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Are you looking to get scared this Halloween season in Tampa, Florida? Then you should attend Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens theme park! Busch Gardens’ after-hours scary Halloween event is a great place to go if you love being terrified.
This event takes place on select nights from Friday, September 9, 2022, through Halloween on Monday, October 31, 2022. In September, the event runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In October, you can also attend the event on Thursdays and then on the Monday that is Halloween.
On Fridays & Saturdays, the event runs from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM. On Thursdays & Sundays, the event runs from 7:00 PM through 12:00 AM.
So now you know the dates and times. But we want to go over everything else you need to know for the upcoming event. This includes all the haunted houses, scare zones, rides, and shows. But it also includes information on upgrades and tickets – including how to save money on tickets!
Howl-O-Scream has some great haunted houses. They essentially work as haunted mazes.
There are multiple haunted houses, and it may be hard to fit every haunted house into one night along with other activities you’ll want to do. If you’re worried about getting everything done in one night, consider buying a Front Line Fear Pass. This gets you to the front of the line at each haunted house one time.
Stranglewood Estate is a brand-new haunted house at Howl-O-Scream. The story behind this haunted house is that Stranglewood Estate used to be a nice, lively home full of laughter and lavish parties. But gone is the laughter and fun. It has been replaced with darkness and the spirit of evil.
Death Water Bayou: Blood Moon – The Final Phase
Dead Water Bayou is a returning haunted house at Howl-O-Scream. Which means the werewolves are back!
The Forgotten is another haunted house that is back at Howl-O-Scream. Victims are drawn into a hidden world in this haunted house. And as you get beyond a hidden gutter entrance, you learn about a legend of human uprising. Yes, a group of starving vampires are there, plotting their revenge. Will you be able to get back to the world of the living or are you destined to become a new vampire?
Witch of the Woods
Witch of the Woods is a returning haunted house at Howl-O-Scream.
Travelers may enter this dark forest. But only dying screams make their way out. That is because the forest is full of demonic disciples hunting wandering intruders through an abandoned village. They need human sacrifices to be placed at the witch’s altar. So you need to find a way out!
The Residence: Home for the Holidays
This is a returning haunted house, but it has been revamped for 2022. The premise behind this haunted house is that the merry holiday spirit at a suburban family home has been replaced with murder. The holidays come early for you at this haunted house, as there are all-new horrors waiting to be unwrapped.
Scare zones are outside areas of the park that are marked as scare zones. You might think it’s just part of the park you can walk through to get to the next attraction. But actors dressed as scary creatures and monsters can jump out at any turn.
This can get quite scary, which is a big part of the fun for most guests. But if you don’t want people coming up to you to scare you, consider getting a Noo Boo Necklace. How it works is that you wear the necklace and then the monsters will know not to scare you. I’ve found this mostly works, though a few times an actor might mess up and scare you. But for the most part, this is a good purchase if you want to be able to walk through the park without lots of actors jumping in your face. You can get the No Boo Necklace here.
But if you like getting scared, then keep reading so you can know what the themes of this year’s scare zones are!
Raven’s Mill is a brand new scare zone at Howl-O-Scream. You may think you are entering a standard corn field. But that is before you encounter the scarecrows of Raven’s Mill…
Beyond the Veil
This brand new scare zone is along the Nairobi Path. Watch out for fairies and orcs as you stroll through this forest.
Bad news. Shipwrecked crews have risen from their watery grave. But these pirates aren’t looking to steal booty. No, this time, they want to take all lost souls. Can you escape without become one of them?
You may have entered the junkyard to look for spare parts. But you’ll leave just trying to not be devoured by the haunted rubble!
In The Shadows
Eerie legends and cryptid creatures you’ve about through ghost stories that are centuries old have all gathered together in the woods. Need I say more?
Everyone likes a good shortcut. So it makes sense to cut through the cemetery, right? Well….maybe not when the corpses rise from the ground with the intention to drag you back into their graves with them…
The witch doctors here were driven out of the bayou by ravenous werewolves. Now they want to practice their dark magic on you. Can you get out before they put an ancient curse on you?
Have you ever done a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay ride at night? It brings a totally different experience from when you ride it during the day. Just look at how much different Cheetah Hunt looks.
Here are the rides that are open during Howl-O-Scream:
- Cheetah Hunt
- Iron Gwazi
- Cobra’s Curse
- Falcon’s Fury
Crash Test Clowns
Then there is a ride that has a Halloween makeover during Howl-O-Scream. You can ride the bumper cars attraction. But it won’t be like regular bumper cars. Instead, you will be bumping your car into other cars full of zombie clowns!
Front Line Fear Extreme Pass
If you want to be able to do all these rides and the haunted houses, then consider buying a Front Line Fear Extreme Pass. Like the Front Line Fear Pass, it gets you single-use front-of-the-line access to the five haunted houses. But it also gets you single-use front-of-the-line access to some of the rides, too!
Rides included in the Front Line Fear Extreme Pass are:
- Cheetah Hunt
- Cobra’s Curse
- Falcon’s Fury
- Cobra’s Curse
- Iron Gwazi
Howl-O-Scream also has some scary shows for guests, too.
50/50: Choose Your Fate
50/50: Choose Your Fate is a brand new show. Join a game show host in a game show where no matter what your choice is, he wins and you lose!
See aerial performances, trampoline tricks, and more at Cirque X-Scream.
The Rolling Bones
Head over to the Dragon Fire Grill where you enjoy live music from the Rolling Bones. This skeleton band performs covers of classic rock anthems.
Sometimes creatures of the night just want to have a dance party, you know?
Howl-O-Scream fans will want to check out the tours available to guests. They cost extra, but provide an amazing experience.
Ultimate VIP Tour
This tour gets you a really amazing night.
Buying an Ultimate VIP Tour pass gets you:
- Admission to Howl-O-Scream
- A customizable private tour
- Unlimited front-of-the line access to haunted houses
- Unlimited front-of-the-line access to most thrill rides
- One-time front-of-the line access to Iron Gwazi
- Private complimentary beverage locations that include beer, wine, water and soft-drinks
- Reserved seating at the Fiends show
- Free photos
- Complimentary preferred parking
Click here to purchase a ticket to the Ultimate VIP Tour.
Behind The Scenes Tour
Ever wonder what goes on behind-the-scenes at Howl-O-Scream? Well, now is your chance to learn!
In this tour, you learn just that. You also get to see one of the iconic Busch Gardens houses in a new light – with a rare photo opportunity.
The tour also gets you a one-time, one-house priority access at night during the event.
Please note theme park admission is required to do this tour. You can click here to purchase a daily admission to Busch Gardens.
And you can click here to purchase a behind-the-scenes tour ticket.
Now, unlike other Busch Gardens Tampa holiday events (like Christmas Town and Mardi Gras), you need a separate ticket to get into Howl-O-Scream. But luckily, here at Green Vacation Deals, we know of several ways to save money on these tickets.
First and foremost, you need to buy your ticket early. Because tickets are cheaper the earlier you buy them.
Now, if you only want to visit on one day, then pick a specific date that is cheaper. You can pay less if you go on a less popular day, like a Thursday in October or a Sunday in September. And as of right now, you can save up to 50% on your ticket. Click here to buy this ticket.
You can also buy an any-day ticket if you’re not sure which day you’re going to go, and it’s a good idea to do that now because they are currently on sale for up to 50% off. Click here to purchase this ticket.
if you’d like to visit Howl-O-Scream more than once, then you save money by buying an Unlimited Ticket. Especially if you do that now since they are on sale. Click here to purchase this ticket option.
You can also buy a joint day and night ticket if you want to visit Busch Gardens during the day. Click here to purchase this ticket option, which is also currently on sale.
There are also discounted ticket options available if you want to visit Howl-O-Scream in Tampa and Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando (check out our guide for this event here). You can either purchase a ticket to visit each event one time. Or you can buy a ticket to get you unlimited visits to both parks (great for a long trip or someone who lives close to both theme parks). Click here to purchase this ticket option.