SeaWorld Spooktacular 2022

By James | Last updated May 10, 2024

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For 2022 SeaWorld’s Spooktacular runs around each weekend from mid September and is suitable for the whole family and for the first time Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is also presenting their own version of Spooktacular.

The 2022 dates are:

  • September 17, 18, 24, 25
  • October 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 31

Between September 17 and October 2, it runs on Saturdays and Sundays, then from October 7 through to October 31, it is on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays plus Halloween itself.

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The fun begins at 11 a.m. each day and ends 1 hour before the park closes. 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.

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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.

As well as SeaWorld’s family-friendly Spooktacular event, Busch Gardens is now also hosting their own Spooktacular event and LEGOLAND Florida’s Brick-or-Treat all of which are included with standard daytime admission.

Magic Kingdom Disney’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a separately ticketed evening event that caters for families.

Seaworld’s Halloween Spooktacular dates for 2022

Seaworld’s Halloween Spooktacular calendar for 2022

Trick-or-Treat Trail

You can dress-up in your favourite costume and go trick-or-treating for candy and snacks around SeaWorld’s “spooktacular” exhibits. The Trick-or-Treat Trail is 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®.

The start of the trail is by the Meet a Mermaid near the Manta rollercoaster and runs to the end by Journey to Atlantis and Antarctica: Empire and the Penguin.

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 at the entrance to the Trick-or-Treat Trail. You could not enter the trail without an official bag.

This has been carried forward and in 2022 a range of reusable bags are available for purchase priced from $3.99 from a number of locations including the start of the trail.

Of course depending on how much candy you intend to collect, you might want to bring another larger bag with you as well to transfer your haul into.

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

Scarecrow Halloween Dance Party

The kid-friendly Scarecrow Halloween Dance Party takes place several times a day at the Journey to Atlantis plaza. Join the DJ and SeaWorld’s own scarecrows for a great dance party.

Mermaid Grotto

At the Mermaid Grotto which is located at one end of the trick-or-treat trail near the Manta rollercoaster, 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. As you navigate through the maze, look out for the pumpkin fish and you might even see the Pumpkin Queen reading stories.

SeaWorld Spooktacular Ticket Prices 2022


Because the SeaWorld Spooktacular event is included with regular admission, a normal single day or multi-park ticket, Fun Card or Annual Pass will give you admittance but remember it only runs on selected dates.

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, Big Bird and Count Von Count and get hugs, photos and autographs. 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 $34.99 (plus tax) for adults aged 10+, $18.99 (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 Halloween 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 highlight is the Sesame Street Halloween parade with The Count, Elmo, Big Bird and other Sesame Street characters.

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 and purchase your map to enter.

Halloween Cookie Decorating & Kids Craft Area

You can decorate sea themed fun fall and Halloween crafts for free between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. For an additional fee you can purchase a cookie decorating kit and decorate your own cookie with frosting and toppings. Located between Sesame Street Land and Wild Arctic.

Spooktacular Food

As well as all the candy on offer, you can also buy a special Spooktacular doughnut created by a local Orlando doughnut shop.

SeaWorld chefs have also created a “dirt cup” dessert with chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, Oreo dust and gummy worms, designed to look like worms crawling about on the soil.

For adults, there are specially themed drinks.

Halloween Costume Contest

Every Friday, there is a Halloween costume contest at the Journey to Atlantis plaza with a special prize for the winner.