Haunted Houses and Attractions to Visit this October

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Everyone’s favorite spooky month has finally arrived and that means it’s time to start planning the best Halloween dates. Lucky for you, there’s no shortage of date night locales for you to spend your evening. From Tampa to Orlando to everywhere in between, here are the best-haunted houses and attractions to visit this October.

Haunted Houses You Can’t-Miss

Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens | Tampa

The theme park is famous for it’s Halloween nighttime attraction, Howl-O-Scream. On select nights throughout October, you and your significant other can head to Busch Gardens for an unforgettable experience. You can’t miss this event that’ll give you a night of haunted houses, scare zones, horror shows, and thrill rides! It’s already open for the season, so make sure to get your tickets now.

Photo Credit: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Murder House | Tampa

Located in Ybor City, Murder House is a perfect stop for the best Halloween thrills. This haunted attraction aims to scare you with a league of Killers including the Mutant, Feline, Butcher, Killer Saw, Bouncer, Sugar Demon, Techno Killer and much more. There are even several contests available for you to win free admission tickets! If you’re in for a fright but not looking for much of a drive, this one is a great choice.

Photo Credit: murderhousetampa.com

Undead in the Water | Tampa

Climb aboard the American Victory and experience Undead in the Water. Once you board the spooky vessel, you will be fully armed…with a blacklight flashlight. Bravely explore the multiple decks of the WWII cargo ship, watch out for zombies lurking the halls, and search and destroy! This is Tampa’s first and only nautical Halloween event and is open Oct. 1- Nov 2.

Halloween Horror Nights | Orlando

Everyone has likely heard about this haunted attraction. Located at Universal Studios in Orlando, Halloween Horror Nights will give you the scare experience of a lifetime with haunted houses based on stories you’ll recognize from your favorite movies and on new creations you’ve never seen. There are also scare zones, shows and other attractions waiting for you to make it an unforgettable experience.

Photo Credit: hollywood.halloweenhorrornights.com

A Petrified Forest | Altamonte Springs

If you and your significant other are fans of some outdoors thrills and scares, then A Petrified Forest is the perfect date night choice for you! Open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday after opening night on October 4th, this attraction gives you many opportunities to join in on the thrilling haunted experience. There are two trails for you and your date to explore while at the attraction located just a bit north of Orlando. Tickets can be purchased online.

Photo Credit: apetrifiedforest.com

Face the Fear | Longwood

If you’re in the Orlando area during the weekends near Halloween and need something to do, take a trip to Face the Fear for a fun haunted hotel experience! Besides the fright you’ll get in the haunted Longwood Village Inn, you can also get some snacks at the concessions. Tickets sell out fast so make sure you arrive early for your scare experience at Face the Fear.

Mortem Manor | Kissimmee

This haunted house is a year-round attraction for scares and thrills! Although it’s open all year, there’s no better time to enjoy the 2 story Mortem Manor than during the month of Halloween. You can explore the Haunted House first, then go through the Last Ride simulator that will give you the experience of riding to your burial place. At just a short drive from downtown Orlando, the Mortem Manor is convenient for a date night spent celebrating Halloween in Orlando.

Photo Credit: mortemmanor.com

Scarehouse Pinellas | Largo

The newest haunted house to come to the Tampa Bay area is one you definitely want to visit this Halloween season. At Scarehouse Pinellas, you can celebrate their 2nd anniversary by exploring over 10,000 square feet of haunted warehouse and find more frights and scares than you’ll know what to do with. These frights are inspired by some classic horror films, so come prepared to see some movie monsters, clowns and more come to life. The Scarehouse will be open every Friday and Saturday throughout October and tickets can be purchased ahead of time online.

Photo Credit: scarehousepinellas.com

Scream-A-Geddon | Dade City

This year, Scream-A-Geddon has created a new haunted attraction for you and your date to enjoy. Be sure to check out 2019’s brand new Bonzo’s Beer Garden. Here you can order a brew while Bonzo and his madmen roam the bar. If you ever need a break from the haunted houses and attractions, you can stop in the Monster Midway for some food or drinks, including beer, at the concessions! Monster Midway also features bonfires, games and more! Scream-A-Geddon is open every day from now until November 2nd. Tickets are available for purchase online!

Photo Credit: facebook.com/Screamageddon

Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail | Plant City

At Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail, you get not one, but three different haunted trails to explore. Besides that, there is also an escape game, laser tag, live entertainment, food vendors, merchandise and more. You can take your date to Sir Henry’s in Plant City any Friday, Saturday or Sunday in October for a fun Halloween experience you’ll remember.

Photo Credit: facebook.com/sirhenryshauntedtrail

Ominous Descent | Plant City

Hosted by Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail, Ominous Descent is a terrifying haunted attraction sure to fright. This year, prepare to encounter “The Breed”. After an incestuous family is tortured by their town neighbors, the family is furious and looking for revenge. As you descend into the darkness watch out, as Mr. Harris and his men are around every corner thirsty for revenge. Good luck.

Photo Credit: ominousdescent.com

This year, new and old couples alike have their pick of fun attractions to choose from to celebrate Halloween. Whether you’re looking for something near or far, you’re sure to find something perfect for your October fright night.


If you’re looking for an everyday date idea, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered there, too. Check out Bloomin Love: St. Pete Sunken Gardens or Date Night Around the World: Tampa Indian Edition for ideas you’ll be sure to love!


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