Today’s travel tip sheet includes information on frights and fun in the Halloween Vacation Capital®, ways to enjoy a foodie getaway in Orlando on a budget, water experiences for everyone in the family and the latest on what’s new in Orlando. For interviews and media info: media@visitorlando.com.   

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In this Issue:  

  • Halloween Frights and Fun in Orlando 

  • Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is Extended! 

  • Family-Friendly Water Adventures 

  • What’s New this Month  

  • DYK? Orlando was named Best U.S. City for Families 

Halloween Frights and Fun in Orlando 

From trick-or-treat trails to creepy drive-thru experiences, it’s no wonder Orlando is the Halloween Vacation Capital®. With brand new theme park events and Halloween happenings at attractions throughout the destination, there’s something for every scare level - from frightening to fun. 

HALLOWEEN FUN FOR LITTLE ONES 

  • Little ones can dress up in their favorite costumes to trick-or-treat and meet silly Halloween characters at the SeaWorld Spooktacular family friendly daytime event on weekends from Sept. 18 to Oct. 31.  

  • Screamin' Green Hauntoween at Crayola Experience celebrates the Halloween season with monster-ific crafts and spooky surprises for the entire family. Dance parties and trick-or-treating are offered on weekends, while weekdays include scavenger hunts, live slime shows and SLIME TIME, a spooky, sticky art class.   

  • Gatorland‘s “Gators, Ghosts and Goblins” event (weekends from Oct. 9-31) features specially themed shows, ghoulish selfie zones and “Frank & Stein’s” Octoberfest Pavilion.  

ORLANDO’S MOST FRIGHTFUL EVENTS 

  • Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort (Sept. 3 – Oct. 31) is back for its 30th year. Horror enthusiasts can experience terrifying haunted houses, sinister scare zones, outrageous live entertainment and some of the park’s most exhilarating attractions.  

  • SeaWorld Orlando’s first-ever separate ticketed nighttime Halloween event, Howl-O-Scream, will terrorize guests on select nights starting Sept. 10 through Oct. 31 with fright-inducing haunted houses and scare zones; thrilling rides and experiences; an interactive bar and an electrifying live show. 

Additional information on Orlando’s Halloween happenings can be found here.  

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Extends through Oct. 17 

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining and Magical Nights will be extended through Oct. 17, providing foodies an additional two weeks to not only savor delicious cuisine, but also enjoy a foodie weekend getaway complete with exclusive hotel and resort offers. Examples include: 

Family-Friendly Fun in the Water 

From gliding through Florida’s wetlands to paddling on your own personal swan boat, Orlando offers a variety of experiences for everyone in the family to soak up the last days of summer: 

  • The Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour offers hour-long, guided cruises through a tranquil chain of lakes and man-made canals. Riders can observe large cranes swooping waterside to snag a large fish or a lazy alligator languishing on a nearby bank, while also learning a brief history of Winter Park, Central Florida's oldest community. 

  • The swan boats rentals at Lake Eola Park are a fun family activity available for a nominal fee. Visitors can enjoy the views of the 43-acre recreational area in the heart of downtown Orlando and pack a picnic lunch to enjoy afterward.   

  • Boggy Creek Airboat Rides provides a classic Florida experience, offering up-close and personal views into the beauty of the headwaters to the Everglades as guests glide through wetlands at speeds of up to 50 mph. Each ride offers a unique glimpse of eagles, osprey, snakes, turtles and alligators. 

  • Epic Paddle Adventures offers kayak and paddleboard rentals along with guided tours for every skill level, including night glow paddles and a Paddle with Pups in Paradise experience, for families traveling with their furry companions. 

What’s New in Orlando this Month? 

Stay up to date on Orlando's most recent announcements and openings - from accommodations and attractions to restaurants and events - available here.  

Did You Know?  

Orlando is the Best U.S. City for Families, according to United Airlines’ Hemispheres magazine’s Readers Choice Awards. With its world-class attractions and hidden gems, Orlando offers something for every age – from little ones to adults.