Halloween in Orlando: Where to find spooky but kid-friendly fun

We know Orlando is the theme park capital of the world. But come fall, it’s also the Halloween Vacation Capital.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal is a popular (and terrifying) venue. But it’s not appropriate for kids under 13. If you’re more interested in the less gory, not-so-scary options, here are our recommendations for  spooky family fun.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Here’s what won us over at Disney World’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: zero wait times at some of the most popular rides. Sure, the kids love getting dressed up in costumes and trick-or-treating at special spots around the park.  But parents will appreciate the fact that the park empties out around 7 p.m. when this special ticketed event starts and virtually guarantees less-than-15 minute wait times for most rides (including favorites like It’s a Small World and Peter Pan’s Flight).

Die-hard Disney fans will love the seasonal decorations, the ample meet and greets with Disney characters in Halloween costumes and unique entertainment like the infamous Headless Horseman, “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade,” featured twice nightly, followed by “HalloWishes,” a green and orange fireworks display.

Runs on select nights until Nov. 1.


The Crayola Experience

Visiting The Crayola Experience is like entering an art class on steroids. Activity stations range from high-tech computer-based drawing and cartoon-making to old-school crayon drip-painting and spinning. Located about five miles from Universal Orlando at The Florida Mall, The Crayola Experience is available all year long. But it celebrates a “Screamin’ Green Hauntoween” at this time of year. On select days through Oct. 31, trick-or-treaters can explore 25 hands-on attractions that include crafts and character photos.

New this year: a show all about slime. Kids can learn to make their own slime in a special class.

Through Oct. 31.

LEGOLAND Florida's Brick or Treat

LEGOLAND Florida celebrates Halloween with Brick or Treat. Miniland USA will transform into a haunted but fun scavenger hunt, at which guest can find scary Lego creatures on weekends in October.
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.

Through Oct. 29; event admission is included with regular park admission.

Sea World's Halloween Spooktacular

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!) receives a treats bag. Then you collect treats at the different stations throughout the park.
Guests can enjoy the wonders of the sea at Penelope’s Party Zone, search for hidden “sea” treasures using their Spooktacular maps at 15 different locations and stroll among colorful, playful schools of pumpkin fish and other whimsical characters.

Through Oct. 29; event admission is included with regular park admission.