Top Five Frights Beyond the Usual Haunts in Orlando

Part of Visit Orlando's 13 Weeks of Frightful Fun in Orlando

Visit Orlando continues our 13 Weeks of Frightful Fun in Orlando with this week's ghostly good tips to help plan your Halloween fun in Orlando.

Halloween is looming around the corner and Orlando's "scream" parks are in full swing with their spooky fun for the whole family. But for those souls brave enough to venture beyond the usual tourist haunts, we've listed five monstrous must do's this Halloween in the Central Florida area.

#1 Screaming Fun and Bone-Chilling Coasters

Outside of Orlando, but within Central Florida's extended boarders, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay transforms into a nightmare of inescapable fear called Howl-O-Scream.

Busch Garden's Tampa Bay Howl-O-Scream 

The devious creatures that infest haunted houses, scare zones and thrilling shows have plenty of psychotic surprises in store and bone-chilling roller coasters to keep the screams coming all night long. Sept. 27 - Oct. 26, Select Nights

#2 Free Horror Film Festival

Throughout the month of October, the Enzian Theater will present 13 Films for Halloween. The sinister movie selection includes traditional and cult classics, including Eraserhead and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, along with modern masterpieces of horror, including Evil Dead II and Saw.

Enzian Theater 13 Films for Halloween

Bring your blanket and enjoy the free horror film under the stars while the natural setting, including the surrounding massive oak trees, provides an eerie backdrop to the frightening scenes projected on the big screen. The horror film festival culminates with a Halloween Costume Party at month's end.

#3 All Paths Lead to Fear

Explore a dizzying labyrinth with all kinds of good scares at Orlando Haunted Maze. Located in the neighboring town of Maitland, guests select one of seven different paths while weaving through ghosts, zombies, spiders, corn fields and graveyards to try and escape.

Orlando Haunted Maze 

With multiple mazes to take, you'll have a different experience every time. Oct. 5-31.

#4 Prepare to Be Petrified

Experience the night-time terror of Central Florida's premier haunted scare trail at the Petrified Forest Presents Museum of Mayhem. In the middle of the forest in Altamonte Springs, guests will find more than 85,000-square-feet (7896-square-meters) of uniquely themed scare rooms and sheer horror around every turn.

Petrified Forest Presents Museum of Mayhem

The event also includes an outdoor festival featuring live bands, food and laser tag. Oct. 4 - Nov. 2, Select Nights

#5 Trick or Treat Safe Zone

Young trick-or-treaters can enjoy a safe, fun trick or treat adventure at the Orange County Regional History Center on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Young ghouls and goblins enjoy three floors of trick or treating along with creepy crafts, ghastly games, and Linus' not-so-scary pumpkin patch.

Orange County Regional History Center Trick or Treat

Chocolate milk mustaches provided by the Florida Dairy Farmers will be available for a photo opportunity in honor of the official drink of Halloween.

Check back next week for more Halloween in Orlando insider tricks and treats from Visit Orlando.


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