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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
  • Photo by Matt Lehman for Orlando Weekly
  • 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.

Friday, 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., 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.

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

Saturday, 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., 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.

Thursday, 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., 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. 22-31
Winter Garden Halloween
Experience Halloween light shows, street performers, a hay maze, holiday-themed photo stations, decorations and lights displays, and much more. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Winter Garden City Hall, 300 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, cwgdn.com, free.

Oct. 23-24, Oct. 29
Paranormal Investigations at the Waterhouse
For years, people have shared stories of moving furniture, flickering lights and disembodied voices at the Victorian Waterhouse Residence on Lake Lily. To explore these mysteries, Art & History Museums of Maitland has partnered with American Ghost Adventures — and they’re bringing you along to help with the investigation! Waterhouse Residence Museum, 820 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland, tickets, $45.

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.

Sunday, 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., Ten10 Brewing Company, 1010 Virginia Drive, facebook.com/mayhemonmills, $20.

Thursday, Oct. 28
Jeep-O-Ween
A local food truck gathering plus Trunk or Treat event with the Oviedo Jeep Club. Bring your own chairs and blankets and enjoy a wide variety of food truck options. 5-9 p.m., Oviedo Amphitheatre & Cultural Center, 299 Center Lake Lane, Oviedo, cityofoviedo.net, free.

Oct. 28-31
Bahia Shrine Halloween Scare House
Welcome to the world’s greatest side show and carnival of curiosities, featuring creepy and most bizarre acts. Come backstage and witness firsthand the strange and unusual happenings before the show! Bahia Shriners, 3101 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka, bahiashriners.com, $10.

Oct. 28-31
Hulaween
Florida's jam band-loving folks descend on Live Oak for three nights of noodling and bass drops with String Cheese Incident, Umphrey's McGee, Skrillex, My Morning Jacket, Leon Bridges and Khruangbin. Spirit of the Suwannnee Music Park, Live Oak, suwaneehulaween.com, $309-$389.

Oct. 29-30
Halloween Festival of Frights
A family friendly, two-day Halloween festival hosted by the city of Oviedo, with haunted fun house maze, spooky mansion slide, haunted train rides around Center Lake, swan boat rides, carnival games, food trucks, DJs & music, and more. Oviedo Amphitheatre & Cultural Center, 299 Center Lake Lane, Oviedo, facebook.com/oviedorecnparks, $5-$10.

Oct. 29-30
Halloween in Havana: Nightmare on I-Drive
Enjoy Halloween at Tropical Friday and Bailamos Saturday with live entertainment, bottle specials and costume contest with cash prizes. Cuba Libre, 9101 International Drive, cubalibrenightlife.com, $7-$20.

Oct. 29-30
Trail of Terror
Celebrating a decade of scaring the bejeezus out of St. Cloud. Follow this haunted trail through Peghorn Nature Park … if you dare. Peghorn Park, 2101 Peghorn Way, St. Cloud, City of St. Cloud, $10.

Oct. 29-31
Hitchcock Blonde Halloween
Bewitching ballet meets the Master of Suspense, featuring Alfred Hitchcock’s most iconic films: Rear Window, Vertigo, The Birds, Psycho, North by Northwest and To Catch a Thief, with breathtaking authentic re-creations of fashions worn by Grace Kelly, Tippi Hedren, Kim Novak and more. VIP champagne gala on Saturday. Mad Cow Theatre, 54 W. Church St., madcowtheatre.com, $75-$250.

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.

Friday, Oct. 29
Classic Retro Monster Bash
Johnny Wild & the Delights headline this bash (or is it a "Mash"?) that also features a costume contest. 9 p.m., Tuffy's Music Box, 200 Myrtle Ave., Sanford, tuffyscider.com, $10-$80.

Friday, Oct. 29
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Interactive viewing of the ’75 sci-fi horror musical/gender-bending rock opera featuring the Rich Weirdos shadow cast. Break out your fishnet stockings, stilettos, and red lipstick. Prop bags will be available for purchase night of the event. 9 p.m., Ritz Theater/Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford, ritztheatersanford.com, $15.

Saturday, Oct. 30
Halloween Movie at Lake Eola: Beetlejuice
Join the Downtown Development Board as they present Beetlejuiceat Lake Eola’s East Lawn. Don’t forget blankets, chairs, and snacks for the whole family to enjoy. 7 p.m. Lake Eola Park Lawn, 512 E. Washington St., downtownorlando.com, free.

Saturday, 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.

Saturday, Oct. 30
2021 Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk-a-Thon and Canine Costume Contest
The event will feature a dog walk, canine costume contest, pet-friendly vendors, raffles and more. Prizes for top fundraisers and best costumes. 9 a.m.-noon, Secret Lake Park, 200 N. Lake Triplet Drive, Casselberry, tickets, free-$25.

Saturday, Oct. 30
Nightmare on the Clermont Trails 5K
A spooktacular moonlight 5K run/walk featuring several interactive spook zones along the course. Costumes are encouraged, with prizes being awarded in several categories. Saturday 6:30 p.m., Victory Pointe, 938 Victory Way, Clermont, sommersportsevents.com, $35.

Saturday, Oct. 30
15th Annual Creepy Crawl
A spooky Creepy Crawl benefiting the Hemophilia Foundation of Greater Florida. Meet the Storm Troopers and Ghostbusters. Food, fun, games, costume contest, raffle and more. 4 p.m. Baldwin Park, New Broad Street and Jake Street, hemophiliaflorida.org, free.

Saturday, 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.

Saturday, Oct. 30
Maitland Falloween
The free family event includes a costume contest for kids, carnival games, a pet costume parade, train rides, food and more. Saturday 6-9 p.m. Maitland City Hall, 1776 Independence Lane, Maitland, free.

Saturday, Oct. 30
Wekiva Island Halloween Costume Contest
Dress your best for a chance to win prizes. There will be food, live music and drinks. Costumes are strongly encouraged, but not required to attend. Must be age 21+ to enter the costume contest. 7-10 p.m. Wekiva Island, 1014 Miami Springs Road, Longwood, wekivaisland.com, $2.

Sunday, Oct. 31
Sunday Scaries Brunch
Eat, drink, and be scary! World of Beer Bar & Kitchen hosts a spooktacular brunch on Halloween Sunday. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., World of Beer Downtown Orlando, 431 E. Central Blvd., worldofbeer.com, free.

Sunday, Oct. 31
Halloween in Cranes Roost Park
This boo-tiful night hosted by the Altamonte Springs Police Department features trick-or-treating around the lake, costume contests, festive games, activities and much more. 5-9 p.m., Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs, altamonte.org/uptown, free.

Sunday, Oct. 31
Psycho ’78
Red states and blue states alike can agree that there are few things more Halloween than a Misfits cover band … on Halloween. 8 p.m., Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave., willspub.org, free.

Sunday, Oct. 31
Frontyard Festival: Rocky Horror Picture Show
There's plenty of room outdoors to do “The Time Warp” with wild abandon during this movie screening. 7 p.m., Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., drphillipscenter.org, $10.

Sunday, Oct. 31
Tropicana Halloween
A Halloween party with a costume contest that doubles as a "a tropical regenerative dance experience, with a purpose of positive global impact?" Sounds good! " 5 p.m., The Veranda at Thornton Park, 707 E. Washington St., eventbrite.com, $25–$180.



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