Spooktacular Halloween Events in Orlando

By: Kara Franker

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What are you going to be for Halloween this year? A super hero, Disney princess or maybe something spooky? 

However you decide to dress up this year (and yes I'm talking to the adults, too!) you'll want to put this awesome list of family-friendly events on your calendar. 

The fall is a great time to visit Central Florida and Orlando is grand central station for Halloween celebrations, events and parties.

Here's a rundown of what's going on throughout the months of September and October:

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
When: Select Nights Between Sept. 10 - Nov. 1, 2013
Walt Disney World's annual Halloween party is appropriate for all ages. Events include a Boo-to-You Halloween Parade featuring Disney characters, a fireworks show and more. Trick-or-treat around the park as special lighting, music and themed effects transform the Magic Kingdom into happy haunted hollows.
Where: Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom Park, Lake Buena Vista, FL
Websitedisneyworld.disney.go.com

Universal Orlando Resort's Halloween Horror Nights 23
When: Select Nights Between Sept. 20 - Nov. 2, 2013
The event features a maze of haunted houses, outrageous live shows and electrifying scare zones.
Where: Universal Orlando Resort, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando, FL 32819
Websitehalloweenhorrornights.com

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular
When: Weekends in October
The ultimate family-friendly event featuring an ocean of Halloween fun where children can trick-or-treat, dance with whimsical sea creatures, catch silly and spooky shows and create sea-themed arts and crafts. 
Where: SeaWorld Orlando, 7007 Sea World Dr.,  Orlando, FL 32821
Websiteseaworldparks.com

LEGOLAND Florida's Brick-or-Treat
When: Oct. 6 - 27, 2013
Ghouls, ghosts and goblins descend on Miniland USA transforming it into a haunted adventure with a scavenger hunt in search for these scary creatures that have invaded our famous cities.This spooky, kooky event also features trick-or-treating along the brick-or-treat trail, build your own LEGO model activities, the largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern in the world, Halloween entertainment and an all-kids costume contest with brick-tastic prizes!
Where: LEGOLAND Florida, One LEGOLAND Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884
Websiteflorida.legoland.com

Zoo Boo Bash
When: Oct. 19 - 27, 2013
Trick or treat in the wildest neighborhood in town during the Central Florida Zoo's Zoo Boo Bash. It's a fun event for the young and the old. Kids are invited to bring goodie bags and wear costumes. There will be face painting, a haunted hayride, photos at the Pumpkin Patch and live animal demonstrations. 
Where: Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3755 NW Hwy 17-92, Sanford, FL
Websitecentralfloridazoo.org/events 

Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend
When: Oct. 25 - 27, 2013
A horror-filled weekend complete with a Freak Show Film Festival, Zombie Walk, Costume Contest, celebrity appearances, parties and live entertainment.
Where: The DoubleTree By Hilton at Universal, 5780 Major Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819
Websitespookyempire.com

If You Go: Make sure you check out VisitOrlando.com for all of your vacation planning needs.

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J. Dixon
J. Dixon October 18, 2013 5:21 PM
Having been to many of these events I can attest to the fact they are great fun. My favorite is still one that is off the beaten path, located just outside of Orlando in Seminole County, yet year after year is rated one fo the best if not the best! It is called Face the Fear. This year it is an outdoor, "bigfoot live experience". Add that to your list of fun and fear filled nights in Orlando.