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Did you know that October is Vegetarian Awareness Month?

The month is dedicated to celebrating the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet. The celebration is not just for vegans and vegetarians. Many meat-eaters use October as a chance to try plant-based foods they may not normally eat.

If you’ll be in Orlando this October and want to join in, you’ll find plenty of plant-based options.

In fact, in 2021, WalletHub named Orlando the second-best U.S. city for vegans and vegetarians. The City Beautiful scored especially well on the diversity, accessibility, and quality of our plant-based options. And it’s true — you can get tasty veggie versions of any cuisine here.

During your next Orlando vacation, try one (or all) of these 10 plant-based meals and snacks.

1.    Sheep’s Pie at Ethos Vegan Kitchen

Ethos Vegan Kitchen has been a cornerstone of Orlando’s vegetarian scene for 15 years.

Orlando Weekly readers have voted the Winter Park Restaurant into the Best of Orlando List every year since 2008. It’s topped categories like “best vegetarian restaurant” and “best vegan restaurant.” Ethos specializes in freshly made comfort food, including a sheep’s pie that will even give meat-lovers a warm, fuzzy feeling. This casserole consists of gravy-smothered veggies topped with creamy mashed potatoes.

For a few more dollars, you can add seitan or vegan chicken.

Some wines and beers use animal products in the finishing process, but you can sip assured at Ethos. The restaurant’s owners have verified that their bar menu is vegan friendly.

2.      Vegan Burnt Ends at 4 Rivers Smokehouse

Vegetarians are used to cobbling together a bunch of sides when dining at a barbecue restaurant.

And a plate full of macaroni and cheese and Brussels sprouts can really hit the spot. But if you’ve found yourself sneaking sniffs of your tablemates’ brisket, a trip to 4 Rivers Smokehouse is in order. The family-owned barbecue chain has locations all over Orlando, including spots in Winter Garden and Kissimmee.

Thanks to their vegan burnt ends, 4 Rivers has become an unlikely hotspot for plant-based diners.

The restaurant double-smokes its plant-based meat and roasts it in vegan barbecue sauce. Try the burnt ends in a sandwich or combine with three sides for a platter. The french fries and okra are vegan. If you eat eggs and dairy, you can also enjoy vegetarian menu items like macaroni, cheesy grits, cornbread, and coleslaw.

3.      Crispy Chik Cutlets at Winter Park Biscuit Company

Plant-based diners and meat eaters alike flock to Winter Park Biscuit Company for their unique takes on Southern favorites.

Plant-Based Dining Orlando - Winter Park Biscuit Company Vegan Chicken Sandwich

The eatery, located in Orlando’s East End Market, often has a line wrapping around the block. But the crispy chik cutlets are worth the wait. Winter Park Biscuit Co. dips the cutlets in an eggless wash, breads them, then fries them to perfection. Enjoy yours on a brioche bun, oat buttermilk biscuit, or sub roll.

4.      Treehugger Pizza at Lazy Moon

If a pizza slice sounds nice, head to Lazy Moon, a pizzeria with locations in Mills 50 and East Orlando.

This isn’t your average pizza place. First, the slices are massive — like, bigger than your head. You can order whole pies, but a single slice is plenty for most diners. Second, Lazy Moon offers a cornucopia of vegan options, including tempeh, Daiya mozzarella, and all your favorite veggies.

The Treehugger pizza comes with vegan cheese and your choice of two toppings. If you eat dairy, you can also enjoy the Boxcar Willy deal. It comes with a standard slice plus a pint of veg-friendly Pabst Blue Ribbon.

5.      Vegetarian Plate at Black Bean Deli

Like Ethos Vegan Kitchen, Black Bean Deli is a favorite among Orlando Weekly readers.

The Cuban restaurant was voted Orlando’s best Caribbean restaurant in 2021. While most of Black Bean Deli’s menu contains meat, the Vegetarian Plate is a must-try. It includes sweet plantains, savory black beans, rice, and freshly made salad. The restaurant also serves delectable vegan empanadas.

Black Bean Deli has Mills 50 and Winter Park locations.

6.      Dole Whip at Walt Disney World Resort

Plant-Based Dole Whip
Photo by nefasth, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr

The Dole Whip at Disney is a dairy-free dream come true.

While the vanilla version of the iconic theme park treat contains milk, any of the fruit flavors (including the original pineapple variety) are vegan friendly. The best-known spot to get Dole Whip in Walt Disney World is Aloha Isle, a snack stand in Adventureland that has served the tropical soft serve since 1984.

Guests 21 and over can also head to Animal Kingdom to enjoy their Dole Whip with a rum float — luckily, most rums are vegan.

7.      Cincinnati Dawg at Vegan Hot Dog Cart

The Vegan Hot Dog Cart has satisfied late-night cravings since 1997.

As the name suggests, this downtown Orlando fixture serves meat-free franks with your fave fixings. But contrary to what the name suggests, as of 2022, Vegan Hot Dog Cart operates as a brick-and-mortar eatery. Catch them any night of the week in Sly Fox Pub.

Build your own hot dog with toppings like horseradish sauce, pickles, onions, or even tater tots. Or indulge in a Cincinnati Dawg, topped with vegan chili, cheese sauce, scallions, and jalapeños.

8.      Plant-Based Loving Hut Rolls

Summer rolls are a refreshing take on traditional Vietnamese spring rolls, served cold and loaded with crisp veggies.

While they traditionally contain meat or seafood, plant-based restaurant Loving Hut serves three veggie summer roll varieties. Try their protein-packed Loving Hut Rolls, which feature tofu, vegan shrimp, and vegan ham, plus fresh herbs and vegetables. They’re perfect if you’re looking for a healthy snack or while you’re waiting for one of Loving Hut’s authentic Vietnamese entrees.

Loving Hut’s Orlando location is in Mills 50.

9.      OG Crunchwrap at Leguminati

Leguminati is nacho average Tex-Mex spot.

You’ll find Leguminati in Hourglass Social House, a food hall south of downtown Orlando. The popular plant-based restaurant specializes in vegan crunchwraps. First-time diners should start with the OG Crunch, which features veganized beef crumbles, sour cream, and queso.

Enjoy your crunchwrap inside while taking in the food hall’s rustic décor, or head out to the large patio to soak up some sun.

10. Tofu Entrée at Shōgun Japanese Steakhouse

Explore the flavors of Japan at Shōgun Japanese Steakhouse, an award-winning restaurant in Rosen Inn.

Have a seat at one of this Orlando restaurant’s teppan grills and watch as a skilled chef prepares your meal in front of you. For vegetarian guests, Shōgun serves up a terrific teppanyaki tofu dish, served sizzling, with sides of veggies, rice, soup, and salad.

Plant-Based Shogun Veggies

For a perfect plant-based sake pairing, order the Snow Maiden or Blossom of Peace. Both are brewed by Tozai, whose entire sake line is vegan.

Veg Out at Rosen Inn International

After feasting on Orlando’s best plant-based dishes, head back to Rosen Inn International.

Our centrally located hotel is minutes from many of these restaurants. Our guestrooms feature minifridges and microwaves, making it easy to enjoy your leftovers throughout your Orlando vacation.

Surf’s up! SeaWorld Orlando is adding a brand-new coaster to their roster.

The park recently announced that a surf-themed roller coaster will open in 2023. Here’s what we know so far about the Pipeline, the new surf coaster coming to the “Coaster Capital of Orlando.”

SeaWorld Orlando Surf Coaster Park Entrance

Get Stoked for the SeaWorld Surf Coaster

Based on a teaser released by SeaWorld Orlando, we expect this exhilarating ride to feature lots of bends, twists, and turns to make you feel like you’re cruising on a wave.

The concept video shows a speedy blue roller coaster and a “High Surf Advisory” warning. Guests appear to stand in the roller coaster’s cars, with the protection of shoulder restraints, hinting at an intense experience. SeaWorld has indicated that Pipeline will reach a height of 110 feet and travel at speeds up to 60 mph.

Construction Begins

SeaWorld Orlando’s seventh roller coaster is already under construction. Construction workers recently cleared a large plot of land near Bayside Stadium. We expect foundation work and vertical construction to begin on Pipeline soon.

The Best Theme Park in the U.S.

Back in May, SeaWorld claimed the title of “best theme park” in the country in a USA Today online poll. They also won the title of “best new attraction” for their newest coaster, Ice Breaker.

SeaWorld Orlando Surf Coaster Ice Breaker

By adding the Pipeline roller coaster to their ride lineup, they’ll be ready to defend these titles during next year’s poll.

Crash With the Waves at Rosen Inn International

SeaWorld Orlando - Rosen Inn International Guestroom

When Pipeline: The Surf Coaster opens at SeaWorld, you’ll want a place to kick back after a wipeout at the parks. For convenient and affordable accommodations for your Orlando vacation, book your stay at Rosen Inn International.

The Plaza Live December Concerts

As one of Orlando’s most iconic concert halls, The Plaza Live regularly attracts an impressive lineup of artists. This December, the historic Central Florida entertainment venue will host these unique and energetic acts.

The Plaza Live December Lineup

State Champs

Pop-punk band State Champs are embarking on the “Kings of the New Age Tour 2022” to promote their third album, Living Proof. They first came onto the music scene with The Finer Things (2013) and Around the World and Back (2015). Joining them are supporting artists Hunny, Between You and Me, and Save Face.

Witness State Champs live on Friday, December 2, 2022, at 7 p.m.

Tab Benoit and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Louisiana-born Tab Benoit is an iconic blues musician and B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award winner.

Benoit is joining forces with New Orleans’ revolutionary The Dirty Dozen Brass Band for an unforgettable Orlando concert. Expect a genre-bending mix of funk, Delta blues, and traditional New Orleans jazz music.

Catch Tab Benoit and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band at The Plaza Live Orlando on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at 8 p.m.

The Outlaws with Pat Travers

Southern rockers and Tampa locals The Outlaws have released 13 studio albums and nine live albums. Since their formation in the 1970s, they’ve had four songs chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Now, they’re coming to Orlando with opener Pat Travers for a great night of rock ‘n’ roll.

The Plaza Live welcomes The Outlaws with Pat Travers on Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 7 p.m.

The Happy Fits with Daisy the Great and Phoneboy

The Happy Fits are an experimental pop-rock group act from New Jersey. The trio is known for bright and unforgettably catchy songs. They’ll roll into Orlando to promote their third full-length album, Under the Shade of Green.

Experience The Happy Fits live with openers Daisy the Great and Phoneboy on Friday, December 9, 2022, at 7 p.m.

A Drag Queen Christmas

All ages are welcome to the eighth annual A Drag Queen Christmas presented by Murray & Peter. Hosted by Nina West and Trinity the Tuck, the live event will feature fan-favorite drag queens and a special appearance by singer Todrick Hall. A VIP meet and greet starts at 6 p.m.

Have A Drag Queen Christmas at The Plaza Live on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, at 8 p.m.

Rock at The Plaza Live, Rest at Rosen Inn International in Orlando

After a lively night at The Plaza Live in Orlando, relax in an affordable room at Rosen Inn International.

Our hotel is conveniently located on International Drive, close to all the action in Orlando. We are happy to provide you with the amenities you’ll need to make your stay in one of our clean and comfy rooms a great one.

December Concerts at House of Blues Orlando

House of Blues Orlando (H.O.B.) is known for amazing concerts. But that’s not all this Disney Springs venue offers. Its delicious cuisine makes for a full night of music, dining, and fun. This December, experience the power of music at one of these House of Blues Orlando concerts.

House of Blues Orlando’s December Lineup

The electric acts performing at H.O.B. Orlando in December 2022 include:

  1. AFI

    Short for “A Fire Inside,” AFI is coming to Orlando for their “Bodies Tour 2022.” The California punk band is known for hits like “Miss Murder” and “Girl’s Not Grey.” Experience AFI live with supporting act Cold Cave on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 8 p.m.

  2. Men I Trust

    Men I Trust was formed in 2014 by high school friends Dragos Chiriac and Jessy Caron. The act built a following with dreamy, electro-pop songs like “Tailwhip,” “Numb,” and “Show Me How.” Check out the Canadian indie band in concert on Sunday, December 4, 2022, at 8 p.m.

  3. Blue October

    Blue October consists of Justin Furstenfeld, Jeremy Furstenfeld, Ryan Delahoussaye, Matt Noveskey, and Will Knaak. The alt-rockers are on tour to promote their latest album Spinning the Truth Around. Witness Blue October in Orlando on Friday, December 9, 2022, at 8 p.m. They will perform top singles, including “Hate Me” and “Into the Ocean.”

  4. Jinjer

    Fronted by “femme fatale” vocalist Tatiana Shmayluk, Ukrainian metal band Jinjer is bringing their “USA Tour” to Orlando this December. See the dynamic rockers live on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at 7 p.m. Joining them are special guest P.O.D. and supporting acts Malevolence and Space of Variations.

After a Night at House of Blues, Enjoy a Stay at Rosen Inn International

If you plan to attend a show at the House of Blues during your Orlando vacation, stay at Rosen Inn International. Our clean and comfortable hotel rooms are close to all the action in Orlando. We’re here to help you make the most out of your Orlando stay

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts provides a stage to an international community of artists with its lively concerts, popular musicals, and other engaging events.

If you want to get in the holiday spirit, celebrate Black music, or take in a Tony-winning musical, the Dr. Phillips Center has something for you in December 2022.

The Nutcracker

The Orlando Ballet will twirl into the Dr. Phillips Center on select days from December 2-18, 2022, for its annual production of The Nutcracker.

Dr. Phillips Center Nutcracker

This ballet classic, set to the music of Tchaikovsky, tells the story of a young girl named Clara. She awakes in the middle of Christmas Eve to find that her toy nutcracker has come to life. Together, they battle the menacing Mouse King and explore the Land of Sweets with the Sugarplum Fairy.

Tickets to see The Nutcracker in Steinmetz Hall start at $29.

Matinee and evening shows are available.

Guests who upgrade to VIP seating will get the chance to observe an Orlando Ballet dance class. There will also be a family- and sensory-friendly version of the show each Saturday at 11 a.m. These hour-long shows are perfect for guests who are uncomfortable with loud noises, long shows, or intense lights.


Orlando goes Greek from December 13-18, 2022, when Hadestown comes to the Walt Disney Theater.

The musical is based on the Greek myth of Orpheus, a poet who ventures into the underworld to rescue his wife, Eurydice, and bring her back to Earth. As he looks for her, he must avoid Hades and his eerie entourage.

Like Orpheus’s journey through the underworld, Hadestown’s path to Broadway was long.

Vermont singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell started writing the play in 2006.

It was performed in a few local theaters but didn’t gain much traction outside of New England. Mitchell decided to turn Hadestown into a concept album. The LP, which came out in 2010, featured big names in folk music like Ani DiFranco and Justin Vernon from Bon Iver. The album was met with critical acclaim and reached No. 9 on the Billboard Americana chart.

After Hadestown found its footing in the folk scene, the theater again called to Mitchell.

This time, her play made it to Broadway and won eight Tonys, including Best Musical.

Tickets for Hadestown at the Dr. Phillips Center will go on sale soon. Showtimes vary, with evening and matinee shows available.

Soweto Gospel Choir

On Saturday, December 17, 2022, the world-renowned Soweto Gospel Choir will perform two inspiring concerts at the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theatre.

The shows are part of the Dr. Phillips Center’s Freedom Series, which showcases and celebrates Black culture in the U.S. and worldwide. The South African group will sing songs inspired by their country’s civil rights movement. They’ll also perform numbers by African American icons like Billie Holiday, Otis Redding, James Brown, and Aretha Franklin.

Dr. Phillips Center Soweto Gospel Choir
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Choir directors David Mulovhedzi and Beverly Bryer formed the group in 2002 in Soweto, a town near Johannesburg.

In 2005, they released their first two albums, Voices from Heaven and Blessed.

Fans loved the group’s blend of gospel, pop, and reggae sounds. Blessed earned the Soweto Gospel Choir their first Grammy for Best Traditional World Music Album. They’ve since won two other Grammy Awards. Soweto Gospel Choir also provided vocals for Peter Gabriel’s Grammy-winning song “Down to Earth” from the WALL·E soundtrack.

Tickets for the “HOPE: It’s Been a Long Time Coming” tour start at $45.

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

On December 24, 1914, homesick soldiers from both sides of the Great War put down their arms and came together for a music-filled Christmas celebration.

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 tells the story of the one-night ceasefire through a script based on real soldiers’ letters and journals. The play features traditional trench songs and Christmas carols from the soldiers’ homelands. You’ll hear festive tunes such as the English “Angels We Have Heard on High” and the German “O Tannenbaum.”

The show comes to the Dr. Phillips Center’s Steinmetz Hall on December 23, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. and December 24, 2022, at 2 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale soon.

Jim Brickman: A Very Merry Christmas

Dr. Phillips Center Jim Brickman
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Grammy-nominated pianist Jim Brickman will play a jolly mix of traditional and original Christmas songs at the Dr. Phillips Center on December 27, 2022, at 7 p.m.

Brickman grew up in Ohio and studied music composition and business in college. In 1980, he used this unique combination of skills to start a radio jingle company. He spent the next 15 years in advertising before releasing his first album, No Words. While much of his music is instrumental, Brickman has also worked with vocalists like Martina McBride, Collin Raye, Wayne Brady, and Lady A.

The artist has released over 50 albums, 21 of which have reached No. 1 on the Billboard New Age chart.

Tickets for “A Very Merry Christmas” start at $47.62.

Rest in Comfort After Your Dr. Phillips Center Show

When planning your Dr. Phillips Center adventure, book a room at Rosen Inn International. Our Orlando hotel is located on International Drive, a short car trip from the Dr. Phillips Center. We offer the highest levels of comfort at the most affordable prices.


Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Orlando 2022Get ready for a weekend-long celebration of life, love, art, nature, technology, and music.

Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) is a global festival that brings electronic music lovers together. This November, head to Orlando for a unique concert full of big-time artists and impressive events.

EDC Orlando 2022 will return to historic Tinker Field from Friday, November 11, through Sunday, November 13, 2022.

The History of EDC

The Electric Daisy Carnival started in the 1990s in a Los Angeles warehouse. The event then slowly made its way around the globe.

The first EDC Orlando took place on May 27-28, 2011, at Tinker Field by what is now Camping World Stadium. From day one, EDC Orlando was a huge success. The original lineup included Ferry Corsten, Paul Van Dyk, Afrojack, Skrillex, and Feed Me. EDC Orlando welcomed 12,000 attendees on the first day and 20,000 on the following day.

In 2019, the festival brought in 225,000 fans — a record-breaker for Orlando. Because of growing crowds, more loyal fans, and its deeply immersive layout, EDC Orlando is now a three-day event produced by Insomniac Records.

What to Expect at EDC Orlando 2022

EDC challenges creativity and pushes the standards of live entertainment. Guests can expect mind-blowing dance music, carnival rides, intricate stage productions, and innovative art. Dazzling stilt walkers, dancers, and aerialists will also perform around Tinker Field.

What makes Electric Daisy Carnival so unique is that it puts all your senses into overdrive. The result is an experience of a lifetime.

EDC Orlando 2022 Stages

At the heart of the EDC experience are five themed stages. These stages have become EDC staples:

  • kineticFIELD

    This grand-scale main stage represents motion, transformation, and evolution.

  • circuitGROUNDS

    This stage represents the grounded energy that connects us and sparks our passion for dance.

  • neonGARDEN

    Bloom under the light of the moon at this stage, which represents growth and togetherness.

  • stereoBLOOM

    This EDC stage represents all the shades of dance music. Here, you can party with new and established names in trance, house, and bass music.

  • Wide Awake Art Car

    This steampunk-inspired landship houses unique performances and funky antiques.

Electric Daisy Carnival 2022 Lineup

EDC Orlando 2022 will feature performances from top names in dance music.

Announced acts include:

  • 12th Planet
  • 4B
  • Above & Beyond
  • Adin
  • Afrojack
  • Alison Wonderland
  • Black V Neck
  • Biscits
  • Brennen Grey
  • Coco & Breezy
  • Disco Lines
  • DJ Snake
  • Egzod
  • Fury & MC Dino
  • Getter
  • Justin Martin
  • Kream
  • Matroda
  • Moovy
  • Timmy Trumpet
  • Zomboy
  • And many more!

EDC Orlando 2022 Ticket Options

Guests have three ticket choices for EDC Orlando 2022. Each ticket tier covers all three days of the event.

  • GA Experience Pass (starts at $209.99) – Grants festival entry
  • GA+ Experience Pass (starts at $289.99) – Grants festival entry, premium restrooms, and expedited entry queues
  • VIP Elevated Experience Pass (Starts at $409.99) – Expedited entry, VIP-exclusive amenities, gourmet food and drinks, and special activities

Recharge at Rosen Inn International

After a day at EDC Orlando 2022, relax at Rosen Inn International. Our cozy guestrooms and on-site dining will help you prepare for each day’s festivities. Booking a room at our clean and comfortable Orlando hotel keeps you close to all the action

November Performances at Plaza Live OrlandoThe Plaza Live is one of Orlando’s most iconic music venues. In November 2022, the concert hall has a stacked lineup of entertaining performances.

The Plaza Live Orlando November Concerts

Top acts you can catch in November 2022 at The Plaza Live Orlando include:

  • Bad Suns: Apocalypse Whenever North American Tour

Bad Suns is an alt-rock band inspired by the sounds of the 1970s and 80s.

The Los Angeles group has toured with popular acts such as the 1975 and Halsey. On their “Apocalypse Whenever” Tour, the band is joined by opening acts Last Dinosaurs and Quarters of Change.

Fans can expect to hear hits from Bad Suns’ two most recent albums, Mystic Truth and Apocalypse Whenever.

The Bad Suns will rock The Plaza Live at 7 p.m. on November 2, 2022.

  • MAX: North American Tour 2022

Multiplatinum recording artist MAX made waves in 2014 with his debut hit “Lights Down Low.” The song garnered half a billion streams and a top 10 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. The pop star’s second album, Colour Vision, is a celebration of being true to yourself. It features artists like Quinn XCII, Hayley Kiyoko, and SUGA of BTS.

With opening support from Sara Kays, MAX hits The Plaza Live stage at 8 p.m. on November 17, 2022.

  • W.A.S.P.: 40 Years Live World Tour 2022

Known for their shock rock music, heavy metal outfits, and stinging lyrics, W.A.S.P. is one of the longest-lasting heavy metal bands. Their 15 albums have sold more than 12 million records worldwide. The act’s “40 Years Live World Tour” celebrates their 40th anniversary and features support by Armored Saint.

Experience W.A.S.P. live at The Plaza Live at 8 p.m. on November 26, 2022.

After Plaza Live Orlando, Spend the Night at Rosen Inn International

After a pleasant and entertaining night at The Plaza Live, retreat to a comfortable room at Rosen Inn International. Our hotel offers clean, safe, and affordable accommodations close to the action in Orlando.

Halloween is creeping up on us, and there are many ways to celebrate in Orlando.

In addition to fan-favorite theme park events like Halloween Horror Nights, the area hosts a slew of lesser-known, but equally bewitching, events. Each provides a great chance to do Orlando like a local while having some frightful fun.

Unique Halloween Orlando Pumpkin

Here are seven unique things to do in the City Boo-tiful this Halloween.

1.      Have a Monstrously Good Time at Zombietoberfest

Head to Orlando’s scenic Audubon Park Garden District for a fun night among the living dead.

Zombietoberfest is the neighborhood’s biggest event of the year. As a local DJ spins your favorite tunes, sip a craft beer and explore a local craft market. When you’re done shopping, travel in time with a performance by steampunk theater troupe Phantasmagoria.

Unique Halloween Zombietoberfest
Photo by Chad Miller, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr

This free, pet-friendly Halloween festival also has costume contests for humans and dogs, so make sure you and fido both dress to impress.

2.      Take a Haunted Hike at A Petrified Forest

During 11 months of the year, Altamonte Springs is a quiet Orlando suburb.

But every October, things take a turn for the terrifying. From September 30 to October 29, 2022, explore three twisted trails through A Petrified Forest. This isn’t your typical walk in the woods: terrifying monsters are lurking among the trees. This annual attraction is recommended for guests 13 and older.

A Petrified Forest is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, plus during these events:

  • On Sunday, October 9, A Petrified Forest will be open to celebrate the night’s blood moon.
  • While A Petrified Forest is always wheelchair accessible, extra accommodations are available on Special Needs Night, Wednesday, October 12.
  • There will be a kid-friendly daytime event on Saturday, October 15, before the regularly scheduled scares. Proceeds support the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
  • Wednesday, October 19 and 26, are for guests seeking extra frights. You’ll explore A Petrified Forest in pitch darkness, with only a glowstick and your courage to get you out of the woods. Watch your back — these are the only two nights when the scare actors are allowed to touch guests.

Between trails, recuperate in the front yard while enjoying local food trucks and art vendors. Tickets for A Petrified Forest will go on sale soon on the attraction’s website.

3.      Drive into the Darkness at Scream N Stream

If you prefer to take in the terror through the safety of your car, drive to the Florida Mall for the third-annual Scream N Stream event.

Cruise through a haunted house where monsters lurk in the night. Along the way, explore seven thrilling themed areas that feature devious dolls and a frightening fog queen. Scream N Stream will take place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and select weeknights in October 2022. The spooky spectacular lasts about 20 minutes and starts at $74 per car.

Scream N Stream will donate a portion of its proceeds to Second Harvest Food Bank.

4.      Watch a Freaky Film at the Enzian Theater

Enjoy some eerie entertainment on the big screen at Orlando’s only indie movie house.

The Enzian Theater is in Maitland, north of downtown Orlando. Every October, they host a 13 Films of Halloween Series. Catch festive films all month, including must-see horror movies and cult classics.

The theater’s patio bar serves 13 corresponding cocktails.

In 2021, guests could drink a “Donnie Dark N Stormy” while watching Donnie Darko or sip “All 13 Spirits” while catching Thir13en Ghosts. At last year’s The Nightmare Before Christmas screening, guests of all ages could order a sweet mocktail called “What’s This.”

If you still need convincing, you may be interested to know that the Enzian is allegedly haunted.

5.      Have a Devilish Drink at Cocktails & Screams

If horror movies aren’t your thing, there’s another way to enjoy a boo-zy beverage in Orlando — any time of year.

Cocktails & Screams is a year-round, Halloween-themed bar in downtown Orlando. Enjoy a ghostly glass of beer or creepy cocktail as you take in the spooky scenery. Even the restroom sinks are shaped like skulls. Choose from drinks like the “Frank’s Stein,” “Jekyll & Hyde,” or a “Children of the Corn” shot.

Or share a “Drunken Pumpkin” with a friend — this fall-flavored cocktail comes in a huge trick-or-treating pail.

6.      Get Creepy and Creative at Screamin’ Green Hauntoween

If your kids are feeling drawn to all things Halloween, Screamin’ Green Hauntoween is a must-do.

The event runs from September 24-October 31, 2022, at the Crayola Experience in the Florida Mall. Rotate between spooky stations to create different parts of a witchy diorama. Discover otherworldly colors during a scavenger hunt. For an additional fee, you can make goblin-green slime or paint your own pumpkin.

While at Screamin’ Green Hauntoween, you’ll also enjoy Crayola Experience’s year-round attractions, including an indoor playground, digital art stations, and Model Magic sculpting.

7. Do the Time Warp Again at Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (RHPS) has been a Halloween tradition since the 1970s.

Unique Halloween Rocky Horror Picture Show

The film follows a young couple who enter the twisted world of Dr. Frank N. Furter after their car breaks down. On Saturday, October 29, 2022, the Plaza Live will screen the cult classic. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. As RHPS plays, actors from the Rich Weirdoes shadow cast will reenact the film live.

Tickets for the Rocky Horror Picture Show start at $25.

Guests who upgrade to a $40 VIP ticket receive front-of-house seats and a complimentary cocktail. Audience participation is encouraged at Rocky Horror. For $5, you can purchase a prop bag full of things like rice to throw during RHPS’s wedding scene.

Stay Close to the Halloween Haunts at Rosen Inn International

If you’re planning to spend Halloween in Orlando, make Rosen Inn International your home base.

While your October may be full of frights, you’ll rest easy in one of our deluxe guestrooms and enjoy amenities like two swimming pools, a fitness center, and free parking and Wi-Fi.

Halloween Horror Nights

The “World’s Premier Halloween Event” is returning to Universal Orlando this fall. Experience the excitement and horror of Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 31 on select nights from Friday, September 2, to Monday, October 31, 2022.

Here is what you can expect from HHN’s 31st year of fright.

Themed Haunted Houses

Haunted houses are the main event at Halloween Horror Nights.

Each year, the twisted creative team at Universal Orlando plans a variety of themed haunted houses based on the biggest names in horror. Four haunted house themes have been confirmed so far, and six more will be revealed ahead of the event.

The HHN haunted houses for 2022 include:

  • The Horrors of Blumhouse

Blumhouse Productions inspired this double-feature house. In it, guests are caught between the serial killer from Freaky and The Grabber from The Black Phone.

  • Halloween

Based on the 1978 horror classic, the Halloween house places guests in iconic moments from the original film as they try to escape the infamous Michael Myers.

  • Universal Monsters: Legends Collide

The legends become real as guests step into a battle between Universal horror movie titans The Wolf Man, Dracula, and The Mummy.

  • The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare

The Weeknd’s award-winning album After Hours will come to life at Universal Studios. Navigate nightmarish rooms full of fiends straight out of the artist’s music videos.

  • Spirits of the Coven

Make your way out of a bewitching 1920s speakeasy before you wind up in a boiling witches’ cauldron.

  • Bugs: Eaten Alive

This Halloween Horror Nights house takes you through a futuristic 1950s home. The cutting-edge house has one fatal flaw: hordes of mutant insects.

  • Fiesta de Chupacabras

An annual festival in a Latin American village takes a turn for the worst when a Chupacabra appears. This time, the monster is not out for livestock, but out for you.

  • Hellblock Horror

Plan your prisonbreak or face the wrath of monstruous inmates at this arresting HHN house.

  • Dead Man’s Pier: Winter’s Wake

Brave the terrors of the deep this Halloween Horror Nights. This house features the dastardly undead fishermen that first gave Halloween Horror Nights guests chills in 2016.

  • Descendants of Destruction

Venture six feet under, down to a subway filled with mutant passengers. Escape their grasp before your Halloween Horror Nights goes off the rails.

Thrilling HHN Attractions 

Halloween Horror Nights isn’t just about haunted houses. HHN 31 boasts five scare zones, two live shows, thrilling theme park rides, and themed food and drink options.

  • Scare Zones

    Watch your back as you enter one of the mischievous scare zones where roaming scareactors, props, and horrifying sounds surround you.

  • Live Shows

    Take a break from the scareactors by taking in one of HHN’s exhilarating live shows. Expect world-class entertainment, full of laughs and thrills.

  • Roller Coasters

    If you’re up for a challenge, test your courage by riding one of Universal’s signature thrill rides at night.

  • Themed Food and Drinks

    Cool off with a themed beverage or raise the heat with terrifying food combinations.

Universal Orlando constantly takes its events to the next level. Halloween Horror Nights 31 will be no exception. Whether you’re screaming from the rides, the haunted houses, or the scare zones, you’re sure to have a great night in Orlando.

Book a Scary Good Hotel Room

The least scary part of your trip to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 31 should be your hotel room.

Rosen Inn International offers clean and comfortable accommodations right in the heart of Orlando, near all the popular attractions, restaurants, clubs, and bars on International Drive. As a Universal Partner Hotel, we are also close to Universal Orlando Resort and Universal CityWalk.

October Performances at Plaza Live Orlando
Plaza Live Orlando is a premier event and concert venue that hosts local and global acts every month. Mark your calendars for the following acts taking the stage in October 2022.

Plaza Live Orlando October Lineup

Remi Wolf: Gwingle Gwongle Tour with Orion Sun

Former American Idol contestant Remi Wolf will perform at Plaza Live Orlando on October 1, 2022, at 8 p.m.

The rebellious bedroom-pop artist will play songs from her debut album, Juno. Featuring support by Orion Sun, Wolf’s “Gwingle Gwongle Tour” will deliver an unconventional, upbeat, and eclectic blend of funk, soul, and indie-pop vibes.

Sibling Rivalry Live: Bob the Drag Queen and Monét X Change

Bob the Drag Queen and Monét X Change are taking their Sibling Rivalry podcast on the road.

Bob is the season 8 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, while Monét won the Miss Congeniality award during season 10. The sisterly duo will participate in challenges, hilarious hijinks, and lip sync battles on Sunday, October 2, 2022, at 8 p.m.

Yung Bae: Groove Continental Tour

DJ and producer Yung Bae has been heralded for his work in the future funk genre, in which he masterfully blends the nostalgic tones of funk, soul, and disco.

His seventh album, Groove Continental: Side A, is his most diverse release to date. Yung Bae’s career boasts performances at Coachella, Electric Forest, and Outside Lands. He also hosts the Groove Continental Radio show on Apple Radio.

On Saturday, October 8, 2022, at 8 p.m., Yung Bae will perform in Orlando as part of his “Groove Continental: Side A Tour.” Opening acts Roosevelt and Vantage will join him on the Plaza Live stage.

Steve Vai: Inviolate Tour

Steve Vai is a three-time Grammy Award winner. Guitar World magazine readers named him the 10th greatest guitarist of all time.

The acclaimed musician propels any song he touches. As part of his “Inviolate Tour,” Vai will bring his high-energy music and signature guitar riffs to Plaza Live Orlando on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at 8 p.m.

KennyHoopla with special guests nothing, nowhere. & Groupthink

KennyHoopla started posting music to SoundCloud in 2016. His original songs draw inspiration from R&B, post-punk, and new wave artists.

His track “Waves” rocketed up the charts and helped break him into the music industry. The artist brings his hits “Sickness,” “Lost Cause,” and “Dirty White Vans” to the Plaza Live Orlando stage on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at 8 p.m. Joining him are supporting acts nothing, nowhere. and Groupthink.

Stay Near the Action at Rosen Inn International

When you book a room at Rosen Inn International, you’re never far away from a night of fun and excitement in Orlando. Our accommodating hotel is in the heart of International Drive. We’re minutes away from Orlando’s top restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues.

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