• SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular a real 'treat' for little ones

    By: Shelley Caran/OntheGoinMCO.com


    SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place weekends in October 19-20 and 26-27, from 12 to 8 p.m., Trick-or-Treat stations, special characters, Penelope’s Party Zone, and more are all included with your admission to SeaWorld Orlando! There are also special Halloween Spooktacular themed cookie decorating, merchandise, and games which are available at a very reasonable extra charge.

    I absolutely love how SeaWorld Orlando is transformed for Halloween Spooktacular! You’ll find fishy looking pumpkins, tons of bubbles, colorful banners, and scenes that really transport you to a Halloween ‘Fantasea’! Zoe especially loves the bubbles everywhere!!!

    You will also find special characters and special costumes for your favorite characters at SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular! My daughter is a HUGE fan of Pirate Shamu and of the scenes set up for character interacitons and stories!

    Spooktacular Highlights Include:

    NEW this year: Spooktacular Dance Party

    Princess Penelope and her undersea friends invite guests to join 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.

    Waves of Trick-or-Treat Fun

    Offering more than two million pieces of sweet treats, 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.

    » IMAGE GALLERY: A day at SeaWorld's Spooktacular

    You can enter the Underwater Fantasea Trick-or-Treating Path near Shamu Stadium or at the path near the Dolphin Nursery, and the path takes you through the center of all the Halloween Spooktacular fun with 12 Trick-or-Treating spots. The lines are clearly marked which keeps things really organized, and the type of candy being distributed is clearly displayed so you can see if you want to stop or if you need to start thinking of a candy trade to make! You also don’t have to worry about bringing a bag for your treats, because they have high quality paper bags and maps at both entrances to the path!

    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 the younger guests atHalloween Spooktacular, there are coloring easels with stools and play areas. And for the older guests, there are pumpkin foam crafts to make and iPads with big screens set up to play the SeaWorld Turtle Trek game!

    This is a great place to spend the warmer part of the day during SeaWorld Orlando's Halloween Spooktacular, because the area is covered with a large tent, there are plenty of places to sit and relax, and there are snacks and drinks available for purchase!

    Sweet Treat Decorating

    Kids and parents alike can have a “splash” creating their own sweet treats at the cookie decorating station.

    The cookie decorating tent is located on the upper walkway of Bayside Stadium you will find the cookie decorating tents where you can purchase a cookie decorating kit for $5.50, which includes a cookie, icing, decorating sprinkles & candies, and your choice of water, apple juice, or milk.

    What I especially love about this area is that it is a place where you and your children can sit away from the party to grab a snack and let them unwind for a spell.

    If you are a SeaWorld Orlando Annual Passholder, you will receive a discount on the cookie decorating kit!

    Super Starfish of the Day Program

    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 Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #SeaWorldSpooktacular. The Super Starfish of the Day winner is announced shortly after12:15 om across all of our channels!

    Jelly Belly® Bean Art to Come to Life at Spooktacular

    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, October 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.

    Not included with admission to SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular, but always a really fun time is…

    Count von Count’s Spooktacular Breakfast
    1-2-3… Dine with me! Don’t walk around on an empty stomach, 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.

    We are huge SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular fans! From the treats to the characters, you are sure to have an amazing day celebrating a really fun time of year with your family!!!

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shelley Caran recently moved to Celebration, Florida from Virginia, but has had a passion for Disney World and SeaWorld since her first visit in 1986.  She is a wife and stay-at-home Mom, who never seems to stay at home! She loves to take pictures, talk about her adventures, and what is important to know as you are on the go in the Orlando and Tampa attractions.  In addition to her own site, On the Go in MCO (www.onthegoinmco.com) she is a contributor for Touring Plans (www.touringplans.com).