Explore Central Florida: Halloween Celebrations
Halloween used to be a celebration for children while parents supervised. Times have changed, and now Halloween is a festivity to be enjoyed by all ages, children and adults alike. With fall festivals, haunted houses, parties, and decorated theme parks, Florida offers some of the best Halloween celebrations in the country!
Here’s a list of some entertaining ways to celebrate Halloween 2016, just minutes away from your new home in Central Florida:
- October 21 — Mel Brooks: Young Frankenstein: Before you make your way over to Lakeland Community Theatre, remember it’s pronounced ‘Fronkensteen’! The comedy genius Mel Brooks premiers his six-day-long stage production by generating a legendary funny film into an epic stage performance that will leave you in stitches. Purchase an adult ticket for $22, a senior (55 and up) ticket for $20, or a children’s ticket (17 and under) for $15 to reserve your seat today for this hilarious creation. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
- October 28 and 29 — The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Lakeland’s annual Halloween tradition returns to the Polk Theatre with the Original Lipstick Players as the Shadow Cast under the direction of Ferdinand DeJesus. Watch as the Players act out the scenes of this cult classic film, plus enjoy pre-show entertainment, adult beverages, and check out some awesome costumes! Adults only (17+) and dress to impress — the party starts at 9 p.m. and the movie begins at Midnight. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at polktheatre.org or at the Theatre box office.
- October 30 — Halloween and The Exorcist: Gather at the Polk Theatre for two bone-chilling films that will leave you afraid of the dark. The popular motion picture, Halloween, will premier at 5:30 p.m., while the eerie movie, The Exorcist, will start at 8 p.m. Both movies are based loosely on actual events, making these films to die for. The price for each event is $5 per seat.
- October 31 - Fall Festival: On All Hallows Eve, bring your friends and family to join the Lakeland community for the Fifth Annual Fall Festival. This event is free and takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The goal for the community is to offer an alternative to Halloween by providing a safe environment where everyone can have fun and spend quality time with their loved ones. Come down to South Kentucky Avenue for performances, games, candy and a petting zoo! Nothing says celebration like a good old-fashioned fall festival!
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October 29-30 — Pioneer Days Festival: Celebrate the community’s history and connect with the local neighborhoods at Lake Wales on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be live entertainment, living history re-enactments, pony rides, a historic tour and an antique car parade. This unique take on Halloween activities gives the public an escape from the mayhem into the ‘good ole days’ when traditional crafts were the center of attention rather than candy.
- October 30 — CornFusion Crop Maze and Fall Festival: With 20 acres of fall fun, you won’t want to miss out on this end-of-the-month celebration. This eight-acre crop maze and pumpkin patch is free to children 4 years and under, adult prices are $11.50 and tickets for children 5 to 15 years old are $9.50. Included in the fall festival are farm animals, swings, a see-saw, horseshoes, corn hole, hay rides and air cannons. Hours are Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
- Month of October — Halloween Horror Nights: Watch Universal Studios creep and crawl with horrifying creatures, hair-raising monsters and bloodcurdling screams from unknown mutants. With nine terrorizing haunted houses, the park’s most thrilling rides, and scare zones scattered throughout the streets; you cannot miss this mind-blowing event. General admission, package deals and hours can be found here. Be sure to leave your costume at home and purchase tickets ahead of time to ensure a wicked good time. Due to the scare factor, this event is open only to teens and adults.
- Month of October — Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: When Halloween is all about the kids, terrifying monsters may not be the best route to go. Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park offers a safe alternative for children on select day’s entire month of October. Each fall, guests are invited to dress in their favorite costumes and trick-or-treat throughout the Magic Kingdom. The boo-free celebration includes a parade and fireworks.
Weekend of October 29 - Zoo Boo Bash: Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Garden’s come together to provide you with the wildest trick-or-treat adventure you will ever experience. This event is boo-friendly and children are invited to dress up and bring their favorite goodie bag for the candy stations. Come visit the real creatures of the night and learn about the myths and realities of some misconceived animals.
- Month of October - Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens: With seven haunted houses and a park full of mysterious creatures and monsters roaming around, you cannot miss this all-in-one frightful event. In addition to the new Halloween dÃ©cor, all of your favorite attractions will be open throughout the night. Whether your bloodcurdling screams are from the frightful disguises or the shocking new roller coasters, you’re guaranteed to have a trip to die for!
- October 29 — Carnival of the Dead Halloween Freak Show: Halloween isn’t always about the kids! Adults, come enjoy the best of both worlds at Caliente Resort and Spa as they host their annual Halloween event. You are welcome to revel in the relaxation of the spa, as well as participate in thrilling costume contests. A full carnival style buffet, along with live music, is provided.
One of the best aspects of Halloween is that you get to choose how to celebrate it. At Highland Homes, we want our homeowners to enjoy the holidays. We hope this list helps you find new and innovative ways to celebrate with your family.
Our conveniently located new home communities are near some of the most sought-after and popular Halloween attractions in Florida. For more information on our new homes in Central Florida, Greater Orlando, Manatee County, Tampa Bay, and Ocala, visit the Highland Homes website or contact our New Home Specialists at 863-797-4999.
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