The Frog Family is always frogcited to celebrate Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld San Diego. On weekends from Sept. 18 through Oct. 31, 2021, you and your little goblins and ghouls can enjoy treats, wear costumes and attend special Halloween-themed dance parties and join other fall fun activities at SeaWorld San Diego. What's even better is that kids visit free with a paid adult (with a Single Day+ Kids FREE Ticket) in October! Low crowds and free kids make SeaWorld Spooktacular a treat for parents and kids to visit this time of year.
Guests are no longer required to wear a face covering, but SeaWorld follows CDC guidance by recommending that guests wear a face covering indoors. So bring that mask and a backup in case you lose it.Our post on SeaWorld San Diego reopening has all the deets for visiting SeaWorld at this time.
Why We Love Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld San Diego
I don't know about your kids, but my tadpoles never pass up a chance to wear their costumes. Admittedly, neither do we. Adults can wear costumes too, but there are some rules . Guests who are ages 13 and older may not wear costume masks or hoods, and all costumes are subject to the normal dress code for the park. Face painting is not permitted on any guests unless it is done by park artists.
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. This is a pretty low-key event. Most of the festivities begin after 11 a.m., and they won't interfere with your schedule of shows and rides. The park closes at 6 p.m., so you'll be safely out of the park with your little ones well before the scary stuff emerges at 7 p.m. this year.
The new Howl-O-Scream event kicks off at 7 p.m. and this separately ticketed frightening event with haunted houses is just for the adults and big kids (as in teens). Hop over to our Sea World San Diego events post for details. We booked a babysitter for Howl-O-Scream!
Most of the family fun is included with your park ticket. Others have a small fee, including trick-or-treating and the pumpkin scavenger hunt.
Chomp Candy from Trick-or-Treating
Costumed tadpoles ages 12 and under can go in search of candy in the trick-or-treat trail. In order to participate, purchase a reusable, signature SeaWorld Candy Bag ($3.99) or bucket $4.99) and follow the trail. The trails are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. SeaWorld's candy partners include Airheads, Nestle Butterfinger and Smarties. Put your bag under the shoot and receive candy.
One year, 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
Keep an eye and ear out for dance parties! Kids can participate in line-dancing with a cast of silly characters! We found a dance party near the Hay Maze in the afternoon. There were several treat stations in that area as well. You'll find a of the festivities between the Shipwreck Rapids area and the Mission Bay Theater.
Watch a Spooktacular Halloween Show
The toadally awesome animal presentations are still taking place each day, but there is also a special Halloween show. Your little tadpoles can help Count von Count in his Countdown to Halloween Show in Mission Bay Theater. Halloween is the Count's favorite night of the year. Mine too! Other Sesame Street friends join in the fun. We also saw Elmo, Telly, Abby Cadabby and Zoe. It's the only air-conditioned air-conditioned show, and it makes a great break from the sun. Arrive about 15 minutes early to get a seat for this popular show.
Embark on a Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt
While the park does not get as decked out as Disneyland at Halloween Time normally is, you’ll find Halloween signs, cobwebs 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!
Purchase a Spooktacular Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt map with stickers. It costs $15. Then embark on a journey to locate SeaWorld- and Halloween-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.
Enjoy More Fall Fun
In addition to all the candy you can collect, prepare for more fall fun with a hay maze with characters along the way. You can also meet a mermaid.
Celebrate the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos. Large Catrina statues welcome guests to discover orendas (offerings) of mementos and flowers to honor loved ones who have passed
Of course, there are 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.
Save Money On Spooktacular SeaWorld San Diego Tickets
Here is a money-saving bonus. You can save on SeaWorld San Diego tickets when you purchase from Undercover Tourist! We love saving money, and in October kids can visit SeaWorld and Spooktacular for free with an adult paid ticket. 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 and is good for visits through 2022! We also sell the Silver Pass as well as passes for the upcoming Sesame Place, opening in 2022!
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