In Florida, we often have to pretend that it feels like Fall. With temperatures still in the 80’s and 90’s at times, Orlando might not always feel like the most Halloween friendly location. However, with so many Orlando Halloween events and activities all over Central Florida, it’s feeling spooky and scary all over! While many of our favorite events might look a little different this year, there’s still lots of fun to have in Orlando.
Long and Scott’s Maze Adventures
This is always one of my favorite Fall events in Central Florida. I’ve written about this local farm many times. With a corn maze, bouncy pillow, hay rides, and more, this is a family tradition for us. I’ve been going to Long and Scott’s Corn Farm for over ten years. Scott’s Maze Adventure is their corn maze and Fall festival that has been going on for 18 years. Each year, it gets better and better. It’s such a tradition in our family, and it’s how we ring in the start of the holiday season each year. Long and Scott’s Farm is a family run business, a real working farm, and they care about their guests. While keeping ticket prices low, they’ve managed to add new adventures each year. I’m honored to tell you about this Central Florida fall fun gem!
And this year, there are a few changes to help keep customers safe!
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic we are strongly encouraging guests purchase their tickets online. This allows us to reduce the amount of face to face interaction and allow for scheduling of arrivals to help us maintain safe park numbers. While there will still be a small reserve of slots for walk-ins, we can not guarantee quick entry to the maze park. If a time slot is full from pre-purchased tickets walk-ins will have to wait or buy a ticket online for the next available time slot. We are operating on a first come first serve basis.
From Visit Orlando’s roundup of the best of Orlando Halloween events:
Orlando debuts new ways to celebrate Halloween and seasonal food festivals with creative social distancing measures this fall. These include drive-thru events, virtual lines and limited capacity. According to MMGY, 54% of travelers say that they are more likely to travel in the fall this year than in previous years. This is due to missed summer vacations and new flexibilities with remote working and schooling.
Drive-Thru Halloween Events
With car trips accounting for 97% of travel this summer, according to AAA, and the trend expected to extend through the fall, the family car is new way to enjoy Halloween celebrations in Orlando. And each car-friendly option below offers two versions, depending on whether guests want extreme adult-level frights, or a milder fun version for the whole family.
NEW: The Haunted Road: A Drive-Thru Halloween Experience (select dates Sept. 25 – Nov. 7) includes twisted creatures, immersive theatrical storytelling and bloodcurdling encounters as guests drive and park their car at each scene. A tamer, family-friendly version will be available on select weekends during the day.
NEW: Scream n’ Stream Haunted Drive-Thru at Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures (Sept. 25 – Nov. 1) lets visitors drive their cars “into” a movie screen to see a horror film unfold in front of their eyes, while lighting, sound, sets, props, special effects, and live performers roam all around them. Also includes a milder, family friendly drive-thru experience complete with contactless candy distribution, performers, fun Halloween props and music.
NEW: “Flicks & Frights” at SeaWorld Orlando (Saturdays Sept. 19 – Oct. 31 and Fridays Oct. 23 and 30): A spooky drive-in movie experience under the stars where guests can enjoy locally sourced food trucks followed by a classic Halloween feature film (options each night include both a family-friendly and horror flick) from the comfort and safety of their own car ($40 per car).
Orlando Halloween Events at Theme Parks
New this year, many of the famous theme parks and attractions are inviting both adults and children to dress in costume. Select theme parks may require reservations. Please check respective websites prior to arrival.
SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular (Sept. 19 – Nov. 1): Guests can safely explore a slightly spooky trick-or-treat trail; twist and turn through a new Halloween maze; decorate cookies with Cookie Monster and meet silly Halloween characters with physical distancing protocols in place during this family-friendly event.
Fall & Halloween Activities at Universal Orlando Resort (Sept. 26-27 and daily Oct. 3 – Nov. 1): New this year, two of Universal’s famous themed haunted houses are included in daytime admission instead of a separate ticket event, including Revenge of the Tooth Fairy and Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives at Universal Studios. The Virtual Line experience may be available for guests to select timed entry. Family-friendly costumes are encouraged for all guests in both parks for the first time, and trick-or-treating is available to guests 12 and under throughout Islands of Adventure.
Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort (Sept. 15 – Oct. 31)
For the first time, adults can join the fun as guests of all ages can wear Halloween costumes at the park. Guests can celebrate the spooky season amid glowing decorations, parades with infamous villains, as well as beloved characters dressed in Halloween costumes with themed photo opportunities and festive seasonal merchandise and foods.
Gatorland’s Gators, Ghosts and Goblins (weekends Oct. 10 – Nov. 1): A family-friendly event where Oktoberfest collides with Halloween fun featuring spooky areas like the “Graveyard of the Darned,” a live polka band with German beer and food available for purchase; costumed character meet and greets; a trick-or-treat trail; a spooky train ride and more. Family-friendly costumes for adults and kids are encouraged.
LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s Brick or Treat (select days Oct. 3-31): Celebrate the spookiest time of the year with contactless trick-or-treating on the Brick-or-Treat candy trail; take a family selfie with a 280,000 LEGO brick hearse or a 10’ tall LEGO ghost; and get into the Halloween spirit with “The Groovin’ Graveyard” and “A Candy-Coated Curse Show,” featured throughout the day.
Fall Food and Wine Events
Four new and re-imaged food and drink events entice visitors to experience unique dining options within the destination.
NEW: The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort will debut a series of weekly food and drink themed events during Sip, Savor and Stay Saturdays: A New Twist on the Food & Wine Classic Experience. The limited capacity event, which requires an overnight stay, occurs every Saturday evening (Sept. 19 – Oct. 24) and includes a Champagne lounge, barbecue and Oktoberfest.
Walt Disney World Resort’s Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, blends elements from the park’s beloved Flower and Garden event with food and wine festivities and is the longest festival in Walt Disney World history, running through the fall. New safety features include a digital Festival Guidebook listing the more than 20 festival-exclusive marketplaces and fun family activities.
Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month offers $35 three-course, prix-fixe dinners at more than 70 Central Florida restaurants (through Oct. 31). This year’s event includes new safety measures; takeout and delivery meal options for in-room or socially distanced picnics in one of Orlando’s many scenic parks; and venues offering open-air and outdoor dining. Eating well is a great way to enjoy Orlando Halloween events!
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