SeaWorld Orlando Howl-O-Scream 2022 Guide

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Did you attend SeaWorld Orlando’s first ever Howl-O-Scream last year?  If you did, I am sure you had fun (and were terrified!).  If you didn’t, don’t worry.  It’s back this year, and it should be even bigger and better!

I want to tell you about all the fun things at this event.  And then I’ll tell how you can save money here!

When Does Howl-O-Scream Take Place?

Howl-O-Scream takes place at night after the park closes.  It takes place on select nights.  It begins on September 9, 2022.  The last day of the event is (fittingly) October 31, 2022.

The event is pretty much exclusive to Thursday through Sunday.  The only exception is Halloween, which is a Monday.

On Saturday, event hours are 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM.  On Thursdays, Fridays & Sundays, event hours are 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM.

Is Howl-O-Scream For Everyone?

Children are allowed in Howl-O-Scream.  But please be aware that there is a lot of violence, gore, blood, and just material that may be too intense for a lot of kids.  You know your child best.  This may not scare your kid and they’ll be fine.  But this may be an event you’ll want to skip.

If you are looking for a more kid-friendly Halloween attraction at SeaWorld, consider taking your kid to SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular.

Haunted Houses

Learn how to skip the line at Beneath the Ice & other haunted houses at Howl o Scream in SeaWorld theme park in Orlando, FL

Dead Vines is one of SeaWorld Orlando Howl-O-Scream's haunted houses

There are haunted houses you can walk through that all have different theming and backstories.  They are really more like haunted mazes.

If you want to make sure you get to do each maze and have time to do everything else during your night, consider buying a Front Line Fear pass.  The Front Line Fear pass lets you skip the line once at each of the five haunted houses.  This can especially come in handy on a popular night like a Saturday or Halloween.

Click here to purchase Front Line Fear.  And keep reading to learn about each haunted house!

Beneath The Ice

The premise of this haunted house is that a research facility in the icy wilderness above the Arctic Circle was buried under snow.  It became cut off from the outside world.  You’ve decided to join the rescue.

But you start to get a bad feeling.  And then you realize those chambers you thought were just tombs?  Well, they’re not just tombs.  The chambers are full of unspeakable horrors.  And it is up to you to make it out alive!

Blood Beckoning

Blood Beckoning is an all-new haunted house.  This haunted house takes place in the underworld.  It is where the abandoned and forgotten dwell in shadows…and where Scratch lives.

Scratch is proof that beauty comes with a price.  She is waiting for you, because as it just so happens, you are what she and her disciples need to sustain their allure.  So can you get out without a scratch on you?

Captain’s Revenge – Drowned In Darkness

Rumors of untold fortune and beautiful melodies got you on the ship.  But now the lifting melodies are gone and are replaced by howling winds.  But even worse?  You now run the risk of being driven mad by the cursed treasure – and becoming a permanent part of the crew.

Dead Vines

If you went to Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando last year, then you might remember Dead Vines.  But it’s been reimagined this year.

In this haunted house, you find yourself in the jungle.  But is it alive…or dead?

The spooky feeling you get here may be because of the ominous force at work here.  She is a merciless mistress of ivy and evil.  And she has poisoned these woods with an all-consuming appetite for visitors just like you.  So you’ll need to figure out how to get out before you end up dead on the vine.

Scare Zones

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Deadly Ambush is one of the scare zones at SeaWorld Orlando theme park

Scare zones are outside areas of the park you can walk through and get, well, scared.  They often involve actors walking through dressed up in costume, scaring you.

This can be incredibly thrilling and is part of the fun.  But if you scare a bit too easily like me, you might not want an actor walking up and scaring you.  But sometimes you need to walk through a scare zone to get to another part of the park.

In that case, you can purchase a No Boo Necklace.

No Boo Necklace means you won't interact with actors in the scare zones at Howl oScream a SeaWorld Orlando theme park

When the actors see you are wearing it, they should leave you alone.  Now, this does not guarantee an absolute scare-free experience.  Sometimes, actors do make mistakes and you can still get startled.  But for the most part, this does work.

And if you buy it online right now, you can save up to $6 on the pass!  Click here to buy it.

But for those of you who like being scared, it’s time to get excited reading about each scare zone.  Because like the haunted houses, they all have different theming.

Witchcraft Bayou

Some may say it is a bad idea to pass through this backwater bayou.  But, hey, witchcraft and voodoo aren’t real…right?  Well, try telling that to the cult trying to spells on you.  Watch out before the black magic gets you!

Deadly Ambush

It’s 1961.  You’ve found yourself at a quaint campground.  This sounds all good, but questions persist.  Like…what happened to all the campers?

Instead of campers, though, you’ll find creatures emerging from the darkness.  And now there is nowhere to hide – so you just need to find a way out before it is too late!

Sea of Fear

Sea of Fear is a brand new scare zone for 2022.  This scare zone is the portal to all the terrors you’ve heard whispers of.  They are looking in the shadows, and it’s time for you to brave the waters!

Cargo Carnage

Cargo Carnage is another brand new scare zone.  The story behind this scare zone is that there has been a shipping delay.  But this is hardly a standard shipping delay.  No, a sinister presence is definitely lurking around these crates.  And they are out for blood.  And it up to you to make it out with your limbs intact.

Frozen Terror – Alive in the Ice

Even though you may be a safe distance from that snow-entombed research facility we mentioned earlier, you are still near the inhospitable Arctic wasteland.  And it is full of icy, subhuman walkers.  And they want to turn you into one of them!

Cut Throat Cove

Cut Throat Cave is the site of a famous horrific shipwreck.  The story behind this shipwreck is that the pirates of the ship were too arrogant to see their downfall coming.  Now, they are doomed to wander through a sea of gruesome reminders.  These pirates’ souls are restless.  Their anger is real. And they won’t stop seeking revenge on everyone who has escaped their ghostly fate.  So watch out!


SIren's Song is one of the shows at SeaWorld Orlando's Howl-O-Scream

See Monster Stomp starring Jack the Ripper at Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando's after hour Halloween event

In addition to the haunted houses and scare zones, Howl-O-Scream has a few shows that are not only entertaining but fit the Halloween atmosphere!

Siren’s Song

Siren’s Song is an outdoor show where the sirens tell their story – and feast on your greatest fears!  This show has special effects, hypnotic dancing, and terrifying savagery.

Monster Stomp

Have you ever seen a musical starring Jack the Ripper?  Well, then, don’t you think now is the time?  Enjoy percussion, singing, and dancing in this modern rock and rhythm spectacular.

Lurking in the Depths: An Adventurer’s Tale

Sam “Hud” Hudson is a famed explorer and siren hunter.  Hear his stories, which range from terrifying to downright hilarious.

Lost Souls Hideaway

Howl-O-Scream really is more than just a Halloween scare event: it even has its own Drag Cabaret!

Lost Souls Hideaway features Serpentina Moray.  She is a fabulous, ancient Serpentine Sea Goddess who has lured sailors and fishermen into her lair for centuries.  She’s always relied on her smarts and incredible looks to get what she wants.  Yet now she’s singing for her supper quite literally in a tiny cocktail club on the ocean floor.

This drag cabaret has exclusive specialty cocktails and desserts available.  It also costs extra on top of a Howl-O-Scream ticket.  You can click here to purchase a ticket.

Themed Bar Experiences

Longshoremen Tavern

Longshoremen is a new tavern in port where you can come, relax and get a drink.  Or perhaps even hear a story mythical monsters or discover a partially recovered old SeaWorld treasure.


Tormented is the one place at Howl-O-Scream where finding a frosty is a good thing.  You can take a break from the Arctic hellscape outside and refuel here.

Poison Grotto

Discover your favorite poison by unwinding with a refreshing concoction at this unearthly lounge.  Just remember to pay proper respect to the one who lured you in, as not only are you her guest, but she is always watching.


Infinity Falls at SeaWorld Oralndo theme park at night gives you a totally different ride experience

A fun thing about visiting Howl-O-Scream is that you get to do roller coasters at night.  This makes riding your favorite roller coasters a totally different experience.  Rides you can do at Howl-O-Scream include Ice Breaker, Infinity Falls, Manta, and Mako.

And you know how I menitoned could buy a Front Line Fear pass earlier?  Well, you can also buy a Front Line Fear Extreme Pass!  The Front Line Fear Extreme pass gets you even more than the Front Line Fear pass.  You still get to skip the line once at each of the five haunted houses.  But you also get to skip the line at Mako, Manta and Ice Breaker.  And you even get reserved seating to Monster Stomp!  You can buy a Front Line Fear Extreme Pass here.


If you get hungry during Howl-O-Scream, don’t worry!  They have several quick-service food options available.  This includes Waterway Grill and Altitude Burgers.  There are also lots of snack locations available.

VIP Terror Tour

Want to get an even more VIP experience at Howl-O-Scream with even more skip the line options?  Then you need to take the VIP Terror Tour!

The VIP Terror Tour gives you a VIP tour guide from 7:00 PM up until the end of the event.

It gets you front-of-the-line access to haunted houses, but in this case, it is unlimited!  So if you have a favorite haunted house, you can keep doing it over and over.

Additionally, you get unlimited front-of-the-line access to all available rides!  This is a wonderful opportunity for all of you out there who love roller coasters.

You also get reserved show seating.

And the cost of the VIP Terror Tour includes dinner at one of the available restaurants.  ANd perhaps more excitedly, it includes four free beverages, either non-alcoholic or alcoholic!

You can click here to book the VIP Terror Tour.

Additional Information

Please note that costumes are not allowed for the event.

There is a separate Howl-O-Scream entrance for this event.  It’s going to be located to the right of the main entrance.  If you were already in SeaWorld before Howl-O-Scream, you’ll be able to enter through a specific part of the park.  There will be an area, too, where you can wait while the park is transformed into Howl-O-Scream.

Bags measuring larger than 8” x 5”, including purses and backpacks, are not permitted through the dedicated Howl-O-Scream entrance. Normal bag policies apply for guests already inside the park who are also attending Howl-O-Scream.  The reason for this is to help make sure the line doesn’t get too long for Howl-O-Scream given bag checks.

There are exceptions to this policy for medically necessary items after proper inspection.  If you have any medically necessary item, then you should carry them in a clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC bag that’s not any larger than 12” x 6” x 12”.

Similarly, diapers can be carried in clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC bags.  These bags just can’t be larger than 12” x 6” x 12”.

Flash photography is not permitted at Howl-O-Scream.

All our haunted houses are ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible.  But having said that, there are some tight corners to turn.  So you might want to transfer to a standard (non-motorized) wheelchair to tour the haunted houses.  Transfer chairs are available at the beginning of each haunted house.

Discounted Tickets

Unlike other SeaWorld holiday events (like their Christmas celebration or Mardi Gras event), Howl-O-Scream is a separate ticket event.  Luckily, there are multiple ticket options – and even better, a lot of these tickets are currently on sale!

The best way to save money on tickets, though, is to get an annual pass at SeaWorld Orlando.  You can save up to 70% on tickets if you get an annual pass.  And an annual pass to SeaWorld gets you so many other perks, too.  We go over the benefits of an annual pass at SeaWorld Orlando here.

But there are other tickets on sale, too.  You can click here to buy these discounted tickets.

You can pick the day you’re going and buy a single-day ticket.  This can save you money if you visit on an off-peak day, such as a Friday or Sunday in September, because tickets are cheaper then.  And you can save even more money if you buy that ticket now, because you can currently save up to 65%.

If you want more flexibility on when you visit but want to take advantage of the current sale, then you can also buy an any night ticket.  It is currently on sale for up to 50% off.

If you want to visit Howl-O-Scream on mulitple nights, then you can buy an Unlimited Visit ticket.  It’s on sale for up to 25% off.

If you also want to visit Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens theme park in nearby Tampa, Florida, you can also buy a joint ticket.  You can either buy a joint ticket that gets you visit to Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream and one visit to SeaWorld Orlando’s Howl-O-Scream.  Or you could get unlimited visits at both events.  These ticket options are also on sale for up to 40% off.

Once again, you can purchase these discounted tickets here.