From Fright to Light, Orlando Celebrates Halloween Like Nowhere Else

Halloween in Orlando

Get ready to paint Orlando orange this Halloween as our world-famous theme parks and attractions become eerie and ghoulish delights for all ages. With 10 full weeks of events across Orlando — Halloween Vacation CapitalSM — that range from extreme scares for adults and teens to not-so-scary frights for the entire family, there's an event for everyone this year.

From light to fright and everywhere in between, this is the perfect destination for those seeking spooky family fun or fright-filled nights. Topping the list are theme park events that are fun for everyone including Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World and Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld Orlando (included with regular park admission) to the spine-chilling Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando (separate admission required), along with community events that offer scary fun, but at a pleasant value.

Sinister Celebrations for Teens and Up

HHN25 The Purge Scareactor

Some may be startled by the variety of adult- and teen-focused frights. From carefully crafted, haunted mazes to meticulously fashioned costumes and props, these events overflow with fearful fun that goes beyond imagination and disturbs all senses.

  • Halloween Horror Nights 27 at Universal Orlando Resort, bringing nightmares to life for hair-raising entertainment. On select nights from Sept. 15 to Nov. 4, visitors can explore all-new haunted houses, featuring characters from fan favorites like The Shining and the popular television show American Horror Story. Even outside the houses, guests aren't safe from spooks, as monsters prowl the streets between in "Scare Zones."
  • Spooky Empire, the largest horror convention in the nation, is taking place Oct. 27–29. This year's lineup of celebrity guests includes Richard Dreyfuss from Jaws. Other thrills and chills at the convention include a tattoo festival, costume contest, zombie walk and film festival.
  • Orlando Museum of Art's 1st Thursdays: Ghosts & Ghouls will take place on Oct.5. Artists will create works depicting dark, horror, goth and other Halloween themes: Hollywood inspired movies or TV icons, eerie and creepy landscapes and architecture, ghostly or ghoulish images, spooky or spoofy, anything associated with the paranormal, the uncanny and the unexplained.
  • Zombie Outbreak on International drive lets you see how you'd fare in a zombie apocalypse. The live-action attraction gives you state-of-the-art weapon replicas and turns you lose on a military base swarming with gruesome undead, who wear cutting-edge targets to record your hits. It's a must-visit for the Halloween season.
  • Enzian Theater will screen its annual "13 Films of Halloween" on select nights from Oct. 3–Oct. 31. Highlights will include Poltergeist (Oct. 3), The Exorcist (Oct. 14), Bram Stoker's Dracula (Oct. 21) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (Oct. 31). Additionally, the theater's Eden Bar is selling "13 Cocktails of Halloween," named after the featured movies, all month long. Finally, the bar will host its 10th annual Halloween Party on Oct. 28. The theater is located in Maitland, about 15 minutes north of downtown Orlando.

Ghoulish Events for All Ages

SeaWorld Spooktacular Character Meet and Greet

Orlando's family fun reflects lighter Halloween fun 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 from Aug. 25 to Nov. 11, the Magic Kingdom comes alive with jack-o-lanterns, special characters and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Encouraged to come dressed for the occasion, visitors can trick-or-treat throughout the park and encounter favorite Disney characters. Guests can sing along at the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, masquerade with costumed characters at the Boo-to-You Halloween Parade and end the night with a fireworks show 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 and 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 every weekend in October.
  • Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, select nights from Oct. 14 to 31. At this spooky, kooky celebration, guests can trick-or-treat, participate in LEGO building activities 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 "Screamin' Green Hauntoween," where guests can trick-or-treat while exploring 25 hands-on attractions, including creating "monsterific" crafts and snapping spooktacular character photos on select days, Oct. 7–31.
  • Zoo Boo Bash at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, offering a day full of ghoulish fun in the wildest neighborhood in town. Guests can trick-or-treat, enjoy face painting and participate in costume contests on Oct. 28–29
  • ICON Orlando 360 will cast an orange illumination on ICON Orlando in celebration of Halloween, Oct. 29–31. In addition, trick-or-treating, a live DJ and costume and dance contents create fun for the entire family.

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