Celebrate Halloween in Orlando with these top picks for the area's most haunted happenings!
Halloween is just around the corner, but you can partake in frightful festivities starting as soon as September. Start planning your couples costume, stock up on your favorite Halloween goodies at the store, and do date night at one of these fantastic Halloween events in Orlando. We'll be updating this list frequently, so check back often for spooky new updates.
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ORLANDO HAUNTED HOUSES AND EXPERIENCES
Select nights September 3 – October 31, 2021
Get your screams out in an all new houses including Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House, Beetlejuice, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and more. Plus, enjoy themed scare zones, select rides open during the event, live entertainment, and specialty food and drinks. Admission to Halloween Horror Nights is NOT included in theme park admission and must be purchased separately.
Related: Check out our tips for a Halloween Horror Nights Date Night!
Select nights September 10 – October 31, 2021
Howl-O-Scream is the newest Halloween event in Orlando for 2021. Explore themed scare zones, brave haunted houses, ride your favorite coasters in the dark, check out live Halloween-themed performances and more. Note: Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event and is NOT included with regular theme park admission. Tickets begin at $41.99, or spring for a 2-park pass for $99.99 which will also get you access to Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay on a separate night.
Select nights September 30 – November 7, 2021, 7:10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Haunted Road is returning to Orlando for 2021 with a completely contactless drive-thru Halloween experience. 2020's experience focused on twisted fairytales, but this year will spook you to the core with eerie occurrences and ghostly appearances. Park your car along the road and turn off your headlights–if you dare–to experience even more intensely scary encounters along the way. As an added bonus, this is a longer experience than your typical haunted house, taking 40-50 minutes to complete. Limited timed-entry tickets are available for $10.99+. Regular tickets begin at $16.99 per person.
But the night doesn't have to end when the road does… Upgrade your date night to include The Barnyard and enjoy pop-up performances, purchase delicious smoked BBQ and beverages, and attempt to awaken the spirit of the dead butcher in a walk-in haunt experience.
Select nights October 1 – 31, 2021
Now in its 14th year, this local haunt in Altamonte Springs is an outdoor, haunted trail totally worth the drive from Orlando. After waiting in line, you're sent into the trail with just your group, allowing you to experience all of the jump scares on your own. This year there will be THREE all new trails to explore. Tickets are $29.50 for access to all three trails.
Related: Best Haunted Houses in Central Florida for a Spooky Date
Select nights September 17 – October 31, 2021; $64 – $84 per car
Scream n' Stream's drive through experience, located at Oveido Mall this year, is completely contactless and suitable for the whole family. This year's experience will be interactive, inviting you to drive through a top-secret military facility dubbed Station 5. You'll be armed with laser guns to blast your way out of the facility as you encounter a classified weapons project: monster soldiers!
Open year round
Mortem Manor allows you to get your scares all year long, not just during October. Located in Kissimmee, this year-round haunted house was named one of the “Scariest Haunted Houses In America” by the Travel Channel. Your tour will take you through two stories of the manor.
Select nights September 10 – October 31, 2021
Not your average haunted house, Scream-A-Geddon is a full blown horror park in Dade City complete with six separate attractions plus a Monster Midway and designated beer garden. Enter the Ravenhill Asylum to explore at your own risk, visit a demonic village, immerse yourself in the mind-bending and disorienting Rage 3D (spoiler alert: there are clowns), get lost in an inmate-controlled prison and more. Several of the attractions have an interactive option in which brave souls may be sent off to hidden rooms or isolated from their group.
Related: The Best Halloween Events in Tampa Bay
WHERE TO WATCH HALLOWEEN MOVIES
Friday nights September 3 – October 29; FREE
The Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co. parking lot will transform into an open-air movie theater every Friday this fall! Park lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy Halloween favorites every Friday night. Food trucks and vendors will be on site to complete the movie experience. The first Friday of each month is family-friendly, while all other weeks are more suitable for adults. Catch classics like Hocus Pocus, Halloween (the original from 1978!), Gremlins, and more.
Sunday nights October 3 – 31, 7:30pm; FREE
Old Town, located in Kissimmee, is bringing back Family Movie Nights on Sundays with screenings of Halloween classics Sunday nights in October.
Select dates October 5 – 30, 2021
Catch a classic Halloween movie at Enzian Theater and sip on one of the theater’s themed cocktails of Halloween available throughout the month. Also check out Eden Bar's annual Halloween party in October, which is happening on October 30 this year.
Related: Where to See Halloween Movies in Orlando this October
Hocus Pocus: Saturday, October 10, 2021, doors at 6:30pm
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Saturday, October 30, doors at 9:30pm and Sunday, October 31, doors at 7:30pm
Garden Theatre in Downtown Winter Garden has two Halloween-worthy interactive movies on the calendar this October. Catch a screening of the iconic Halloween favorite Hocus Pocus or revisit a cult classic with The Rocky Horror Picture Show. There will be pre-show entertainment 30 minutes before each movie begins. Tickets are $15.
Saturday, October 30, 7-9pm
Join the Downtown Development Board as they present Beetlejuice at Lake Eola's East Lawn. Don't forget your blankets, chairs, and snacks for the whole family to enjoy. This free, family-friendly event is a fun and safe way to enjoy Halloween weekend.
HALLOWEEN FILM FESTIVALS
16th Annual Freak Show Horror Film Festival
October 29 – 31, 2021
EPIC Theaters at Lee Vista
The FREAK SHOW Horror Film Festival is the Largest Horror Genre Film Festival in the State of Florida
Tickets on sale soon
MORE WAYS TO CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN IN ORLANDO
Booking now through October 31, 2021
Create new memories with a special occasion. Surprise your partner, family, or friends with a unique Earthly Escape picnic experience for Halloween. This picnic is creatively designed to spook and stir one’s imagination while lavishly indulging in your choice of tasty charcuterie selections. Guests can also enjoy sipping on refreshing beverages, snacking on tasty treats, and playing games, all while enjoying the scenic outdoors. Whether you envision a hair-raising date night, a spooktacular brunch with friends, or an eerie birthday, Earthly Escape is ready to assist you in hosting your own haunted adventure.
To book: linktr.ee/EarthlyEscape
September 10 – October 31, 2021
This year's Goblins and Giggles Weekends at Gaylord Palms features an escape room, a Monster Mash bash, Jack-o'-Lantern walk and much more. Couples won't want to miss the Spookeasy bar experience, a haunted hideaway straight out of the prohibition era featuring spine-chilling craft cocktails and a spooky atmosphere. Other themed offerings include a nightly 9pm Halloween light show in the atrium.
October 1- 31, nightly at 6pm with additional show at 8pm select nights
Join Jack the Trickster and Kevin as they present their frighteningly funny, family-friendly, monster-mashup of magic and comedy with a special Halloween flair. Objects will move on their own, the lights will flicker, and tables will even levitate inches away from your face.
Sunday, October 3, 2021, noon-6pm
The best way to kick off the season is with a lazy Sunday full of shopping and eating, right? Come out and shop for new Halloween decor, costume pieces, and all kinds of unique local goodies.
Select nights October 7 – 21, 2021
Lake Nona's annual Spook Nona will be taking place in Town Center the entire month of October with a Pumpkin Patch at Boxi Park, Monster Movie Nights, Grave Yard Smash Party, and other activities and treats the whole family will enjoy.
October 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31, 2021
Stroll through spooky areas, search for Cryptids in “The Crocs and Cryptids Zone” where you might find Gatorland’s very own Skunk Ape, then grab your Lederhosen for Frank & Stein’s Ooky Kooky Octoberfest, featuring live music from an undead polka band as well as German Beer and food for purchase! Guests can wear costumes, just nothing scary or gory. The Halloween activities are included with regular park admission.
Saturday, October 16, 2021, 5-10pm
The Audubon Park Garden District's Night Market at Audubon features locally and regionally made crafts, food trucks, vintage, art, photography, DJ, live music, cash bar and fortune tellers. Part of Zombietoberfest, it is Orlando's most original Halloween festival.
Thursday, October 21, 5:30-11pm (opening reception)
This unique art exhibition at CityArts will be paired with an outdoor experience on opening night that will feature food, drinks, entertainment and spooky art vendors. Tickets are $5/person for the event, and $40 for the outdoor dining experience.
October 22 – 24, 2021
Check out Florida's premier horror convention just in time for Halloween in Orlando! This annual convention takes place at Hyatt Regency Orlando and includes vendors, a film and tattoo festival, music, celebrity speakers, and more for lovers of the spooky season. Single day passes are $50 – $60, and weekend passes are $90.
October 22, 23 and 29, 2021, 6:30-10:30pm
For years, people have shared stories of moving furniture, flickering lights, and disembodied voices at the Victorian Waterhouse Residence on Lake Lily. To explore these mysteries, Art & History Museums of Maitland has partnered with American Ghost Adventures. During your visit, you will have a chance to try out some ghost investigation equipment, learn about the different types of haunts, and discover more about the people who lived and sometimes died at the Waterhouse Residence. Three tours per night at 6:30, 8:00, and 9:30. Tickets are $45.
October 22 – October 31, all day with special programming on Friday/Saturday/Sunday evenings
Why celebrate Halloween on one day when the fun can last 10 days! Activities include outdoor animated Halloween Light Shows on City Hall as well as live music, shows, and pop-up street performers on Friday/Saturday/Sunday evenings; a hay maze; holiday-themed photo locations; decorations and light displays; merchant themed decorations and food items; a Harvest Sidewalk Sale & Stroll (Oct. 23), fall themed Farmers Market, and more! All events are FREE admission.
October 22 – October 31, multiple events
Head to The Pointe on I-Drive for multiple Halloween week happenings at The Pub. Festivities include a Spooky Empire Zombie Walk pre-bash (October 22 from 12-3pm), the Pub's annual Halloween costume contest with a $500 grand prize (October 23 beginning at 9pm), the 1st Annual Pub Pumpkin Carving Competition (October 26 from 6-8pm) and the 1st Annual Kids Costume Brunch (October 30 from 12-3pm). Plus, get a free 16oz Pumpkin Beer anytime October 22 – 31 as long as you're dressed in your full Halloween costume.
Saturday, October 23, 9am-11am or 7pm-9pm
Break out your witchy wardrobe and parade around Downtown Orlando's gorgeous Lake Ivanhoe on this 2-hour Halloween themed paddle board tour with Epic Paddle Adventures. Let the giant cypress trees, and plentiful lily pads cast a spell on you and escape from the hustle and bustle of “real life.” Tickets are $42 including board rental.
Friday, October 29, 8pm-2am
Reunion Resort and Golf Club (located just outside Championsgate), is hosting a Rooftop Costume Party at their rooftop bar, Eleven. The enchanting skyline views are sure to put a spell on you! Sink your fangs into your favorite tapas, sip on specialty Halloween cocktails, shake your BOO-TAY with their poolside DJ, and meet the mystery special guests. This event is open to the public, ages 21+ only. You do not need to be a member or overnight guest to attend. Admission is free, but you'll need to RSVP via Eventbrite and show your ticket for entry.
October 29 – 30, 11pm – 2am
Dance the night away in your costume at Cuba Libre, located at The Pointe on I-Drive. There will be a costume contest both nights with prizes included $300 cash (first place), VIP bottle service for two (second place) and dinner for two at Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar (third place). Enjoy salsa, merengue, bachata and Latin fusion Friday night with DJ Benny Velez, and Latin open format with DJ Big Dave on Saturday.
Saturday, October 30, 2021, 5-9pm
Downtown Avalon Park’s Halloween Event will feature trick or treating, performances, bounce houses, and a number of food trucks. Best of all, admission to this Halloween event in Orlando is totally free.
Saturday, October 30, 7-10pm
Head to Wekiva Island for a Halloween party and costume contest for a chance to win prizes. There will be food, live music and drink specials. Costumes are strongly encouraged, but not required to attend. FYI, you must be 21+ to enter the costume contest.
Saturday, October 30, 9pm-2am
Head to the Thornton Park District aka “Downtown for Grown-Ups” for this festive annual street party celebrating Halloween. Festivities include a costume contest with cash prizes ($500 – $1,000), DJ's Blue Star & LaLa, go-go dancers, stilt walkers & fire dancers from Vaudeville Entertainment, a Dark Arts indie market, outdoor bars and so much more. Tickets are $10 before October 30, and $20 the day of the event.
Sunday, October 31, 2021, 5pm-2am
Head to International Drive for ICEBAR Orlando's Dia De Los Muertos Halloween Block Party. Celebrate Halloween with bone-chilling cocktails and atmosphere, thrills and chills and costume contests. Event admission starts at $15.
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