TheMomBuzz was invited to the SeaWorld Spooktacular as part of a media event.
Friends of thMomBuzz may have seen me posting some Spooktacular photos on my social networks over the weekend! My sons, husband and I had a BLAST at this year’s SeaWorld Spooktacular. This is the only Halloween event we’ve gone to yearly – for five years running! So my youngest has been enjoying it since he was 1 and my oldest was 3. Get a load of this picture (to the right) of them back then in 2009!
SeaWorld is a top pick for a family-friendly Halloween event. There are no scares or spooks, just their favorite SeaWorld characters celebrating in amazing costumes and theatrics. Here Halloween “Fantasea” start coming to life at noon and everyone is invited to celebrate.
WHAT YOU’LL EXPERIENCE:
- Trick or Treating: There are a variety of trick-or-treat stops walking towards Bayside Stadium. Costumes are optional. Living in Florida, where it is toasty on most October afternoons, we opt for Halloween shirts instead. When you enter the trick-or-treat trail, SeaWorld Staff will hand you a map and a trick or treat bag. Treat options this year included Lemonheads, Tootsie Rolls, Licorice, M&Ms, JellyBelly Candy Corn, Welch’s Fruit Snacks and Airheads.
- Penelope’s Party Zone: Along the way you will run into Penelope’s Party Zone under the Bayside Stadium. There are coloring stations, a craft station (which was NEW this year), a DJ, stories and games. My 5 year old REALLY loves the coloring station. This was the first year my 7 year old opted not to color. Both boys dove into the craft making, which was foam Jack-o-Lanterns. While my 5 year old colored, my 7 year old went crazy for the bubbles. There are bubble machines EVERYWHERE. And my and my husband chilled and watched the other kids enjoying the interactive storytelling and the fabulous DJ.
- Cookie Decorating: New this year is also Cookie decorating. You can choose a cardboard Shamu kit or upgrade to a plastic lunchbox kit. Both come with a cookie and a drink. Just a head’s up, the cookie is not nut-allergy safe. Part of the kit included Chocolate Covered Reese’s and the sugar cookie is made in a facility that uses nuts, so contamination is possible. Just a heads-up! It’s safe for my oldest, but when I realized what we had in front of us, I had to take my youngest to go get ice cream instead. Just a heads-up for parents who have to think about that stuff.
- FUN PHOTO OPS: I really wonder (in a totally positive way) where they find their October Fantasea members. They are WONDERFULLY in character the whole time. We ran into two friendly witches who had a funny shtick with my two boys. Two starfish were wandering around, who ALSO remembered my boys and talked to them a second time. And we were just cracking up at two crabs walking around the park in humorous conversation. Photo lines are never that long, so make sure you get a few!
- SESAME STREET’S COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN: One of my favorite shows at the park is SESAME STREET’S COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN. It gets packed real fast, so try to get there 20 minutes before showtime to get a seat. It features the Count, Elmo and lots of other Sesame Street friends. My favorite part is the dancing skeletons!
- CARNIVAL-STYLE FUN: There are also fun Halloween themed carnival games along the path towards Bayside Stadium. Prices to play are low, so if you like to take a chance to win a small prize, it can add to the excitement. Facepainting and Halloween-themed merchandise is also available.
SUPER STARFISH PROGRAM: This relaunched program is better than ever and takes place weekends during SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular. The Super Starfish of the Day program gives kids and their families the star treatment all day long with awesome prizes including Quick Queue passes to skip the line at your favorite attractions, All Day Dining passes, reserved seating at our incredible shows and more! To become the Super Starfish of the Day, simply post a photo of yourselves in costumes at SeaWorld Orlando by noon on SeaWorld’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #SeaWorldSpooktacular. They announce the winners shortly after 12:15 across all of their channels!
And of course, the rest of the park is open for it’s usual SeaWorld fun! We made way to One Ocean to see the Killer Whales big splash! And we spent a lot of time at Shamu’s Happy Harbor, where are the rides are just perfect for our pint-sized kids.
Final Thoughts: I love that you do not have to pay extra to experience the Spooktacular side of SeaWorld, it’s included with park admission. Another perk is that it takes place during normal park hours, so you don’t have to stay up past bedtime to experience the Halloween fun!
My kids have gone to this event for 5 years and it is still perfect for them. I suggest it for families with children in elementary school and younger. SeaWorld Spooktacular is for children who enjoy the silly fun of Halloween and adults who are still young at heart!