Tag Archives | Halloween Alternative
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!
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!
Best Halloween Alternative That Has Nothing to do with Halloween
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 delicious 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! Better yet, come see the show and experience how to get into the era!
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!
It’s Fall! Are you waiting for a chill in the air? Here in Florida, lower temperatures will be arriving in the coming weeks. The chills, however, are already here! Halloween at Orlando theme parks offer chills and are filled with spine-tingling experiences if you dare visit them after dark. If you want to have the seasonal fun without the scares, a daytime visit to the attractions is a great alternative, especially for the little ones.
Magic Kingdom’s “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party”
Walt Disney World opens “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party” at the Magic Kingdom mid-August. It runs through October 31st or into November depending upon what day Halloween falls on. This event lets children trick-or-treat in costume at various locations throughout the Orlando theme park. Nightly special events have a Halloween spin on them, such as the “Boo-to-You” Halloween parade and the nightly Happy HalloWishes fireworks display. Other events are also scheduled just for children (and their parents). Special merchandise with a Halloween imprint is also available as are themed treats. Candy corn soft serve ice cream, anyone? This event is perfect for children. It provides a wholesome fun activity that the entire family will enjoy. You might even feel a chill as creepy colors crawl over Cinderella’s castle. A spell your family will never forget. Tickets are required and are only available on certain nights. Visit Disney’s website for more information.
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
If you are looking for a “fantasea” chilling experience, go to SeaWorld. Every weekend from late September through the end of October, SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place and is included with your admission. This is a daytime event where children can trick-or-treat and take part in other Fall-like activities within the Orlando theme park. Visit Penelope’s Garden Party and let your kids have fun dancing with sea fairies and pumpkin fish, as well as create sea-themed art and crafts. If you’re hungry, visit Count von Count and enjoy a Spooktacular breakfast (additional fee). This is a very fun and memorable meal for the entire family to enjoy during Halloween at Orlando theme parks.
Another attraction where your children can trick-or-treat at is LegoLand’s Brick-or-Treat event. Every Saturday and Sunday in October, children can wear their costumes and participate in fun activities such as a scavenger hunt with ghouls, ghosts, and goblins. The largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern in the world will be there, which makes for a fantastic family photo. This not-so-chilling event is perfect for children 12 years and under, especially if they like to build things.
Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream
The last event for Halloween at Orlando theme parks to start is at Busch Gardens. From mid- to late-September through the end of October, Busch Gardens features their annual Howl-O-Scream event on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays after dark. This adult-targeted event transforms Busch Gardens into a late-night party with haunted houses, scare zones and a live show. Ticket prices vary, as there are many “evil” upgrades. For the kids wanting to celebrate Halloween at Orlando theme parks, every Saturday and Sunday kids are invited to Sesame Street® Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends. Kids can wear costumes, trick-or-treat, enjoy exclusive crafts, explore through a hay bale maze and play fall-inspired activities and games. A character parade and dance party occurs 3 times each event day.
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando
Of course, the grand-daddy of all of the Halloween Orlando theme parks events (for adults) is Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando. This annual event starts mid-September and runs through early November on select nights. Nightmares will be brought on by visiting terrifying haunted houses, spine-chilling creature-filled scare zones and outrageous live shows. Additionally, guests may experience many of the park’s most exciting rides and attractions.
Ticket prices vary with several options including a Frequent Fear Passes. How anyone’s heart could survive more than one evening at this Orlando theme park during Halloween is beyond me. This is one extremely creepy, scary event!
An Alternative to Spending Halloween at Orlando Theme Parks
If you prefer less-ghastly events. How about a chilling beverage at Capone’s Dinner & Show on Halloween night? Come chill with some gangsters and dames from the prohibition era. If you’re up for a fantastic dinner & show, join Al and the gang on October 31. Dress up as a mobster or put on your flapper dress. Need an accessory? Stop by our gift shop. We have fun fedoras, feather boas, and many other costume accessories. This event is suitable for children, and they are welcome to wear their costume.
Enjoy Fall in Central Florida at whatever Halloween theme park event you attend. Cooler temperatures are on the way, and lines at the attractions will get a little longer when the holidays arrive. Now that can be chilling!
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 night…keep 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.
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.
It’s time to prepare for the annual Halloween Costume Contest at Capone’s Dinner & Show! This annual event is always a blast for guests that dress up and for those who don’t. While costumes are not required as some Halloween parties, who wants to go to a party and not dress up? That is part of the fun! So what will you dress up to celebrate this year’s Halloween holiday?
2013 Halloween costume trends are sure to include inspiration from the latest movie blockbusters. With so many summer box office hits, we’re sure to see many people dressed as movie characters this year. Of course, the good ol’ stand-by costumes of ghosts, witches and goblins never go out of style. Scary, funny or something in between, the cast at Capone’s will be rewarding the best costumes for 2013!
The kiddos will continue to represent fairies, angels, and nostalgic characters such as Mario, Link, Rainbow Brite and Strawberry Shortcake. A popular suit this year will be the morph suit. They are available in many sizes, patterns and a huge variety of colors, which can make it fun for children and parents to dress alike – groups too. Children and adults are sure to be searching for costumes representing these hit movies:
- Despicable Me 2
- The Smurfs 2
- Monster’s University
- Sofia the First
- Doc McStuffin
Let’s not forget our super hero costumes, especially with hit movies such as:
- Man of Steel
- Iron Man 3
- The Lone Ranger
- Superman: Man of Steel
- The Wolverine
Horror movies have always been a resource for ideas when looking to be a vampire, zombie, skeleton or the grim reaper. If you are thinking more along the lines of looking spooky, it shouldn’t be too difficult to put your own spin on a costume with inspiration from these movies:
- Oz: The Great and Powerful
- The Great Gatsby
- Star Trek into the Darkness
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
- Thor: The Dark World
Then there are the sexy versions of almost any costume. As tempting as it might be to dress as “Miley” for a night, please keep in mind that Capone’s Dinner & Show is family-friendly. Guests dressing sexy are encouraged for their outfit to show less as a better option for the comfort of all.
Some of the best costumes are those in which people use their own ideas and creativity. You sure can do a lot with separates and accessories. Pull it all together and you just might have the best costume of 2013!
If you are looking to get into the fun and ‘dress-the-part’ at Capone’s Dinner & Show, be sure to check out the costume accessories that are sold with the online tickets. While it is doubtful you’ll win a prize wearing only an accessory, it will still provide a festive outfit for the evening. Since you get to take it home with you, it will also serve as a great reminder of the fun you are sure to have at this Orlando dinner show.
If you are looking for something fun to do on Halloween night, come see the show at Capone’s Dinner & Show. Each paid guest receives a free souvenir glass as a treat! Fill up on a delicious buffet instead of a bunch of candy. Then stick around after the show and see who the cast selects as having the best Halloween costume. It’s fun for the entire family without any tricks.