A note from Mommy Frog: Hip HOP Hooray! SeaWorld San Diego has partially reopened for animal exhibits, food and fun. The SeaWorld Spooktacular at SeaWorld San Diego returns on Fridays through Sundays Oct. 2 - Nov. 1. It's time to start thinking about your Halloween costume. Hop over to our SeaWorld San Diego reopening post for the latest details and safety precautions at Sea World San Diego .
The Frog Family is always frogcited to celebrate Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld San Diego. On weekends in October from Oct. 2 through Nov. 1, 2020, you and your little goblins and ghouls can enjoy treats, wear costumes and attend special Halloween-themed dance parties and other fall fun activities at SeaWorld San Diego. This year is a little different than other years because of the pandemic, but all the fun is still there. Rides and some attractions (such as the Sesame Street Bay of Play area) remain closed for now. All guests 2 and up must wear face coverings (and costume masks do not count). Also, SeaWorld San Diego limits capacity, so all guests need to purchase tickets in advance and make a reservation before arrival. Our post on SeaWorld San Diego reopening has all the deets.
I don't know about yours, but my tadpoles never pass up a chance to wear their costumes. Most years, after Leap and I survive our terrifying visit to Universal Horror Nights, Sea World’s gentle Halloween Spooktacular is the perfect speed for some wholesome Halloween family fun.
We'll share what we love about this year's event as well as how Spooktacular Halloween fun at SeaWorld San Diego normally is in case things go back to normal next year.
Why We Love Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld San Diego
Chomp Candy from Trick-or-Treating
This year, the Spooktacular Candy Trail replaces trick-or-treating. In 2020, costumed tadpoles ages 12 and under can go in search of the Candy Garden, where they'll discover sweet treats. In order to participate, purchase a reusable, signature SeaWorld Candy Bag and follow the trail. Once you've reached the candy garden, a physically distanced candy chute will send the goodies straight into your bag!
In normal years, there are several trick-or-treat stations around the park, each offering a different type of name brand candy. Halloween Spooktacular candy gift bags are provided at each station if you need them. We saw everyone participating from toddlers to teens — some teens in costume! — and parents too. The stations are marked out on the park map and most had no lines at all. Trick-or-treat stations open at 11 a.m. Our favorite costume was a boy in a penguin suit with a bucket and sign that read, “fish or treat.” Toadally cute and displaying great SeaWorld spirit!
Boo-gie Down Dance Parties
In 2020, there are not one but TWO dance parties! A live DJ spins tunes for the whole family at the Monster Mash DJ Dance Party in the park's Village Square. Then join Sesame Street pals for the Sesame Street Halloween Dance Party!
In the past, we've enjoyed the sea-creature themed dance party. Lily loved hopping around to the beat of the music with some costumed DJs, sea creature dancers and a lot of other small children. Surrounding the dance floor was a festive fall atmosphere where you could pay to paint a pumpkin, meet and take a photo with a mermaid, play Halloween carnival games, and play with Kinetic Sand. The sand was our favorite color—green!
Watch Some Spooktacular Halloween Shows
We do not see any Halloween shows list for 2020, but the toadally awesome animal presentations such as Dolphin Days, Sea Lion Show and Orca Encounter are still taking place each day. With physically distant seating, every seat is a great one!
In future years, look for family-friendly Halloween shows. If you have little Sesame Street fans, then join Elmo, Zoe, Cookie, Abby,and Telly in a stage show, Who Said Boo? Animal lovers will enjoy seeing Sea Lions in Clyde and Seamore’s Big Halloween Bash. All of the other shows and exhibits are open during the event, so be sure to check those out too.
Eat or Decorate Halloween Treats
In addition to all the candy you can collect, prepare your sweet tooth for cookie decorating with Cookie Monster and Elmo! This event is new for 2020! Space is limited so you'll want to make advance reservations to reserve a table for the date of your visit. The experience includes a cookie decorating kit with milk or bottled water, a character photo and a reusable bag.
Of course, there are other fun fall treats to enjoy as well. You can sink your teeth into caramel apples, pumpkin cheesecake and other fall favorites. Parents can enjoy pumpkin ale and craft brews. Be sure to get a Taste of Fall ticket + dining bundle to enjoy up to 6 food selections at the participating dining locations. The menus include fall-inspired dishes. When you enter the park, you'll scan your ticket at a kiosk to receive the food and drink voucher.
Enjoy a Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt and a Spooky Shark Encounter
While the park does not get as decked out as Disneyland at Halloween Time normally is, you’ll find Halloween signs and festive fall decorations scattered around the park. The Halloween festivities are a nice bonus to a day in the park. Be sure to check out the many jack-o-lanterns at Shark Encounter so make the heart-pounding Shark Encounter just a little more spooky!
Pick up a Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt map with stickers. Then embark on a journey to locate 10 hidden animal-themed painted pumpkins. Mark each location on the map with the correct sticker. Once complete, bring your map the the SeaWorld store to collect a prize! You can do some Halloween souvenir shopping while there.
Save Money On Spooktacular SeaWorld San Diego Tickets
Here is a money-saving bonus: Kids are admitted to Spooktacular for free with an adult paid ticket (through Nov. 1!) But a reservation for all guests, including free kids, is required. All tickets are now date specific. Save $17 when you purchase discounted SeaWorld San Diego Dine and Drink tickets through Undercover Tourist. For $74.99, you'll get 6 tasting options for adults (4 for kids) for food and beverage. Your green froggy friends can also help you save money on parking! If you live locally, and want to be able to hop back to SeaWorld, get a SeaWorld San Diego Fun Card for about the same price as park admission. It is valid for Spooktacular admission (with reservation) and is good for visits through 2021!
Mid-fall is a great time to visit SeaWorld. The weather is a tad bit cooler and more comfortable, and the summer crowds are gone. Soon there will be more celebrations to come. Right on the tailfins of Halloween comes SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. The Christmas Celebration kicks off in the mid-November and last until early January.
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Related: SeaWorld San Diego Reopening