Halloween Hot Spots

September 2023

Halloween Hot Spots for Families in Florida
by Carrie McLaren, Visit Florida

Halloween in Florida is so much more than just one night of trick-or-treating. Celebrations begin in September and don’t end until November. We’re talking serious family fun. So whether you’re looking to have a not-so-scary time with Mickey Mouse or a super scary Howl-O-Scream, you’ll have a great Florida Halloween experience.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Select nights, September and October

Suitable for all ages, kids and adults dress in costumes and trick-or-treat around the Magic Kingdom Park in the evening. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is not included in regular park admission and requires a separate ticket. However, fewer people ensures shorter lines for even the most popular rides and enough candy for all. Don’t miss the Boo To You Halloween Parade and each night’s finale — the Happy HalloWishes fireworks display.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular

Select weekends, October

This one is a Sea-sonal favorite with all the fun included in your regular admission. SeaWorld Orlando kicks off the fun with 14 trick-or-treat stations and costumed characters such as Gummy Worm Wanda. Be sure to join Princess Penelope and friends at the Spooktacular Dance Party each night and dance along with the interactive DJ.

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights

Select nights, September through November 4th

This is a favorite with the adult crowd and is not recommended for children. For more than 20 years, Universal Orlando Resort has brought to life guests’ most horrifying fears in a way no one else can. At Halloween Horror Nights, you’ll encounter hundreds of “scare actors” roaming throughout eight haunted houses, scare zones and shows that are sure to give you nightmares for years to come.

Legoland Florida Brick-or-Treat

Select weekends, September and October

Ghouls, ghosts and goblins descend on Miniland USA transforming it into a haunted adventure with a scavenger hunt in search of these scary creatures that have invaded our famous cities. This spooky event takes place on weekends in October and features trick-or-treating along the Brick-or-Treat trail, super brick build activities, the largest Lego jack-o’-lantern in the world, Halloween entertainment, and an all-kids costume contest with brick-tastic prizes!

Busch Gardens Tampa Howl-O-Scream

Select weekends, September and October

Howl-O-Scream will leave you begging for mercy — and screaming for more. With gore, blood and violence, this is one for adults only. There are scare zones, live shows, roaming hoards of creatures and haunted houses. Be sure to ride the park’s top thrill rides too — in the dark — for the loudest screams and fun.

This is just a sampling of the Halloween hot spots you and your family can enjoy in Florida. So put on those costumes, grab your camera (and a sack for treats) and go have some great fall fun with your family!