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Halloween is a holiday that’s designed to give you a scare, which means things are about to get spooky in the Sunshine State. Extending beyond the traditional haunted houses, these Halloween-themed events cater to trick or treaters of all ages, with both family-friendly thrills for the pint-sized trick or treaters to the terror-inducing chills for full-grown ghoul enthusiasts. Get in the holiday spirit at one of these top Halloween events in Florida.
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Florida’s premier Halloween event, the streets of Universal Studios in Orlando become alive with terrifying creatures designed to give you some gut-wrenching scares. This year there are many haunted houses to explore, each themed with special effects, from the Netflix original The Haunting of Hill House to the truly evil Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There are even dedicated scare zones that are sure to send a shiver down your spine.
Dates: September 3rd – October 31, 2021
Disney’s kid-friendly Halloween event, After Hours Boo Bash, is the perfect place to take the entire family. There are thrills and chills at the Disney Villain Halloween Cavalcade, a performance by the Cadaver Dans and Mickey’s Happy Halloween Cavalcade with costumed characters. Keeping in line with tradition, the kids can even enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the park, where kids can get their fill of candies, treats and snacks galore.
Dates: August 10th – October 31st, 2021
Run for cover at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream in Tampa, as you’ll find unexpected terrors hidden around every corner. The event features three new houses this year in addition to live, interactive entertainment and the chance to experience some of the park’s top thrill rides in the dark. Try and keep your cool at horrifying houses and terrifying scare zones or try to survive thrilling roller coasters in the dark.
Dates: Select Dates between September 10th and October 31st 2nd, 2021
A fantastic family-friendly event, the Harvest Festival at Flamingo Gardens in Davie brings a new array of fall-themed events throughout the month of October. With hayrides, a pumpkin patch and costume contest in addition to bounce houses, live character interactions and arts and crafts, this event is sure to keep both adults and kids entertained. There is a Great Scarecrow competition, and even themed weekends that range from Pirates & Princesses to Superheroes and Halloween Story Time.
Dates: Every weekend in October
Old Town is an iconic walking district in Kissimmee, full of shops, rides and entertainment. Over the Halloween holiday period, it transforms into a spooky destination with festive decorations, trick-or-treating, and performances of the Halloween favorite, “Thriller.” There are three performances of the classic every weekend night for the entire month of October. Looking for something a bit spookier? Mortem Manor is Old Town’s year-round haunted house attraction.
Dates: Performances of “Thriller” are on Fridays and Saturdays in October
One of the highest-rated Halloween events in Central Florida, A Petrified Forest in Altamonte Springs is sure to leave the hair on your neck stand up. Brave your way through the haunted outdoor scare trails and do your best to make it out unscathed, while the special Total Eclipse Night is not for the faint of heart. You’ll be given one glow stick, and if a creature steals it along the way, you won’t be given a second chance. On the other hand, the Kids Day is designed for younger family members with trick-or-treating, arts and crafts and a bounce house.
Dates: Select Dates in October
Dubbed as one of the scariest haunted houses in the country, Scream-A-Geddon Horror Park in Dade City is for the truly dedicated Halloween fans. Ravenhill Asylum is an interactive attraction offering a fully immersive experience where visitors will be forced to make important decisions, while Blackpool Prison is full of horrible criminals and Rage 3D is a dizzying assault on your senses. Take a break from all the action and adrenaline-fueled terror at Monster Midway, where you’ll find craft beer vendors and fried and grilled food.
Dates: Select Dates in September and Everyday in October
Haunt Nights at Adventure Landing in Jacksonville takes their event to the next level. At Payn Manor everyone’s nightmare comes true, as the maid, butler and groundsmen seek revenge on you, the guest of honor. Dark Fables 3D, the largest attraction of its kind in the area, takes visitors through narrow passageways filled with creepy characters.