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Halloween weekends take over Busch Gardens Williamsburg during The Count’s Spooktacular

by Susan and Simon Veness

The Count’s Spooktacular brings six weekends of kid-friendly fun to Busch Gardens Williamsburg each Saturday and Sunday from September 24-October 30, 2022.

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Photos courtesy of Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Children are encouraged (but not required) to dress up in their favorite costumes during six weekends of not-too-scary fun as The Count from Sesame Street presents his family-friendly Halloween spooktacular featuring dance parties, trick-or-treating, shows, photo ops, a hay maze, and a costume parade with Sesame Street pals.

The Count’s Spooktacular lineup

Countdown to Halloween Weekend – Sept. 24-25, little revelers can join Count von Count in the kickoff to six weekends of Halloween activities. The first weekend includes trick-or-treating throughout the park, arts and crafts inspired by the Halloween season, and a costume dance party with Sesame Street friend.

Funny Bones Weekend – Oct. 1-2, Elmo and Zoe are all dressed up in their Halloween costumes as they prepare to greet kids during dance parties and photo ops. Enjoy Halloween crafts and take part in a search for hidden skeletons in a hay maze.

grovers alpine express
Grover’s Alpine Express

Clowning Around Weekend – Oct. 8-9 showcases Cookie Monster and Grover, and the family-friendly show, “Countdown to Halloween.” Boogie to the music at dance parties, try your hand at arts and crafts, and enter the hay maze to look for hidden (but friendly) monsters.

Pirate Party Weekend – Oct. 15-16 is the weekend for all things pirate! Bert and Ernie lead the pirate party, and guests can turn their hands to arts and crafts, dance to the music, and explore the hay maze, as well as taking part in park-wide trick-or-treating.

Magical Halloween Weekend – Oct. 22-23 brings out the magic as wizard Elmo and knight Cookie Monster host costumed dance parties, arts and crafts, seasonal photo ops, and hay maze fun. Trick-or-treating is on the magical menu, too.

the count's spooktacular trick or treating
The Count’s Spooktacular Trick-or-Treating

Halloween Weekend – Oct. 20-30 is the big weekend when Sesame Street pals are ready for a not-so-spooky time! It’s all about trick-or-treating through the park, showing off costumes in a kid-friendly parade, and dancing the evening away. Photo ops, arts and crafts, and the hay maze are part of the fun, too.

While daytime is filled with friendly “frights,” nights at Busch Gardens Williamsburg are definitely for the 13-and-up crowd as Howl-O-Scream returns to the park on select dates from Sept. 9-Oct. 31, 2022.

The horror-ific annual event includes three new haunted houses and three new terror-tories this year, bringing the event’s total to five houses, five terror-tories, and four frightening shows. Parental discretion is advised due to the intensity of the event’s scare factor.

For more information visit BuschGardens.com/Williamsburg.

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