If you’re spending this Halloween in Orlando you’ll find endless funtastic frights for families and adults alike.
Starting as early as August and running through early November, Orlando offers a line-up of the nation’s top Halloween events. Whether you want softer spooks for the little ones or extreme scares for grown ups, you’ll find something for everyone.
This guide features all of our favorite Halloween events in Orlando for 2019 including options for all ages in the theme parks and beyond. To help you plan, we’ve also included a round-up of great places to stay while you’re in town.
Halloween events at the theme parks
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Halloween in Orlando doesn’t get much better than this fun-packed family event. Running at Magic Kingdom Park from August 16 through November 1, it features parades, parties, fireworks and much more. Kids are encouraged to dress in costume for the occasion, and everyone can trick-or-treat through the park for bucket loads of candy (including allergy-free options).
Look out for Mickey and Minnie in their new outfits at the Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, as well as new themed experiences at Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mad Tea Party and the new Monsters Inc Laugh Floor. Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular returns to the castle stage for 2019. Plus you can see Mickey, Minnie and the gang as they’re led through a haunted house during the all-new Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks show.
Little ones can get their groove on at the Disney Junior Jam in Fantasyland – perfect for young partygoers. While over at Frontierland you’ll encounter the Halloween-inspired harmonies of Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet. You can enhance your experience with sweet treats at the Not So Spooky Dessert Party, or with a bountiful buffet at Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way.
Many rides remain open during this after-hours event, which requires a separate ticket.
Best For: Disney-loving families with young kids wanting to don costumes and celebrate alongside their favorite characters. Be sure to read the park’s costume guidelines before attending.
Don’t Miss: Rare character meet-and-greets throughout Magic Kingdom park.
Cost: Prices for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party start at around $80 per ticket.
Halloween Horror Nights
One of Orlando’s most popular Halloween events, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios is for serious horror fans. Held on select nights from September 6 through early November 2, the streets of Universal Studios will come alive with freaky scare zones, nightmarish haunted houses and terrifying street experiences.
For 2019, Netflix’s Stranger Things returns with an all-new haunted house experience that’ll see you’ll walk through some of the most terrifying scenes from Stranger Things 2 and 3. Not only will you come face-to-face with snarling Demodogs, you’ll also make your way through through frighteningly realistic locations like Chief Hoppers Cabin to the Starcourt Mall.
If you’re brave enough, you can pit your wits against numerous other haunted houses themed on films like Ghostbusters, Us, House of 1000 Corpses and Killer Klowns from Outer Space. You’ll also encounter an array of Universal Monsters including Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolfman to name just a few. Other highlights for 2019 are five intense scare zones, scary street shows, larger animatronics and extra hordes of chainsaw-wielding maniacs.
A lot of the rides at Universal Studios remain open for Halloween Horror Nights including Transformers, Men in Black and Revenge of the Mummy. You might even find a zombie riding alongside you but don’t worry, they’re just actors! You can also make dinner a part of the night with a themed buffet and freaky photo ops at Classic Monsters Cafe.
Opening hours for Halloween Horror Nights are 6.30pm–2am. Be warned that this event is pretty intense and is not recommended for children under the age of 13. No costumes or masks are allowed.
Best For: Hardened horror fans who are ready to party as late as 2am.
Don’t Miss: The Hellbilly Deluxe zone, the Anarch-cade set, and the twisted plastic surgery show through the Streets of Hollywood. Also check out Halloween Marathon of Mayhem, a brand-new lagoon show.
Cost: Tickets for Halloween Horror Nights start from $67.99 in advance. You get free admission to selected City Walk clubs with your event ticket, so head over afterwards to keep the night going.
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Perfect for little ones, this annual Halloween party takes place on select days through October. Highlights include kooky, kid-friendly celebrations such as collecting candy on the Brick-or-Treat Trail, character meet-and-greets, Lego-building activities, and a scavenger hunt through the park. You’ll also see larger-than-life Lego Halloween characters, Halloween-themed fireworks and amazing Lego Halloween decorations.
On-site stalls will be selling pumpkin spice apple fries, spooky trail mix and other themed food and beverages. And the Lego shop will feature all the latest Lego sets and products – you can even personalise your items by having your name engraved onto a Lego brick keychain or lunch box.
Special Halloween upgrades are available such as face painting, souvenir photos and reserved seating for the evening fireworks spectacular.
Best For: Festive but not spooky, this event is perfect for families with young kids looking for just the right balance of Halloween fun.
Don’t Miss: The Pumpkin Photo Spot, the Crawly Costume Parade and The Tales of Pirates’ Cove Fireworks Spectacular.
Cost: Entry is included with your park ticket.
Catch not-so-spooky live shows, join in with Halloween activities and let the little ones trick-or treat-throughout the park at this ocean-inspired Halloween event. Taking place every Saturday and Sunday from September 21 through October 27, 2019 it includes plenty of entertainment for kids and grown ups alike.
Families won’t want to miss the all-new Sesame Street Parade, and the ever-popular show, Clyde & Seamore’s Big Halloween Bash. There’s also a Halloween dance party, and a special Halloween version of the Pets Ahoy show which features dogs, cats, ducks, potbellied pigs and a few surprise animals guest stars. Costumed youngsters can trick or treat for ghoulish goodies, and each trick or treat station features an assortment of candy to choose from.
It’s not just the kids who are catered for either. Seaworld’s Craft Beer Festival runs through September and October and serves up an incredible experience for beer lovers with more than 100 craft brews to sample, plus more than 20 food items expertly paired with your preferred brew. And to top it all off there’s plenty of festive entertainment to keep the party going all day long.
Halloween Spooktacular and the Craft Beer Festival both run during daytime hours.
Best For: Families.
Don’t Miss: Mermaid Grotto which comes to life each weekend with bubbles floating overhead and colorful sea-themed characters, plus you get to meet a mermaid.
Cost: Entry is included with your park ticket.
Non-theme park Halloween events
Halloween at Old Town
Head to Old Town with your littles ghouls and goblins this Halloween for a night of non-stop fun. Stop by one of the many candy stations to load up on tasty treats, and be sure to have the little ones take part in the annual costume contest. Judging will be down to the audience, but everyone will walk away a winner for taking part. Contests are open to a range of age groups so everyone can take part and win great prizes.
Festivities will kick off on the Old Town Main Stage at 5.o0pm on October 31, 2019. Old Town’s fairground and regular events will still operate during Halloween, including the super-popular Saturday Night Classic Car Cruise.
Prefer more hardened horror? Old Town’s Mortem Manor is now open nightly from Wednesday – Sunday. This Halloween, it’ll showcase some serious spine-chilling entertainment filled with live actors, animatronics and state-of-the-art special effects. For an extreme horror experience, you can be buried alive – yes, that’s right, buried alive! You’ll smell the scents, feel the motions and be sealed in total darkness at The Last Ride burial simulator.
Best For: Halloween at Old Town is for family fun. Mortem Manor is for more adventurous horror fans.
Don’t Miss: The Halloween-themed car show and live entertainment.
Cost: Halloween at Old Town is free. Mortem Manor is $15 per person, plus $5 for The Last Ride (optional).
Screamin’ Green Hauntoween
Situated at The Florida Mall, Crayola Experience is laying on plenty of spooktastic fun this Halloween. Running from September 21 – October 31, kids are invited to get zombified with face painting, scavenger hunts, craft-making, dance parties and, on the weekend, trick-or-treating.
Younger kids can make the most of the playground, while parents can enjoy coffee and snacks at the chill-out tables.
Best For: Families with younger kids. Plus, September 29 and October 27 will be part of the ongoing ‘Sensory Sunday’ program which is geared towards kids and families with special sensory needs.
Don’t Miss: Snap a photo with the world’s largest Crayola crayon, weighing 1,352 pounds and measuring 15.6 feet long.
Cost: All the Halloween fun is included with the price of admission which is $24.99 + tax; kids aged 2 and under are free.
Gators, Ghosts and Goblins
Gatorland’s first-ever Halloween event is packed with spooky themed areas featuring scare areas and selfie zones, as well as seasonal shows, specialty vendors and Frank & Stein’s Octoberfest Pavilion where you can meet characters, enjoy entertainment and buy an array of themed food and beer.
Best For: Couples, families and groups of friends looking for Halloween and alligator-themed thrills.
Don’t Miss: For extra thrills take a ride on the Screamin’ Gator Zipline.
Cost: The Halloween festivities are included in park admission.
A Petrified Forest
If you’re looking for the best Halloween events in Orlando, they don’t get much better than this. Stop by for the fright of your life at this PG-13-rated event which takes place right in the middle of a real forest.
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You’ll find more than 85,000 square feet of sheer horror at the haunted mansion, as well as walking trails complete with special effects, scare actors and props. On Total Eclipse nights (which require a signed waiver) monsters can even touch the guests, and each group is given only a few glow sticks to light their path.
For those who don’t like too many scares there’s a backstage tour where you can meet cast and crew and learn more about what goes on. The Special Needs Night is open for those who may need a little help getting around, and there’s a Kids Day with a trick-or-treat on the trail, a bounce house, costume contests, games, food and more.
A Petrified Forest runs from October 4 – November 2, 2019.
Best For: Total Eclipse nights are PG-13 rated. Anyone under 18 must have a parent’s signature.
Don’t Miss: The backwoods carnival which has quite possibly the coolest scare in the trail.
Cost: Tickets are $15 per person
Central Florida Zoo
Zoo Boo Bash
Kids can treat or treat at the wildest place in town at the annual Zoo Boo Bash on October 26. This not-too-scary event is for guests of all ages and features heaps of fun Halloween-themed events. There’s a haunted bounce house, skeleton story time, a bubble show, a costume contest and a live animal show.
Kids can wear fancy dress costumes for the trick-or-treating, get their faces painted and ride the Zoo Boo Choo Choo Train.
Best For: Families with kids of all ages.
Don’t Miss: Be sure to stop by the Welcome Station for a full list of Zoo Boo Bash activities.
Cost: Included in park admission, addition fees may apply for certain activities.
Other Halloween events to check out
Thornton Park Halloween Block Party
Save the date for Thornton Park’s Halloween Block Party, the best Halloween event for grown ups. Taking place on October 31 there’ll be an array of entertainment including a DJ, costume contests, street performers, acrobats, fire dancers and drinking games. You can party in the park, drink beer at the bars or hang out in the special VIP area.
American Ghost Adventures
This organization offers a variety of ghostly experiences with tours all over Orlando. Options vary from ‘Spirits with the Spirits’ pub tour, to ‘Dining With the Departed’ which includes a meal in a haunted restaurant.
The City of Orlando Moonlight Walking Tours
Guests are invited to embark of a journey through Greenwood Cemetary in downtown Orlando, encompassing more than 4 miles and around the graves of some of Orlando’s most notable characters of old.
1st Thursdays – Hollywood Horror
Held at the Orlando Museum of Modern Art, this Halloween-themed event will display artworks based on horror films from a range of eras. It’s on October 3 and is included with admission.
13 Films of Halloween
One of Orlando’s most famous movie houses, the Enzian Theater in Maitland will celebrate Halloween with a frightful film festival running through October.
Where to stay for Halloween in Orlando
If you’re spending Halloween in Orlando you’ll find some fantastic places to stay at great prices. Many resorts in Orlando are located near Disney World and boast amazing facilities such as water parks, golf courses, spas, kids’ clubs, restaurants and bars. At resorts like Encore at Reunion, you’ll benefit from free shuttle transfers to and from the theme parks.
Here’s a look at a few options:
Reunion Resort 475
This 8-bedroom mansion has enough space to sleep up to 23 guests in total luxury.
Located just minutes from Disney in the exclusive Reunion Resort, it features opulent open-plan living areas, a huge fully-equipped kitchen and 8 impressive en-suite bedrooms, including themed kids rooms. It also has a game room, a home theater, a private pool and numerous places for chilling out.
Prices start from around $900 a night – that’s just $40 per person if you fill it up. What’s more, you’ll get 25% off if you stay before the end of September.
Reunion Resort 285
This luxury 3-bedroom condo offers fantastic views over an immaculately manicured championship golf course.
It has an open-plan living area, a fully-equipped kitchen and a scenic sun terrace. You can soak up the sun on one of the luxury sun loungers or explore the resort which has communal pools, biking trails, a boutique spa and a selection of restaurants and bars.
Prices start from $172 per night and again there’s 25% off stays up until the end of September.
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