The Top 8 Spookiest Halloween Celebrations in Orlando

October 4, 2021

Orlando may not experience those crisp, cool fall days or the changing foliage of the north, but this theme park capital knows how to celebrate Halloween. 

From trick or treating with your favorite Disney characters to the gory horror displays at Universal Orlando, there is a plethora of spooktacular Halloween experiences to try. 

Whether you are all about the kid-friendly costume contests or are looking to have the living daylights scared out of you, we have the best Halloween entertainment, attractions, and parties for every Orlando visitor.

small children holding hands with halloween costumes walking towards Cinderella Castle inside Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, USA

Walt Disney World® - Disney After Hours Boo Bash

When: Select dates August 10th-October 31st, 2021

Looking for a non-terrifying way to slip into the Halloween spirit? Join Disney lovers of all ages in a heartwarming Halloween-themed celebration at Walt Disney World® Orlando. 

The Disney After Hours Boo Bash 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 most infamous Disney villains, such as Dr. Facilier, the Queen of Hearts, and Jafar. Also, be sure to catch an encore performance of the creepy Capella group, the Cadaver Dans!

Pro Tip: Don’t forget to indulge your sweet tooth with Disney’s limited offer of Halloween-themed treats and enjoy shorter wait times at over 20 Magic Kingdom attractions.

kids in halloween costumes riding roller coaster at LEGOLAND's Brick or Treat in Orlando, Florida, USA

LEGOLAND® Florida - Brick or Treat

When: Saturdays & Sundays October 2nd-October 31st, 2021

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

Gather the kiddies for some pumpkin spice and everything nice fun featuring:

  • Loads of sweets
  • Meet & greets with the spectacular Lego Halloween Monsters
  • Epic Lego building activities
  • Seasonally themed snacks
  • Thrilling shows like a Candy-Coated Curse and The Groovin’ Graveyard

All of this spooky fun is included in your LEGOLAND® Flordia ticket

Pro Tip: Don’t call it a (Halloween) night just yet. Stay until after dark to witness the truly boo-tiful firework display!

two women screaming at man in costume with knife at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, USA

Universal Studios Florida™ - Halloween Horror Nights

When: Select dates September 3rd-October 31st, 2021

Caution, Universal Studios™ Florida’s Halloween Horror Nights is not for the faint of heart. This veritable institution of horror, blood, and gore has been scaring adults and teens alike for 30 years.

Halloween Horror Nights 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 Studios Florida™ all day with a general admission ticket and then return at sundown for some spooky thrills. 

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.

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

  • Haunted Houses - inspired by the biggest names in horror, including Beetlejuice and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre 
  • Scare Zones - featuring nightmarish creatures, monsters, and aliens on the prowl
  • Live entertainment shows - like the Marathon of Mayhem Carnage Factory
  • Ghoulishly themed food & drinks - such as Pumpkin guts and Ghoul Juice
  • Park attractions - take advantage of shorter lines at iconic rides like Revenge of the Mummy and Transformers-3D

SeaWorld - Howl O’ Scream

When: Select dates September 10th-October 31st, 2021

Are you ready for some deep-sea scares? For the first time, SeaWorld Orlando presents a night of fear with their Howl O’ Scream ticketed event. 

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 might to avoid the monsters of the ocean and sea, there is simply no place to hide! Horror movie junkies and adrenaline fiends alike will be spellbound by this unique mix of:

  • Electrifying live shows - including DJs, party zones, and the mesmerizing Monster Stomp
  • Scare Zones & Roaming Haunts - including immersive experiences like Sea of Souls
  • Haunted Houses - seek shelter at the Water’s Edge Inn or Captain’s Revenge if you dare
  • 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.
parents and children dressed for Halloween at SeaWorld Orlando's Spooktacular

SeaWorld® Orlando - Spooktacular

When: Saturdays & Sundays September 18th-October 31st, 2021

Mermaids, monsters, and Elmo, oh my! Round up the little ones for a festive day of Halloween activities hosted by SeaWorld® Orlando. This family-friendly event is part of your general admission ticket and is chock full of candy, costumes, spooky stories, and your beloved Sesame Street characters.

Embrace the fall time spooky spirit with interactive activities like the Trick-or-Treat trail, a Halloween dance party, and surprise mermaid visits!

woman screaming at Howl-O-Scream busch gardens

Busch Gardens® Tampa - Howl O’ Scream

When: Saturdays & Sundays September 10th-October 31st, 2021

Enter the nightmare - if you dare! Busch Gardens® Tampa's premier Halloween nightmare is back with a vengeance. 

This searingly scary event is not included with general admission and requires a separate ticket purchase

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. 

This year promises to be bigger and better than ever with three brand new haunted house experiences, including:

  • Witch of the Woods
  • The Forgotten
  • Cellblock Zombies

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

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

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

logo art mock up of Gatorland Orlando's Gators Ghosts and Goblins

Gatorland Orlando - Gators, Ghosts, and Goblins

When: Saturdays & Sundays October 9-October 31st, 2021

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 Orlando tickets.

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

  • Multiple themed haunt zones
  • Animal meet and greets
  • Interactive character experiences
  • A 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.

close up of two children holding up colored masks at Crayola Experience Orlando Screamin Green Hauntoween

Crayola Experience Orlando - Screamin' Green Hauntoween

When: September 25th-October 31st, 2021

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

Your little pumpkin will have cauldron’s full of festive fun as they gear up for:

  • Searching for special Halloween colors
  • Meeting monstrously not so scary costumed characters
  • Sneaking through a creepy forest
  • Hallows Eve 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 a general admission ticket, with the exception of the slime class. 

woman in white dress standing on a dark road in front of a car at Haunted Road in Orlando, Florida, USA

The Haunted Road

When: Select dates September 30th-November 7th, 2021

Can we get the Ghostbusters on speed dial? Hold on to your Proton Packs because the Haunted Road is a paranormal Halloween experience like no other. 

The Haunted Road is one of the last remaining haunted roads in the Central Florida region. This area has a rich and storied history of ghost altercations, poltergeist appearances, and angry spirit sightings. 

A truly unique ‘drive through’ haunted event, this journey into the paranormal underworld will leave you wanting more. 

Due to the somewhat scary actions and sounds, the Haunted Road is best suited for older children and adults.

Ready for a scary good time?

October 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. 

Now tell us, how will you celebrate Halloween in Orlando this year?

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