October Weather, Festivals and Events in Florida

Fall festivals, Halloween celebrations and more highlight month!

Daytona Beach Biketoberfest
Bikers decend on Daytona Beach during October for Biketoberfest. © Daytona Beach CVB

September < October > November

October Events

October 13-16, 2016

Daytona Beach's must-attend fall tradition for bikers!

Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream
Select Nights - TBA

One of Florida's most popular Halloween celebrations is a real scream!

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
September 14 thru November 14, 2016

Celebration of the world's greatest foods and cuisines combined with continuous entertainment.

Fantasy Fest
October 21-30, 2016
Key West's wacky, adult-only Halloween celebration full of fun off-the-wall events, parades, nudity and drinking.

Florida Seafood Festival
Moved to November
The two-day Florida Seafood Festival is the state's oldest maritime celebration. It draws thousands of visitors to this scenic seaside historic town to enjoy feasting on delicious seafood, strolling the arts and crafts exhibits and taking in the seafood-related events and displays.

Halloween Horror Nights
Select Nights - TBA

Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights is one of the country's largest and most elaborate Halloween event.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29-30 and
October 2, 4, 6-7, 10-11, 13-14, 16, 18, 20-21, 23-25, 27-28 & 30-31, 2016

Special ticketed event on select nights at Disney World's Magic Kingdom that features "Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade," Mickey's Mouse-Ka-Rade costume parties, Halloween storytelling, live shows and a special Halloween-themed fireworks display above Cinderella Castle.

Families enjoy a complimentary photo, unlimited use of the attractions and opportunities to trick-or-treat throughout the theme park.

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular
October 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30, 2016

Halloween meets the sea during SeaWorld Orlando's underwater "fantasea" where youngsters trick-or-treat among friendly sea witches, octopuses, mermaids, pumpkin fish and more.

The festivities are included in park admission and begins at noon each day and continues until 8:00 p.m.

Florida's Fall Festivals - Whether it's with peanuts or turn-of-the-century style, Floridians take to the streets in a variety of fall art and craft festivals.

Florida's Halloween Celebrations - Communities and attractions across Florida celebrate Halloween in not-so-scary traditions.

October Activities

Halloween celebrations continue throughout the month and Florida's fall festivals are drawing crowds outside to enjoy the lower temperatures and humidity. Look for family-friendly corn mazes for aMAZEing fall fun!

Best Time to Go

Surprisingly, the theme parks are not too crowded this month. Each have their own Halloween festivities and celebrations — some requiring special after-hours admission.

What to Pack

October offers a welcome relief from hot summer temperatures, but while temperatures and humidity are typically lower, it is still very warm during the day. Do pack sunscreen. It is necessary throughout the year in Florida. The water on both coasts is still warm enough for swimming, so don't forget your bathing suit.

You'll be comfortable in shorts during the day, but it may be necessary to add a sweater in the evening.

This is particularly the case if you'll be near the water, such as taking a moonlit cruise.

October Weather

Average Temperatures
Temperatures are pleasant both day and night throughout the state.

October Water Temperatures

The water temperature for the Gulf of Mexico (West Coast) and the Atlantic Ocean (East Coast) typically in the high 70s from Central Florida north and the low 80s in the southernmost part of the state.