By Contributor Jamie Feder
The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place is a great time for the whole family. My daughter and I had the pleasure of joining Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and all our favorite Sesame Street characters recently for a daylong costume party.
When we walked into Sesame Place, my young daughter’s eyes lit up. The whole park was transformed into a not-so-spooky Halloween wonderland. There were cobwebs and jack-o-lanterns everywhere.
Everyone seemed excited to participate in the Halloween fun. Entire families were dressed up in colorful, spooktacular costumes. There were different trick-or-treat stations located throughout the park, where children could receive fruit boxes, potato chips, and other small treats. After my daughter and I walked through Abby Cadabby’s maze, for instance, we received a juice box. More importantly for my daughter, Abby there was waiting for a photo opportunity.
Sesame Place has a ton of enjoyable Halloween activities. There is Ernie’s Rubber Duckie Costume Party, which is ongoing throughout the day. Participants can dance to their favorite Sesame Street tunes on a huge platform that looks just like Ernie’s bathtub. My daughter loved the Neighborhood Street Party Spooktacular Parade, where various Sesame Street characters dressed up in Halloween costumes and danced through the park. I got a blast watching my daughter’s reaction to Big Bird dancing in front of her. There were other Halloween activities such as face painting, pumpkin decorating, and a hayride. There is a small charge associated with some of these activities.
There are so many great live shows as well. We went to Elmo’s World Live – Halloween Show. With Elmo’s sweet nature and Mr. Noodle’s silliness, the whole audience was entertained. The stage is set up just like Elmo’s room. Cute special effects, like the drawers moving, made the stage come to life. The theater is small and intimate, but make sure you arrive early to get a good seat. There was so much to do that we didn’t even have time to go to The Countdown to Halloween Show or the Not Too Spooky Howl-o-ween Radio Show.
Our favorite activity was the Elmo and Friends Lunch at Dine With Me Café. Throughout the buffet lunch, the characters interacted with the public as well as sang and danced. My daughter and I got a kick out of Cookie Monster singing and dancing to “C is for Cookie.” We were able to dance next to Cookie Monster and Big Bird and to play with Abby Cadabby and The Count. The characters were so good at interacting with the kids. My daughter was excited to get so close to the characters and touch them. The performers were really great too at letting us take as many pictures as we liked. The lunch or dinner is $27 for adults and $18 for children above two (these prices do not include tax). Children under two are free, but still need to be included in the reservation. The lunch is completely worth it.
In the fall, Sesame Place has all of its rides open except for the water rides (which makes sense, right?). There are plenty of fun events and activities for every age. I don’t know who had more fun, my daughter or I. The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place every weekend throughout October.
Sesame Place’s admission is $59.99 for adults and children over two. Check out its website at http://www.sesameplace.com for coupons ($20.00 off for the month of October) and second day free passes.
Thank you to Sesame Place for comping our admission to the park for the day,