Halloween meets the sea during SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular. This family friendly event takes place October 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 and 29-31 from noon til closing. We were at SeaWorld for opening day of the 2010 Halloween Spooktacular celebration. Most of the Halloween activities are included in the regular admission price.
Trick-or-Treat Sea Sweets Located throughout the park, and designated on your Trick-or-Treat Treasure Map, the Trick-or-Treat stations slowly and judiciously hand out 2 pieces of candy per person. I recommend getting your candy early in the afternoon to avoid the long lines. Later in the afternoon we gave up getting candy because the lines were very long, 15-20 minute wait for 2 pieces of candy. We heard several parents tell their kids they would buy them a bag of candy on the way home they didn’t have time to wait, they had to get to Shamu Stadium to get seats for the next show.
Abby Cadabby’s Halloween Adventure is a 4,000 square foot outdoor maze where trick-or-treaters can help Abby search for her missing wand. At the end of the maze you can have your picture taken with Abby Cadabby (additional fees apply).
Count von Count’s Spooktacular Breakfast Little ones will sing, groove and mingle side-by-side with Sesame Street Characters, while listening to Halloween themed music and enjoying a special breakfast “boo”-fet. ($18 for adults $16 for children ages 3-9 call 1-888-800-5447 for reservations)
Strolling Entertainment Gummy Worm Wanda, Salt Water Taffy, and Swedish Fish Suzy are among the dozens of fanciful sea creatures that stroll through the park with schools of playful pumpkinfish. These roaming characters helped spread the Halloween theme throughout the park and they were happy to stop and have their picture taken.
Frozen Fun Zone a DJ will melt the ice with interactive games and dancing at Wild Arctic Plaza. A fun break, especially watching families do the Cha-Cha Slide together!
Cookie Decorating Station For a small fee kids and parents alike can decorate a Halloween themed cookie. The kit includes a souvenir lunch box filled with a sugar cookie, frosting, sprinkles and candies as well as milk or apple juice to wash it down. We enjoyed decorating our cookies in the cool shade of the tent, as did most of the families around us. Unfortunately, the cookies tasted awful. We watched as most kids took one bite out of the cookie and then just pick the candy off the top and…we did the exact same thing-seemed like a waste of money in the end.
Countdown to Halloween this adorable show full of Sesame Street characters is only shown a few times in the afternoon and evening and the small theater fills up fast so make sure you are in line early to see it. I video taped the entire show and part one is here in the post and you can see part two on my YouTube page.
All-in-all we had a nice day at SeaWorld, in addition to checking out the Halloween activities, I was able to introduce my husband to the best show in the park, Blue Horizons and we enjoyed seeing the manatees, rays, dolphins, sharks and other aquatic animals. Sadly, we didn’t enjoy the Believe show, and neither did the people around us who used words like “lame” and “boring” to describe the Shamu show with no real human/killer whale interaction.
If you are planning a visit during the Halloween Spooktacular, I’m sure you’ll have some Halloween fun. If you are thinking of going just for the spooky festivities and you aren’t a SeaWorld Passport holder, I’d think twice about it. Unfortunately there isn’t much added value and there are better family friendly Halloween values in the Orlando area.
Disclosure: SeaWorld invited my husband and I over for a day in the park to experience the Halloween Spooktacular. They also gave each of us a cookie decorating kit. All opinions are 100% mine.