hours allow for after-dark trick-or-treating and Brick or Treat on Saturdays and Sundays of October
Halloween will not be complete without visiting a haunted house or two. While at Orlando, you can enjoy this traditional Halloween scare by visiting these places:
Dark Horizon Orlando
The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, one of the most terrifying haunts in the world, introduces to Orlando the first West Coast-style haunt - Dark Horizon.
It arrives with much anticipation, feasting upon your fears, fraying your nerves, and curdling your blood. Imagine how you can escape the clutches of Bloody Ed Watson, Florida’s infamous serial killer.
Navigate the ship of Captain Killigrew and her mad crew, and get past the Voodoo Priestess before she can evoke the otherworldly spirits that will possess your body while stealing your soul. Heinous monsters are out to drag you toward the horizon.
People who seek big thrills will have 16 nights of terror that feature three haunted houses, festive fare, immersive bars, death-defying entertainment and many more.
This is not recommended for children under 13 and adults who are feint of heart.
Haunted Tours at the Maitland Art Center
This is the only National Historic Landmark in Greater Orlando, holding more than 80 years of stories inside its walls. This tour will allow you to hear the history and the ghost stories of the facility as told by its staff and students.
The Maitland Art Center was built from 1937 - 1959 by the artist J. Andre Smith. High walls were constructed to prevent curious minds from encroaching on the property during Smith’s life.
It was officially opened to the public years after Smith’s death. A&H staff swears to the presence of Smith even 60 years after his death. It seems that Smith is letting people when he is not happy!
And What About Trick Or Treating?
For the kids, trick-or-treating is the essence of Halloween. Let the kids enjoy this American traditional practice in the following places:
Wonderworks Trick or Treating
For a family fun weekend, bring your kids in their costumes but with no masks. Let them do their trick or treating in the upside-down where trick or treat stations are scattered throughout the building.
Halloweenfest Winter Garden
The annual Halloweenfest festival was last held on October 30th from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden. This is a family-friendly event that features trick or treating. Enjoy the costume contest for ghouls of all ages, live entertainment, food, and more.
Ghosts, ghouls and goblins are ready to spook their way through the Zoo on the Halloween event presented by Orlando Health. It happens on the last weekend of October, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kids and adults can make their way through the Zoo for trick-or-treating, a special reading of The Skeleton in the Closet, an interactive bubble show, daily costume contests, activities, and more.
There are many things to do and activities to enjoy when you spend your Halloween in Orlando.
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