Despite the scary undertones, Halloween is actually almost as exciting for children as Christmas - cue staying up late, dressing up in funny costumes and not to mention all those sweeties!
When it comes to Halloween, Florida is awesome. I’ve listed six of my favourite Halloween adventures starting with the mildest treats all the way down to the spookily terrifying. If you can’t make it over to Florida this season, why not copy a couple of ideas at home
Legoland’s Brick or Treat (runs each Saturday in Oct) is the kooky spooky, family friendly event which features trick-or-treating along the brick-or-treat trail, the largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern in the world, Halloween entertainment and an all-kids costume contest with brick-tastic prizes. None threatening, perfect for all little ones and definitely a case of tripping the plastic fantastic.
2. Sweetest by a metric tonne
Now, what is Orlando without Disney? Well, I wanted to put this in capitals so you got the point TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY TONNES of candy have been ordered for trick-or-treating at Mickey’s not so scary Halloween Party at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Did you get that? 220 tonnes! Can you picture how much candy that is? And there are so many new additions to the extremely tame but fun Halloween party (and possibly the most awesome trick-or-treat trail): Phineas and Ferb will be in charge of the Creepa Crew, the group that gets guests ready for the parade on Main Street, Jack Skellington and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas will be in Town Square and Mike and Sulley will host a Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball dance party in Tomorrowland on the Rockettower Plaza Stage.
3. Fantastically funny
Oh hallelujah for SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, filled with fantastical dancing sea fairies and delicious trick or treating it promises to be an Ocean Of Halloween Fun For The Whole Family. Join Count von Count, Elmo and everyone's favorite friends from Sesame Street for the kookiest, funniest Halloween hullabaloo ever! With multiple candy stations and a wide array of sweets and treats, theatre shows, party zones and craft fun, kids will be swimming in Halloween Spooktacular goodies.
4. BOO! For the brave
Welcome to the land of Boo! Boo at the Zoo is Brevard Zoo’s annual Halloween celebration which features mystical performances, nightly costume contests, rides on the Mystical Boo Choo Train and little pirates, princesses and monsters can all enjoy additional activities and a ball in the Mystical Mansion. Of course, there are trick or treat trails around the zoo plus Professor Wormwood’s Mystical Garden and the Mystical Haunted Trail for those a little braver (recommended for 10+ years old).
5. A cushion to hide behind is essential
For those looking for hardened kicks, check out Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights on select nights from 20 Sept.– 2 Nov. The ordinarily friendly walkways of Universal Studios Florida® are transformed by AMC's The Walking Dead, The Cabin in the Woods and Evil Dead (to name just a few). Said to be the best in the ‘scream park business’, the actually, very scary Halloween Horror Nights annually draws hundreds of thousands of horror fans from around the globe.
6. Nightmares come as standard
The Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens, Tampa promises more much in the way of blood and gore. Playing on the ‘thirteen’ of 2013, for select nights Howl-O-Scream 2013 unleashes thirteen evils including #7 Surgeon, #4 Butcher, #11 Psychopath, #13 Clown and #6 Voodoo Queen. These and their demented friends will torment you along the streets, through spooky houses and in the all-new scare zones; unexpected terrors lurking around every corner. Back by popular demand these disorientating scare zones feature ever-changing walkways leaving you looking over your shoulder all night long - and screaming for more.