Fall at #BuschGardens and Vegan Halloween Sugar Cookies

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We may not have leaves turning, but here in Florida we do have easy access to Busch Gardens…and fall is the perfect time for a getaway. Check out pictures, a video of Falcon’s Fury and a recipe for Vegan Halloween Sugar Cookies.

Busch Gardens

We interrupt school, soccer and dance and a generally busy fall to bring you Busch Gardens, Part II. In case you missed it, we beat the back-to-school blues in August with a trip to Busch Gardens. It was jam-packed with rides and animals.

But, we didn’t do everything…not even close. Thank goodness we had a second trip planned. Fall is the perfect time to visit Busch Gardens. It’s cooler, the crowds are a little smaller and the hustle and bustle of daily life is easily left behind, at least for a day. The only decision you have to make is what to do next.

My girls had different ideas, (I just love my actresses!)

Busch Gardens, Part II

Conquering Falcon’s Fury was at the top of our list. It officially opened in September and as you may recall, we looooove thrill rides. Check out the video.

The scariest part is hanging for a few seconds at the very top before you “fly like a falcon” to the bottom. 🙂

More Busch Gardens Animals

I looove the animals even more than the rides. On both visits it was so easy to get a glimpse of their personalities.

Meerkat at Busch Gardens Tampa Florida

This Meerkat was near the Edge of Africa. His buddies are scampering around through tunnels. This one stopped momentarily to pose for a pic!

Lion at Busch Gardens Tampa Florida

Meanwhile, the big cats were snoozing…RIGHT BY THE GLASS. My zoom would never be able to capture this otherwise.

Lion at Busch Gardens Tampa Florida

Check out his buddy. This lion nestled right up against the glass for a snooze, just a like a house kitty or our pup Sirius.

Chimpanzee at Busch Gardens Tampa Florida

The chimps munched.

Animals at Busch Gardens Tampa Florida

The elephants ate and so did the giraffes and zebras. And, there was lots of monkeying around. We enjoyed the Iceploration® show and planned a visit to Howl-O-Scream (props and secretive areas lurked at every turn.)

Which inspired us to make these scary, sprinkled…

Vegan Halloween Sugar Cookies

Vegan Halloween Sugar Cookies

It’s our go-to sugar cookie recipe that always holds it’s shape and provides a blank canvas for creativity!

Halloween Sugar Cookies

Use this tried and true sugar cookie recipe to make Halloween creations! Can be made vegan!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 176


  • 1 cup Butter or vegan substitute 2 sticks
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 1 Egg or egg-replacer we used 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 Tablespoon vinegar, 1 Tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • 3 cups Unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Powdered Sugar for dusting work surface
  • Assorted sprinkles and icing


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cream butter and sugar together with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Prepare egg replacer in a separate bowl, if using
  • Add egg replacer (or egg) and vanilla to creamed butter mixture and stir to combine.
  • Add flour and salt to butter mixture and stir to combine.
  • Chill dough for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Sprinkle work surface with powdered sugar to prevent sticking.
  • Roll cookie dough to 1/4 inch thickness using a rolling pin.
  • Use cookie cutters to make various cookie shapes.
  • Bake cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 7-9 minutes. Note that the cookies will continue to set after they are removed from the oven and should not be brown when you take them out.
  • Allow cookies to cool completely.
  • Lightly frost and decorate.


Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 21mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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Disclosure: Busch Gardens gave our family complimentary tickets to the park. I was not compensated for writing this post and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.






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  1. Oh my word! We love Busch Gardens (the one here in VA is where we go) I need to get back up there! PS love the cookies!

  2. Such fun photos! Looks like a great time. I want to go to Busch gardens someday! The sugar cookies are adorable.

  3. Well, your daughters don’t look anything like you, do they {she says with a wink}? Great pictures, it sounds like a fun day. And I will always say yes to sugar cookies with frosting!

  4. I have never been to Busch Gardens! It looks like so much fun! The cookies look delish too!

  5. We love Busch Gardens and sugar cookies too! This recipe looks awesome!

  6. We live so close to Busch Gardens and yet I’ve still never been! I’ll have to change that!

  7. Really fantastic pics of the animals!

  8. Looks like you had a great trip!

  9. Busch Gardens is on my bucket list! Yu made it look like a lot of fun and … vegan sugar cookies. Yay!

  10. What a fun way to spend the day! When I finally get to Florida, Busch gardens is definitely on my list.

  11. My kids go to Busch Gardens a lot with their dad and they always have a wonderful time! Looks like it was a fun day!

  12. I went to Busch Gardens once when I was a kid and I barely remember it. But I remember having fun! I remember the animals were amazing!

  13. How fun. I need to visit there with the kids.

    Love the cookies. Too cute for words.

  14. I love Busch Gardens! and I love these halloween sugar cookies! 🙂 I haven’t been to Busch Gardens in quite some time but this is just a great reminder I should go while in Fl in March!

  15. Doesn’t that big kitty just look like he wants to cuddle??? How adorable! We have a Busch Gardens about 3 hours away.

  16. I LOVE Busch Gardens! I live near the Williamsburg one and we go all the time! I have been to the Tamp location too! Glad you guys get to enjoy it so much!

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