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Your Guide to Halloween in Orlando

A compendium of haunted pub crawls, costume contests, scare trails, horror movies and more

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Happy Halloween!


Friday, Oct. 26

Costumes for a Cause Guys With Ties Philanthropy hosts a costume party with free drinks and a costume contest to benefit Darkhorse Benefits and Rescuing Animals In Need. 8:30 p.m.; Vain, 22 S. Magnolia Ave.; $20, costume required; 407-835-3590; guyswithties.org/orlando.

Ghost StoriesThe gardens come alive with haunting storytelling, food and drinks for purchase. 7:30 p.m.; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $10; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org.

Halloween Costume Party Participants can win a $50 Kiwi's gift card. 10 p.m.; Kiwi’s Pub & Grill, 801 W. State Road 436, Altamonte Springs; free; 407-788-7666; kiwispub.com.

Halloween Costume Party Wear your most creative costume and win up to $500 in cash prizes. 7-11 p.m.; Wekiva Island, 1014 Miami Springs Road, Longwood; free; wekivaisland.com.

Halloween Monster Ball II with Disco Jr. and DJ Koolaid Halloween-themed club night with DJ music and bottle service available. 10 p.m.; Firestone Live, 578 N. Orange Ave.; $15-$20; 407-872-0066; firestonelive.net.

Movies Under the Stars: It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Grab a blanket or lawn chair for free popcorn, local vendors and a showing of the animated film. 6:30 p.m.; Avalon Park Town Center, 13001 Founders Square Drive; free; avalonpark.com.

Walking Dead Pub Crawl Dress in your undead best for free drinks at five downtown Sanford watering holes. 8 p.m.; Downtown Sanford, East First Street and South Park Avenue, Sanford; $10; 407-318-0486.

WJRR's Halloweenie Roast: Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, J-Devil, All That Remains, Machine Head, In This Moment, Royal Bliss 3 p.m.; Tinker Field, 287 S. Tampa Ave.; $35-$145; wjrr.com.


Oct. 26-Oct. 27

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Watch the 1970s British film with costumes, live actors, props and dancing. 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; Athens Theatre, 124 N. Florida Ave., DeLand; $10-$13; 386-736-7456; athenstheatre.org.

V/H/S 2012 Magnolia Pictures new horror release starring Calvin Reeder and Lane Hughes. Midnight Friday-Saturday; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $10; 407-629-0054; enzian.org. (Read our review here.)


Oct. 26-Oct. 28

Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend Three-day horror convention with the Freak Show Film Festival, tattoo festival, psychic medium show, the infamous zombie walk and guest appearances by celebrities including Robert Englund, Tyler Mane, John Kassir and others. Various times Friday-Sunday; Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway; $30-$199; 888-690-4695; spookyempire.com. (Read our Selections preview of this event here.)