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Halloween Alternative – Capone’s Dinner & Show

Are you a person that does NOT like to be scared? What should you do as a Halloween alternative? Halloween has become a huge event in Orlando. Every theme park offers costume events or terror-related experiences. I get scared just driving down I-4, so I would much rather skip this holiday and find a fun Halloween alternative!

No Witches at this Orlando Dinner Show

Witch prohibition: Halloween alternatives that skip the witches

Scary Things to do in Orlando & Nearby

There are plenty of scary things to do, other than events at the theme parks. Just up the road, in Cassadaga are all types of spiritual encounters. Did you know that there are several haunted places in and around Orlando? There are several tour companies that will guide you through various haunted places in Orlando, Kissimmee, Tampa and Ybor City. There is even a cemetery that offers tours that can raise the hair on the back of your neck. Furthermore, if you are interested in weird, spooky experiences, check out Spook Hill in Lake Wales. Even the old abandoned KSC Launch Pad of Apollo 1 is believed to be haunted by ghosts of three astronauts who lost their lives in a tragic fire.

Additionally, haunted houses are plenty around town. Check out this map of haunted houses in Orlando. Want to sleep with ghosts? Make reservations at any of these three hotels in Orlando where guests have reported seeing ghosts:

  • Crowne Plaza – vague reports of a ghostly entity inhabiting room 621.
  • Super 8 International Drive – room 206 has long been considered a haunted hot-spot in this Orlando hotel.
  • Peabody Hotel (rebranded to Hyatt) – built in 1986, there are claims that a number of people have committed suicide in the building over the years, and that their spirits can sometimes be seen roaming the hallways.

Halloween Alternatives That are Not Scary

Halloween alternatives are events that are not scary, but still Halloween-related. You can participate in several 5K runs and walks scheduled for this weekend. Runners and walkers will be in costume. They contribute to charities that really need our support. Then there are costume contests you can find in nearly every neighborhood, town and county. There are even costume contests for pets! Another Halloween alternative involves trick-or-treating in shopping centers and malls. Fun and safe for your children, with an added benefit of getting a jump on your holiday shopping! While looking for a great list of events, check out News 13’s list of Halloween alternatives.

Best Halloween Alternative That Has Nothing to do with Halloween

Halloween Alternative - Capone's Dinner & Show

If you avoid frights whenever possible, Halloween is a great opportunity to check out an Orlando dinner show. There are several to choose from, but the best value is Capone’s Dinner & Show. Instead of a sinking feeling in your stomach from the result of pure terror, your belly may jiggle from all of the laughter. It’s fun. Not frightful. I think there are a lot of folks out there like me, who’d rather skip the candy handouts and tricks being played upon them. Instead, enjoy an evening out celebrating an era of our history when prohibition (not witches) ruled.

What a Treat!

At Capone’s Dinner & Show, you can purchase your tickets in advance and receive 50% off. Besides being fun, it is the best value of all the Orlando dinner shows. If you decide to take in the show on Halloween night, you’ll even get a treat to take home (not the candy-kind either). No tricks involved! You may have to skip the sweets after you hit the all-you-can-eat dinner buffet. Dessert is offered…if you have room! The drinks will keep coming all evening too. The wait staff work very hard to accommodate every guest, even if they do have that ‘made’ attitude. It’s all part of the act, so loosen up and enjoy!

Al and the gang want to remind you that costume accessories are available in the Gift Shop. Need a fedora? How about a flapper headband or boa? Stop by if you are in need of gangster costume ideas!

Finally, Capone’s is a great Halloween alternative in Orlando. Kids enjoy it too, but you may have a hard time getting them to a dinner theatre on Halloween night. Good news is, Capone’s is open every night of the year, so bring the kids some other evening. On October 31st, turn off your porch lights and come to Capone’s. They’ll have a treat waiting for you and promise not to scare you away!

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Terrifying Attractions in Orlando

If you like to experience unimaginable fear, this year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios will be right up your dark, dark alley. New announcements are creeping in and the line up is sure to be nothing short of terrifying. On the other (skeleton) hand, if you dare to experience a little unknown, but don’t want a traumatizing experience, there is an alternative on Halloween nightkeep reading.

Haunted Houses in Orlando

Universal Studios has announced the themes for two haunted houses which stem from cable TV drama shows. “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” and “The Walking Dead” will feature a sinister nightclub atmosphere with vampires and plenty of zombies. This will be the third consecutive year for “The Walking Dead,” but expect new scares to be introduced.

An all-new scare zone debuting this year is “The Purge: Anarchy.” It will be larger than any street experience in the past. Most of the New York back lot will be incorporated into this terrifying experience. If you did not see the movie, the concept is based upon a movie where the government authorizes an annual 12-hour period where crime is legal without punishment or retribution. Your goal will be to survive the night, much like the cast in the movie.

Purge Anarchy

Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween Horror Nights will run between Sept. 19 and Nov. 1 on select nights and starts after the park closes for the evening. It requires a separate ticket or an add-on ticket to your daily theme park ticket.  If you are a Florida resident, look for coupons which are usually sponsored by national products or fast food restaurants.

Halloween at Capone’s Dinner & Show

Now, for those of you that want to avoid the trauma unit on Halloween night, yet would like to do something fun and a little out of the ordinary, Capone’s Dinner & Show is playing host to American Ghost Adventures for one night only. On Halloween night will the ghosts from gangsters past come out and play after the final curtain call? Find out for only $50! This includes the dinner buffet and evening show! While it may not provoke gut-wrenching terror like HHN, there are sure to be a few hair-raising, spine chilling moments.

Free Halloween Event at Area Attraction

Going out to an Orlando attraction for a Halloween event is a lot of fun, however, most attractions can be expensive. While there are many Florida resident specials and passes, nothing beats getting to go for free! This month a smaller attraction in Kissimmee is offering scare zones, live entertainment and costume contests every weekend (and on Halloween night), and admission will cost you absolutely nothing!

Old Town USA has brought back their Festival of Fright nights. The event features four haunt zones:

  1. Monster Mayhem
  2. Arachnaphobia
  3. Area 51
  4. Legends: A Haunting at Old Town (ticket required)

This Friday and Saturday night will be the final weekend, so make sure you load up the kids and head to Old Town to enjoy a Halloween event with food, frights, rides and more. On Saturday, your child can enter the costume contest at 7:30 p.m., and the grown-ups can enter their own contest at 10:00 p.m. What a great way to be able to use your costume for more than one night! On Halloween night, your child can safely trick or treat throughout the venue.

There are a few restrictions, primarily concerning what you can and cannot bring into Old Town. You may also be required to remove any mask when entering the stores to shop. For more information about this Halloween event or Central Florida attraction, call 407-396-4888 or visit www.myoldtownusa.com.

Old Town Halloween

After your visit to Old Town USA, head east on Highway 192 and stop by Capone’s Dinner & Show. If you are looking for an inexpensive costume, check out their gangster wear! Capone’s gift shop carries cheap fedora hats, Tommy Guns, feathered boas and flapper headbands which are great accessories to your prohibition era costume. They also will be giving away cash prizes to costume winners on Halloween night!