The month of October brings spooky sights to many of Central Florida’s theme parks and attractions.
Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights attracts busloads of tourists from all over. For locals, the annual event may not be worth the tourists and long lines.
Locals who seek a good scare may want to check out these alternative attractions around Central Florida that embrace the Halloween spirit.
Knightmare Haunted House
The Knightmare Haunted House prides itself as Central Florida’s newest and scariest haunted house. The 8,000-square-foot haunted house is open six days per week and is located a half a mile from UCF.
When: Monday through Wednesday from 7:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 7:30 p.m. until midnight.
Where: 5707 DOT Com Court
Cost: $20 at the door or $15 online. Students receive a $5 discount off the door price with a valid student ID.
Orlando Haunted Maze
Orlando Haunted Maze sits on the property of George Goldstein, who has been hosting the maze to raise money for charity for the last eight years. Guests who complete the maze face a haunted house, Goldstein’s actual home, at the end.
The themes of the maze and haunted house take after popular horror movies, such as “Friday the 13th” and “Halloween,” Goldstein said.
When: Friday and Saturday from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. and Oct. 30-31 from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Where: 3209 Calloway Drive
Cost: $10 for adults and $5 for children 9 and under.
A Petrified Forest
Located in Altamonte Springs, A Petrified Forest offers two scare trails that encompass more than 85,000 square feet with more than 70 scare actors lurking in the darkness. Trail survivors will have the opportunity to enjoy live music, food concessions and backstage tours, according to its website.
When: Friday and Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Where: 1360 E. Altamonte Springs Drive
Cost: $15 for a single trail or $25 for both trails. Backstage tours cost $12.
Scott’s Maze Adventure
For something less frightening, Scott’s Maze Adventures at Long & Scott Farms offers a uniquely designed 7-acre corn maze without the scare actors. Guests can also enjoy a playground, a giant Jumping Pillow — similar to a trampoline — a 60-foot super slide and hayrides.
When: Saturdays through Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 26216 County Road 448A
Boo ‘N Brew Fall Festival
For more not-so-frightening fun, Waterford Lakes Town Center will be hosting the Boo ‘N Brew Fall Festival with complimentary trick-or-treating and unlimited beer tasting compliments of World of Beer for guests 21 and over.
When: Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: 413 N. Alafaya Trail
Cost: $20 for advance tickets and $25 on the day of the event.
Eric Gutierrez is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @atticus_adrift or email him at EricG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.