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Halloween events haunt Winter Park, Orlando

Photo by David Menidre

During this spooky season, a wide variety of events within the Winter Park and Orlando area range from scary movie nights to mind-boggling exhibits.

Once a month in Winter Park’s Central Park, the city holds a free movie night on the lawn open for all community members. “Popcorn Flicks in The Park” will occur on Oct. 14 at 8 p.m., and the featured movie will be “The Abominable Dr. Phibes.” It will be socially-distanced and will be the event’s 50th anniversary.

Another event for movie-goers is the “13 Films of Halloween.” Every October, the Enzian Theatre showcases scary movies for all ages. The lineup includes cult-classics like “Freddy vs. Jason” and midnight films like “Donnie Darko.” Admission for students is only $10 if you show your student ID, and the theatre (located in Maitland) is only a 10-minute drive from Rollins. 

For students 21 years and older, the “13 Cocktails of Halloween” event will showcase drinks inspired by the movies. The Enzian Theatre will also host a Halloween bash for those 21 years and up called “Eden Bar’s Halloween Party.” The party will feature a DJ and costume contest, and admission is only $15. These spooky offerings are available between Oct. 2 and 30.

Located in Altamonte Springs, “A Petrified Forest” features three outdoor scare trails called “The Derailed,” “The Sewn,” and “The Unleashed.” 

“The Derailed” is a journey on the Midnight Express: a corrupt conductor took a wrong turn to a strange land full of monsters. “The Sewn” features a crazy artist named Ida Steek: as the daughter of a taxidermist, she is skilled with a needle and wants to show off her creations. 

Lastly, “The Unleashed” is a trail that invites you to fight for survival in the apocalypse. “A Petrified Forest” will take place between Oct. 1 and 30. 

For those who do not want to be scared, another festive offering is the “Trick or Treat” exhibit at the Museum of Illusions. This is a great place to go with friends and family to try something new for the spooky season. 

The Museum of Illusions is filled with eye-tricking exhibits that challenge perception. The museum defies gravity in the reverse room, shrinks to a miniature size in the ames room, and roams the infinity and beyond in the infinity room. 

The “Trick or Treat” exhibit and event will also provide complimentary candy. It will be held every Wednesday between 5 and 8 p.m. from Oct. 6 to 27.

Whether it is watching movies, exploring a forest, or going to a museum, there are a wide variety of things to do in the Winter Park and Orlando area to help make your Halloween season festive this October.

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