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By Samantha Chapnick

Whether you’re on a Disney World vacation or staying at other Orlando hotels, there’s no shortage of Halloween fun for all ages in the Orlando area.

Nick Hotel: Every Friday until Halloween, the Nickelodeon Family Suites does a party with a DJ at its outdoor waterpark. We went and were less impressed with the treats than the music and games — which were good. Expect slime and lots of it.

Halloween Horror Nights: Just seeing the billboard “photos” of Bloody Mary, the star of this annual Saw-like terror-fest, is enough to make a queasy person swoon. Would you expect anything less from Universal Orlando, with a full cast of scenic designers, make-up artists, scriptwriters and horror films at its disposal? This is amust-do for teens or anyone else with a strong stomach.

Mount Dora Craft Fair: This nationally ranked, juried event (Oct. 25-26) continues to attract more than 250,000 visitors and more than 350 of the best crafters in the country. Best of all in today’s economy: it’s FREE!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: Walt Disney World‘s Magic Kingdom, through Oct. 31. The flip side of Universal’s Horror NIghts, this is about fun not fear. It’s “boo-free” as they like to say. Guests come in costume and trick-or-treat through the Magic Kingdom after regular park closing. Stay for the parade and fireworks.

Central Florida Zoo Boo Bash: Trick-or-treat in the wildest neighborhood in town at the Central Florida Zoo (Oct. 25-26). Another not-too-scary event for the whole family. Wear costumes and stop at trick-or-treat stations. Get your face painted, take a hayride, visit the pumpkin patch and learn about the myths and realities of some misunderstood animals. The price is Included in regular park admission.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular:  A “swashbuckling” good time recalls the popular pirate theme. Kids will encounter friendly pirates as they go to trick-or-treat stationsand enjoy Halloween activities. Oct. 24-26 and Oct. 31.

Orlando Ghost Tours: Investigate the Greenwood Cemetery at night to see some real paranormal activity. And we’re not talking about your fellow tourists.

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Samantha Chapnick is a New York writer who scours international destinations looking for what hasn’t been found.

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