What's New on I-Drive: Halloween Activities

Traditional Orlando Hallween events that have been drawing crowds from all over for decades may be out of the picture this year, but Halloween itself is definitely not cancelled—and creative professionals are rallying together to create safe ways to get spooky in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights has been cancelled for the first time in its 30 years of existence, but fans can still get their fix through two new haunted houses that the park is debuting this year: Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives and Revenge of the Tooth Fairy. Regular admission to the park will allow guests to experience the houses’ horrors, and for the first time, guest costumes are encouraged as trick-or-treating and scavenger hunts will be taking place throughout the park. 

If you’re a horror purist and all you’re looking for is scares—sans other theme park offerings—you may be interested in a unique new experience from the minds of two Orlando horror legends: Patrick Braillard and Kim Gromoll, who have been designing spooky experiences for Halloween Horror Nights attendees for years. Orlando Forum of Fear (located at 6362 International Dr, Orlando) debuts October 1 and hopes to deliver a terrifying socially-distant experience that is not for the faint of heart. 

Orlando Forum of Fear will offer two unique experiences—from a haunted pathway filled with frights around every corner to a haunted dinner that will leave you shaking. “Tunnel of the Damned” will feature nearly 500 feet of terror that will switch out twice throughout the month of October to encourage guests to return for new frights. Over twenty masked actors will be scattered throughout, ready and waiting to terrorize attendees from six feet away to guarantee the safety of all involved and adhere to CDC recommended social-distance guidelines. 

The Dark Séance offers guests a never-before-seen experience that will shock your senses while you feast on a five-star meal by two Orlando greats: Chef Chuck Cobb from Git-N-Messy (who appeared on Live with Kelly & Michael) and Se7en Bites’ Chef Trina Gregory-Propst.  

In a Victorian Séance Room, a medium—aptly named “Clair Voyant”—will open a gateway to the other side, welcoming lost souls to engage with guests in a truly unsettling and unforgettable experience. Guests will be seated at private tables and the room will maintain 50% capacity—to allow space for the departed guests who will join when the gateway is opened. 

While both of these experiences are only recommended for those aged 13 and up, the Forum of Fear will also offer select nights during which children can enjoy the spooks at a less intense level from 5 to 7 p.m. 

True horror fans can’t go wrong with any of these experiences that are sure to safely scratch the scary itch and get your heart pounding even in these weird times… You may even say they’ll scare the masks off of you!