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SeaWorld Halloween Howl-O-Scream & Spooktacular Celebrations 2021

SeaWorld Spooktacular [© CC BY 2.0 Britt Reints, http://www.flickr.com/photos/emmandevin]
SeaWorld Spooktacular [© CC BY 2.0 Britt Reints, http://www.flickr.com/photos/emmandevin]

In 2021, SeaWorld becomes the first theme park in Florida to offer both an adult themed night time SeaWorld Howl-O-Scream event as well as the day time family friendly SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular.

SeaWorld Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event whilst SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is included with the regular day time admission (see more details below).

SeaWorld Howl-O-Scream is based on the Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream event which has run for over 20 years and at SeaWorld it runs for 27 select nights (one less than Busch Gardens) on the following dates:

  • September 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 26
  • October 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30

This is the first time that SeaWorld has introduced an extra ticketed event, all previous events have been included in the regular admission price.

As well as tickets to the SeaWorld Howl-O-Scream event you can also buy a two park ticket and enjoy one Howl-O-Scream night at SeaWorld Orlando and another at Busch Gardens.

The event runs for eight consecutive weekends with three nights most weekends in September (Friday to Sunday) and then four nights each weekend in October (Thursday to Sunday).

Like Universal Halloween Horror Nights and Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream, some children may find some of the attractions too intense and no costumes are allowed.

If you are looking for a family friendly alternative, then there is SeaWorld’s Spooktacular (see below) and LEGOLAND Florida Brick-or-Treat which are both included in the standard admission or Magic Kingdom Disney After Hours BOO BASH which is a separately ticketed event.

Howl-O-Scream dates for 2021

SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Howl-O-Scream calendar for 2021

This is a separately ticketed event and the event starts at 7:00 p.m. and closes at 2:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 12:00 pm. on Thursdays and Sundays.

The Howl-O-Scream area is situated around the lagoon from Shark Encounter, past Mako and Infinity Falls to the Bayside Stadium.

Day guests have to vacate the park by 6 p.m. On Howl-O-Scream nights though the event does not start until 7:00 p.m. Howl-O-Scream ticket holders can enter after 6 p.m. Day guests who also have a ticket for Howl-O-Scream can enter the Howl-O-Scream area through the Shark Wreck Reef entrance next to Shark Encounter.

Entrance to Howl-O-Scream from the parking lot is through a dedicated gate to the right of the main entrance by the pavilion area leading towards the Bayside Stadium.

Two of SeaWorld’s attractions remain open during Howl-O-Scream; namely Mako and Infinity Falls but they may close before the end of the evening.

You may even find you are joined on one of the rides by one of the scare actors!

Monster Stomp Show

SeaWorld’s version of Howl-O-Scream includes a dark high energy live action singing and dancing rock show featuring Jack the Ripper in the seedy streets of Victorian London’s East End.

It takes place in the Nautilus Theater at 7:30 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. and each show lasts about 25 minutes.

The show starts slowly but gradually builds up in intensity. One of the highlights is an amazing creative percussion break featuring 4 musicians with knives and a coffin!

Sirens’ Song Show

Sirens’ Song is an outdoor show presented in the round on the Wild Arctic Plaza, featuring special effects and dancing across five stages so wherever you stand you can see the action.

Each show runs for around 10 minutes.

SeaWorld Orlando gradually releases information about their Howl-O-Scream event over a period of several months, usually starting in June. More details will be added as information becomes available

Howl-O-Scream Houses and Scare Zones

For the first year in 2021 there are four houses:

  • Beneath the Ice: Terror at Base Camp Aura — set in the wilderness above the Arctic Circle, you join a rescue party searching for the research facility under the snow. located inside the Wild Arctic building
  • Dead Vines — a walk in the jungle where the woods are out to kill you
  • Captain’s Revenge — escape the clutches of a cursed pirate below the decks of a possessed ship
  • Water’s Edge Inn — a decaying seaside hotel haunted by sirens

It typically takes 4 to 5 minutes to walk (or run!) through each house.

There are also four scare zones:

  • Frozen Terror — following on from the Beneath the Ice house, you encounter a roaming horde of subhuman walkers with pickaxes and shovels looking for new victims
  • Witchcraft Bayou — avoid voodoo and witchcraft whilst navigating a backwater bayou
  • Sea of Souls — escape from marauding pirates seeking revenge
  • Deadly Ambush — a campground surrounded by nature is not what it seems

As you walk around Howl-O-Scream, do not be surprised to be chased by roaming hordes of scare actors masquerading as sirens, deranged creatures and minion zealots.

Howl-O-Scream Food & Drink

There are 11 locations where you can buy alcohol including four themed liquor bars located near the exits of the four scare houses or scare zones, serving a range of alcoholic beverages including special signature potions:

  • Tormented — the Glacier Bar, next to the Beneath the Ice house
  • Poison Grotto — next to the Dead Vines and Captains’s Revenge houses
  • Longshoreman Tavern — next to the Sea of Souls scare zone
  • Sirens’ Last Call — underground warehouse inhabited by followers of the sirens, near to Water’s Edge Inn. Be sure to try the signature “The Siren’s Kiss”

As well as the liquor bars there also a couple of food stands as well as Altitude Burgers, Panini Bistro, Pretzel Kitchen and Waterway Grill.

Next to the Tormented bar is an area where you can press one of two buttons and actually scare guests inside the Beneath the Ice house. It costs $5 for four scares or $8 for a bumper 10 scares.

If you are of a nervous disposition then for $15 you can buy a “No Boo Necklace” lanyard that instructs the roaming hordes in the scare zones (but not the haunted houses) not to approach you.

Howl-O-Scream Front Line Fear

SeaWorld Howl-O-Scream has introduces front-of-line passes like they have at Busch Gardens.

There are two “Front Line Fear” passes, the basic one gives you single-use front-of-line access to the houses and major rides.

The Extreme Front Line Fear Pass gives you unlimited front-of-line access to the houses and a number of thrill rides plus other bonuses.

Prices of Front Line Fear passes vary by date with Saturdays typically being the most expensive.

VIP Terror Tour

The VIP Terror Tour is a 5 hour (7 p.m. to midnight) private customisable tour with a minimum of two guests.

Like the Extreme Front Line Fear Pass it gives you unlimited front-of-line access to the houses and a number of thrill rides plus 4 complimentary drinks and access to exclusive bonus rooms in one of the houses.

Like the Fear Passes, a separate admission ticket to Howl-O-Scream is also required.

SeaWorld Orlando Howl-O-Scream Special Ticket Offers and Deals

SeaWorld Orlando are running special discounted prices for people who purchase their Howl-O-Scream tickets early.

Right now they are several special Slash Sale deals:

  • Save up to 55% on a one day ticket
  • Save up to 15% on an unlimited admission ticket
  • Save over 30% on a two park admission ticket
  • Save up to 20% on a two park unlimited admission ticket

Note savings are based on general admission prices.

Why not check prices or purchase your Howl-O-Scream tickets and upgrades online from the official SeaWorld Orlando Howl-O-Scream website (opens in a new window).

Expired SeaWorld Orlando Howl-O-Scream Offers and Deals

Below are listed recently expired deals:

  • Save up to 70% on a one day ticket — offer expired July 25, 2021
  • Save over 40% on an unlimited admission ticket — offer expired July 25, 2021
  • Save up to 20% on a two park admission ticket — offer expired July 25, 2021
  • Save up to 65% on flex night tickets — offer expired August 8, 2021

Howl-O-Scream 2021 Ticket Prices

Single night ticket prices start from $29.99 but prices go up after the introductory period. All prices are plus tax.

This is a separately ticketed event and Fun Card and Annual Pass holders also have to buy a ticket though discounts of around 10% are usually available.

When one day is not enough, then there is a Wicked Weekend ticket. This is excellent value as it gives you one weekend (four consecutive days, Thursday through Sunday) of unlimited daytime admission plus Howl-O-Scream event admission over that same period when open (two or three days depending upon dates).

Passport Members can get special discounts.

Howl-O-Scream Single Night Ticket Adult
Standard single evening admission to SeaWorld Orlando Howl-O-Scream on the date selected.
Discounts not available at the gate. Normal gate price $99.99
from $29.99 to $50.99
plus tax

Single night tickets are only valid on the date chosen at time of purchase.

Howl-O-Scream Select Night Flex Ticket Adult
Standard single evening admission to SeaWorld Orlando Howl-O-Scream on any date except Saturdays.
Limited quantity available. Offer ends August 8.
$34.99
plus tax
Howl-O-Scream Unlimited Admission Ticket Adult
Unlimited admissions to all 27 nights of SeaWorld Orlando Howl-O-Scream.
Discounts not available at the gate. Normal gate price $149.99.
$129.99
plus tax
Howl-O-Scream Unlimited Admission with Blockout Dates Ticket Adult
Unlimited admissions to all 27 nights of SeaWorld Orlando Howl-O-Scream.
Discounts not available at the gate. Excludes all Saturdays. Normal gate price $149.99.
$119.99
plus tax
Single Night Ticket For Groups Of 15 Or More Adult
Single after 6 p.m. admission to Howl-O-Scream for groups of 15 or more.
All tickets must be used as part of a group admission on the same night.
From $26.99 to $39.99
plus tax
Howl-O-Scream Night and Day Admission Ticket Adult
Standard single day time park admission and evening admission to SeaWorld Orlando Howl-O-Scream on the date selected.
Normal gate price $213.98
from $109.99 to $116.99
plus tax
Howl-O-Scream 2 Park Single Night Ticket Adult
Standard single evening admission to SeaWorld Orlando Howl-O-Scream and single evening admission to Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream on the dates selected.
Discounts not available at the gate. Normal gate price $149.99.
$99.99
plus tax
Howl-O-Scream 2 Park Unlimited Admission Ticket Adult
Unlimited admissions to all 27 nights at SeaWorld Orlando Howl-O-Scream and unlimited admissions to all 28 nights at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream.
Discounts not available at the gate. Normal gate price $199.99.
$159.99
plus tax

Note that Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream events and SeaWorld Orlando Howl-O-Scream events take place on the same nights mostly.

Howl-O-Scream Wild & Wicked Weekend Ticket Adult
Enjoy weekend evenings at the Howl-O-Scream event plus daytime admission to SeaWorld Orlando from Thursday through Sunday of the same weekend.
Howl-O-Scream is not open on Thursdays in September.
$149.99
plus tax
Howl-O-Scream Front Line Fear Pass Adult
Get single use front-of-line access to each of the houses plus single use front-of-line access to one ride.
Howl-O-Scream admission ticket also required.
From $49.00 to $109.00
plus tax
Howl-O-Scream Front Line Fear Extreme Pass Adult
Get unlimited front-of-line access to each of the houses, unlimited front-of-line access to the major rides, one time reserved seating to Monster Stomp and access to an exclusive scare zone.
Howl-O-Scream admission ticket also required.
From $79.00 to $149.00
plus tax
Howl-O-Scream VIP Terror Tour Adult Child
Get unlimited front-of-line access to each of the houses, unlimited front-of-line access to the major rides, one time priority reserved seating to Monster Stomp and access to exclusive bonus rooms in one of the houses on a 5 hour customised tour with a VIP tour guide.
Howl-O-Scream admission ticket also required. Includes 4 complimentary beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic).
$189.00
plus tax
$189.00
plus tax

SeaWorld’s Spooktacular

For 2021 SeaWorld’s Spooktacular runs each weekend (Saturday and Sunday) from late September and is suitable for the whole family.

The 2021 dates are:

  • September 18, 19, 25, 26
  • October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31

The fun begins at 11 a.m. each day and ends at 6 pm. It offers a family friendly trick-or-treat experience all included in the standard admission. Costumes are encouraged but only children aged 12 and under may wear costume masks or hoods. Also face painting is not allowed except by the authorised artists on site.

Families with small children will be glad to know that SeaWorld is making an extra effort to “hide” the scary Howl-O-Scream attractions from day guests.

If you are staying for the new SeaWorld Howl-O-Scream, note that no costumes are allowed at the Howl-O-Scream event.

Throughout the park there is the chance to meet many unusual sea creature characters including sea witches, mermaids, polar bears, penguins, pumpkin fish and a walking and talking spider crab. Great for photo opportunities.

SeaWorld Orlando gradually releases information about their SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular event over a period of several months, usually starting in June.

Seaworld’s Halloween Spooktacular dates for 2021

Seaworld’s Halloween Spooktacular calendar for 2021

Trick-or-Treat Trail

You can dress-up in your favourite costume and go trick-or-treating around SeaWorld’s “spooktacular” exhibits. This year the Trick-or-Treat Trail has been moved from just along the Bayside Pathway to cover much more of the SeaWorld park centred around the Dolphin Theater with around a dozen Trick-or-Treat stations.

The Spooktacular map leads you to a number of different sea-themed stations each featuring lots of treats and candy including Tootsie Rolls®, Airheads® and Smarties®.

In previous years you could bring your own bag but for safety hygiene reasons, in 2020 you had to purchase a new SeaWorld reusable bag priced from $2.49 at the entrance to the Trick-or-Treat Trail. You could not enter the trail without an official bag.

This seems to have been carried forward to 2021 and a range of reusable bags are available for purchase.

If you suffer from food allergies, check with a cast member for information on allergen-friendly treats.

Halloween Dance Party

End your day at SeaWorld with a special line dancing party featuring Princess Penelope and her undersea friends near Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. The party starts one hour before the park closes.

Mermaid Grotto

At the Mermaid Grotto you can meet a mermaid and have your photo taken with her in her seashell grotto.

Pumpkin Garden

The Pumpkin Garden is located between Dolphin Cove and the TurtleTrek Aquarium. Look out for the pumpkin fish and you might even see the Pumpkin Princess reading stories.

Count Von Count’s Spooktacular Breakfast

The normal character breakfast is transformed into Count Von Count’s Spooktacular Breakfast “Booffet”, where you can feast on a comprehensive buffet breakfast in the company of Sesame Street characters like Elmo and Big Bird as well as Count Von Count. Reservations are required.

The breakfast is served at the Seafire Grill and includes all your breakfast favourites including brown sugar glazed ham, bacon and sausage links, biscuits and sausage gravy, omelettes and scrambled eggs, French toast, potato tots, cereals, yogurt with a topping bar, fresh fruit, pastries and a choice of drinks.

The price is $24.99 (plus tax) for adults aged 10+, $14.99 (plus tax) for children aged 3 to 9 and free for infants aged 0 to 2. Pass members receive a discount.

Allergen and gluten free options are available.

Sesame Street

In Sesame Street there are photo opportunities with some of the Sesame Street characters such as Elmo, the Count and Big Bird.

Throughout the day Big Bird reads some of his favourite stories at the Big Bird’s Nest for Storytime and you can join Count von Count and his furry friends for singing and dancing.

The rest of the page relates to last year’s event and do not appear to be included in this year’s Spooktacular.

Cookie Decorating with Cookie Monster

The earlier Sweet Treat Decorating Post has been upgraded to include Cookie Monster. You get to decorate your own cookie with frosting and toppings. Located at the Sea Harbor Pavilions.

The price is $14.99 (plus tax) for adults and children aged 3 and up. The price includes a Sesame Street lunch box cookie decorating kit with either milk or a bottle of water.

Scavenger Hunt

There is a scavenger hunt each day of the Spooktacular event and you can win a prize from Chick-Fil-A if you complete it. Look out for the QR code signs in park.

Pet’s Ahoy Halloween

The Pet’s Ahoy show takes on a Halloween twist in the Seaport Theater. During the hilarious show you will get to meet cats and dogs, ducks and doves, macaws, potbellied pigs and a few other animal guest stars performing tricks. All the animals involved are rescue animals from local shelters.

Halloween Maze

New for 2020 is the Spookie & Kookie’s Pumpkin Patch Maze, located near Sesame Street Land and suitable for all ages. Capacity is limited to support social distancing.