Gaylord Palms Goblins & Giggles Weekends
Guests will be goblin’ up the fun beginning Sept. 9when Gaylord Palms kicks off its annual Goblins & Giggles Weekends celebration. The event runs through Oct. 30.There’s family fun for everyone with live shows, character interactions, animal encounters, costume contests and plenty of candy. Guests can solve puzzles to outwit a mischievous witch in a riddle-filled escape room, get their bones moving in a Halloween dance party, savor some witches’ brew in a themed pop-up bar, get their share of sweet treats and more. Also offered:two Goblins & Giggles Weekends packagesthatincludespecial room rates and admission to select event activities.
Here’s a rundown of the family-friendly frights in store for guests this year:
A FA-BOO-LOUS DANCE PARTY: Young spirits are invited to join Morgana the Witch, Vlad the Vampire and Grimm the Good-Hearted Goblin for the Monster Mash Bash Dance Party and Costume Contest. With their best costume –and dance moves –on display, they’ll catch on in a flash and be the graveyard smash of the ghoulish festivities. Monster Mash Bash takes place each Saturday during the event and is included for guests who book the Goblins & Giggles “Premium Saturday”package.
GHOULS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN: Guests can meetsome of the nicest ghouls around in Ghoul School. Cheerful descendants of legendary monsters take center stage in this walk-through, interactive show. At each stop, characters entertain guests withgames, stories and songs. Ghoul School takes place eachFriday and Saturday during Goblins & Giggles Weekends. Ticketsare $14.99 per person.
SWEET STORIES: Morgana the Witchconjuresup some fun in a special storytime and cookie decorating party. Guests can join MorganaonSaturdaysduring the event and decorate tasty treatswhile she tells the tale of how she became friends with Grimm the Good-Hearted Goblin. Tickets are $10.99 for adecorating kit with one large cookie,or $18.99 for a kit with eight smaller cookies to decorate.
A HALLOWEEN ESCAPE: Guests will need to put on their thinking caps to solve puzzles and riddles that allow them to escapeaneerieforestin the Secret Garden Escape Room. The escape room will bepresentedevery Friday and Saturday during Goblins & Giggles Weekends. Pricing begins at $120 for a party of four.
FIND SPOOKLEY: Spookley takes center stage in the Hide & Seek Scavenger Hunt featuring Spookley the Square Pumpkin –inviting guests to solve puzzles that reveal his Halloween hiding spots around the resort. The activity is offered daily and tickets are$12.99 per scavenger hunt booklet.
ENJOY SOME SPIRITS: Creepy cocktails and mysterious mocktails are on the menu at the Wicked Brews Spookeasy, a Halloween-themed pop-up baropen during the weekends. Guests can enjoy a tasty selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic craft beverages, specially created by the resort’s mixologists, in surroundings that conjure up the spirit(s) of a haunted pubcomplete with eerie portraits and a wisecracking, singing ghost.
NOT MANY TRICKS, LOTS OF TREATS: Youngsters can add to their confection collection with sweet treats on the Trick-or-Treat Expedition. Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to wear their best costumesas they meet some cheerfully spooky characters throughout Gaylord Palms’ atrium. Trick-or-Treat Expedition isheld on weekends and is complimentary toguests staying overnight at Gaylord Palms.
GIVE ‘EM PUMPKIN TO TALK ABOUT: Elaborate pumpkin art is showcased on the Jack-O’-Lantern Walk, with crafty pumpkin carvings inspired by the spirit of the Sunshine State displayed inside the hotel’s atrium. Admission is complimentary.
DIVE-IN MOVIE: It’s time for a delightful dive-in movie as the family-friendly, animated feature film “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” is presented for overnight resort guests in Cypress Springs Water Parkeach Friday and Saturday night during the event.
A SPOOKY CELEBRATION: Young explorers are invited along as Adventure Kid Sophie, Seth the Sea Turtle and Ava the Alligator showcase some of Florida’s creepy creatures, like snakes and alligators,in the Adventure Kids Spooky Celebration. Kids also will learn about some of the mysterious plantsin the hotelatrium’s indoor gardens. The showis presented each Saturday during Goblins & Giggles Weekends and is complimentary for guests.
LIGHT SHOW, FRIGHT SHOW: Brightly animated light curtains create a multi-sensory spectacle that tells the musical tale of the Phantom of the Atrium –a mysterious composer thought to be lurking in the rafters. The show, a combination of colorful LED lights and classical music, will be presented at 9 p.m. nightly. Many guests with main atrium-view rooms can enjoy the show from their balconies.
FANG-TASTIC FLORIDA ANIMALS: Accompanied by some of their favorite animals, Wild Florida will visit each Saturday during Goblins & Giggles Weekends to present Spooky Animal Encounters. Guests will learn more about snakes, alligators and other amazing animals in this up-close experience with some of Florida’s diverse wildlife.