At Legoland Florida, the Legoland Brick-or-Treat presented by Wells Fargo runs each weekend (Saturday/Sunday plus a couple of Fridays) during October and is suitable for the whole family. The 2016 dates are October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30 and 31.
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.
Most parks start to release details of dates and ticket prices around June time.
Halloween 2016 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 Florida|
|Suitable for children||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|Included in standard admission||No||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 5pm / 9pm|
|Number of nights||29||33||8||21||11|
Silver Springs are no longer hosting Halloween events.
At Busch Gardens in 2016, they are celebrating with Howl-O-Scream for 21 select nights (2 nights more than last year) on September 23, 24, 29 and 30, October 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 and 30. The first weekend is billed as a Freaky Preview.
Now in its sixteenth year, the theme for 2016 is “Evil Encore”.
At SeaWorld, the Seaworld’s Halloween Spooktacular runs each weekend from early October and is suitable for the whole family. The 2016 dates are October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 26 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.
Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) at Universal Orlando is consistently voted “Best Halloween Event” by Amusement Today in their Golden Ticket award. This event is not recommended for children under the age of 13 and costumes and masks are not allowed.
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 the other parks. For 2016 the party runs on 29 selected nights on September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30 and October 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30 and 31.
In recent years, the number of nights has increased; from 22 in 2012 to 23 in 2013, 26 nights in 2014, 25 in 2015 and now 29 in 2016.