SeaWorld San Antonio Halloween Spooktacular 2023 Guide

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It’s the spooky season, and if you are looking for a spooky event this time of year in San Antonio, Texas, SeaWorld has you covered with their nightly Howl-O-Scream event, which we discuss here.

But this event is not for the faint of heart and isn’t recommended for most kids under the age of thirteen (or for adults who are easily scared which, fine, I’ll admit it, is definitely me).

So what if you are looking for an event you can take your kids to or you yourself can go to if you don’t want all the scares?  I mean, I may not like the intense scares, but I love the Halloween and fall season.

Well, SeaWorld theme park in San Antonio, Texas has you covered there, too.  They have a great event that takes place during the daytime called their Halloween Spooktacular.  It takes place on Thursdays through Sundays.  It starts on September 14, 2023, and runs through October 29th, 2023.

You’ll get to enjoy great animal experiences and rides like you normally do when you visit SeaWorld.  But there are extra things planned just for the autumn that are a lot of fun that I want to tell you about.  And then I’ll tell you how to save money on your ticket!

Halloween Costumes

I’ve always loved wearing a Halloween costume, no matter how old I get.  So I am excited to tell you that all guests are welcome to dress up in costumes!

Please note, though, that costume masks and hoods are not allowed for safety purposes, and of course, all costumes are subject to the normal dress code for the park.  Also, you can’t have any face painting (unless it’s done in the park).

If you don’t have a costume yet, I recommend getting your costume here.  I did this year and I really liked the high quality of the costume.  It also fit me as an adult which was nice because sometimes costumes are marked as adult but they are really more for preteens.  They have a great selection of Halloween costumes, too, and you’ll even be able to find lots of great costumes the whole family can enjoy if you want to coordinate family Halloween costumes.


What is Halloween without trick-or-treating?  SeaWorld San Antonio has multiple trick-or-treat stations set up throughout the Spooktacular section.

However, unlike with the costumes, there is an age restriction on this.  This is only offered for guests ages 12 years old and younger.

This does however give you a very safe option if you are looking for a place to take your kids to trick-or-treat during the day.

You can also purchase reusable SeaWorld Trick-or-Treating bags at various shops throughout the park.

Sesame Street Halloween Parade

One of my favorite parts of SeaWorld Spooktacular would have to be the Sesame Street Halloween Parade.  It’s a fun parade with all your favorite Sesame Street characters like Big Bird, Elmo, Bert, Ernie, Abby Cadabby, Rosita, etc.  It’s fast-paced, has great music and dancing, and has really bright and colorful floats.  It’s a lot of fun for kids and adults and is definitely a highlight of the event.

Dia de los Muertos

Halloween isn’t the only holiday during the fall season.  In fact, a holiday that is perhaps more important to a lot of the great families around the South Texas area would have to Dia de los Muertos.  This is a wonderful holiday where you can celebrate and honor your loved ones who have passed on.

I really love SeaWorld’s Day of the Dead tribute, too.  It includes gorgeous alebrijes (Mexican folk art sculptures of mythical creatures) that line the pathway, traditional Mexican folk music, and, of course, sugar skull characters.

Spookley the Square Pumpkin Maze

Now is that time of year for corn mazes and pumpkins.  So SeaWorld has combined the two with a pumpkin maze!  You can try to make your way through the Spookley The Square Pumpkin Maze!

Sesame Street Photo Opportunities

Guests won’t be the only ones in Halloween costumes.  Popular Sesame Street characters will be wearing Halloween costumes, too.  And this event is a great opportunity to get a great photo with these costumed characters!

Discount Tickets

The Halloween Spooktacular event is included in the price of admission for SeaWorld San Antonio.  You can find out how to get discounted SeaWorld tickets here.