This autumn, Orlando is set to become the ‘Halloween Capital of the World’, as the Florida tourist mecca welcomes more than 130 seasonal theme park event nights, ranging from extreme adult scares to kid-friendly frights.

From now until October 31, visitors to Universal Orlando Resort can see their nightmares come to life at the 26th instalment of ‘Halloween Horror Nights’, which features nine haunted houses and designated ‘scare zones’.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s ‘Howl-O-Scream’ attraction features haunted houses and a host of creepy characters, while the temporary ‘Petrified Forest’ spectacle offers guests a hair-raising walkthrough adventure.

Elsewhere, ‘Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party’ runs until October 31 at Walt Disney World Resort, and Legoland Florida is offering a kooky Halloween celebration in the form of ‘Brick or Treat’.

In addition to the myriad Halloween-themed attractions at Orlando this year, the Orange County Convention Centre will host Spooky Empire – the largest horror convention in the nation – from October 7-9.