Halloween is right around the corner, and many theme parks and resorts are offering some fun Halloween events for families. Here’s an overview of a few of the largest ones!
Howl-O-Ween at the Great Wolf Lodge – Locations Nationwide
Taking place October 9-31, 2014, Howl-O-Ween is an event that occurs at all twelve Great Wolf Lodge resorts in North America. It includes lots of activities for families, including daily trick or treating (costumes are encouraged), a weekend monster bash dance party, a daily 8pm spooky story time, and a daily costume parade. Use the promo code HOWL to get the best rate at the location of your choice on greatwolf.com.
SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular® – Orlando, Florida
Every weekend in October, SeaWorld Orlando offers a this fun daytime event. Activities include trick-or-treating, sea-themed arts and crafts, and animal experiences. It takes place from 12 – 8pm during weekends in October (5-6, 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27) and is included in park admission.
Visit SeaWorldOrlando.com for more information.
SeaWorld San Diego’s Halloween Spooktacular® – San Diego, CA
On weekends leading up to Halloween (September 27-28, October 4-5, October 11-12, October 18-19 and October 25-26), families can meet mermaids, trick-or-treat at ten sea-themed stations, and watch Halloween-themed shows (including Clyde & Seamore’s Spooky Adventure at Sea Lion and Otter Stadium and Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween at Sesame Street® Bay of Play®). Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes.
SeaWorld San Antonio’s Howl-O-Scream® – San Antonio, TX
SeaWorld San Antonio’s Halloween bash is more of a frightening experience most appropriate for kids over the age of 13. It starts at 7pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from September 26 – October 31. It includes an all new haunted maze, two new terror-tories (Psycho Path and Ports of Skull™) and ten additional scary attractions.
The more kid-friendly show, the Countdown to Halloween at Sesame Street® Bay of Play, is more appropriate for younger kids. There’s also a Halloween train ride called the SeaWorld Express. These family-friendly Halloween activities start at noon on those same days (plus Columbus Day, October 13th).
Busch Gardens Tampa’s Howl-O-Scream® – Tampa, FL
An all-new haunted house, roaming “slash” mobs, and a new interactive experience are just three of the things you can experience at this separate ticketed night event. Its 2014 run starts with a preview on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27, then continues Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 2-Nov. 1, from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Howl-O-Scream is meant for mature audience and costumes aren’t permitted.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Howl-O-Scream® – Williamsburg, VA
Starting on September 12th, 2014 and running on weekends through October 26th, the Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream® event offers fun activities including five Terror-tories™, scary shoes, and six haunted houses. The event, which is more appropriate for older children, starts at 6 p.m. and is included in park admission.
Sesame Place’s The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular®– Langhorne, PA
Check out two new Halloween shows – Elmo the Musical – Live at Sesame Place Halloween Show in Sesame Studio, and Who Said Boo? at Monster Rock Theater, at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular®. The event runs on Saturdays and Sundays starting September 20th through October 26th. Families are encouraged to come dressed in costume.
This separate ticketed event includes a Halloween-themed parade, Halloween-themed fireworks, and complimentary trick or treating located throughout the park. Special costumed characters are also available only for this event, and the whole vibe throughout the party is fun, and mildly spooky (but remember, it’s not so scary).