Orlando Halloween Fun For Families and Adults
Why celebrate Halloween for just one night when Orlando — Halloween Vacation Capital of the World™ — offers a lineup of the nation’s top Halloween events spanning a spook-tacular 78 days? Starting as early as Aug. 17 and running through Nov. 3, Halloween festivals in Orlando have something for everyone, ranging from extreme scares for adults and teens to friendly frights for the whole family.
In 2018, Orlando’s Halloween lineup includes a host of all-hallows events and attractions, plus themed hotel packages. For real-time updates on Halloween in Orlando, follow #OrlandoHalloween on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as our blog, and get details on our most happening haunts below!
Halloween Events at Orlando Theme Parks
Orlando’s theme parks are always fun to visit, and they really turn up the fun around Halloween.
Halloween Horror Nights
Visitors can expect horrors inspired by the 1980s at Universal Orlando Resort’s world-famous Halloween celebration, a separate-ticketed experience taking place on select nights from Sept. 14 through Nov. 3. This year’s edition will feature a haunted house based on Netflix’s mega-hit Stranger Things, as well as nine other haunted houses for a total of 10 — the most ever in the event’s 28-year history. It will also encompass 34 nights, tying its longest run yet.
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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
On select nights from Aug. 17 to Oct. 31, Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort comes alive with jack-o’-lanterns, special character appearances and entertainment for the whole family during this separate-ticketed event. Encouraged to dress for the occasion, visitors can trick-or-treat through the park, masquerade with costumed characters at the Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, sing along at the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, and end the night with a “Boo-tacular” fireworks show.
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SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
It’s an ocean of Halloween fun for the whole family at this daytime festival, which is included with regular admission to SeaWorld® Orlando and takes place every weekend from Sept. 22 through Oct. 28. You’ll be immersed in an underwater “fantasea” featuring trick-or-treating, not-so-spooky live shows and whimsical sea creatures. You’ll even have the chance to mingle with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street characters, including Elmo, The Count, Cookie Monster and others.
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LEGOLAND Florida's Brick or Treat
Included with regular admission to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, this spooky, kooky celebration for all ages takes place on weekends and Halloween from Oct. 6-31. Activities include trick-or-treating, LEGO building activities and a scavenger hunt through the park. You can also look forward to seeing LEGO Halloween characters, Halloween-themed fireworks at Pirate’s Cove, and the world’s largest LEGO jack-o’-lantern!
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Orlando Halloween Events for All Ages
Orlando is the ultimate Halloween playground for children of all ages. Check this page regularly for additional all-ages Halloween events in Orlando as details become available.
Screamin’ Green Hauntoween
Located at The Florida Mall, Crayola Experience invites guests to get “zombified” with monster-rific crafts, dance parties, a themed scavenger hunt and trick-or-treating every weekend from Sept. 22 through Oct. 31.
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Zoo Boo Bash
On Oct. 20-21 and 27-28, Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens invites kids to wear costumes and trick-or-treat in one of Florida’s wildest neighborhoods. Included with regular zoo admission, the festivities also include Boo Bowling, a Monster Mural that’s perfect for photo opportunities, and a Boo-ubble Show featuring enormous bubbles, as well as daily costume contests and a Pumpkin Smash. The zoo is in Sanford, about 30 minutes north of downtown Orlando.
Orlando Halloween Events for Teens and Up
Looking to scare up a good time for teens and adults this Halloween? Look no further than the mature-minded Halloween haunts Orlando is hosting this year.
American Ghost Adventures
This organization offers a wide variety of year-round paranormal experiences, with tours all over the Orlando area. Options run from the “Spirits With Spirits” haunted pub tour to “Dining With the Departed,” which includes a meal in a haunted restaurant.
City of Orlando’s Moonlight Walking Tours
Embark on a dark, historical stroll through Greenwood Cemetery in downtown Orlando, encompassing four miles and nearly a hundred graves of notable individuals from Orlando’s history. The tour is free, but it’s usually sponsored by rotating charities that accept donations, providing an opportunity to feel philanthropic and fearful at the same time.
1st Thursdays: Nerds in the City
Hosted by Orlando Museum of Art, about 10 minutes from downtown Orlando, this special event, which is included with regular admission, asks guests to come in costumes based on their favorite sci-fi, fantasy, anime and other nerd-friendly properties on Oct. 4. Whether you identify as a Jedi Knight, Dothraki, Time Lord, Star Fleet officer, or even a Hobbit, you’ll feel at home!
Halloween Soiree at The Edison
On Oct. 31, The Edison at Disney Springs is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas with this special party, which encourages guests to dress in themed costumes. Tickets are $85 per person and attendees must be 21 or older.
Maitland’s Historical Haunted Tours
History buffs and ghost hunters are invited to explore the haunted grounds of Art & History Museums — Maitland or the Waterhouse Residence Museum via two separate tours, available on select days in October. 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 Central Florida, both about 20 minutes from downtown Orlando.
Mortem Manor Haunted Attraction
Located at Old Town, the themed entertainment district in Kissimmee close to Walt Disney World, this spooky attraction offers year-round scares, with two spooky stories, state-of-the-art animatronics and live actors.
A Petrified Forest
This unique, annual attraction in Altamonte Springs, about 25 minutes from downtown Orlando, features two outdoor scare trails where small groups can venture through a haunted forest at night. On a few special Total Eclipse Nights — which require a signed waiver for anyone under 18 — monsters can even touch the guests, and each small group is given only one glowstick to light their path. The event runs on select nights, Oct. 5 through Nov. 3.
The nation’s largest horror convention returns to Orlando on Oct. 26-29 at the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel & Convention Center near International Drive. This year’s lineup of celebrity guests includes David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson of The X-Files, plus Kathy Najimy of Disney’s Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus, with more to be announced. Other thrills and chills at the convention include a tattoo festival, costume contest, zombie walk and film festival.
Terror at the Inn — The Mummy’s Curse
Through Oct. 31, Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites — Waterpark is hosting this eerie event in its 4D Experience Theater. Avoid zombies as you fight to avoid eternal imprisonment in a house of horrors! Open from 6-10 p.m. on select weeknights and 6-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, the experience is not recommended for children younger than 11.
13 Films of Halloween
One of the Orlando area’s most respected movie houses, and located about 20 minutes from downtown Orlando, the Enzian Theater in Maitland is celebrating Halloween with this frightful film festival, with movies being shown on select days and nights from Oct. 2-30. In addition to horror classics like Nosferatu, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Re-Animator and Horror of Dracula, the on-site Eden Bar will have themed drinks for each of the featured flicks. Plus, a Kid’s Halloween Party will take place on Oct. 21, along with a showing of Frankenweenie. Separate admission is required for all 13 films.
Located on International Drive, Zombie Outbreak challenges guests to see how long they could survive a zombie apocalypse. This Halloween season and all year long, the terrifically terrifying attraction will put you in the middle of a military base overrun with the undead.
Haunting Hotel Happenings in Orlando
Looking for a deal on accommodations when visiting Orlando this Halloween? Start here.
“A Room With a Boo” Package at Hilton Orlando
As part of this promotion at Hilton Orlando, guests will receive daily breakfast, premium Wi-Fi and late checkout at 2 p.m., which is perfect for “creatures of the night.”
“No Tricks, Just Treats” Package at Select Hyatt Properties
From Sept. 1 through Nov. 4, Hyatt House Orlando Universal, Hyatt Place Orlando/Convention Center and Hyatt Place Orlando/Universal are offering this package to get you into the Halloween spirit. The offer includes two complimentary “spooky” drinks or beverages of choice per stay, as well as a special themed treat placed in your room prior to arrival.