Halloween, the most fun time!
Trick or Treat – That Was Then…
I would race home from school so my mom could put together some sort of costume for me then rush to meet my friends to go trick-or-treating. Somehow, by the time I had my own kids, Halloween included much more; carving pumpkins, putting up decorations, more formal costumes, and, of course, trick-or-treating throughout our neighborhood, but not without a parent escort.
This is Now…
Halloween traditions in college are, well, a far cry from the pumpkin carving, candy apple making gatherings we had in our driveway before the kids started their trick-or-treating. Many places, including frats, will have parties – all week. Halloween week, I’m not going to lie, gives a whole new meaning to the BOO in Booze. Keep in mind this is Orlando and there is a lot of Halloween-themed partying going on in general.
It may not be a bad idea to remind your students of all the nice parts of Halloween and to keep their good judgment about them. A hint to be sure they have all their work done before they go out is wise too.
On a Lighter Note
Drive-Thru Haunted House – The Haunted Road is Orlando’s first drive-thru contactless haunted house. A great idea with everything going on with COVID-19. The house opened on September 26th and is operating through November 7th. It’s open on all weekends and some Thursdays that they have listed on the website, You have to prepay for tickets in order to enter. They have specific nights for the Main Event, Daytime Family Friendly Event, and Unrestricted 18+ night. This is an event you do not want to miss!
Gatorland’s Gator Ghosts and Goblins – With Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween being canceled, this is a great alternative if you’re looking for a day of fun at a park. Taking place on weekends from October 10th to November 1st you can look forward to spooky train rides, themed food, and German Beer. This family-friendly event looks like a great time.
Zombie Karaoke: A 13 Days of Halloween Event – This event is taking place at Cocktail and Screams in Downtown Orlando and it is sure to be a hit. Come dressed up in your best costume and get ready to sing your spookiest song to win some awesome prizes. Tickets are being sold beforehand to adhere to CDC guidelines.
Freak Show: A 13 Days of Halloween Event – Also taking place at Cocktail and Screams, this event will have live entertainment including a hilarious killer clown. Tickets for this are also being sold beforehand and it is taking place on Friday, October 23rd.
Halloween Beer Dinner – Avalon Park is hosting a 4-course food and beer pairing night courtesy of The Aardvark and Central 28. This is taking place on Monday, October 26th from 6-9 pm and there is also a costume contest!
Thornton Park’s 8th Annual Halloween Block Party – 21+ event taking place on October 31st at 9:00 pm, ending at 2:00 am. This event is taking place at The Falcon in Thornton Park, they promised they will have spooky hair raising entertainment to keep you having fun all night long.
16th Annual Wesley Chapel Fall Festival – Nothing screams fall more than a fall carnival. This festival is offering tons of carnival rides and games. They will even have a pet contest and a hay maze. There will also be a live music concert. The festival is free, and the concert costs $10 at the door. This is taking place at The Grove at Wesley Chapel.
Tunnel of the Damned – Taking place at The Forum on i-drive, this event features 20 masked actors and will take you down a terrifying maze until the very end. Recommended for older audiences, this event is sure to give you your thrill fix.
Sanford Ghost Tours – Expert guide takes you through the streets of Sanford telling ghost stories and old legends. Sanford is known for its historic downtown so if you love creepy stories of the past, this one is for you. The cost is $20 and you must wear a mask for the duration of the tour.
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