3 Halloween Events in Orlando You Shouldn’t Miss

There’s a Halloween celebration for everyone at Orlando’s attractions, whether you want nonstop frights and screams or a family-focused fun celebration with lots of sweets and more sweetness than fear.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will not return to Walt Disney World in 2021, but you can still have lots of family-friendly fun with your “ghost hosts” at Magic Kingdom. This year, experience a lighter version of the event on certain nights until October 31 with Disney After Hours Boo Bash. The party, which requires a separate ticket for entry, includes many of the popular events from previous years, such as the opportunity for children and adults to dress up in costumes (though adults may not wear masks), trick-or-treating, and some snacks like popcorn and ice cream novelties that are included with admission. The party lasts three hours, from 9 p.m. until midnight on most nights, but ticket holders may enter the park as early as 7 p.m. on party nights. Purchase tickets online or by calling 407-939-4240. disneyworld.disney.go.com

For the first time, Howl-O-Scream will be available at SeaWorld Orlando on select evenings from September 10 through October 31. Previously exclusively available at SeaWorld’s sister park in Tampa, Busch Gardens, this new experience comes to Orlando with a concept distinct to the aquatic-focused park. As you stumble through fright zones, homes of horror, and horrific shows, try to ignore the eerie pull of the lake’s siren. Take to the sky and ride your favorite coasters in the dark for an added thrill. Visit the park’s website for additional information on this independently ticketed, after-hours event.

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Beginning September 18, SeaWorld will also hold its popular and family-friendly Spooktacular on weekends. During this daytime event, which is included with normal admission, kids of all ages may enjoy the Trick or Treat Trail, Halloween Dance Parties, and fun with the Sesame Street staff. seaworldorlando.com/events

Finally, on September 3, Halloween Horror Nights returns to Universal Orlando, and the separately ticketed event has much to shout about. Jack the Clown will once again frighten partygoers at the event, which has ten haunted homes and five scare zones. Keep an eye out for “Jack assaults” around the park, and keep an eye on your back!

Beetlejuice, who hosted the event for the first time in 1991, has also joined the fray. The self-proclaimed “bio-exorcist” presents his own frightening haunted home inspired on the feature film of the same name. Who’s up for it? orlando.halloweenhorrornights.com

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