As a long time Passholder, I’ve been taking our kids to the SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular event in San Diego for many years. We can never really get enough of the festive Fall celebrations throughout Southern California, and often go to this particular event several times each season. Spooktacular is a fun, family-friendly event, which really isn’t spooky at all. Here are some details about the event that I think are helpful to know before you go.
SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular Tips!
Spooktacular Is A Daytime Event
The SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular event happens during the daytime, only on WEEKENDS, from 9/27/14-10/26/14. Many, many years ago I took our (then) toddler and baby in the late afternoon, and almost missed all the trick-or-treat stations. I suggest going to the Park early, and making a day of it!
The Event Is Included With Admission
Spooktacular is included with admission to SeaWorld San Diego, including those with a Pass. There is no extra fee to participate in the fun! No additional tickets are needed, no wrist bands are required, and there are no special lines. All the kids inside the Park can participate in the SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular celebration.
Special Shows, Trick-Or-Treating, and More Is Included
SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular includes some fun, special, Halloween themed shows, awesome costumed characters, and neat decor. Trick-or-treat stations are set up around the Park, and in years past we’ve received goodies such as fruit snacks, candy, pretzels, and more. We still even have some of the pencils we received in 2008!
SeaWorld provides a trick-or-treat bag, but I suggest bringing a larger, stronger bag or small bucket to carry your loot! Also, if you normally visit theme parks with a stroller, it might be a good idea for you to bring yours as usual, since the trick-or-treat stations are spread around the Park. (I left mine behind once last year, and still regret it!) The employees are normally really fast at handing out the treats, but there’s often a line at each station. Not only can a stroller keep little legs from getting too tired, they’re also great for transporting goodies when you travel from one treat station to the next. Also, the rest of the Park is open during the event, so you’ll probably want it to explore the other attractions throughout SeaWorld.
Costumes Are Not Required!
Dressing up in Halloween costumes is optional at the SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular event, but super fun to do so. What I often do is dress our kids prior to leaving the house, and bring an extra set of Halloween-themed clothes along in case they want to change while at the Park. I rarely see adults dressed up for this particular event, but most kids come in costume.
When considering costumes, take into consideration that the event is in the daytime, and it can often be very warm during Fall in SoCal. Last year our barely-walking baby was dressed as a duck, and was adorable toddling (or should I say waddling) around the Park. He was a big hit with the employees handing out treats, as well as Park guests! This year I’m trying to come up with some sea-themed costumes.
SeaWorld Participates In The Kids Free October Promotion
If you’re not a Passholder such as myself, and need to purchase an admission ticket, you’ll LOVE this… As part of the Kids Free October promotion in San Diego, children age 3-9 can receive one FREE single day ticket with each full-priced adult ticket purchased through 10/31/14. Only 1 free child per adult ticket allowed. Also, kids under the age of 3 are always free. Specific details about the promotion can be found HERE.
We plan to go to the SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular event several times this year. For more information about it, be sure to check out the official SeaWorld San Diego website at this LINK. Perhaps we’ll see you there!
P.S. You might also be interested in reading our post about Explorer’s Reef, the new attraction for 2014 at SeaWorld San Diego.
The opinions in this article are our own. We do not work for any brand mentioned in this post, nor do we have any official relationship with them. We’ve been SeaWorld Passholders for many years.