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Gators, Ghosts and Goblins Halloween event returns to Gatorland

by Susan and Simon Veness

Put on your Halloween costume and head over to Gatorland for family-friendly fun in the “Alligator Capital of the World!”

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“Gators, Ghosts and Goblins, Spooky Fun for Everyone” returns to Gatorland each weekend from Oct. 10 – Nov. 1, and although appropriate social distancing and other safety measures are in place, the annual event is chock-full of the kooky entertainment the park has become famous for.

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Along with up-close views of Gatorland’s namesake reptiles and other Florida animals, Gators, Ghosts and Goblins features costumed character meet-and-greets, creepy decorations, plenty of photo opportunities, and a spooky open-air train ride. Popular personalities from School of Croc and Gatorland’s Vlog get in on the action, as do everyone’s favorite local yokels, Bubba and Cooter.

Here’s a a preview of this year’s event:

Gatorland's Gators, Ghosts and Goblins, Character Interviews, Alligator Interactions

A daytime trick-or-treat trail adds to the Halloween festivities from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m, and all guests are welcome to dress up – bearing in mind the kid-friendly nature of the event, so nothing overtly gory or scary.

Gators, Ghosts and Goblins also includes several specialty vendors, games, giveaways, and costume contests, and adults will especially appreciate Frank & Stein’s Octoberfest, which offers music from an “undead polka band,” as well as German beer and food for purchase.

“We are beyond excited to give our guests a way to celebrate Halloween safely,” says Mark McHugh, president and CEO of Gatorland. “Our team has been working very hard to bring our Halloween event back. And, of course, our very own Social Distancing Skunk Ape makes things fun and safe for everyone.”

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Social Distancing Skunk Ape is “insistent you stay distant,” but he also wanders the park reminding visitors to keep their hands clean, because few things are more terrifying right now than grubby mitts. True to the wacky humor Gatorland does so well, Skunk Ape is the furry embodiment of the mantras, “It’s always wise to sanitize,” and “He won’t be mean if you keep your hands clean!”  Watch for him during your visit, and you may even get him to pose for a photo.

The park is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Gators, Ghosts and Goblins takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 10 – Nov. 1. All events are included with park admission.

In accordance with current Orange County mandates, facial masks are mandatory during your visit.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit Gatorland.com or call (407) 855-JAWS (5496).

Watch as more than 150 alligators are fed chickens and pumpkins at Gatorland as part of Gators, Ghosts and Goblins:

Feeding Alligators Chickens and Pumpkins at Gatorland
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