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Busch Gardens Spooktacular: Bigger & Better with New Characters and Interactive Fun!



Busch Gardens Spooktacular Returns Bigger than Ever with All-New Characters, Interactive Experiences, a Costume Parade, and Fun Fall Activities for the Entire Family

Tampa, FL – Get ready for a spellbinding adventure as Busch Gardens Tampa Bay proudly announces the return of the much-anticipated “SPOOKTACULAR” event, promising bigger and better thrills for families of all ages. Kicking off on Saturday, September 9, and running every Saturday and Sunday through October 31, with special dates on Monday, October 30, and Tuesday, October 31, this event promises a not-so-spooky Halloween celebration.

A Whimsical World of Enchantment

Busch Gardens’ Spooktacular is an immersive experience designed to enchant and entertain, making it perfect for young and young-at-heart guests. The event unfolds at the Festival Walkway and is included with regular park admission, ensuring an accessible and delightful experience for all. Key highlights for this year’s Spooktacular include:

  • New! Kandy’s Pumpkin Palooza: Join Kandy on her quest to become a witch as you explore this brand-new walk-through experience, an ideal backdrop for family photos.
  • New! Time Peace and Alfred: Kandy’s magical mishaps have given rise to two new long-legged characters, Time Peace and Alfred, adding a whimsical touch to the festivities.
  • New! Professor Pufflemintz: Dive into the world of science and interactive experiments with the debut of Professor Pufflemintz, an educational yet fun addition to Spooktacular.
  • Kandy’s World: Follow Kandy’s journey to becoming a real witch and listen to her spellbinding tales of training, all while indulging your sweet tooth with plenty of candy.
  • Spooktacular Costume Parade: Watch the vibrant Spooktacular Costume Parade come to life with colorful costumes, transforming all guests into top models on this magical catwalk.
  • Storytime with Kandy: Immerse yourself in the enchanting story “Room on a Broom,” set against the backdrop of Kandy’s picture-perfect pumpkin patch and bubbling cauldron, where everyone has a place and belongs.
  • Trick-or-Treating: Embrace the sweet seasonal tradition with eight trick-or-treat stations scattered throughout Busch Gardens Spooktacular, where guests can purchase a bag and gather delightful treats.

Best Way to Play

For those looking to maximize their Busch Gardens experience, the “Pay for a Day” offer allows guests to enjoy more than 15 months of admission for the price of a single day’s visit. Additionally, a limited-time promotion offers guests who purchase a 2024 Fun Card the remainder of 2023 for free, granting access not only to Busch Gardens Spooktacular but also the beloved Christmas Town event.

Don’t miss out on the enchanting and not-so-spooky fun at Busch Gardens Spooktacular. For more information and to purchase a 2024 Fun Card, visit

About Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is an iconic theme park offering an unrivaled combination of world-class roller coasters, wildlife, and entertainment. Committed to providing guests with unparalleled experiences, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay continues to deliver some of the biggest thrills, finest family-friendly attractions, and unforgettable animal encounters.


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