If there was ever a time that you wanted to do something different in Orlando and check out Downtown Orlando, the weekend parties in downtown Orlando that feature costume contests is it. For 2015, that night is Halloween night, October 31st. This is Orlando’s version of Key West’s Fantasy Fest (without the parade and body painting). Thousands of dressed-up locals head downtown each year to show off their costumes to friends and other revelers. This is one of the few times out of the year that the city shuts down Orange Avenue to allow patrons to walk in the street while they bar-hop.
Halloween night is also a big night with Church Street Bars having their annual costume contest with a $3,000 cash prize on Saturday, October 31st, 2015.
Downtown Orlando Halloween Events
Wall Street Plazaween
While all of the different bars and clubs are packed with their own Halloween events, the two biggest events happen on Church Street and at Wall Street. Plazaween is Wall Street’s Halloween party that is a ticketed event that has live music in an open setting surrounded by 8 clubs and bars. If you are looking for an alternative to the old Pleasure Island, this is your answer.
Wall Street will have 3 nights of Plazaween on Friday, October 30th, Saturday, October 31st, and Sunday, November 1st (see poster below):
Church Street Halloween Party
The other big event is simply titled the Annual Church Street Halloween Party that takes place on Church Street with the Church Street Bars of Chillers, Latitudes, and Big Belly jointly holding Halloween contests that has a $3,000 cash prize for the best costume that takes place on Halloween night on Saturday, October 31st, 2015.
Downtown Orlando Things To Do
If bars are not your thing but you would still like to see everyone dressed up on Orange Avenue and still make a night of it, there is an upscale movie theatre in the heart of Downtown Orlando showing the latest movies and an Improv Comedy Club (ie. Chicago’s 2nd City / Pleasure Islands Comedy Warehouse), where Wayne Brady got his start, that has a Halloween show to see. All of the bars, theater, and the comedy club listed above are all within a 5 minute walking distance to each other at the intersection of Church Street and Orange Avenue.
If you can’t make it downtown or want to do something a little different, Blue Martini at Pointe Orlando on International Drive also has cash prizes for their annual Halloween contests that will be taking place on three nights including the day before Halloween night on Friday, October 30th, 2015, Halloween night, and the day after Halloween (see flyer below).
Both downtown and Blue Martini cater to all age group of adults, but Blue Martini tends to cater to more of the 30’s and above crowd whereas the downtown bars are early 20’s and up.
The theme parks have their own events that appeal to all age groups. See our links below on other Halloween events for kids and teenagers to find out what Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld have to offer.
Orlando Halloween Guide
Click here to read about all of the events going on around Orlando for Halloween.
Downtown Orlando Halloween
Halloween on Church Street
Downtown Orlando Map