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Halloween Haunted Houses & Scary Attractions: Lakeland & Central Florida

Scary Halloween attractions Haunted Houses in Lakeland

If you like to SCREAM when it is time for Halloween, we’ve got a list of places to find all things scary in Lakeland and Polk County including Haunted Houses, Zombies, and gory Halloween attractions. Plus the best scary attractions and events in Tampa & Orlando for 2020. NEW THIS YEAR – drive-thru Halloween events happening in the Orlando area.

Don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Fall & Halloween Activities for a full list of fun things to do this fall in Lakeland and Central Florida including pumpkin patches, corn mazes, haunted houses, Halloween events, trunk or treat, drive-thru Halloween attractions and more.

We STRONGLY encourage you to ask around and find out more about each of these attractions before taking children. They are all legitimately SCARY, and only you can judge what age is appropriate for your own kids!

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Please check directly with event organizers or local businesses for mask requirements, safety protocols, advance registration, and any last-minute changes. All information on our website is for informational purposes only – we are not qualified to provide health or safety recommendations.

Scary Attractions & Haunted Houses in Polk County

Buckingham Terror Haunted House (Camp Fire)

Buckingham Terror presents “Twisted Forest: Beware the Witches’ Vengeance.” These cursed woods are a legend among locals. Nearby residents whisper tales of the curious who have entered the forest only to never be seen again. And those who do reemerge share tales of unimaginable horrors and encounters with disfigured, humanoid beasts. Come to Lakeland’s best Haunted House and discover what becomes of those who are lost in the Twisted Forest.

About Buckingham Terror: Since 2002, Buckingham Terror, a program of Camp Fire Sunshine, has provided frightful entertainment for the Lakeland community. In addition, 150+ local middle and high school students have the unique opportunity to design, build, and run a haunted house. Funds raised from the Buckingham Terror program support teen programs throughout the year. Collectively, teens earn over 1,000 service hours during the construction and operation of the haunt. And with the help of staff and adult volunteers, they learn project management, effective goal setting, and the importance of a growth mindset. Learn more.

Location: 2600 Buckingham Ave., Lakeland, FL 33803
More info: Website Facebook 
Dates & Times: Open October 23-24 and 30-31, 2020 from 7:30-11:00pm.
Cost: $10 for adults | $8 for ages 13 – 18 | $5 for ages 12 & under
DISCLAIMER: Not intended for children under 10 or the faint of heart.

Halloween Movies & Scare Zones at Silvermoon Drive-In

Silvermoon Drive-In will show a variety of Halloween movies and scary movies in October. Scare actors in dedicated scare zones will be at some of the movies. Check the Silvermoon website or Facebook page for details.

Location: Silvermoon Drive-In – 4100 New Tampa Hwy, Lakeland, FL 33815
Dates & Times: Nightly in October
Cost: $6/person for ages 10+, $2/person for ages 4 – 9. Special events may have separate admission.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Haunted Jail Tour: Zombie Outbreak

This Haunted House in Bartow is located in a jail. What could be spookier?? Unfortunately the Polk County Haunted Jail Tour is canceled for 2020.

Dates & Times: Not Opening in 2020.
Location: PCSO Old Jail across from Bartow PD – 455 N. Broadway Ave, Bartow, FL 33830 (MAP IT
Cost: $6 – all proceeds benefit the United Way For the little ones who are too young to go through the haunted jail, there will be a separate room with treats and games! Bring the whole family for a night of fun.

Zombie Farm Paintball Hayride (at Cornfusion Lakeland)

Zombie Farm Paintball at Smith Family Ranch was closed in 2019, Cornfusion will be closed for 2020. – website.

The Shallow Grave Winter Haven

The Shallow Grave in Winter Haven was a favorite local haunt, it closed in 2018. Stay tuned for updates. 
More info: Website Facebook

If you know of any other Haunted Houses in Lakeland FL, contact us so we can add them to our list.

Scary Attractions & Haunted Houses in Tampa

Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail and Ominous Descent

Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail is an outdoor haunted trail experience located in Plant City, between Tampa and Orlando. Sir Henry’s offers several different experiences for guests to satisfy their Halloween haunted house cravings, including three haunted trails. Laser tag and the escape game will not be open during the 2020 season. Masks are required. 

Location: 2837 S Frontage Rd, Plant City, FL 33566
More infoWebsite |  Facebook 
Dates & Times: Open weekends October 2 – October 31, 2020. Visit website for dates and hours. 
Cost: Range from $25-35 per person. Advance ticket purchase is required.
DISCLAIMER: The trails are designed to be frightening. Some material and scenes might not be appropriate for children under 12 years of age.

Scream-A-Geddon in Dade City

Just looking at their website makes me scared! This Halloween horror park includes mutiple haunting attractions including various themed haunted houses, and Zombie Paintball (extra). Be sure to check out their FAQ page if visiting for the first time.

Location: 27839 Saint Joe Rd, Dade City, FL 33525
More Info: Website
Dates & Times: Select Nights from Sept. 11 – Nov. 1, 2020
Cost: Start at $21.95 per person. Visit their website – save $5 when you purchase online
DISCLAIMER: SCREAM-A-GEDDON is recommended for adults and teens. Parental discretion advised.

Howl-O-Scream at Bush Gardens

Tampa Bay’s premier Halloween event is preparing to return in a whole new way this fall with the 21st annual Howl-O-Scream. This year’s modified production will be unlike any other, including significantly enhanced safety and health measures at the core of the event. The event will be modified to feature open-air scare zones, limited-capacity admission with reservations required, and physical distancing. Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event. Protective face coverings will be required.

Location: Busch Gardens Tampa
More info: Howl-O-Scream Website
Dates & Times: Select Nights from September 25 to November 1, 2020. Every Friday through Sunday. 
Cost: Prices start at $29.99 – $54.99. Buy early, capacity is limited. Click here to buy Howl-O-Scream Tickets.

Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa (Family Friendly)

One of the best family Halloween events in Tampa, Creatures of the Night is a mostly outdoor event with spooky scares and unforgettable eerie frights for ghouls & goblins of all ages. This family-friendly event is themed around campfire tales and features several new outdoor Halloween experiences and spooky characters.

Location: 1101 W. Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
More info: ZooTampa Website
Dates: Select nights from October 2 – 31, 2020
Cost: Starts at $24.95. Included with annual admission with advance reservation. Due to limited capacity, date-specific tickets and reservations with timed entry are the best way to guarantee admission.

Scary Attractions & Haunted Houses in Orlando

Scream n’ Stream Drive Thru Haunt at Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures

Ever heard of a Haunted Airboat Tour in Florida? That’s just one of the socially distanced Halloween options at Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures in Kissimmee. You can also experience Night at the Die-In as you drive your car straight into a horror movie. This 25-minute experience will take you through a dark forest road lined with live performers and scary props and audio. {Parental discretion advised!}

For children and families, check out Drive Boo Trick R Treat – daytime socially distanced Trick-or-Treating along a one-mile road with friendly characters, Halloween music, and contactless candy.

Location: 2001 E Southport Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746
More info: Website
Dates: Boggy Creek’s Halloween adventures run on weekends from September 25 – October 31, 2020.
Cost: Prices start at $56 per vehicle.

Mortem Manor – Year Round Haunted House in Orlando

Journey through Mortem Manor, two floors of an old victorian themed haunted attraction filled with scares, thrills and fun. Featuring live actors, animatronics and state-of-the-art special effects. Not just for the Halloween season, Mortem Manor is open year round.

Location: 5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, FL, 34746
More info: Website
Dates: Year round!
Cost: Tickets start at $15 per person
DISCLAIMER: Some scenes may be too intense for younger audiences or for any person with a medical condition that may be affected by fear, surprise, horror, terror or a rise in heart rate or blood pressure. Not recommended for anyone under 13.

The Haunted Road in Orlando – Drive Thru Halloween experience

Drive through this contactless Halloween event in Orlando if you dare. Twisted creatures. Immersive theatrical storytelling. Bloodcurdling encounters. The nighttime experience is estimated to take 40 minutes once you enter The Haunted Road {How it works – you’ll drive from scene to scene, park, and then watch as scary scenes come to life right outside your vehicle. There will not be any scares while your car is moving.}

Haunted Road Family Friendly Experience – A daytime version of The Haunted Road will be available on select weekends. This not-too-scary adventure takes you on a 30 minute lively journey through the Enchanted Forest, where you’ll meet some of your favorite fairy tale creatures right from your vehicle.

Location: 15239 Lake Pickett Rd, Orlando, FL 32820
More info: Website
Dates & Times: Select dates from September 25 – November 7, 2020
Cost: $15 – 30 per person depending on date
DISCLAIMER: All times are approximate. Parental discretion advised.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios

Universal Orlando takes fear to the max. At this year’s all-new Halloween Horror Nights the 80s return with a vengeance, bringing with them some of the biggest frights of the era. Make your way through 10 totally terrifying haunted houses, survive five pulse-pounding scare zones and experience outrageous live entertainment. From cinematic screams to the most horrifying cult classics, there’s no escape from the decade that just won’t die. Plus a brand new Stranger Things Haunted House.

When: Halloween Horror Nights has been canceled for 2020.

We don’t know of any haunted hayrides or haunted corn mazes in Central Florida, but Long & Scott Corn Maze near Orlando is open a few nights in October.

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