Break out the boos, time for some scares It’s the final countdown for Halloween horrors in Central Florida
By Peter Covino
The countdown is on to Halloween with haunted houses, trick-or-treat events and more all across Central Florida.
Some events end as early as this weekend, while others continue right up until Halloween night, Thursday.
Area events include:
The Haunted Marsh
This one is free (donations accepted) and is open tonight and Halloween night from 7:30-11 p.m.
This is the 13th year for the Haunted Marsh, located on Marsh Road, and its features a new theme and layout every year.
Open to the public October 25th,26th,and 31st!
The haunt is a full scale walk-through attraction made from materials that are recycled, donated, homemade, or found on the side of the road.
According to its operators, you can expect detailed theming and unconventional scares from live actors in the fun and scary haunted halloween event.
This year’s theme Haunted House: Dead and Breakfast.
“Be our guest at Marsh Road Bed and Breakfast where our brand of hospitality is fear. A quint house sits among the corn fields inviting guests in for some relaxation. Once a year, when the harvest time approaches, things take a turn for the worst as the strange corn idol worshipping owners set out to provide souls to their supernatural leader in return for a bountiful harvest. Dare to check in and you will soon be desperately running for your life. Just hope you do not encounter the mysteriously evil provider of the harvest or your soul will be his for the taking.”
One of the county’s favorited haunted attractions, PegHorn Nature Park Trail of Terror in St. Cloud ends tonight, Saturday.
The trail will be open from 8 -11 p.m.
Located at 2101 PegHorn Way (at the park), admission is $5 per person.
Nature Park & Trail (2101 PegHorn Way). Admission is $5 per person.
Parents are advised: the PegHorn Nature Park Trail of Terror may be too frightening for younger children; parental discretion is strongly advised.
Officials say this will be a fright-filled Halloween observance with many ghoulish monsters, ghosts, goblins, cauldrons, skulls, tombstones, bats, and unknowns along the way.
Kissimmee Haunted House
Another annual event, the Kissimmee haunted house is held at the Community House at the Lakefront Park. Tonight is the last night for this event as well.
Held from 8-10 p.m., it is intended for mature audiences. The cost is $5 per person. Go to www.kissimmeeparks.org for more information.
The Orange County Regional History Center’s annual Trick or Treat Safe Zone is today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The free event for families with children ages 12 and younger features four floors of trick or treating, pumpkin choosing and decorating in the pumpkin patch, crafts, games, lessons in ghost-hunting practices, and a scavenger hunt. For more information visit thehistorycenter.org.
Hordes of monsters will be unleashed at Old Town as darkness falls on the complex, near Kissimmee tonight and Halloween night.
The fun filled fright fest is free admission and features costume contests, live entertainment, four terror-filled scare zones and much more.
“This year, there’s more to fear than ever before at Old Town’s Halloween Festival of Fright,” said Old Town President Gary Conroy. “We can’t wait for folks to take part in what is sure to be the area’s best free Halloween scare in central Florida and I promise our guests that that this is the first of many great events coming to Old Town in the next twelve months.”
Also at Oldtown, A Haunting at Old Town, the recently opened, year round haunted attraction featuring state-of-the-art special effects.
Cranes Roost Park
The Altamonte Springs Hallowen event is always one of the most popular in Central Florida.
Hosted by the Altamonte Police Department, is held Halloween night from 5-9 p.m. and features trick-or-treating, live entertainment, a Kids Zone, costume contests for children and adults (begins at 6 p.m.) and food available for purchase. Admission is free.
For more information go to www.uptownaltomonte.com.