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Celebrating Halloween in Orlando

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Whether it is finding a fun pumpkin patch, heading to a scream park or haunted house, or going to the Zombie Ball, Orlando has plenty of Halloween spirit to make your end of October memorable.

Scream Park or The Zombie Ball?

Halloween Horror Nights

When you think scream park, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida® theme park is a regional highlight. Coming alive with hordes of terrifying mutants, monsters and maniacs, nobody creates a more nightmarish Halloween event filled with truly original scares and authentic horror movie moments.  At Halloween Horror Nights Orlando, you can explore terrifying haunted houses, make your way through multiple scare zones where creatures lurk around every turn, enjoy outrageous live shows, and experience many of the park’s most exciting rides and attractions. Features include The Repository, where a horror experience combines virtual reality, live scare actors, an original story and more. The chilling brands of Halloween with Michael Myers, American Horror Story, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Walking Dead, Krampus and The Exorcist are also featured in this professional event. Head over now thru November 5th.

Orlando Zombie Ball

For adult fun, when it comes to Halloween parties and nightlife, the Orlando Zombie Ball is a must, to mix costume spirit and spirits from the open bar. Sponsored by Zombie Outbreak – Orlando, on October 29th, from 7pm to 2am, the most epic party to die for returns for its 2nd annual event. Held at Venue 578, at 578 N Orange Avenue Orlando, FL 32801, tickets include: GUARANTEED free drinks from 7 PM – 12 AM, beats by BUZA, DJ SFP & DJ Smilin Dan, the Private VIP area with purchase of a VIP ticket, the Zombie Outbreak scare zone, thrilling live performances from Phantasmagoria and Cirque USA, and the cash prize costume contest, with $2,000 up for grabs! Obviously, costumes and creativity are encouraged.

Haunted Houses & Mazes

Orlando Haunted Maze

What makes the Orlando Haunted Maze different? It’s performed by local people who enjoy Halloween so much they want to share the spirit with others who enjoy the holiday. The Orlando Haunted Maze promises to scare you! As you wait for your group to enter, the “gate keeper” gives you a little back story to prepare you for your adventure. Keep your fingers crossed you make it out the other side. There are plenty of scary characters to keep you on your toes. Each year OHM selects a charity to donate funds to from ticket sales, and this year the OHM crew id donating to favorite local charity, The Ronald McDonald Houses of Central Florida. OHM is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 7:00 pm to midnight. Visit Orlando Haunted House Facebook page for more info and pictures.

City of Ocoee Haunted House

Get ready for frightful fun at the City of Ocoee 9th Annual Haunted House and Haunted Walk on October 28th & 29th, from 7pm-11pm. For the younger children, there will be fun activities, including a bounce house, hayrides, prizes, candy and refreshments. 5,000 plus visitors came out and enjoyed the spooktacular event last year and the house has been nominated as a top 10 attraction by Florida Haunted Houses.com. Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items, which will be donated to the West Orange Christian Service Center.

Face The Fear (No Gore) Haunted Experience

If you prefer no blood or gore, but still want a scary, unique haunted experience, consider Face the Fear Haunted House on October 28th, 29th, and 30th. About a half-hour drive from Orlando, but worth the excursion, this award winning, wildly creative production is one of the premier horror attractions in the state of Florida. You are invited to join this epic experience in one of the most famous historical sites in Seminole County.  The Longwood Village Inn is located at 300 N Ronald Reagan Blvd in Longwood.  Also in Longwood is the child-focused Trunk or Treat. Trunk or Treat is a safe environment for children 5th grade and younger to enjoy games, candy, bounce houses and more, on Saturday, October 29th, from 3:00 – 5:30 pm. Admission is free.

We hope you are chock full of choices for Halloween fun this October and Orlando is ready to provide plenty of pumpkins, frightful festivities, and zombie sightings. Enjoy visiting pumpkin patches, making jack-o-lanterns, screaming in haunted houses, and trick or treating!


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Pumpkin Picking in Orlando

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Need a Pumpkin?

Nothing says fall like a good pumpkin, and it’s more fun to get yours from a pumpkin patch than the supermarket.

Pumpkin picking in Orlando is a favorite Halloween tradition, and going to a Orlando Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch is a good activity that the whole family can enjoy. For many local Orlando farms, this is the liveliest time of the year. Whether you’re looking to decorate your home for the holiday, or ready for a Halloween outing for the whole family, finding the perfect Orlando Pumpkin Patch is the way to go. Some pumpkin patches even include hay rides, corn mazes, and other activities for entertainment.

St. John Pumpkin Patch

The St John Pumpkin Patch has several thousand pumpkins for pumpkin enthusiasts to choose from! Spread the word about St. John’s Pumpkin Patch, located at the St. John Lutheran Church at 1600 South Orlando Avenue in Winter Park.

Green Meadows Farm Pumpkin Time

Green Meadows Farm offers an interactive experience for children of all ages very close to Orlando. Explore their impressive lighted trail of pumpkins set to music, and dare to visit the Ooky-Spooky Haunted House! Pumpkin picking at the patch is available thru November 6th. Take home a free pumpkin with paid entry. Entertainment for the entire family is available on the Trick or Treat Days of October 29th & 30th, when your little ghouls and goblins get to dress in their spookiest costume. In addition, there are lots of furry farm pets to touch and feed. Share pictures of your experience on their Facebook to enter the Halloween photo contest. The 5 most fantastic pictures will receive two complimentary passes to use on your next visit!

Sanlando Pumpkin Patch

The Sanlando Pumpkin Patch many pumpkins to choose from, and all sorts of varieties and colors. Also sold here are hay, corn stalks and Indian corn. On Saturdays, the patch runs a puppet show for the kids starting at 10am, so make sure you bring your camera. The patch is located at the Sanlando United Methodist Church at 1890 West State Road 434 in Longwood.

Painted Oaks Academy

This pumpkin patch in Orlando is on Lake Pickett Road, and offers a wide variety of pumpkins from 3pm to 7pm weekdays, and 9am to 7pm on the weekend of the 29th and 30th. Painted Oaks Academy Pumpkin Patch has Mini Pumpkins, Angels, Pie Pumpkins, Straw Bales, Indian Corn, Butternut Squash, and lots of fresh Jack -O-Lanterns to choose from. They also have Large White Angel Pumpkins and Giant Mac Pumpkins  for sale while they last!

Pioneer Pumpkin Patch

The Pioneer Pumpkin Patch has a huge variety of pumpkins for you to explore, and while you’re there, you can learn about the history of Osceola County. Take a tour of the pioneer village or take a fun canoe ride through cypress-filled Shingle Creek. The Pioneer Pumpkin Patch is located at the Osceola County Historical Society, at 4155 West Vine Street (U.S. 192) in Kissimmee.

Contrary to popular belief, pumpkin patches do exist in agriculturally rich Orlando and its outskirts. Get out there and get picking!