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Halloween 2017

After Christmas, Halloween is one of the largest holiday seasons in Florida. It is reckoned some 300,000 people go to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights every year.

All the major theme parks in Florida put on special shows and events for Halloween and some stay open late but check the dates carefully as the events are on selected days/nights only.

Universal Studios and Busch Gardens present intense scary events with thousands of extra cast members whose sole aim is to scare you out of your wits!! These kinds of events are not recommended for people who do not like horror films, are of a scary disposition or children under the age of about 13.

Families are better off considering the offerings from SeaWorld, Magic Kingdom or Legoland but bear in mind that only SeaWorld and Legoland include their Halloween celebrations in the standard day tickets, all other parks charge a separate admission fee.

Some Halloween events are not suitable for young children, some allow costumes, others don’t and some parks charge a separate admission (see details below)

In previous years, Silver Springs in Ocala also put on a halloween event but on September 30, 2013 it became a State Park and they stopped seasonal events like Halloween.

Most parks start to release details of dates and ticket prices around June/July time.

Halloween 2017 At a Glance

Click on the park names to read about the individual Halloween theme park events.

Florida Halloween Events Magic Kingdom Universal Studios SeaWorld Busch Gardens Legoland
Suitable for children Yes No Yes No Yes
Included in standard admission No No Yes No Yes
Costumes allowed Yes No Yes No Yes
Opening times 7:00pm to midnight 6:30pm to midnight / 2:00am normal park hours 7:30pm to 1:00am / 2:00am 10:00am to 7pm / 8pm
Number of nights 32 34 10 19 7

SeaWorld Halloween Celebrations 2017

SeaWorld Spooktacular [© CC BY 2.0 Britt Reints,]

At SeaWorld, the Seaworld’s Halloween Spooktacular runs each weekend from late September and is suitable for the whole family. The 2017 dates are September 30, October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 and the fun begins at 12 noon each day and ends at 8 pm. It offers a family friendly trick-or-treat experience all included in the standard admission. Costumes are encouraged.

Walt Disney World Halloween Celebrations 2018

Mickey’s "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade [Courtesy of Walt Disney Company, All Rights Reserved]

Disney has their family orientated Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom and it runs over a longer period than nearly all the other theme park halloween events. For 2018 the party runs on 34 selected nights on August 17, 24, 28, 31, September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30, October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30 and 31.

In recent years, the party seems to start earlier and earlier in the year and the number of nights increases; from 22 in 2012 to 23 in 2013, 26 nights in 2014, 25 in 2015, 29 in 2016 and 32 in 2017.

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