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Kissimmee & Orlando in October - Trick or Treat?

Published on October 1, 2018 by SarahE

We're well into Fall fun and festivities here in Kissimmee and Orlando in October. There are some amazing reasons to visit in the Fall.

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We spent 2 weeks creating the best online guide to Orlando on the web. It includes everything from theme park guides and videos, free things to do, what to do with kids and a bucket list of attractions along with some of the best places to eat and drink.

It’s packed with our personal recommendations, maps and videos.

Enjoy Hot Sunny Days and Balmy Warm Nights
While many of you will soon be thinking about dusting off those thick winter jackets, here in Florida we only have one wardrobe. Flip flops optional. Sunscreen essential.

Fall is one of our favorite times of the year. The extreme highs and humidity of the summer months are fading and the temps average a very pleasant low 80 degrees. 12 hours of sunshine. Bliss!

Enjoy Halloween like Nowhere Else
Orlando in October is a spooky time of year full of tricks, treats, ghouls and ghosts. We've included the major Halloween events below, but do check  our Orlando Halloween Guide for full details everything happening in the Halloween Vacation Capital.

So here's What's on around Kissimmee & Orlando in October

Brand New Show Debuts at Epcot

Forever Epcot is a brand new nighttime spectacular that debuts on October 1st 2019. The show replaces the 20 year run of Illuminations: Reflections of Earthmovers.

Forever Epcot is a limited-time show that will run until a new permanent nighttime spectacular debuts in 2020.

Check all about Forever Epcot

When: October 1st 2019
Where: Epcot, Walt Disney World
Details: Forever Epcot

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Take your taste buds on a trip around the world throughout October. There will be 35 individual market places offering bite size snacks, desserts and beverages during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

This hugely popular culinary extravaganza includes a host of events: Cheese Seminars; Beverage Seminars; Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It; Culinary Demonstrations; Celebrity Chefs; The Chocolate Experience; tasting events; food and beverage pairings and a host of add-on packages.

Join thousands of foodie fans to savor unique food and wines from around the world.

The icing on the cake? The Eat to the Beat concert series showcasing over 20 chart topping bands.

When: August 29th - November 3rd 2019
Where: 200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821
Web: Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is one of the most popular events for Orlando in October. MNSSHP brings lots of fun for all ages, special parades, awesome fireworks and plenty of trick or treats on select dates throughout October.

When: October 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31 2019
Where: Disney's Magic Kingdom
Web: Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando

Orlando in October is home to one of the Nations premier Halloween events. Unlike Mickey's party at Magic Kingdom or Spooktacular at Seaworld, Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights are definitely not for the faint hearted.
The streets in the evenings transform into a monsters paradise ready to create heart pounding horrors featuring Haunted Houses, Scare Zones and live shows.

When: October 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31 2019
Where: Universal Studios Orlando, 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
Web: Halloween Horror Nights

SeaWorld Spooktacular

Orlando in October brings us this super kid-friendly Halloween event.
SeaWorld Spooktacular is perfect for the entire family to have some trick and treating fun.

The little ones will love this underwater "fantasea" with bright and colorful whimsical creatures, trick or treating, Penelope's Garden Party, Halloween Dance Party and Sesame Streets Countdown to Halloween.

When: Select Dates September 21st - October 27th 2019
Where: SeaWorld Orlando
Web: SeaWorld Spooktacular 

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens

Continuing with the more adult theme, Howl-O-Scream is Tampa Bay's premier Halloween event. Select nights through October 30, 2017 with tormenting surprises around every corner and unexpected scares.

The streets will be swarming with hundreds of roaming creatures, making escape nearly impossible. A chilling live show and the chance to challenge Florida's top thrill rides in the dark will keep the screams coming all night.

When: Dates to be Announced - between September 20th - November 2nd 2019
Where: Busch Gardens, 10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612
Web: Halloween at Busch Gardens

 Brick or Treat LegoLand Florida

A perfect Trick or Treat for the younger kids with Brick or Treat at LegoLand.

Lots of activities including LEGO ghost building, Scavenger Hunt, Costume Contest, Meet & Greet with LEGO characters, a 13 foot Vampyer Hearse and a fireworks finale. All included with the entry ticket.

When: 2019 dates to be announced
Where: LEGOLand Florida, Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL
Web: Legoland Florida

The Haunt at Old Town

Explore the areas only permenant haunted house, Mortem Manor along with haunted attractions and scare zones. The Haunt at Old Town is held on select nights below.

When: 2019 dates to be announced
Where: Old Town Kissimmee - 5770 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee
Web: The Haunt at Old Town

Viva Osceola

Osceola County's premier Latin festival is held on October 6th. This annual event features entertainment, food, fun and games for the whole family, Viva Osceola!

When: 2019 dates to be announced
Where: Kissimmee Lake Front Park, 201 Lakeview Dr, Kissimmee, FL 34741
Web: Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce

Vett Fest

In honor of the Corvette, Old Town will once again host VetteFest on Saturday, October 6, 2018. This special car event now in its 13th year welcomes Corvettes, classic and new, to spend the day showing off their muscle power and shine.

We welcome everyone to this unique and fun event!

When: 2019 dates to be announced
Where: Old Town Kissimmee, 5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy Kissimmee, FL 34746
Web: Old Town Kissimmee

Blocktober Fest

Orlando in October brings a treat for visitors aged 21 and up. Blocktober Fest will transform Wall St. Plaza into the ultimate German party with German drinks, specialty German food and live Oompah music.Beer: From 7-10pm you can get unlimited Sam Adams Oktoberfest and your own German stein for just $20. Then enjoy $3 Sam Adams Oktoberfest beer all night.
Food: German food specials in the restaurants served until 11pm
Music: The Jimmy and Eckhart German Oktoberfest Show will be appearing live on stage from 11.30pm.

When: 2019 dates to be announced
Where: Wall Street Plaza, Orlando
Web: Blocktober Fest - Wall Street Plaza

Silver Spurs Bulls 'n Barrels Rodeo

The second annual halloween rodeo combines two of the most popular rodeo events, bull riding and barrel racing. Kids can dress up in their costumes and trick or treat in the arena's concourse.

Entrance for adults is $15 and children under 10 are free.
Groupon has an offer for tickets at $9.

When: 2019 dates to be announced
Where: Silver Spurs Rodeo, Kissimmee FL 34744
Web: Silver Spurs Rodeo or Groupon Offer

What's On at Island Grove

Orlando in October - Island Grove

Did you know we have a winery right in the heart of Kissimmee? Island Grove Wine Company is a winery and microbrewery serving award-winning fruit wines. The bistro offers freshly made snacks and small bites and the coffee shop offers responsibly sourced coffee. And if you're staying at our 5 bedroom home, Island Grove is within walking distance! It's just a few minutes drive from our other homes.

  • October 10th - Wine & Cheese Paring - 5-7pm. Limited seating, call ahead for reservations. $20 per head.
  • October 17th - Big Bold Red - as the Holiday season approaches, Sommelier Deanna Huber explores the world of big, bold red wines- 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm
    $15 Per Person. Reservations Required.
  • October 27th - Halloween Party - games, giveaways, food and drinks. A spooky special will be announced too.

Where: Islands Grove at Formosa Gardens, 3011 Formosa Gardens Blvd
Kissimmee, FL 34747
Reservations: 407-507-9888 ext.5
Web: Island Grove Wine Company

Come Out With Pride Festival

Orlando in October is home to Come Out with Pride Festival. The event attracts over 150,000 visitors with a massive parade lining the streets of downtown Orlando.

There's a marketplace filled with vendors from and supporting the LGBTQ+ community as well as the most impressive entertainment and fireworks display.

Orlando in October - Come Out With Pride Festival

Spectators line the streets around Lake Eola to watch the many organizations, businesses and individuals supporting the LGBTQ community. With such a diverse array of marchers and floats, this is The Most Colorful Parade in Orlando!

When: October 12th 2019
Where: Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando
Web: Come Out With Pride

BBQ and Blues Festival

Five of the nation's best BBQ teams compete for the top prize in this event at Lakeridge Winery, Clermont. As well as delicious BBQ, guests can listen to a free concert of Blues music on the outdoor stage. Or go inside to the Wine and Cheese Bar for solo acts. Arts and crafts vendors have plenty to offer and beers, soft drinks and ice cream are also available alongside the wines of the Lakeridge Winery.
Admission is $10.00. Children under 12 free. A portion of the proceeds go to support the South Lake Chamber of Commerce

 When: October 11th and 12th 2019 10.00am - 8.00pm and October 13th 2019 11.00am - 5.00pm 
Where: 19239 US-27, Clermont, FL 34715
Web: BBQ & Blues Festival

Winter Park Autumn Art Festival

Orlando in October brings us this fan favorite art extravaganza. The organizers expect more than 40,000 visitors for this annual event where local artists display their exceptional wares.

Food is supplied by local restaurants and live entertainment keeps adults happy. Workshops for children will keep them occupied and, hopefully, educated.

When: Saturday, October 12, and Sunday, October 13, 2019
Where: Central Park, Winter Park, FL 32789
Web: Winter Park Autumn Art Festival


Artists break past the stage and invite you into their performances at IMMERSE. Over 1000 diverse artists immerse you in interactive shows, art installations and inspiring live performances.

4 IMMERSE Ticket options are available:

  • The IMMERSE Experience Basic Ticket
  • The Full Experience Plus Ticket
  • The VIP Experience Ticket
  • The Dinner Party Project Experience

When: October 18th - 19th 2019
Where: Downtown Orlando Address: Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
Web: Immerse

Zoo Boo Bash 

This might just be the wildest Halloween Orlando event you'll visit! This not-too-scary event is perfect for the young and old alike. Kids are invited to bring goody bags and wear costumes for trick or treat stations. There's even a face painter for those feeling a little under-dressed.

No additional ticket needed, this event is included with the entry fee.

Fall Art & Craft Fair, Cocoa

The beautiful, historic town of Cocoa, on Florida's Space Coast, plays host to 200 vendors with their arts and crafts. A kid's zone will keep the youngsters happy and live music will entertain the adults. food and beverages are available and it is free to enter.

When: Sat Oct 19 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm | Sun Oct 20 2018 10:00am - 4:00pm
Where: Historic Cocoa Village, FL 32922
Web: Fall Art & Craft Fair

BOO! on Broadway

Take your little ghosts and goblins to Main Street in Downtown Kissimmee for the annual BOO! on Broadway. Great fun for all the family.

October in Orlando Boo on Broadway
When: October 25th & 26th 2019
Where:  Kissimmee Main Street
Web: BOO! on Broadway

Twilight Ghost Tour of Downtown Kissimmee

The Osceola County Historical Society are presenting this twilight Ghost Tour of Downtown Kissimmee. 45 haunting minutes for only $10 adults, $5 children (12 and under).

Kissimmee Twilight Ghost Tour

Scheduled Tour Times:

  • Tour 1 (5:45PM - 6:30PM)
  • Tour 2 (6:00PM - 6:45PM)
  • Tour 3 (6:15PM - 7:00PM)
  • Tour 4 (6:30PM - 7:15PM)
  • Tour 5 (6:45PM - 7:30PM)  
  • When: October 26th 2018

When: 2019 Dates not yet available
Where: Downtown Kissimmee

Web: Ghost Tours

Clermont Harvest Festival

Orlando in October - Clermont Harvest Festival

Head over to Historic Downtown Clermont for a good old fashioned family harvest festival full of fun and festive spirit.

There will be pumpkin painting, kids zone, games, costume parade, petting farm and hay rides, traditional games such as bean bag toss.

Adults will enjoy over 100 craft vendors showcasing homemade and handmade goods, one of a kind collectables and gifts. Food trucks will be available for snacks and the Downtown restaurants will all be open. And decorated!

When: October 26th 2019 10am - 6pm
Where: Montrose Street, between 7th and 8th, Clermont
Web: Clermont Downtown Partnership

Central Florida Veg-Fest

You don't need to be a vegetarian to enjoy one of the biggest and longest running veg festivals in the world. It's a smoke-free, alcohol-free family fun day showcasing a diverse range of vegetarian and vegan cuisines. Check out new products, learn healthy living alternatives and food prep demos. There's a kids zone, artists corner, live music, animal corner and drum circle.

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019 • 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m
Where: Orlando Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson Street, Orlando, FL 32803
Web: Central Florida Veg-Fest 

Halloween Hustle 5K

This Halloween themed fun run is an event for all ages organised by the Junior League .
The Halloween Hustle 5K race to end childhood hunger includes a 5k walk/run, kid's fun run, trick or treating, food-trucks and live musice.
A great family day for all ages from 5.30pm to 8.30pm
When: 2019 dates to be announced
Where:  Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake, 3401 S Hiawassee Rd, Orlando, FL 32835
Web: Halloween Hustle 5k

Mount Dora Craft Fair

October in Orlando - Mount Dora

The 34th Mount Dora Craft Fair expects to receive over 100,000 visitors to view or buy the offerings of more than 400 gifted artists and crafters. Food and entertainment is also supplied over the two days in this delightful little town.

When: October 26th & 27th 2019
Where: Mount Dora, FL 32757
Web: Mount Dora Craft Fair

There are lots of Halloween events in Orlando and Kissimmee, be sure to check our Halloween Guide too:

Orlando Halloween Events

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