It may feel like it’s still summer outside, but fall is rapidly approaching and the Halloween festivities are taking over Orlando already! Whether you’re looking for fright nights or family fun, here’s the guide to all things Autumn at the parks this season!
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
The fall festivities got an early start this year with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom, which began on August 17. Disney’s annual Halloween celebration takes place on a total of 34 nights this year, ending on October 31.
In true Halloween tradition, guests are welcome to come to the party dressed up in their favorite costumes (as long as they follow the park’s guidelines) and trick-or-treat for snacks and goodies all around the park. Guests with allergy concerns don’t have to worry about missing any of the fun, just make sure to stop at an Allergy Friendly Center at Town Square Theater or the Liberty Square Ticket Office for a special goodie bag.
The evening’s schedule is packed with new and returning entertainment exclusive to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party:
- Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam (New!): 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
- The Cadaver Dans: 7:00 PM, 7:45 PM, 8:30 PM, 9:50 PM, & 10:30 PM
- Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball: 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM
- Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular: 8:30 PM, 10:45 PM, & 12:00 AM
- Frontierland Costume Promenade (New!): 8:50 PM & 10:50 PM
- Mickey’s Boo To You Parade: 9:15 PM & 11:15 PM
- Happy Hallowishes!: 10:15 PM
For more info on all the fun to be had at Magic Kindgom’s annual Halloween bash, check out this post.
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando
Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights returns September 14, reminiscing on the “Horrors of the 80s” with TEN different haunted houses for the first time ever! The annual spooky celebration runs for 34 this year, ending on November 3. The haunted houses will recreate iconic television shows and movies that represent the 1980s like Stranger Things, Halloween 4, Poltergeist, and Trick’R’Treat.
In addition to the haunted houses, five scare zones with take over the streets of Universal Studios keeping in theme of 1980’s horror. Academy of Villains is also returning for its third year of performing at the annual fright fest, and this year the powerful dance crew is bringing an all new show with thrilling entertainment.
Get the details on all ten haunted houses and find ticket information for Halloween Horror Nights here.
Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream
The ultimate horror fest returns to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay starting September 21, and brave guests can experience fright filled nights on select dates through October 28. This year, there are a total of six haunted houses including several fan favorites: The Black Spot, Unearthed, Death Water Bayou, and Motel Hell. In addition to the returning houses two all-new concepts are being introduced this year, called Insomnia and Simon’s Slaughterhouse.
There are also six different Scare Zones terrorizing the streets of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay including the return of the Meat Market and FIVE all new zone themes: Maniac Midway, Deadly Toys, Camp DOA, Dia De Los Muertos, and Hell On Wheels.
Other hauntingly fun activities include an entertaining live show, exclusive photo ops, beer tents and more. Get all the details here.
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
While fright fests are popping up all over Orlando this fall, SeaWorld Orlando offers a family-friendly celebration on weekends from September 22 through October 28. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is a daytime Halloween event complete with trick-or-treating, dance parties, and fun shows. The best part of the Halloween Spooktacular is that it’s completely free with valid park admission!
The Return to Sleepy Hollow at Disney’s Fort Wilderness
Starting September 28, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Lodge will host viewings of The Return to Sleepy Hollow inside the Tri-Circle-D Ranch stables. The 1949 animated classic will be shown twice nightly on select dates, at 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM. The interactive movie experience will also feature galloping ghosts and a close encounter with the Headless Horseman himself.
General seating includes a reserved spot for the movie for $22 per person, while Premium seating is $38 per person and includes a priority photo op with the Headless Horseman and a Halloween treat bag.
New this year to the resort’s annual Halloween event is an optional Van Tassel Dessert Party at 9:00 PM between the two showings. Entrance to the party is $60 per person and it is held in the Blacksmith Shop across from the barns.
Reservations are available on the following dates:
- September 28-30
- October 3-7
- October 10-14
- October 17-21
- October 24-31
Book your Return to Sleepy Hollow online or by calling (407) WDW – TOUR
Sesame Street Safari of Fun Halloween Kids Weekends
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s kid-friendly Halloween celebration is hosted by beloved Sesame Street friends on Saturdays and Sundays from October 6 through October 28. From 11 AM to 3:30 PM, kids can party with Elmo, Abby, Grover, and more during the specially themed “Safari of Fun” weekends. In addition to the family friendly rides that can always be found in the Safari of Fun, there will also be exclusive arts &crafts, a hay bale maze, and other fun games and activities in an all new festival area! All of your favorite Sesame Street friends will show off their Halloween costumes during a special parade at 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM on every event day!