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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Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, Orlando Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, Orlando
Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, Orlando

Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, Orlando

Florida’s premier Halloween event, the streets of Universal Studios in Orlando becomes alive with terrifying creatures designed to give you some gut-wrenching scares. This year there are many houses to explore, each themed with special effects, from the Netflix original Stranger Things to the truly evil Jordan Peele’s “Us”. There are even dedicated scare zones that are sure to send a shiver down your spine.

Dates: September 6th, November 2nd, 2019

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Orlando Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Orlando

Disney’s annual kid-friendly Halloween event, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, is the perfect place to take the entire family. There are thrills and chills at the Hocus Pocus celebration, a sing-along at the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Show and a Boo-to-You Halloween Parade 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 16th – November 1st, 2019

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream, Tampa Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream, Tampa
Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream, Tampa

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream, Tampa

Run for cover at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream in Tampa, as you’ll find unexpected terrors hidden around every corner. The event features 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: September 20th – November 2nd, 2019

Harvest Festival at Flamingo Gardens, Davie Scarecrows at Flamingo Gardens
Scarecrows at Flamingo Gardens

Harvest Festival at Flamingo Gardens, Davie

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 free 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

The Haunt at Old Town, Kissimmee Old Town, Kissimmee
Credit: Old Town
Old Town, Kissimmee

The Haunt at Old Town, Kissimmee

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 event where you’ll find haunt zones and mazes, live entertainment and costume contests. Last year they offered visitors a chance to test their skills of surviving a zombie apocalypse in an interactive experience, so there’s no telling what kind of nightmarish surprises they have in store for this season.

Dates: Select Dates from September 28th-November 3rd, 2019

A Petrified Forest, Altamonte Springs A Petrified Forest, Altamonte Springs
A Petrified Forest, Altamonte Springs

A Petrified Forest, Altamonte Springs

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 Nights 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 from October 4th-November 2nd, 2019

Scream-A-Geddon Horror Park, Dade City Scream-A-Geddon Horror Park, Dade City
Scream-A-Geddon Horror Park, Dade City

Scream-A-Geddon Horror Park, Dade City

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. The new Infected: Ground Zero interactive attraction is a fully immersive experience, while Blackpool Prison is full of horrible criminals and Bedlam 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, grilled food and Zombie Paintball games.

Dates: Select Dates from September 13th-November 2nd, 2019

Haunt Nights at Adventure Landing, Jacksonville Haunt Nights at Adventure Landing, Jacksonville
Haunt Nights at Adventure Landing, Jacksonville

Haunt Nights at Adventure Landing, Jacksonville

Boasting more than 80 actors, Haunt Nights at Adventure Landing in Jacksonville takes their event to the next level. Everyone’s nightmare has come true, as the Payn Manor features a maid, butler and groundsmen that are out for revenge while the Pinehurst Asylum is home to the criminally insane, a place you probably don’t want to stay long. There are four haunted attractions and plenty of adrenaline-pumping action to keep the entire family entertained.

Dates: Select Dates from October 4th – November 2nd 2019

Haunted Brewery Zombie Hunt, Jacksonville Haunted Brewery Zombie Hunt, Jacksonville
Haunted Brewery Zombie Hunt, Jacksonville

Haunted Brewery Zombie Hunt, Jacksonville

Located at Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Jacksonville, the Haunted Brewery Zombie Hunt offers a festival experience with an array of thrilling attractions, including the popular apocalyptic zombie hunt. You’ll need to grab your squadron for this one, as you’ll only be able to rid the brewery of over 40 zombies with a laser tag. In addition to the haunted brewery, there is live entertainment, food trucks and a paintball zombie shoot practice range and a clown carnival.

Dates: October 19th-20th, 26th-27th, 2018

Nightmare on the Beach, Miami Nightmare on the Beach, Miami
Nightmare on the Beach, Miami

Nightmare on the Beach, Miami

As you’d expect, Miami celebrates Halloween by throwing over-the-top celebrations, and Nightmare on the Beach is no exception. The Little Lighthouse Foundation’s Annual Nightmare on the Beach: Dark CarnEvil Halloween party at Lummus Park is sure to impress, as you’ll find costumes and performers, top-shelf cocktails, delicious bites and plenty of live entertainment to keep the party going. An extravagant night of celebration with visual treats and electronic beats, this is sure to be a lively party that shouldn’t be missed.

Dates: TBA

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