Ready to enjoy all of the Orlando Halloween events this year?
Pumpkin spice, horrors at Universal, wild nights at Busch Gardens, and trick-or-treating with Mickey are some things we love about fall in central Florida. That’s why today we’ll go through the best things to do in Orlando for October!
A couple of days ago I was riding in the car and for once I was able to have my windows down. There was a briskness in the Florida air that’s always welcomed and desired in this state.
This change inspired me to create this guide and answer all of your questions about the Orlando Halloween events.
One of the first questions you may have is, Where can I go for Halloween in Orlando and what is there to do in Orlando for October?
We will get into ALL of that today!
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Why Visit Orlando in October
This time of year happens to be one of our favorites with the opportunity to enjoy the parks in the fall with fewer amounts of people.
We come out of our summer hibernation in Florida and bask in the fall décor both autumn and spooky in nature as it kicks off the holiday season.
For those reasons, we’ll go through:
- Why fall is the best in Florida
- Things to do in Orlando for October
- Orlando Halloween events you can do besides theme parks
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13 Things to Do in Orlando for October
During this time, I don’t really ride too many attractions because I enjoy being outdoors exploring all of the nooks and crannies, doors and shadows of the parks.
The milder weather also allows me to Beat the Florida Theme Park Heat. It’s the time that I personally go the most and I also get to see other frequent theme park goers at the parks.
- Halloween Décor
- Fall-inspired Treats
- Halloween Horror Nights
- Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Temporarily replaced with Boo Bash)
- Fall-inspired Drinks
- Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
- Halloween Merchandise
- Quiet Moments at the Parks
- A Chance to Play Your Favorite Disney Spooky Music
- Pumpkin Spiced EVERYTHING
- Watching the BEST Disney Halloween Movies
- Riding the Haunted Mansion on Halloween
Orlando Halloween Events: X Things to Do in Orlando for October 2021
In case you need something to do, here are a few Halloween and fun fall events happening around the Orlando area for October.
1. Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort
You can enjoy trick-or-treating the LEGOLAND way with some unique activities at this year’s event.
What to Expect from Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND:
- Brick-or-Treat Trail – here you’ll be able to pick up your Brick-or-Treat bag for all the delicious candy you’ll collect on the trail
- LEGO Halloween Characters – this is LEGOLAND’s character meet-and-greet that features Lord Vampyre, Rockin’ Frankenstein, and more!
- Brick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt – this fun activity will have you searching for LEGO Candy Corn throughout the park
- The Tale of Pirates’ Cove Fireworks Spectacular – during each Brick-or-Treat night, you’ll get to enjoy the spectacular fireworks show above Lake Eloise to cap off your evening
Dates: October 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-31 2021
Learn more about Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort here!
2. Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort
Do you dare to venture out to this year’s Halloween Horror Nights? If so, you are in for a real treat.
Halloween Horror Nights is an event takes place annually from September until November at Universal Studios Florida.
It’s a premiere event with new levels of fear and terrifying haunted houses along with outrageous entertainment. Making it one of the best Orlando Halloween Events.
2021 Halloween Horror Nights Houses
- The Haunting of Hill House
- Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
- Halloween Horror Nights Icons: Captured
- Welcome to SCarey: Horror in the Heartland
- Case Files Unearthed: Legendary Truth
- The Wicked Growth: Realm of the Pumpkin
- Puppet Theatre: Captive Audience
- Revenge of the Tooth Fairy
2021 Halloween Horror Nights Scarezones
- Crypt TV
- 30 Years, 30 Fears
- Seek and Destroy
- Gorewood Forest
- Lights, Camera, Hacktion: Eddie’s Revenge
Dates: On select dates now through October 31, 2021
Learn more about Halloween Horror Nights here!
3. Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa
Are you ready to be paralyzed with terror? Do you have what it takes to venture out to Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream?
This is Tampa’s premiere Halloween event that’s about an hour drive from Walt Disney World. For this year’s Busch Gardens Halloween event, there are 5 houses, 8 scarezones, and the Fiends stage show for the 2021 year.
2021 Howl-O-Scream Houses
- Witch of the Woods – NEW
- The Forgotten – NEW
- Cell Block Zombies – NEW
- Death Water Bayou: Blood Moon
- The Residence
2021 Howl-O-Scream Scarezones
- VooDoo – NEW
- Skeleton Crew – NEW
- In the Shadows – NEW
- The Shortcut
- Little Nightmares
- The Junkyard
- Deadly Toys
- Hidden Scare Zones and Roaming Hordes
Dates: Select dates, now through October 31, 2021
Learn more about Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream here!
4. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
You don’t have to only visit Universal Orlando Resort or Walt Disney World Resort for an amazing Halloween experience in central Florida.
SeaWorld Spooktacular is another fall event that you’ll come to love while visiting Orlando.
SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Activities
- Candy Walk
- Sesame Street Halloween Show
- Special SeaWorld Spooktacular Halloween Character Meet-and-Greets
- Pets Ahoy Halloween Show
Dates: September 21 – October 27, 2019
Learn more about SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular here!
5. Howl-O-Scream Orlando (SeaWorld)
For the first time ever, you can enjoy Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando! Similar to its haunted counterpart at Busch Gardens Tampa, you’ll experience horror in the most intense way as SeaWorld puts its own aquatic spin on classic terrors.
- Dates: September 10th through October 31st 2021
- Cost: Tickets start at $41.99
6. Disney’s Boo Bash!
This new After Hours event is similar to the Halloween Party in that you can wear your best spooky costume, go trick-or-treating, enjoy captivating Halloween Cavalcades, and say hello to some of your favorite spooky Disney characters.
- Dates: Select Dates from August 10th to October 31st 2021
- Cost: Tickets are now sold out!
7. Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
You may be thinking, is October a good time to visit Disney World? Absolutely because it’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Nope not Christmas, but close enough. The annual Epcot Food and Wine Festival is where food and theme park aficionados’ rendezvous to satisfy their daring epicurean desires.
My must try dish of the year is located in The Alps Marketplace. There you’ll enjoy a fresh sample of Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes and Pickles!
Definitely the highlight for me this year at Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
Dates: July 15th through November 20, 2021.
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Things to Do in Orlando for October Besides Theme Parks
Now that we have some of the major events out of the way, you’re probably wondering what is there to do in Orlando Besides theme parks?
You’ll be able to enjoy some local haunts and even some other fall ventures that you don’t have to be at a theme park to partake in.
8. Winter Park Autumn Art Festival
Each year, the historic downtown area of Winter Park puts on an Autumn Art Festival. Here you’ll enjoy local crafts, artwork, entertainment, and food. It’s one of my favorite things to do in Orlando in October.
- Dates: October 9th and 10th 2021 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Location: Central Park in Winter Park
- Cost: Admission is free
This annual festival takes place during the month of October in the Audubon Park Garden District. The Night Market at Audubon features:
- A DJ
- Cash bar
- Food trucks
- Live music
Night Market for Zombietoberfest Information:
- Date: October 16, 2021 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the annual Night Market with Zombietoberfest
- Location: Audubon Park Garden District
10. Face the Fear House – Longwood
This organization produces award-winning haunted houses each year. This year’s house is called SILENCE takes you inside this government controlled area where you’ll come face-to-face with the terrorizing legends of the former mining community.
What to know before you go:
- Dates: October 22, 23, 29, 30 from 8 p.m.-11 p.m.
- Cost: $13.00 per adult and $6.00 per child (10 and under)
- Location: The Longwood Village Inn 300 N Ronald Reagan Blvd in Longwood, Fl
11. Petrified Forest – Altamonte Springs
The Petrified Forest in Altamonte Springs was voted one of “Top “Must-See” Haunted Houses in Florida for 2021.” Here you’ll experience multiple mazes, a terror trolley and so much more!
- Dates: Select nights October 1st through 30th 2021 (get all the dates here)
- Cost: Tickets start at $29.50
- Location: 1360 E Altamonte Dr. Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
12. Oviedo Halloween Events (Orlando in October)
The city of Oviedo hosts multiple Halloween events in the Orlando area during October. Let’s go through the activities for 2021.
- Movie Night in the Park: You can watch one of my favorite Disney Channel Halloween movies, Twitches, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on October 15, 2021 at Center Lake Park in the Oviedo Amphitheatre. Just be sure to bring your Eventbrite ticket, a lawn chair and a blanket to cozy it up for this family-friendly event. Get more info here.
- Scream n’ Stream Haunted Drive-Thru located at Oviedo Mall: This is a fun and safe way to do Halloween this year. So load your car up with your crew as you guys embark upon “Station 5” to help get rid of zombies with your blasters. The dates are September 17th through October 31st and cost $58 per car (proceeds benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank). Get more information here.
13. Mortem Manor – Old Town, Kissimmee
In this year-round haunted house, you’ll be able to go through two floors an old Victorian estate.
Some of the best features of this ghostly adventure is that it includes live actors, animatronics and special effects.
- Dates: Open year-round
- Cost: $15 per person + tax
- Location: 5770 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway Kissimmee, FL 34746
14. The Neverending Nightmare in Ocoee – Night Terrors!
This haunted attraction definitely puts you into many of your worst nightmares such as an old asylum, an industrial disaster, a backwoods swamp and more.
However, they will be doing something new for Halloween this year! Studio 10-31 Concepts will be teaming up with The Neverending Nightmare Haunted Attraction at the Fantasm Orlando Horror Convention! This is absolutely AMAZING!
The new Nightmare Chamber will be a walkthrough attraction offering multiple experiences for this haunt season such as:
- The Nightmare Room Haunted House
- Escape Room
- Buried Alive Simulator
- Interactive Photo Ops
These as just a few of the offerings that will be available during the Fantasm Orlando Horror Convention.
- Dates: October 1st through 3rd 2021
- Cost: Tickets start at $30
- Address: Rosen Shingle Creek 9939 Universal Blvd. Orlando, FL
15. Orlando’s Magical Dining Month
One of the best things to do in Orlando besides theme parks is to partake in the culinary adventures of Magical Dining Month.
You’ll be able to enjoy three-course, prix-fixe dinners at more than 120 of the top Orlando area restaurants for just $37 per person.
What to Know Before You Go
- Dates: Now until October 16, 2021
- Location: Various locations (view locations and dining options here)
16. The Haunted Road: A Drive-Thru Halloween Experience
This is another drive-thru haunted attraction that you can partake in if you dare!
According to the owners of this roadside experience, after launching in 2020, the cast and crew quickly realized everything was not as it seemed. Rumor spread that tortured souls who died on the land materialize when the sun sets, resulting in paranormal phenomena and eerie occurrences.
So if you’re ready to to join them on The Haunted Road, then grab your tickets today!
- Select Dates: September 30th through November 7th 2021
- Cost: Starts at $15.99 per person
- Address: 15239 Lake Pickett Rd Orlando, FL 32822
This top-notch central Florida haunted attraction was Voted #1 USA’s BEST Haunted Houses with six houses available to terrorize you such as:
- NEW: Bloodwater Bayou
- Ravenhill Asylum
- Rage 3D
- Blackpool Prison
- Demon’s Revenge
- Zombie Paintball Assault
- Monster Midway: offering food, games and beer
- Bonzon’s Beer Garden
Things to know Before You Go
- Dates: September 24th, 25th, 26th, 30th and October 1st through 31st 2021 openining at 7 p.m.
- Cost: Tickets start at $24.95
- Address: 27839 Saint Joe Rd Dade City, FL 33525
18. Dia De Los Muertos Halloween Block Party at ICEBAR Orlando
One of my favorite places to visit in Orlando (outside of theme parks) is the ICEBAR!
I’m so happy to know that they will be having a Halloween party this year to heat up the chilly location. Plus, there will be a costume contest, so come dressed to impress!
- Dates: October 31, 2021 from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m.
- Price: Starting at $15 (must be 21 years old or older)
- Address: 8967 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819
19. Avalon Park Spooktacular
If you’re in the mood for a more family-friendly event, then you’ll want to make your way over to Avalon Park. I love this quaint suburb of Orlando and the nice small town vibe I get from it and you will too!
So, while you’re out there, be sure to partake in the trick-or-treat festivities, live performances, food trucks, bounce houses and more!
- Date: October 30th 2021 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Cost: Admission is free
- Location: Downtown Avalon Park
20. Gatorland’s Gators, Ghosts And Goblins, Spooky Fun
This is another lighthearted way to do Halloween in Orlando as you come dressed in your best costume to enjoy:
- Character meet and greets,
- Photo opportunities
- Trick-or-treat trail from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Spooky train ride
- Music, fun, and German beer at Frank and Stein’s Octoberfest
- Dates: Weekends October 10th through 31st 2021
- Cost: Gatorland’s Gators, Ghosts and Goblins is included with your regular park admission October 9th, 10th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, and 31st!
- Address: 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, Florida 32837
21. Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles
This exquisite Orlando resort will be hosting 13 different Halloween themed events for you to enjoy this year with some being free! Below are the Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles Halloween offerings:
- Haunted Secret Garden Escape Room: Tickets are $22.99 a person
- Jack-O’-Lantern Walk: Admission is free
- Eat, Drink and Be Scary: A story and cookies with Morgana the Witch. Tickets are $10.99 per person.
- Monster Mash Bash Dance Party and Costume Contest: $9.99 per person
- Wicked Brew Spookeasy: A pop-up Halloween bar
22. Enzians 13 Films of Halloween
If you’re a horror film fanatic, then you’ll be happy to do this Orlando Halloween event! Each October, the Enzian theater features a different scary movies for you to re-watch!
- Cost: Regular Ticket Pricing $12.00, Student/Senior/Military (with ID) $10.00, Matinees $10.00, and Film Society Members $9.50
- Address: 1300 South Orlando Avenue Maitland, FL 32751
23. Halloween at Old Town
For this year’s spooky season you’ll be able to enjoy:
- Free trick-or-treating is from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. with candy stations throughout Old Town
- Thriller Dancers performing in front of the Old Town Stage at 7:50 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.
- Costume Contest starting at 6:00 p.m
- Family Movie Night featuring “Hocus Pocus” at Dusk
What to Know Before You Go
- Date: October 31st 2021 from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.
- Address: 5770 W. IRLO BRONSON MEMORIAL HIGHWAY, Kissimmee, FL 34746
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Final Thoughts on Your Orlando Halloween Events
As you can see, there are so many things to in Orlando for October. From haunted voyages to culinary adventures, you’ll be able to find something to celebrate during autumn in Florida.
Now you know why I love fall in Orlando so much!
What’s you favorite thing to do in Orlando for the fall? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!
(Original Date October 25, 2016/Updated September 28, 2021)