The Halloween season in Orlando starts earlier than ever before this year, with Disney firing up Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party a week early, on the unbelievable date of Friday, August 25. And Universal, for its part, has pushed its Halloween Horror Nights both forwards and backwards, starting on September 15 and running (on select nights) all the way through November 4.
SeaWorld wants to get in on the proceedings, pushing the start of its own annual event, Halloween Spooktacular, from its usual domain of October to Saturday, September 23. While this may still be a whole month after Disney’s festivities kick off, it’s still a major move for a company that includes its Halloween celebration in its general admission – the only one in Central Florida to do so, in fact.
Here’s what to expect from the family-friendly event:
Doubling down on its Sesame Street partnership, SeaWorld will be using the classic characters in a variety of ways. The Countdown to Halloween stage show has the Sesame gang unite to try and get the Count into the Halloween spirit – and has the audience sing and dance along with the proceedings on stage.
And if that still isn’t enough for the Muppet-obsessed, they will have the ability to meet-‘n-greet in Count von Count’s Spooktacular Breakfast, which combines a morning buffet with Sesame Street. (The cost starts at $19 for adults and $9 for children.)
Penelope’s Garden Party transforms part of the park into an underwater environment, replete with bubbles and “colorful sea-themed characters.” The Spooktacular Dance Party, meanwhile, has children dance along with Princess Penelope and her “whimsical” subjects during the evenings.
During the entirety of the day, kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and to go trick-or-treating at sea-themed candy stations, which SeaWorld will have set up throughout the park.
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular runs every Saturday and Sunday from Saturday, September 23 through Sunday, October 29. Purchase tickets online in advance and save $20 off the gate price.