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Florida Guide > Hints and Tips

Halloween Events – Part 1

If you have never been to Orlando in the Autumn then you will not have experienced the special Halloween events that are put on by many of the parks, throughout September and October. They range from the mild to the positively terrifying – so there is something for everyone.

Seaworld provides ‘Spooktacular’ with seafaring characters, and trick or treating at noon each day. It is a family friendly event, so should not scare the little ones. Seaworld provides trick or treating at 15 treasure stations throughout the park, plus face painting, special shows and cookie decorating amongst other things. Thirty five fanciful sea creatures can be found wandering around the park. Normal admission includes these events, so you do not have to pay extra to enjoy this event.

However, if you want to be more scared then try the ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ at Universal Studios, which begin at 6. 30 pm. This is the ultimate Halloween experience, designed to scare you to death. On select nights in September and October, Universal Studios Orlando theme park is transformed into a nightmarish maze of haunted houses, scare zones, shockingly outrageous shows as well as monsters and maniacs wandering about the darkened streets. This year there were 8 new haunted houses, 6 new scare zones and 2 new live shows. Such horror films as ‘Chucky, ’ ‘The Wolfman, ’ ‘Fangoria’ and ‘Saw’ provide the stimulus for the event. The theme of Halloween Horror Nights is ‘Ripped from the Silver Screen, ’ where movie monsters have apparently escaped from their celluloid prisons, ready to scare guests half to death. The Haunted houses are particularly terrifying, and include a maze based on ‘Saw. ’ The house devoted to Chucky, that scary and utterly demented doll, is particularly spine chilling. The scare zones include ‘Apocalypse: City of Cannibals’ and ‘Horrorwood Die-In, ’ a theme town based on the vampire picture ‘Cirque du Freak. ’ There is a live tribute to the Rocky Horror Show, too.

It is bloodcurdling horror from start to finish so probably not an idea if your little ones who still like to sleep with the light on, or check under the bed before they go to sleep. In fact I would recommend that children should be at least 13 to enjoy it fully. But teenagers will love it!

If you care to travel a little further then Busch Gardens ‘Howl O’Scream’ in Tampa is equally scary. Even the website contains a warning that the event includes gore, violence and blood. Entry to this event is by special ticket, which has to be purchased separately from the normal park entry.

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