The ultimate horror fest returns to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay starting September 21, and brave guests can experience fright filled nights on select dates through October 28. The event begins at 7:30 PM and wraps up at 1:00 AM on the following dates:
- September 21 – 22 & 28 – 29
- October 5 – 7, 11 – 14, 18 – 21, & 25 – 28.
From haunted houses and scare zones to gruesome live shows, it’s recommended that guests attending Howl-O-Scream be at least 17 years old.
This year, there are a total of six haunted houses including several fan favorites. Evil Pirate Saw Tooth Silas is back marking unsuspecting victims as targets to be sent to his hideaway, The Black Spot, where they will have to try to avoid death.
In Death Water Bayou, the Voodoo Queen and her minions are haunting the swamps with dark magic, making it difficult for guests to escape the shadows. At the Unearthed house, a maintenance crew has accidentally uncovered an old house buried deep under ground. The excavation of the property has unleashed a vengeful demon seeking her revenge. Motel Hell is also back, and the abandoned hotel is filled with paranormal frights and other nightmares.
In addition to the returning houses, two all-new concepts are being introduced this year. Insomnia takes guests into a haunted asylum where they are forced to stay awake during a horrifying new “treatment” and at Simon’s Slaughterhouse, you’ll find yourself participating in Simon’s twisted games.
There are also six different Scare Zones terrorizing the streets of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay including the return of the Meat Market and its cannibal creatures looking for a human snack, and several all-new horrors.
In the new Maniac Midway, Sparky the clown and his band of carnies are all over Pantopia looking for new horrific characters to star in their creepy attraction and childhood toys come to life on a mission for murder in the Deadly Toys scare zone.
At Camp DOA, swamp monsters haunt the campground ensuring that no camper can rest easy at night and a spooky one of a kind parade of spirits and lost souls are on parade in the Dia De Los Muertos zone.
The final new scare zone is an apocalyptic area run by a Hell On Wheels motorcycle gang marking their territory and hoarding the food and essentials that guests in the zone would need to survive.
Other Event Entertainment
The recurring Fiends show will return to the Stanleyville Theater each night.
For guests who may need a little liquid courage to survive the fright night, there are several full service bars and beer tents around the park. Busch Gardens’ resident lounges, Serengeti Overlook Pub and Dragon Fire Pub, will be open throughout the event and there will be beer tents set up in Stanleyville, the Nairobi Walkway, at Meat Market Eats, and Carnibar in Pantopia.
In Pantopia, guests can play both classic and new-aged carnival games at Darkheart’s Games of Skill. The park’s other midway game areas remain open for guests to win prizes at all night long as well.
All around the park, you can find exclusive photo opportunities that make for awesome souvenirs to commemorate the event. Pose with Harlequin Hotties near Darkheart’s Games, Voodoo Girls near Adventure Photo, and The Butcherettes near the Meat Market. The Fiends Show’s Naughty Nurses will also be available for photos outside of the Stanleyville Theater between shows.
Other souvenirs can be purchased at the Shop of Horrors, filled with Howl-O-Scream memorabilia and gifts, evil trinkets, event t-shirts, and other spooky goodies.
Single Night Tickets start at $39.99 per person and allow admission to one night of Howl-O-Scream after 5:00 PM on a specific date between September 21 – October 28.
Groups of 15 or more can book single night tickets for a slight discount, at $34.99 per person. These transactions must include at least 15 tickets and must be used as a group on the selected night.
If you’re looking for more than one night of frightening fun select the Wild & Wicked Weekend tickets, starting at $104.99 per person. These tickets allow for a full weekend of consecutive visits from Thursday – Sunday. It’s important to note that the event is not open on select Thursdays and Sundays, so make sure to double check your valid dates before you purchase.
Front Line Fear Passes
Front Line Fear passes ($35) allow guests to skip the line at Simon’s Slaughterhouse, Insomnia, Death Water Bayou, Unearthed, and Motel Hell one time each as well as receive 20% off at all Busch Gardens gift spots all night long.
For $45, guests can purchase Front Line Fear Extreme passes which include single use front-of-line access to select thrill rides and all six haunted houses and 20% off at all gift shops. Participating thrill rides include Falcon’s Fury, Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra, Montu, Kumba, and Cobra’s Curse.
Starting at $99 per person, guests can join the three hour VIP Guided Tour that offers front-of-line access to most of the haunted houses, reserved seating at the Fiends show, a complimentary event photo, and access to private complimentary beverage locations that serve beer, wine, soft drinks, and water.
The Ultimate VIP Tour, starting at $229 per person, is a seven hour customizable tour of Howl-O-Scream that includes dinner at Fright Fest, unlimited front-of-line access to all of Busch Gardens’ thrill rides and haunted houses, reserved seating at the Fiends show, free preferred parking, a complimentary event photo and access to private complimentary beverage locations serving beer, wine, water and soft drinks. This tour is only available to groups of at least two guests.
The cost of these two VIP tours do include admission to Howl-O-Scream on the night of your reservation.
The Fright Feast is a $29.99 all-you-can-eat buffet experience that includes an exclusive preview of the Fiends show and front of the line access to select haunted houses until 8:30 PM. The feast begins at 6:00 PM.
Add a beverage package to your Fright Feast and get all the feast perks as well as any three beverages (beer, wine, cocktails or soft drinks) throughout the night for a total of $49.98.