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Guide to The Count's Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place San Diego

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Article By: Dani Ruben
Last Updated: September 26, 2022
It's the spookiest time of the year at Sesame Place San Diego, so everyone's favorite Count is throwing a celebration! Kids and adults alike can celebrate with The Count as guests enjoy trick-or-treating, special Halloween-themed shows, Halloween decor, a spooky scavenger hunt, and even some of your favorite pals dressed up for the holiday! 

The celebration is small, and is certainly not as elaborate as most Halloween events at other theme parks, but it's cute. We recommend checking it out if you're in the area or really love Sesame Place.

Our guide to The Count's Halloween Spooktacular can help you prepare to enjoy this fun little celebration at Sesame Place on select dates from September 17th to October 30th.


Countown to Halloween

Location: The Sesame Street Theater
This charming show at the Sesame Street Theater gets everyone excited for the upcoming holiday as you read along with a handful of Sesame Place friends while you count down the days to Halloween. The Count will, of course, be front-and-center at this show as he counts all of the fun things that await you.

The theater can get a bit hot while you're watching, since there's no cover for the seated areas. We recommend bringing an umbrella and sitting toward the bag, or having a hat for some much-needed protection from the sun.

Furry Friends Halloween Dance Party

Location: Big Bird's Wave Pool Lawn
Located just next to Big Bird's Beach, this energetic show encourages everyone to get up and dance with their favorite Sesame Street friends! The lineup changes with each show, so you'll never know who's going to show up on the dance floor. There's plenty of space on the lawn in front of the stage, but the majority of kids will crowd up next to the characters when they arrive. This is a fun little party that will certainly raise the energy of the beach area. 

Characters will not pause for photos, however, as the point is for them to dance with your kids - not take individual photos with them. Because of the crowding around the characters, it may also be difficult to get good photos of just your kids dancing.

Sesame Street Halloween Parade

Photo from the Official Sesame Place San Diego website
Location: Big Bird's Wave Pool Lawn
At the end of each day, the Sesame Street Halloween Parade brings out everyone's favorite characters in their Halloween best. The parade includes a few small but charming floats, and the characters are great at interacting with everyone as they roll down the parade route. 

The parade is difficult to miss, since it covers most of the park, but the best locations to watch it are near Abbey's Fairy Flight for the most space, or near the Sesame Street Soar & Spin. It's not difficult to find a spot on the route for your little ones to be able to see, since the park is usually not super crowded, even on weekends.


Spot The Ghost Scavenger Hunt

Location: Next to the Locker Rentals
For about $15, you can purchase a Spot The Ghost Scavenger Hunt map, which guides you around the theme park to search for the 10 ghosts scattered around the park. The map shows you the approximate location of each ghost. When you find the ghost for a particular location, you can then place the correct ghost sticker onto the map to keep track of which ones you've found. The ghosts are about 12-17" in height and are often located on walls or fences.

Upon completion, you can bring it back to the Spot The Ghost Scavenger Hunt booth to claim your reward - a 2022 Sesame Place bottle!

Trick-or-Treating Stations

Location: Throughout the Park
Around the park, you can find stations giving away that delicous candy we associate with Halloween. While the park recommends you purchase a reusable Halloween Tote Bag (available at most retail locations in the park), you can certainly bring your own container to fill with candy.

The stations look like little ice cream carts with umbrellas on them and a Sesame Place associate on duty. They look more like customer help booths, since the candy is hidden inside the carts and there's no signage to indicate that they're trick-or-treat booths. The staff will usually pull out candy whenever a kid with a treat bag gets near though.

Hay Maze

Location: Near Honker Dinger Dash
Near the back of the park, by the Honker Dinger Dash, there's a small, short Hay Maze, for the kids to enjoy. This attraction is disappointingly small, as the hay balls are small enough to be used as seating. Most kids, even the smaller ones, are able to see their location in the maze, so it's hardly a challenge. 

This attraction is better used as a backdrop for photos, than as an actual experience.

Halloween Treats

Spookies 'N Cream Dippin' Dots

Location: Frozen Treats
The bad news is that there really was little to no effort on Sesame Place San Diego's part to have any special Halloween treats available during The Count's Halloween Spooktacular. The good news is that the Spookis 'N Cream Dippin' Dots that's avaible is delicious. 

Yes, it's pricey, but that's to be expected from this theme park. It doesn't taste any different from the usual Cookies 'N Cream Dippin' Dots, but it's a cute orange and black color.

Although this is currently (as of September 25) the only Halloween treat added for The Count's Halloween Spooktacular, we're hoping they add more for the month of October.
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