HALLOWEEN IN ORLANDO FOR ALL AGES
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In Orlando, Halloween isn’t just one night. Starting as early as August and stretching into November, Orlando — Halloween Vacation Capital — hosts world-famous Halloween events spanning multiple spook-tacular months, from friendly, all-ages chills to extreme thrills for adults and teens.
Bookmark this page for details about more Halloween 2023 events as they become available. Then, get ready to paint the town orange at the most happening Halloween haunts in Orlando.
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort (Select Nights, Sept. 1 – Nov. 4, 2023)
The separately ticketed Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) at Universal Orlando Resort is “The World’s Premier Halloween Event” for adults and teens, bringing together the stories and visions of the world’s most notorious creators of horror. From cinematic greats and crazed current cult favorites to the park’s original abominations — every year, the legend grows and the experience reaches beyond your wildest nightmares.
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As the sun sets on days filled with thrills in all of Universal Orlando’s theme parks, the night awakens with a frightening chill at the Universal Studios Florida park. Just as in horror films where the first to wander off meets a terrible fate, you’ll want to bring a friend with you to share the screams and watch your back as you make your way through the horror. You definitely need someone to cling to, someone to hide behind, somebody to panic with as you enter mind-ripping haunted houses inspired by the biggest names in horror.
Haunted houses for 2023 include:
- Stranger Things 4: Band together with your squad to resist Vecna’s gruesome curse as you take on the scariest season of Stranger Things yet.
- The Last of Us™: You and your squad must stay silent if you want to survive Clickers and more as the gritty world of Naughty Dog’s video game comes to life.
- The Exorcist: Believer: Two missing girls have been found with no memory of what happened to them. But wherever they went, the ultimate evil has returned with them. Enter the most terrifying scenes from the new Blumhouse film.
- Chucky: Ultimate Kill Count: Chucky, the serial killer doll, is back for a new gorefest. He’s hijacked his own haunted house with all kinds of bloody hijinks. You and your friends must try to survive his ultimate kill count.
- Universal Monsters: Unmasked: Descend into the Paris Catacombs, where you and your squad will face a new horde of Monsters: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Phantom of the Opera, the Hunchback of Notre Dame and the Invisible Man.
- Dr. Oddfellow’s Twisted Origins: You won’t be able to resist going inside Dr. Oddfellow’s menacing menagerie of twisted oddities. But the price for you and your friends is steep: the cost of your souls to feed his immortal power.
- Dueling Dragons: Choose Thy Fate: Two warlocks of great power were turned into dragons after trying to take Merlyn’s spell book. Now you and your friends are caught in their epic battle. You must choose a path and a victor.
- YETI: Campground Kills: You and your friends are about to venture into a 1950s campground overrun by huge, menacing yetis who rip apart anyone who gets in their way. You must flee to the ranger tower to escape.
- The Darkest Deal: Blues musician Pinestraw Spruce will have to face the music after meeting with The Collector and trading his soul for musical glory. You and your squad learn the terrible price of fame.
- Bloodmoon: Dark Offerings: In a Colonial-era village, moon-worshippers witness a blood moon at their fall festival. They take it as a sign to hunt down any non-followers, including you and your scream squad.
You can also face nightmarish creatures on streets twisted into five sinister scare zones, lose yourself in outrageous live entertainment filled with diabolical surprises, feast on fearsomely themed food and drinks, and escape to some of Universal Studios Florida’s most exhilarating attractions.
Just heed this warning if you plan to dare the terrors of Halloween Horror Nights: Never go alone.
WARNING: EVENT MAY BE TOO INTENSE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13. NO COSTUMES OR COSTUME MASKS ALLOWED.
Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event. Event occurs rain or shine. No rain checks, returns or refunds. Prices, dates, times, attractions, entertainment, and/or experience details are subject to availability, changes and/or cancellation without notice. Parks/attractions/entertainment, or access to events may close or be unavailable due to capacity and benefits are subject to change without notice. Free self-parking after midnight on all Halloween Horror Nights event nights. Free self-parking available after 6 p.m. for all guests on non-Halloween Horror Nights event nights. Other restrictions may apply.
Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld® Orlando (Select Nights, Sept. 8 – Oct. 31, 2023)
Howl-O-Scream resurfaces at SeaWorld® Orlando — and you will have nowhere to hide. This year also promises to be bigger than ever with more pulse-pounding, sweat-inducing haunts, thrills and chills.
Evade angry haunts as they rampage through scare zones. Seek shelter indoors, only to find you’ve entered a house of horrors. Deepen the thrill with nighttime coaster rides. Quench your thirst for fear at fiendishly interactive bars. And feel the monstrous electricity of three live shows.
Evil returns — with a howl and a scream. Come see what terrors lurk beneath the waves during this specially ticketed event, only at SeaWorld Orlando.
Please note: Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience. This event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore and blood. No costumes are allowed.
Haunting Nights (Select Dates, Sept. 29 – Oct. 31, 2023)
With Haunting Nights, Creative City Project brings to life an artful, exciting Halloween experience in the forests of Harry P. Leu Gardens. Expect immersive worlds, fall-inspired encounters and a few jump scares, plus seasonal food and drinks. Make your way past the bridge troll and into the forest of eyes, journey through a neon-lit maze, and so much more. Leu Gardens is part of Orlando’s Audubon Park Garden District.
14th Annual Día De Los Muertos & Monster Party (Oct. 19, 2023)
Orlando’s 14th Annual Día de los Muertos & Monster Party showcases art inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead, as well as Halloween, and created by regional, national and international artists. The unique exhibition is paired with an outdoor experience featuring food, drinks, entertainment and spooky art vendors. Offering a rotating collection of galleries under one roof, CityArts is part of downtown Orlando’s City District.
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Halloween Events at Cocktails & Screams
Part of downtown’s City District, Cocktails & Screams — Orlando’s only year-round Halloween bar — is going all out this spooky season with a ghost host of events. They include Pirate Night (Oct. 6), Mystery Machine Trick R Treat Brunch and 7 Deadly Sins Night (Oct. 7), Mad Hatter Scaryoke (Oct. 11), Oogie Boogie Casino Night (Oct. 12), Friday the 13th Slasher Summoning (Oct. 13), Hocus Pocus Brunch (Oct. 15), Beetle Juice Scaryoke (Oct. 18), plus Emo Nights every Tuesday in October.
Spooky Empire (Oct. 27 – 29, 2023)
Experience the sights, sounds and screams of Halloween at Spooky Empire. Held at Hyatt Regency Orlando, this three-day event features an enormous room of vendors, a film and tattoo festival, music, celebrity speakers, and other thrills and chills for diehard aficionados of the spookiest of holidays.
A Petrified Forest (Select Nights, Sept. 29 – Oct. 28, 2023)
Located in Altamonte Springs, about 30 minutes north of our tourism districts, A Petrified Forest 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 — you will only be provided with a single glowstick to light your path ... and the monsters have permission to reach out and touch you. The event is rated PG-13 on most nights and not recommended for guests under 12, but a Kids’ Day is available on Oct. 14 and a Special Needs Night on Oct. 11.
Nosferatu (Select Dates, Sept. 15 – Nov. 5, 2023)
Returning for its third year, Nosferatu presents an immersive, “re-vamped” adult horror experience. Enter a redesigned warehouse where monsters lurk around every dark corner as art meets haunted house meets vampires’ den. It’s taking place at the Renaissance Theatre adjacent to Loch Haven Cultural Park north of downtown Orlando.
Freak Show Horror Film Festival (Oct. 13 – 15, 2023)
Featuring three fearsome days of frights, fun and filmmakers, the Freak Show Horror Film Festival is screening at Epic Theaters at Lee Vista close to Orlando International Airport.
Halloween on the Ave (Oct. 20, 2023)
Hosted by the charming city of Winter Park just north of Orlando, Halloween on the Ave offers all-inclusive food and beverage tastings, local DJs and a live band, a costume contest with cash prizes, photo booths, themed areas and more.
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Phantasmagoria XIV: Tales of the Undead (Oct. 26 – 28, 2023)
The critically acclaimed Victorian Horror Troupe Phantasmagoria “gathers ‘round the gravestones” to haunt and delight you with the newest entry in their long running Halloween mainstage series, Phantasmagoria XIV: Tales of the Undead. Catch it at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando’s City District.
Halloweekend Pub Crawl (Oct. 27, 2023)
Taking place in downtown Orlando’s City District, the Halloweekend Pub Crawl will transform the night into a spine-chilling adventure filled with ghoulish delights. Immerse yourself in a bewitching bar-crawling experience that promises endless fun, surprises and wicked memories.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort (Select Dates, Aug. 11 – Nov. 1, 2023)
Join some of your favorite Disney Characters for an evening of spirited fun at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, an all-ages, specially ticketed celebration at Magic Kingdom® Park, part of Walt Disney World® Resort.
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This year’s eerie entertainment will include:
- Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular!: At Cinderella Castle, watch three sinister sisters bewitch and bedazzle the residents of Magic Kingdom Park.
- Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular: A wickedly wild fireworks display featuring some of your favorite Disney Characters and hosted by Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
- Disney Junior Jam: Perfect for young partygoers, this dance party invites you to boogie down at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe with some of your favorite friends from Disney Junior shows.
- Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade: See beloved Disney Characters on the move.
- Favorite Attractions: Enjoy spellbinding surprises as you rediscover more than 20 favorite attractions with a Halloween twist, including Mad Tea Party, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor®, Space Mountain® and many more.
- Disney Characters in Costume: See some of your favorite Disney Characters decked out in their best Halloween outfits.
- Trick-or-Treat Trail: Search for your favorite sweets and collect a bag full of candy, including allergy-free options.
Revel in the extraordinarily enchanting atmosphere of this limited-capacity event, exclusively at Walt Disney World Resort.
SeaWorld® Spooktacular (Select Dates, Sept. 16 – Oct. 29, 2023)
Celebrate Halloween with candy, costumes, your favorite sea friends and plenty of spooky surprises. Treat your family to all the festive fun of SeaWorld® Spooktacular, included with park admission at SeaWorld Orlando this fall.
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Brick-or-Treat Presents Monster Party at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort (Select Saturdays & Sundays, Sept. 16 – Oct. 29, 2023)
At LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, get bewitched by the biggest Brick or Treat ever with an all-new fireworks show, new monstrous experiences, tons of candy, boo-tastic limited time food offerings, and exclusive LEGO® monster characters. All the fun of Brick-or-Treat presents Monster Party is included with park admission to LEGOLAND® Florida Theme Park.
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Gators, Ghosts and Goblins™ (Saturdays & Sundays, Oct. 14 – 28, 2023)
Gatorland®, the Alligator Capital of the World, will hold its fifth annual Gators, Ghosts and Goblins Halloween event. The fun is included with park admission, including multiple themed haunt zones, interactive characters, animal meet-and-greets, and the popular Children’s Halloween Costume Parade, featuring treat bags for all the kids who participate. You can also look forward to amusing shows, games, candy giveaways and much more. You are also welcome to wear costumes — just nothing scary or gory please, since Bubba and Skunk Ape are easily scared.
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Screamin’ Green Hauntoween at Crayola Experience (Sept. 23 – Oct. 31, 2023)
Included with general admission, Screamin’ Green Hauntoween is back at Crayola Experience, inviting you to join their crayon crew on a quest to discover rare Halloween colors and meet monster-ific characters. You’re welcome to dress up, but please note that costume masks are not allowed. Crayola Experience is located at The Florida Mall®, close to International Drive.
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Happy Frights (Select Dates, Sept. 29 – Oct. 31, 2023)
A fun, family-friendly version of Haunting Nights, Happy Frights is also produced by Creative City Project at Leu Gardens, with sessions taking place before the scarier evening entertainment. Enjoy immersive worlds, live characters, food, trick-or-treating and more.
Vampirates: When the Blood Moon Rises (Select Nights, Sept. 19 – Oct. 31, 2023)
Presented by Pirates Dinner Adventure in the I-Drive Entertainment District, Vampirates: When the Blood Moon Rises is a Halloween-themed dinner show suitable for ghouls and goblins of all ages. Embark on a spooktacular journey filled with aerial artistry, swordplay, death-defying stunts and dynamic duels.
Zoo Boo Bash at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens (Saturdays & Sundays, Oct. 14 – 29, 2023)
Ghosts, goblins and ghouls of all kinds can gear up to celebrate Halloween at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens with the fan-favorite Zoo Boo Bash, presented by Orlando Health. Show off your Halloween best, trick-or-treat, and enjoy plenty of not-so-scary decorations and activities. Central Florida Zoo is in Sanford, about 40 minutes north of our tourism districts.
Halloween Events in Lake Nona (Oct. 12, 13 & 28, 2023)
Minutes from Orlando International Airport, the forward-thinking community of Lake Nona is scaring up three ways to celebrate the spookiest of seasons. It all starts with the Lake Nona Pumpkin Carving Workshop on Oct. 12, followed by the Friday the 13th Murder Mystery Dinner Party on Oct. 13. Then, on Oct. 28, Lake Nona’s Graveyard Smash will feature spooky entertainment, trick-or-treat stations, inflatable courses, face paint and thrilling music.
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Halloween Experience in Winter Garden (Oct. 20 – 31, 2023)
West of our main tourism districts, Winter Garden celebrates Halloween for 12 straight days, and you are invited. The family-friendly activities at the city’s Halloween Experience include seven nights of an outdoor animated Halloween Light Show; a hay maze; fall- and spooky-themed photo locations, decorations and light displays; a Spooky Caboose at the Winter Garden Heritage Museum; a Halloween Celebration at the fall-themed Farmers Market; and more.
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Avalon Park Spooktacular (Oct. 28, 2023)
East of downtown Orlando, the community of Avalon Park pulls out all the stops and plenty of trick-or-treating for its family-friendly Spooktacular.
Halloween & Fall Events at Promenade at Sunset Walk (Oct. 13 – 31, 2023)
Adjacent to Margaritaville Resort Orlando, Promenade at Sunset Walk is hosting its annual Trunk or Treat Car Show on Oct. 28, featuring Halloween-themed rides. On Oct. 31, they’re hosting a Halloween Costume Contest with cash prizes. And from Oct. 13 – 31, enjoy a free Pumpkin Patch from 1 to 7 p.m. daily.
Curry Ford West Trunk or Treat (Oct. 28, 2023)
Get ready for an enchanting evening of Halloween fun at the annual Curry Ford West Trunk or Treat. It’s presented by the Curry Ford West Main Street District east of downtown Orlando.
4Roots Sprout Sprint + Harvest Festival (Oct. 28, 2023)
Held at the 4Roots Farm Campus near Orlando’s College Park Main Street district, the family-friendly 4Roots Sprout Sprint + Harvest Festival includes the Sprout Sprint Fun Run, a Li’l Sprout Kids Run and the signature Harvest Festival. Expect local artisans, a pumpkin patch, a kids’ costume contest and more.
Halloween at Old Town Entertainment District (Oct. 31, 2023)
Spend Halloween at Old Town and enjoy trick-or-treating from 5 – 7 p.m. with candy stations on every block and at select merchants, while supplies last. (Please note that costume masks are not permitted.) You can also look forward to the Thriller Dancers on the Old Town Stage. Old Town is in Kissimmee minutes from Walt Disney World.
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Halloween-Themed Live Performances (Select Dates)
Visitors of all ages can enjoy the following Halloween-themed arts in Orlando:
- Click, Clack, Boo! A Tricky Treat (Select Dates, Oct. 7 – 29, 2023)
- Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics (Oct. 19, 2023)
- Dracula (Select Dates, Oct. 20 – 29, 2023)
- Ghoulish Groves (Oct. 20 – 21, 2023)
- The Spider Queen (Select Dates, Oct. 20 – 29, 2023)
- Symphony Storytime Series: Spooky Serenades (Oct. 22 – 23, 2023)
- Phantasmagoria XIV: ‘Tales of the Undead’ (Oct. 26 – 28, 2023)
- The Witches: An Immersive Audio Drama (Oct. 27 – 30, 2023)
- Emo Halloween 4: Back From the Dead (Oct. 31, 2023)
THERE’S ALWAYS MORE TO DO IN ORLANDO
Halloween haunts aren’t the only can’t-miss events waiting for you in Orlando this fall. See what else is happening during your next visit, and make plans to join the fun.
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MAP OF HALLOWEEN EVENTS IN ORLANDO
Use this interactive map to scare up a good time at all of Orlando’s Halloween haunts in 2023. (Click here if you found us via Google and don’t see a map or images.)