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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Every Halloween event happening in Orlando this year (that we know about)

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 2021 at 2:39 PM

click to enlarge Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando - PHOTO BY MATT LEHMAN FOR ORLANDO WEEKLY
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  • Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando

Here is this year's running list of all the creepiest haunts, most fright-tastic film events and spookiest soirees this Halloween season in the greater Orlando area. We'll be adding more events to this blog … when you least expect it! Read on, if you dare.


Through Oct. 31
Owl-o-Ween
The Audubon Center gets in the spooky spirit with a "Skeleton Extravaganza" exhibit of avian bones and a spooky scavenger hunt. Free admission for those showing up in costume on Oct. 31 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, 1101 Audubon Way, Maitland, cbop.audubon.org, $8.

Through Oct. 31
Disney After Hours Halloween Boo Bash
The Bash begins after the park closes and runs for three hours, with Halloween-themed cavalcades, character sightings and more. Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World, disneyparks.disney.go.com, 407-939-4240, $129-$199.

Through Oct. 31
Halloween Horror Nights
Universal's Halloween centerpiece event returns for a landmark 30th year with ghouls old and new. Universal Orlando Resort, 6000 Universal Blvd., universalorlando.com, $71-$285.

Through Oct. 31
Scream-A-Geddon
Six scary haunts, zombie paintball, a midway and a beer garden add up to a lot of spooky-season bang for your buck. 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City, screamageddon.com, $28-$102, paintball add-on $11-$20.

Through Oct. 31
Scream n' Stream
This self-drive interactive dark ride lets passengers shoot laser-tag guns at legions of zombies, clowns and big effing monsters. Oviedo Mall, 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd., Oviedo, screamnstream.com, $52-$85 per car.

Through Oct. 31
Howl-O-Scream
The Busch Gardens Tampa Halloween mainstay comes to thrill and chill Orlando for the first time. SeaWorld, 7007 Sea World Drive, seaworld.com, $42-$130.

Through Nov. 16
Fathom Events Fright Fest
Fathom's Fright Fest brings an eclectic slate of horror films to participating theaters in the Orlando area, including Dracula, Carrie and Evil Dead. Various times and days, various theaters, fathomevents.com, prices vary.

Sept. 30-Nov. 7
The Haunted Road
Locally grown drive-through Halloween experience is back for another season, with a thematic departure from last year's scary fairy tales. 15239 Lake Pickett Road, thehauntedroad.com, $10.99-$16.99.

Oct. 1-30
A Petrified Forest
Stalwart and terrifying local haunt returns yet again, promising an all-new "scare trail" worth of frights. 1360 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, apetrifiedforest.com, $29.50-$48.50

Oct. 2-30
Enzian Theater's 13 Films of Halloween
From seminal Troma productions to pulpy grindhouse to flicks for the kiddies, this year's 13 Film of Halloween has something for pretty much all scare thresholds. Various times and days, Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, enzian.org, $9-$12.

Oct. 8
Horror in Headphones
Local theater company Phoenix Tears puts on a terrifying immersive audio experience at, yes, Santa's Farm. 7 p.m. Friday, Santa's Farm and Christmas Tree Forest, 35317 Huff Road, Eustis, phoenixtearsproductions.com, $20-$40.

Oct. 9-31
Gators, Ghosts and Goblins
Meet Gatorland's lovable Skunk Ape, search for hidden cryptids, and enter the Swamp Ghost's lair. Saturdays and Sundays, Gatorland, 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail, gatorland.com, included in admission.

Oct. 16
Owloween
The Back to Nature wild animal rescue gets in the Halloween spirit. 10 a.m. Saturday, Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge, 10525 Clapp Simms Duda Road, btnwildlife.org, free.

Oct. 16
Zombietoberfest
The Night Market returns to Audubon Park, with live music, a free costume contest for humans and dogs (well-behaved, vaccinated and leashed required), and a free outdoor showing of Clue. 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Audubon Park Garden District, helloapgd.com, free.

Oct. 16-31
Halloween Lights at Jeater Bend
A long-time Celebration resident orchestrates the stunning light and decoration display on 11 Celebration homes and collects donations and canned food for local families in need. Jeater Bend Drive, Celebration, facebook.com/lightsonjeaterbend, free/donation.

Oct. 21
12th Annual Día de los Muertos & Monster Event
Themed exhibit with Day of the Dead and Halloween-inspired art and an outdoor soiree. 5 p.m. Thursday, CityArts, orlandoslice.com, $5.

Oct. 22-24
Spooky Empire
Local horror convention returns with a formidable lineup of guests including wrestler Mick Foley, Lance Henriksen, Kathy Najimy, Robert "Freddy" Englund and a whole host of his onscreen victims, Freddie Prinze Jr. and more. Various times Thursday-Sunday, Hyatt Regency Orlando, 9801 International Drive, spookyempire.com, $40-$250.

Oct. 23-31
Zoo Boo Bash
Not-so-scary way for kids and families to show off Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat amongst the zoo's flora and fauna. Saturday-Sunday, Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 3755 W. Seminole Blvd., Sanford, centralfloridazoo.org, included in admission.

Oct. 24
Halloween Horror Fights
Local wrestling fed puts on a spooky card featuring the main event of Sawyer Wreck vs. Snoop Strikes vs. Troy Hollywood. 4 p.m. Sunday, Ten10 Brewing Company, 1010 Virginia Drive, facebook.com/mayhemonmills, $20.

Oct. 29-31
Freak Show Horror Film Festival
Three days' worth of independently produced horror flicks, with a focus on films produced in Florida. There will also be Q&As with filmmakers and other ghoulish fun. Various times Friday-Sunday, Epic Theatres at Lee Vista, 5901 Hazeltine National Drive, freakshowfilmfest.com, $10.

Oct. 30
Eden Bar Halloween Party
The Eden Bar's annual Halloween mash returns with themed cocktails and a costume contest. 9 p.m. Saturday, Eden Bar, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, enzian.org, $15.

Oct. 30
'90s Zombie Raver Invasion!
We'll choose to believe this event is an homage to the Return of the Living Dead sequel Rave to the Grave, in which ravers get dosed with zombie-making trioxin. In any case, Delusions of Grandeur (featuring Gavin Hardkiss and Rabbit in the Moon's David Christophere) headline this revenge of the undead '90s kids. 5 p.m. Saturday, Ace Cafe, 100 W. Livingston St., acecafeusa.com, $55-$75. n



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