Can you believe 2012 is already wrapping up? Halloween will soon be here to start the craziness of Fall and Winter Holidays. Our family doesn’t really celebrate Halloween. We never have and don’t plan to. Add to that I have a very sensitive child who is scared to death of costumes, witches, goblins and ghosties, it would make for a horrible evening. I heard about a media event happening at Sesame Place last weekend and jumped at the opportunity. I have had non-local friends ask us about Sesame Place since we are so close and I had nothing to tell them. It kind of requires having gone there to give a real answer to what it is like. Well, when I first contacted Sesame Place, little did I know it was the kick off to their Halloween Spook-tacular. After I confirmed our visit I saw The Count was the star of this party. I frantically asked a few friends who have been there at Halloweens past how scary it was. I mean, I know it’s for kids but there are some things I have seen that seem awfully scary to be classed as kid even though they are. I was reassured it was perfectly fine for even the most easily frightened.
We had so much fun! The Halloween Decor was at a minimal with a few unrealistic looking webs and cute comedic bats. Really, there was a bit more decor than that but this was all that hit our radar. We met up with some friends and checked out the rides first.
One of the first rides was the teacups, my “favoritest” ride EVER. I dream of riding the teacups at Coney Island…..if they are even there anymore. We alternated adults riding with different kids but my kids loved Elmo’s Cloud Chaser, Flying Fish, Snuffy’s Slide, Grover’s World Twirl, Vapor Trail (roller coaster), Sunny Day Carousel and The Count’s Un-haunted Maze.
We also Trick or Treated our way through the park. They had different booths set up throughout the park, giving kids juice boxes, candy, chips, and my favorite, orange with black bristle toothbrushes. Ok, I am a kid at heart sometimes. I loved how friendly and bubbly everyone was. Yeah, yeah, it’s an amusement park. It’s suppose to be fun. I have been to plenty of amusement parks and the crew is generally lackluster at best. Not at Sesame Place. Sesame Place was full of sunshine and laughter.
As part of our day we were given the opportunity to meet the characters. We were given Elmo and Cookie Monster cookies and cupcakes, Elmo shaped soft pretzels, and drinks as we watched Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Abby Cadabby perform. Even better, we actually got to meet them.
Who knew Big Bird was so tall? Who knew my very own “Chicken Little” loved The Count? Who knew my daring young girl was scared to get too close to those kids’ show characters? The only one we had trouble prying her away from versus dragging her to was Abby Cadabby. At her appearance my little girl transformed back into the vivacious little girl we know and love.
We wrapped up our day with the Sesame Place Parade. Full of bouncy fun and colorful costumes, It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.The only things we missed were the Water Park since it is too cold now, the hayride since I am severely allergic to hay, and somehow we just didn’t quite find time for a show.
Tickets are $60 per person. Order online at their website or grab coupons at participating stores and restaurants such as McDonalds for $20 off per person. Parking is $15 for general parking.
Bring your own picnic lunch and take a break to eat in the car/picnic areas or buy lunch in the park. You can also check out Seseame Place’s Birthday Party packages, special holiday events, and dinner with a character.