Halloween mazes or houses at Central Florida theme parks are typically gory, adult fare — just ask anyone who has been to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.
For 2020, however, SeaWorld Orlando is going in a different direction, offering a new Halloween maze for all ages as part of its Halloween Spooktacular event, which will feature the same safety measures expected at all theme parks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“At this special event, modified to allow guests to safely visit the park with limited capacity, children can dress in their Halloween costumes and take part in fun-filled trick-or-treating around SeaWorld’s expansive grounds with physical distancing in mind,” the park said in a press release.
The “silly” maze will be one of several new offerings when the Spooktacular kicks off on Saturday. The park will also offer a special upcharge experience where, for $15, kids can decorate cookies with help of a nearby Cookie Monster, including a physically-distant photo opportunity. More Sesame Street characters can be found at Count von Count’s Spooktacular Breakfast, another add-on option costing $17 for kids ages 3 to 9 and $33 for adults.
SeaWorld will still be distributing candy on its Trick-or-Treat Trail during the event. Guests are being asked to buy a new reusable bag “in order to prevent contact between individuals,” according to the park.
As with other Halloween events during the pandemic, costumes worn at Halloween Spooktacular still have to comply with safety measures aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19.
“All guests 2 years of age and older must wear face coverings while in the park, including guests who choose to wear costumes during SeaWorld Spooktacular,” SeaWorld stated in its face covering policy for the event.
Halloween Spooktacular will be held every Saturday and Sunday at SeaWorld Orlando from Sept. 19 through Nov. 1. The event is included with park admission, but guests will still need to make a reservation in advance to gain entry, as the park has required since it reopened in June.