What to expect in Orlando during the Month of October

Orlando is one of the most visited cities in the world, and each month brings something new for visitors. October is no exception with festivals, parties and special events in nearly every park. Add in lower crowd levels as well as lower humidity and average temperatures, and it’s a fantastic time of year to take a trip to Orlando. So here’s what you can expect in Orlando during the Month of October

Fair Weather

One of the best things about visiting Orlando during the fall is the start of cooler weather. The daily average temperatures start to fall towards the mid-seventies with low temperatures reaching the sixties on some days. You still get plenty of sunshine and plenty of rain, but overall its much more bearable than during the hot mid-summer months of July and August.

Disney Does Halloween

Walt Disney World is known as the place where magic lives. It’s a family friendly park where everyone, from the youngest guest to the oldest, can enjoy the magic of imagination and dreams together. So it makes sense that Disney’s take on Halloween would be ‘Not So Scary’. The Not So Scary Halloween Party is a fan favorite among guests. It’s a special ticketed event, so the crowds are low. Other bonuses are special meet-and-greets with all of the Disney villains as well as a chance for guests of all ages to dress up in the parks! You can read more about the party here.

Orlando During the Month of October

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

The Food and Wine festival is entering its second month in October. This means you still have time to go an enjoy the additional food venues scattered around the park! And be sure to catch a concert while you’re there! The Eat to the Beats concert series features big names from the past few decades including bands like Smash Mouth, Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees and more. Here is a list for October:

  • October 1 to 2. Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts
  • October 3 to 4. Everclear
  • October 5 to 7. Mark Wills
  • October 8 to 10. Air Supply
  • October 11 to 12. Anderson East
  • October 13 to 14.Smash Mouth
  • October 15 to 16. 98 Degrees
  • October 17 to 18. 38 Special
  • October 19 to 21. The Devon Allman Project
  • October 22 to 23. Kenny G
  • October 24 to 25. Billy Ocean
  • October 26 to 28. Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
  • October 29 to 31. Hanson

And if you want to go the extra mile, you can get tickets to the Party for the Senses. This is an ‘elegant dining gala’ that brings together good food, celebrity guests, and entertainment in what Disney is calling its most sophisticated event of the year. Tickets start at $229 per guest, and there are only a few select dates each month.

Seaworld Halloween Spooktacular

SeaWorld is also joining in on the seasonal festivities. Kids can go trick-or-treating through the park using eco-friendly containers. Special Halloween versions of fan favorites like Pet’s Ahoy and the Sesame Street stage show are waiting for you. There’s a Halloween dance party most nights and you can even meet a mermaid! SeaWorld is also offering a free kids ticket (ages 3-9) with every full price adult ticket purchased.

Orlando During the Month of October Halloween Spooktacular

Brick or Treat

This is the perfect event for families with younger kids. There is a bricktacular Halloween trail for trick-or-treaters ages 12 and under full of spooky characters and lots of candy. There’s a fireworks show at Pirates Cove, concerts for the whole family to enjoy and even special spooky meet and greets! And be sure to pick up some Pumpkin Spice apple fries while you’re there! They’re to die for.

Halloween Horror Nights: Not for the faint of heart

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios has been voted the ‘Best Halloween Event’ by Amusement Today for the last 10 years running. The event opens at 6:30 and runs well past midnight, so make sure you’re ready for a full night of terror. features 10 haunted houses themed after some of the scariest movies and television shows of all time. There are also official ‘scare zones’ where the streets are crawling with all things horrific, so wear comfortable shoes because there may be running involved. Select attractions are open (only the thrilling and scary ones of course) and there’s a steampunk dance party that you can attend. And of course, there are Halloween themed treats with lots of candy thrown in.

Please keep in mind that this isn’t a family friendly event. While Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is open to everyone, Universal strongly advises that kids under 13 do not attend. I have heard of younger guests going, but it’s at your (and their) own risk!

Alternate Ideas for HHN viewing.

If you’re traveling with a mixed group age wise, it may be wise to split the group in two. You can take the kids to MNSSHP one night while some of the grown-ups go to HHN, then you can do an Orlando wide version of a rider swap and switch off. Any brave folks who missed out on night one can head over to Universal while the rest take the kids for MNSSHP round two, or over to SeaWorld or go trick-or-treating in Legoland. It may not be the most convenient approach, but its much better than having to comfort traumatized kids at four in the morning! If you aren’t sure if you’re family is up for this event, I’ve seen multiple recommendations of people suggesting watching videos for it online. If you can’t watch the videos…then you probably shouldn’t attend the event.

Another downside is that no costumes are allowed at the event. This is mostly to keep the guests and the actors from getting mixed up in the shuffle. HHN is a bit more than I personally like to handle when it comes to Halloween, but if you like to be scared, then this is the event for you!

So that’s what you can expect in Orlando during the month of October. So bring your costumes, and your eco-friendly reusable candy containers and come on down if you dare!

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