Halloween has become a major event for kids of all ages – and grown-ups, too- because who can resist a chance to play dress up, scream at scary monsters, and score lots of candy! And nowhere celebrates the spooky holiday better than Orlando, Florida. Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Resort Orlando, and SeaWorld Orlando all pull out the stops, with special kid-friendly Halloween celebrations and scarier fare for teens and adults. Not to mention, autumn brings cooler weather, making it the perfect time to visit the theme parks without melting.
Here’s a sampling of the special Halloween themed action that is taking place at the parks this spooky season:
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Orlando
The spookiness begins in the middle of September and continues until early November at Universal Studios Orlando. Haunted houses from the scariest horror stories are opened and the streets are turned into scare zones. Each live show emits scary sounds and echoes that can be heard on the nearby rides. Speaking of rides, you will love the thrilling escapes that are waiting on many of the more exhilarating attractions.
While all these features can be found in Universal during the day, they are more low-key during that time, so that small children and frightened adults can still enjoy the park. However, once dusk arrives, the spookiness and eerie sounds begin.
Halloween Spectacular at SeaWorld Orlando
There is not much that is truly scary at SeaWorld during the Halloween season, but there are still plenty of tricks and treats to be found from the end of September through the end of October. You will love watching the not-so-scary live shows, whether you choose from Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween or Pet’s Ahoy Halloween, or both. The Mermaid Grotto is also a lot of fun, but you and your family will not be able to resist the Halloween Dance Party full of under the sea friends.
Of course, nothing says Halloween more than trick-or-treating, and if your children are in costume, they can go around collecting lots of goodies from the sea-themed stations.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom
The party begins early at Magic Kingdom, the middle of August to be exact, and ends on Halloween. Guests can dress up to go trick-or-treating in each of the lands, but you may also want to dress up to have your picture taken with your favorite Disney characters since they are in their own Halloween costumes.
The Scream-o-Ween Dance Party is a lot of fun, as is the Boo-to-You Halloween Parade and the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular show. All these activities begin when the sun goes down and continue late into the night, and they all come to a close with the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Show each night.
While at Magic Kingdom, you will want to stop at Main Street Confectionery and Bakery or Big Top Treats to grab some pumpkin fudge, monster caramel apples, ghost marshmallows, mummy cupcakes, and more.
Minnie’s Halloween Dining at Hollywood Studios
It is all about the food at Hollywood Studios, although it does come with a bit of a fright! You can enjoy the Minnie’s Halloween Dine at Hollywood & Vine’s for either lunch or dinner. This special dining experience begins in the beginning of September and ends in the beginning of November.
You will be able to meet up with some of your favorite Disney characters in their Halloween costumes as you are devouring a frightful feast. In between it all, there are plenty of fun activities for you to do.
Halloween at Disney Springs
There is always plenty to do in Disney Springs, but the party really amps up during the Halloween season. Restaurants serve up a variety of Spooktacular treats and drinks for everyone in your family to enjoy. You can listen to and watch live entertainment as you wander from store to store purchasing spirited merchandise.
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
You may spot some fall décor when you visit Epcot, but you will not find much to do with Halloween. Instead, you will find all types of delectable cuisine, wine, and beer during this popular festival. This is a great place for taking a break from all the spookiness of the other parks, while indulging in foods and drinks that you may have never experienced before.
You can mingle with celebrity chefs during this time as well as participate in some culinary workshops. The party won’t end too early either, because you can attend the Eat to the Beat Concerts that are held every night.
There are so many choices available to you at the theme parks in Orlando, but you will be able to choose exactly what you want to do to celebrate the holiday season while you are there. That means that you can enjoy a memorable experience with your family as you are having a frightfully amazing time!