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!