Scary Attractions and Halloween Haunted Houses in Polk County + 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, ghost tours, haunted trails, and gory Halloween attractions. Plus the best scary attractions and theme park events in Tampa and Orlando for 2022.

Looking for a drive-thru haunted house or haunted corn maze? We’ve included those too. If you’re on the hunt for the scariest haunted house in Florida, you just might find it here in Central Florida.

Many attraction closures and event postponements have been announced beginning September 27 due to Hurricane Ian. We are editing our calendar and articles if we receive notice of event changes, but please be sure to check directly with organizers to confirm any events or activities through October 9. A link is provided at the bottom of every event on our calendar and in all articles.

Don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Fall & Halloween Activities for a full list of fun things to do this fall in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Polk County, 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!

Please check directly with event organizers for specific dates, current ticket prices, advance registration, and any last-minute changes. While we do our best to provide accurate information, we include an outside link so you can verify the details for all events and activities.

Scary Attractions + Haunted Houses in Polk County

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Haunted Jail Tour

This Haunted House in Bartow is located in a jail. What could be spookier?? The HAUNTED JAIL TOUR hosted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office features never-before-seen areas of the old booking facility.

Kids under 10 years old can tour for just $5.00 each. Agency members will be on-hand to watch the little ones whose parents want to tour but maybe don’t want their children tagging along. PCSO will also have a bounce house, a “dunk your deputy” dunk tank, and food trucks – fun for the entire family!

Dates & Times: FOUR NIGHTS ONLY – October 21, 22, 29, 29, 2022 from 6:00pm – 10:30pm
Admission Price: $12 for Adults / $5 for Children. All proceeds benefit United Way. First come, first served – pay at the door. Food and drinks will also be for sale.
Location: PCSO Old Jail in Bartow – 455 N. Broadway Ave, Bartow, FL

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Wonder House Halloween Tours – Bartow

Something spooky this way comes… the historic Wonder House in Bartow offers Halloween tours during the month of October. Both daytime and night tours are available inside this historic home decorated for Halloween.

The house will be decorated for Halloween with many personal oddity collections on display. This is a family friendly tour and does not have any jump scares, zombies or monsters.

Location: 1075 E Mann Rd, Bartow, Florida 33830
More info:
Website | Facebook
Dates:
Weekends in October 2022. Check the website or Facebook for updates. Tours sell out quickly!

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: $7/person for ages 10+, $3/person for ages 4 – 9. Special events may have a separate admission price.

Buckingham Terror Haunted House (Camp Fire)

Buckingham Terror is on hiatus as of 2021, no announcements have been made for 2022.

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 
DISCLAIMER: Not intended for children under 10 or the faint of heart.

Zombie Farm Paintball Hayride (at Cornfusion Lakeland)

Zombie Farm Paintball at Smith Family Ranch closed in 2019. Website.

Shallow Grave – Winter Haven Haunted House

The Shallow Grave in Winter Haven was a favorite local haunt, it closed in 2018. Stay tuned for updates on a possible new location. Website Facebook

If you know of any other Haunted Houses in Lakeland FL or Polk County, contact us and we will 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.

Location: 2837 S Frontage Rd, Plant City, FL 33566
More infoWebsite |  Facebook 
Dates & Times: Open weekends September 30 – November 5. Visit website for dates and hours. 
Cost: Ranges 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 multiple 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 | Facebook
Dates & Times: Select Nights from September 9 – October 31
Cost: Starts at $24.95 per person. Visit their website – save $5 when you purchase online
DISCLAIMER: SCREAM-A-GEDDON is recommended for adults and teens. Parental discretion is advised.

Howl-O-Scream at Bush Gardens

Fear returns to its most immersive form with the return of iconic horror-filled haunted houses to terrify guests at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream, Tampa Bay’s BIGGEST haunt event. Park guests will find nowhere to hide as zombies, deranged clowns, werewolves and new surprises stalk their prey throughout eight scare zones, and unpredictable roaming hordes lurk in the darkness. Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event.

Location: Busch Gardens Tampa
More info: Howl-O-Scream Website
Dates & Times: Select Nights from September 9 to October 31
Cost: Prices start at $45.99. Buy early, capacity is limited. Click here to buy Howl-O-Scream Tickets.
DISCLAIMER: Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience. This event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore, and blood. No costumes are allowed.

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 1 – 31

Scary Attractions + Haunted Houses in Orlando

Howl ‘O Scream Orlando – Sea World

Howl-O-Scream resurfaces for 28 nights SeaWorld Orlando on select nights with nowhere to hide! You’ll experience 5 haunted houses, 7 scare zones, 3 terrifying live shows, roaming hoards, and pulse-pounding coasters in the dark, and an ocean of scares.

Location: Sea World Orlando
More info: Howl-O-Scream Website
Dates & Times: Select Nights from September 9 to October 31
Cost: Prices start at $44.99. Buy early, capacity is limited. Click here to buy Howl-O-Scream Tickets.
DISCLAIMER: Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience. This event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore, and blood. No costumes are allowed.

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 | Facebook
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.

Scream n’ Stream Drive Thru Haunt

Load up the car with family and friends this Halloween. Drive inside a top-secret facility armed with laser guns, known only as “Station 5”. Scream n’ Stream is the ultimate way to experience a Halloween adventure in your car, without crowds or walking. Pay one price per vehicle, not per person.

Location: 1700 Oviedo Mall Boulevard, Oviedo, FL 32765
More info: Website | Facebook
Dates: Select nights October 1 – 31
DISCLAIMER: Scream n’ Stream features Loud and sudden noises, Fog / sparks, Scary monsters, Fake blood and gore, Sudden appearances of characters. Parental discretion is advised.

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 other than the occasional ghost sighting.} Also includes a walk-through haunted house and afterlife party. If you make it that far…

Location: 15239 Lake Pickett Rd, Orlando, FL 32820
More info: Website | Facebook
Dates & Times: Select dates from September 21 – November 6
Cost: $20 – 32 per person depending on the date
DISCLAIMER: All times are approximate. Parental discretion is advised, see website for a full description of the event.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, now in its 30th year, brings together terrifying haunted houses, sinister scare zones, outrageous live entertainment and some of the park’s most exhilarating attractions. Jack the Clown will be back as well, lunging from the shadows where you least expect. Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event.

More info: Website
Dates: Select nights September 2 – October 31

Haunted Corn Mazes

Orlando Corn Maze – Long & Scott Farm

Long & Scott Corn Maze and Farm is having a special NIGHT MAZE on 4 nights in 2022 – October 15th, October 22nd, October 29th and November 12th. On these dates the maze is also open from 6pm until 10pm. (This is not a haunted maze with scare actors, it is an adventure through the corn maze at night).

Location: 26216 County Road 448A, Mount Dora, Florida 32757 (MAP IT
More infoWebsite  |  Facebook
Dates & Times: Night Mazes are 4 nights only. The Corn Maze is open weekends from October 1 – December 11
Saturdays 10am – 5pm | Sundays 12pm – 5pm | Night Maze Dates Open 6pm – 10pm
Cost: Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. $15-17 per person, ages 3 and up. Ages 0-2 are free.

Haunted Halloween Maze near Orlando – Lake Catherine Blueberries

Lake Catherine’s Blueberries has a Haunted Corn Maze and Dark Forest Trail of Terror plus Catherine’s Escape Room. If you plan on entering the mazes after dark, bring a flashlight to help guide your way.

Location: 5849 Lake Catherine Rd, Groveland, FL 34736 (MAP IT)
More infoWebsite Facebook | Maze Tickets
Dates: September 30 – October 29
Cost: $14 – $21

Night Corn Maze near Tampa – HarvestMoon Fun Farm Haunted Nights

Haunted Nights & Flash Light Night Admission – Come after dark and try to find your way through this 5 acre corn maze in the dark! Then check out the haunted trail and the haunted barn, you never know what might be hiding there!! (DON’T FORGET YOUR FLASHLIGHTS)

Location: 15990 Stur Street, Masaryktown, FL 34604 (MAP IT)
More infoWebsite | Facebook
Dates & Times: Select Friday + Saturday Nights in October
Cost: Approx. $25 for Haunted Nights ages 3+

We don’t know of any haunted hayrides in central Florida – let us know if you find one!

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Fall + Halloween Activity Guide

Check out our Ultimate Fall & Halloween Activity Guide to find more things to do including:
🌽 Corn Mazes 🎃 Pumpkin Patches 💀 Haunted Houses 🍬 Halloween Events in Polk County 👸 Neighborhoods for Trick or Treating 🍭 Trick or Treat Hours and more!

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