Kids of all ages can't wait to celebrate Halloween! And what's not to love? As the temperatures start to dip ever so slightly here in Orlando, it's time to dress up, carve pumpkins, trick or treat and enjoy this festive time that's fun for all.
Orlando takes this frighteningly fun time of the year seriously, so whether you’re more about having your wits scared out of you, enjoying a celebration that even the tiniest among us will enjoy, or something in between, there are many special events to choose from. And since visitors to the area might want to enjoy Halloween beyond the traditional date of October 31, many events take place on select dates all month long—and even into November.
Here are some of our favorites that you won’t want to miss.
This family-friendly celebration is packed solid with the Boo to You parade, delightful performances, and the brand new Not So Spooky Spectacular fireworks display.
Come dressed to impress in your favorite costume to this special ticketed event taking place on select nights, running through November 1, and trick-or-treat to your heart’s content throughout the park, while enjoying extra special character meet and greets. Foodies can enjoy a myriad of special treats, or add to the fun by booking a special dessert party, or by attending Cruella’s Halloween Hideaway at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. Pro tip: even through the party officially starts at 7 p.m., guests can arrive as early as 4 p.m. to enter the park. Since the park closes to daytime guests at 6 p.m., arriving early gives you extra time (and smaller crowds) to ride everything—especially handy since there are no FastPasses during the party.
Created especially for the tiniest of tykes, SeaWorld’s Spooktacular is the perfect Halloween party for the preschool set. Enjoy the all-new Sesame Street Halloween Parade, trick-or-treating, a special Pets Ahoy show, Halloween edition, and a dance party. Add extra fun to your day with the Count Von Count Spooktacular Breakfast. Running weekends from Sept. 21 - Oct. 27, guests can take advantage of the event with regular park admission.
Candy is only part of the draw, at this fun event taking place weekends in October. Meet LEGO Halloween characters such as Lord Vampyre and Rockin’ Frankenstein, participate in a Brick or Treat Scavenger Hunt, and cap off the evening with the Tale of Pirate’s Cove Fireworks Spectacular.
If you’re more interested in frights that delight, then this is the event for you. In 2019, Halloween Horror Nights pays homage to all things 1980s, with a bevy of deliciously horrific characters from that throwback decade. Ten terrifying haunted houses, five scare zones, plus entertainment and special food and merch make this a party to remember. There are a couple of things to keep in mind as you plan for this one, though. Some experiences are most likely too intense for little ones, so this event is recommended guests 13 and up. Also, there are no masks or costumes allowed. Halloween Horror Nights runs select dates through November 2.
If you plan to visit Islands of Adventure before November 15, be sure to stroll through Hogsmeade on select nights to experience the Dark Arts at Hogwarts, as sinister creatures take over beloved Hogwarts Castle. The show takes place approximately every 20 minutes.
Keep an eye out as your stroll through the village as well; in the eery green glow, you may just run into a Death Eater or two.
X-Reckoning combines live performers, explosive stage combat, large-scale puppetry, aerial performance and haunting storytelling to create a tapestry of macabre and whimsical horror, taking place October 18-21 at Orlando Shakes. This experience is recommended for guests eight and older.
The Orlando Ballet presents a tale of two vampires, told through exquisite dance. Shows take place at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Oct. - Nov. 3.