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Halloween is a holiday celebrated all around the world. In the United States, you’re sure to find most towns and neighborhoods partaking in traditions like dressing up in costumes and trick-or-treating. And of course, there’s some special sweets like pumpkin pie, candy apples, and caramel corn that are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

Then there’s Orlando – home of the biggest and best attractions anywhere in the country! So how does such a world-renowned city celebrate this holiday? Well, read on and we’ll share with you the must-do Halloween attractions. We’ll cover the super-scary, but we’ll also cover the attractions less spooky so that anyone, no matter their age or preference, can find things to do on Halloween.

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Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights

This is Universal’s 30th year doing what is familiarly known as HHN. For specific nights leading up to Halloween, Universal turns its Universal Studios Park into a haven for ghouls, monsters, and all the scares that go with them. You’ll find a mix of scare zones and live shows scattered about the park, but it’s the haunted houses that change every year that make guests come out in droves.

For HHN30, Universal has gone with classic movies. Travel back to the 80s because “iiiiiiiiiiiiit’s showtime!” That’s right, Beetlejuice has his own house! More into the old-school 70s horror? Then see if you dare to enter the Texas Chainsaw Massacre house! But if that’s not classic enough, then you’ll surely want to take a trip back to the 30s with the Bride Of Frankenstein!

Halloween Horror Nights by Universal

Who will enjoy this most?

Halloween Horror Nights is completely geared towards adults. Although kids can participate, the scares can just be too intense. In fact, Universal states that the “Event may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 13.”

When is the event happening?

HHN happens between September 3 and October 31 typically five nights per week, with Monday and Tuesday being the dark days. Sometimes, Universal runs extra nights in the first week of November too, but those usually get announced later in the season.

What is the price of a ticket?

Prices start at $70.99 per ticket and go up from there based on the day of week, how often you want to attend, whether you are staying at one of their hotels, and if you want to skip the lines to the haunted houses. On a related note, since Universal needed to cancel last year, they are honoring tickets pre-purchased for the 2020 season.

Where can I purchase tickets?

Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate. If you purchase early, you can save too!

Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash

Replacing Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween, 2021 brings another late night holiday event instead – Boo Bash! It runs only after the Magic Kingdom regularly closes on specific evenings leading up to Halloween. The event runs a few hours shorter than MNSSH, but one of the selling points is that tickets are limited, which translates to shorter lines for attractions!

For the most part, it sounds like BB is very similar to MNSSH. There’s still the characters, the parades, and special holiday food on offer. But of course, what has made Disney a great choice around All Hallows Eve is the option to dress up in costume and go trick-or-treating. Believe us, we’ve done it and brought back pounds of candy!

Boo Bash by Disney

Who will enjoy this most?

Boo Bash is geared largely towards kids. Adults can be big kids at the party too, just as adults can be big kids at the Magic Kingdom regularly.

When is the event happening?

BB starts on August 10 and runs until October 31 on most Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday evenings. The party starts at 9pm, but ticketholders can get in as early as 7pm.

What is the price of a ticket?

Tickets start at $129.99 per guest and go up from there based on the night.

Where can I purchase tickets?

Tickets can be purchased online. You better act fast, though, because at the time of this writing, the only date left available over the three months is September 12. Take note that Disney specifically calls out that tickets are non-transferrable, so think twice about purchasing a ticket unless you are absolutely certain you are going.

SeaWorld’s Spooktacular / Howl-O-Scream

For the first time in 2021, Seaworld is bringing two Halloween attraction events to Orlando.

By Day, it’s the Halloween Spooktacular – an event with trick-or-treating, dance parties, and… character meets with mermaids! If you’re looking for something like Disney’s Boo Bash, but want to go during the day, then Seaworld’s Spooktacular is the right fit.

By Night, Seaworld turns into Howl O Scream – an event with haunted houses, live shows, and scare zones; it’s a lot like HHN. However, Seaworld also advertises several attractions being done in the dark. So, you might just get the chance to ride Mako or Infinity Falls in darkness!

Howl-O-Scream by SeaWorld

Who will enjoy these most?

Spooktacular is definitely geared towards children, but get them out of there at night when Howl-O-Scream happens, which hits the same adult-targeted, scare-seeking crowd that HHN does.

When are these events happening?

Spooktacular runs only on weekends between September 18 and October 31. Howl-O-Scream starts on weekends between September 10 and October 31. In October, Howl-O-Scream runs on Thursday nights also.

What are the prices of tickets?

Besides regular SeaWorld park admission, no additional entrance fees or tickets are needed for Spooktacular. “Howlever”, the Howl-O-Scream event takes place after park hours, so there are separate ticket prices starting at $41.99 and going up based on how often you want to go and whether or not you want to also see Busch Garden’s version of Howl-O-Scream in Tampa too.

Where can I purchase tickets?

No additional ticket is necessary for Spooktacular. Howl-O-Scream tickets can be purchased online.

The Escape Effect’s Fright Before Your Eyes Escape Room

What Halloween Orlando list would be complete without mention of an escape room? For the first time on offer in 2021, The Escape Effect brings a spooky escape room to Orlando!

Fright Before Your Eyes is the story of 1920s magician, Victor Strange, and his disappearing assistants. Explore the backstage area of the Grand Compass Theatre to find out just what happened. Blend puzzle-solving with the right amount of spookiness and you have Orlando’s only ghost-hunting escape room just right for spooky family fun!

A photograph of a silhouette reflected in a mirror of a dark room with the text Fright Before Your Eyes.
A silhouette reflected in a mirror of a dark room with the text Fright Before Your Eyes.

Who will enjoy this most?

Fright Before Your Eyes is more of a spooky thriller than a scary run-screaming-from-the-room experience. There are no jump-scare actors in the room with you at all. It’s an appropriate escape room experience for adults and children who aren’t afraid of the dark.

When is the event happening?

Fright Before Your Eyes runs 6-7 times every day, all year long.

What is the price of a ticket?

Regular ticket pricing is $54.95 per player for a 90-minute escape room experience.

Where can I purchase tickets?

Select a day and time from the online reservations page. Everyday offers are available too.

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