CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks For Celebrating Halloween 2018 In Central Florida

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks for Celebration Halloween in Central Florida

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in Central Florida, so if you still haven’t made your plans for the upcoming Halloween weekend, there’s definitely no shortage of things to do.

From family-orientated scares to adults-only thrills, here are our picks for celebrating Halloween in Central Florida:

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CitySurfing Orlando's family writer attended LEGOLAND Florida's Brick or Treat to let give you the lowdown on the family friendly Halloween event. 


Busch Gardens Tampa – Howl-O-Scream
October 26-28 from 7:30pm to 1am. Separately ticketed event, from $39.99.

Legoland Florida – Brick or Treat
October 27, 28, and 31 from 10am to park close. Included with regular admission. Kid-friendly.

SeaWorld Orlando – SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
October 27-28 from noon – 8pm. Included with regular admission. Kid-friendly.

Universal Studios – Halloween Horror Nights 25
October 26-28, 30-31, and November 1-3 from 6:30pm to close. Separately ticketed event, from $62.99.

Walt Disney World – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom
October 26,28, 30-31. Separately ticketed event, from $109. Kid-friendly.

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A Petrified Forest in Altamonte Springs
Open October 27, 31, and Nov 1-3. Two of the scariest haunted trails in Central Florida. There will be creatures lurking around every corner. This trail is rated PG-13. $15 for a single trail, $25 for both, VIP is $33.

Return of The Spirits: The Haunting of the State Theatre at State Theater, Eustis
October 28-31. Cost: $10; $5 extra for same night re-entry. A Kids Frightless Fun Tour will be available on October 29 for $3 per person.

Scream-a-Geddon in Dade City
Open October 26-31. Central Florida’s best horror attraction features six scare zones for the price of one. Tickets run $24.95 to $41.95 per person, depending on date.

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BLAST-O-WEEN at The Cloak & Blaster
October 27. Celebrate Halloween with this costume party at this bar that celebrates all that is geek. Free admission. 21+

Church Street Halloween Block Party on Church Street, downtown Orlando
October 31. Church Street Bars presents this annual shindig with $1 drinks, and a cash prize costume contest. 21 and up only. Free to attend.

Dr. Phillips Center Presents Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas With the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
Oct 27. Experience Tim Burton’s cult classic with Danny Elfman’s score performed live by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets start at $55.

Eden Bar’s Halloween Party at Enzian, Maitland
October 27. Free entry, costume contest, and drink specials all night. 21+ Afterwards you can buy a ticket to the midnight showing of the classic Hills Have Eyes (1977).

Halloween Costume Party with Jacqueline Obsidian in VAULT 5421 at Gods and Monsters, Orlando
October 27. Celebrate Halloween with spooky movies and music, cosplay cage-dancing performances by Jacqueline Obsidian from 8pm-12am, and themed drink specials and treats. 21+

Halloween Costume Party at Wekiva Island
October 27. The evening celebration will feature live music and entertainment, food, and Southern Tier beer specials all night long. Admission is free.

Halloween Party feat. Audio Exchange at Tin Roof Orlando, Orlando
October 27. Enjoy live music, drink specials, costume contest and more. No cover. 21+

Halloween with PHANTASMAGORIA at The Higgins House Bed and Breakfast, Sanford
October 30-31. Hear mini tales of terror and horror culminating in a seance conjuring the “Higgins House Ghost” – ending with a taste of Fire Dancing and More!. Tickets $18-$25.

Orlando Shakes presents The Mystery of Irma Vep – A Penny Dreadful at Lowndes Shakespeare Center, Orlando
October 27-28, 30-31. Vampire attacks, werewolf sightings, and the resurrection of an Egyptian princess make for an exciting start to married life for Lady Enid, Lord Edgar’s second wife. Set in mystical Gothic England, audiences will die laughing at this melodramatic farce – a quick-change marathon in which two actors play all the roles. Rated PG-13. Tickets: $25 – $40

PlazaWeen 16 at Wall St Plaza, Orlando
October 26-27, and 31. Each night features drink specials, Live music from The Adam’s Family Band, DJ Draven and Korndogg., and more. Costume contest on the 31st. 21+.

Rich Weirdoes present The Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Extravaganza at Plaza Live Orlando
October 31. Enjoy The Rocky Horror Picture Show with the shadow cast Rich Weirdoes, who will also be doing other fun Halloween stuff, like a costume contest. Props bags available for purchase. Tickets are $9-$12, prop bags are extra. 18+

6th Annual Thornton Park Halloween Block Party at Thornton Park, Orlando
October 27. Get your advance tickets for $10; $20 day of. $1000 Costume Contest, games, fire dancers, and so much more! Proceeds for the event benefit non-profit Thornton Park District. 21+

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Boo on Broadway at Toho Square, Kissimmee
October 26. Bring the kids out for an evening of trick or treat fun, vendors, games, pictures and plenty more.

Boofest & Movie in the Park at Bithlo Community Park, Bithlo
October 27. There is a haunted house, games, face painting, music and bounce house, along with cotton candy, candy, snow cones and popcorn. Cost is $4 per person. Then starting at 7:30pm., stay for the free Movie in the Park, “Monster House”

Disney*Pixar’s COCO at Cinemark Theaters
October 26-31. The recent hit film about family set around the Day of the Dead is back in theaters. Tickets are $5.

Halloween at Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs
October 31.
This is a community-oriented, door-to-door trick-or-treat alternative for kids hosted by the Altamonte Springs Police Department, and is free to attend.

Halloween ComicFest at Gods & Monsters, Orlando
October 27. Enjoy this free event with free comics, discounts, kid’s activity table, and more.

Halloween Hoopla! at Barnett Park, Orlando
October 27. There is a costume contest, glow-in-the-dark party, haunted house, games, along with cotton candy, candy bags and popcorn while supplies last. Cost is $6 per child.

Hocus Pocus at AMC Theaters
October 26-31. The Disney classic film returns to AMC Theaters for Halloween. Tickets are $5.

Mall-o-Ween at Florida Mall, Orlando
October 31. From 5-8pm, children of all ages are encouraged to sport their best Halloween costume to haunt The Florida Mall in search of candy, exciting activities and more during this free event.

Screamin’ Green Hauntoween at The Crayola Experience
October 27-28, 31. Guests to get “zombified” with all-new monster-ific crafts, dance parties, a themed scavenger and trick-or-treating. It’s included with regular admission.

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas at REGAL Cinemas
October 26-31. The classic film returns to theaters (REGAL Pointe Orlando even has it in the 4D theater!!). Check the link for ticket prices.

Trick-or-Treat Safe Zone at Orange Country Regional History Center, Orlando
October 27. From 10:30am to 3pm, enjoy 4 floors of trick or treating, games, and more. Free for families with children ages 12 and under; children must be accompanied by an adult. Costumes encouraged.

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You should be able to find something in that list that will entertain you this weekend, but if not, there are even more options in our events calendar! So go and have a safe and fun Halloween.

We’d love to know what you did, so tag us with #citysurfingorlando in your photos, and we’ll re-share the best. =)

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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