Even though the weather is still wonderful, spending your Halloween in Orlando is a hauntingly fun time. Just ask people who attend SeaWorld and Universal Orlando events from September to November. During early autumn, these family-friendly theme parks turn into spectacular Halloween-themed wonderlands. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is tame compared to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. The latter is more age-appropriate for older children who attend junior high and high school.
All About SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
On weekends, from September 21st to October 27th, 2019, SeaWorld changes its theme to Halloween. The kid-friendly Spooktacular includes trick-or-treating, costumes, a dance party, and even a show, Pet’s Ahoy Halloween, all about pets and the training that the marine life receive at SeaWorld. It’s different than the programming offered by the park the rest of the year and well worth a visit if your kids love dolphins, killer whales, and candy.
Costumes with masks are allowed for children 12 years old and younger. Adults and older children are welcome to dress up, too, but cannot wear hoods or masks in the park. All costumes should be family-friendly per SeaWorld’s request. Face painting isn’t allowed unless a professional artist in the park provides the service for the child or adult.
All About Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights
On select nights from September 6th to November 2nd, 2019, Universal ups its scream factor by offering terrifying haunted houses, scare zones to escape from, and the best special effects and costumes that have graced the big screen. This terrifying setting is not advisable for children under the age of 13 and no masks or costumes worn by the public are allowed. Families looking for a tamer Halloween experience will find it at the aforementioned SeaWorld.
Universal’s classic monsters such as Frankenstein, Dracula, and Werewolf will be present. There is also a nod to the 1980s with Ghostbusters and the all-new Stranger Things tribute. Select rides remain open during the event, too, giving you and your family plenty of death-defying drops and adrenaline-producing scares during your visit. The Halloween Horror Nights event has been so consistently great that it’s received Amusement Today’s award for Best Halloween Event for 11 years.
Finding a Hotel in the Center of All the Action
Hotels near Universal Studios Orlando Resort are abundant. To find the perfect one for your trip, you’ll need to choose wisely. The Hyatt Place across from Universal Orlando Resort is ideal for many because of its close proximity to both theme parks. The hotel even offers a free shuttle ride to Universal Orlando Resort.
If you want to be even closer to the action, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando is located right there. This resort-style hotel offers on-site gourmet cuisine and other luxurious amenities like a lavish pool with underwater music and tons of other on-site attractions.
Don’t Be Scared to Come Back to Orlando Year After Year for Halloween
Share a scream with the family this year in Orlando! If you love everything Halloween, you won’t want to miss both SeaWorld and Universal Studios Orlando’s yearly events. It’s an experience that is sure to create a lot of memories for you and your kids. Allowing yourself enough time to explore the two theme parks allows you to see and experience as much as you possibly can during your stay to O-Town.