‘Tis scream season—and we all know Orlando is top of the heap when it comes to chills, thrills and everything in between. Affectionately known as the “Halloween Vacation Capital,” your clients are in for kid-friendly trick-or-treat trails, haunted botanical gardens, adults-only vampire bars and more.
“Orlando lives up to its reputation as the Halloween Vacation Capital with nearly three months of festive celebrations for all ages,” said Casandra Matej, president and CEO of Visit Orlando, in a press statement. “Halloween fanatics, horror movie enthusiasts and costume-loving families can enjoy the multitude of special events across our theme parks, attractions and beyond.”
Orlando Takes Halloween to Fun Extremes
Theme park fun begins with Walt Disney World Resort’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with all-ages entertainment like the “Hocus Pocus” Villain Spelltacular! at Cinderella Castle, Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular, Disney Junior Jam for young partygoers, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, the Trick-or-Treat Trail, Disney Characters in costume, and another 20 attractions. Everyone’s welcome to wear their favorite Halloween costume (with some restrictions). At Univeral Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights (now through Nov. 4) means 40+ nights of 10 new high-tech haunted houses that range from “The Exorcist: Believer” to “The Last of Us,” plus 5 scare zones and 2 live shows. SeaWorld Orlando has two Halloween-themed events—Howl-O-Scream (select nights from now through Oct. 31) for the older crowd and Seaworld Spooktacular (on weekends from Sept. 16 – Oct. 29) for the littles to dress up in their favorite trick-or-treat costumes.
The family-friendly list continues with events hosted by Harry P. Leu Gardens, The German American Society of Central Florida, the lake Nona Town Center and Gaylord’s Palms Resort.
Adult clients and those with older trick-or-treaters can check out Halloween the entire year at the Bureau and their Possession at Haddon Heights paranormal-themed escape room, attend the presentation of “Nosferatu” at the Renaissance Theatre Company (Sept. 15-Nov. 5), or check out Harry P. Leu Gardens’ Haunting Nights (Sept. 29-Oct. 31).
The Teatro Martini offers a Halloween Revue during its Vegas-inspired adult dinner show, there’s a haunted Halloween drive-thru event called the Scream n’Stream Drive-Thru Halloween Experience (Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6-29), there are plenty of Cocktails & Screams to be had in Downtown Orlando at the only Halloween-themed night (don’t miss the local band lineup on Oct. 31), and at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Halloween-lovers can check out vampires, revenants and banshees from Oct. 26-28 during Phantasmagoria XIV: Tales of the Undead. Lastly, plan an unforgettable evening out in downtown Orlando during the Halloween Pub Crawl on Oct. 27 for your clients.
For more information, visit visitorlando.com/events.