Halloween Events Orlando: 10 Spookiest Activities in 2024

Orlando may not experience those crisp, cool fall days or the changing foliage of the north, but Central Florida is overflowing with spooky spirit. From terrifying nights at Howl O’ Scream to live music and light shows, Halloween in Orlando is unparalleled.

Follow along to learn about the best Orlando Halloween events this year!

From trick or treating with your favorite Disney characters to the gory horror displays at Universal Orlando, there is an eclectic assortment of Halloween events in Orlando to uncover.

Whether you want to show off your creativity with a bone-chilling Halloween costume contest or long to have the living daylights scared out of you, we have the best Halloween entertainment, attractions, and parties for every Orlando visitor.

Halloween Events Orlando

Psst.. listen up as we are about to spill a cauldron’s worth of juicy Orlando Halloween events and activities. For the ultimate Halloween experience in the City Beautiful, read on…

Downtown Halloween Orlando

Searching for Halloween mischief outside of the theme parks? For a splash of something different, head to downtown Orlando for some thoroughly unique Halloween party offerings.

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From food trucks to festive sugar skulls, there’s plenty of entertainment and culture to be had this spooky season:

group of friends in halloween costumes toasting drinks at A Nightmare on Church Street event in Orlando, Florida, USA
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A Nightmare on Church Street – Orlando’s Famous Halloween Costume Party

Prime yourself for a night of nightmarish fun and maybe even a Freddy Krueger sighting when you ball out on Church Street. This October 20th, wrangle up your best costume and join revelers for A Nightmare on Church Street. This time. this legendary Orlando party is moving from the historic Cheyenne Saloon to the vibrant Winter Park Farmers Market.

Get groovy to beats from DJ Chino and live music from Rock Band NFusion, as you sample specialty cocktails and light bites. With several costume categories to conquer, there will be plenty of opportunities to win big.

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Best of all, this Halloween charity experience is raising funds for the Base Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation. Bid on awesome silent auction items, strike a silly pose in the photo booth or chow down on tasty sweet treats. 

*All tickets include unlimited drinks, light bites, and dessert samplings. 

14th Annual Día de los Muertos & Monster Party

Ole! Inject your Hallows Eve celebrations with some south-of-the-border flair when you return for another epic CityArts Orlando event. Their 14th Annual Día de Los Muertos & Monster Party is back and better than ever. Enjoy themed exhibitions, live performances, featured food trucks, and more.

Admire Halloween-inspired art created by both regional and international artists, before moving on to some Day of the Dead-inspired offerings. Learn how to decorate a traditional sugar skull, watch a Dia de Los Muertos procession, or sample top-shelf tequila in the margarita garden.

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Munch away on mouthwatering tacos and tamales as you witness live performances by the Mariachi Band and the Mexico Lindo Folklorico Ballet of Orlando. True late-night dancing demons can keep the party going, by staying put and attending the Dead Man’s zombie-themed party later that night.

Dia de los Muertos display with skeleton figures playing instruments at Disneyland in Los Angeles, California, USA
photo credit: Gary D Lopez via Facebook

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – Walt Disney World

Trick or Treat! Looking for a family-friendly way to slip into the Halloween spirit? Join Disney lovers of all ages in a heartwarming Halloween-themed celebration at Walt Disney World Orlando

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a specially ticketed event* that allows you to fulfill your fantasy of experiencing the park after dark. So brace yourself for a ghostly good time as you enjoy Halloween-themed cavalcades, character sightings, and trick-or-treating throughout the grounds. 

Keep your eyes peeled for the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus, catch up with Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade, or chuckle along with the Cadaver Dan’s gallows humor. 

After evening settles into the park, stay put as you won’t want to miss the explosion of lights, lasers, and fireworks painting the night sky. 

*Please note that if you plan to arrive in the park earlier than 4 pm, you will be required to purchase park admission

Pro Tip: Don’t forget to indulge your sweet tooth with Disney’s limited offer of Halloween-themed treats everywhere, from Tomorrowland Terrace to Cinderella’s Royal Table.

children in costume with mascot walking through disney world with stores and castle in background at Disney World, Orlando, Florida, USA
photo credit: Orlando Magical Getaway via Facebook

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat

What’s scarier than a brick in your Halloween basket?! Legoland is serving up all the treats (and a limited number of tricks) with their annual family-friendly Halloween event – Legoland Florida Brick or Treat! 

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Gather the kiddies for this monster bash featuring: 

  • Loads of sweets & after dark trick or treating
  • Meet & greets with the spectacular Lego Halloween Monsters and other exclusive Lego characters
  • Costume parades
  • A brand new 4D Movie: The Great Monster Chase
  • A blood-sucking interactive vampire dance party 
  • The UnbeLEAFable Halloween Night live show featuring the green and gruesome LEGO Plant Monster
  • Brand new lights, soundtrack, and decorations adorning your cruise on the Dragon Party Coaster 

All of this spooky fun is included in your Legoland Florida ticket.

A photo of a kid in Halloween costume enjoying the place with a monster lego manHalloween Horror Nights – Orlando

Caution, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights is not for the faint of heart. This veritable institution of horror, blood, and fear has been scaring adults and teens alike for 30 years. Prime yourself for plenty of gore and ghoulish attractions at the World’s Premier Halloween Event. 

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Face 10 terrifying haunted houses, 5 sinister scare zones, 2 outrageous live shows, and some of Universal Studio Florida’s most exciting attractions. Whether you’re a superfan, here for snacks and selfies, or scared of everything, never go alone!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando is a special ticketed event that is well worth the hype. 

Pro Tip: Why limit the horror to just one night? Experience the movie-based thrills, rides, and shows of Universal all day with a general admission ticket, then return at sundown for some spooky thrills. 

photo credit: Lisa at Looking Glass Travel via Facebook

Although probably not suitable for youngsters under 13 years old, this terrifying Halloween theme park adventure meshes together fantasy and fear to create a uniquely frightful night.

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Your epic Halloween journey will include non-stop thrills and scares in the following locations:

  • Chucky: Ultimate Kill Count – This doll is thoroughly up to no good! Chucky may be only 28 inches tall but don’t let his petite stature fool you. This crazed doll is 100% serial killer and is ready to shed some blood. Guard your loins, as Chucky is determined to turn this house of horrors into a bloodbath. Keep your wits about you and you just may survive his horrific hijinks and ultimate kill count.

  • The Last of Us – Creepy cordyceps might be the very end of all of us! Brace yourself for the untold frights of a future world with this brand-new haunted house based on the best-selling video game. A zombie apocalypse like you’ve never seen before, brave guests will need to keep their boots on the ground and their mouths shut if they wish to survive this overgrown world of Clickers.
  • The Exorcist: Believer – The ultimate evil is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood this October. Set to coincide with the Blumhouse film, this retelling of the classic Exorcist tale will leave you questioning reality
  • Universal Monsters: Unmasked – Prefer your screams with goosebumps with a side of classic literature? Enjoy some throwback monsters from the depths of the Universal catalog with Universal Monsters: Unmasked. This classic Halloween Horror House will be filled to the brim with all manner of creatures, beasts, and villains
  • And more!

All that screaming fueling up your appetite? Be sure to make a beeline for some of Universal’s limited-time, seasonal-themed food and drinks.

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Universal Orlando Resort: Coupons, Discounts, and Deals to discover how to score some serious savings!

Seaworld Orlando Halloween

SeaWorld – Howl O’ Scream

Are you ready for some deep-sea scares? Venture under the sea for a watery world of marine terror with SeaWorld’s heralded Howl O’ Scream event. Save $56 when you purchase your Howl O’ Scream tickets through Tripster!

Revel in over 20 nights of terror with all new haunted houses, scare zones, live shows, roaming hoards, and more. Experience the adrenaline of an evening Manta ride, or calm your nerves with a mythical drink at Longshoremen Tavern. 

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Pro Tip: Don’t miss out on cozying up with your favorite dolphins or sea lions! Bundle your Sea World Orlando ticket with Howl O’ Scream and get the best of both worlds.

Try as you may to avoid the monsters of the sea; there is simply no place to hide! Horror movie junkies and adrenaline fiends alike will be spellbound by this unique mix of:

  • Haunted Houses – including the return of Blood Beckoning and the all-new Beneath the Ice: The Meltdown
  • Scare Zones & Roaming Haunts – including immersive experiences like the brand new Blood Light District and the returning classic Frozen Terror – Alive in the Ice. Watch out for Sirens, Siren Minions, and even devious flora and fauna that will have you looking over your shoulder.
  • Terrifying Live Shows – catch the returning Monster Stomp – Slasher Alley
  • Rides & Interactive bar experiences – try the signature (and deadly) Siren’s Kiss cocktail

Due to mature themes, gore, and violence Howl O’ Scream is recommended for mature audiences only.

SeaWorld Orlando – Spooktacular

Mermaids, monsters, and Elmo, oh my! Round up the little ones for a festive day of Halloween activities hosted by SeaWorld Orlando. This kid-friendly event is part of your general admission ticket and is chock full of candy, a crazy Halloween costume contest, spooky stories, and more!

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Strike a pose with your favorite Sesame Street characters and get ready to hit that Trick-or-Treat trail. Wander through the pumpkin garden, meet a real mermaid, or show off those moves with a groovy Halloween dance party.

Have a deliciously scary breakfast with Count von Count, or gather round for storytime with Big Bird. Spooktacular also provides opportunities to create seasonal crafts and decorate tasty Halloween cookies.

Two women with blue and purple hair in witches costumes standing in front of a giant Jack-O-Lantern for Spooktacular at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, USA
photo credit: SeaWorld Orlando via Facebook

Busch Gardens Tampa – Howl O’ Scream

Enter the nightmare – if you dare! Busch Gardens’ premier Halloween nightmare is back with a vengeance. This searingly scary event is not included with park admission and requires a separate ticket purchase. Save $56 when you purchase your Busch Gardens Tampa Howl O’ Scream tickets through Tripster!

For those who wish to play all day in Busch Gardens Tampa before their creepy encounters at night, you can bundle your Busch Gardens Tampa tickets and save!

Challenge yourself not to scream as you encounter throngs of zombies, deranged clowns, wiley werewolves, and blood-thirsty killers. 

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This year promises to be bigger and better than ever with a new haunted house, scare zone, and live show experiences, including:

  • D.H. Baggum’s Circus of Fear
  • Stranglewood Estate
  • Witch of the Woods
  • The Residence: Home for the Holidays
  • Sin City Zombies
  • Big Ed’s Demolition Derby

Howl O’ Scream promises to deliver on both terror and heart-racing exhilaration with their:

  • 5 Haunted Houses
  • 8 Scare Zones
  • 4 Captivating Live Shows/entertainment
  • And the theme park’s most notorious rides and roller coasters

Please be warned that due to this event’s graphic nature, gore, and adult content, it is suggested for mature audiences only.

people running from character with ride and tree in the background at Howl-O-Scream busch gardens
photo credit: Howl-O-Scream via Facebook

Gatorland Orlando – Gators, Ghosts, and Goblins

Scarier than a swamp creature, the ‘Alligator Capital of the World’ aka Gatorland’s Halloween soiree is sure to serve up equal parts fear and fun. Gators, Ghosts, and Goblins is an all-ages daytime event included in your Gatorland tickets.

Prepare yourself for a hauntingly good time as you and your family take part in:

  • Multiple themed haunt zones
  • Interactive characters animal meet and greets
  • Tons of polka and poltergeists with Frank & Stein’s Ooky Kooky Octoberfest 
  • Children’s Halloween Costume Parade
  • Searching for Gatorland’s infamous Skunk Ape 
  • Entering the frightening Swamp Ghost’s Monster Museum
  • Candy giveaways and more!

Pro Tip: Adults can get in on the festive fall theme, too, with Frank & Stein’s Ooky Kooky Oktoberfest featuring live music from Gatorland’s undead polka band, as well as tasty German beer and snacks for purchase.

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photo credit: Gatorland Orlando via Facebook

Crayola Experience Orlando – Screamin’ Green Hauntoween

You scream, I scream, we all scream for a spooky good time at the Screamin’ Green Hauntoween with Crayola Experience. Round up your favorite mummies and undead pals to join you on an epic color-fueled Halloween quest.

Dress up like your favorite ghost, mummy, or superhero but be aware that no costume masks are allowed. 

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Your little pumpkin will have a jack o lantern full of festive fun as they gear up for:

  • Searching for special Halloween colors
  • Meeting monstrously not-so-scary costumed characters
  • Sneaking through a Pharoah’s Tomb
  • Witchtacular themed crafts
  • A gruesome and gooey slime class*
  • Trick or Treating (on weekends)

*All of these ghostly crafts and activities are included in the price of general admission, with the exception of the slime class.

two girls in halloween costumes holding pumpkin buckets at Crayola Experience Orlando Screamin Green Hauntoween event in Orlando, Florida, USA
photo credit: Crayola Experience Orlando via Facebook

The Halloween Edition of the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show

Spooky magic, yummy eats, and a scary good dessert. It must be Halloween time at WonderWorks Orlando. This year WonderWorks is bringing the pumpkin pride front and center with an extra special Halloween Dinner show for the entire month of October.

The Outta Control Magic Dinner Show promises to dazzle and delight all manner of ghosts, goblins, and witches. Watch your entire party be amazed by the wholesome humor, card tricks, predictions, and spooky talent of this seasonal show. Prime yourself for levitating items, special Halloween stories, audience participation, and more. Certain shows will even be privy to a unique Harry Houdini tribute.

Come hungry, as you’ll want to gobble up plenty of fresh pizza, salad, and tantalizing Halloween-inspired desserts. Show off your most creative costume to add to the festive atmosphere, and don’t forget to sample some of the mouthwatering Halloween drink concoctions.

woman in white dress standing on a dark road in front of a car at Haunted Road in Orlando, Florida, USAReady for a scary good time?

Halloween in Orlando is right around the corner, and we can’t wait to stuff ourselves silly with candy, scary thrills, and colorful costumes. 

No matter if you are looking to live out your favorite horror movie scenario or simply pick some pumpkins with Mickey, Orlando offers up a variety of Halloween events suitable for any witch or warlock. 

Halloween Events Orlando FAQs

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party invites attendees to step into a spellbinding world of magic and whimsy.  At this yearly event, everyone is allowed (and encouraged) to wear costumes, immersing themselves fully within the fantastical Disney ambiance. So, secure your tickets, let your imagination run wild, and gear up for a night filled with frightful fun!

In Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Halloween takes on an extra layer of enchantment. The iconic Mickey Mouse silhouette is cleverly reimagined into delightful pumpkin shapes scattered throughout the park. Whether they are cheerfully adorning lampposts or playfully positioned for perfect photo ops in unexpected locations, these fun-filled festive decorations are sure to leave you completely immersed in Disney's spooky-yet-charming Halloween celebrations.

Now Tell us, How Will You Celebrate Halloween in Orlando This Year?

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Written by Isis Maya Nissman

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central...

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