Video: The LaVene Family Trail of Nightmares in Celebration, Florida

The LaVene Family Trail of Nightmares in downtown Celebration, Fla. is a surprisingly fun small-scale Halloween haunt. While it doesn’t come close to having the same big budgets used to create Halloween Horror Nights and Howl-O-Scream, this haunted walking trail does have a unique personal touch.

Dr. Daniel LaVene (pictured above) is a real doctor, currently practicing medicine at Central Florida Regional Hospital In Sanford, Fla. For the last 25 years, Dr. LaVene has been building up this home haunt and has now donated it to Celebration to benefit charities as it has simply grown too large for him to handle on his own.

On the Trail of Nightmares Web site, LaVene writes, “I do it for the kids and to see their faces….the awe of it all; and for the adults as well.” While Halloween Horror Nights and Howl-O-Scream are intended for older audiences, the scares found within the LaVene Family Trail of Nightmares are recommended for children 12 and older, though adults may bring children of any age through the experience.

To give you an idea of the level of scares found within the LaVene Family Trail of Nightmares, our cameras followed a group of young girls through the experience. This video shows the hauntingly hilarious results:

LaVene Family Trail of Nightmares in Celebration, Florida

If you don’t think you’re up to visiting one of the bigger, scarier Halloween events around Central Florida, the LaVene Family Trail of Nightmares may just be the perfect Halloween event for you. It costs just $12 per person or $10 per person with two non-perishable food items to be donated to Help Now of Osceola. Celebration Residents can receive a $2 discount with a valid ID. And after you’ve walked through the trail once, you can opt to go around again for just $2 more.

You can visit The LaVene Family Trail of Nightmares from 8 to 11:30 p.m. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Oct. 29, 30, 31). It’s located in Lakeside Park in downtown Celebration. In addition to the Trail, food booths, a kiddie hay maze and some bounce houses are available. You can find more information and directions at

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