Haunted houses in Florida are so very scary for 2013. It is not what you think. It is not the zombies, murderers, devils, or vampires who come from up north during the winter months. America’s Best Top 100 Haunted Houses in 2013 (with videos). The people of Florida have been dodging alligators and panthers since the time of its exploration by Ponce de Leon. They have been kept young by their discovery of the fountain of youth, the yellow polka dot bikini. So these Florida haunted houses are not a place for the old and weary. Women and children may want to avoid them as well. Only the smartest and strongest Floridians will survive the encounter.
Florida has fifty-three haunted houses:
Panama City Haunted Houses
Panama City has the souls of more than a handful of college students who went to Florida for spring break. Tourists remain here every year to scare its residents during Halloween.
Race City Haunted House - 9523 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32407
Race City is Panama City Beach’s largest fun center and arcade. Each October Captain Dye opens an attraction at Race City. This place is lots of fun every day all year long. Enjoy the fun with go karts, mini golf, a sky coaster, arcade, bumper cars, food and more. Doors open at noon. Tickets are $6.57.
Haunted Trail & Peek A Boo Path (Closed for 2013)
Tallahassee bleeds garnet and gold, the colors of Florida State University. We’re not sure if they are student, alumni, or simply town residents, but we think it is best to avoid them no matter what colors you are wearing.
Terror of Tallahassee - 826 W. Gaines Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304
It takes about 30-40 minutes to go through Terror of Tallahassee. At 20,000 square feet it is North Florida’s biggest haunt. Opening night is October 4th. Terror is open every Friday and Saturday nights from October 11th through November 2nd plus the 20th, 27th, 30th, 31st, and Halloween night. Doors open at 8 pm. Ticket are $15. Parking is free. This is one of the best haunted houses in Florida.
Jacksonville Haunted Houses
Jacksonville was once named the Winter Film Capital of the World. After considering Jacksonville, we’re rethinking our plan to give our next low budget horror film to Hollywood.
Night Terrors Haunted House - 11740 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223. Night Terrors has closed permanently.
The Dungeons Haunted Attractions - 2493 State Road 16, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
Dungeons The Hoard is North Florida’s most unique haunted experience. It is located at the Clay County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $15. The attraction is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 27th through October 27th plus the 31st. Doors are open from 7 pm until 12 am.
Pandemic The Haunting of School House - 11112-28 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL
Ticket for Pandemic are $20 on Friday and Saturday or $18 on Thursday and Sunday nights. Pandemic is open in September on the 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th, and 28th. Doors open on weekends at 7 pm. It is open Friday and Saturday nights from October 4th through the 26th plus the additional nights of the 13th, 17th, 20th, 24th, 27th, and 31st. Meet the psychotic principal as you wander the halls winding through the scary maze.
Haunt Nights - 1944 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Haunt Nights features three attractions. Apocalyptia is about giants, zombies, and mutants amidst glowing radiation. Dark Fables is about children bedtime stores that became gruesome realities. You will never sleep again. Tickets are $18.99 for the combo pass. Haunt Nights is open Friday and Saturday nights from October 4th to November 2nd plus the 20th, 24th, 27th, 30th, and 31st. Enjoy on Friday and Saturday until Midnight, Sunday until 10 pm. The haunt opens at dusk.
Orlando Haunted Houses
Once a year, Walt Disney World Resort hands out medals to those who complete the Walt Disney World Marathon. The spirits of those who drop out before the 26.2 mile mark are relegated to work at Universal Studios or haunts in the area. Here are a few where you might find them.
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL
Universal Orlando operates their Halloween attraction from September 20th through November 2nd. Opening weekend is September 20th and 21st. The attraction is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 26th through November 2nd plus the 16th an 23rd. Horror Nights tickets are $91.99. A Stay and Scream pass is $38.99. Florida residents can save money. We recommend you explore and buy your tickets online. Many types of park discounts are available in the area. Don’t miss any of the 8 haunted houses including The Cabin in the Woods, Evil Dead, or Resident Evil. Funtober names Halloween Horror Nights the #1 Haunted House in Florida.
Face the Fear House, 4154-4220 N Ronald Reagan Blvd., Sanford, FL
Face the Fear is open October 24th, 25th, and 26th from 8 pm until 11 pm. Tickets are $10.
A Petrified Forest - 1360 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
A Petrified Forest is a giant 85,000 square foot haunt attraction. There are three attractions named The Path, Backstage Tour, and Laser Tag. It features live bands, food and games. Visit Friday and Saturday nights from October 4th to November 2nd plus the 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st. The fun runs from 7:30 pm to 11 pm. Tickets are $15 for The Path, $10 for Backstage, and $7 for Laser Tag. A combo package ticket runs $25, or there are other laser tag or maze packages.
Rutland Haunted Forest - 6545 W. State Road 44, Rutland, FL
Thousand Palms Resort hosts Rutland Haunted Forest on Friday and Saturday nights on October 19th, 25th, 26th, and 31st. It runs from dark until 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13.
Haunted Marsh, Kissimmee FL 34746
Sarasota Haunted Houses
Frightmares - 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236
Frightmares is a 12,000 square foot attraction located at the Sarasota Fairgrounds for 2013. Tickets are $16. It is open for 12 nights beginning October 17th. Experience a unique mix of horror and fun at Frightmares. Lots of ghastly sites and horrifying sounds with scary FX scenes. It is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on October 17-20 and 24-27. It is also open on the 29th, 30th, 31st, and November 1st. Doors are open at 7:30 pm.
Tampa-St. Petersburg Haunted Houses
Tampa hosted the 2012 Republican National Convention last summer. So we expect the haunting will be extra awesome in 2013 at the following haunted houses this October.
The Radley Haunted House - 3900 19th Street North, Saint Petersburg, FL 33714
Tickets are a $4 donation for the Radley. It runs Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from October 17th to the 31st. The dates are October 17-20, 24-27, 29, and 30th. The times are 8 pm to 12 am. What really happened at The Radley? Visit to discover the truth.
Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens – 3000 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa, Florida
Another Florida theme park favorite is Busch Gardens Tampa. They have run this Halloween event for over 13 years. HowlOScream runs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from September 27th through October 26th. The times are 7:30 pm until 1 am. Event is always a fan favorite for both locals and tourists. Tickets start at $30 on Thursday or $55 on Friday and Saturday. Check their website for the full range of prices, discounts, and online options. Busch Gardens has a full range of scream attractions including The Basement, Death Water Bayou, Circus of Superstition, Blood Asylum, Nevermore, Zombie Mortuary, The Experiment, and Ultimate Gamble.
Hellview Cemetery, 510 49th Avenue N., St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Hellview Cemetery has operated for 17 years. It runs October 18-20, 25-27, and the 31st. Doors are open from 7 pm to 10:30 pm. At this cemetery the dead are not really quiet. All donations go to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
No Remorse Cemetery, St. Petersburg, FL (Attraction is now permanently closed.)
Cape Coral – Fort Myers – Port Charlotte Haunted Houses
Two hurricanes caused extensive damage to the Cape Coral-Fort Myers area in 2004-2005. The ghosts that were stirred up by the hurricanes have yet to find peace. Every year in October, they are especially bitter about the approaching hurricane season.
Haunting on the Harbor, Punta Gorda FL
Punta Gorda hosts a downtown haunted festival and haunted house. In 2013, the dates are October 25th, 26th, and 27th for the attractions. The house continues to be open on October 30th and Halloween night. Admission to festival is $3. Hours on the 25th, 30th, and 31st are 6 pm to 11 pm. Hours on Saturday and Sunday are noon until 11 pm.
Terror on 20th - 2812 sw 28th ave., Cape Coral, FL – October 31, 2013
Terror on 20th is a local attraction supporting a number of charities. Stop by the night of October 31st from dusk until 10 pm with some canned goods for a great Halloween fun time. They are located at 2812 SW 20th Avenue, Cape Coral, FL Entry is free with a food donation.
Port St. Lucie Haunted Houses
Houses in Port St. Lucie were originally developed by the General Development Corporation, based out of Miami. In the early 1990s, GDC declared bankruptcy due to accusations of fraudulent home sales. The area couldn’t escape difficulties during the 2007-2008 housing crisis, either. Now, you’ll find these houses filled with angry former homeowners intent on exacting their revenge.
Port St. Lucie Fall Festival - October 24th at Civic Center, 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 39452.
The super spooky Halloween Dance starts at 6 pm for special needs friends age 15 and up. Tickets are $5. Includes music, dancing, refreshments. Costumes encouraged for a night of fun.
Palm Beach Haunted Houses
Old money and old houses go together as Palm Beach was established by Henry Morrison Flagler, a founder of Standard Oil. These haunts are frequented by the ghosts of angry environmentalists bent on punishing you for your oil consumption.
X Scream Halloween - 2030 South Congress Avenue, Palm Springs, FL 33406
Tickets are $13 for X Scream Halloween’s Aftershock. There are three attractions. Evolution is about the decline of man and surviving after the apocalyptic wars. Revolution features grotesque genetic mutations. Dissolution is about a mutant uprising. Aftershocks runs October 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th, 31st and November 1st and 2nd. The times are 7 pm to 12 am.
Fort Lauderdale Haunted Houses
Named Fort Lauderdale for a series of forts constructed during the Second Seminole War, it’s no wonder you will find houses in the vicinity of Fort Lauderdale.
Horrorween House, 7708 NW 40th Ct., Coral Springs, FL 33065
Horrorween House has been a free attraction for 17 years. It runs October 26th and 27th from 7 pm to 10:30 pm.
Miami Haunted Houses
Since 2000, the haunted attractions in Miami have been especially scary. Apparently, there’s still a few ghosts in the Miami-Dade County area pissed about the results of the 2000 election between George Bush and Al Gore.
House of Horror - 1455 NW 107th Avenue, Doral, FL 33172
House of Horror is an amusement park featuring 2 acres of attractions with 25 bone chilling scenes and 30 scary characters. It has live music, carnival rides, and carnival acts. You can wear your costume with mask at House of Horror. Tickets for the complete park are $23. Visit any day from September 27th to November 3rd. The times are 5 pm to 12 am on Friday and Saturday and 6 pm to 11 pm on all other nights. Free parking is available at Miami International Mall.
The Halls of Terror - 12265 SW 112th Street, Miami, FL
The Halls of Terror features live music, concerts, roller skating, free games, and free parking. It runs every Friday and Saturday night from September 27th to October 26th plus the 27th, 30th, and 31st. During October the times are 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Times may vary during Halloween week. Tickets are $13 or $16 including a roller skating package. (Attraction has not confirmed their 2013 information.)
Best Haunted Houses in Florida
- Race City – Panama City, Florida
- Haunted Trail & Peek A Boo Path, Panama City, Florida
- Terror of Tallahassee – Tallahassee, Florida
- Castle Dread Haunted Attraction – Tallahassee, Florida
- Night Terrors – Jacksonville, Florida
- Haunt Nights at Adventure Landing – Jacksonville, Florida
- Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights – Orlando, FL
- Face the Fear – Longwood, Florida
- A Petrified Forest – Allmonte Springs, Florida
- Rutland Haunted Forest – Rutland, Florida
- Haunted Marsh – Kissimmee, Florida
- Bush Gardens Howl-O-Scream – Tampa, Florida
- Hellview Cemetery – St. Petersburg, Florida
- Longwood Haunt – Longwood, Florida
- The Asylum – Port Canaveral, Florida
- The Dark Emerald Forest – Fort Walton Beach, FL
- Fear For Your Life – Tampa, Florida
- Haunted Walk Calusa Nature Center – Fort Myers, Florida
- Haunting on the Harbor – Punta Gorda, Florida
- Terror on Main Street – Sebastian, Florida
- X-Scream Halloween – West Palm Beach, Florida
- The Village of Horrors – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Horrorween House – Coral Springs, Florida
- House of Horror Amusement Park – Doral, Florida
- The Halls of Terror – Miami, Florida
- Miami Seaquarium Monster Splash – Miami, Florida
- Delirium Key Largo Halloween Cruise – Key Largo, Florida
- Tombstone Spook Trail – Lake Butler, Florida
- The Lavene Family Trail of Nightmares – Kissimmee, Florida
- Buckingham Terror – Lakeland, Florida
- Terror on the Lake Haunted House – Clermont, Florida
- Haunted Trail – Tampa, Florida
- Zoo Boo Lowery Park Zoo – Tampa, Florida
- Frightmares Tomb of Terror – Sarosata, Florida
- Ghost Tours – St. Petersburg, Florida
- Haunted Firehouse – Palm Harbor, Florida
- Fear is Near – Tampa, Florida
- Ghost Tours at the Museum – Brooksville, Florida
- Festival of Souls – Hallandale Beach, Florida
- Haunts of Newton Avenue – Gulfport, Florida
- Sorosis Club Bad Luck Bayou – Orange City, Florida
- Enigma Haunt – Boca Raton, Florida
- Correa Ct – Jacksonville, Florida
- Cruz – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- Nightmare on Pine Street – Ocala, Florida
- Terror on 20th – Cape Coral, FL
Nearby Haunted Houses
If you live in Northern Florida, there’s a chance that you should actually run across the border rather than visit the closest Florida haunted house.
Find other fall fun things to do in Florida in October:
Did We Miss Something?
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