Halloween is just around the corner and SeaWorld promises to make this year the most frightening one yet! SeaWorld San Diego Halloween events include Spooktacular and Howl-O-Scream, an “intense horror-filled haunt” that will be the nighttime version of the family-friendly Spooktacular offered during daylight hours.
I’ll tell you about both.
Family-Friendly SeaWorld Spooktacular
SeaWorld San Diego is offering its ever-popular Halloween Spooktacular with family-friendly activities and excitement that are guaranteed to bring lots of fun for guests of all ages.
Show off your Halloween costumes when you take part in the Spooktacular Costume Party. If you are age 13 and older, leave the masks and hoods at home. Face paint for any age can only be done by SeaWorld artists.
SeaWorld San Diego offers a great family-friendly option for trick or treating in 2023. You can follow the park’s popular Candy Trail, where enchanting Halloween mermaids lead the way, to collect candy and other assorted treats.
Reusable bags will be available for purchase at the entrance of the ocean-themed candy trail (and is required).
The Spooktacular will also host a Pumpkin Hunt. Guests can purchase a special map at the park’s store that allows you to search for SeaWorld animal-themed pumpkins. The map can then be exchanged for an exclusive Halloween prize.
Halloween Dance Party
Kids can join some costumed silly characters for a Halloween Dance Party set to family-friendly music along the Trick-or-Treat Trail. A fun option for the whole family to show off your best freeze dance and limbo moves.
The all-new O.P. Otter’s Spooktacular Surprise debuts this year, with the song and dance show playing multiple times per day at the park’s Mission Bay Theater.
The park’s festive Hay Maze features fun fall characters for a fun, family-friendly experience.
dia de los muertos
Spooktacular celebrates this Mexican holiday, which runs from November 3rd to 5th. Traditional Catrina statues welcome guests who would like to give offerings of traditional flowers and mementos to loved ones who have passed. Traditional food options for the holiday are also available for purchase in the park.
A highlight of any seasonal theme park event is, no doubt, the food. Guests will be able to enjoy sweet treats like candy corn, cotton candy, pumpkin cheesecake, and more.
TIPYou’ll want to think about how much you’ll eat during your visit because that may determine which ticket or ticket upgrades you buy. You can buy tickets with all-day dining.
Kids Ages 3–9 Are Free
Thanks to our annual Kids Free San Diego event in October, one child ages 3–9 enters free with an adult holding a paid, full-price ticket. This is a substantial savings and is valid now through October 31, 2023!
You will need to purchase a qualifying adult ticket, which you can do through SeaWorld San Diego or my discount ticket site. At that time, you’ll also add a free child’s ticket to your cart. (Note: Sightseeing passes like Go San Diego Card do not qualify for Kids Free promotions.)
Annual Pass Members and Fun Card Holders Are Free
Annual Pass Members and Fun Card holders receive free admission to Spooktacular. You’ll need to purchase admission if you don’t have either of these passes.
You can also read my advice on buying discount SeaWorld San Diego tickets that I keep up-to-date year-round.
SeaWorld San Diego’s Howl-O-Scream
But beware, once the sun goes down, SeaWorld San Diego Halloween fun transforms into a terrifying playland, intended for mature audiences. Mingle with creepy and sinister characters throughout the park as you enjoy themed rides and bars, live entertainment, and DJ dance parties.
This year, Howl-O-Scream has added 5 new Haunted Houses, 5 new Scare Zones and 5 new Horrific Haunts to the creepy fun.
You’ll Need a Separate Ticket
Annual Pass Holders and Fun Card holders can buy discounted Howl-O-Scream tickets through their membership portal.
SKIP THE LINESYou can buy front of the line upgrades to the haunted houses and select rides. Or, opt for a VIP tour guide.
Follow dark passageways around dimly lit corners as you explore three of SeaWorld’s Howl-O-Scream haunted houses. They are sure to make even the bravest guest shriek with fright.
Haunted House themes include Nightmare Experiment, Death Water Bayou, and Simon’s Slaughterhouse.
Scare Zones and Roaming Haunts
Scares are everywhere when you take part in Howl-O-Scream. There is no place to hide, as you walk through the park after dark. You will be fully immersed in the terror.
Stay alert and prepared for anything to jump out, or creepily lurk amongst the shadows. Remember not only should you beware of what’s up ahead, but also what may creep up behind you throughout six Scare Zones and 4 Roaming Haunts.
Howl-O-Scream will also provide the excitement of a less-terrifying variety with their indoor musical dance show. There will also be outdoor shows with fantastically frightful special effects.
There will be DJs and party zones with dance breaks between scares, to offer some levity and balance. You can’t be scared ALL the time!
Monster Coasters in the Dark and Haunting Experiences
Guests are invited to ride their favorite attractions in the dark for an ultimate thrill.
As if the thrill rides offered at SeaWorld weren’t adrenaline-inducing enough, imagine riding them in complete darkness.
Once you have had your fill of action, you may want to quench your thirst with Howl-O-Scream’s creepy cocktails and restless spirits at one of several uniquely themed haunted bars.
SeaWorld San Diego Halloween events are fun for everyone of all ages and fright levels. You have the opportunity to select whichever best suits your level of excitement: daylight’s Spooktacular or Howl-O-Scream in the dark of night.
Bonus: The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place
Sister SeaWorld San Diego theme park, Sesame Place San Diego, celebrates Halloween with the popular Count von Count character and his Sesame Street friends.
There’s a pumpkin patch, trick-or-treat stations throughout the park, and tons of fun activities. The park’s water attractions are open through October 29, so you can enjoy it all in one go!
halloween parade & costume party
Festive floats feature in the huge Halloween block party, which also includes music, dancing and performances by favorite Sesame Street characters. Beginning September 30th, families can also meet in Abby’s garden for a fun costume parade throughout the park. A Halloween Costume Contest will be held on October 28 and 29, with prizes for both Children and Family categories.
halloween treats with count von count
Guests can pay for this upgrade option, which includes sweet treats, Halloween crafts, and a photo op with the Count.
The whole family can enjoy two different scavenger hunts around the Sesame Street Neighborhood – the Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt and the Spot-The-Ghost Scavenger Hunt. Pick up a map/activity sheet for either or both options and exchange them for a special Halloween prize once completed.
See also: How to Buy Discount Sesame Place Tickets