Orlando spots to get you in the Halloween spirit

Graphic by Anastasia Rooke

In the midst of midterms, students may forget that October’s Halloween festivities are well under way. Rollins students not only have the chance to be spooked by impending exams, but by the following Halloween Festivities hosted in the Orlando area.

The notorious Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort will feature five  scare zones, 10 haunted houses, six attractions, and one live show from Sept. 14 until Nov. 3. This year Halloween Horror Nights offers a diverse range of frightening activities, whether that be a good throwback, like the “Poltergeist” Haunted House and the “Revenge of Chucky” scare zone, or a twist on a modern classic, like the Netflix’s “Stranger Things” Haunted House. 

If you prefer huddling behind a close friend while being scared down a trail, the Petrified Forest is the place to go. Located in Altamonte Springs at 1360 E. Altamonte Dr., the Petrified Forest Scare Trail opened on Friday, Oct. 5 and will run through Nov. 3. 

The prices vary from a single trail ticket at $15 per person to a ticket for both trails at $25 per person. 

If a good cult classic or popcorn flick in the park is more your speed, the Enzian Theater in Maitland is showcasing 13 Films of Halloween throughout the month of October for a student discount of only $9. The Enzian’s series will feature homages to famous writers, including Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelley, and Bram Stocker, through films such as “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “Frankenstein,” and the “Horror Of Dracula.” Horror classics like “The Thing” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will also be featured. 

If haunted houses, scary trails, or horror films are not how you want to celebrate the month of October, the Winter Park Pumpkin Party offers a free pumpkin decorating event with small pumpkins, paint, and more. It’s on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Ward Park.

Students can also attend the Spooky Skate at the RDV Sportsplex Ice Den in Maitland on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 2-4:45 p.m. For just $12, students can enjoy a nice, chilly Halloween-themed afternoon. The RDV also offers $1 off if you wear a killer costume, no pun intended!

Also on Saturday, Oct. 27, Rollins will host its traditional Halloween Howl from 2-5 p.m. on Mills Lawn. If you would like to help pass out candy, dabble in some arts and crafts, or mingle with faculty member’s children during a friendly carnival game, then make your way over to this event.

For students who want to see if they can survive a zombie apocalypse, the Zombie Outbreak attraction at 7364 International Dr. in Orlando offers just the right simulation all year long for $24.95 per gameplay. 

For those who are looking for treats rather than tricks this October, Peterbrooke Chocolatier on Park Avenue in Winter Park is selling Halloween-themed treats, including a Day of the Dead chocolate mold and a Frankenstein cake pop. The chocolate shop is also hosting a Halloween Chocolate Party on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m., and spots are filling up fast!

Whether you choose to get scared in The Stranger Things Haunted House, get in the Halloween spirit at Spooky Skate, or attempt to carve a pumpkin at the Winter Park Pumpkin Party, these festivities offer a chance to break away from the madness of midterms and indulge in some good old Halloween fun.

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