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Halloween at Orlando Theme Parks Offer Chills

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“Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party”

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween PartyWalt 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

Count's Halloween breakfast at SeaWorldIf 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.

LegoLand’s Brick-or-Treat

Brick-Or-Treat at LegoLandAnother 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

Howl-O-Scream Haunted House

Howl-O-Scream Haunted House

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, tUnversal Studios haunted house.he 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.

An Alternative to Halloween at Orlando theme parks

Make Reservations

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!

Halloween at Orlando’s Theme Parks

Orlando sure knows how to celebrate holidays, and Halloween at Orlando’s theme parks is no different! From the not-so-scary Disney event to the terrifying HHN (Halloween Horror Nights) at Universal, the attractions in Orlando are putting on an unforgettable Halloween party for all of their guests. It is a great time to attend the theme parks since most offer discounted tickets or Florida resident specials.

Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Studios

Universal Orlando will surely frighten you with their famous Halloween Horror Nights. This event has won a Golden Ticket Award many years running, so you can be sure they’ve got a lot of scary fun. There is live entertainment, haunted houses and frightening scare zones. Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event. It runs on select nights from mid-September to the first day or so in November. Select rides will be open during the event. You cannot come in costume, just come prepared to be scared. This event is not suitable for small children (under 13).

Halloween at Orlando's Theme Parks

Tips For Halloween Horror Nights:

  • Go on an off-peak night, Thursday or Sunday, for it to be a bit quieter.
  • Best advice for getting the haunted houses done is to get there as they re-open the park gates and just hit house after house. Any house in a studio won’t be affected by the sun still being up, but the houses located in the outside ride queue areas will be better visited when the sun is completely down.
  • The later in the “Season” you go, the better it gets, More Scare-ators and a little more fear. Also, the live shows tend to be a little more polished and get better day after day.
  • Be prepared, most of the haunts have 1 – 1½ long waits, or more. If getting to everything is important to you, then you may want to purchase one of the expensive R.I.P. Tours or the cheaper express pass. The R.I.P. tour gives you behind the scenes info and front of line access to all the haunts and shows. The express pass gives you one-time access to the front of the line.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Magic Kingdom

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween PartyFor the little ones, an alternate fun-filled Halloween at Orlando’s Theme Parks includes Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This is an all-ages event where you can see your favorite Disney characters in costumes while you trick-or-treat around the Magic Kingdom. Highlights include Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade, which begins with a spook-tacular ride by the Headless Horseman and includes the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction as well as other Disney characters. Don’t miss Happy HalloWishes, the fireworks show where Disney villains go trick-or-treating in the sky! Guests are encouraged to come in costume to this separately ticketed event, and select rides are open. Event dates are on select nights from September through October. Halloween night is often sold out.

Tips For Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween:

  • This is an event that is fun for all ages, kids through adult, so don’t get turned off because of the ‘not scary’ name.
  • If you are not a parade-type of person, then head over to your favorite rides during the parade.
  • Take pictures – kids grow up fast and these will be great memories

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular

SeaWorld's Halloween SpooktacularIf you are looking for a “fantasea” chilling experience, go to SeaWorld. Every weekend in the month 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 Party Zone and let your kids have fun dancing with sea fairies and pumpkin fish, as well as create sea-themed art and crafts. Be sure to join Princess Penelope and her under-the-sea friends for a Spooktacular Dance Party held at the Village Square in the front of the park every event night one hour before park closing. If you’re hungry, a special Dine with Shamu Spooktacular Brunch is available (additional charge). Another special which costs extra is a meet-and-greet with Cookie Monster. Every guest receives a photo with the Sesame Street character, and of course, a cookie. This is a very fun and memorable event for the entire family.

Tips For SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular:

  • If you are a pass member, look for discounts on any event that costs extra.
  • Attend Countdown to Halloween – a song-filled stage show

Brick-or-Treat, Legoland Florida

LegoLand Brick-or-TreatAnother 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, and many other LEGO displays. These features make 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. Be sure to stay for the fireworks – it just might give you goosebumps!

Tips For Brick-or-Treat Halloween:

  • Be sure your child participates in the “Everything Is Awesome Costume Contest.”
  • VIP Upgrade Packages are available which offer better seating for the fireworks, pizza buffet, flashlight tour and more.
  • There may not be fireworks if October 31 falls on a weekday.

Capone’s Dinner & Show, Kissimmee, Florida

An alternative to spending Halloween at Orlando’s theme parks is to go to an Orlando dinner show such as Capone’s Dinner & Show. If you do not like having the livin’ daylights scared out of you, or want to stay at home to hand out candy, this is the perfect place to go. The only thing that is scary about spending Halloween with the gang at this joint is how much fun you’ll have for such a cheap ticket. To read more about Halloween at Capone’s read this post.

No doubt there are many fun events for Halloween at Orlando’s theme parks. Which one will you visit? Will it be Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween or another spooky place?  However you celebrate it, have a safe and Happy Halloween!