When it comes to ‘trick or treat’ – and all the accompanying paraphernalia of Halloween – the kids of the US lead the way, with their European peers now close behind. But for sheer inventiveness and scale, the famous theme parks of Orlando are unrivalled for their spooky offerings.
For the most memorable Halloween ever, your youngsters and even those hard to please teens will light up like pumpkin candles when you tell them you plan to celebrate it on a Florida holiday. Events take place throughout October so why not book a stay at CLC Encantada, within easy reach of all the famous parks and attractions, and providing some grown-up comfort and relaxation as well?
Check out what each park has to offer; from spine tingling horror – for those who want to be afraid, very afraid, to fun encounters for younger children without the nightmares!
If you have a Lego fan, you’ll want to include LEGOLAND Florida’s ‘Brick or Treat’, with Miniland USA transformed for a haunting with a scavenger hunt to reveal scary LEGO creatures; the largest Jack-O-Lantern in the world and a 13-foot long hearse – both made from the iconic plastic bricks of course; costume contests, model building and nightly fireworks. They can even pick up a free collector’s brick on the Brick or Treat trail. Selected dates as follows: October 3,4,10,11,17,18, 23-25, 30.31, each with a different theme such as Mad Scientist, Mummy or Frankenstein, and admission is included with the regular ticket.
Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights have created a huge fan base and is this year celebrating 25 years of horror classics. If the Michael Jackson Thriller video had hairs standing on end, then a stroll down the Studio’s street promise to be your worst nightmare with haunted houses, terrifying characters and live shows as slasher movies, horror video games and stories are brought to ‘life’. Not for the faint hearted!
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular®, a family-friendly sea of sweet treats and creatures from the deep, takes place every weekend in October, and on the 31st. While running until November 1st is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at DisneyWorld Magic Kingdom® mixing parades, fireworks and eerie entertainments for fabulous fun
So dig out or get making their favourite Halloween costume, seek out individual park information on events and admissions, then start spinning the web of excitement that will capture all their imaginations.
Picture credit: Brett Kiger