My family and I enjoyed SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular several times in the past but this was our first visit in several years. We packed up the kids and a few costumes and headed for SeaWorld San Diego this past weekend.
My family and I received complimentary admission to SeaWorld San Diego to enjoy the Halloween Spooktacular event. All thoughts and opinions are my own! Please note that this post contains affiliate links. Clicking through and making a purchase helps me in a small financial way, thank you.
SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular
When does SeaWorld Spooktacular Happen?
From Sept 21st to Oct 27th, 2019, only on Saturdays and Sundays. While the park opens at 10 am, the trick-or-treating only occurs from 2:30 pm until park close.
Can We Still Experience Everything at SeaWorld San Diego?
When SeaWorld Spooktacular is occurring, some of the shows and events are Halloween-themed. Regular shows still happen on weekdays as usual. Rides are still operational and can be experienced during Spooktacular. Read my complete SeaWorld San Diego guide for all the family touring tips.
Costumes Encouraged, But Not Necessary
We brought Halloween costumes for our two littles, just to help them get in the spirit of the event. You can totally collect treats without the costume but it is fun to wear one if you have it. We brought extra clothes for the kids to change into when they didn’t want to wear their costumes anymore. Some adults wear costumes but mostly it’s the younger kids. Keep in mind that only kids 10 and under are permitted to wear a mask.
We even saw mermaid costumes at one of the shops, in case you wanted to purchase a costume while you’re in the Park!
*NEW FOR 2019!* Spooktacular Pumpkin Hunt
Located all over the Park are designated trick-or-treat stations. Each station offers something different from SunRype fruit snacks, Sugar Babies, lollipops and gummies. Grown ups can participate too! We were encouraged to hop in line with the kids to receive treats. It was nice to be able to just jump into a trick-or-treat line while roaming the Park at our own pace. Perhaps it’s because this was the first weekend of the Halloween event, but the treat lines were never busy.
Dia de los Muertos
A special themed area (near the entrance to the Manta ride) celebrates Día de los Muertos. Colorful flags fly overhead and there are detailed displays to teach guests about this traditional Mexican holiday.
Bring Your Own Treat Bag
In a conservation effort, SeaWorld requests that trick-or-treaters bring in their own candy collection bag. Reusable bags are available in the gift shop for $1.99, with 5% of each bag purchase going directly to the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. We brought one trick-or-treat collection bucket that the kindergartener carried and we all tossed our treats inside.
Dance Party Fun and More
Located just in front of the entrance to the Sky Tower, the Halloween Spooktacular dance party area is set with a stage, free play activities and carnival style games. The DJ was spinning family-friendly tunes and costumed characters like Tabitha Taffy and Timothy Toffee encouraged families to join the party.
My little zebra was intrigued by the candy-encrusted shoes on one of the dancers but refused to bust a move on her own. The kindergartner loved that there were bubbles! My older kids also enjoyed running their hands through the bins of moon sand at various activity stations. I was thankful that the music wasn’t too loud and that there were places for parents to sit while the kids danced. However it’s quite hot under the sun and shade is very limited here.
Sesame Street Halloween Parade
This daytime parade features 10 colorful floats with Sesame Street characters including Elmo, Bert & Ernie, Cookie Monster, and Big Bird. Geared at the toddler and preschool set, the Sesame Street Halloween Parade takes place each Saturday and Sunday during Spooktacular at 1:30 pm.
Party at SeaWorld San Diego Halloween Spooktacular for FREE?!
Did you know that kids admission to SeaWorld San Diego is FREE in the month of October? In fact, LOTS of San Diego amusement parks, museums and restaurants offer freebies for kids in October. For every adult ticket purchased, you’ll be able to bring in a child for free. Purchase your adult SeaWorld San Diego tickets ahead of time at my affiliate Get Away Today and you’ll be able to receive the free child’s ticket.
*NEW for 2019! Fall Festival Hay Maze
Halloween Shows and Attractions
The comical California sea lion duo team up again for Clyde and Seamore’s Big Halloween Bash. Manta has been made-over for Halloween into Manta Madness with spooky special effects.
*NEW for 2019! Fall Festival at The Waterfront
Enjoy the Rest of the SeaWorld San Diego!
SeaWorld San Diego Halloween Spooktacular takes place during the day time hours at SeaWorld. Everything in the Park remains open for enjoyment including the various aquariums, rides, and shows.
Looking for more Halloween parties in Southern California?
Disneyland Resort’s Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party is sold out for 2019, but there’s a proven way you may still be able to get tickets.
LEGOLAND California Brick-or-Treat Party Nights is a special ticket event that’s ideal for families with young kids.
What sounds like the most fun at SeaWorld San Diego Halloween Spooktacular?