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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Spooktacular

Spooktacular is a Halloween festival-themed event in parallel with its scarier adult-oriented twin. 

While Howl-O-Scream can be too intense for kids (and adults at times), Spooktacular is preferred for families and is lightweight in terms of horror.

Between 8th September and 31st October, the Spooktacular event is arranged from Friday to Sunday and on Halloween plus the day before. 

Families can enjoy the Halloween festivities along with kids in this event featuring costumes, silly and funny ghosts, and lots and lots of candy. 

This event occurs during the daytime and features show and other entertainments such as costume parades, trick-or-treating and more.

Unlike Howl-O-Scream, Spooktacular is included in the park admission, so you won’t have to get another ticket to enter this not-so-scary family event.

Don’t think that this is just a kids zone, though. Adults can also enjoy light-hearted and relaxed recreation here.

Some more famous activities to do in Spooktacular are:

  • Kandy’s World

    You hear Kandy’s story about her journey into becoming a witch. 

    This is a cute, funny and adorable program that is loved by kids and manages to catch adults’ attention. 

  • Trick-Or-Treating

    Not a lot of description is needed for this activity. Collect candies with your friends or family in this traditional and pleasing activity.

    The whole group can get enough candy to enjoy to their heart’s delight.

  • Spooktacular Costume Parade

    This parade sees children 13 years or younger do a catwalk in their favorite Halloween costumes. 

    Everyone gets to have a good time and appreciate each other’s costumes. People aged 14 and above cannot wear costumes, hoods or masks.

  • Storytime

    Another kid-friendly routine, visitors listen to “Room on the Broom,” where everyone has a place and belongs. 

    Situated near Kandy’s picture-perfect pumpkin patch, this story grips the children and inspires them.

  • Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends

    This takes place between 8 October and the 31st of October on weekends. 

    Kids can witness special Halloween shows by their favorite characters, meet and greet them, and enjoy a Halloween Dance Party.

  • The Count’s Spooktacular

    This is an excellent place for families to have fun. 

    Located in the Sesame Street Forest of Fun, The Count’s Spooktacular features costumes (for kids under 9), trick-or-treating, dance parties, a hay maze and much more.

    There are different themes every weekend and the chance to click photos with your favorite characters.

    It is included in the park admission from 24 September to 30 October on weekends from 10 am to 5 pm.

Other shows, along with their times, are as follows.

Show NameDescriptionTiming
Scavenger HuntYou can get a treasure hunt map at Abby Cadabby’s Treasure Hut gift shop11 am to 4 pm

Furry Friends Dance Party
Hosted at Sesame Street Pavillion, this dance party has Halloween themes as you dance with your Sesame Street Friends.
12 pm to 2.30 pm
Not Too Spooky Howl-O-Ween Radio ShowCount von Count plays his favorite tunes for his friends11 am, 1.30 pm, 4 pm
Storytime with Sesame Street FriendsFamily-oriented storytime at the Sunny Day Theater12.30 pm and 3 pm


Spooktacular is well and truly a fun time for families with something for kids and adults to do.

If your idea of Halloween is more about candies, costumes and spending time with family instead of darkness, intensity and terror, then Spooktacular is right up your alley.  

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