CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks For Celebrating Halloween 2023 In Central Florida

CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks For Celebrating Halloween

Halloween falls on a Tuesday in 2023, but that doesn’t mean Orlando isn’t celebrating the holiday. There are plenty of events to enjoy leading up to October 31st in Central Florida.

From family-orientated scares to adults-only thrills, here are our picks for 2023 Halloween events happening in the area:

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FOOD

Chronic Tacos (Dr. Phillips)

Oct 31

Chronic Tacos will be treating all Loyalty Members to a FREE order of Churro Bites through the Chronic Tacos app.

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice (All locations)

Oct 31

Offering a free small Ice or Gelati for anyone in costume from 5pm-close. Premium Layer-Ins and Flavorites are also available for just $0.99. Jeremiah’s is also hosting a costume contest – all customers have to do is snap a picture of their costume in the store and submit it at JeremiahsIce.com/Costumes to be entered to win Jeremiah’s gift cards.

Jeremiah’s is unveiling three brand-new festive Flavorites for the season:

  • Franken Frog: Scoop Froggy Frog™ (mint chocolate chip) ice and chocolate ice cream complete with an Oreo cookie crumble Layer-In
  • Vampire Bite: Strawberry ice and vanilla ice cream complete with a chocolate chip and chocolate sprinkle Layer-In
  • Witch’s Brew with Mystery Ice: Spooky Witch’s Brew ice – a mystery flavor – with vanilla ice cream and a rainbow sprinkle Layer-In

JINYA Ramen Bar (All locations)

Oct 31

Guests can participate in the Halloween fun at JINYA Ramen Bar by wearing a costume, taking a picture and tagging @jinyaramenbar on Instagram for a chance to win a $500 gift card.
https://instagram.com/jinyaramenbar

Krispy Kreme (All locations)

Oct 31

Wear a costume and get a free doughnut (even the limited “Scooby-Do” doughnuts).

Rocco’s Tacos (Dr. Phillips)

Oct 31

Don Julio will also be popping up with their branded truck from 6pm-9pm to offer complimentary drinks for Halloween. Don Julio will also be offering a seasonal Fall Fiesta (Don Julio Reposado, Cointreau, Rocco’s Lime Mix, Pumpkin Puree, Pumpkin Pie Spice) cocktail ($18) for purchase and guests can spin to win trick-or-treat prizes.

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THEME PARKS AND ATTRACTIONS

Busch Gardens Tampa – Howl-O-Scream

October 26-31
Separately ticketed event, from $44.99.
Fear returns to its most immersive form with the return of iconic horror-filled haunted houses to terrify guests.

Gatorland – Gators Ghosts & Goblins 2020

October 22, 28, 29
Included with regular admission. 50% ticket discount for Florida Residents. Kid-friendly.
Featuring Gatorland’s famous Social Distancing Skunk Ape, costumed characters, multiple photo opportunities,and more.

ICON Park, Orlando – Max Action Arena and In The Game Halloween ZOMBIE QUEST

October 27-31
Admission starts at $20 with free parking.
Complete two stages of a quest for a chance to win prizes. Details at the link.

ICON Park Halloween

Oct 22-31
Free admission and parking. Gather outdoors on The Lawn to be immersed in The Wheel’s popular annual light and fog show, as 64,000 LED lights dance 400 ft. in the air while fog drifts across the lawn at your feet. Shows will take place nightly at 8:30pm on Sun-Thurs, and at 8pm and 10pm on Fri and Sat. Plus from Oct 26 to 31 costumed kids get a FREE ride on the Carousel on the Promenade. Costumed kiddos will also get the whole family 50 percent off tickets for The Wheel. Offer is valid for all costumed kids ages 12 and under.

LEGOLAND Florida – Brick or Treat

October 22, 28, 29
Included with regular admission. Kid-friendly.
Enjoy a trick-or-treat trail, LEGO Halloween characters, shows, and more during regular park hours.

SeaWorld Orlando – Howl-O-Scream

Oct 22, 26-31
Separately ticketed event, from $44.99.
SeaWorld Orlando hosts the adults-only Howl-O-Scream event select nights with haunted houses, scare zones, and more.

SeaWorld Orlando – SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular

October 22, 28, 29
Included with regular admission. Kid-friendly.
Enjoy a trick-or-treat trail, a Halloween maze, and more during regular park hours.

Universal Orlando – Halloween Horror Nights 

October 22, 26-31
Separately ticketed event, from $84.99.
HHN is back and better than ever with haunted houses, scare zones, horror shows, and more. Separately ticketed event.

Walt Disney World – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

SOLD OUT
This “After-Hours” separately ticketed event features Disney characters in their Halloween finest, a parade, trick-or-treating, and more.

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HAUNTED HOUSES AND MAZES

A Petrified Forest in Altamonte Springs

October 21, 25-30
This haunted attraction features three trails this year, starting at $35.98.

Happy Frights and Haunting Nights at Harry P. Leu Gardens

October 22-31
Choose the family friendly “Happy Frights” trail or the more adult “Haunting Nights” trail in this event from Creative City. Tickets from $25.

Scream-a-Geddon in Dade City

Open October 26-31, November 1-4
It’s a bit of a drive, but this horror attraction features six scare zones for the price of one. It’s highly rated among horror fans. Tickets start at $27.95 online, add $5 if buying at gate.

Trail of Terror in St. Cloud

October 27-28
From 8pm to 11pm at Peghorn Nature Park, enjoy this haunted trail for $10 per person.

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ADULT HALLOWEEN EVENTS (21+)

Maitland: Eden Bar Halloween at The Enzian

Oct 28
Tickets are $30. From 9pm-1am. Enjoy a night of music, food, and drinks, before ending the celebration with our midnight feature – “The Beyond: The Composer’s Cut.” Age 21 and older to attend.

Orlando: Dracula the Musical at CityArts

Oct 22, 26-29
Tickets are $35 General Admission, $45 for VIP seating. The lush melodies of Frank Wildhorn underscore Bram Stoker’s literary masterwork in Opera del Sol’s production of Dracula, the Musical. This production is not restricted to a stage, and attendees may come into close contact with a performer.

Orlando: Misfit Exchange and Movie Night at Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company

Oct 27
Free. From 6-10pm. Enjoy shopping with local vendors, brews from Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co., and back-to-back showings of “The Lost Boys” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show” starting at 7:30pm.

Orlando: Thornton Park District 10th Annual Halloween Party

Oct 28
Tickets start at $10. From 8pm-2am. Drinks, live entertainment, costume contest, and more. Must be 21 or older to attend.

St. Cloud: Phyre Steakhouse & Speakeasy

Oct 28
German Witches dance performance and costume contest. Must be 18 or older.

Wekiva Island: Halloween Party

Oct 28
Free. From 7-11pm. Enjoy live music by the Hindu Cowboys, eerie ambiance, a costume contest, and drink specials.

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FAMILY HALLOWEEN EVENTS (All Ages)

DeBary: Halloween Movie Night

Oct 27
Free. Starts at 6pm. Kid’s games, crafts, and costume contest, along with a showing of “Ghostbusters” (1984) with free popcorn.

Kissimmee: BOO! on Broadway

Oct 27
Free. From 6-9pm. Community trick or treat block party in downtown Kissimmee.

Kissimmee: Halloween at Old Town

Oct 31
Free. From 5pm. Free trick-or-treating is from 5-7pm with candy stations throughout Old Town and participating merchants (While Supplies Last), costume contest, Thriller dancers, Halloween Karaoke, and more.

Lake Nona: Spooky Family Fun at Boxi Park

Oct 29
Free. Enjoy a costume parade, face painting, live entertainment, and more.

Maitland: Falloween

Oct 28
Free. From 5:30-9pm. Independence Square next to City Hall. The free family event will include a costume parade for kids at 7pm, carnival games with prizes, a pet costume contest and parade will begin at 8 p.m. A kids train will provide rides through the park, and more.

Orlando: Boo & Brew Event at Waterford Lakes

Oct 28
Free event. Starts at 4pm. Enjoy live music, a bounce house, local vendors, face painting, treats, and more.

Orlando: Eolaween at Lake Eola

Oct 28
Free. From 4pm-10pm. Eolaween at Lake Eola’s East Lawn by the Eola House promises a bewitching time with a lineup of exciting activities, including games, a DJ, a craft station to awaken your artistic spirit, and a thrilling costume contest for all ages. Capture memories at our photo stations and don’t miss the Halloween movie feature, “Ghostbusters,” once darkness falls.

Orlando: Gourds & Monsters Week at Mills Gallery

Oct 22-28
Free. The Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network Presents Bess Auer’s Haunting Hope: A Multi-media Art Experience of Spooky Proportions. A portion of the art sales will go to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Orlando: Phantasmagoria XIV: “Tales of the Undead” at Dr. Phillips Center

Oct 26-28
From terrifying Vampires fresh from their graves to Ghastly Revenants and Banshees, along with amusingly bewildered Ghosts to the very terrors of being buried alive – Phantasmagoria will weave their tapestry of “Whimsically Macabre.” Tickets start at $30.

Orlando: Studio du Chocolat – Halloween Edition at Caribe Royale Resort

Oct 28

Tickets are $125 per person. From 1-4pm. Executive Pastry Chef Joshua Cain, who was recently featured on Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship, and Chocolatier Maria Sanchez will guide guests as they create a variety of delectable treats and spooky chocolate sculptures, such as Frankenstein Cereal Treats, Boo Bons, Cake Eyeball Pops, and more. Each guest will bring home their chocolate creations plus samples of the unique chocolate blends created in France by Chef Joshua, and only available at Caribe Royale Orlando. Participants must be 13 or older.

Orlando: Trick-Or-Treat Illusion Hunts at Museum of Illusions Orlando at ICON Park

Oct 28-29
Included with admission, which starts at $24.99. Trick-Or-Treat Illusion Hunts Every weekend, embark on a unique trick-or-treat adventure throughout the museum’s corridors. Solve riddles, decode illusions, and unlock hidden doors to hidden candy treasures. Costume contest on Oct. 28th.

Orlando: Trick or Treat Safe Zone at Orlando Public Library and Orange County History Center

Oct 28
Free. From 10am-3pm. Dress up and trick or treat at Orlando Public Library and Orange County Regional History Center in downtown Orlando.

Orlando: Trunk or Treat at Dezerland

Oct 29
Free. From 11am-4:30pm. Bring the kids in costume to trick-or-treat in the mall.

Orlando: Vampirates at Pirate’s Adventure Dinner Show

Oct 24, 26, 28, 31
Enjoy a family-friendly tale of vampirates (vampire pirates), along with dinner. Ticket prices for “Vampirates” are $72.95 for adults and $46.95 for children ages three to 10. Children ages two and under are free. Use our code “VAMP2023” to get 25% off reservations for Vampirates. Pirates Dinner Adventure’s general admission includes a three-course dinner with unlimited soft drinks.

St. Cloud: Trick or Treat

Oct 28
Free. From 4-7pm. Downtown St. Cloud. Enjoy trick-or-treating in along New York, Pennsylvania, and 11th St.

St. Cloud: Trunk or Treat

Oct 28
Free. from 10am to noon. Hopping Park (620 E. 17th St). Costumes encouraged for this family friendly Halloween event.

Sanford: Zoo Boo Bash at Central Florida Zoo

Oct 22, 28, 29
Included with Zoo admission. From 9am-4pm. Enjoy not-so-scary Zoo decorations and animal enrichment, plus fun-filled activities and a trick-or-treat station path, with candy provided by Publix.

Winter Garden: Trick or Treat Trail

Oct 27
Free. From 5-7pm. Downtown Winter Garden. Enjoy a spooktacular family night full of costumes, candy, shopping and fun! Participating Downtown WG shops will be passing out candy from 5-7 pm, while supplies last.

Winter Park: Halloween Bash at Winter Park Village

Oct 28
Bring your little pumpkins out to the annual Winter Park Village Halloween Bash! Participating merchants will be giving out candy to all trick-or-treaters.

Winter Park: Halloween Block Party at Park Avenue Tavern in Hannibal Square

Oct 27
Free event. From 5pm-9pm. Come dressed in costume (you, the kids, your four-legged BFFs!) and enjoy live music from Bloody Jug, food and drink tables with fun themed and seasonal treats for adults and kids, and a special dessert booth featuring Chef Leidy from The Wilson Cocktails & Seafood where kids can decorate their own cupcakes for the holiday! Play cornhole, ring toss and giant Jenga while enjoying the fall air,. The littles will enjoy a “candy crawl,” a scavenger hunt with glowing prizes, a face painter on-hand from 6 to 8 p.m., and a pumpkin painting craft table

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