Ok, you’ve heard me whine about being bummed that summer is over. I’m over it now. Why? Because although summer is my most favorite season, fall is my second favorite. Living in the northeast at this time of year….there’s nothing like it!
Nature walks, football games, cross country meets, and cooler breezes are just some of the things our family enjoy this time of year. When our kids aren’t crazy busy with school and sports, we like to take time out of our schedules to find something seasonal to do like apple picking, visiting corn mazes at farms and the like. That’s just September. We look forward to October every single year because of all the great things there are to do related to the ghoulish Halloween holiday. The list goes on and on and we find that there are not nearly enough weekends in the fall to fit in everything we would like to do.
One of our very favorite places to go, although I haven’t been in the fall, is SeaWorld. We save our trip to SeaWorld Orlando for Christmas, as they have terrific attractions that have become a part of our holiday traditions. This year, though, we may have to take a trip to one of the other properties located all across the United States.
But, I know from experience that visiting a SeaWorld property, be it Sesame Place, SeaWorld, or Busch Gardens, is always a ton of fun! Why would it be any different in the fall?
Check out these fall activities being held at SeaWorld properties all over!
The cooler days of fall are perfect for family time spent outside, and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has something for everyone this season. From family-friendly to super-scary, Halloween events from coast-to-coast are a great way to welcome fall.
SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular® – Orlando, Fla.
Join SeaWorld Orlando every weekend in October for silly and spooky fun at SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular®. During this splashy daytime event, families will be immersed in an underwater “fantasea” filled with trick-or-treating, whimsical pumpkin fish, sea-themed arts and crafts as well as the amazing animals experiences.
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place from 12 – 8 p.m. during weekends in October (5-6, 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27) and is included in park admission.
What’s the Deal?
The best way for families to experience SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular together and make the most of a Central Florida vacation is with a SeaWorld Getaway Package. For a limited time, guests may book the Kids Free at SeaWorld Getaway Package with any of our Official or Partner Hotels and receive one free children’s admission to SeaWorld with each paid adult.
SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando creates an amazing getaway experience offering incredible values, exclusive benefits and hotel locations convenient to all Central Florida has to offer.
SeaWorld San Diego’s Halloween Spooktacular® – San Diego, Calif.
Where can kids meet some spooky and not-so-spooky animals, pose for pictures with mesmerizing mermaids and trick-or-treat in a sea-inspired atmosphere? It’s all part of SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular®, where Halloween meets the sea. Kids are encouraged to come in costume and trick or treat among 10 sea-themed stations. Trick or treat bags are provided. Families won’t want to miss SeaWorld’s Halloween-themed shows, including Clyde & Seamore’s Spooky Adventure at Sea Lion and Otter Stadium and Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween at Sesame Street® Bay of Play®.
SeaWorld San Diego’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place Saturdays and Sundays, September 27-28, October 4-5, October 11-12, October 18-19 and October 25-26.
What’s The Deal?
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is included with park admission.
During the month of October, kids ages 3 to 9 are free with one full-paid adult admission. The same offer is valid at Dine With Shamu. Also, kids age 10 to 12 can participate for free in SeaWorld’s Dolphin and Beluga Interaction Programs with one paid adult participation. (children must be at least 48 inches tall to participate in DIP and BIP). Dining and animal experiences must be booked by contacting SeaWorld at (800) 257-4268.
SeaWorld San Antonio’s Howl-O-Scream® – San Antonio, TX
If scary is more your style, SeaWorld San Antonio delivers with an all new haunted maze, two new terror-tories and 10 other frightening attractions.
Dare to experience Howl-O-Scream® with two new creepy areas, Psycho Path and Ports of Skull™. Patients from ICU: Intensive Cursed Unit will roam freely along Psycho Path spreading the curse to whoever comes their way. This newest maze was originally founded as a sanctuary for those inflicted with the curse. The physicians and staff tasked with finding a cure have begun to behave a bit strangely themselves. Guests will have to brave through this haunted maze in order to survive this terrifying affliction. Ports of Skull™ is known the world over as a crossroads of the damned. This raucous and rowdy part of SeaWorld has some inhabitants that are just dying to meet guests.
The scares will begin at 7 p.m on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, September 26 – October 31. These nighttime terrors are not suitable for guests under the age of 13.
During the day, families can enjoy a kid-friendly Halloween experience with the daytime show Countdown to Halloween at Sesame Street® Bay of Play. Young guests can also hop aboard the SeaWorld Express, a festive Halloween train ride located next to Nautilus Amphitheater.
Family friendly activities begin at 12 p.m on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, September 26 – October 31, plus Monday, Oct. 13.
What’s the Deal?
Daytime Halloween fun at SeaWorld San Antonio and Howl-O-Scream are included in the price of admission and held Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, September 26 – October 31
Guests wishing to visit Howl-O-Scream, Christmas and daytime SeaWorld activities, can purchase the 2015 Fall for Free Fun Card that allows unlimited admission now through September 7, 2015. Visit online howloscream.com/tx
Busch Gardens Tampa’s Howl-O-Scream® – Tampa, Fla.
Howl-O-Scream® 2014 returns to Busch Gardens® Tampa with unexpected terrors around every corner. Hundreds of undead creatures emerge from the shadows and lurk throughout Busch Gardens as paranormal terrors keep your pulse pounding with an all-new haunted house, roaming slash mobs and more, including a brand new interactive experience that tests your skills and places you in the sights of an undead mob. Even more excitement awaits you on some of Florida’s top thrill rides, including North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower, Falcon’s Fury™.
Freaky Preview returns this year with Howl-O-Scream 2014’s opening weekend on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27. The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 2-Nov. 1. Howl-O-Scream will also be open on Sunday, Oct. 19. Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. for all event nights.
Howl-O-Scream is a separate ticketed night event and intended for a mature audience. No costumes are permitted.
What’s the Deal?
Amp Up the Fear With Exclusive Experiences Crafted to Take Horror to the Next Level:
VIP Tour Packages
All-inclusive VIP Packages include event admission, a tour guide and a choice of three levels of terrifying special treatment. All tours include commemorative photos, merchandise discounts and complimentary beverages. Packages start at $99, and Busch Gardens® Tampa Pass Member discounts are available.
Front Line Fear
For those who prefer to guide themselves through the event, but want front-of-the-line perks, there’s the Front Line Fear pass for $45, which grants no-wait access to six haunted houses (some exclusions). The Front Line Fear Extreme pass ups the terror and also gives guests front-of-the-line access to rollercoasters for $55. Both passes include merchandise discounts.
Fright Feast features a buffet of monstrous main courses and devilish desserts, plus an exclusive performance of Fiends. Fright Feast guests are also the first to brave the dark with 30 minutes of early access to the all-new haunted houses and front-of-line privileges until 8:30 p.m. Fright Feast is $26 per person, with group rates and discounts for Busch Gardens Pass Members. New this year, purchase Howl-O-Scream admission and Fright Feast together for Friday nights for just $75.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Howl-O-Scream® – Williamsburg, Va.
Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream® offers chills and thrills to guests brave enough to venture into this cursed park. Navigate through Wendigo Woods™, one of five Terror-tories™; brave a darkly entertaining show like Monster Stomp™ on Ripper Row® or explore six haunted houses waiting for those daring enough to enter the park after dark.
During the day families can enjoy 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, please use discretion).
Howl-O-Scream opens September 12, and terrifies weekends through October 26 and is included in park admission.
What’s The Deal?
Howl-O-Scream is included in the price of admission. To turn your visit into a fall getaway book the Play by Day, Fright by Night vacation package. Packages start at just $45 per person, per night and includes Fall Fun Cards for unlimited admission to Howl-O-Scream, dining certificates and choice of hotel accommodations. Visit BuschGardens.com/va for all of the park’s fall offers.
Sesame Place’s The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular®– Langhorne, Pa.
Get ready to have some silly, not-too-spooky fun at Sesame Place®, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on Sesame Street® during The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular®. In addition to the park’s Spooktacular-focused attractions, Sesame Place’s exciting rides are also open for guests to enjoy including the new Cookie’s Monster Land featuring five rides, a three-story net climb and a soft toddler play area.
Two new Halloween shows make their debut this season. At Elmo the Musical – Live at Sesame Place Halloween Show in Sesame Studio, Magician Elmo makes a magical mistake that may ruin The Great David Cluckerfield’s annual show. Music, magic and mayhem are everywhere as Elmo and his friends figure how to save the show. In Who Said Boo? at Monster Rock Theater, an eerie “boo” has everyone wondering who and where it came from. Don’t miss the Halloween Costume Contest on Sunday, October 26.
Sesame Place’s Halloween Spooktacular is open Saturdays and Sundays starting September 20th through October 26th. In addition, the event is open on Friday, September 26. Families are encouraged to come dressed in costume.
What’s the Deal?
The Not-Too-Spooky Getaway Package is a fun way for the whole family to enjoy The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place.
· Minimum 1-night stay at a participating Sesame Place partner hotel
· (2) Any Day Tickets with a 2nd visit free
· A choice of 2 add-on items with potential savings of up to $22.
· FREE general parking for one day ($17.00 value)
· Discounted admission to Shady Brook Farm’s PumpkinFest
· Optional free kid’s breakfast or lunch with Elmo & Friends (with purchase of adult meal)
· Package must be booked by 10/26/14 and arrival date must be between 9/20/14 and 10/26/14. Both visits may be used through 12/31/14.
About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment inspires millions, through the power of entertainment, to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world. The company has been creating innovative entertainment experiences that blend imagination with nature for more than 50 years and is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company maintains one of the largest animal collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment also operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue and rehabilitate ocean marine animals that are ill, injured and orphaned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 23,000 animals in need over the last four decades.