Florida's Halloween Haunts

Florida Celebrates In Scary and Not-So-Scary Halloween Traditions

Halloween Horror Nights
Monsters and ghouls come out for a scary good time in October at Universal Orlando. © Universal Orlando

September and October mark the months that Halloween celebrations take place. All across the state a variety of celebrations will mark spooky the holiday. Besides the usual merrymaking and playing of pranks by children, there are concerts and special events at attractions that provide scary and not-so-scary alternatives to celebrate the occasion.

Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream 2018
Tampa
Freaky Preview: September 21 & 22
Select Dates: September 23 thru October 28, 2018

Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream event returns for another season; with evil on its mind.

 Adding one more horrific night of sheer mental madness, guests will run for cover, scream for help and hope they see the light of dawn after this horror-filled night. The fear takes root on Freaky Preview nights — Friday and Saturday, September 21 & 22 — and grows to full horror on select dates through October 28, 2018.

Howl-O-Scream themed food and merchandise will be available throughout the park. |More Details|

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular 2018
Orlando
Spooktacular runs weekends September 22- October 28

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 12:00 p.m. each day.

Spooktacular highlights include Trick-or-Treat Sea Sweets at several different treasure stations throughout the park, Frozen Fun Zone and strolling entertainment.

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Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2018
Disney World - Magic Kingdom
August 17, 24, 28, 31
September 3,7,9,11,14,16,18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30

October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31

Special ticketed event 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.
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Universal Studios' 2018 Halloween Horror Nights
Orlando
Select Nights - September 14 thru November 3, 2018

Universal Orlando celebrates Halloween Horror Nights at both theme parks again this year. Get ready to experience gut-wrenching scares and blood-curdling frights... some so gruesome and so shocking, you will wish it was only a movie.

There promises to be more haunted houses, hideous new creatures and inescapable scare zones to make you scream. The event is not recommend for children younger than 13. 

Event hours are 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, 6:30 p.m. until midnight all other event nights. No costumes allowed. This event may be too intense for young children.
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Zoo Boo KIDS 2018
Lowry Park Zoo - Tampa
Weekends - Saturday & Sunday
September 26- November 1, 2018

Lowry Park Zoo will debut an all-new Halloween event designed as a no-frightful way for kids 3-11 to enjoy the holiday. All regular rides and attractions will be open 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. Fright-free festivities include trick-or-treat stations and jeepers creepers critters encounters.

Stroll through a corn maze and meet kooky, not spooky characters.

Great Monster Mash entertainment and fall photo opportunities for the entire family! The event is included in regular paid zoo admission or zoo membership.

Spooktacular
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens - Jacksonville
Weekends throughout October, 2018

A great kid-friendly annual event featuring live entertainment, music, bounce houses, face painting and so much more. Children are encouraged to wear costumes and stop by treat-stations location throughout the zoo. 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Admission is $12 for members and $14 for non-members with $1 off when tickets are purchased online. Children age 2 and under are admitted free.

Harvest Festival
Flamingo Gardens - Davie
Last week of September - First week of November

There will be chills and thrills for children in the haunted house in the Gallery at Flamingo Gardens.

The haunt is recommended for children up to 11 years of age.