October is upon us, which means Orlando theme parks have shifted into Halloween mode with family-friendly frights and adult-only haunts. Whether you’re looking for something for the littles, want a terrifying haunting or something not Halloween-related here’s what’s happening in Orlando this October:
Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 2017
Universal Orlando will bring your biggest fears to life during this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. The annual scarefest invites you to walk through scenes from some of the most popular horror movies in such haunted houses as The Shining, Saw, American Horror Story, The Horrors of Blumhouse, Ash vs. Evil Dead and more. The streets of Universal will also haunt with five scare zones you won’t be able to escape. And this is the final year for Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure so make sure you tune in. Academy of Villains: Afterlife is the other live show.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
For a family-friendly Halloween event, look no further than Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The annual event at Disney’s Magic Kingdom continues through October with villainous entertainment like the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Show, Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, trick-or-treating throughout the park, costumed characters and much more. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party spooks through November 1.
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
Halloween is less spooky and more fun at SeaWorld Orlando during the park’s Halloween Spooktacular. Every weekend in October, the Orlando theme park offers not-too-scary, ocean-centric exhibits, shows and characters. Guests are invited to collect candy on the park’s many trick-or-treat trails, show off their dance moves at the Halloween Dance Party, make crafts at Penelope’s Garden Party and countdown to Halloween with Sesame Street in Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween show.
Brick-or-Treat at Legoland Florida
Legoland Florida invites families to the Halloween party built for kids at their annual Brick or Treat. On select dates in October, enjoy a LEGO lineup of spooky and kooky fun like trick-or-treating, themed fireworks, LEGO build activities, meet and greets with LEGO Vampyre, LEGO Mummy and other characters, and more.
Tampa Lowry Park Zoo Creatures of the Night
From October 6 - 28, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo will transform into an eerie and immersive Halloween adventure the entire family will love. Hoot, howl, and hang out with some of the Zoo’s night animals, sip and bite on the usual Halloween treats and enjoy family frights in the zoo’s scare zones.
Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Fellow horror event Howl-O-Scream also returns this October at Busch Gardens Tampa. Now through October 29, those who dare can take on terrifying haunted houses and roaming hordes that await you at every corner.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World
Epcot continues to celebrate food from around the world this October at the 22nd Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This year’s event kicked off in August and will run through November 13 for a record 75 days. Highlights of this year’s festival include new chefs, new workshops, new dishes and the always popular Eat to the Beat concerts. This October spice up your visit with performances by American Authors, Christopher Cross, The Devon Allman Band, Dennis DeYoung: The music of STYX, Taylor Dayne, Jeffrey Osborne, Postmodern Jukebox, 10,000 Maniacs, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Kenny G, Billy Ocean, Tiffany and Hanson.
Orlando, FL – 10/3/17
By: Jena Pugh