Orlando Event Calendar: October 2022

We've rounded up the best events in October and beyond!

The Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom is everyone’s favorite haunted house. (PHOTO PROVIDED TERI GROSZE)

HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS

HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS
Through Oct. 31: The evil minds behind the scenes at Universal Studios have been working overtime to create the best of the worst experiences money can buy, including 10 haunted houses, five scare zones, two outrageous live shows and crypt loads of themed food and beverages. Haunted houses include The Horrors of Blumhouse, Halloween and Universal Monsters: Legends Collide. universalorlando.com

MICKEY’S NOT SO SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY
Through Oct. 31: The folks at Disney missed this heartwarming party so much over the past two years that they couldn’t wait to gently spook your little ones again on Thursdays, Mondays and Sundays. It’s all back, the not-terribly terrifying parades, stage shows, special effects, projections, music and fireworks. Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista. disneyworld.disney.go.com

SEAWORLD’S HOWL-O-SCREAM
Through Oct. 31: Horror has surfaced from the depths to terrorize this once-peaceful and kid-friendly theme park. Freak out in haunted houses, at terrifying shows and through scare zones and rides. Separately ticketed night event for mature audiences. No costumes. 7 p.m. 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando. seaworld.com

THE HAUNTED ROAD
Through Nov. 4: Meet the friendly folks at the slaughterhouse, including Butcher Dave; Ghostly Heff, who enjoys killing via deadly gas; and Gina and Girdy, twin turkeys with a taste for human flesh. Buy tickets online. 15239 Lake Pickett Road, Orlando. thehauntedroad.com

A PETRIFIED FOREST
Oct. 1-Oct. 29: Voted one of the top haunted houses in Florida, A Petrified Forest is a walk in the park-if you love terror. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Rain or shine. 1360 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs. 407-468-6600. apetrifiedforest.com

SCREAM ‘N’ STREAM HAUNTED DRIVE-THRU
Oct. 1-31: Want to be scared out of your wits in your car and not even be on I-4? Drive through this haunted scene featuring seven terrifying scare zones and a special party zone at the end. Benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Haunters Against Hate. 7:30-10:30 p.m. The Florida Mall, 8001 South Orange Blossom Trail. 407-552-4129 (text messages only). screamnstream.com

LEGOLAND BRICK OR TREAT
Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30: Experience the spooky, kooky fun at one of the few kid-friendly Halloween events in Central Florida. Trick or treat throughout the park, meet exclusive Halloween characters and watch the fireworks. Included with admission. 1 LEGOLAND Way, Winter Haven. legoland.com

PHANTASMAGORIA XIII
Oct. 6-8: Victorian horror troupe presents “Poe, Through the Tales Darkly,” a whimsically macabre journey through Edgar Allen Poe’s tales and poetry, presented through evocative storytelling, puppetry, projections, dance and original music. 8 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014, Box Office: 407-358-6603. drphillipscenter.org

THE FUNIKIJAM SHOW—ROCK OR TREAT HALLOWEEN FAIR
Oct. 22-23, 29-30: Join Orlando Repertory Theatre in your costume for this high-energy, dance-along, sing-along, play-along Halloween musical. Saturday 2 & 5:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. 1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando. 407-896-7365. orlandorep.com

LEU GARDENS HAUNTING TALES
Oct. 28: The garden gates open at 6 p.m., with spine-tingling tales beginning at 7:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner. Alcohol permitted. Bring chairs or a blanket. Buy tickets online. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. 407-246-2620. leugardens.org

PHANTASMAGORIA XIII
Oct. 28-29: Victorian horror troupe presents “Poe, Through the Tales Darkly,” a whimsically macabre journey through Edgar Allen Poe’s tales and poetry, presented through evocative storytelling, puppetry, projections, dance and original music. 7:30 p.m. Athens Theatre, 124 N. Florida Ave., DeLand. 386-736-1500. athensdeland.com

ORLANDO CREEPY CRAWL FUN WALK AND 5K
Oct. 29: Not your ordinary race, the Creepy Crawl has a costume contest for humans and pets, trick or treating, food, music and prizes. Benefits the Hemophilia Foundation of Greater Florida. Harbor Park at Baldwin Park, 4990 New Broad St., Orlando. 800-293-6527 or 407-629-0000. hemophiliaflorida.org

TRICK OR TREAT SAFE ZONE
Oct. 29: Celebrate the scary and enjoy creepy crafts and candy. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. 407-836-8500. thehistorycenter.org

HALLOWEEN AT CRANES ROOST PARK
Oct. 31: Families trick-or-treat in a safe environment as local businesses hand out candy and trinkets from booths lining the lake. Live entertainment, costume contests, games, food and beverages for sale. 5-9 p.m. 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs. 407-572-8863. altamonte.org

SPECIAL EVENTS

ENCHANTED FAIRY DOORS
Through Oct. 31: This charming Central Florida tradition features 20 one-of-a-kind, whimsical fairy doors scattered throughout the 50-acre garden to inspire children’s imaginations. $15 adults, $10 for children 4-17 years. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. 407-246-2620. leugardens.org

AIRPLAY
Oct. 1-30: Journey through the U.K.’s “Architects of Air,” a massive, inflatable walkthrough experience of color, light and shape. Seneff Arts Plaza at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org, creativecityproject.com

BLUE’S CLUES & YOU!
Oct. 2: Josh needs help from Blue and you to conjure up a magical theater show in this epic new adventure with Broadway-style song and dance. 2 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014, Box Office: 407-358-6603. drphillipscenter.org

AVALON PARK OKTOBERFEST
Oct. 7, 8: It’s Oktoberfest time, and Central Floridians are invited to spend the evening in the Avalon Park beer garden, sipping Germany’s favorite beverage. Enjoy Alpine dancing, live music and food. Beer Garden Preview is Friday and the festival runs on Saturday. 5-10 p.m. 3651 Avalon Park Blvd. East, Orlando. 407-658-6565. avalonparkorlando.com

49th ANNUAL WINTER PARK AUTUMN ART FESTIVAL
Oct. 8-9: Local artists! Local music! Local family fun! The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce hosts the only juried fine art festival exclusively featuring Florida artists in this community-oriented sidewalk show. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Central Park, 251 S. Park Ave., Winter Park. 407-644-8281. winterpark.org

COME OUT WITH PRIDE ORLANDO
Oct. 15: It’s time for the Pride parade and festival, an enormous show of support for Central Florida’s LGBTQ+ communities. Don’t miss the Most Colorful Parade, where more than 150 businesses march for love. Come Out With Pride supports the LGBTQ+ community through grants and scholarship programs. Times TBA. comeoutwithpride.com.

BACKYARD BIODIVERSITY DAY
Oct. 22: The Tarflower Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and Mead Botanical Garden present a free, family-friendly informational about creating biodiverse backyard habitats that help support bees and native wildlife. 9 a.m. 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park. tarflower.fnpschapters.org

MONSTER JAM
Oct. 29: High-flying stunts! Heated rivalries! Head-to-head Battles! Witness intense competitions of speed and skill that will have the whole family screaming. 7 p.m. Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando. 407-440-7900. campingworldstadium.com

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