At Busch Gardens’ Spooktacular, guests will step into a whimsical world full of enchantment with Kandy, a witch-in-training! A costume parade, story time and trick or treating are some of the activities guests will find in this immersive Halloween experience. Busch Gardens’ Spooktacular will be casting magical spells from 12 – 4 PM at the Festival Walkway.

*Included with park admission. Event dates and details subject to change and/or cancellation without prior notice. 

Saturdays & Sundays + Monday Oct. 30 & Tuesday Oct. 31

Included with Park Admission

  1. Event Type
    Family-Friendly Halloween Festival
  2. Event Date
    September 6 to November 2
  3. Event Hours
    12pm to 4pm
  4. Event Price
    Included with Park Admission

Spooktacular Media Card Container

Kids in costume checking out a hippo at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Spooktacular.
Kandy the witch-in-training at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Spooktacular.
A family taking a photo at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Spooktacular.
Kids in costume enjoying story time with Kandy the witch-in-training at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Spooktacular.

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Event Activities


Kandy’s World

Join Kandy as she shares her journey into becoming a real witch. Hear first-hand about the stories of this witch-in-training including how much she loves candy and even how she accidentally turned her friends into frogs.
Trick-or-treating at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Spooktacular event.


The Busch Gardens Spooktacular is the place to be for trick or treating. All guests who purchase a reusable bag from the park will be part of the super sweet fun.

*Limited quantities of candy available until supplies last.

Children in Haloween Costumes

Spooktacular Costume Parade

A colorful parade of costumes will bring the Spooktacular Costume Parade to life. On this one-of-a-kind catwalk, every kid gets their time to shine! Children 13 and younger are welcome to dress up in costumes.

All costumes are subject to normal dress code for the park. In addition, face painting is not permitted on any guests unless it is done by park artists. Guests 14 and older are not permitted to wear costumes, masks, or hoods to the event.

Kandy Reading


Situated next to Kandy’s picture-perfect pumpkin patch, guests will be immersed in the popular story “Room on the Broom,” where everybody has a place and everyone belongs.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Spooktacular Logo on a pumpkin.

Spooky Kooky Science

Professor Pufflemintz is the never predictable, anything is possible, sometimes puzzled but always POSITIVE, Professor of Science. Catch Professor Pufflemintz as she hosts Spooky Kooky Science during Spooktacular.

Elmo and friends during Sesame Street Kids weekends at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Sesame Street Kids' Weekends

Enjoy even more Halloween festivities with your favorite Sesame Street friends! After visiting Spooktacular at the Festival Walkway, stop by the Sesame Street Safari of Fun for a special limited-time Halloween Show, festive meet-and-greets with your favorite furry friends in their Halloween costumes and Halloween Dance Parties.

SHeiKra in front of an ominous full moon



Intended for a Mature Audience
Tampa’s premier Halloween event returns in full force taking over the entire park with haunted houses, scare zones, sinister shows and more. Experience the family fun by day and more scares by night.
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Kid-Friendly Fun Around The Park

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