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Kid-friendly Halloween Spooktacular returns to SeaWorld San Diego

by Susan and Simon Veness

Get ready to dance, decorate, and dive into some tasty treats as Halloween Spooktacular returns to SeaWorld San Diego!

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Outdoor fun is the name of the game when it comes to celebrations this Fall, and Halloween at SeaWorld San Diego is particularly suited to the task. A full day’s entertainment is in store at the park’s annual Halloween Spooktacular event, all in a safety-conscious setting with plenty of room to spread out.

The Halloween Spooktacular not only adds value to your ticket, it’s a perfect way to usher in Autumn as past festival favorites return this year, along with two new offerings that young children will especially enjoy.

Whatever your style—even if it’s no real style at all—you’ll have two opportunities to let loose and dance like no-one is watching. Take to the floor as the DJ spins favorite tunes at the Monster Mash DJ Dance Party, where you’ll find ample space for everyone. Youngsters won’t want to miss the all-new Sesame Street Halloween Dance Party featuring parade floats with favorite furry friends dressed in their not-too-spooky Halloween costumes. They’re even ready to pose for safely-distanced photos.

Feeling competitive? Challenge the whole family to a Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt and search for 10 animal-themed pumpkins cleverly hidden around the park. Simply place the provided stickers on their appropriate spots on your Pumpkin Hunt map, and guests who find all 10 will receive a special prize at the SeaWorld Store.

New for 2020 is a perennial kid-favorite craft with a Halloween twist in Cookie Decorating with Cookie Monster and Elmo. Guests can purchase a packaged cookie decorating kit, assemble their creations at a single-party table, and then pose for a distanced photo with Cookie Monster himself.

It isn’t Halloween without trick-or-treating, and this year SeaWorld San Diego ensures the annual tradition is done safely and with style. An elaborate Spooktacular Trail leads to a secret Candy Garden, where sweet treats slide down a candy chute into youngsters’ waiting bags for a totally touchless experience. Ages 12 and under are welcome to dress up in their Halloween costumes, and each participant must purchase a reusable SeaWorld Candy Bag (Pass Members receive 50% off).

Spooky fun awaits, too, as the Shark Encounter takes on an eerie glow from dozens of Jack-o’-Lanterns kids can watch for as they walk through the attraction.

Just feel like indulging in a taste of the season? Fall specialty menu items include candy-corn flavored cotton candy, caramel dipped apples, and pumpkin cheesecake. Adults can chill out with a pumpkin ale, a glass of wine, or SeaWorld’s specialty cocktails.

Guest can also enhance their experience with the Spooktacular Dine & Drink package that includes park admission, a chef-curated selection of foods, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Packages are $93.99 (ages 10 and up) for admission and a choice of 6 food and/or beverage items, or $78.99 (ages 3-9) for admission and 4 food and/or non-alcoholic drink choices. Already have a single-day ticket? Food and drink only tickets are $34.99 and $29.99 respectively.

Date-specific advanced reservations for entry into the park are required for all guests, as capacity is limited to allow for distancing in the park and attractions, and at the dance parties. Purchase online for a $20 discount on child and adult tickets (ages 2 and under are free).

As a special Halloween treat, one child age 3-9 gets in free with one full-paid adult admission through Nov. 1. Annual Pass members and Fun Card holders also receive free admission.  To see all ticketing options, check out SeaWorld Spooktacular ticketing, and, as always, all tickets help fund wildlife rescue and rehabilitation efforts, habitat protections, and ocean health initiatives.

San Diego’s SeaWorld Spooktacular runs on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Oct. 2 – Nov. 1, the event is included with your park admission, and all guests ages 2 and older must wear a face covering while visiting the park.

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