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5 Places to Celebrate Halloween in Florida

Halloween and the fall season are such a fantastic time of year. Whether you’re in the mood for frights or good, old-fashioned trick-or-treating, there are many ways to celebrate Halloween in Florida.

Here’s a look at the Halloween themed fun you can have around the state this fall –

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

, 2015

Suitable for all ages, you’ll find kids and even adults dress in costumes and trick-or-treating around Magic Kingdom Park in the evening. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is not included in regular park admission and requires a separate ticket. However, fewer people means shorter lines for even the most popular rides and enough candy for all.

Don’t miss the ‘Boo To You Halloween Parade‘ and new this year is the ‘Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular’ show performed on the castle stage. The Happy HalloWishes fireworks display lights up the sky alongside Disney’s spooky Halloween songs. PRO TIP: The Halloween party doesn’t start until 7 p.m., but your ticket gets you in the park at 4 p.m.

Disney Halloween Parade at Magic Kingdom

image courtesy of Walt Disney World Resorts

SeaWorld’s Orlando Halloween Spooktacular

Every Saturday and Sunday in October

This one is a SEA-sonal favorite with all of the fun included in your regular admission. SeaWorld Orlando kicks off the fun at noon with 14 trick-or-treat stations and costumed characters like Gummy Worm Wanda.

Be sure to join Princess Penelope and friends at the Spooktacular Dance Party each night and dance along with the interactive DJ. And the best part – this is all included with your daytime park admission!

SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular

image courtesy of SeaWorld Orlando

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights

Select nights Sept. 19 through Nov. 1, 2014

This is a favorite among the adult crowd and it is not recommended for children or for scaredy-cats like myself. Universal Orlando Resort celebrates the 25th year of Halloween Horror Nights with hundreds of “scareactors” roaming throughout haunted houses, scare zones and shows that are sure to give you nightmares for years to come.

Houses this year include RUN: Blood, Sweat, and Fears, Asylum in Wonderland 3D, Body Collectors: Recollections and Jack Presents: 25 Years of Monsters and Mayhem and the return of  “An American Werewolf in London”. PRO TIP: Save money on your park ticket and check out the vacation packages available, including accommodations. 

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights - The Purge

image courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort

Busch Gardens Tampa Howl-O-Scream

September 25 – October 31

Howl-O-Scream is another spooky adventure meant for adults and those ready to be scared. Get ready for violence, blood and plenty of screams with scare zones, live shows and haunted houses. The park’s top rides are open for the evening too, including Falcon’s Fury.

A separate park admission is required for this nighttime event. The scares begin at 7:30 p.m., but your event ticket grants you access to enter at 5 p.m. Use that time for a few rides or grab a bite to eat before the fun begins. PRO TIP: Check out the Overnight Fright or Wild & Wicked Weekends packages.  Packages include perks such as early access into Howl-O-Scream, unlimited admission to Busch Gardens and free parking.

image courtesy of Busch Gardens® Tampa

image courtesy of Busch Gardens® Tampa

LEGOLAND Florida’s Brick-or-Treat

Select dates in October

Get ready for fun with the whole family at Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven. Costumes are welcome for little ones with activities including Brick-or-Treat trail, check out the giant 13-foot long LEGO Hearse, participate in the massive LEGO Vampire build and join in on the ‘Everything is Awesome’ costume contest.

There are meet and greet opportunities with Halloween themed LEGO characters, a dance party and stick around for the nightly fireworks. All this fun is included with park admission. PRO TIP: Check out the vacation packages at the LEGOLAND Florida Hotel, just steps away from the entrance to the park.

LEGOLAND Florida Halloween Brick or Treat

image courtesy of LEGOLAND Florida

Whether you choose to visit Mickey Mouse and his villain friends or maybe join in on the ‘Everything is Awesome’ costume contest at LEGOLAND Florida, there are tons of great ways to celebrate this spooky holiday.

Which of these events is your favorite to attend? 


Hi there!

I'm Carrie McLaren,

based in Jacksonville, Fla. Family travel is my passion and I want to help you succeed in making fantastic memories with your family.



1 Comment

  1. Bobbi Jo Moyta

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