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Howl O Scream returns to Busch Gardens with brand new haunted houses

Horror fanatics rejoice! The hotel anticipated Howl O Scream experience, a multi-month scare-filled extravaganza at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, officially returns September 8 and runs through October 31. The park just announced that tickets are now on sale and can be reserved online.

Busch Gardens® Howl-O-Scream® returns in full force, taking over the entire park with haunted houses, scare zones, sinister shows and more. Unspeakable horror lives in every dark corner, including on Busch Gardens’ pulse-pounding thrill rides. This event is bringing fear to the next level and once you’re in there’s nothing to fear but everything.


Howl O Scream is a horror enthusiast’s playground

The spook season sensation is intended for a mature audience. This event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore, and blood.

  • All-New – D.H. Baggum’s Circus of Fear – Come one, come all, to the most terrifying show you’ve ever seen. D.H. Baggum brings you all his monstrosities that are sure to make your spine tingle and your blood run cold!
  • Reimagined – The Forgotten: Uprising – Be Brave. Be Fearless. Survive the Night. Rise up against the vampires before they take back the city and kill every human in their way.
  • Big Ed’s Demolition Derby – Step into the twisted and adrenaline-fueled world of Big Ed’s Demolition Derby. He has pulled together some of the roughest, toughest, and meanest baddies from all over Howl-O-Scream and brought them here to compete— but there’s always room for some surprise guests. Step up and see how long you can survive and navigate this automotive nightmare.
  • Sin City Zombies – On the outskirts of the Vegas strip lies a rundown motel, home to some of the best entertainers to ever live and overrun by zombies who run rampant. Try your luck and hope your number wins because this is one town you don’t want to lose in.

Live performances and Scare-E-Oke

Performing live at the Festival Fields stage, guests will be mesmerized with the all-new Rock the Grave, an explosive, high-energy live stage show that merges the worlds of alternative and classic rock and pop hits into an unforgettable experience. Rising from the grave, this year’s Howl-O-Scream sees the return of the high-energy and pulse-pounding live musical performances by The Rolling Bones at Dragon Fire Grill, the death-defying acts and stunts from Cirque X-Scream at the Stanleyville Theater. 

This year, Howl-O-Scream fans can take their turn behind the mic at the all-new “Scare-E-Oke” experience at Gwazi Plaza. Guests can select their song of choice and take a memorable photo of their experience. At the Coke Canopy, guests can dance the night away until the clock strikes twelve in the all-new Raveyard featuring an electrifying atmosphere with music and specialty cocktails.


a gathering of people at a theme park for a Halloween event
Inside the park during Busch Gardens scariest event, Busch Gardens.

An event for the brave in Tampa Bay

You can keep up with announcements on the official Howl O Scream website. The 2023 celebration will include big scare zones and an array of unpredictable monster hordes. This Halloween happening is also your chance to experience the incomparable thrills of Busch Gardens under the stars.

Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event, taking place on select nights Sept. 8 through Oct. 31 after 7pm. Parental discretion is strongly advised as Howl-O-Scream contains graphics and mature content that may not be suitable for children. Costumes are not allowed.

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