The Count's Spooktacular - Kids' Halloween

The Count's Spooktacular

Come celebrate silly, not-too-spooky, family fun this fall

This year, we're offering a Halloween event just for kids. Every weekend in October, children 9 and younger are encouraged to come dressed in their best Halloween costume to dance and play with their favorite Sesame Street ® friends Elmo, Cookie Monster and more at The Count’s Spooktacular at Busch Gardens ® Williamsburg. Kid-friendly rides, family activities and trick-or-treating will be offered around the park for kids to celebrate the fall season.

Make sure to stop by our Height Check Stations in England to find out what rides your child can enjoy. You will also receive information about this event, including show times, trick-or-treat locations & more.

This daytime event runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from October 7 - 29.

Children under 9 years of age can wear Halloween costumes

Halloween Costumes

Whether a superhero, princess or something created from their own imagination, children 9 years old and younger are encouraged to dress up for this Halloween event.

Parents, if your child’s costume has a mask or prop, we ask for you to kindly leave those at home. Smiling faces always look better in family photos. We offer plenty of options to jazz up your child’s costume with face painting, glow items, and more at the park.

Trick or treating and other fun activities

Safe Trick-or-Treating

Stop by select kid-friendly shops throughout the park to grab a special treat for your little one.

Adventure Photo – England
Kids Shamrock – Ireland
Tweedside Gifts – Scotland
Caribou Pottery – New France
Ring Toss Game – Oktoberfest

Kid-friendly rides

Things To Do for Kids

With more than 40 kid-friendly attractions throughout the park, there's plenty for your family to enjoy together. Explore two play areas (Land of the Dragons ® & Sesame Street ® Forest of Fun ), a variety of rides and more.

Kids can meet their favorite furry friends and get a picture taken with them at 1-2-3 Smile with Me! in Sesame Street Forest of Fun.

The Count's Spooktacular parade

Fun Entertainment

You won’t want to miss a special show, The Count's Countdown to Halloween, dance parties for the kids and a parade to end the day for families before the haunts and scares of Howl-O-Scream ® start in the evening.

The parade starts at 4:45 p.m. at Elmo's Castle in Sesame Street Forest of Fun and will make its way to the Globe Theatre in England. Whether your child wishes to participate or watch from the sidelines, it's sure to be a Spooktacular time.

Event Calendar

The Count's Spooktacular calendar

Tip: Check out our KIDsiderate® website for parent resources, such as ideas on things to do, ride suggestions and much more.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I wear to Busch Gardens?
Appropriate attire consists of shirts, pants and shoes for all guests.

Can I wear a costume?
For the safety of our guests and performers, guests ages 10 and older are prohibited from wearing costumes in the park during Howl-O-Scream. Children 9 and younger are encouraged and allowed to wear costumes only during The Count’s Spooktacular event, Saturdays and Sundays in October. Masks are not allowed for anyone.

Can I wear a mask for Halloween?
For the safety of our guests and performers, masks are prohibited in the park, especially during events such as Howl-O-Scream.

Are there scares during the day?
There is Halloween decor throughout the park, which may include some spooky elements. However, our scare actors, dim lighting and fog will not start until 6 p.m. Please be aware that some haunted houses open at 5:30 p.m.

When do the child play areas close?
During Howl-O-Scream, Land of the Dragons and Sesame Street Forest of Fun will close at 5 p.m. to allow families enough time to make their way toward the exit before the park transforms at 6 p.m.

Check our park hours prior to your visit