In a two-month Celebration with over 130 nights of activities, [easyazon_link identifier=”1628090308″ locale=”US” tag=”thetravelersway-20″]Orlando, Florida[/easyazon_link] becomes the Halloween Capital of the World featuring every type of activity imaginable – from extreme adult scares to kid-friendly frights. You’ll find popular villains from movies and television, as well as the U.S.’s largest horror convention, Spooky Empire.
Here is a showcase of events that will get you prepared for the spooky season.
Sinister Celebrations for Teens and Up
Some may be surprised at the breadth of adult- and teen- focused frights in this destination known for family-friendly fun. Haunted houses with cutting-edge technology, cinematic-grade scares, an outdoor haunted forest, and a zombie walk are just a few of the adrenaline-pumping options guaranteed to send even the biggest “kids” screaming, and then coming back for more.
- Halloween Horror Nights 26 at Universal Orlando Resort, bringing nightmares to life for hair-raising entertainment. On select nights September 16 – October 31, visitors can explore nine all-new haunted houses, featuring characters from fan favorites like “[easyazon_link identifier=”B00A3Z3BSK” locale=”US” tag=”thetravelersway-20″]The Exorcist[/easyazon_link]”, “[easyazon_link identifier=”B00NN57F34″ locale=”US” tag=”thetravelersway-20″]The Texas Chain Saw Massacre[/easyazon_link]” and the popular television show “[easyazon_link identifier=”B005LAJ1O0″ locale=”US” tag=”thetravelersway-20″]American Horror Story[/easyazon_link]”. Even outside the houses, guests aren’t safe from spooks, as monsters prowl the streets between in “Scare Zones”. This year, Universal takes the horror experience even further with a new add-on virtual reality horror experience, “The Repository”.
- Spooky Empire, the largest horror convention in the nation, taking place October 7 – 9. Bigger than ever, this year’s lineup of celebrity guests includes Millie Bobby Brown from the hit Netflix series “[easyazon_link identifier=”B01JVW2TVA” locale=”US” tag=”thetravelersway-20″]Stranger Things[/easyazon_link],” and popular comedian and musician, Weird Al Yankovic. Other thrills and chills at the convention include a tattoo festival, costume contest, zombie walk and film festival.
- A Petrified Forest, bringing the demented to life with two outdoor scare trails, live music, food, and more on select nights, September 30 – October 29. This year, the unsettling haunt invites guests to relive their childhood fears, from monsters under the bed to the darkest “scary” tales imaginable. A demented dream land beckons visitors in, but when – or if – they return is anyone’s guess.
- Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, select nights September 23 – October 30. For those who can’t get enough of menacing mayhem, Howl-O-Scream is just a quick trip outside Orlando. Offering haunted houses, creepy characters and a lot of dark corners, this year’s “Evil Encore” theme includes two new haunted houses and the eerie fantastic Fiends Show.
- Orlando Ballet: Dracula at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, October 28 – 30. Michael Pink’s internationally renowned Dracula combines the fascinating horror of [easyazon_link identifier=”B01BTITH9G” locale=”US” tag=”thetravelersway-20″]Bram Stoker’s 1897 classic[/easyazon_link] with expressive, dramatic choreography, well-placed theatrical effects, a colorful score by Philip Feeney and intriguingly dimensional sets.
Ghoulish Events for All Ages
Orlando’s family fun reflects a mischievous mood in the fall with a boo-nanza of events where kids can celebrate with monsters and villains, dress in costume and trick-or-treat in some of the world’s most beloved locations.
- Mickeys Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort. On select nights between September 2 – October 31, the Magic Kingdom comes alive with jack-o-lanterns, special characters, and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Come dressed for the occasion,and trick-or-treat throughout the park and meet your favorite Disney characters. Guests can groove with Disney-Pixar film characters from [easyazon_link identifier=”B00BHU9CCO” locale=”US” tag=”thetravelersway-20″]Monsters, Inc[/easyazon_link]. at the Scream-O-Ween Dance Party, sing along at the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular and end the night with fireworks nothing short of boo-tacular.
- SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, where guests are immersed in an underwater “fantasea” that includes up-close animal encounters, trick-or-treating, playful pumpkin fish, and sea-themed arts & crafts. Guests can also reserve seats for Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween for the chance to interact with beloved characters. The fun takes place at SeaWorld, every weekend in October.
- Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, select nights from October 1-31. At this spooky, kooky celebration, guests can trick-or-treat, participate in [easyazon_link identifier=”0756686067″ locale=”US” tag=”thetravelersway-20″]LEGO building activities[/easyazon_link] and even join a scavenger hunt through the park. Other highlights include the world’s largest LEGO jack-o-lantern, LEGO Halloween characters like Vladimir the Vampyre and a bewitching Halloween-themed fireworks show at Pirates’ Cove.
- The Crayola Experience, featuring “monster mania,” where guests can trick-or-treat while exploring 25-colorful-hands-on attractions including creating monster-ific crafts and taking pictures with their ghostly characters during the whole month of October.
- Zoo Boo Bash at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, offering a night full of ghoulish fun in the wildest neighborhood in town. Guests can trick-or-treat, enjoy face painting and participate in costume contests on select nights, Oct. 22-30.
- I-Drive 360 will cast an orange illumination on the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye in celebration of Halloween October 29-31. In addition, trick-or-treating, a live DJ and costume and dance contests create fun for the entire family.
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Anthony Manzanares | Anthony has found travel provides a healthy balance to his day job as a criminal defense attorney. Living on the periphery of blogging for years, he's now decided to flex his creative muscles with a little writing and photography of his own. Anthony's favorite travel destinations are the Caribbean, Italy, and Ireland.