Unlike all the other major Halloween time events around Central Florida’s theme parks that take place after dark, SeaWorld Orlando brings trick-or-treating fun to the daytime during their Halloween Spooktacular. Throughout every weekend in October, guests visiting SeaWorld can trick-or-treat, dance with sea creatures, see shows and create sea-themed arts and crafts.
The event is aimed directly at young kids, offering a chance to show up to the theme park in costume and engage in a variety of fun activities without any worry of being scared by the usual ghouls and ghosts that often haunt theme parks during October.
The highlight of SeaWorld’s Spooktacular is Penelope’s Party Zone, new this year, providing an “underwater” environment in which kids can dance with colorful Halloween and ocean-themed characters, play games, and enjoy plenty of sweet treats. Located outdoors at SeaWorld’s Bayside area (or inside a nearby building when it’s raining), access party zone and much of its festivities and candy is included in SeaWorld park admission.
VIDEO: Highlights of Penelope’s Party Zone at SeaWorld’s Spooktacular
Some of the characters encountered include Penelope Pumpkin fish, Shamu, Dolly Dolphin, Shivers the Polar Bear, Pete and Penny Penguin, a mermaid, and a walking-talking spider-crab.
For a few bucks extra, kids and parents can create chocolate or candy apples and custom decorate them.
Other Spooktacular activities away from the Party Zone include Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween Show in SeaPort Theatre, featuring Count Van Count, Elmo, Zoe and Telly from Sesame Street, as well as a Spooky Sand Art Station, another new element this year.
It’s all part of a high-energy event that’s perfect for little Halloween fans, offering not only plenty of candy and sweets, but many opportunities to burn off the extra energy from all the sugar consumed. While other local theme parks offer more traditional Halloween events, from the extremely scary to the not-so-scary, SeaWorld’s daytime offering gives those who are still afraid of the dark a chance to take part in the trick-or-treat experience without any fears. (As long as the sight of smiling pumpkin fish doesn’t creep you out…)
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place every weekend in October with remaining dates: 15-16, 22-23, and 28-30. The daytime event runs from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. (or park closing, whichever comes first) Visit SeaWorldOrlando.com for more information.
More photos from SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular 2011: