Halloween in Orlando 2023: Spooky Fun For Family, Adults & Kids

Jessica DeLucia Halloween, Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, Theme Parks

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Boo!  Sorry, hope we didn’t scare you too much, but everyone’s entitled to one good scare. We’re here to get you perfectly overwhelmed for a frightfully fun time in Central Florida! Not only are the world-famous theme parks in Orlando offering up some of the best scares and Halloween-themed attractions, but local businesses are also providing hauntingly good adventures (some at no cost to you). No need to do the searching, we’re bringing all the Halloween in Orlando 2023 adult and family-friendly spooks to you. But please, don’t be (too) afraid...

The following events below are relative to the Central Florida area, encompassing the fun and thrills of the Halloween season. With increasing interest for more spooky season excitement from both locals and vacationers, many events now have extended select dates from September until November. If you're in search for pumpkins, a house of horrors, goblins, LEGO characters, sinister scare zones, trick-or-treating, or perhaps a little Hocus Pocus before the Christmas holiday (dare we say it), you're in for quite the treat here in Orlando.

Halloween Horror Nights 2023 at Universal Orlando Resort

It’s back - but can we say it’s better than ever? Only one way to find out. On select nights (from Sept. 1 - Nov. 4, 2023), Universal Studios Orlando brings to you 10 terrifying haunted houses, scare zones, themed food & drink, live music & entertainment, and of course, the park’s best attractions during the 32nd year of Halloween Horror Nights. The Houses to look forward to: The Exorcist: Believer, Chucky: Ultimate Kill Count, Universal Monsters: Unmasked, Stranger Things 4, The Last of Us™, Dr. Oddfellow’s Twisted Origins, Dueling Dragons: Choose Thy Fate, YETI: Campground Kills, The Darkest Deal, and Bleed for the Blood Moon.

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Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld Orlando

Wonderfully ghoulish, kid-friendly, and included with Park Admission, Halloween Spooktacular is making its way to SeaWorld Orlando on select Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays (Sept. 16 - Oct. 31, 2023). The event brings candy, Sesame Street friends and other surprises to you and the family. What else to expect from this daytime event? Prepare yourself for a Trick-or-Treat Trail, Halloween Dance Party, and to show off your best spooky costume (subject to the park’s dress code). You might even find luck by spotting a Halloween mermaid! But when the sun goes down, make way for...

Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando

Welcoming the Halloween event that's gracing us with its terrifying presence for the third time at SeaWorld - it’s Howl-O-Scream Orlando. This fall, experience 25 nights (select nights Sept. 8 - Oct. 31, 2023) of fear & terror by braving through 7 scare zones & roaming haunts, 5 houses of horror, live shows, and nighttime coaster rides. Need to hydrate after a night full of screams? Be sure to run to the nearest themed bar and take refuge with liquid fuel before continuing on, so long as a roaming siren doesn't get to you first.

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The Haunted Road Orlando
Perhaps your car will save you, perhaps not. The Haunted Road is a drive-thru Halloween experience (in Orlando, FL) located on one of the last remaining haunted roads in Central Florida (you heard right, haunted). You as a ghost-hunting traveler now get to conjure up and witness for yourself the rumors of eerie occurrences. Dates are currently TBD.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
It’s getting extra spooky up in here! Originally, Disney After Hours Boo Bash at Walt Disney World Resort replaced Mickey's Not-So-Scary in 2021, but has since returned to normalcy! This ghoulishly great event is back home with our favorite Disney characters: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto and pals.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party resides at Disney's Magic Kingdom, featuring character sightings, including the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus at their Villain Spectacular, and Mickey's Boo-To-You Halloween Parade, showcasing the many faces of Disney, along with a few faces from the Haunted Mansion. Visitors can also trick-or-treat throughout the park, and enjoy a spectacular fireworks show - hosted by Jack Skellington himself - at the Cinderella Castle to close out the night. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a VERY popular costume party event and is known to sell out quick. From select nights Aug. 11 - Nov. 1, 2023.

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Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort
Spooky, kooky, kid-friendly fun - are you in? This year LEGOLAND offers their signature Halloween event, Brick-or-Treat, bringing adventures like trick-or-treating for the entire family, never-before-seen exclusive characters, and so much more. The festivities are included with Daily Tickets and run from Sept. 16 - Oct. 29, 2023.

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BOO! on Broadway
Visiting Central Florida during Halloween weekend? Here’s your chance to experience a popular Kissimmee Main Street event, BOO! On Broadway, a free family festival filled with plenty of spooky fun. Collect candy, visit Adventures in Booville, snap a few memories in a photo booth, enjoy spectacular entertainment before your eyes, and more. Children are also encouraged to dress up, making it a great time to instill a costume contest within the family! BOO! on Broadway is fun for all ages. Dates for this event are TBD.

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Screamin’ Green Hauntoween at Crayola Experience Orlando
Ready to get crazily creative? Join the crayon crew and their mission to discover the rarest of Halloween colors, while also running into a few monster friends on the way! Themed crafts, 20+ hands-on attractions, character photo opts, slime classes, scavenger hunts, and trick-or-treating can also be part of your adventure... but only if you dare. The experience returns from Sept. 23 - Oct. 31, 2023.

As they say - be afraid, be very afraid. Voted #1 as USA’s Best Haunted Houses, SCREAM-A-GEDDON is a “middle of nowhere” haunt (in Dade City, FL) offering 6 terrorizing attractions and interactive scares. Shock factor: VERY scary. For the thrill seekers and gore fans, the screams begin on Sept. 8 - Nov. 4, 2023.

Sanford Ghost Tours
Dare to walk the walk? Find your way to Historic Downtown Sanford, Florida for a ghostly tour, learning from experts about tales old (dating back to 1877) and new, traveling to historical sites where residents may still be lurking, all to prepare you to experience an actual haunted building! Sandford Ghost Tour is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes long with a maximum of 12 persons per tour group.

A Petrified Forest Scare Trail
As one of Central Florida’s premier scare trails, A Petrified Forest (in Altamonte Springs, FL) has a plan for you. Start light with on-site food trucks, live entertainment, and activities, but end with a walk (or run) through each of their 3 trails. Opening night is TBD!

And for food and drink...
Cocktails & Screams
Pop in for a spell, won’t you? Cocktails & Screams (located in downtown Orlando) offers boo-zy spirits and magical elixirs that will surely do the job of bringing you back to life. Popular drinks include Jekyll & Hyde, Frogs Breath, Hocus Pocus and Witch’s Brew! This Halloween-themed bar is also highly known for its originality and beautifully decorated ambiance, a classic spot at best.

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