Halloween has become one of America’s most iconic holidays. But why celebrate for just one night when Orlando, Halloween Vacation Capital, offers Halloween events spanning an entire 78 days? Starting as early as Aug. 17 and running through Nov. 3, there’s something for everyone, from mild and family-friendly to wild and terrifying.
This year’s lineup includes a host of All-Hallows events and attractions; themed hotel packages; and the return of the largest horror convention in the nation. Theme Park Frights This year, visitors can expect Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights to pay an homage to the ’80s , with a haunted house in the theme of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” as well as nine other haunted houses, for a total of 10 – the most ever in the event’s 28-year history.For a more family-friendly experience, the Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom Park comes alive with jack-o-lanterns and special characters for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
Visitors can trick-or-treat throughout the park, masquerade with costumed characters at the Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, sing along at the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, and end the night with a “Boo-tacular” fireworks show. SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular has an ocean of Halloween fun planned.During this daytime event, families are immersed in an underwater “fantasea” including trick-or-treating, not-so-spooky live shows, and the chance to mingle with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends including Elmo, The Count, Cookie Monster and more. Boo Beyond the Parks The largest horror convention in the nation, Spooky Empire, returns to Orlando Oct. 26-29 at the Caribe Royale Orlando.
Celebrity guests this year includes David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson of X-files fame, with more to be announced.Other thrills and chills include a, costume contest, zombie walk, and film festival.A Petrified Forest features two outdoor scare trails for small groups to venture through a haunted forest at night. Live actors stalk guests through the dark, and uniquely themed areas make for a truly thrilling, chilling experience.
The event runs select nights, Oct. 5 – Nov. 3 Haunting Hotel Happenings Three Hyatt properties are offering a “No Tricks, Just Treats” package, Sept.1 – Nov. 4, to get guests into the Halloween spirit.The package includes two complimentary “spooky” drinks or beverages of choice per stay as well as a special-themed treat placed in their room upon arrival, available at Hyatt Place across from Universal Orlando Resort, Hyatt House across from Universal Orlando Resort, and Hyatt Place Orlando Convention Center. Hilton Orlando is offering “A ROOM WITH A BOO” package, which includes daily breakfast, premium Wi-Fi and late checkout at 2:00 p.m.; perfect sleeping-in time for those “creatures of the night.” Use this link for booking.For more information, visit VisitOrlando.com