Kid-friendly Halloween Events in Orlando

Get your family into the Halloween spirit by hitting up these haunted, kid-friendly happenings in Orlando. Only the best for you!


 

Monster Mania
October 1-31, 2015
Ghoulish tricks and yummy treats are waiting at Crayola Experience during Monster Mania on October 1 – 31! Werewolves and Witches and Tips … Oh My! Trick-or-Treat while exploring 25-colorful-hands-on attractions. Create monster-ific crafts and take your photo with our spooky characters all month long included with general admission. There is so much to “BOO,” you may never leave. Learn more at crayolaexperience.com/orlando
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Gobblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends at Gaylord Palms Resort
Friday and Saturday evenings in October
From the Monster Mash Bash and costume contest to the Zany Zombie hotel-wide scavenger hunt, there’s no better way to experience the thrills and chills of the season. Your goblins will also be able to trick-or-treat throughout the atrium, watch poolside Moonlight movies, create spooky arts and crafts and get free face painting! Availability: Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the month of October (based on availability). Guests can either book 1 or 2 nights. Rate: starting at $179 per night. www.marriott.com

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Wild Fun
October 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31, 2015
The Central Florida Zoo’s ZOO Boo Bash is held October 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come in costume, or get your face painted while visiting zoo residents. Hop on a haunted hayride, visit the pumpkin patch, and trick-or-treat around the zoo. There will be no boohooing at this safe, fun and not-too-scary event. www.centralfloridazoo.org

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Fright Hike
October 24, 2015
Find the courage to brave Fright Hike, a spooky event at the Geneva Wilderness Area on Saturday, October 24 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The woods at night are scary enough, but this approximately half-mile trail is chock-full of spooky sounds and scenes that are sure to give your older children a fright. Reward yourself at the end with a stop at the Ed Yarborough Nature Center to enjoy refreshments and meet a few slithering and creepy friends. Tickets must be purchased in advance. The cost is $5 per person. 407-349-0959 www.seminolecountyfl.gov

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It’ll Give You the Chills
October 24, 2015
Put your Halloween fun on ice at the RDV Ice Den’s Spooky Skate on Saturday, October 24 from 2 to 4:45 p.m. This special event will feature ice-skating, trick-or-treating, a costume contest and plenty of candy! www.rdvsportsplex.com

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Monster House Movie and Costume Party
Sunday, October 25, 2015

Bring the entire family for a costume party featuring Monster House during the Kids Halloween Party at Enzian theater. Between 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., the whole family can enjoy a delicious lunch, games and fun! The Monster House film starts at 1 p.m. The movie and party package is $18 per person (children and adults). The price includes the film, lunch, a costume contest and games. www.enzian.org/film/monster-house

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Halloween Event at The Grove Orlando
October 30, 2015
Trick-or-treet around the stores at The Grove in Windermere on October 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. In addition to sweet treats there will be live music, outdoor games, contests, a costume parade and halloween crafts. 4750-4767 The Grove Drive, Windermere www.TheGroveOrlando.com

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Baby Boogie Bash: Healthy Halloween Bash

Friday, October 30 from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 

The Baby Boogie Bash (East Coast) is a dance party at Amaya Papaya  for kids 0-7 years old featuring disco lights and music from the 80’s, 90’s, and today. No Nursery Rhymes just real jams (appropriate of course) that will get your feet moving and booty grooving. Halloween crafts, character greetings, pizza, drinks and more are included in the price of your ticket! $8 per person in advance / $10 per person on the day of the event. www.amayapapaya.com

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Pumpkinville Musical
October 30, 31 & November 1, 2015
Bring the family to experience Carved: A Pumpkin’s Musical Adventure at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden on Friday, October 30 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, October 31 at 11 a.m., or 12:30 or 3 p.m.; or Sunday, November 1 at 3 or 4:30 p.m. Join Earnest, a young pumpkin, on a quest for the truth about Pumpkinville in this not-so-scary puppet musical ideal for ages 6 through 12. Tickets: $7 to $11. www.gardentheatre.org

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Tick-Or-Treat Safe Zone and Halloween Block Party 
Saturday, October 31, 2015
The Orlando Public Library and the Orange County Regional History Center team up for a free Halloween event featuring fun for the whole family! Visit both locations from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. for trick-or-treating, a scavenger hunt with a spooky reward, crafts, games and lessons in ghost-hunting practices! Ages 12 and under welcome, must be accompanied by an adult.
Halloween costumes are encouraged for children and their parents! www.thehistorycenter.org

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Weird Science
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Celebrate the spookiest time of year at the Orlando Science Center on October 31 from noon to 4 p.m. The Spooktacular Science Extravaganza features a terrifyingly fun day of activities, including face-painting, live shows, crafts and, of course, tasty treats. Come in costume to trick-or-treat; participate in Gross Out Science activities, such as dry ice and liquid nitrogen experiments; brew a batch of gooey slime; or create slimy mucus. There also will be crafts and fun for the littlest pumpkins. www.osc.org

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SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
Every weekend in October
A groovy way to celebrate Halloween without ANY scary spooks for families with young children. Yep, it’s all sparkly, bright and really fun at Penelope’s Party Zone, complete with a live DJ, dancing sea creatures (in gorgeous costumes), crafts and trick-or-treating, of course. This event is on select dates in October (3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 and 31) from 12-7 p.m., and is included with park admission. www.seaworld.com

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Magic Kingdom
Select nights from September 15 through November 1
Believe it or not, you’ll see the best adult costumes at this special Disney party! Most visitors go all out for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This is a special event at Magic Kingdom on select nights from September 15 through November 1 (7 p.m. to midnight). Take your tyke trick-or-treating throughout the park, and check out the awesome Boo-to-You Halloween Parade and other Halloween-inspired entertainment. New in 2015, the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” show features the mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus with appearances by Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent and other Disney villains. Ticket prices start at $68 (ages 10-plus) and $63 (ages 3 through 9). Because it’s a nighttime-only event, there is a cap on how many people may attend. It’s by far my favorite way to visit the Magic Kingdom. No boiling sun, and no lines! https://disneyworld.disney.go.com

New in 2015, the "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular," show during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park features the mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Disney's Hocus Pocus, who throw an evil Halloween party with appearances by Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent and other Disney villains, along with dancers, projections and special effects. Walt Disney World Resort is located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (David Roark, photographer)

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Trick-or-Treat, Smell My Feet
October 31, 2015
Enjoy safe trick-or-treating at this free family-friendly event at Artegon Marketplace. Children ages 12 and under dressed in costume will receive candy from participating merchants from 2 to 5 p.m. October 31. Hit this place early to kick-start the candy pile! If you want to make it a Halloween the kids will never forget, rent one of the Zoo Tamer animal go-karts so the kids can ride instead of walk. You’ll get some major cool mummy points! www.artegonmarketplace.com

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Early Trick-or-Treating Kick Off
October 31, 2015
Get your shop on while your kiddo collects candy at shops in the Oviedo Mall. Participating merchants will be handing out treats to costumed kiddos October 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. Then, between 6 and 10 p.m., head over to O2BKids for carnival games and a kiddie costume contest. www.o2bkids.com

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Halloween Is Awwwesssome …
Every weekend in October
Take a selfie next to the world’s largest Lego jack-o’-lantern at Legoland’s Brick or Treat event, held every weekend in October. Visitors should come in their best costumes for the Everything Is Awesome Costume Contest. Kids will love the Monster Mash Dance Bash and the free collectors bricks available along the Brick or Treat Trail. Dad will be amazed by the giant, 13-foot-long Lego hearse, and Mom will be rushing the kids to the Lego Vampire Build. The night will conclude with a spooky fireworks display. The event takes place every Saturday and Sunday in October during regular park hours. www.legolandflorida.com

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Ultimate Halloween Weekend
October 31, 2015
Spooky Empire
, one of the largest Halloween events in the country, will gather at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 for three days of family-friendly festivities, including hair-raising ghost stories, trick-or-treating and face-to-face animal encounters in the Kids Zone. Adults will enjoy costume contests, live music, hundreds of Halloween-themed vendors and the world famous Zombie Walk featuring the largest gathering of zombies to creep through Central Florida. www.spookyempire.com

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Family Fiesta: Dia De Los Muertos
October 31, 2015
This Halloween, bring the family and celebrate East End Market’s two year anniversary with a Mexican Fiesta! Coinciding with the holiday Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead on Sunday), guests can live it up on Saturday from Noon to 5 p.m. There will be an artisan market in the courtyard where kids can prepare for trick-or-treating with face-painting, make their own calavera mask or flower crown, dance to Mexican folk music by KaMalinalli and mariachis, and stroll through the spooky cemetery garden. No registration necessary. www.eastendmkt.com

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Mall-O-Ween
October 31 from 4-7 p.m.

All little ghouls, goblins and boo’tiful princesses 12 years and younger are invited to enjoy a spooktacular time at The Florida Mall for a mall-wide trick-or-treating event. Children of all ages are encouraged to sport their best Halloween costume to haunt The Florida Mall in search of candy. Attendees can also take part in mad science experiments, explore a pumpkin patch, receive a new gift from the balloon artist, and dance along with a DJ! Toy weapons and costumes should be worn only during event hours and masks are allowed only on children 12 years old and younger. Free and open to the public. http://www.simon.com/mall/the-florida-mall/stream/mall-o-ween-3721943

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Bonnet Creek BOO-tacular Fun Run
Saturday, October 31, 2015
The Bonnet Creek BOO-tacular Fun Run is a great way to kick off your Halloween early and show off your costume, all while supporting the happiness that inspires hope at Give Kids The World Village. All money raised benefits GKTW Village, a nonprofit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and top 3 Male/Female finishers. Bonnet Creek Resort  14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, Florida, 32821

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Magic Tree House Halloween Party
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Orlando Shakes will present two special Halloween performances of Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens on Saturday, October 31 at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. All Halloween-day ticket holders are invited to arrive one hour prior to their selected performance for a Free Halloween Party. Festivities include Halloween-themed arts and crafts, as well as a costume contest and candy giveaway. www.orlandoshakes.org

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A Wickedly Good Time
Most voyages in September and October
Set sail this fall on the Disney Cruise Line as ships transform into a ghoulish wonderland. Halloween on the High Seas takes place on most voyages aboard all Disney Cruise Line ships in September and October. This frightfully fun celebration features Halloween-themed parties, lively entertainment and elaborate decor, including the Pumpkin Tree, which magically transforms throughout the cruise. Other special experiences include Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party, with games, dancing, lots of candy and a costume party; The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream, an interactive movie experience; the Haunted Stories of the Sea storytelling experience, and the Creepy Cabaret atrium party. To celebrate Halloween on the Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, visit www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.

Disney Cruise Line will treat guests sailing this fall to a wickedly good time as the Disney ships transform into a ghoulish wonderland during Halloween on the High Seas cruises. This extra-spooky celebration features “’A Nightmare Before Christmas’—Sing and Scream,” an interactive movie experience followed by a meet-and-greet with Jack Skellington and Sally. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)
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