Looking for safe fall fun in Central Florida? Goblins and Giggles Getaway Weekends at Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee is a spooktacular way to celebrate the Halloween season!
Fall fun and Halloween will be looking a little different for most families this year, but Halloween is not cancelled. In fact, Gaylord Palms Resort is offering Halloween activities and all-ages entertainment in a safe, socially distanced way that will put your mind at ease.
Many thanks to Gaylord Palms Resort for hosting my family during our stay. Unfortunately, my daughter wasn’t able to join us at Gaylord Palms for the weekend. Even without kids, we had an absolute blast. I cannot wait to return with her. She’s going to flip for this resort! Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends are fun for all ages. You just need to be young at heart and enjoy spooks!
I am so excited to have the opportunity to share my personal Goblins and Giggles Getaway experience with you. It was spectacular! Goblins and Giggles activities run through October 31, 2020. I recommend booking soon, so you don’t miss out on this Halloween fun in the Orlando area.
Enjoy the ultimate fall family getaway at Gaylord Palms Resort annual Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends!
Goblins and Giggles Getaway Weekends Activities
- NEW Castillo de San Marcos ALIVE! Ghost Experience
- Spookley the Square Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt
- Resort-Wide Trick-or-Treating
- Meet & Greet with Spookley the Square Pumpkin!
- Phantom of the Atrium Light Display
- Spooky Animal Encounters
- Moonlight Movie
- Bedtime Stories with Morgana
- Monster Mash Bash with Vlad the Vampire
NEW Castillo de San Marcos ALIVE! Ghost Experience
Inside the atrium at Gaylord Palms they have recreated Castillo do San Marcos Fort in St. Augustine, FL. Built to protect the city against foreign invasion, this fortress has endured many battles and holds many mysteries. The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States.
During the ghost experience guests wander through the fort where live storytellers recount real-life ghost stories for all who are brave enough to listen.
Explore the fort’s stone walls, and encounter the spirits who remain trapped within. The experience includes an imaginative walkthrough experience transporting visitors of all ages through a world of Halloween Jack-o-Lantern fun. Be prepared to be both intrigued and scared!
We enjoyed the Castillo de San Marcos ALIVE! Ghost Experience a lot. Andy and I are both history buffs and thoroughly enjoyed listing to the storytellers’ accounts of mysterious happenings during the Civil War.
Castillo de San Marcos ALIVE! Ghost Experience Tickets
Times: Fridays and Saturdays | 5pm-9pm
Location: Castillo de San Marcos Fort, St. Augustine Atrium
Price: $14.99 plus tax, per person
Adult guests can wrap up the tour with spine-chilling craft cocktails at Spookeasy while admiring the collection of living, ghostly artwork. Andy and I highly recommend the “Here for the Boos” spiked hot chocolate and #SQUASHGOALS smoked old fashioned with pumpkin, pecan chicory bitters and bourbon. Spookeasy is located on the lower level of Castillo de San Marcos Fort.
Also, be sure to chat with the interactive spirits (portrait busts) at the end of your tour. They are hilarious!
Spookley the Square Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt
On Saturday’s at select times, kids of all ages will enjoy Halloween Hide and Seek featuring Spookley the Square Pumpkin. Help Spookley search the atrium to complete the scavenger hunt. Be on the lookout, because you never know where you might spot Spookley himself!
Enjoy a Trick or Treat Expedition on Saturday evening. It wouldn’t seem like Halloween without trick-or-treating and Gaylord Palms has that covered. Trick or Treat Expedition Children can dress up in their Halloween costumes and explore the entire resort while trick-or-treating, with stops throughout to get some deliciously spooky treats.
Meet & Greet with Spookley the Square Pumpkin!
Be sure to stop by for a meet and greet photo opportunity with Spookley the Square Pumpkin, located in the main atrium near The Cocoa Bean coffee shop and Wreckers Sports Bar. You kind of can’t miss him!
Phantom of the Atrium Light Display
One of my favorite things during our stay was the nightly Phantom of the Atrium Light Display which happens nightly at 9:00 PM. On Friday night we watched the light show while enjoying a glass of wine out on the Socio outdoor lounge area. It is such a nice spot to chill and relax with a view of the atrium water falls.
Saturday night we watched the show from our room balcony. Our Emerald Bay guestroom had an upgraded atrium view overlooking our lush gardens, and the our view from the 6th floor was amazing.
Spooky Animal Encounters
There are some awesome animal encounters to be had at Gaylord Palms. Conquer your fears with a spooky animal encounter designed to debunk some of the most common myths surrounding some of the world’s most misunderstood animals. Don’t miss the alligator feedings!
Watch Halloween classics on the big screen at the Cypress Springs Water Park.
Bedtime Stories and Monster Mash Bash
Tune in daily on Gaylord TV, channnel 51, from 6:00-10:00 PM for bedtime stories with Morgana and Monster Mash Bash with Vlad the Vampire.
Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends Package
Enjoy the ultimate fall family getaway at the Gaylord Palms Resort annual Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends, offering family-friendly activities and entertainment, including a brand-new Castillo de San Marcos ALIVE! Ghost Experience, Spookley the Square Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt and resort-wide trick-or-treating. Dress up in your Halloween costume, and meet & greet with Spookley the Square Pumpkin!
– Room Accommodations
– One (1) Scavenger Hunt featuring Spookley the Square Pumpkin per reservation
– Castillo de San Marcos ALIVE! Ghost Experience
How Gaylord Palms Keeps Guests Safe
I noticed right away the many health and safety measures Gaylord Palms has in place to keep guests safe, including following county ordinances requiring face masks in all public areas, hand sanitizer stations, contactless service and signage throughout our hotels to remind guests to maintain social distancing protocols. The staff seemed hyper-focused on the health and safety guests.
Goblins and Giggles Getaway Weekends has been purposely redesigned to respect social distancing and an enhanced Commitment to Clean program. The resort uses new cleaning technology and hospital grade disinfectants.
As part of Gaylord Palm’s commitment to clean and to support a contactless experience, they will not enter your room during your stay for housekeeping. Should you require housekeeping services or guest room amenities, simply press 0 your room phone or call the hotel directly.
Goblins and Giggles Getaway Weekends at Gaylord Palms was SO much fun! If you have a chance to go, I highly recommend it.
With a commitment to clean, activities like the ghost-story experience, jack-o-lantern walk, trick-or-treating, scavenger hunts, animal encounters and more – it was easy for me to see why Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee is a premier destination for families this Fall and throughout the year. Many thanks, again, to Gaylord Palms Resort for hosting my family’s stay.
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