Skip the long lines and high prices at the theme parks this year and experience one of these truly unique local haunted houses. From The Devil In The White City themed haunts to captivating tales of pirates and curses, these unique, local attractions are sure to put you in the Halloween Spirit.
Now through November 2: A Petrified Forest was voted one of "Top "Must-See" Haunted Houses in Florida for 2019" in Scare Factor's haunt-goers voter poll! This year they're offering 3 terrifying trails, each themed for a different Deadly Destinations. Try the Island of the Dolls, a 5 Star Meal at The Slaughterhouse, or relax at their Swiss-themed spa of nightmares. For an extra terrifying experience, try one of their Total Eclipse Nights, where the ONLY light you have is a small glow stick. EEK!
Face The Fear House, Longwood
Three Nights In October: Face the Fear doesn't use the blood and gore you’d expect from a haunted house. Instead, this haunted attraction offers an intriguing backstory and plot. Last year’s theme was alien invasions in Longwood. For 2019, it’s pirates, treasure, curses and more!
Dark Horizon, Orlando
Now through November 2: Dark Horizon emerges in Orlando with much anticipation, to feast upon your fears, fray your nerves, and curdle your blood. Escape the clutches of one of Florida’s most infamous serial killer’s, Bloody Ed Watson. Navigate Captain Killigrew’s ship and her deviously mad crew, and wade past the Vodou Priestess before she has a chance to evoke the otherwordly spirits to possess your body and steal your soul. Hundreds of heinous monsters await to drag you toward the event horizon. Thrill-seekers will revel in 16 nights of terror featuring three gruesome haunted houses, immersive bars, festive fare, death-defying entertainment and more! Brought to you by some of the most celebrated minds in the industry, don’t miss Dark Horizon, the Halloween event of the season. BEWARE: Not for the faint of heart and not recommended for children under 13.
SCREAM-A-GEDDON Horror Park
Now through November 2: SCREAM-A-GEDDON is Florida's Premier Horror Park featuring several haunted house attractions. The houses are HUGE, visual marvels, and the actors are top notch. There is even one house where you can wear a glow necklace if you're okay with being touched! This event is not for the faint of heart. Don't say we didn't warn YOU!
Ocoee Haunted House
The Parks and Recreation Department will hold it's 12th annual Haunted House on 5 select nights in October. Last year over 5,000 plus visitors came out and enjoyed the spooktacular event!
The Devil In The White City-Themed House, Orange City
Illustration by Hollycarden.com
Select Nights In October: H. Holmes World Fair 1893 – A Trip to Nowhere will open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from Oct 17th through Oct 26th. This years tour will bring you face to face with one of America’s first serial killers, H. H. Holmes. In 1893, Chicago was given the honor of hosting the World’s Fair. The event attracted millions of people from all over the world. Holmes knew many visitors would search for lodging. His Hotel offered the best quality and security available for the time. Many out-of-town visitors would never be seen again. Holmes took great pleasure in showing his guests to their very special rooms…the doors only opened from the outside! Throughout the hotel were there were trap doors, peepholes, stairways that led nowhere, and chutes that led into the basement. The basement was designed as a lab complete with a dissecting table, stretching rack, and crematory. Nothing is scarier than real life!
Mortem Manor, Kissimmee
Journey through Mortem Manor, two floors an old Victorian themed haunted attraction filled with scares, thrills and fun. Featuring live actors, animatronics and state-of-the-art special effects. Mortem Manor is open year-round just outside Orlando!
Haunted Hollow, DeLand
Select Nights In October: Haunted Hollow is an epic haunted house experience. With 11 nights to choose from, our Haunted Hollow offers a Mild Side for younger children and a Wild Side for those that dare to be scared.
This article appears in the October 2018 issue of Orlando Magazine.
Plein Air” is French for painting out-of-doors. For one week in November MDCA hosts a plein air paint out which brings artists from all over the area to Mount Dora to paint the scenic lakefront and quaint cottages. The work from the Paint Out is exhibited and awards are given for the top three works. Opening reception: November 8th, 2019 6-8 PM.
The Modernism Museum Mount Dora is pleased to announce its new exhibition, Space Oddities: The Sequel. The exhibition opens on Tuesday, July 9th and will run until mid-2020.
Space Oddities: The Sequel expands upon the Modernism Museum’s exhibition of mind-bending Post-Modern designs created by the radical 1980s design collective known as Memphis. This exhibit features hundreds of new Memphis design objects never-before displayed at the Modernism Museum. It also features many items from the remarkable 2016 Sotheby’s auction of David Bowie’s personal Memphis collection, which was assembled over decades of careful consideration. One of the most famous and prolific Memphis collectors, Space Oddities: The Sequel includes many important pieces personally owned by David Bowie, the legendary pop icon, artist, author, actor and astute art collector.
A members-only opening reception will be held on Wednesday, July 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM in the Modernism Museum gallery. This event is only open to 3MD Members; however, memberships will be available for purchase at the event. Individual-level Memberships start at $40 and several levels are available. Please visit modernismmuseum.org/memberships or call (352) 385-0034 for more information on becoming a 3MD Member and to find the membership level that is right for you.
General museum admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors (55+), educators and students; and $5 for children (ages 4-17). Mount Dora residents and military/ service personnel receive a 50% discount on admission. Modernism Museum Members of all levels enjoy free, unlimited general admission.
Team UP 360 volunteers support our UP Orlando Grocery Program, which allows people living in poverty to purchase food, hygiene and household items for up to 70% off regular prices. These savings mean that people can purchase enough food – quality food – without having to choose between feeding their families or paying other bills.