October is Spooktacular at Sesame Place

There is a lot going on at SESAME PLACE in Pennsylvania. My fab friend Vincent headed off to check out the spooktacular happenings.
Saturday mornings tend to be slow going in our home.  I wouldn’t clarify them as completely lazy but they certainly approach the vantage point of lazy mountain.  Yet ask the question “Who wants to go to Sesame Place?” and magically everyone’s fully alert, dressed, and ready to go.  Especially since The Count”s Halloween Spooktacular is being held through every weekend in the month of October.
My family and I had the good fortune of attending a media event at Sesame Place thanks to Maria aka The New York Mom. 
We sampled Elmo and Cookie Monster cupcakes and enjoyed interacting with beloved Sesame Street characters such as Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, and even The Count himself!.
Every so often pulse pounding music filled the room prompting one of the characters to break into a song and dance much to the delight of the children.
After the meet and greet, we were off to explore Sesame Place which in Sppoktacular fashion had been transformed into a thrilling Halloween adventure park.  From amusement park rides to the Halloween parade, one would be hard pressed not  become engaged in the spirited atmosphere.
In fact, many parents and kids chose to wear costumes to participate in The Count”s Halloween Spooktacular.  It’s no secret kids of all ages love to dress up in costumes.  Providing a safe haven for kids to dress up and enjoy pretend play instills a sense of adventure.  In addition, Sesame Place set up Trick or Treat stations throughout park offering kids an appreciated perk, Pre-Halloween trick or treating.
Another welcome aspect of attending Sesame Place in October is the less hectic pace of the day.  The park simply feels less crowded.  The lines for rides are greatly reduced allowing parents to indulge their kids who want to go on consecutive rides.
I had first hand experience on Vapor Trail with my son who gleefully instructed me that “Roller coasters never get boring Daddy!” Apparently this sentiment rings true for Elmo’s Cloud Chaser, a swing ride that lets take flight as well as offers riders a great 360 degree view of the park.  Or as my daughter chimed in “This is so cool right Daddy?!!”
As a parent, it can be tough to keep up with our little bundles of energy. Thankfully Sesame Place offers a variety of options for kids to be active which often becomes the kids’ favorite part of the day.
My children love the Monster Maze which according to Sesame Place’s web site is a “forest of lightweight punching bags.”  The floor is lined with soft sand and kids navigate the maze while pushing through the colorful bags.   For the climbers in the family, the Nets n’ Climbs challengers both kids and parents alike yet I’d highly recommend parental supervision since there are three levels of nets to climb which exit at different locations.
There’s just a whole myriad of Halloween themed activities and attractions to experience including Count’s Un-haunted Castle Maze, Abby Cadabby’s Magical Halloween Maze, Character Hayrides, and more.  Even walking through the  the recreated Neighborhood of Sesame Street all decked out in Halloween colors can be fun.  My kids love climbing up on the old fire truck to take pictures.  Getting children to pose for pictures is similar to herding cats but when atop the fire truck, they’re all smiles.
The Count’s Halloween Sppoktacular at Sesame Place has truly grown to become an annual tradition with my family.  It’s an outdoor haven of fun at a family friendly amusement park that’s the perfect size for a weekend day trip.    Be sure to catch it before The Count packs up his Spooktacular for next year.
For more information about The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place as well as upcoming events, visit the Sesame Place web site.

Vincent Daly is a digital media professional, graphic designer, writer, actor, artist and most importantly a husband and father.  He is the founder of CuteMonster.com, a fun parenting resource for Moms and Dads.  Follow him @cutemonsterdad .

*I was not compensated for this post. The event was a media/press event and I asked a writer to cover it for me*