Halloween Guide 2013

By: Denna Beena
Halloween Expert 

Do you smell that? The ever faint smell of fog machines and saw dust that signals Halloween time is almost here. I live Halloween 365 days a year but for those who only get active during the fall season we bring you this handy calendar of events so that you can pack the most into your schedule! Being the unofficial Halloween tour guide of the city, I’m going to share these events with you! 

I have divided the events up into 3 different areas:

  • Mark Your Calendars- events that happen once during the month or have a very limited run 
  • Ongoing events- ones that run either all month or longer 
  • Movies 
To make sure your halloween outing is as fun as it can be, be sure to check event sites for ticketing and specific information. If the event requires tickets, advance tickets are the way to go. After all being left out in that kind of dark isn’t fun.

If you have a Halloween event you'd like to add feel free to email me: spookydenna@gmail.com

Bookmark this page for the Official The Daily City Halloween Guide 2013 and check back often as we add more events! Check out the posters for the events on our FaceBook

Mark Your Calendars: 

October 4: 
Lady Raven’s Cotillion 8:00pm- midnight
An alt-entertainment evening, this dark, posh, but light hearted extravaganza. Come and enjoy an array of heavy hors d’oeuvres and drink as the costumed entertainers of Phantasmagoria swirl around you. There will be fire breathers, dark cirus-style stilt walkers, singers, dancers and other intrigues including the gourmet food of Chef Jamie MacFadden. Drinks are included and guests will have a selection of boutique wine, craft beer or absinthe cocktails. Cash bar also available. Advance tickets just $75.00 per person, $69.50 for APGD members.

October 5: 
Zombietoberfest In the Audobon Park Garden District 6:00pm-10:00pm
Zombie Street Party, horror movie hosted by Enzian, adult costume contest at 9:00pm, treat bags for kids in costume, live music, vendors, food trucks and MORE!

October 4th and 5th:
Spirits in Sandford
Discover Historic Downtown Sanford while you shop one of a kind Halloween Art in an unexpected atmosphere of wicked delights!

October 11:
Sugar Skull Workshop at CityArts Factory
Decorate a handmade authentic Sugar Skull that will last for years! Sugar skulls represent a departed soul. They are placed on the Dia de los Muertos ofrenda to honor the return of a particular spirit.
The Sugar Skull Decorating Workshop will take place on Friday, October 11, 2013 from 5pm-7pm at CityArts Factory. 

October 12:
Kid’s Day at A Petrified Forest
Even your younger spooks will find something to entertain them. Outside the scare trail, we offer events that your younger family members will enjoy. Costume contest, Arts & Crafts, Trick or Treat through the trail, Bouncy House and Slide, Food, Fun, Games, Prizes! 

October 12:
A Sweet Halloween Celebration
Go behind the scenes of Halloween Horror Nights in our Universal Orlando Resort exhibition and make a creepy crawler craft. Then, learn about our agriculture history in the Citrus exhibit and use the sweet fruit for a Halloween treat! Grades K-5. Adults welcome to participate. 10:30 a.m.-noon. $10 per child. Members receive a 20% discount. Adults free. Call (407) 836-8580 to register.

October 12:
Thriller: the Ultimate 80's Party
3 rooms of dance music at The Parliament House complete with Thiller Shows in the Footlights Theater!

October 14:
Kid Friendly Day at The Last Stop Carnival
A kid run carnival will be held October 14th, Columbus Day. Partial proceeds from the events will be donated to Toys for Tots and The Florida Kids Helping Kids' Belleview Splash Park.

October 17th:
Fouth Annual Dia de los Muertos & Monster Factory Exhibit at CityArts Factory
The simultaneous exhibitions will feature the work of local & national artists in the theme of Dia de los Muertos and Halloween. On Thursday Oct 17th, Pine Street (Court St. to Orange Avenue) will be closed to celebrate opening night from 6:00pm- 11:00pm with a  block party featuring live music, spooky art performances, art vendors, a Dia de los Muertos procession with giant puppets and more!

October 18:
Haunted History Family Camp-In
Bring the whole family for a frightfully fun night of spooky entertainment, including games, storytelling, and activities. Uncover how Halloween really began. Once you enter, there’s no turning back! Families with at least one adult for every 4 children ages 5-11.7 p.m.-8 a.m. Members receive a 20% discount; non-members $15 per person. Call (407) 836-8580 to register. Evening snack and continental breakfast served. Bring sleeping bag and pillow.

October 19:
A Haunting at The Haven
In the spirit of Halloween, d4D Entertainment presents A Haunting at The Haven! An all night, exclusive Costume Party with FREE ENTRY! This 18 and up event will feature some of the hottest and most controversial artists in underground music as well as a costume contest

October 19:
4th Annual Zombie Art show at The Falcon 2013
Celebrate the art of the undead at The 4th Annual Zombie Art Show. Sounds by DJ Smilin' Dan | FREE Event| 

Costumes encouraged!
The art is up through November 1st.

October 20:
Crosspointe Church Fall Festival, Lake Nona 5:00pm- 8:00pm
featuring The Food Truck Bazaar
11002 Lake Hart Dr., Orlando, FL 32832

October 21:
First Annual Mount Dora Zombie Crawl 1:00pm
The First Annual Mount Dora Zombie Stroll features a chance to win cash prizes for the best Zombie costume. Warren Acting Company will perform Michael Jackson's Thriller, plus there will be games and vendors as well as a viewing of Dawn of the Dead.

October 23:
Orlando Zombie Ball 
Doors open at 8pm / 21+
FREE drinks 8-9pm, Costumes are MANDATORY, Thrilling live performances!,  $1000 Costume Contest, Extensive Photo Opportunities,  Tickets: $10 presale , $15 at the door

October 24:
Halloween Hustle 5K and Halloween Party
This Halloween themed event includes a 5k run/walk, Community Based Care of Central FL Kids’ Fun Run and Halloween party with activities for adults and children from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Baldwin Park.From trick-or-treating and Halloween-themed carnival games for the kids to live entertainment, Food Trucks and beer/wine for the adults, the frightening festivities are fit for all ages. Costumes are strongly encouraged.

October 25:
Ghost Stories at Leu Gardens
Enjoy Orlando's most frightening story telling event. Hear eerie stories that will send shivers down your spine. Bring a blanket or chairs. Hotdogs, sausages, drinks and treats for sale. WARNING: Due to the nature of the stories, this event may not be suitable for young children.
Admission: $10.00 per adult & $5.00 per child (17 years and under) and $5.00 per Leu Member. Children 15 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are purchased the night of the event, so come early.

October 25th-27th 
Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend at the Doubletree at Universal Studios
Where else can you meet and mingle with your favorite horror movie and TV stars, buy any collectible you can imagine from your choice of over 200 vendors and artists, see new and up and coming films as well as your old favorites, take part in one of the largest Zombie Walks, get tattooed by some of the best artists from around the world, and of course party ‘til your heart’s content…or until you puke…and that doesn’t even list half of the events that go on during this non-stop weekend of horrors.

October 26 and 31
Halloween 2013 at The Parliament House
Huge Halloween party and costume contest with a $400 CASH prize!

October 25, 26, 27 and 31
Friday, Oct. 25th – The main event is Saturday but you can get yourself warmed up tonight! Block party starts at 9pm.
Saturday, Oct 26th – This is the main event! Strap on those costumes and get ready to party all night with Coors Light, Redd’s Apple Ale and Jager! We’ll be cranking live music from the Jager stage and of course our costume contest where first place wins FREE DRINKS FOR A YEAR on Wall St. Plaza!
Sunday, Oct. 27th – Hospitality Halloween is back with NO COVER, live music and a huge service industry block party!
Thursday, Oct. 31st - Get those costumes on one last time for the Halloween Night block party and costume contest. 

October 26:
Eden Bar Halloween Party
Free Cover Charge/ 21 and over only
Put on your dancing shoes and do the Monster Mash for a night of dancing, drinks and fun at Eden Bar. We will have horror films on the big screen outside, a DJ spinning all night long, specialty Halloween cocktails and jello shots, and delicious treats

October 26:
Lil’ Frankenstein’s Monster Bash Halloween Workshop
Halloween science, costumes and fun! Designed for children 3-5 plus one adult. Check out Orlando Science Center's website for registration info. 
Children are invited to dress in their costumes and Trick or Treat at the participating merchants on Park Avenue.

October 26:
Trick or Treat Safe Zone at The Orange Country Regional History Center

Young ghouls and goblins enjoy four floors of trick or treating and pumpkin decorating in the pumpkin patch along with creepy crafts, games, ghost hunting, haunted maze, and scavenger hunt! 11 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE! Ages 12 and under welcome, must be accompanied by an adult.

October 26:
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: LIVE on Stage!
Come up to the lab and see what's on the slab ... Tickets going fast! Call Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theatre, Inc. ASAP at 407-363-1985 to book your seats!

October 26:
Spooktoberfest Costume Contest and Parade in Casselberry 
If you are looking for something creepy and crawly but not too spooky for the little ones, bring the whole family to this year's FREE Halloween Spooktoberfest event that's a scream! Sponsored by 105.9 Sunny FM, the event will be held on Saturday, October 26th from 5 – 9 PM at Lake Concord Park.
There will be Trick or Treating, a DJ Ghost & Ghoul Dance Party, Costume Contest for Kids 1 - 14 Years Old, a Costume Parade, Live Entertainment and the ever-popular Howling Hounds Dog Costume Contest!

October 27
Casper’s Friendly Halloween Party 11:00am/ movie starts at 1:30pm
Bring all your friends (even your spirit ones) for a costume party featuring CASPER (100 min), the delightful family comedy starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, and Eric Idle. Before sitting down to enjoy the film, dress your little ghouls in costume and join us for a delicious BBQ lunch, carnival games, and fun the whole family will enjoy! 

October 31:
Pumpkins and Munchkins in Shady Park
Children of all ages are invited to join us for Pumpkins and Munchkins in Shady Park! Event activities will include games, bounce houses, costume contest, Trick-or-Treat Trail, and lots of fun for the entire family!

You didn't think the fun had to end on October 31st did ya?

November 1st and 2nd:
Total Eclipse Nights and A Petrified Forest
You... Our monsters... 1 Glow Stick... No lights! As you arrive, each group will be given one glowstick to light your path. If your glowstick is lost or stolen by a monster or creature, it will not be returned.

November 2:

Cirque de Freak Vampire Masquerade Ball
The Ocala Hilton will host the Vampire Ball November 2nd to celebrate "The Day of the Dead". 

November 16:

Run for Your Lives!
Anyone can run. But everything changes when you’re running for your life. Test your speed, strength and endurance through miles of man-made and natural obstacles—all while being chased by hungry, merciless zombies.

Ongoing Events:

A Petrified Forest 
This year’s theme: Museum of Mayhem. Suggested 13 years and up. No costumes allowed. Select days in October.

Check out our review. 

Art After Dark
Join Art is in the Air, Inc. for a month-long celebration of dark art and ghastly-themed events! Participate as an artist in the dark art classes, or take part in the ghastly-themed events as an attendee. Spectator tickets available for Off With Your Head!–a wildly interactive competition where audience participation is required!

Alice Lost in Wonderland
Beth Marshall present's ALICE LOST IN WONDERLAND uses Lewis Carroll’s classic book to inspire the story of a woman frantically searching for what she has lost. Years of falling in and out of mental institutions have broken her and now she finds herself in a terrifying situation where chances are final and journeys into dark places are both wonderful and haunting. 

Select dates starting October 18th- November 3rd

American Ghost Adventures
Check out our post about them here. 
Offered year round, in many new venues. Make your reservations on their website

Brick or Treat at Lego
Ghouls, ghosts and goblins descend on Miniland USA transforming it into a haunted adventure with a scavenger hunt in search for these scary creatures that have invaded our famous cities. 

This spooky, kooky event also features trick-or-treating along the brick-or-treat trail, build your own LEGO model activities, the largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern in the world, Halloween entertainment and an all-kids costume contest with brick-tastic prizes!

Central Florida Zoo Boo Bash
Appropriate for children of all ages. Costumes are welcome! Trick-or-treat in the wildest neighborhood in town during ZOO Boo Bash. It’s safe, fun, and not-too-scary event for young and old alike. Kids are invited to bring goodie bags and wear costumes for trick or treat stations. Costume Contest: 1:00 p.m. each day! October 19, 20, 26 & 27, 2013 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

Dracula, The Journal of Jonathan Harker
Jam-packed with plenty of thrills and chills, Dracula's spellbinding originality and inventive theatricality is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat, while remaining true to the core of a legendary story that launched a thousand teeth.
Playing through November 10th (select dates) at Orlando Shakespeare Theater.
Ghost Tours at The Titanic Experience
Ghost tours open to the public will be held October 17, 24 and 31 at 5:00 pm
Tickets are being sold on the Titanic The Experience website at www.titanictheexperience.comor by calling the venue directly at 407-248-1166.

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens 
The 13: This fall, for select nights, Howl-O-Scream 2013 unleashes thirteen evils, to be exact. The #7 Surgeon, #4 Butcher, #11 Psychopath, #13 Clown, #6 Voodoo Queen and their demented friends will torment you through unexpected terrors lurking around every corner, including new houses, all-new scare zones and thrilling live entertainment. They will leave you screaming for more. Suggested 13 years and up. No costumes allowed. Worth the trip and might I suggest the Fright Feast !

Legends, A Haunting at Old Town
This attraction is taking hold in Old Town in Kissimmee. Operating six days a week 
(Tuesday - Sunday, 7pm to 11pm) and open year round. It is currently in a soft opening phase right now! So go now and love it, then go again and see even more that has been added!
Check out our review.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Appropriate for children of all ages. Costumes are welcome! Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a Halloween-themed special event held on select dates in Magic Kingdom. Tickets available starting September 13th on selected dates through November 1.

Old Town Halloween
Fun activities at the Kissimmee attraction October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 31

Playing at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center Loch Haven Park, October 11th – 31st
With its unique and spectacular blend of Storytelling, Dance, Large scale puppetry and Aerial work, Phantasmagoria has been wowing critics and audiences alike since its premier in 2010. For tickets call 407.328.9005 or order credit card from redchairproject.com starting in October.

Scott's Corn Maze Adventure 
Appropriate for children of all ages. Fun corn mazes and hay rides!

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktakular
Appropriate for children of all ages. Costumes are welcome! SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place every weekend in October. This daytime event runs from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and be sure to check out Count Von Count’s Breakfast!

The Last Stop Carnival
Ocala's creative community has come together to play on your fears by providing a creepy clown filled scare and freak show.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show with the Rich Weirdos 
Fridays and Saturdays at AMC Universal Cineplex 20, located in CityWalk at Universal Studios Orlando, contains adult material. Costumes are welcome. Central Florida's premier shadow cast offers you the real RHPS experience!

The Shallow Grave
The Shallow Grave is a highly detailed spine tingling scarefest that brings the Central Florida area something they have been missing. An intimate in your face, fear filled environment with custom themes and movie quality sets to put you in the midst of terror unlike anything you have experienced before. Once you have dared to put your foot into “The Shallow Grave” you will be begging for more while you are dying to get out.  Running on Friday's and Saturday's from Sept 27th-Nov 2nd. 7pm-11pm General Admission $15 Front of the line for $25

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights 23
This year's houses: The Walking Dead, Resident Evil, Evil Dead, Cabin in the Woods (Unicorn!), An American Werewolf in London, La Llorona, Havoc Derailed and Afterlife. Suggested 13 years and up. No costumes allowed. Check out the “Know Before You Go”. Select nights through September and October Universal Studios knows how to do Halloween.

Check out our story about this event. 

VarieTEASE: "Blood Stained KISS"
Thursday - Saturday Oct. 17th -19th | Thursday - Saturday Oct. 24th - 26th | Monday Oct. 28th. The HIGHLY ANTICIPATED VarieTEASE: "Blood Stained KISS" is finally here! Limited Seating Available so make your reservations NOW!


October 2rd, 8:00PM
Tales from the Crypt
Wednesday Night Pitcher Show on the Enzian lawn FREE

October 8th, 9:30PM
Cult Classics @ Enzian $5 (Advance ticket purchase suggested)

October 9th, 8:00PM
It’s Alive!
Wednesday Night Pitcher Show on the Enzian lawn FREE

October 10th, 8:00PM
Popcorn Flicks in the Park
House on Haunted Hill FREE

October 11th, 7:00PM and 9:00pm
The Theatrical Premiere for: Cassadaga
Playing at AMC UNIVERSAL CINEPLEX 20 - CityWalk
Cassadaga PosterDevastated by the death of her younger sister, Lily Morel seeks solace at the spiritualist community of Cassadaga. But instead of finding closure, she contacts something else – the vengeful ghost of a murdered young woman. With her life crumbling all-around her, Lily races to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding the woman’s death – a task that will bring her face-to-face with a sadistic serial killer known only as 
Check out the extended trailer: http://youtu.be/SLZu8hLEz64
Tickets will be available for purchase soon:

October 12th, Noon
Saturday Matinee Classics $8

October 12th, 11:59PM
Midnight Movie at the Enzian $10 (Advance ticket purchase suggested)

October 16th, 8:00PM
Killer Clowns from Outer Space
Wednesday Night Pitcher Show on the Enzian lawn FREE

October 19th, 11:59PM
Midnight Movie Enzian $10 (Advance ticket purchase suggested)

October 23th, 8:00PM
Wednesday Night Pitcher Show on the Enzian lawn FREE

October 26th, 11:59PM
Evil Dead II
Midnight Movie at Enzian $10 (Advance ticket purchase suggested)

October 27th, 1:30PM
Part of the Caper’s Friendly Halloween Party at the Enzian

October 29th, 9:30PM
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Cult Classics at Enzian $5 (Advance ticket purchase suggested)

October 30st, 8:00PM
Wednesday Night Pitcher Show on the Enzian lawn FREE