A Sesame Street® Halloween Event

Celebrate not-too-spooky daytime family fun at Busch Gardens’ Halloween Spooktacular in the Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™. On Saturdays & Sundays from Sept. 24 - Oct. 29, kids (ages nine and under) are invited to dress up in their favorite costumes and enjoy our ALL-NEW Trick-or-Treat Trail in the Wild Reserve. Plus, join in the fun with the Countdown to Halloween Show, dance parties, a festive hay maze and a costume parade alongside favorite Sesame Street friends. New themes every weekend, unique activities and special photo opportunities offer a different experience with every visit.

Sep 24
Oct 29
Saturdays & Sundays
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

View Park Hours Included with Park Admission
Event Type Family-Friendly Halloween Festival
Dates Sept. 24 to Oct. 29
Event hours 10am to 5pm
Event Price Included with Park Admission
Costume Parade
Family enjoying Busch Gardens Williamsburg Spooktacular Halloween event.
Elmos Spire
Grovers Alpine Express
Kids enjoying a ride during Busch Gardens Williamsburg Spooktacular Halloween event.

Costume Parade
Family enjoying Busch Gardens Williamsburg Spooktacular Halloween event.
Elmos Spire
Grovers Alpine Express
Kids enjoying a ride during Busch Gardens Williamsburg Spooktacular Halloween event.

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Themed Weekends

Countdown to Halloween Weekend
September 24

Join Count von Count as he kicks off the first weekend of Halloween Spooktacular at Busch Gardens! Activities include the ALL-NEW Trick-or-Treat Trail, special Halloween arts and crafts, and a costume dance party with some of your favorite Sesame Street® friends and more!

The Count's Spooktacular at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Funny Bones Weekend
September 30 & October 1

Zoe & Murray are ready for the Halloween season dressed in their favorite skeleton costumes. Kids will enjoy Halloween crafts, dance parties with Zoe & Murray, special photo opportunities, and searching high & low for hidden skeletons in the hay maze.

Elmo during Funny Bones Weekend at The Counts Spooktacular

Clowning Around Weekend
October 7 & 8

Come clown around with Cookie Monster and Grover in your favorite Halloween costume. Shimmy and shake at the dance parties, enjoy arts and crafts, and search for hidden friendly monsters in the hay maze. Plus, catch a showing of the family ever-favorite Countdown to Halloween show!

Cookie Monster during Spooktacular Clowning Around Weekend

Pirate Party Weekend
October 14 & 15

Ahoy, mateys! Arrrgh you ready for a pirate party with your Sesame Street friends? Join Bert and Ernie in your best costume as you dance, explore the hay maze and enjoy arts and crafts. Be on the lookout for candy treasures at ten trick-or-treating stations in the ALL-NEW Trick-or-Treat Trail!

Bert and Ernie during Pirate Party Weekend at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Super Grover Weekend
October 21 & 22

Super Grover is ready to take flight with fun activities all weekend long. Wear your favorite super hero cape and dance all around with your favorite furry blue hero, enjoy special arts and crafts unique to this weekend, and search for hidden ghosts in the hay maze.

Super Grover Weekend at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Halloween Spooktacular.

Halloween Weekend
October 28 & 29

Celebrate Halloween Weekend with your Sesame Street friends and have a not-too-spooky good time! Spend the last weekend of Halloween Spooktacular trick-or-treating your way through the ALL-NEW Trick-or-Treat Trail. Get groovy at the dance party and showcase your costume at the parade. The fun continues with special photo opportunities, art and crafts and making your way through the hay maze.

Halloween Weekend at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Halloween Spooktacular.

Other Experiences

Scavenger Hunt

Explore the park with a themed scavenger hunt! Use the clue sheet to find all the hidden clues around the park. Once you have successfully completed your search, turn in your clue sheet to redeem a special prize. Guests can purchase their Scavenger Hunt Clue Sheet at Abby Cadabby’s Treasure Trove, Toys O’ The Leprechaun, Emporium Shop of Horrors, Pompeii, Griffon and Tempesto Gifts.

Father and Daughter doing a Scavenger Hunt at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Halloween Spooktacular.

Know Before You Go:

There are two events during this fall season.
Busch Gardens Halloween Spooktacular is geared towards children under 9 and happens during the day,
while Howl-O-Scream is meant for an older audience and begins at 6:00 PM.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind this halloween.

Happy Ghost at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Halloween Spooktacular.

Halloween Décor

Our Fall Décor includes Halloween decorations, which may have spooky elements.

Mask Icon. Busch Gardens Williamsburg Halloween Spooktacular.

Masks & Props

If your child's costume has a mask or a prop, we kindly ask you to leave those at home.

Kids Playing Icon. Busch Gardens Williamsburg Halloween Spooktacular.

Kids Play Areas

Land of the Dragons and Sesame Street Forests of Fun will close at 5 p.m.

Howl-O-Scream pumpkin icon. Busch Gardens Williamsburg Halloween Spooktacular.

Nighttime Scares

Howl-O-Scream begins at 6 pm with Scare actors, dim lighting, fog & other frights.

Howl-O-Scream

Intended for a Mature Audience
This fall, frights await with the return of the park's  adult-focused signature Halloween event, Howl-O-Scream. Included with park admission, guests can traverse through all-new haunted house experiences, scare zones and more.

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Friends getting scared at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream.

Halloween Spooktacular at Busch Gardens Williamsburg FAQs

What Halloween activities for kids are held during the Busch Gardens Williamsburg Halloween Spooktacular event?

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Spooktacular has a range of Halloween-themed activities, from trick-or-treating stations, festive crafts, and interactive games to special character meet-and-greets and themed entertainment. Enjoy festive Halloween decorations and food and beverage options. Everyone will have a spooky time!

What are the theme park hours during the Halloween Spooktacular at Busch Gardens Williamsburg?

The theme park hours vary depending on the date. Check our Park Info page for the most exact information.

Is a separate ticket needed for the Halloween Spooktacular event at Busch Gardens Williamsburg?

The Spooktacular event is included with general Busch Gardens Williamsburg Park admission.

Can my kids go trick or treating during the Busch Gardens Williamsburg Halloween Spooktacular?

Trick or treating is one of the highlights of the Halloween Spooktacular event. Children are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes and visit various stations throughout the park to collect treats. It's a safe and fun way for kids to enjoy the Halloween spirit and enjoy Busch Gardens' thrilling rides and attractions.

Are there ticket upgrades for the Halloween Spooktacular event at Busch Gardens Williamsburg?

Yes, upgrading your ticket to experience more than the Halloween Spooktacular at Busch Gardens Williamsburg is easy! You can find fun upgrades here.

Are there kid-friendly Halloween trick-or-treating events in Williamsburg, VA?

There are a lot of kid-friendly Halloween trick-or-treating events in Williamsburg, Virginia. Halloween Spooktacular at Busch Gardens is one of the most popular kid-friendly Halloween events. With activities like trick or treating through the All-New Trick-or-Treat Trail in the Wild Reserve, costume parades with the Sesame Street friends, dance parties and many other activities, there’s plenty of Halloween fun.

Are there dining options available at Busch Gardens Williamsburg during the Halloween Spooktacular event?

Busch Gardens Williamsburg offers a variety of dining options. During the Halloween Spooktacular event, enjoy seasonal treats and meals at one of the many restaurants.

Are there any special shows or attractions during the Busch Gardens Williamsburg Halloween Spooktacular festival?

Yes, the Spooktacular event is not just about trick or treating! Busch Gardens Williamsburg goes all out with special Halloween-themed shows, haunted houses, and even some rides that get a spooky makeover for the season. The festival offers fun and fright, ensuring visitors of all ages have a memorable experience.

Are costumes allowed during the Halloween Busch Gardens Halloween Spooktacular event in Williamsburg?

Costumes are allowed for children 13 and under attending the Spooktacular event.


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