You may know Orlando as the “theme park capital of the world,” but come fall Orlando is known as the “Halloween Vacation Capital of the World” with numerous Halloween haunts around town. While Orlando theme parks offer some of the best Halloween events in the city, there are plenty of things to do outside of the parks. Here are 10 ways to celebrate Halloween beyond Orlando theme parks:
Screamin’ Green Hauntoween at Crayola Experience
Spooky and colorful family fun awaits at Crayola Experience. During this limited event, create monster-riffic crafts, snap spooktacular character photos, go on a themed scavenger hunt and trick or treat throughout the attraction, all included with the price of admission.
Zoo Boo Bash at Central Florida Zoo
Enjoy a night full of ghoulish fun at Zoo Boo Bash at Central Florida Zoo. The not-too-scary event invites kiddos to dress up and go trick-or-treating. There is also face painting and animal encounters, along with a daily costume contest.
Creatures of the Night at Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park - Speaking of Halloween in the zoo, head to ZooTampa for Creatures of the Night. After 4 pm. The zoo transforms into an immersive Halloween adventure with shows, a fall harvest, and more. The family-friendly Halloween event takes place every Friday and Saturday from 4 - 10 p.m. in October.
Gatorland’s Gators, Ghosts and Goblins
Gatorland is getting spooky for Halloween with a brand-new event - Gators, Ghosts and Goblins. October 19, 20, 26, 27 and 31. Explore spooky themed areas throughout the park, take in fun shows, and enjoy a variety of specialty vendors, entertainment and themed food.
Halloween Lights at Jeater Bend
The road Jeater Bend in the Town of Celebration creates a light spectacular for Halloween. 11 homes join in the display, which includes synchronized music, projection water and fire. Drive through or park to take in this spooktacular display.
BOO! on Broadway
Take your little ghosts and goblins to Main Street in Downtown Kissimmee for the annual BOO! on Broadway. Costumed kids receive a free bag to carry all of their treats in as they go from shop to shop, collecting candy.
Halloween at Old Town
Head to Old Town with your littles ghouls and goblins this Halloween for a night of non-stop fun. The event includes numerous candy stations to load up on tasty treats, a costume contest and more. Old Town also features some more adult scares at Mortem Manor. This Halloween, it’ll showcase spine-chilling entertainment filled with live actors, animatronics and state-of-the-art special effects. Mortem Manor is now open nightly from Wednesday – Sunday.
Speaking of adult haunts, Petrified Forest in Altamonte Springs offers the fright of your life. The event takes place in an actual forest. Those who dare will walk through an 85,000 square foot haunted mansion as well as walking trails complete with special effects, scare actors and props.
Orlando Haunted Maze
For more chills check out the Orlando Haunted Maze. This haunted maze is full of your worst nightmares like zombies, demented clowns, and monsters from the Black Lagoon. Good luck getting out of this one unscathed.
Moonlight Walking Tours
Take a frightful, 4-mile stroll through Downtown Orlando’s historic Greenwood Cemetery, where you’ll see the final resting places of prominent figures in Orlando’s history.