Orlando is known as the “theme park capital of the world”, but during the Fall, the city brims with enough spooky events to be dubbed the “Halloween capital of the world.” With over 130 Halloween theme park event nights – plus destination-wide festivities – there are plenty of options but we were interested in the warm and fuzzy Halloween events. So we’ve rounded up the reasons Orlando is great for family-friendly Halloween celebrations.
In honor of Halloween, a section of the park transforms into one giant trick-or-treating corridor where everyone is encourage to dress up in costume and everyone (including adults!) recieves a treats bag perfect for collecting lots of candy at the different stations scattered around the park (beware the sugar rush!). Included with park admission, guests can enjoy the wonders of the sea at Penelope’s Party Zone, search for hidden “sea” treasures using their Spooktacular maps at fifteen different locations, and stroll among colorful, playful schools of pumpkin fish and other whimsical characters like Penelope Pumpkin fish, Shamu, Dolly Dolphin, Shivers the Polar Bear, Pete and Penny Penguin and more!
Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Park plays host to the ultimate trick-or-treating neighborhood as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns on select nights from Sep. 2 – Oct. 31, 2016. Guests are invited to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes for trick-or-treating, meet and greets with Disney characters donning Halloween costumes, and entertainment unique to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Led by the infamous Headless Horseman, “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade,” is featured twice nightly, followed by “HalloWishes,” a green and orange fireworks display complete with Disney villains.
LEGOLAND Florida celebrates Halloween with their Brick or Treat event. Miniland USA will transform into a haunted but fun scavenger hunt where guest can find scary Lego creatures, weekends in October, 2016. Kids can participate in a costume contest and guest of all ages can trick-or-treat along the brick-or-treat trail, build unique LEGO model activities, and witness the largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern in the world. Event admission is included with regular park admission.
4. Zoo Boo Bash
Trick-or-treat in the wildest neighborhood in town during Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Zoo Boo Bash. It’s a safe, fun and not-so-scary event for the whole family. Kids are invited to dress up and bring goodie bags for the trick-or-treat stations, Oct. 22 & 23, 29 & 30, 2016. Take a haunted hayride, visit the Pumpkin Patch, and learn about some of the zoo’s misunderstood animals. Admission is included in regular zoo admission.