Between its fantastic weather, plethora of thrilling theme parks, and bustling downtown atmosphere, Orlando, Florida is the place to be this Halloween! Here, you’ll find events ranging from elaborate parades hosted by amusement park giants like Disney and Universal Studios to local haunted houses and block parties. Read on to learn more about where to go for the best Orlando Halloween events!
Orlando Weather and Events for Halloween 2016
During this fun and horrifying holiday weekend, Orlando will experience mild temperatures of highs in the low-to-mid 80s and lows in the mid-to-high 60s, with only a few clouds to add some spookiness to the otherwise pleasant atmosphere. While you’re enjoying the weather, you can check out these local events and celebrate Halloween the Orlando way!
Halloween at the Theme Parks
Having won awards for their terrifying displays, Universal Orlando continues the tradition of Halloween Horror Nights, where the park becomes flooded with hordes of monsters, mutants, and more. There are haunted houses, scare zones, and live shows to complement the extreme thrills of the rides here.
Meanwhile Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the ultimate trick-or-treating destination, with the entire World Magic Kingdom Park transforming into the best neighborhood ever! Guests can dress up in their Halloween costumes and go trick-or-treating, in addition to meeting Disney characters (who are also in their Halloween costumes, of course) and watching the Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade and the HallowWishes fireworks display.
SeaWorld and LEGOLAND also have wonderful Halloween celebrations to offer. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular allows guests to trick-or-treat in the park and find hidden and spooky sea treasures throughout, while LEGOLAND Florida’s Brick or Treat has a fun scavenger hunt, trick-or-treating, costume contests, and the largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern in the world.
Other Halloween Events in Downtown Orlando and Beyond
The outdoor trails of scares, live music, and more known as A Petrified Forest immerses guests in the dark world of twisted fairytales, with its final day on Saturday, October 29th.
On Friday the 28th and Saturday the 29th, there will also be dozens of nightclub dance parties and pub crawls, such as Eden Bar’s Halloween Party on Saturday, making it easy to leave off on planning and just roll with the moment when you head to downtown Orlando!
The Haunted Sanford Historical Ghost Walk brings the mysterious history of downtown Sanford to life on the 28th in a tour that’s fun for the whole family, while Make-A-Wish is hosting the family-friendly GUTS Pumpkin Carving Competition on the 29th where there will be ample activities, trick-or-treating, live music, a raffle, a silent auction, and live pumpkin carving in the Milk District.
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Winter Festivities Abound In Orlando This Holiday Season
Although you won’t see any snow, the holiday season is filled with plenty of winter festivities in Orlando. Create holiday memories with spectacular festivities, celebrations, and events in a winter wonderland. The only thing that’s missing is snow.
While you’re visiting Orlando, be sure to take part in the DreamWorks Shrek the Halls, along with approximately 4.5 acres of winter landscape carved from two million pounds of ice.
Your kids will also love the gingerbread house, polar bear “hunt,” DreamWorks scavenger hunt, and a Kung Fu Panda Show.
Some of the Dr. Seuss characters, including the Grinch and the Whos, come to life to the music of Mannheim Steamroller.
Visit Walt Disney’s town of Celebration and enjoy snowfall without the cold between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Take a walk down Market Street and do some window shopping in the midst of horse-drawn carriages and carolers.
Don’t miss Orlando’s number one event with Princess Scheherazade and her husband Prince Khalid as they dance to Christmas tunes. Santa and his elves also grace the stage, along with soldiers, gingerbread men, elves, and sugarplum fairies.
Celebrate one of the biggest parades in the country, the annual Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal, featuring balloons and floats from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Santa will be there too.
Enjoy an Arabian Nights dinner show, and then take a stroll through the Holiday Village and treat yourself to gifts, candy and crafts. There’s plenty of fun, food holiday merriment for the whole family to enjoy.
The best time of the year to visit Orlando is January to April. During that time, you’ll experience weather in the mid-70’s, for the most part. Early fall is also a nice option for you to enjoy the many of the Fall festivals. If you’re bringing the little ones, don’t forget to take part in the ‘Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.’ Just be sure to book early!