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.
The 2020 evening Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. With the suspension of all fireworks and parades at Magic Kingdom, it is not surprising this event has been cancelled for 2020. On July 24, Universal confirmed they had also cancelled Halloween Horror Nights but then they did then open up two houses during the daytime
Universal Studios Florida 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 theme parks start to release details of dates and ticket prices around June/July time.
Florida Theme Park Halloween 2020 Events 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||7:00 pm to midnight||6:30 pm to midnight / 2:00 am||normal park hours||7:30 pm to 1:00 am / 2:00 am||10:00 am to 7:00 pm / 8:00 pm|
|Dates (select days only)||August 14 to November 1 [Cancelled †]||September 10 to November 1 [Cancelled]||September 19 to November 1||September 18 to November 1||October 3 to October 31|
|Number of events||36||40||14||19||9|
TBA — To be announced
† — All guests allowed to wear costumes during the day between September 15 and October 31