Kids love SeaWorld Orlando for the animals and its family attractions, like Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin and the Shamu Express roller coaster, but things get even more family-friendly in the fall and winter. The fun starts in October with the SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular, while runs every weekend from October 1 to 31. It’s included with park admission and features a variety of Halloween-themed activities, including good old fashioned trick-or-treating. The little ones can dress up in their favorite costumes, bring their bags, and build up their candy collection at trick or treat stations around the park.

SeaWorld Halloween Animal Ambassadors

The Halloween Spooktacular also features encounters with animal ambassadors as part of SeaWorld’s ongoing mission to educate guests about conservation. In addition, you’ll find arts and crafts stations, dancing, characters for photo ops, and a Halloween-themed live Sesame Street show.

While most of the Halloween shows and activities are included with park admission, SeaWorld Orlando offers two additional extra-cost experiences. The first is a meet and greet with Cookie Monster, that big blue Muppet with an insatiable appetite for the crunchy treats. The experience includes a personal meeting with Cookie Monster, goodies, and a photo to preserve the memory. The second option is the Dine With Shamu Halloween Spooktacular Brunch. It combines a meal with an up close  look at the park’s famous orcas, showcasing their natural behaviors.

SeaWorld Dine With Shamu

While the younger family members will be excited by the Halloween fun, your older thrill-seekers will make a beeline for Mako, SeaWorld Orlando’s newest roller coaster. This shark-themed ride towers skyward at 200 feet tall and reaches speeds of over 70 miles per hour. Mako is already famous among roller coaster lovers for its non-stop air time. It joins Kraken and Manta to round out SeaWorld’s thrill ride collection.

SeaWorld Orlando transforms into a winter wonderland starting on November 25 and running select nights through December 31, when it kicks off the SeaWorld Christmas Celebration. Trees made from multicolored lights spring up in the water, doing choreographed shows set to seasonal music several times each night. There’s a marketplace for Christmas shopping, special shows, and live entertainment scattered all around the park. One of the biggest crowd pleasers is the ice skating show. If you didn’t think you’d ever see an outdoor skating rink in Florida, SeaWorld will prove to you that they exist and that talented performers can take your breath away as they glide around the rink.

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration

Even Santa Claus comes to SeaWorld for the holidays, and he meets with good little Children at Santa’s Fireside Feast, an extra-cost event that includes a hearty buffet meal of holiday fare like ham and turkey and family photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. All of the other holiday shows and activities are included with your regular theme park admission ticket.