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September 4, 2019

Howl-O-Scream is Back this September through November!

By Katelyn Schur

Boo! September is officially here which means October…aka Halloween is right around the corner! With the arrival of Halloween comes all of the exciting Halloween events like Busch Garden’s Howl-O-Scream. Howl-O-Scream begins September 20th, so book your tickets soon and get your fright on!

About Howl-O-Scream

If you didn’t already know, Howl-O-Scream is a frightfully fun event put on by Busch Gardens every single year when Halloween rolls around. This year, Howl-O-Scream starts on September 20th and runs through the 2nd of November—there’s no excuse to not go with all of those haunted nights to choose from.

What sets this year’s Howl-O-Scream apart from other years, is 2019 is the 20th anniversary of the very first Howl-O-Scream. This year’s theme is “20 Years of Fear” and will feature other Howl-O-Scream icons of years past that will send chills down your spine all over again. While you’re there be sure to visit all of the terrifying houses, spooky scare zones, and all of your favorite sweat-inducing rides.

About the Frights

As previously mentioned, Howl-O-Scream is full of delightful frights including haunted houses, scare zones, rides, and entertainment.

Haunted Houses

This year, Howl-O-Scream isn’t missing a beat with six different haunted houses!

The Residence
This year’s new haunted house is “The Residence”. As you enter the home of the Clarks, the picture-perfect suburban family be cautious as you turn every corner! Be prepared to encounter the Clark’s true nature and their ‘domestic demons’. Oh, one more thing, they’re taking sacrifices…do not be next!

Death Water Bayou: Wrath of the Queen
The next Spooktacular house on the list is Death Water Bayou. Prepare to encounter voodoo magic as you enter the swamps…and their queen. Prepare to encounter the Queen of the Shadows and her vengeful spirit. Along the way, watch out for her frightful fan club who scare and curse all those to enter the Queen’s swamp.

Insomnia: Patient’s Revenge
No one likes hospitals…let alone haunted insane asylums. Take a chance and walk into Insomnia as you encounter your worst nightmare. After years of inhumane treatment inside these doors, the patients have had enough and are out for revenge against their demonic doctors. Don’t get in their way!

Motel Hell: Infestation
As you walk into the tormented Motel Hell, you’ll be dying to leave! The Motel Shellburn has become overrun with unwelcome visitors: insects. Now, the exterminator has misplaced his duties and is trying to attack all who enter. Every room inside of Hotel Hell is full of creepy-crawlies and the exterminator…hot on your trail.

The Black Spot: Bloodshed
If you have any more screams left in you, head over to The Black Spot and prepare to encounter an infamous pirate, Captain Saw-Tooth Silas. Step onto his pirate ship, if you dare, and try to make it out without being tricked or face your demise.

Simon’s Slaughterhouse
The sixth and final haunted house this year is Simon’s Slaughterhouse. Step into Simon’s house and prepare for horror. Every turn features a new sickening scene created by Simon himself. Don’t get trapped or else you may be a new feature in one of Simon’s gory rooms.

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Scare Zones

Scare zones are dotted throughout the park and feature dark alleyways, ghoulish characters, and all the frights. This year make your way through the very first scare zone as you enter the park! Yes, the frightful freaks are there to greet you before you even enter the gates.

Scare Zones vary from “Little Nightmares” which features a spooky walk down memory lane to “Maniac Midway” which features a horrific carnie-crew. Other scare zones include Meat Market, Deadly Tots, Día De Los Muertos, Hell on Wheels, Camp DOA, and Carpe Noctem. Check them out…if you dare.

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The Rides

All of the blood-pumping rides you know and love will be in operation including Tigris, Cobra’s Curse, Falcon’s Fury, Cheetah Hunt, Montu, SheiKra, and Kumba. If you were thinking the rides were an escape from the frights, think again. You could board a ride with one of the terrifying creatures roaming the park! This year, you can’t escape the creepers.

Entertainment: Fiends Show

For your viewing pleasure, check out the Fiends Show. This show is put on by the creatures of the night and will feature a contagious case of dancing fever as you enjoy this heart-pumping dance party at the Stanleyville Theater.

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But Wait…There’s More

Along with the frights, rides, and entertainment is also photo opportunities, games, and dining! Check out Full-Service Liquor Bars in Pantopia, at the Entrance, Serengeti Overlook Pub, Stanleyville, Meat Market Bar, and the Nairobi Walkway.  Get your spooky memories captured on film, shop for horrific memorabilia, and play terrifying games! For even more fun, check out Fright Feast which features a dining experience like no other. Enjoy incredible main courses and desserts and enjoy a half-hour of early access to the park and first-of-the-line privileges until 8:30 p.m.

The Tickets

If you’re still feeling brave, purchase your tickets now online! Ticket options include a Busch Gardens and Get Howl-O-Scream Free ticket, Single-Night Ticket, Unlimited Admission Ticket, Wild & Wicked Weekend Ticket, or a Single-Night Ticket for Groups! Depending on your ticketing preference, the price will vary with a single-night ticket starting at $39.99.

Aren’t scared yet? Good! The ghouls and goblins will be awaiting your arrival. Good Luck…


All Howl-O-Scream Images Credit: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

For more scary spots, check out last year’s Haunted Houses and Attractions! For something tame, check out Savor St. Pete this November.

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