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Halloween events guide

Our guide to the best Halloween events in and around Orlando



Thursday, Oct. 27

Dirty Dub III: Halloween Edition featuring Renegades of Funk, Banditz 9 p.m.; Bliss Premiere Ultra Lounge, 123 W. Church St.; $10-$15; 407-849-5060.

Fathom Thriller ThursdayBig-screen showing of Butterfinger the 13th and Jack the Ripper 7:30 p.m.; various theaters; $12.50;

Halloween Velvet Sessions with Survivor 6:30 p.m.; Velvet Bar, Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando; $29-$35; 407-351-7625.

Nightmare on Bumby Halloween party with a costume contest and music by DJs Joanie and J.B. Burgos. 9 p.m.; Revolution Nightclub, 375 S. Bumby Ave.; free; 407-228-9900;

Thursday, Oct. 27-Saturday, Oct. 29

Dia de los Muertos & Monster Factory Simultaneous exhibitions feature the works of both local and international artists; through Nov. 10. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave.; free; 407-648-7060;

Howl-O-Scream Vampire- and zombie-themed scare houses and live shows. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; Busch Gardens, 3000 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa; $77.99; 888-800-5447;

Thursday, Oct. 27-Sunday, Oct. 30

The LaVene Family Trail of Nightmares Brave souls take a frightening walk, with a “not so scary” zone for the kiddies. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday; The LaVene Family Trail of Nightmares, 1300 S. Poinciana Blvd., Kissimmee; $12; 501-420-3327;

Thursday, Oct. 27-Monday, Oct. 31

A Petrified Forest Take a trip through a haunted scare trail. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Monday; A Petrified Forest, 1360 State Road 436, Altamonte Springs; $5-$20; 407-468-6600;

Halloween Horror Nights Card game-themed fright fest with street-side scare actors, scare zones and live shows. 6:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday-Monday; Universal Studios at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; $81.99 general admission; 407-363-8000;

Haunted Grimm House Trick-or-treat in the 20-room haunted house. 5-10 p.m. Thursday, noon-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 5-10 p.m. Monday; Old Town, 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee; $12.50; 407-296-4888;

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party “Boo to You” parade, costumed characters and trick-or-treating around the park; through Nov. 1. 7 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Friday, Sunday-Monday; Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; $47.95-$67.95; 407-824-4321;

Friday, Oct. 28

Black Hammock’s Halloween Bash Live music by Sleep til Noon. 9 p.m.; Black Hammock Fish Camp, 2316 Black Hammock Fish Camp Road, Oviedo; free; 407-365-2201;

Costumes for a Cause Guys With Ties hosts a costume contest. 8:30 p.m.; Vain, 22 S. Magnolia Ave.; $20-$30; 407-835-3590;

Freaky Friday with DJ BMF & Dirty Sneakers 9 p.m.; McRaney’s Tavern, 1566 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-622-4474.

Ghost Stories Haunted storytelling in the gardens. 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $10; 407-246-2620;

Goonies Showing of the film in the library. Noon; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481;

Halloween Cover Show 7:30 p.m.; Back Booth, 37 W. Pine St.; $5; 407-999-2570;

Halloween Moonlight Bowl Cosmic lights, DJ music and a costume contest. 10 p.m.; Boardwalk Bowl, 10749 E. Colonial Drive; $15; 407-384-0003;

Haunted Pub TourWith stops at haunted pubs, bars and restaurants. 8 p.m.; Versus Sports Bar & Grill; 100 E. Pine St.; $20; 407-422-5659;

Movies Under the StarsOutdoor showing of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. 7 p.m.; Avalon Park Town Center, 13001 Founders Square Drive; free; 407-658-6565;

The Walking Dead Pub Invasion Zombie-themed pub crawl through downtown Sanford. 7 p.m.; West First Street and South Park Avenue, Sanford; $10.

Wine Lounge: Halloween Costume Party Wine and appetizers to benefit Winter Park YMCA Scholarship Fund. 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Whole Foods Market, 1989 Aloma Ave., Winter Park; $10; 407-673-8788.

Zombie Invasion 2011 10 p.m.; Independent Bar, 70 N. Orange Ave.; free; 407-839-0457;

Friday, Oct. 28-Saturday, Oct. 29

Halloween Costume Bash Wear a costume and win up to $200. 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; Pulse, 1912 S. Orange Ave.; free with costume; 407-649-3888;

Halloween in Cassadaga The paranormal hot spot hosts an outdoor festival with music, vendors and walking ghost tours. 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday; Cassadaga Spirtualist Camp, Cassadaga Road and Stevens Street, Cassadaga; $10.

Friday, Oct. 28-Sunday, Oct. 30

Asylum Haunted insane asylum party with a costume contest, psychotic drag show and more. 9 p.m. Friday-Sunday; Mr. Sisters, 5310 E. Colonial Drive; $5; 407-545-2567;

Phantasmagoria II Empty Spaces Theatre Co. and DiDonna Productions present haunting puppetry, dance and storytelling. 8:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday; Mandell Theatre, Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St.; $20; 407-328-9005.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular Family-friendly event with spooky shows, sea-themed arts and crafts, and trick-or-treating. Noon-8 p.m. Friday-Sunday; SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive; various prices; 407-363-2613;

Touch Halloween Weekend Costume contests and DJ music. 9 p.m. Friday-Sunday; Touch, 55 W. Church St.; $30; 888-455-2634;

Friday, Oct. 28-Monday, Oct. 31

Halloween Extravaganza 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Monday; Theatre Downtown, 2113 N. Orange Ave.; $20; 407-841-0083;

Haunted Swamp: The Walk of Terror 2011 Walk through a terrifying three-acre nightmare. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Monday; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $10-$15; 407-629-0054;

The Rocky Horror Picture Show The Rich Weirdoes present an interactive Halloween movie event. 11:45 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9:45 p.m. Monday; Universal Cineplex 20, CityWalk at Universal Orlando; $10; 407-354-5998;

Saturday, Oct. 29

A Spooky Fish Halloween Bash Les Vixen burlesque, DJ music and a costume contest. 9 p.m.; Revolution Nightclub, 375 S. Bumby Ave.; free; 407-228-9900;

Boo! Halloween-themed costume party for the kids. 3 p.m.; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free, ages 6-12 welcome; 407-835-7481;

Casper 1995’s family-friendly ghost film starring Bill Pullman and Christina Ricci. Noon; Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 203 Magnolia Ave., Sanford; $1; 407-321-8111;

Changing Faces – Alter Ego Halloween Party Costume contest with cash prizes, drink specials and music by DJs Official and Em Cee. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.; Club 57 West, 57 W. Pine St.; $10; 407-872-0084;

Children’s Halloween Storytime Reading of Michael Rex’s Goodnight Goon. 11 a.m.; Barnes & Noble, 2418 E. Colonial Drive; free; 407-894-6024.

Friday the 13th October Movie Madness showing of 1980’s horror classic starring Kevin Bacon. Midnight; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $10; 407-629-0054;

Halloween Costume Bash with Video MixMasta, the Man, DJ Richie Rich 9 p.m.; The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave.; $10-$20; 407-648-8363;

Halloween Eve’s Eve Torture Show Sadistic maze of improv games. 9:30 p.m.; SAK Comedy Lab, 29 S. Orange Ave.; $12-$15; 407-648-0001;

Halloween Howl Family-friendly event with trick-or-treating on Mills Lawn, haunted houses, arts and crafts, carnival games and a costume contest. 2-5 p.m.; Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-691-1250.

Halloween Part One Pre-Halloween costume party and contest, with the winner taking home $1,000. 9 p.m.; The Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; $10; 407-425-7571;

Halloween Party at the Ballet Crafts, costume contest, face painting and games. 5-8:30 p.m.; Central Florida Ballet, 3306 Maggie Blvd., Suite B; $1; 407-849-9942;

Halloween Rage with Hysteria 10 p.m.; Roxy Nightclub, 740 Bennett Road; $10; 407-898-4004;

Halloween Street Party Music, costume contest and drink specials. 7 p.m.-2 a.m.; Downtown Orlando, Orange Avenue and Church Street; $5; 407-649-4270;

Haven of Horrors: Women of Mayhem! featuring Meka Nism, Anyone’s Guess, One31, A Brilliant Lie, Ideal Zero, Autumn Empire 8 p.m.; The Haven, 6700 Aloma Ave., Winter Park; $7; 407-673-2712;

Howl-O-Ween Dueling Pianos Party 6 p.m.; Howl at the Moon Saloon, 8815 International Drive; call for price; 407-354-5999.

Kid’s Trick or Treat Candy at merchants along Park Avenue. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Park Avenue at Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 407-644-8281;

Masquerade Art Event & Costume Party Art and photography by Jack Toepke, Monine Brocco, Lesley Silvia and Jim Carchidi, with vaudeville-style entertainment and a costume contest. 8 p.m.; Bombshell’s Tavern, 5405 Edgewater Drive; $5; 407-252-4913.

NightFlight After-hours paranormal investigation and tour of the airplane museum. 9:30 p.m.; Fantasy of Flight, 1400 Broadway Blvd., Polk City; $75; 941-984-3500;

Spirit Stroll Costume contest and pub crawl through Baldwin Park. 6:30 p.m.; Baldwin Park, New Broad and Jake streets; $25-$35; 407-325-8619;

Spooktacular Costume parade, pumpkin-carving contest and trick-or-treating. 5-9 p.m.; Avalon Park Town Center, 13001 Founders Square Drive; free; 407-658-6565;

Terror on Mills Ave: Lazy Afternoon Halloween featuring DJs Kittybat, LT Smash, YNot, Cooterman, Spreadsheets 10 p.m.; Substance, 934 N. Mills Ave.; free entry with costume.

Trick or Treat Safe Zone Three floors of trick-or-treating with crafts, candy and a scavenger hunt. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; free, ages 12 and under welcome; 407-836-8500;

WOBoween Live music, beer specials and a costume contest. 8 p.m.; World of Beer – UCF, 3402 Technological Drive, Suite 201; free; 321-235-9741;

Zombie Bake Sale Two featuring Mot, Sleazy McQueen, Ken Sherry 9 p.m.; Spacebar, 2428 E. Robinson St.; $5; 407-228-0804.

Saturday, Oct. 29-Sunday, Oct. 30

Zoo Boo Bash Haunted hayrides, trick-or-treating and a pumpkin patch. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3755 N. U.S. Highway 17-92, Sanford; free-$12.95; 407-323-4450;

Saturday, Oct. 29-Monday, Oct. 31

Plazaween Weekend Block party with live music, a costume contest and drink specials. 9 p.m. Saturday-Monday; Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets; $10; 407-849-0471;

Sunday, Oct. 30

Acoustic In-store Performance and Pumpkin Carving Contest with Fitz and the Tantrums 2:30 p.m.; Park Ave CDs, 2916 Corrine Drive; free; 407-447-7275.

FrankenSlide 2011 Halloween-themed car drifting competition and costume contest. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Central Florida Racing Complex, 201 Parcel Lane; $10; 407-812-4004;

Halloween Intermezzo T-dance featuring DJ Infinity, Macaviti, DJ Brianna and the Footlight Players. 6 p.m.; The Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; free; 407-425-7571;

Halloween Kids Club Cookie decorating and trick-or-treating. 1-3 p.m.; Whole Foods Market, 1989 Aloma Ave., Winter Park; free, registration required; 407-673-8788.

Legends 2: A Halloween Tale Godbout Entertainment horror flick. 12:30 p.m.; Cinemark at Festival Bay Mall, 5150 International Drive; $5; 407-352-1042;

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Halloween family film double-header showing of The Wind in the Willows and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. 1 p.m.; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $5-$8; 407-629-0054;

Trick or Beer:30 Orlando Brewhaus of Horror party with a haunted “booery” tour, costume contest and beer specials. 6 p.m.; Orlando Brewing, 1301 Altanta Ave.; free; 407-872-117;

Trick or Treat on Greek Street Halloween activities and trick-or-treating for kids. Noon-3 p.m.; University of Central Florida, 4000 Central Florida Blvd.; free; 407-823-2000;

Monday, Oct. 31

Ghouls & Goblins Annual Halloween Party hosted by MTV’s Adam Royer 10 p.m.; Bar One, 1 S. Orange Ave.; call for price.

Halloween at Cranes Roost Trick-or-treat around the lake. 5-9 p.m.; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8863;

Halloween Beats with Treats: Brandt Brauer Frick 8:30 p.m.; The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave.; $10-$12; 407-228-1220; plazaliveorlando.

Halloween Part Two DJ music and a costume contest with $3,000 in cash prizes. 9 p.m.; The Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; $10; 407-425-7571;

Noche de las Brujas Halloween costume contest, Latin Diva show and music by DJs Lui Lou and Sergio. 9 p.m.; Revolution Nightclub, 375 S. Bumby Ave.; free; 407-228-9900;

Pumpkins & Munchkins Games, bounce houses, a costume contest and trick-or-treat trail. 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Shady Park, corner of New England and Pennsylvania avenues, Winter Park; free; 407-599-3275;

Soul of da City’s Halloween Edition Variety Show 8 p.m.; Club 57 West, 57 W. Pine St.; $5; 407-872-0084;

Spooktacular Halloween Sunset Beer Boat Cruise Costumed boat tour with Shipyard beer and a prize for the best costume. 6 p.m.; Dinky Dock Park, Ollie Avenue, Winter Park; $20, reservations required; 407-383-9463.

The Florida Mall’s Trick-or-Treat Event Participating mall retailers hand out candy, with kids activities like face painting and balloon artistry. 6-8 p.m.; Florida Mall, 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail; free; 407-851-7234;

Trick or Treat Carnival games, costume contests, candy and more. 6 p.m.; downtown Sanford, West First Street and South Park Avenue, Sanford; free; 407-688-5120;

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