The spooky season is nearly upon us, and theme parks all across the country are preparing for yet another season of good, clean, scary fun! From the horrific displays at Halloween Horror Nights and Howl-O-Scream to the not so scary adventures at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and LEGOLAND Florida's Brick-or-treat, fear fans in the fantasmagoric state of Florida have more than their share of haunted holiday adventures to choose from.
If you like your fear mixed with a bit of salt water, perhaps you should visit SeaWorld Orlando every weekend in October for silly, spooky fun at Halloween Spooktacular. During this daytime event, families will be immersed in an underwater "fantasea" filled with trick-or-treating, dancing with sea fairies and pumpkin fish and sea-themed arts and crafts.
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place weekends in October: 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27, from 12 to 8 p.m., leaving the littlest of trick-or-treaters wide-eyed for all of the fun-filled activities. Halloween Spooktacular is included with park admission.
The event features a number of special displays found only in the Halloween season. If you feel like getting your grotesque groove on, join Princess Penelope and her undersea friends at the Spooktacular Dance Party, where children can dance along to a Spooktacular mix of line-dancing favorites as clouds of bubbles fill the evening air. The party will kick off at the front of the park every event night an hour before SeaWorld’s park closing time.
For your candy fix, be sure to enjoy more than two million pieces of sweet treats, where costumed youngsters can trick-or-treat “under the sea.” Each trick-or-treat station features an assortment of ghoulish goodies including Tootsie Roll, Jelly Belly jelly beans, Airheads and other candy favorites.
All the party people in the house should be sure to visit Penelope's Party Zone. Located at SeaWorld’s Bayside area, this dynamic underwater environment comes to life each day with a live DJ, a variety of interactive crafts to choose from, countless bubbles floating overhead and colorful pumpkin fish gliding around!
For those of you in the mood to be creative with your confections, kids and parents alike can have a "splash" by creating their own sweet treats at the cookie decorating station. Kids will be able to decorate and devour their spooky cookie when they purchase a kit that comes equipped with a cookie, frosting and toppings.
Who doesn't love jelly beans? Jelly Belly artist in residence Kristen Cumings, will use more than 10,000 Jelly Belly jelly beans to create a portrait of rockhopper penguins, reflecting SeaWorld’s all-new Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. Guests can watch as this handmade jelly bean creation comes together in front of their eyes during the final weekend of Halloween Spooktacular, Oct. 26 and 27. Kids can join in the fun too, with the opportunity to decorate a Halloween Spooktacular mural with a variety of Jelly Belly jelly beans.
Of course, no spooky fun can be complete without a visit from the original master of the Twilight, Count von Count. Join him and some of his muppet friends at Count von Count's Spooktacular Breakfast, where guests stay 1 step ahead of hunger! What goes great with your 2 morning eggs? How about infinite hugs from Count von Count, Elmo and his furry friends! Featuring a delicious buffet sprinkled with the hottest characters in town, the Count’s Spooktacular Breakfast is a fun-filled experience sure to delight kids and parents alike. You can “count” on it! Adults $24, Child (2-9) $14.
The best way for families to experience SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular together and make the most of a Central Florida vacation is with a SeaWorld Getaways Package. For a limited time, guests may book the Kids Free at SeaWorld Getaways Package with any of our Official or Partner Hotels and receive one free children’s admission to SeaWorld with each paid adult. SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando – including three theme parks and seven official hotel partners – creates an amazing getaway experience offering incredible values, exclusive benefits and a location that’s convenient to all Central Florida has to offer.
Remember that Halloween is a time for fun and frivolity. It is a time to come out of your shell, and to acknowledge the mischievous spirit that resides within all of us. Be sure to keep following this column for news on other spooky events and more. If you know of another local event that needs additional undead light shone upon it, please tell me about it!
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