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What to Expect During a Halloween Cruise with Carnival

What to Expect During a Halloween Cruise

  1. Costume Parties and Contests
  2. Halloween Décor
  3. Trick or Treating
  4. Pumpkin Carving
  5. Adult-Only Events
  6. Stuff for Kids
  7. Ghoulish Fun


Carnival’s Halloween celebrations are always a fun and memorable way to spend the ghoulish holiday! Why stay on land when you can set sail on the open seas and enjoy Autumn’s ghostly celebration aboard a ship? Every Carnival cruise that sails in October will give you a chance to enjoy the Halloween festivities that go on every year. From costumes and candy to events and Halloween-themed activities, the fun never stops on a Halloween cruise!

pumpkin pirate statue on board carnival imagination

What to Expect

Carnival goes all out for Halloween on its cruise ships every year. Take a look at what you can expect on a Halloween cruise, whether you’re traveling with a spouse, family or a group of friends!

halloween fruit lanterns on the beach

Costume Parties and Contests

Come prepared for serious Halloween costume parties and contests! You’ll want to think about your outfit before you set sail so you can be sure to pack it and have it ready to show off at all the Halloween events. Some people play it low key and others go all out – but whatever your preference, it’s more fun to be in costume at the festive parties. Channel your inner spirit and dress up however you like – you can even get judged for Best Costume! It’s a great way to meet other people aboard the ship and make new friends. Both adults and children are encouraged to bring costumes and take part in the fun!


passenger in skull makeup during a halloween cruise

Halloween Décor

The whole ship will be decked out with Halloween décor! From pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns to spider webs and ghosts, you’ll find the entire ship is celebrating Halloween with you. The decor helps to keep you in a festive spirit and kids love feeling like they are in a true Halloween fun zone!


scary skeleton balloon halloween décor on a carnival ship

Trick or Treating

Trick or treating isn’t just for land lovers! No matter whether you are cruising to Mexico, Hawaii, the Caribbean, The Bahamas or somewhere else, trick or treating can be part of your Halloween cruise activities! Your ship will have special instructions about where and when to trick or treat so your kids can enjoy it just like they do every year! You can stroll along the ship’s promenade and let them collect delicious candy to enjoy!

young boy in a skeleton costume holding bowl full of candy

Pumpkin Carving

Halloween isn’t complete without a proper jack-o-lantern! As a guest on a Carnival Halloween cruise, you can come see our master carvers make amazing creations out of pumpkins! They use their skills to turn cute pumpkins into spooky works of art. It’s truly a haunting thing to behold – don’t miss out on the fun!

people carving pumpkins during a halloween cruise onboard a carnival ship


Adult-Only Events

The Carnival casino will host Halloween events, too! If you are looking for adult-only fun, head to the casino to try your luck on the tables or just to show off your great costume and grab a drink at the bar. You can also visit one of the many bars on the ship to check out everyone else’s costumes and what kind of Halloween cocktails they are serving up. If you visit an open deck, you might even find yourself howling at the moon at some point! Halloween Trivia will also let you test your knowledge of Halloween-related info.

Stuff for Kids

If you’re traveling with young ones, you can check out some of the Carnival youth programs, which feature costume contests, dance parties and games for the tiny ghosts and goblins with you. They are fun for the whole family, so bring the whole gang.

young boy in pirate costume looking through a spyglass

Ghoulish Fun

On select ships, you can also take advantage of the Dive-In Movies Horror Night! If you love scary movies, you can grab a deck chair at the Seaside Theater and take in a Halloween chiller that will scare the daylights out of you! Kids are welcome, but be warned – these movies can get too scary for some! You can also find fun Halloween foods and cocktails throughout the ships and there will be plenty of fun and frightful photo backdrops for you to snap some pics of your great costumes! There is also a festive 18-and-Up Halloween Dance Party on the ship – feel free to come in costume or with no costume and take advantage of the festive celebration that is one of the most popular events of the night!

Carnival’s Halloween Month

In addition to all the activities and fun on the day of Halloween, Carnival actually celebrates Halloween all October long! Enjoy a shipful of scares for the whole month on every cruise ship that sails in October. The ships aren’t haunted – but they’ve got everything in place to make you wonder if it just might be!

carnival imagination on the sea

Every ship has all the awesome food, drinks, relaxation and recreation you can expect on a regular Carnival cruise – but you’ll also get the added bonus of Halloween costume contests, dance parties and a scary story time. And of course, some warm apple cider and other Halloween snacks and treats. Check out the seriously creepy Halloween parade onboard as well as the pumpkin-carving demos, horror movies and more. There’s also plenty of trick-or-treating, games and fun for kids throughout the whole month. Join us for some truly frightful fun!