Halloween in Central Florida is always a good time because there are SO many spooky spots to choose from! We have compiled our TOP PICKS for you to check out the best places in GET SCARED this Halloween Season. We wanted to focus on spots that are a little “off the beaten path”. In fact, you may not have even heard of some of these award winning attractions but many of them have been around for years. We are excited to present you some real hidden gems!!
City of Ocoee Haunted House
The City of Ocoee’s 12th Annual Haunted House is sure to spook you! This haunted walk through an actual old farm house, located at 951 Ocoee Apopka Road, will take Halloween revelers down a ghostly path filled with surprises. Long lines may deter some, but if you want to see great costumes and real people who jump out at you from within the shadows, it’s certainly worth waiting to build the intensity. Also, younger children can experience fun activities outside. Some of which includes a bounce house, hayride, prizes, candy and refreshments – all sure to keep them happy while the brave bunch gets SCARED inside.
In recent years, this house was nominated as a Top 10 attraction by FloridaHauntedHouses.com. If you want a sneak peek of what’s in store, take a journey inside the walls of terror by watching these YouTube videos. Dates for this haunt are October 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th. If you want a scary scene that is off the beaten path we think you will be satisfied with this one. Just make sure to get there early to get a good parking spot!
Face the Fear in Historic Longwood Village Inn
Year after year, Face the Fear has some of the smartest story-telling you can find for these types of experiences. The 2019 Face the Fear once again takes place in one of the most “haunted” spots in Florida – The Historic Longwood Village Inn, located at 300 N. Ronald Reagan Boulevard. This old hotel is the stuff of legend and one of “those” places that everyone fears…
The theme this year is LOST and the story is based on History’s most famous pirate named Blackbeard. Their story begins in the early 18th century before Blackbeard embarks on his most notorious career in piracy. In late 1718, a British naval force led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard succeeded in killing Blackbeard. Before his death, Blackbeard claimed to have hidden his massive treasure, but he never told anyone its location. Treasure hunters have been searching for it ever since. Of course this is nothing but a legend. However, recently a team of treasure hunters discovered the location of the treasure in Longwood and secured permission to excavate and remove the findings and they have been put on display for a brief showing at the Longwood Village in for the Face the Fear 2019 – LOST – Longwood’s Olde Stolen Treasure. Three nights only, October 25th, 26th and 27th.
You can decide whether or not you think it’s cursed!
The Petrified Forest Scare Trail in Altamonte Springs
As another award winning haunted experience, this one is sure to frighten even the bravest of Halloween lovers. Make sure to dress appropriately as part of the experience is traipsing through the woods. The forest may look like a normal part of Mother Nature, but the secrets within may have you regretting your journey through it. All through the trees are whispers from lives of a bygone era, pushing you closer and closer to a massive haunted house. You may think you can take refuge here, but rest assured that this is no safe haven. Spirits roam free, monsters lurk in every dark corner, and sheer terror awaits unsuspecting victims who are brave enough to enter.
The Scare Trail is located at 1360 East Altamonte Drive, just ¼ mile west of 17-92. The spooking begins October 4th. Choose from 16 incredible nights in both October and November. There are several dates available to check out The Petrified Forest Scare Trail, to include a kids day, a special needs day and a Total Eclipse Day. Make sure to book your tickets now!
Panic on Plant Street
Winter Garden Masonic Lodge No. 165 is proud to present the third annual Panic On Plant Street Haunted House. This event is a high-energy, interactive, theatrical, walk through experience, with a cast of talented actors, realistic props, detailed costumes, and incredible special effects! A unique guided tour takes you into a building of ghouls, zombies and things that go bump in the night. We do not recommend bringing small children, but on site child care is provided.
There are a limited number of tickets sold and they tend to go fast! In order to accommodate everyone, patrons will only be allowed in line during your selected window. As this is a charity event all sales are final and there will be no refunds. Tickets are sold in 30 minute blocks. Advance reservations required. The event is located at 230 W. Bay St., in Winter Garden. Dates for this event are October 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th and 27th. See you there if you dare!
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
If a haunted house is not your thing, and the arts is what you seek for your annual scare, then the Central Florida Community Arts (CFCA) showing of Sweeney Todd is for you! This thrilling and dark musical set in Victorian-era London tells the tale of barber, Sweeney Todd, as he returns to London after fifteen years of exile. Writer Stephen Sondheim captures the pain and evil of Sweeney’s life, as this murderous barber sets his sights on revenge against the corrupt Judge who ruined his life.
Opening night for this theatrical event is Friday October 11th and shows run three to four times weekly until the final show on November 3rd. Located at the CFCA Black Box Theatre, 250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd. in Orlando. We know you will enjoy this riveting performance!
Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights
Of course we would be remiss if we didn’t highlight Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. This classic Central Florida Halloween attraction is showcasing it’s 27th year this fall. The screaming starts September 6th runs on select dates until November 2nd.
This year the theme is the 80’s, which have returned with a vengeance. Universal takes fear to the max and will feature 10 totally terrifying haunted houses, 5 pulse-pounding scare zones and outrageous live entertainment. From cinematic screams to the most horrifying cult classics, there is no escape from the decade that just won’t die. If you are a fan of Halloween and your goal is to get scared, this will not disappoint.
This is the conclusion to our list of TOP PICKS of places for you to GET SCARED in Central Florida this Halloween Season. Please let us know which of these haunts you went to experience for yourself, we would love to hear from you!