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Get ready for the most Spooktacular time of the year for families at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

This spooky season, step into a whimsical world full of enchantment at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, with Kandy, a witch-in-training, a costume parade, story time, AND trick or treating!

Get ready for the most Spooktacular time of the year at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Starting Saturday, September 9, 2023, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay kicks off their family-friendly Spooktacular.

A whimsical world of enchantment full of not-so-spooky Halloween fun, Spooktacular is an immersive experience ideal for the little ones full of eye-catching new characters, trick-or-treating, a colorful costume parade and more.

A returning favorite, this year's Busch Gardens’ Spooktacular will be bigger than ever, taking place every Saturday and Sunday from Sept. 9 through Oct. 29 plus Monday Oct. 30 and Tuesday Oct. 31 from 12 – 4 p.m.

The event, located at the Festival Walkway, is included with regular park admission.

Get ready for the most Spooktacular time of the year at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Check out highlights of this year's Halloween Spooktacular...

Kandy’s Pumpkin Palooza

Kandy’s big dream to become a witch continues. And with big dreams come big spells and bigger pumpkins. This new walk-through experience is the perfect location for a family photo opportunity.

Time Peace and Alfred

Pumpkins are not the only things affected by Kandy’s training sessions. A slight miscalculation of Kandy’s spells resulted in the creation of the newest long-legged members of Kandy’s world: Time Peace and Alfred.

Professor Pufflemintz

This year’s Spooktacular sees the debut of Professor Pufflemintz, a science professor in charge of interactive experiments. A true amalgamation of fun and learning.

Kandy’s World

Join Kandy as she shares her journey to becoming a real witch as well as stories of her spell training and eagerness to satisfy the sweet tooth with lots of candy.

Spooktacular Costume Parade

A colorful parade of costumes will bring the Spooktacular Costume Parade to life. On this magical catwalk, all the guests, especially the little ones, are top models!

Storytime with Kandy

Situated next to Kandy’s picture-perfect pumpkin patch and bubbling cauldron, guests will be immersed in the popular story “Room on a Broom,” where everybody has a place, and everyone belongs.


With eight trick or treat stations, Busch Gardens Spooktacular is the perfect location for guests to purchase a bag and partake in the sweet seasonal tradition.

For a limited time, guests that purchase a 2024 Fun Card get the rest of 2023 for free. The addition of 2023 allows access to not only Busch Gardens Spooktacular but also the popular Christmas Town.

For more information on Busch Gardens Spooktacular and to purchase a 2024 Fun Card, guests can visit Busch Gardens Tampa.

Get ready for the most Spooktacular time of the year at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

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