Since 1991, Orlando has been spooking tourists and residents alike with Halloween Horror Nights, one of the largest Halloween events in the country. Hosted at Universal Studios Florida, the event varies from year-to-year, but usually includes the likes of haunted houses, shows and rides. Over the years, the attraction has expanded to include more components than one is capable of tackling in a visit. Halloween Horror Nights is known for taking elements from pop culture and turning them into scary spoofs, such as the show Bill and Ted’s Halloween Adventure and Asylum in Wonderland. For Halloween 2009, the movie’s set to feature spoofs from the “Saw” series, which promises to offer plenty of frightening and unpredictable sights.
However, Halloween Horror Nights is just the beginning of the scares in Orlando, as it also offers a plethora of Halloween nightlife events. PlazaWeen is hosted by Coors and Bacardi at the Wall Street Plaza. With cash costume contests and different themes each year, the event’s always a hit for bringing in some of the most creative dressers and crazy partygoers. Other notable Halloween parties in the past have included Halloween Costume Party at the Chill Lounge, Velvet Sessions at the Hardrock Hotel and Backbooth’s Zombie Dance.
Since the holiday hits on a Saturday this year, there’s sure to be Halloween nightclub events going on around every corner. Orlando’s Church Street is always a popular nightlife destination, however, on Halloween the festivities kick up a notch. Church Street Entertainment Group officially closes down the street, and people come from all over to join in the Halloween party. Inside the bars, there are DJs, drink specials and live music, while out on the street the zombies roam free. It’s one of the best Halloween nightlife events in the country, showcasing an even crazier cast of characters than one sees on the average Orlando day.
Halloween events also take place at Orlando’s other attractions, such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disneyland and the Zoo Zoo Bash at the Central Florida Zoo. With the city offering so many Halloween parties and Halloween nightlife events, the only problem rests in making the choice of what to do and of course the always-pivotal decision of which costume to rock.