Starting in August, Orlando — Halloween Vacation Capital® — is scaring up 79 days of Halloween events for children and adults alike in 2019.
Get ready to paint the town orange this Halloween as world-famous theme parks and attractions transform into eerie delights for all ages in Orlando: Halloween Vacation Capital®! Starting Aug. 16, the nation’s top Halloween events are offering everything from mild, family-friendly chills to extreme scares for teens and adults, which means Orlando is sure to have the perfect celebration for you.
Read on to see what we’re brewing up this year, including Halloween happenings at Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, and start making plans for an unforgettable Halloween in Orlando!
Halloween Events for All Ages in Orlando
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World® Resort (Select Nights, Aug. 16 – Nov. 1)
Join Mickey, Minnie and all their friends as Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World Resort comes alive with jack-o-lanterns, not-so-scary surprises and spirited entertainment for the whole family during the specially ticketed Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, running for a record-breaking 36 nights in 2019.
Children are invited to dress in costume to take full advantage of trick-or-treating throughout the park, including numerous allergy-free options. Other returning favorites include the “Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular” castle stage show and “Mickey’s Boo to You Parade” — the latter of which has some new tricks up its sleeve, including fresh outfits for Mickey and Minnie!
You can also look forward to special attraction experiences for Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain, as well as countless other extras that include new interactions when you follow the treat trail into Monster World at Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. Plus, get ready for brand-new, evening-ending fireworks, “Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular!” Hosted by Jack Skellington, it follows Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald as they trick-or-treat through a mysterious haunted house, accompanied by state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and, of course, dazzling fireworks.
Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld® Orlando (Weekends, Sept. 21 – Oct. 27)
New surprises await at SeaWorld Orlando’s family-friendly Halloween Spooktacular. Guests of all ages can celebrate with the all-new Sesame Street Halloween Parade, featuring fantastic floats, crowd-pleasing performances and everyone’s favorite furry friends. Families will also enjoy a Halloween Dance Party, trick-or-treating around the park, and the opportunity to meet whimsical characters inspired by the sea.
Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort (Weekends, Oct. 5-27)
Families can Master Build a Halloween celebration with all fun and no frights at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort’s Brick or Treat, which is available on weekends and included with park admission. Children are encouraged to wear costumes, and they’ll be provided with a Brick-or-Treat bag that can be used to collect candy on the Brick-or-Treat Trail.
Families can also expect meet-and-greets with exclusive LEGO® characters like Lord Vampyre and Rockin’ Frankenstein, the Monster Bash Dance Party, LEGO® Halloween decorations, and a Brick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt for the LEGO® Candy Corn, among other features. Speaking of sweets, LEGOLAND Florida will have numerous seasonal treats in honor of the event, including Candy Crypt Cannoli, Mummy's Snack Mix, Boo-Berry Dessert Pizza, Granny's Harvest Apple Fries a la Mode, Pumpkin Pie Eclair and Spooky Kooky Churros. Finally, Brickbeard and his crew end each night with The Tale of Pirates’ Cove Fireworks Spectacular!
On Saturday, Oct. 12, get your heart racing by participating in LEGOLAND Florida's Brick Dash, a specially ticketed, Halloween-themed 5K that raises money for Merlin's Magic Wand. It's the perfect complement to the Brick or Treat festivities.
Crayola Experience at The Florida Mall® in Orlando
Screamin’ Green Hauntoween at Crayola Experience (Sept. 21 – Oct. 31)
Crayola Experience at The Florida Mall® is celebrating the Halloween season with monster-rific crafts and spooky surprises for the whole family. Included with regular admission, this fright fest includes dance parties and trick-or-treating every weekend.
During the week, you can go on scavenger hunts, watch live slime shows and participate in “Slime Time,” a scarily sticky art class. What’s more, Sept. 29 and Oct. 27 will be part of Crayola Experience’s ongoing “Sensory Sunday” program, which adapts the attraction for kids and families with special sensory needs.
Gators, Ghosts and Goblins at Gatorland in Orlando
Gators, Ghosts and Goblins at Gatorland (Select Dates, Oct. 19-31)
Included with park admission, Gatorland’s first-ever Halloween event will encompass several spooky themed areas complete with ghoulish actors and selfie zones, plus fun shows, a variety of specialty vendors and Frank & Stein’s Octoberfest Pavilion, with characters, entertainment and themed food and beer available for purchase.
While you’re there, keep an eye out for Florida’s legendary Skunk Ape, who’s scheduled to make appearances along with the mysterious Swamp Ghost and his Stompin’ Gator crew.
Halloween at Disney Springs®
Halloween at Disney Springs® (Oct. 18-31)
In October, Disney Springs is bringing back its popular Skeleton Stilt Walkers, Forest Stump, Zombie Drum Corps and Strolling Piano decked out in spooky attire. Kids are invited to wear costumes and get their face painted in several Halloween-themed designs, and everyone can take advantage of seasonal virtual backdrops with fall and Halloween themes. Admission and parking at Disney Springs are free.
Learn more: Disney Springs
Halloween at Boxi Park (Select Dates, Oct. 17-31)
This event at Boxi Park Lake Nona, about 30 minutes from downtown Orlando, features Halloween activities, spooky decorations and characters, specials, and concerts, including evening performances from some of Orlando's best DJs and musicians. You can also look forward to costume contests and photo ops with spooky celebs. Boxi Park's shipping-container restaurant concepts will also feature special food and beverage offerings to celebrate the fall season. Kid-friendly activities include face-painting, pumpkin-decorating and the Family Fun Pumpkin Patch, as well as a pet costume contest.
Halloween Events for Teens and Adults in Orlando
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort (Select Nights, Sept. 6 – Nov. 2)
Every fall, fear fills Universal Orlando Resort when the separately ticketed Halloween Horror Nights returns to Universal Studios Florida, featuring 10 haunted houses, five scare zones and outrageous live entertainment in 2019.
At press time, this year’s confirmed haunted houses include “Stranger Things,” “Jordan Peele’s Us,” “Ghostbusters,” “Universal Monsters,” “Killer Klowns From Outer Space,” “Depths of Fear,” “Nightingales: Blood Pit,” “Yeti: Terror of the Yukon” and “Graveyard Games,” the latter four of which are original creations from Universal Orlando. (The remaining house is still to be revealed.) This year’s scare zones will include “Zombieland: Double Tap,” “Rob Zombie: Hellbilly Deluxe,” “Anarch-Cade,” “Vanity Ball” and “Vikings Undead,” and “Academy of Villains: Altered States” is set for live entertainment.
If the fear gets to be too much, keep in mind that some of Universal Orlando Resort’s most exhilarating attractions will offer thrilling escapes throughout the park!
(WARNING: EVENT MAY BE TOO INTENSE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13. NO COSTUMES OR MASKS ALLOWED. Separately ticketed event. Event occurs rain or shine. No rain checks, returns or refunds. Dates, times, attractions and entertainment are subject to availability and may change without notice. Free self-parking after 6 p.m. and Universal Cinemark Matinee Free Parking Program not valid for Halloween Horror Nights event nights. Other restrictions may apply. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2019 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.)
Old Town in Kissimmee
Mortem Manor at Old Town (Daily)
Enjoy year-round terrors at Old Town, which blends attractions with a re-creation of a classic Florida community in Kissimmee, close to Walt Disney World Resort. Ranked as one of the “Scariest Haunted Houses in America” by Travel Channel, Old Town’s Mortem Manor invites you to choose between exploring the house, being buried alive in a coffin — or both!
The frightening experiences start at just $5, making it one of the most affordable ways to celebrate Halloween while visiting Orlando.
Mayan Chapel at Art & History Museums — Maitland Near Orlando
Maitland’s Historical Haunted Tours (Select Days in October)
Curious history buffs and ghost-hunters alike can explore the haunted grounds of Art & History Museums — Maitland’s Art Center or Waterhouse Residence Museum via two separate tours. Local ghosts haunt the grounds of these famous estates, making their presences known through spooky disturbances.
From ghost stories to creepy Victorian artifacts, you’ll discover the chilling truth behind what is said to be two of the most paranormal places in Florida. Maitland is approximately 25 minutes north of downtown Orlando, and directly north of Winter Park.
The City of Orlando’s Moonlight Walking Tours (Aug. 16, Sept. 13 & Oct. 11)
Take a frightful, 4-mile stroll with restless spirits through downtown Orlando’s historic Greenwood Cemetery, where you’ll visit the final resting places of prominent figures in Orlando’s history. The tour is free but usually sponsored by rotating charities that accept donations, so you can feel both fearful and philanthropic when you participate. Registration is required, and tickets are provided on a first-come, first-served basis
Learn more: Downtown Orlando
Dark Horizon: Point of No Return (Select Nights, Oct. 4 – Nov. 2)
Held at Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites, this macabre event emerges in Orlando to feast upon your fears, fray your nerves and curdle your blood. Horror-lovers will revel in 16 nights of terror featuring four immersive bars, three gruesome haunted house mazes, two live stages, hundreds of monsters, festive fare … and one screaming good time! Haunted houses will include Ghostship, a disease-infested, loot-filled vessel adrift on the high seas; Murder Island, where you'll escape the clutches of a crazed serial killer; and Vodou, where you'll journey through a foggy bog to the underworld.
Enzian Theater in Maitland
13 Films of Halloween at Enzian Theater (Select Nights in October)
Located in Maitland, the Enzian Theater celebrates Halloween with this frightful film festival, tickets to which are available on an a-la-carte basis. The films are complemented by “13 Cocktails of Halloween,” which are themed around the movies and available from the Enzian’s Eden Bar.
At press time, 11 of this year’s movies have been announced. They include The Sixth Sense (Oct. 1), Chopping Mall (Oct. 5), A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (Oct. 8), Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Oct. 10; free admission), Nekromantik (Oct. 12), Idle Hands (Oct. 15), Don’t Look Now (Oct. 19), Bride of Re-Animator (Oct. 19), Little Shop of Horrors (Oct. 21), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (Oct. 26), and Blade II (Oct. 29).
A Petrified Forest (Oct. 4 – Nov. 2)
Located in Altamonte Springs, about 20 minutes north of downtown Orlando, this annual, nighttime pop-up attraction features two outdoor scare trails, where groups of six or less can venture through a haunted forest filled with terrifying beasts. On special “Total Eclipse” nights — which require a signed waiver for anyone under 18 — groups are only provided with a single glowstick to light their path, and the monsters have permission to reach out and touch you!
The event is rated PG-13 and not recommended for guests under 12, but Kids’ Nights and Special Needs Nights are traditionally offered, too.
American Ghost Adventures (Dates Vary)
This group offers a wide variety of year-round paranormal experiences throughout the Orlando area, including downtown Orlando, Winter Garden (about 20 minutes west of downtown) and Mount Dora (approximately 45 minutes north of downtown). Options include the “Spirits With Spirits” haunted pub tour and “Dining With the Departed” in a haunted restaurant.
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