• Halloween treats for little at the theme parks in this week's Theme Park Thursday

    By: Shelley Caran


    Orlando, Fla. - While we've already talked about Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in a previous Theme Park Thursday, and if you aren't familiar with Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party it is a special after-hours event that transforms the Magic Kingdom into a family-friendly Halloween party with exclusive entertainment, parades, characters, fireworks, treats, shopping, and more while still being able to enjoy most of the park's attractions.

    And while Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is fantastic, the fact that it is a late night event makes it not so ideal for younger children who may not take well to such a big change in their schedule (even if there is a lot of fun & candy involved).

    What I'll be talking about in today's Theme Park Thursday are some events at the theme parks of Central Florida that really cater to children under the age 12, and the best part is that they are all included with admission to the park.

    SeaWorld Orlando's Halloween Spooktacular

    SeaWorld Orlando's Halloween Spooktacular offers guests six weekends of family fun filled with favorite friends from Sesame Street, Halloween dance parties, as well as the chance for children to show off their Halloween costumes and take part in trick-or-treating in the park.

    The Halloween Spooktacular fun really kicks into high gear when the Trick-or-Treat pathway opens at 11 am and stays open until the park closes, and you can enter the trail from several points in the park but I prefer to start at the 'official' start which can be found near the new Dolphin Nursery which is a great spot to relax for a bit before you hit the trail.

    The Trick-or-Treat Pathway is filled with all sorts of treats! 

    In addition to the candy stations make sure you visit Penelope's Garden where you can find a dance party under the sea alongside of a school of pumpkinfish, meet whimsical characters inspired by the sea, and chat with a mermaid!

    One of my best tips is to make sure you pay close attention to the signs as you approach a trick-or-treat station, because it labels the way to enter the candy queue and tells you what kind of candy is being distributed at each station. And if you really like a certain candy, for us it was the Twizzler station, you can get back in line to grab another treat!

    You can find out the answers to most of your Halloween Spooktacular questions in my post from the media day on icFlorida.

    LEGOLAND Florida's Brick or Treat

    Brick or Treat at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort is in its sixth year and the weekend celebrations include a special Halloween-themed fireworks spectacular each event date, trick-or-treating in the theme park, exclusive character meet-and-greets, several hands-on LEGO building activities, and giant LEGO models perfect for scary selfies and spooky snapshots.

    There are a ton of great new additions to Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida that include:

    • LEGOLAND Model Citizens will roam the park looking for guests in awesome costumes, with LEGO prizes awarded on the spot to the most creatively dressed
    • Catch mysterious gravediggers grooving to haunted drums in an all-new show at the Wells Fargo Fun Town Theater
    • A trio of large LEGO jack-o’-lanterns will come alive each evening for an “animated” performance of spooky tunes
    • Gather family and friends for a frightful photo opportunity inside a giant LEGO Halloween globe
    • Master Model Builders will treat kids to LEGO building tricks during a special spider activity in Fun Town, with their creepy crawly creations displayed in a tangled web alongside a fearsome LEGO spider
    • Watch a vampire magician perform extraordinary magic in LEGO Kingdoms

    And while I am excited for the new additions, these are some of the returning favorites you can find at Brick or Treat:

    • Photo opportunities with the world’s largest LEGO pumpkin and the 13-foot Vampire Hearse, a life-size replica of a real LEGO set from the 2014 Monster Fighters line made out of thousands of LEGO and DUPLO® bricks
    • Exclusive meet-and-greets with LEGO Halloween characters Lord Vampire, the Mummy, the Mad Scientist, the Witch and Frankenstein
    • Fistfuls of candy for kids 12 and under while traveling the Brick or Treat Trail
    • A scavenger hunt in MINILAND USA for a chance to win a LEGO prize pack
    • A vampire-themed takeover of the LEGO Kingdoms area
    • Ghoulish goodies, including a pumpkin spice variety of Granny’s Apple Fries and “Worms in Dirt,” a squirmy, wormy dessert kids will love

    Also new this year is the Be-A-Minifigure Costume Shop in Fun Town that is open for a limited run that offers more than 20 LEGO minifigure outfits for boys and girls based on popular themes including LEGO Iconic, LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS™, THE LEGO NINJAGO Movie, and The LEGO Batman Movie.

    You can experience Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida on the following weekends:

    • October 14-15     (Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-8 pm)
    • October 21-22: Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-8 pm
    • October 28-29: Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-8 pm
    • October 31: Tuesday, 10 am-7 pm

    Please note that except for Tuesday, October 31 (it’s a school night!), each Brick or Treat date will conclude with a ghostly new show featuring the “Tale of Pirates’ Cove” and a Halloween fireworks spectacular in the skies above Lake Eloise. Pick up a complimentary pair of viewing glasses before the show for a brick-tastic LEGO twist.

    Busch Gardens Sesame Street

    Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomes back Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends this October, with an extended four weeks of Halloween fun.

    Each fun-filled weekend will feature trick-or-treating and fall festival activities as well as very special surprises for each theme including:

    • Monsters & Fairies – October 7 & 8: Crafts that transform kids into a magical fairy like Abby Cadabby or a loveable monster like Elmo.
    • Super Grover – October 14 & 15: Unique superhero-inspired crafts and character parades led by Super Grover himself.
    • Spooky Safari – October 21 & 22: A scavenger hunt with Bert and Ernie, animal ambassadors and safari-inspired Halloween crafts.
    • Rosita’s Halloween Fiesta – October 28 & 29: Fiesta-inspired Halloween crafts and character parades led by Rosita throughout the Safari of Fun area.

    In addition to the activities beloved Sesame Street characters Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Elmo, Grover, Rosita, and some special surprise guests will make appearances and will be dressed in their own special Halloween costumes!

    Also new this year is a Fall Festival area, located at Gwazi Field, where visitors can participate in a wide variety of fall-inspired activities including a hay-bale maze, pumpkin ring toss, family costume parades, dance parties with our favorite Sesame Street pals, and so much more!

    Families can experience all  of the Fall fun each Saturday and Sunday in October from 11 am until 3:30 pm at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

    Scott's Maze Adventures

    If you are looking for a fun activity for the entire family that is full of nostalgia outside of the theme parks, why not head out to Scott's Maze Adventures at Long & Scott Farm out in Mt. Dora to get lost in the fun.

    For the last 15 years the fantastic folks at Scott's Maze Adventure have created a themed seven acre adventure through corn, and this year their theme is 'First Responders' and a celebration of their 15th Anniversary. Groups of 4 to 6 hit the maze with a flag, game sheet, and hopefully a keen sense of direction (but if you don't have this one covered there are employees in the maze and on a bridge who can help).

    So a few really quick tips about visiting Scott's Maze Adventures are to wear closed toe shoes that you don't mind getting dirty as you are walking through corn fields, bring water because it does get hot in the corn maze, and pack your hat & sunscreen as there is no shade in the maze.

    I had the chance to experience the one acre maze with J.R. the Maze Master, and we talked about even more tips and how the maze is grown on the Facebook Page.

    There are tons of fun Fall photo backdrops, a market, and a cafe around the farm. And there are more activities outside of the corn mazes for the little ones including a fishing hole, large play structures, jumping pillows, super slides, hayrides, and more. It is absolutely possible to spend a full day at the farm!

    Keep an eye on icFlorida.com, because we'll be posting more about what you can find when you visit Scott's Maze Adventure at Long & Scott Far and you won't want to miss it!

    That's it for this week's Theme Park Thursday looking at Halloween events at the theme parks that are perfect for your little ghosts and ghoulies! 

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