October's main event is also one of the biggest celebrations of the year at Universal Orlando; a whole year's worth of planning and preparation are needed to bring you a screamingly good time. Halloween Horror Nights is delightfully scary for park guests and feature everything from haunted houses to street performers in movie-quality special effects makeup. This is a separate ticket event that is available on select nights in October.
Parents should note this is a truly scary evening, and not suitable for kids.
Universal Orlando will be hot enough during the day to enjoy water rides like Jurassic Park — but you may want to skip the watery fun in the evening when temperatures drop. October is still hurricane season in Florida, and while Orlando is rarely directly affected by a storm, travel to and from Universal could be affected. Begin checking the weather forecast for storms about a week before your trip and you'll know what to expect from the tropics.
Expect to see low to moderate crowd levels when you visit Universal Orlando on most days. The parks will be more crowded on days that feature Halloween Horror Nights, so plan accordingly to avoid long lines. Using the front of the line pass option is worth the extra expense so that you can enjoy most of your favorites without a huge wait.
- October is a good time to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, thanks to more moderate temperatures and crowd levels.
- Halloween Horror Nights will also affect the closing time of the Universal Orlando parks, so plan on spending an evening elsewhere if you are not attending the event.
- If you're planning on attending Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, know that costumes are NOT allowed. Click here for more tips for Halloween Horror Nights.
Warnings and Cautions:
- Yes, this is Florida, but you still may need a light jacket! It can get a bit chilly, particularly in the evenings.
- Always pack sunblock when traveling to Florida. You can still get a sunburn, even if the day's temperature is moderate.
- Halloween Horror Nights is an elaborate and truly frightening experience designed to entertain adults. Children under 13 are not admitted at all, and parents of older kids are urged to use caution when attending.
- If you are traveling to Orlando by car, double check the schedule for Daytona's Biketoberfest festivities, held in the middle part of the month. The event can cause some travel delays if you need to pass through the Daytona Beach area.
- October still falls within the Atlantic hurricane season and the first half of the month is often one of the busiest times for tropical activity. Heed these tips for traveling during hurricane season to protect your vacation budget and keep your family safe.
Edited by Dawn Henthorn, Florida Travel Expert since June, 2000.