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A Day at SeaWorld Spooktacular With Toddlers

October 21, 2022
Learn tips and tricks for enjoying SeaWorld Spooktacular with toddlers. From the trick-or-treat trail to the Halloween fun throughout the park.
Fall is my favorite time of year. From the cooler weather to the delicious treats, what's not to love? I have two kids who love Halloween and dressing up, so SeaWorld Spooktacular is perfect. As an Annual Pass Member, I love that the event is included with park admission, and we take advantage of the fun Halloween activities every weekend.

My Spooktacular day begins with helping my little ones pick out the perfect costume and packing our refillable cup and reusable trick-or-treat bags. After two costume changes, we’re out the door. Even if yours can walk and want to walk “me self,” I still highly recommend bringing the stroller. It helps shuttle everyone and the tons of candy back to the car after a long day.

I like to start by the Manatee Rescue to avoid some of the early crowds heading toward the Journey to Atlantis plaza. Later in the day, we double back and hit the Key West area before making our way home. Coming earlier and splitting up the trail helps keep the little ones engaged.

SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular with a toddler

While the highlight of the trick-or-treat trail is the candy, there are also fun character meet-and-greet opportunities. They are all so friendly, they make perfect Halloween-themed photo ops for social media. And have you seen the “fubbles?” They’re fog-filled bubbles, which sounds silly, but they’re a lot of fun to pop and dance around. They’re located on the path between Manatee Rescue and Journey to Atlantis plaza. And at the plaza, the kids like to burn off all that candy energy dancing and watching the new Scarecrow Dance Party.

This is usually the perfect time to catch a presentation or break for lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. Afterward, it’s time to sprint across the park to Sesame Street Land to watch the Sesame Street Halloween Parade. If your kids love the Sesame Street Party Parade, they will absolutely love the Halloween version. The music is fun, and our furry friends are dressed in their adorable costumes. After the parade, a romp through Harmony Hills is a must-do before heading over to hear Halloween Storytime with Big Bird. Don’t worry—the stories are not scary, and the kids love it. In both our visits, the stories were different, so now it’s a part of our Spooktacular routine.

Since we’re nearby, we head over to the Wild Arctic plaza to decorate free crafts. The kids love coloring pages and decorating scarecrows to take home. Then it’s across the bridge and back to the Key West area to finish trick-or-treating and visiting the pumpkin garden before heading home.

SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular with a toddler

In a future visit, I’d like to reserve a spot at Count von Count’s Spooktacular Breakfast, or the scavenger hunt available at Coconut Bay. There’s so much for toddlers to do at Spooktacular, I’m glad it runs multiple weekends and is included with admission. SeaWorld’s Spooktacular is definitely the can’t-miss fall event for my family, and I hope it’ll be yours too. Learn more about SeaWorld Spooktacular or plan your visit.