25 Fall Family Activities

25FallFamActivities

We may not have falling leaves or even crisp autumn air, but Central Florida still offers plenty of fun activities that will get you into the spirit of the season.

Written by Jessica Long

  1. Long and Scott Farms’ Corn Maze
    Who will be the first to navigate through the twists and turns of this seven-acre corn maze? We can’t tell you that, but we can tell you your family will have a blast finding out! And if the kiddos (and let’s be real … the parents, too) aren’t worn out, the farm is filled with slides, hayrides and other fun activities that will help us Floridians get into the spirit of fall. http://www.scottszellwoodsweetcorn.com/scott-s-maze-adventures.html
  2. Pick the Perfect Pumpkin
    In October, Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest in Eustis has lots of pumpkins and even more Halloween fun! After you pick the perfect pumpkin, carve it on-site, and leave the messy part of making jack-o’-lantern memories behind. In addition to enjoying hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo and zip lines, kids can attempt the Magical Maze and take a jump into the Black Cat Haystack. http://www.santaschristmastreeforest.com/alotof_pumpkins.html
  3. Halloween at Green Meadows Farm
    You can visit the pumpkin patch at Green Meadows any day in October to pick a free pumpkin, and the kid-friendly haunted house makes every Saturday and Sunday that month a little bit spookier. But on Sunday, October 26, Green Meadows opens up its barn doors for an entire day of trick-or-treating fun. Be sure to wear your costume so the animals won’t recognize you! http://www.greenmeadowsfarm.com/pettingfarmevents.html
  4. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
    In September and October, join your favorite Disney characters for a special night of “not-so-scary” fun as the Magic Kingdom becomes a spooktacular setting for Halloween. Dance with the Disney villains in a special new venue, and enjoy trick-or-treating, fireworks and Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade. https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/magic-kingdom/mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party/
  5. Brick-or-Treat at Legoland
    Where can you snag a photo op with the world’s largest Lego pumpkin? At Legoland, of course! Visit any weekend in October, and your little brick-builder can set out on a scary scavenger hunt through Miniland, gobble up goodies on the Brick-or-Treat Trail, and win big in Emmet’s Everything Is Awesome Costume Contest! http://florida.legoland.com/en/Plan/Special-Events/Brick-or-Treat/
  6. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
    Go under the sea every weekend in October as SeaWorld creates an underwater “fantasea” of family fun in its Halloween Spooktacular event. Kids of all ages will enjoy the sea-themed arts and crafts, trick-or-treating, music and dancing! http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando/spooktacular/
  7. Zoo Boo Bash
    This might just be the wildest Halloween party in all of Central Florida! For two weekends in October, kids have a chance to trick-or-treat amid their favorite residents at the Central Florida Zoo. Put your Halloween best to the test in the daily costume contest, or if you forget yours, there will be face painters on hand to make sure you fit right in. http://www.centralfloridazoo.org/default.aspx?p=94071&evtid=253412:10/18/2014
  8. Click, Clack, Boo!
    The beloved barnyard crew returns to the Orlando Rep with a brand new musical complete with apple-bobbing, bottomless candy bowls and a spooktacular costume contest. Follow along as Farmer Brown learns that sometimes a little trick can be a big treat! http://www.orlandorep.com/event/click-clack-boo-a-tricky-treat/
  9. Bats: Myths and Mysteries
    This traveling exhibit hits the Orlando Science Center just in time for the spooky season, but what you learn about bats just might surprise you! In addition to seeing live bats native to Central and South America, kids can explore bat habitats and try out a pair of giant bat ears to experience echolocation. http://www.osc.org/bats
  10. German-American Society’s Oktoberfest
    Two opportunities to celebrate, the Oktoberfest events on October 4 and 25 will fill you with beer, brats, pretzels and plenty of other home-cooked German and Bavarian treats. Test your strength in the stein-holding contest while your kids party on in the Kid Fun Zone! http://www.gasocf.com/14.html
  11. Oktoberfest at Alive After 5
    Central Florida’s favorite street party gets an Oktoberfest theme for fall! On October 9, Sanford’s celebrated Alive After 5 event will feature live music, local artists, fabulous food and a brand-new Kids Zone. If that’s not enough, walk over to Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café for even more authentic German food, beer and entertainment. http://www.sanfordwelcomecenter.com/?page_id=21
  12. Hotel Transylvania
    Get into the spirit of the season with a family-friendly movie under the stars at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs. On Saturday, October 11, bring a blanket or pull up some chairs, and enjoy an outdoor showing of Hotel Transylvania. http://www.altamonte.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=1487
  13. Winter Springs Hometown Harvest
    Visit Winter Springs Town Center on October 11 for an old-fashioned fall festival the whole family will enjoy. Hop on a hayride, paint pumpkins, and enjoy live entertainment throughout the evening. http://www.winterspringsfl.org/assets/Events/2014/2014%20Hometown%20Harvest.pdf
  14. Winter Park Autumn Art Festival
    On October 11 and 12, the weather should be perfect for a stroll through beautiful historic Winter Park for the city’s annual autumn art festival. In addition to the juried art show, kids age 5 and up can create their own masterpieces in the free workshops presented by Crealdé School of Art. http://www.winterpark.org/content/winter-park-autumn-art-festival
  15. Oktoberfest at Celebration
    You know you’re getting close to Disney when autumn leaves fall daily at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. At the town of Celebration’s Oktoberfest event, October 17 and 18, the hayrides, pumpkin painting and other festivities are so convincing, you may end up believing there really is a hint of fall in the air. http://celebrationtowncenter.com/events/oktoberfest-2014/
  16. Healthy Halloween Bash
    Let your little ones put the “boo” in boogie at Amaya Papaya’s sixth annual Healthy Halloween Bash. On October 24, dance the night away under the disco lights, and enjoy food, face painting, character visits and story time in this special party thrown for kids ages 8 months to 7 years. http://www.amayapapaya.com/baby-boogie-bash.htm
  17. Franklin’s Friends Howl-O-Ween
    Don’t leave your four-legged family members out of the Halloween fun! Bring them to the Howl-O-Ween dog walk and canine costume contest October 25. The rest of the family will enjoy music, food trucks and shopping. Proceeds from this event benefit animal charities in Central Florida. http://www.franklinsfriends.info/howloween2.html
  18. Spooky Skate
    Put your Halloween fun on ice at the RDV Ice Den’s Spooky Skate on October 25. This extended skating session will feature spooky music, a costume contest, and plenty of candy, games and fall fun! Wear your costume to receive $1 off admission. http://www.mvpsportsclubs.com/sites/default/files/spooky-skate-flyer-2014.jpg
  19. Halloween Spooktoberfest
    On October 25, Lake Concord Park in Casselberry will be haunted with lots of howling fun for a family-friendly event that’s creepy and crawly without being too spooky. Dazzle the judges in the costume contest, and then boogie the night away at the Ghost and Ghoul Dance Party. http://www.casselberry.org/index.aspx?NID=660
  20. Pumpkins and Ponies Festival
    Head out to East Orlando on October 25 and 26 for Painted Oaks Academy’s Pumpkins and Ponies Festival. With a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, pony rides, hayrides and a bounce house, it will be hard to decide what to do first. Come in costume for a cute photo op by the pumpkins! http://paintedoaksacademy.com/
  21. Trick or Treat Safe Zone
    What says “Halloween” more than honing your ghost-hunting skills? At Orange County Regional History Center’s sixth annual Trick or Treat Safe Zone, on October 26, you can do just that—plus enjoy four floors of trick-or-treating, scavenger hunts and crafts. http://thehistorycenter.org
  22. Carnival of Screams
    Don’t let the name scare you … the City of Oviedo has fun for all ages planned for its Halloween event on Saturday, October 25 from 5 p.m.-10 p.m., including a special “lights on” haunted house tour from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for younger kids. Dress up for the costume contest, and stay for the kids activities, hayrides, music and fun! http://www.cityofoviedo.net/node/1753
  23. Teenie Weenie Halloweenie
    City of Oviedo hosts Teenie Weenie Halloweenie event at Riverside Park for kids age 5 and under on October 31 from 10 a.m.-Noon. Get in all the traditional Halloween fun without missing bedtime! Go to the tennis courts to enjoy games, costume contests, hayrides, and a few hours of safe trick-or-treating. http://www.cityofoviedo.net/node/2066
  24. Mad Science Lab Halloween Party
    Your little ghouls and goblins will enjoy a science show, make glowing goop, eat spider webs (cotton candy) and play games at the Mad Science Lab at Oviedo Mall. The best costume at each party will win a free Kids Night Out pass (for the older monsters) or a free 2-hour Saturday Pass (for the little devils). There’s three separate party dates:
    October 25th: 6:30-9:30 p.m. (ages 5-12), $25/child
    October 26th: Noon-2 p.m. (ages 3-5), $20/child
    November 1st: 6:30-9:30 p.m. (ages 5-12), $25/child
    http://cfl.madscience.org/
  25. Fall Fiesta in the Park
    As if the awesome playground and friendly swans weren’t enough to make a day at Lake Eola a hit, the Fall Fiesta in the Park on November 1 and 2 features a huge kids zone with bounce houses, face painting, live music and clowns. http://fiestainthepark.com/
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