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In October, Orlando is the spookiest place on Earth

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On Friday the 13th, the spirits of the undead were restless, and the hope for additional information from some of the greatest Halloween themed attractions on Earth could not be quenched. Planning for the season will soon be replaced with the banging and moaning of construction crews, as the relatively mundane streets of the world's favorite theme parks will be transformed into havens for beastly creations out to steal your soul!

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Visitors looking for thrills beyond roller coasters should look no further than Orlando, offering more than 80 individual Halloween events during the six weeks leading up to Oct. 31.

Earlier in the week, fright fans were graced with the knowledge that the Walking Dead will once again be terrorizing both suspecting and unsuspecting guests at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights in the fall. For those of you who've been hiding under the covers for more than two decades, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort is an elaborate celebration held on select nights Sept. 19 - Nov. 1, with pulse-pounding spooks, fully-themed haunted houses, "scarezones" and live stage shows.

Across the state in Tampa, the horror lovers of Howl-O-Scream have yet to release any details on the increasingly popular nighttime festival of fear, which is a bit odd because the event details were first released on June 13 of 2013. One can only hope that the theme is just too horrific to share with the world for fear that it will lead to the end of society as we know it! Howl-O-Scream is interesting in the fact that they reuse some of the haunted attractions from year to year, giving them a chance to improve and tweak the experience. All of the attractions do not return, however, which allows the new blood to replace the old. After all, what kind of vampire or zombie likes old blood!

If HHN and HOS are a bit too intense for your liking, a trip to the homes of Shamu, Mickey Mouse, and the land of LEGO might be more your speed. Every weekend in October, families can experience SeaWorld Orlando's Halloween Spooktacular with special Halloween shows and a sea of sweet treats for kids. For not-so-scary Halloween fun, guests are invited to dress in costumes and trick-or-treat throughout Magic Kingdom Park during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, held on select nights September 1 - October 31. From a haunted scavenger hunt to the largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern in the world, LEGOLAND Florida's Brick-or-Treat offers families spooky and kooky fun during weekends in October.

Remember that Halloween is a time for fun and frivolity. It is a time to come out of your shell, and to acknowledge the mischievous spirit that resides within all of us. Be sure to keep following this column for news on other spooky events and more. If you know of another local event that needs additional undead light shone upon it, please tell me about it!

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