A guide to 2023 Halloween events in Orlando

October 2nd, 2023 by

Spooky season is here – it’s finally October, which means it’s time to make the most of Halloween in Orlando. Here’s our guide to our FAVORITE spooky events this season in the City Beautiful. Happy haunting!

Halloween in Orlando 2023

Young People in Costumes Celebrating Halloween. Group of Young Happy Friends Wearing Halloween Costumes having Fun at Party in Nightclub by doing Scary faces. Celebration of Halloween

Halloween Horror Nights: You can’t spend Halloween in Orlando without at least one trip to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. This terrifying event is full of haunted houses, scream zones, live entertainment, and the rides and attractions that we all know and love for the rest of the year. Admission is NOT included in the price of a day ticket. Event tickets start at $84.99. Don’t miss the all-new Last of Us house! Halloween Horror Nights runs through November 4.

Haunting Nights at Harry P. Leu Gardens: Creative City Project has taken over Harry P. Leu Gardens for the month of October! Wander through immersive worlds in the gardens – we’re talking 10-foot jack o’ lanterns, a neon light maze, a Dia de Muertos world, and more. This event is recommended for 13+ as it has a few jump scares and spooky moments. It runs through October 31 and tickets start at $15.

A Petrified Forest: This Altamonte event runs through October 28, giving you plenty of time to visit. It’s an outdoor haunted house that stretches along a series of spooky trails in the woods – this year’s theme is Nature’s Fury. It’s definitely going to be scary, so there’s a more kid-friendly event on October 14 with trick-or-treating and a costume contest if you want to bring the littles. And don’t miss out on Total Eclipse Nights when the trails go dark and the only light is from the one glow stick you’re allowed to carry! Tickets start at $34.98 – be sure to wear proper clothing and shoes for walking dirt trails.

Enzian’s 13 Nights of Halloween: Catch a classic Halloween movie on the big screen – hit the Maitland Enzian Theater’s 13 Films of Halloween! Flicks include Hellraiser, House on Haunted Hill, House of Wax, Body Snatchers, Halloween, Halloween II, and more. Plus, the theater serves food and will be offering up unique-themed cocktails for the events. There’s even a Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28 that will feature a costume contest, music, food, drinks, and a showing of The Beyond at midnight.

The Night Market and Zombietoberfest: The Night Market with Zombietoberfest is one of Audubon Park’s biggest annual events, and with good reason. It showcases an outdoor night market, a DJ and live music, multiple craft beer gardens, costume contests for humans AND dogs, and a free outdoor movie on the big screen. Whether you want to visit a fortune teller or a food truck (or both), this is the place to do it. The Night Market takes place on October 21 from 5-10 pm.

Spooky Empire: Halloween in Orlando isn’t complete every year without Spooky Empire. It’s Florida’s premiere horror convention and takes place October 27-29 at the Orange County Convention Center. There will be vendors, a film festival, a tattoo festival, music, celebrity appearances and speakers, and more. Single passes are $40 and weekend passes for all three days are $80. Break out your best horror cosplay!

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles: Looking for something fun and frightful for the whole family? Check out Goblins and Giggles at Gaylord Palms. This event runs through October 28 and features an escape room, trick-or-treating, a jack-o’ lantern walk, kid-friendly Halloween movies, a Halloween-themed light show, a spooktacular scavenger hunt, and more. Plus, there’s a Monster Mash Bash every Saturday for your littles to show off their costumes AND their dance moves.

10th Annual Thornton Park District Halloween Block Party: Thornton Park District is back for another year with its renowned Halloween Block Party on October 28 from 8 pm to 2 am. There’ll be a costume contest (you could win up to $1,000 cash) as well as bar hopping, Cirque du Soleil performers, DJ ElecCHIX, a Dark Arts Indie Market, and more. Tickets start at $10 and the event is 21+.

From our Orlando Toyota family to yours, happy Halloween and stay safe this season!