- October 9, 2019
With Halloween just around the corner, haunted houses and trick-or-treat events are popping up around town. From ghoulish ghosts and graveyards to hayrides and candy, West Orange residents can enjoy all things scary, or not-so-scary, this Halloween season.
Golf Cart Trunk-or-Treat
When: 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29
Where: Winter Garden Masonic Lodge parking lot, 230 W. Bay St.
Details: Golf cart owners are encouraged to dress up, decorate their carts and take candy to hand out. Those interested in participating are asked to respond on the Winter Garden Golf Cart Club’s Facebook page.
When: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Where: Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden
Details: Hosted by the city of Winter Garden, this annual event will feature trick-or-treating along Plant Street. Attendees can also enjoy vendors, activities for kids, food, a hay maze and crafts.
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29.
Where: Plant Street Market, 426 W. Plant St., Winter Garden
Tickets: Entry is $10 per participating pet.
Details: This not-so-scary Halloween event is all about furry friends. Hosted by Crooked Can Brewing Company, participants have the opportunity to show off their costumed pets in a costume contest and parade. The top three winners will receive prizes. The parade of pets kicks off at 1 p.m.
Panic on Plant Street
When: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, to Sunday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Where: Winter Garden Masonic Lodge No. 165, 230 W. Bay St.
Tickets: Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at squ.re/2ymh10L. The money raised will help support the Masonic lodge’s Adopt-a-School program.
Details: This is the first year that a haunted house will be held at the Winter Garden Masonic Lodge. The house will feature six different themed rooms, from a mad-scientist lab to a graveyard and a maze, for attendees to explore. More than 35 actors playing various creepy characters will fill the haunted house, including Spiky the Clown and Sheba the Gorilla Girl. The event is not recommended for young children, so free adult-supervised childcare will be provided on site.
Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience
When: 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31
Where: Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden
Tickets: Movie tickets are $12, prop bags are $5. No outside props allowed.
Details: Enjoy a night of interactive entertainment with hostess Miss P. Tart. Watch the 1975 film, play along with a game show, enter a costume contest with prizes and take advantage of photo opps. Rated R (17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult).
10th Annual Haunted House
When: 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, Saturday, Oct. 21, Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28.
Where: 951 Ocoee Apopka Road, Ocoee
Tickets: Tickets cost $5 per person.
Details: Hosted by the Ocoee Parks and Recreation Department, this annual event will not only include its haunted house, but also a haunted walk taking guests along a path of spooky sights and sounds. The event also includes a variety of not-so-scary activities for younger children, including a bounce house, hayrides, candy and snacks. Attendees are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the West Orange Christian Service Center.
Ocoee Lions Club Haunted House
When: 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, to Sunday, Oct. 22, and Friday, Oct. 27, to Sunday, Oct. 29
Where: 108 Taylor St., Ocoee
Tickets: Tickets cost $5 per person.
Details: Can you survive the asylum? This year, the Ocoee Lions Club is hosting this haunted house that has been transformed into a creepy asylum. Real-life paranormal investigators also will be on site for meet-and-greet sessions.
Halloween Boo Bash
When: 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.
Where: The Grove Orlando, 4744 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando
Details: Children can see eerie mad-scientist experiments in between trick-or-treating around the plaza. The event will also include games, contests and a costume parade.
Halloween Costume Parade and Hayride
When: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.
Where: Windermere Town Hall, 520 Main St.
Details: The community is invited to attend this annual costume parade. Afterwards, attendees can enjoy hayrides, stories, cookies and treats.
Windermere High School “Trunk” or Treat
When: 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26
Where: Windermere High School, 5523 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, Windermere
Details: The Windermere High PTSO is hosting this trick-or-treat community event. Attendees can enjoy trick-or-treating in the school courtyard, with all treats provided by the school’s clubs and sports teams. A variety of food trucks will also be parked at the school. The event will also include music and activities.