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October 28, 2017

Last chance to check out SeaWorld Orlando's Spooktacular Halloween celebration

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Residents and visitors alike have just one more weekend to enjoy SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular before it disappears for another year. This gentle celebration is perfect for the youngest of trick-or-treaters, but all ages are invited. Here are some tips that we have learned over the years, and things that are new for 2017.

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** Admission to the Halloween activities is included in your regular admission (or Fun Card or annual pass) to SeaWorld Orlando. The last dates for 2017 are today and Sunday (Oct. 28 and 29). Unlike at the other local theme parks, you do not have to pay extra to get in the Halloween spirit. The Spooktacular events take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days, although the park opens at 9 a.m.

** Certainly the whole family is welcome at SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular, but you should know that most of the activities are planned for children 12 and younger. In Penelope's Garden Party, for example, children can dance to a live DJ’s music, make easy crafts and play simple games. The popular Sesame Street's Countdown to Halloween stage production is presented four times each day in the Seaport Theater. The day wraps up with a bubble-filled Spooktacular Dance Party at the front of the park from 6 to 7 p.m. And, of course, the parties take place mostly during the daytime, which is ideal for little ones who have early bedtimes.

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** Trick-or-treating is for all ages – and that includes parents! SeaWorld provides guests with bags, and team members pass out candy at various stations. Although each person only receives one piece of candy at a time, guests are welcome to go through the lines as many times as they would like. Last year, we actually stayed later than in the past, and we discovered that visitors are likely to get more candy per treat stand during the last hour the park is open. That’s because team members cannot save the candy for another day so they’re trying to empty their barrels. One station that actually had run out of candy was giving out cool bookmarks.

** All guests are welcome to dress up in costumes, although only those 12 and younger are allowed to wear masks. (Guests who are ages 13 and older may not wear masks or hoods in the park, and all costumes are subject to the normal dress code for the park.) In addition, face painting is not permitted on any guests unless it is done by park artists. A cool fact I learned this year: face-painting touch-ups are free all day on the day the painting originally is done. Love this policy!

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** Perhaps the best thing about the Underwater FantaSea Path is the sheer number of characters who roam among guests and pose for photos. Unlike at Walt Disney World, face characters and furry characters are not a common occurrence at SeaWorld. But they come out in full force for Spooktacular. We’ve seen princesses, mermaids, stilt walkers, catfish and dogfish, and more.

** Pass members receive 20 percent off food and beverages purchased along the event pathway. Look for treats such as warm mini donuts, kettle corn and SeaWorld’s special spooky punch.

** It’s not too late to purchase Halloween upgrades if you do so online before your arrival. Visitors can reserve seats to Sesame Street's Countdown to Halloween stage production for $19 each. There’s also a new Sppoky Game Pass that allows a guest to play five games for the price of four ($20), and each game guarantees a prize. Adults can purchase the Seasonal Craft Brew Sampler for $30, which gives the bearer 10 craft brews (7 ounces) from a seasonal selection of craft brews that includes more than 20 brews from Florida.

Live out your FantaSea of Halloween fun at SeaWorld Orlando!





October 25, 2016

Don't miss: Last weekend to experience 2016 SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular

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Residents and visitors alike have just one more weekend to enjoy SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular before it disappears for another year. This gentle celebration is perfect for the youngest of trick-or-treaters, but all ages are invited. Here are some tips that we have learned over the years, and things that are new for 2016.

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** Admission to the Halloween activities is included in your regular admission (or Fun Card or annual pass) to SeaWorld Orlando. The last dates for 2016 are Oct. 29 and 30. Unlike at the other local theme parks, you do not have to pay extra to get in the Halloween spirit. The Spooktacular events take place from noon to 7 p.m. both days, although the park opens at 9 a.m.

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** Certainly the whole family is welcome at SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular, but you should know that most of the activities are planned for children 12 and younger. In Penelope's Garden Party, for example, children can dance to a live DJ’s music, make easy crafts and play simple games. The popular Sesame Street's Countdown to Halloween stage production is presented four times each day in the Seaport Theater. The day wraps up with a bubble-filled Spooktacular Dance Party at the front of the park from 6 to 7p.m. And, of course, the parties take place mostly during the daytime, which is ideal for little ones who have early bedtimes.

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** Trick-or-treating is for all ages – and that includes parents! SeaWorld provides guests with bags, and team members pass out candy at various stations. Although each person only receives one piece of candy at a time, guests are welcome to go through the lines as many times as they would like. This year, we actually stayed later than in the past, and we discovered that visitors are likely to get more candy per treat stand during the last hour the park is open. That’s because team members cannot save the candy for another day so they’re trying to empty their barrels. One station that actually had run out of candy was giving out cool bookmarks.

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** All guests are welcome to dress up in costumes, although only those 12 and younger are allowed to wear masks. (Guests who are ages 13 and older may not wear masks or hoods in the park, and all costumes are subject to the normal dress code for the park.) In addition, face painting is not permitted on any guests unless it is done by park artists. A cool fact I learned this year: face-painting touch-ups are free all day on the day the painting originally is done. Love this policy!

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** Perhaps the best thing about the Underwater FantaSea Path is the sheer number of characters who roam among guests and pose for photos. Unlike at Walt Disney World, face characters and furry characters are not a common occurrence at SeaWorld. But they come out in full force for Spooktacular. We’ve seen princesses, mermaids, stilt walkers, catfish and dogfish, and more.

Live out your FantaSea of Halloween fun at SeaWorld Orlando!



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October 8, 2015

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular returns with 'FantaSea' celebration for 2015

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SeaWorld’s colorful – and gentle – brand of Halloween celebration has returned for Saturdays and Sundays in October. On its remaining Spooktacular dates (10-11, 17-18, 24-25 and 31), SeaWorld brings to life an underwater “FantaSea” that is full of whimsical fun and not at all scary.

SeaWorld Orlando has found its niche with the youngest of trick-or-treaters, offering an afternoon of activities that don’t interfere with bedtimes. And parents won’t have nightmares because the Halloween events are included in regular park admission, unlike the parties hosted by other Orlando theme parks.

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The centerpiece of SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is Bayside Pathway, which starts by the dolphin nursery and winds past the stadium and Wild Arctic and through Shamu's Happy Harbor. It hosts trick-or-treat stations, games of skill, characters, face painting, snacks, Penelope's Party Zone and Penelope's Photacular. (Penelope Pumpkin is SeaWorld's signature Halloween character.) The pathway opens at noon and closes at 7 p.m., which is a change from last year when closing time was 8 p.m.

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All guests are welcome to dress up in costumes, although only those 12 and younger are allowed to wear masks. (Guests who are ages 13 and older may not wear masks or hoods in the park, and all costumes are subject to the normal dress code for the park.) In addition, face painting is not permitted on any guests unless it is done by park artists.

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Who can resist trick-or-treating? SeaWorld provides guests with sturdy bags, and team members pass out candy at various stations. Although each person only receives one piece of candy at a time, guests are welcome to go through the lines as many times as they would like. The offerings include name-brand candy and a few nutritious snacks, as well.

Along the path, there are ample opportunities for Halloween fun, but most of it comes at an additional price. Games typically are $3 per person, face painting is $12 to $15, and snack prices vary.

Penelope's Party Zone, which is housed on the Bayside Stadium stage, however, offers young guests a selection of complimentary activities. There are character interactions, such as a meet-and-greet with Penelope Pumpkin and stories acted out by other sea creatures. Children can make themed crafts, sit at easels to decorate coloring pages or dance to a DJ's spooky music.

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Perhaps the best thing about the Underwater Fantasea Path is the sheer number of characters who roam among guests and pose for photos. Unlike at Walt Disney World, face characters and furry characters are not a common occurrence at SeaWorld. But they come out in full force for Spooktacular. We’ve seen princesses, mermaids, stilt walkers, fish, as well as Dolly the Dolphin, Shamu, and Pete and Penny Penguin. When she was younger, my daughter was amazed by the process used by mermaids to enter and exit the meet-and-greet areas. They had to be lifted from carts to their seats because everyone knows mermaids cannot walk on land.

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Four times each day, guests can experience “Sesame Street's Countdown to Halloween” musical at the SeaPort Theatre: “The Count is feeling lonely this Halloween, and it's up to you and the lovable monsters from Sesame Street to get him into the Halloween spirit. Batty bats and spooky skeletons join the fun in a song filled stage show that invites you and your family to dance, play, and sing along.” It’s a rare opportunity for young trick-or-treaters to see Elmo and Abby at SeaWorld. I still have the words to “Elmo’s World” stuck in my head from when each of my children were obsessed with Elmo.

Finally, guests can start the day with the Dine With Shamu Spooktacular Brunch, which is served poolside at 10:30 a.m. The buffet includes scrambled eggs, gravy & biscuits, breakfast potatoes, sausage links, bacon, assorted breakfast pastries, muffins, fresh fruit, seasonal vegetables, salads, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, roasted chicken, pork loin, assorted Coca-Cola products, orange juice, apple juice, milk, coffee and hot tea. The children’s buffet offers chicken nuggets with dipping sauce, hot dogs, mac & cheese, waffles with maple syrup and assorted fruit toppings. Prices are $16 for ages 2 to 9 and $28 for ages 10 and older. Each group receives one complimentary photo and cookie-decorating kits for children ages 12 and younger.

My family and I experienced a Dine With Shamu event where the food was different but the experience was similar. You can read about it here.

SeaWorld pass members can reserve seating to the Sesame Street show and get 10 percent off the Spooktacular Brunch price when they book through the pass member website.

Each night ends with a Spooktacular Dance Party that beginning at 6 p.m. in the Village Square at the front of the park.



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October 7, 2014

Tips for families at SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular

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My family and I have attended SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular event, which takes place on Saturdays and Sundays in October at the Orlando theme park, for several years and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Here is what you need to know before you go during the 2014 season:

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1. Admission to the Halloween activities is included in your regular admission (or Fun Card or annual pass) to SeaWorld Orlando. Unlike at the other local theme parks, you do not have to pay extra to get in the Halloween spirit. Plus, the Spooktacular events take place from noon to 8 p.m., which means they last longer than Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Halloween Horror Nights.

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2. Certainly the whole family is welcome at SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular, but you should know that most of the activities are planned for children 12 and younger. In Penelope's Party Zone, for example, children can participate in story time with Princess Penelope, make easy crafts and play simple games. The popular Sesame Street's Countdown to Halloween stage production is presented four times each day in the Seaport Theater. The day wraps up with a bubble-filled Spooktacular Dance Party at the front of the park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. And, of course, the parties take place mostly during the daytime, which is ideal for little ones who have early bedtimes.

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3. To join the fun, head to the right side of the park -- Bayside Pathway, Bayside Stadium and along Shamu's Happy Harbor -- which is so festively decorated, you can't miss it. There are numerous fall photo opportunities along the way, as well as trick-or-treat stations and tons of costumed characters willing to pose for photos. Look for princesses, mermaids, stilt walkers and fish along the walkway, and Dolly the Dolphin, Shamu, and Pete and Penny Penguin in the party zone. For a small charge, you also can try your hand at games of skill, face painting, snacks and cookie decorating.

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Here's a short video of the "School of Fish"


4. What's new this year? The Dine With Shamu Halloween Spooktacular Brunch allows guests to get up close with the SeaWorld's signature killer whales during a delicious brunch. Participants receive one complimentary family photo with a Spooktacular photo frame, cookie-decorating kits for guests younger than 12 and a trick-or-treat bag of goodies. The menu includes seasonal fruits, vegetables and salads, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, slow-roasted and smoked chicken, natural roasted pork loin, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, sausage links and apple wood smoked bacon, assorted breakfast pastries and muffins, Coca-Cola products, orange juice, apple juice, milk, coffee and hot tea. Kids are welcome to select items from the main stations, but they also have their own buffet, which features chicken nuggets with dipping sauce, hot dogs, mac and cheese, waffles with maple syrup and assorted fruit toppings. The brunch takes place at 10:30 a.m. and costs $24 for adults and $14 for kids ages 2 to 9. Remaining available dates are Oct. 19, 25 and 26. This event is similar to the Dine With Shamu dinner, which my family really enjoyed. You can read about it here.

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5. Pass members have some special perks this year, too. Pass members can access an exclusive area in the Ports of Call Gardens through gates off Bayside Pathway that contains an extra treat station, where team members are handing out Fun Dips candy and sliced apples provided by Burger King. There also is a merchandise kiosk, an educational game for kids, a photo opportunity and a misting section for cooling off. In addition, a snack location is set up, and pass members can double their discount to 20 percent on food and drinks in the garden. Each day that pass members visit the garden, they can have their savings cards -- which were mailed out -- stamped and earn rewards, such free meals or behind-the-scenes-tours. The pass member garden is open from noon to 5 p.m. during the first three weekends of SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular.

Of course, if you and your family are looking for a bigger thrill, SeaWorld's giant roller coasters and exciting animal shows are taking place during the holiday weekends, as well.

DISCLAIMER: I was a guest of SeaWorld Orlando for its first Spooktacular event of the season. This did not affect my review; my opinions are my own.



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October 8, 2013

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular brings treats to theme park

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Everybody knows that Shamu loves buckets of fish. And kids? Well, they love bags of candy.

This month, both will enjoy their fill.

SeaWorld Orlando kicked off its Halloween Spooktacular with a splash this past weekend, taking guests into the "FantaSea" of the fall holiday. The celebration, which features trick-or-treating, takes place from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in October.

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My family and I think it's fun to stroll down the Underwater Fantasea Path, which runs along Bayside Pathway, past the stadium and Wild Arctic, and through Shamu's Happy Harbor. The walkway offers a street-festival atmosphere with 12 trick-or-treat stations, games of skill, characters, face painting, snacks, cookie decorating and Penelope's Party Zone. (Penelope Pumpkin is SeaWorld's signature Halloween character.)

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Certainly the young and the young-at-heart are welcome at SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular, but know that many of the activities are planned for the preschool set. In Penelope's Party Zone, for example, children can participate in story time with the Princess Penelope, make easy crafts and play simple games.

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On the eight party dates, a special show is presented in the Seaport Theater: Sesame Street's Countdown to Halloween. Favorite characters from the popular television show -- including Elmo! -- take the stage and invite young guests to dance and sing along with them four times a day.

In addition, Count von Count from "Sesame Street" hosts a Spooktacular Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. each day of the Halloween celebration. The price is $24 for adults and $14 for children ages 2 to 9. Pass members are eligible for a 20 percent discount by reserving ahead of time online.

Perhaps one of the best things about the Halloween Spooktacular is that it is included in regular park admission, unlike Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World and Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, which require separate tickets. Both locals and visitors can experience the fun of the season without the scary bill.

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Also, Halloween Spooktacular is an opportunity to see many, many characters at SeaWorld in elaborate and beautiful costumes. Unlike at Disney World, face characters and furry characters are not a common occurrence at SeaWorld, but they come out in full force for the Halloween celebration. Look for princesses, mermaids, stilt walkers, fish along the walkway, and Dolly the Dolphin, Shamu, and Pete and Penny Penguin in the party zone.

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Who can resist trick-or-tricking in a theme park? Candy sponsors for 2013 include AirHeads, Tootsie Roll, Jelly Belly jelly beans, M&Ms and more. We learned last year that trick-or-treating is only open to families. When I asked, a SeaWorld customer service representative said that adults typically will not be given candy, unless they are accompanied by children.

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Throughout October, children with creative costumes may be chosen as "Super Starfish of the Day." They and their families will be given VIP treatment, including limited wait times for rides, reserved seats at shows, lunch vouchers and souvenir photos with Shamu.

SeaWorld has added a Spooktacular Dance Party this year, similar to its dance party during Summer Nights. Children are invited to gather at the front of the park every night an hour before closing time to join in with line-dancing favorites as bubbles fill the evening air.

So, if you're ready for Halloween weeks before it appears on the calendar, check out SeaWorld Orlando's Halloween Spooktacular. And while you're there, watch Shamu perform a few tricks and treats, too.


October 9, 2012

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular brings gentle underwater fantasy to life

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For our family, the thrills and chills of Halloween still are on the tame side, especially for our elementary school-age kids. Rather than the blood and gore nightmare imagery of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, we instead enjoy the gentler fun of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

This year, we decided to check out SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular, which is included in regular admission to the theme park or Fun Cards and annual passes. Spooktacular takes place on weekends in October and is designed with young children in mind. Although all children are welcome to participate, the event features characters from Sesame Street and activities for preschoolers.

The centerpiece of SeaWorld's Spooktacular is the Underwater Fantasea Path that runs along Bayside Pathway, past the stadium and Wild Arctic, and through Shamu's Happy Harbor. It hosts 15 trick-or-treat stations, games of skill, characters, face painting, snacks, Penelope's Party Zone and Penelope's Photacular. (Penelope Pumpkin is SeaWorld's signature Halloween character.)

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The trick-or-treat stations at SeaWorld are run similarly to those at Magic Kingdom, with an employee tossing name-brand candy in each guest's complimentary bag. What is different, though, is that the trick-or-treating is only open to families. When I asked, a SeaWorld customer service representative said that adults typically will not be given candy, unless they are accompanied by children. At Disney World, all paying guests are encouraged to don costumes and trick-or-treat. Come to think of it, on the day we attended, we didn't see any adults dressed up at SeaWorld -- just young children were seen in costumes.

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Along the path, there are ample opportunities for Halloween fun, but most of it comes at an additional price. Games typically are $3 per person, face painting is $12 to $15, and snack prices vary.

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Penelope's Party Zone, which is housed on the Bayside Stadium stage, however, offers young guests a selection of complimentary activities. There are character interactions, such as a meet-and-greet with Penelope Pumpkin and stories acted out by other sea creatures. Children can make themed crafts, sit at easels to decorate coloring pages or dance to a DJ's spooky music.

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Two activities on the stage have additional fees: Create Your Own Spooktacular Treat and Sand Art. At the treat counter, guests decorate caramel apples or chocolate Rice Krispie treats with sprinkles, marshmallows, Reese's Pieces, candy corns and gummies for $5 apiece. There's a slight discount for passholders, too. At the sand art booth, kids use pieces of rounded sea glass and sand to decorate preformed shapes of sea life, including dolphins and starfish. These pieces of art take two hours to dry, so plan accordingly.

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Perhaps the best thing about the Underwater Fantasea Path is the sheer number of characters who roam among guests and pose for photos. Unlike at Disney World, face characters and furry characters are not a common occurrence at SeaWorld. But they were out in full force on the first day of Spooktacular. We saw princesses, mermaids, stilt walkers, fish and more. We also stood in line to meet Dolly the Dolphin, Shamu, and Pete and Penny Penguin. (A number of photos taken at Penelope's Photacular, where Shamu and Dolly hang out, each day are chosen to be displayed before that evening's Shamu Rocks! show.)

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Despite much cajoling, I could not persuade my elementary-school-age children to watch the Sesame Street's Countdown to Halloween musical at the SeaPort Theatre. They did not want to be reminded that they, too, once loved Elmo as much as most children do. Sesame Street fans also can start off each Spooktacular day with Count von Count's Spooktacular Breakfast, which includes a buffet and plenty of time with the popular characters. Prices are $24.99 for adults and $14.99 for children ages 2 to 9.

Throughout October, children with creative costumes may be chosen as "Super Starfish of the Day." They and their families will be given VIP treatment, including limited wait times on rides, reserved seats at shows, lunch vouchers and souvenir photos with the Shamu.

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SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular is open from noon to 8 p.m. on October 13,14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28.


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