SeaWorld Parks Halloween Festivities Range From Family-Friendly to Super-Scary

With six different parks spread across the country, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has something for everyone this season.  The cooler days of fall have families thinking of spooks and spirits and candy. SeaWorld Parks Halloween events range the gamut from family-friendly to super-scary.  Continue reading for more details on the seasonal holiday fun at Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, and Sesame Place from SeaWorld Parks Halloween press release.

SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Howl-O-Scream – Tampa, FL

Tampa Bay’s premier Halloween event returns with tormenting surprises and unexpected frights around every corner.  Evil Encore at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay includes two brand-new haunted houses and a bone-chilling storyline starring a disturbing cast of demon dolls.

Freaky Preview returns this year and will open Howl-O-Scream 2016 on Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24.  The event then runs select nights from September 29 through October 30. Operating event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

The Black Spot at Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens Tampa Bay ©2016 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

New at Howl-O-Scream 2016

  • NEW! Motel Hell
  • Nightmares become reality at this deserted motel once you realize why it’s conveniently vacant. The paranormal presence of its former owners still lurks on the untouched property, mysteriously preventing the brave souls who are attempting to tear it down. Guests who dare to enter will find themselves face-to-face with their worst nightmares and inescapable fate.
  • NEW! The Black Spot
  • When Saw Tooth Silas, an infamous pirate, decides that one should no longer exist, he marks them for death. Victims are then sent to The Black Spot, where they meet their horrifying demise. The trick lies within the dimly-lit corners of the mysterious hideaway, holding the secret to escape… or demise.
  • Howl-O-Scream’s roaming hordes have heard the cries loud and clear. The infamous mobs are back and bigger than ever:
  • NEW! Inescapable Roaming Hordes
  • Throughout the park and in between haunted houses, every corner will be deemed unsafe.  This year, roaming hordes are infesting Howl-O-Scream at an unstoppable rate as the infamous scare squads return bigger and more horrifying than ever. From their screeching welcome at the front gates to the eerie traps in the depths of the park, no corner is safe from these merciless roaming hordes.
  • Guests can test their limits while braving thrill rides in the dark, including Cobra’s Curse, Busch Gardens’ new one-of-a-kind spin coaster. Plus, challenge North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower Falcon’s Fury, Florida’s first and only triple-launch coaster Cheetah Hunt and others.

Howl-O-Scream 2016 is a separately-ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed.

Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream – Williamsburg, VA

Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream has unearthed unworldly thrills for guests brave enough to explore the park after dark. Howl-O-Scream has added Sideshow Square™ this year to its array of five thrilling Terror-tories and Circo Sinistro to its collection of seven sinister haunted houses. Guests also can enjoy three darkly entertaining live stage shows. During the day families can delight in the same natural fun offered year-round but with a fall harvest twist.  But get ready for the serious scares with the setting sun when guests become the main attraction starting at 6 p.m. (May not be suitable for younger guests). Howl-O-Scream opens September 23, and terrifies Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 30.  No costumes are allowed.

What’s The Deal?

Howl-O-Scream is included in the price of admission to Busch Gardens Williamsburg. To turn your visit into a fall getaway book the Fun by Day, Fright by Night vacation package. Packages start at just $50 (excluding tax) per person, per night for a family of four staying three nights. The package includes Fall Fun Cards for unlimited admission to Howl-O-Scream, dining certificates valid for one park meal per guest and choice of hotel accommodations.

Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular – Orlando, FL

Enjoy sea-themed Halloween fun for the whole family at SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular.  During this daytime event, families are immersed in an underwater “fantasea” including trick-or-treating stations for kids, whimsical characters, sea-themed activities and up-close animal encounters in a family-friendly event that could only come from SeaWorld. SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place Saturdays and Sundays, October 1 through 30 and is included with park admission.

What’s the Deal?  Kids Free Hotel Package

The best way for families to experience SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular and make the most of a Central Florida vacation is with a SeaWorld hotel package. Families can save by receiving free admission for up to 2 children (ages 3-9) at SeaWorld and Aquatica now through October 31, 2016. You’ll also receive our exclusive vacation benefits which include reserved seating at SeaWorld’s most popular shows during all dates of your visit. Book now at

SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular

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SeaWorld San Diego’s Halloween Spooktacular – San Diego, CA

Where can kids meet some spooky and not-so-spooky animals? Dance the day away with funny friends like Tabitha Taffy and Timothy Toffee? And trick-or-treat in a sea-inspired atmosphere?  It’s all part of SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular where kids can dress up in their Halloween best and go on a trick-or-treating adventure throughout the park (trick or treat bags are provided).  Families also won’t want to miss SeaWorld’s Halloween-themed shows, including Clyde & Seamore’s Big Halloween Bash at Sea Lion and Otter Stadium and Sesame Street’s Who Said Boo? at the park’s Mission Bay Theater. New this year will be a themed area celebrating Dia de los Muertos, where colorful papel picado flags, vibrant Ofrendas and large Catrinas will invite guests to learn about and take part in the festivities of this traditional Mexican holiday.

SeaWorld San Diego’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place Saturdays and Sundays, September 24 through October 30 and is included with park admission.

SeaWorld San Diego Halloween Spooktacular

Clyde & Seamore’s Big Halloween Bash at SeaWorld San Diego Halloween Spooktacular ©2016 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

What’s The Deal?  October is Kids Free Month

During the month of October with the purchase of one full-paid adult single-day admission guests can get one free child single-day admission.

  • SeaWorld is also offering Kids Free for its Dolphin and Beluga Interaction Programs.  During the month of October kids ages 10–12 are free with each paid adult for the park’s DIP and BIP programs.
  • Kids eat for free at Breakfast With Shamu and Dine With Shamu during the month of October. Kids ages 3–9 are free with each paid adult.
  • All Kids Free reservations can be made by online at

SeaWorld San Antonio’s Halloween Spooktacular and Howl-O-Scream – San Antonio, TX

There is something for everyone this fall at SeaWorld San Antonio.   During the day, kid-friendly fun awaits at the park’s Halloween Spooktacular.  Beginning September 30 and running select dates through October 30, Halloween Spooktacular features an expanded lineup of family attractions and shows including trick-or-treating, a hay maze, Halloween Train, and FantaSea creatures. SeaWorld San Antonio’s Halloween Spooktacular is included with park admission.

After 7 pm, Howl-O-Scream takes over, increasing the intensity of the park’s scare level. This fall, no soul is safe as Howl-O-Scream unleashes new haunts inspired by a childhood toy gone horribly wrong.  Once the charming creations of “Mr. Karver,” these demon dolls have taken on a life of their own.  Howl-O-Scream features over-the-top haunted houses, roaming creatures and live shows.  Howl-O-Scream is included with park admission and not recommended for guests under age 13.  No costumes are allowed.

What’s the Deal?

SeaWorld San Antonio offers Kids Stay & Play Free Vacation Packages.  With this special package, kids play free at SeaWorld San Antonio and stay free at participating San Antonio hotel and resorts.


SeaWorld San Antonio Howl-O-Scream ©2016 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Sesame Place The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular – Langhorne, PA

Celebrate silly, not-too-spooky fun at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place. On weekends from September 24 through October 30 the park is transformed into a family-friendly Halloween haven. Come in costume and enjoy three special Halloween shows, Abby Cadabby’s Magical Halloween Maze and a fun filled hayride with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends. Soar, swing, fly and cruise on four Count von Count-themed mechanical rides – including the brand-new Count’s Cruisers and don’t miss the park’s furriest land ever – Cookie’s Monster Land.

Everyone will love the Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade that features ten fantastic floats all decked out for the season with music and dancing that will have everyone joining in the fun. The parade features exciting performances about Halloween fun including trick-or-treating, dressing in costume and doing the “Jack-O-Lantern Jump”!

Sesame Place Spooktacular

Sesame Place Spooktacular ©2016 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Count’s Halloween Party on October 29 & 30

Book your reservations for the best Halloween Party this side of Transylvania, The Count’s Halloween Party.  Come dressed in your favorite costume and enjoy a seasonal fall menu, Spooktacular desserts plus singing, dancing and Halloween fun with The Count, Elmo, Zoe, Grover & Cookie Monster.  Paid park admission is required in addition to dining reservation.

What’s The Deal?  Halloween Stay & Play Package includes:

  • Minimum one-night stay at a Sesame Place Official or Partner Hotel
  • Lowest price on Any Day Ticket admission with free 2nd visit through 1/1/17
  • Kids free Dine with Elmo & Friends (no additional discounts apply)
  • Exclusive savings up to 33% on some of our most popular add-on items (no additional discounts apply)
  • Hotel check-in gift
  • Package is available for booking through 10/29/16 and hotel arrival must be 10/30/16 or earlier.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.