Halloween events

From family-friendly to downright frightening, a listing of all the best Halloween events going down in town this year

Halloween Horror Nights 24
Halloween Horror Nights 24



Pioneer Pumpkin Patch Wednesday-Thursday; Osceola County Historical Society, 750 N. Bass Road, Kissimmee; 407-396-8644; osceolahistory.org


Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Bust outyour favorite costume and get ready to trick-or-treat in the most magical place on earth. 7 pm-midnight Monday-Sunday; Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World; price of admission; disneyworld.disney.go.com


Halloween Horror Nights 24 Picture an amusement park of frights, complete with elaborate haunted houses based on shows and movies. 6:30 pm Wednesday-Tuesday; Universal Studios, 6000 Universal Blvd.; price of admission; 407-363-8000; halloweenhorrornights.com

Howl-O-Scream Live shows, haunted houses and more. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday; Busch Gardens, 10165 N. Malcolm McKinley Drive; price of admission; seaworldparks.com



Halloween Spooktacular Pirates, ghouls and goblins invade the park as kid-friendly holiday-themed entertainment. Noon Saturday; SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive; $59.95-$69.95; 407-888-800-5447; seaworldparks.com

Bats: Myths and Mysteries Visitors get immersed into the world of bats. Wednesday-Tuesday; Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; $19; 407-514-2000; osc.org


OCT. 22
Orlando Zombie Ball Last year’s inaugural Zombie Ball was such a killer time that Orlando Weekly has decided to have another one; it was a no-brainer! VH1 Celebrity DJ Brian Dawe will be back to make your costumed booties shake and Phantasmagoria will perform live. The scares will be scarier, the drinks will be drinkier and the party will be even crazier than last year. 8 pm-midnight Wednesday; Firestone Live, 578 N. Orange Ave.; $20; 407-377-0400; orlandozombieball.com

Oct. 23
Halloween Hustle Race to End Childhood Hunger Costumed 5K run with carnival games and a kids fun run followed by a Halloween after party with live music, food and drinks. All proceeds benefit the Junior League of Greater Orlando. Thursday; Lake Baldwin Park, 2380 Lake Baldwin Lane; $7-$35; 828-230-8639; hallo weenhustlewithus.com

Vampire Yoga: Yoga in the Galleries The third in a series of yoga classes in the middle of OMA’s art galleries will have a vampire theme. Come in costume and bring your own yoga mat. 6:30 pm Thursday; Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; $10; 407-896-4231; omart.org

OCT. 24
Ghost Stories A storytelling event. 7:30-10 pm Friday; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $10; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org

Spooky Skies Late-night planetarium presentation on the legends and stories of the night sky. 10 pm Friday; Buehler Planetarium, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford; $6; 407-708-2360; seminole state.edu/planet/starparty

The Witching Hour featuring Polylust Burlesque Supernatural performances by the queer-positive burlesque troupe, henna tattooing, film screenings, sage burning and more. 10 pm Friday; The Falcon, 819 E. Washington St.; free; facebook.com/polylust

OCT. 24-OCT. 26
Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend Enjoy a weekend of horror movie and television stars, collectibles, art, zombie walks and more. Friday-Sunday; Universal Double Tree Resort, 5780 Major Blvd.; $30-$199; 954-258-7852; spookyempire.com

Oct. 24, 25, 31, Nov. 1
Forest of Fear Twenty-minute walk through a haunted forest with 35-40 scare actors waiting to make you pee your pants. 7:30-11 pm; Horse Power Ranch, 280 Campbell Ranch Run, Geneva; contact for price; 407-913-1160; horsepowerevents.com

OCT. 24, OCT. 31-Nov. 2
Plazaween 14 on Wall Street Four nights of block parties with great bands, costumes and drink specials. 9 pm; Wall St. Plaza, Wall and Court Streets; free; wallstplaza.net

OCT. 25

15th Annual Halloween Howl This annual community event offers family-friendly trick-or-treating, arts and crafts for the kids, carnival games, haunted houses and food and drinks. 2-5 pm Saturday; Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-691-1250; rollins.edu

Halloween Part I Dig deep into your haunted soul and join Orlando’s premiere gay entertainment destination for a three-part Halloween costume contest for $1,000, $2,000 and $3,000. 8 p.m. Oct. 25, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1; 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; $10; 407 425-7571; parliamenthouse.com

Halloween Pub Crawl Don’t miss out on this costumed pub crawl through different venues in downtown Orlando; Aero, The Patio, Olde 64, Ember, Chillers, Tier, Ono, Avenue and Wall St. Plaza. 8 p.m. Saturday; Aero, 60 N. Orange Ave.; $20; orlandopubcrawl.com

Halloween Spirit Stroll Halloween crawl through Baldwin Park Village Center businesses. 7 pm-midnight Saturday; Baldwin Park Village Center, New Broad Street; $20; 321-439-3933; halloween spiritstroll2014.eventbrite.com

The Haunted Jungle One of Orlando’s best boot camps is transforming into a haunted house with eight different scare zones for Halloween. 6-11 pm Saturday; Jungle MMA Fitness, 1419 E. Colonial Drive; $10; 407-601-5425; jungleorlando.com

Howl-o-ween Costume contest with $500 cash prize and more. 6 pm Saturday; Howl at the Moon, 8815 International Drive; free; 407-354-5999; howlatthemoon.com

Howl-o-ween Dog walk and canine costume contest to benefit Franklin’s Friends. 9 am-noon Saturday; Lake Concord Park, 127 Quail Pond Circle, Casselberry; $10; franklinsfriends.info

Owlpheratz School of Science and Spooks Haunted science school with live demos, animals, slime-making and more. 5-10 pm Saturday; Buehler Planetarium, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford; free; 407-708-2360; seminole state.edu/planet/starparty

Spooktoberfest Halloween Costume Contest and Parade Family-friendly Halloween celebration sponsored by Amaya Papaya. 5-9 pm Saturday; Lake Concord Park, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry; free; 407-262-7700; casselberry.org

Queens of the Dead: Drag Show and Halloween Party A wild night of drag performances by Addison Panic, Gemini Stoarm, Kitana Gemini and Jaymie Kole. 10:30 pm Saturday; Bikkuri Lounge, 1915 E. Colonial Drive; $15; facebook.com/18thvibe

OCT. 25-26
Pumpkin Festival Featuring pony rides, bounce houses, happy trails (not-as-scary haunted trails), face painting, games and more. 10 am-5 pm; Horse Power Ranch, 280 Campbell Ranch Run, Geneva; free; 407-913-1160; horsepowerevents.com

OCT. 26
Sanlando Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch More than 3,000 pumpkins, Indian corn and gourds of all sizes, shapes and colors. Family-friendly activities. Noon- 8 pm Sunday; Sanlando United Methodist Church, 1890 W. State Road, Longwood; free; 407-571-2100; sanlandopumpkinpatch.com

Super Joy Riders: Do-Gooder Bike Ride Wear a superhero costume and hop on bicycles with the group for a community-minded bike ride. 10 am-noon Sunday; Lake Eola Farmers Market, corner of Eola and Central Avenue; free; 407-704-6895; face book.com/superjoyriders

Trick or Treat Safe Zone Enjoy four floors of Halloween activities including crafts, games, ghost-hunting lessons, a scavenger hunt and more. 1-4 pm Sunday; The History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; 407-836-7010; thehistorycenter.org

OCT. 27
Art4Giving Official Launch Party and Charity Masquerade Ball Wear your best masquerade outfit and enjoy food, live music and more as Art4Giving celebrates the merging of local nonprofits through their online art store. 6-9 pm Monday; Brio Tuscan Grille 480 N. Orlando Ave.; $20; art4giving.com

OCT. 27-OCT. 30
Magic Mansion Experience illusions in the historic Dr. Phillips Mansion. 6-10 pm; The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne, 211 Lucerne Circle; $30; orlandomagicmansion.com

OCT. 30
Halloween Party Best costume wins a retro cooler. Thursday; Cowboys Orlando, 1108 S. Orange Blossom Trail; free; 407-422-7115; cowboysorlando.com

Lake Nona Trick or Treat Spooktacular Free trick-or-treating, costume contests, games, giveaways and more. 5:30-7:30 pm Thursday; Lake Nona YMCA, 9055 NorthLake Parkway; free; 407-382-5660; insighteastorlando.com

OCT. 31
14th Annual Church Street Halloween Party The annual Church Street Halloween block party is back and better than ever. 9 p.m. Friday; West Church Street; $10; 407-649-4270; churchstreetbars.com

Blast-O-Ween Costume Party 6 pm Friday; The Cloak and Blaster, 875 Woodbury Road; contact for price; facebook.com/cloakandblaster

Boo Bash Halloween Party Enjoy some boo bites and “potent potions” along with some fun Halloween decore and more. Prizes for best costumes. 11 am-11 pm; Ra Sushi, 9101 International Drive; free; rasushi.com

Halloween at Cranes Roost Park Enjoy an evening at the 19th Annual Halloween trick-or-treat event for family and kids. 5-9 pm Friday; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Park Blvd.; 407-571-8291; free; altamonte.org/calendar

Halloween Part II Dig deep into your haunted soul and join Orlando’s premiere gay entertainment destination for a three-part Halloween Costume Contest for $1,000, $2,000 and $3,000. 8 p.m. Oct. 25, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1; 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; $10; 407-425-7581; parliamenthouse.com

Halloween Party Celebrating the gothic horror of Hammer Film Productions from the 1950s to the 1970s. 9 pm Friday; Little Fish Huge Pond, 401 S. Sanford Ave., Sanford; free; 407-221-1499; littlefish-hugepond.com

Haunted Brewery Tour and Costume Contest. Join Orlando Brewing’s night of fun in their costume contest. 7:30 pm Friday; Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave.; 407-872-1117; orlandobrewing.com

Kaiju Big Battel Fierce monsters fighting to the death in a weird over-the-top wrestling match style show. 7 pm Friday; Capoeira Brazilian Pelourinho, 7075 Kingspointe Parkway; $10-$20; kaiju.com

Nightmare on Concord Street Costume party and performances by Lets Be Friends. 10 pm Friday; Venue 578, 578 N. Orange Ave.; free; 407-872-0066; venue578.com

Spooky Hollow Go trick or treating at downtown shops and enjoy some carnival games and costume contests. 6 pm Friday; Downtown Sanford, First Street and Magnolia Square; free; 407-688-5120; sanfordfl.gov

Thornton Park Halloween Block Party Costume contest, live music, more. 8 pm Friday; Thornton Park, Summerlin Avenue and Washington Street; free; 407-701-9382; thorntonparkdistrict.com

Trick or Tease BBW Burlesque show and Halloween Party with music by Deejay Snow and food served until midnight. 9 pm Friday; Bikkuri Lounge, 1915 E. Colonial Drive; $25; silhouettesplusorlando.com

WOBoween Brew it up at World of Beer for WOBoween costume contest. 10 p.m. Friday; World of Beer, 3402 Technological Ave.; free; 321-235-9741; worldofbeer.com

Nov. 1
Halloween Part III Dig deep into your haunted soul and join Orlando’s premiere gay entertainment destination for a three-part Halloween Costume Contest for $1,000, $2,000 and $3,000. 8 p.m. Oct. 25, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1; 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; $10; 407-425-7581; parliamenthouse.com

Neanderthal Ball Prehistoric-themed party with live entertainment, silent auction and activities to benefit the center. Cut loose and devolve for the night. 7-11 pm Saturday; Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; $125; 407-514-2000; osc.org/neanderthalball

Sick Sea and Saints or Sinner Costume Party Prizes for the sluttiest saint and sinner so angel up or devil down. 10 pm Saturday; Little Fish Huge Pond, 401 S. Sanford Ave., Sanford; free

PBO Grand Opening: Monster Mash Parade Grand opening party for the Paddleboard Orlando store and attempt to set a record for most costumed paddlers. 9:30 am Saturday; Paddleboard Orlando, 111 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park; free; facebook.com/paddleboardorlando


OCT. 22-NOV. 2
Halloween in the Twilight Zone Art Opening Halloween art show. Wednesday-Tuesday; Dandelion Communitea Cafe, 618 N. Thornton Ave.; free; 407-362-1864; dan delioncommunitea.com

OCT. 22-NOV. 17
Monsters of Muertoville (A Halloweenish Art Show) Collaborative art show by Jamile B. Johnson and Kittens of Industry. Wednesday-Tuesday; BART, 1205 N. Mills Ave.; free; 407-796-2522; bartcade.com

OCT. 25
Zombies Have Friends Too Art Show Showcasing multiple artists and their zombie-themed artworks. 8 pm Sunday; 10 pm Friday; The Falcon, 819 E. Washington St.; free; thefalcon.com

OCT. 25
Howl for the Arts Benefit. 6-10 pm Saturday; Seminole Harley Davidson, 620 Hickman Circle, Sanford; contact for price; 407-302-1099; seminoleculturalarts.org


OCT. 22
Killer Joe Twisted Texas trailer park murder story by Tracy Letts. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 pm Sunday; Theatre Downtown, 2113 N. Orange Ave.; $22; 407-841-0083; theatredowntown.net

OCT. 22-OCT. 31
Phantasmagoria V: Death Comes for All Celebrate Halloween with the fifth installment of this macabre production. 8:30 pm Wednesday-Tuesday; Mandell Theatre, Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St.; $20-$25; 407-447-1700; facebook.com/phantasmagoriaorlando

OCT. 24
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Hosted by Logan Donahoo. 7 pm Friday; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; $20; 407-704-6261; abbeyorlando.com

Oct. 24, 25
National Theatre Live: Medea Live broadcast from London of Euripides’ chilling tragedy of a wife and mother who is betrayed and takes a terrible revenge. Music by erstwhile indie darlings Goldfrapp. 11 am Saturday; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $20; 407-629-0054; enzian.org

The Rocky Horror Show Directed by Joshua Eads-Brown, musical direction by Darryl Pickett and choreographed by Philip Cain. midnight Saturday; Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows, 8267 International Drive; $20; 407-363-1985; sleuths.com

The Zombie Monologues Four first-hand accounts from survivors of a zombie apocalypse. 8 pm Saturday, Sunday; Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Theater, 8267 International Drive; $10; 407-363-1985; sleuths.com

OCT. 25-OCT. 27
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Based on the classic story by Washington Irving. 8 pm Friday-Saturday, 3 pm Sunday, 8 pm Monday; Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park, 419A W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park; $20; 407-920-4034; breakthroughtheatre.com


OCT. 31
Carlos Mencia’s Halloween Extravaganza A stand-up comedy and Halloween party. Costumes are encouraged but not mandatory. 8 pm Friday; Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive, Suite 2310; $25; 407-480-5233; theimprovorlando.com


Oct. 22
The Last House on the Left Wes Craven’s 1972 classic about two young girls kidnapped by a group of escaped prisoners. 8 pm Wednesday; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; free; 407-629-0054; enzian.org

OCT. 25
Aliens Following up 57 years after Ripley went into hyper-sleep with her cat. 1 pm Saturday; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $10; 407-629-0054; enzian.org

OCT. 28
Ringu Creepy videotape has the power to kill people. 9:30 pm Tuesday; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $5; 407-629-0054; enzian.org

OCT. 29
The Exorcist
The 1973 classic film about a possessed young girl who vomits hellish pea soup onto priests. 8 pm Wednesday; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; free; 407-629-0054; enzian.org

Last Night A group of people “deal” with the end of the world. 7:30 pm Wednesday; Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State College, Daytona Beach; free; 386-506-4475; smponline.org

OCT. 30
RiffTrax: Anaconda Jennifer Lopez tries to kill the snakes before they get on Samuel L. Jackson’s airplane. 7 pm Thursday, 7:30 pm Tuesday; Multiple venues; $18; 407-207-4603; fathomevents.com

The Zero Theorem Terry Gilliam directed this sci-fi style film about a computer hacker who tries to discover the meaning of life. The movie’s screenplay was written by UCF associate professor Pat Rushin. Friday; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $10; 407-629-0054; enzian.org

OCT. 31
Texas Chainsaw Massacre Celebrate Halloween with this horror classic inspired by a real-life weirdo, Ed Gain. Midnight Friday; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $10; 407-629-0054; enzian.org


Oct. 25-26
Zoo Boo Bash A non-scary Halloween celebration. Saturday-Sunday; Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3755 N. U.S. Highway 17-92, Sanford; price of admission; 407-323-4450; centralfloridazoo.org

OCT. 31
Free Trick-or-Treat at Orlando Fashion Square Mall stores and tenants will be ready to greet and treat. 4 pm Friday; Fashion Square Mall, 3201 E. Colonial Drive; free; 407-896-1131; orlandofashionsquare.com

Pumpkins and Munchkins in Shady Park Family-friendly event with games, bounce houses, costume contests, trick-or-treating and more. 6:30-8:30 pm Friday; Shady Park, corner of New England and Pennsylvania avenues, Winter Park; free; 407-599-3275; cityofwinterpark.org

Halloween Spooktacular Pirates, ghouls and goblins invade the marine park. Noon Saturday; SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive; price of admission; 407-363-2613

Brick-or-Treat Annual kid-friendly Halloween celebration at Legoland. Saturday, Sunday; Legoland, Lake Buena Vista; price of admission; legoland.com


OCT. 25
Pumpkin Run 5K road run. 6:30 am Saturday; Mead Garden, 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park; $30; pumpkin5krun.com

OCT. 31
Frankenslide Halloween-themed car show. 6 pm Friday; OSW Drifting, 19164 E. Colonial Drive; contact for price; orlandospeedworld.org

NOV. 2

4th Annual Guardian Ad Litem Superhero 5K Run With great power comes great responsibility. Dress up as your favorite superhero and participate in a fundraising run. 6:45 pm Sunday; University of Central Florida, Memory Mall, 4000 Central Florida Blvd.; $25-$35; thetagalsuperhero5krun.com


Oct. 27
Book Fright Five local writers share their horror and science fiction tales. 7-9 pm Monday; East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive; free; bookmarkit.com


Oct. 23
5 AM Records Halloween Bash Live bands from the label, a Ramones cover band and a $100 costume contest. 8 pm Thursday; Backbooth, 37 W. Pine St.; $5; 407-999-2570; backbooth.com

Oct. 24
Freaky Friday featuring Tribal Twins, Follow Here, Peep the Sounds, World Wide Releases, Major Tom Live music. 9 pm Friday; St. Matthews Tavern, 1300 N. Mills Ave.; free

Halloween A Cappella Concert Featuring Key Harmony and the Crescendudes. 7 pm; UCF Mathematical Sciences Building, 4000 Central Florida Blvd.; free; ucf.edu

Oct. 25
Substance Halloween Edition Enjoy a ‘60s style DJ night with Halloween classics mixed in. Sushi and Seoul on the Roll will be serving up bites as well. 10 pm; Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave.; free; willspub.org

Oct. 29

Judas Priest, Steel Panther Live heavy metal show. 7:30 pm; Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd.; $49.50-$124.50; 407-351-5483; hardrock.com

Oct. 31
Circus Freak There’s a circus full of freaks and amazing musicians some-where in St. Cloud. 8 pm-4:20 am Friday; Location TBA, St. Cloud; contact for price; facebook.com/darknessentertainment

Halloween Bash: Queens of Nose vs. Infiltr8:Celebr8 Live DJs and costume party. Sandwich Bar, 2432 E. Robinson St.; contact for price

Halloween with Leisure Chief 10 pm; The Milk Bar, 2424 E. Robinson St.; free; 407-896-4954Halloween Smashtacular with Golden Pelicans and Gino as AC/DC Costumes encouraged at this Halloween swan song to the Peacock Room. 10 pm Friday; The Peacock Room, 1321 N. Mills Ave.; free; thepeacockroom.com

Highway to Hell AC/DC cover band. 7:30 pm; House of Blues, 1490 E. Lake Buena Vista Drive, Downtown Disney; $8; houseofblues.com/orlando

Night of the Living Punk III Halloween-themed cover show featuring the music of Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Misfits , Pantera, Gwar and NIN. 8 pm Friday; The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.; $5; 407-246-1419; thesocial.org

Pulp Fiction Live The entire Pulp Fiction soundtrack performed by Orlando musicians, plus a twist contest and discount drinks if you dress as a movie character - three free drinks if you come as Gimp. Two shows: 8 pm, midnight Friday; Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.; $10; willspub.org n

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