HowlOScream at Busch Gardens Tampa starts on September 27 and runs select nights through October 26. Every year this after-hours event transforms a park known for its rides and animal exhibits into a dark and foreboding landscape.
All of the details of this year’s event have been revealed to whet your appetite for horror as you wait for September 27 to roll around. As always, there’s a mix of haunted houses, scare zones, and the traditional show. You can ride the rides, too, and while a night ride zipping along in the dark on Cheetah Hunt or admiring the view from the top of SheiKra’s lift hill is always a great opportunity, I recommend focusing on the haunted elements. After all, you can ride the rides all year, but HowlOScream lasts for a much too brief period.
If you’d like to see the main points of what you can do at the event this year, check out the list accompanying this article. It will help build your excitement as September 27 slowly but surely approaches.
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New Haunted Houses
This year you’ll find two new haunted houses included with your event ticket. Death Water Bayou has a voodoo theme, while The Basement puts you in the unsavory clutches of Mama and The Butcher.
Repeat Haunted Houses
Five haunted houses return to the event for 2013. Edgar Allan Poe is back in Nevermore, while the sinister clowns from your nightmares return in Circus of Superstition. Blood Asylum still has a serial killer on the loose, and you can find the undead in Zombie Mortuary. This year, the Vampire Casino is also back, but with a twist: it’s now overrun with werewolves.
You’ll find five scare zones scattered around the park. The 13 features the event’s icons, while scarecrows live up to their name, but not just by scaring birds. Pain Lane is a path devoted to torture and suffering.
The popular Fiends show returns, with its famous naughty nurses and its two kooky stars, Dr. Freakenstein and Igor. Get set for music and mayhem in this humorous, high energy performance.
Alone broke new ground by being an extra-cost haunted house that you could do solo or with a limited group of friends. This year marks phase two in the special haunted house category. The Experiment uses the same concept to offer a completely different experience, based on common human fears.