Orlando Events Calendar: October 2022

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The Magic Kingdom Haunted Mansion is everyone’s favorite haunted house. (PHOTO PROVIDED TERI GROSZE)

HALLOWEEN HAPPINESS

HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS
Until October 31: The evil minds behind the scenes at Universal Studios have worked overtime to create the best of the worst experiences money can buy, including 10 haunted houses, five scare zones, two outrageous live shows and tons of food and themed drinks. Haunted houses include The Horrors of Blumhouse, Halloween, and Universal Monsters: Legends Collide. universalorlando.com

MICKEY’S HALLOWEEN PARTY IS NOT SO SCARY
Until October 31: The folks at Disney have missed this heartwarming holiday so much over the past two years that they couldn’t wait to gently scare your little ones on Thursdays, Mondays and Sundays. Everything is back, the not terribly terrifying parades, stage shows, special effects, projections, music and fireworks. Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista. disneyworld.disney.go.com

THE SEAWORLD HOWL
Until October 31: Horror has resurfaced from the depths to terrorize this once peaceful, child-friendly theme park. Freak out in haunted houses, at spooky shows, and through spooky areas and rides. Evening event with separate ticket for an informed public. No disguise. 7:00 p.m. 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando. seaworld.com

THE HAUNTED ROAD
Until November 4: Meet the friendly people at the slaughterhouse, including Butcher Dave; Ghostly Heff, who likes to kill with lethal gases; and Gina and Girdy, twin turkeys with a taste for human flesh. Buy your tickets online. 15239 Lake Pickett Road, Orlando. thehauntedroad.com

A PETRIFIED FOREST
Oct. 1-Oct. 29: Voted one of the best haunted houses in Florida, A Petrified Forest is a walk in the park, if you like terror. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., rain or shine. 1360 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs. 407-468-6600. apetrifiedforest.com

SCREAM ‘N’ STREAM HAUNTED DRIVE-THRU
October 1 to 31: Want to be scared out of your mind in your car and not even be on I-4? Walk through this haunted scene featuring seven terrifying spooky zones and a special party zone at the end. Benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Haunters Against Hate. 7:30-10:30 p.m. The Florida Mall, 8001 South Orange Blossom Trail. 407-552-4129 (text messages only). cryernstream.com

LEGOLAND BRICK OR TREAT
October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30: Experience spooky, goofy fun at one of the few kid-friendly Halloween events in Central Florida. Trick or treat all over the park, meet exclusive Halloween characters and watch the fireworks. Included with admission. 1 LEGOLAND Lane, Winter Haven. legoland.com

PHANTASMAGORY XIII
October 6-8: The Victorian Horror Troupe presents “Poe, Through the Darkly Tales”, a whimsical and macabre journey through the tales and poetry of Edgar Allen Poe, presented through evocative tales, puppets, screenings, dance and original music. 8:00 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014, Box Office: 407-358-6603. drphillipscenter.org

THE FUNIKIJAM SHOW—THE ROCK OR TREAT HALLOWEEN FAIR
Oct. 22-23, 29-30: Join the Orlando Repertory Theater in your costume for this high-energy, dancing, singing, and backing Halloween musical. Saturday 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. 1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando. 407-896-7365. orlandorep.com

THE GARDENS OF THE TALE HAUNTING
October 28: Garden gates open at 6 p.m., with moving storytelling beginning at 7:30 p.m. Bring a picnic lunch. Alcohol allowed. Bring chairs or a blanket. Buy your tickets online. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. 407-246-2620. leugardens.org

PHANTASMAGORY XIII
October 28-29: The Victorian Horror Troupe presents “Poe, Through the Darkly Tales”, a whimsical and macabre journey through the tales and poetry of Edgar Allen Poe, presented through evocative tales, puppets, screenings, dance and original music. 7:30 p.m. Athens Theater, 124 N. Florida Ave., DeLand. 386-736-1500. athensdeland.com

ORLANDO CREEPY CRAWL FUN WALK AND 5K
October 29: Not your ordinary race, the Creepy Crawl features a costume contest for humans and pets, tricks or treats, food, music, and prizes. Benefits the Hemophilia Foundation of Greater Florida. Harbor Park at Baldwin Park, 4990 New Broad St., Orlando. 800-293-6527 or 407-629-0000. hemophiliaflorida.org

TRICK OR TREAT SAFETY AREA
October 29: Celebrate the spooky and enjoy spooky crafts and sweets. 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. 407-836-8500. thehistorycenter.org

HALLOWEEN AT CRANES ROOST PARK
October 31: Families enjoy themselves in a safe environment while local businesses hand out sweets and trinkets from lakeside kiosks. Live performances, costume contests, games, food and drink for sale. 5-9 p.m. 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs. 407-572-8863. altamonte.org

SPECIAL EVENTS

ENCHANTED FAIRY GATES
Until October 31: This charming Central Florida tradition features 20 unique and whimsical fairy doors scattered throughout the 50-acre garden to inspire children’s imaginations. $15 adults, $10 for children 4-17. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. 407-246-2620. leugardens.org

AIRPLAY
October 1 to 30: Journey through the UK’s ‘Air Architects’, a massive, bouncy visitor experience of color, light and shape. Seneff Arts Plaza at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org, creativecityproject.com

BLUE’S CLUES & YOU!
October 2: Josh needs the help of Blue and you to conjure up a magical theater show in this epic new adventure with Broadway-style song and dance. 2:00 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014, Box Office: 407-358-6603. drphillipscenter.org

AVALON PARK OKTOBERFEST
October 7, 8: It’s Oktoberfest time and Central Floridians are invited to spend the evening in Avalon Park’s beer garden, sipping on Germany’s favorite drink. Enjoy alpine dancing, live music and food. Beer Garden Preview is on Friday and the festival is on Saturday. 5-10 p.m. 3651 Avalon Park Blvd. East, Orlando. 407-658-6565. avalonparkorlando.com

49th ANNUAL WINTER PARK FALL ART FESTIVAL
October 8-9: Local artists! Local music! Local family fun! The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce hosts the only juried fine arts festival exclusively featuring Florida artists in this community-focused sidewalk show. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Central Park, 251 S. Park Ave., Winter Park. 407-644-8281. www.winterpark.org

GO OUT WITH PRIDE ORLANDO
October 15: It’s time for the Pride Parade and Festival, a huge show of support for Central Florida’s LGBTQ+ communities. Don’t miss the most colorful parade, where more than 150 companies parade for love. Come Out With Pride supports the LGBTQ+ community through grants and scholarship programs. Times TBA. comeoutwithpride.com.

BIODIVERSITY DAY IN THE YARD
October 22: The Florida Native Plant Society and Mead Botanical Garden’s Tarflower Chapter presents free, family-friendly information on creating biodiverse backyard habitats that help support bees and native wildlife. 9:00 a.m. 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park. tarflower.fnpschapters.org

MONSTER JAM
October 29: High-flying stunts! Fiery Rivalries! Head-to-head battles! Witness intense competitions of speed and skill that will have the whole family screaming. 7:00 p.m. Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando. 407-440-7900. campingworldstadium.com

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