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Howl-O-Scream celebrates 25 years in Tampa with new Shadows of Wonderland house

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

This fall, Howl-O-Scream returns to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, marking its 25th anniversary. Running from September 6 through October 31, the spine-chilling event takes place on select nights from 7pm until park close. Honored as one of the Top Two Best Theme Park Halloween Events by USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, Howl-O-Scream promises to deliver an unparalleled Halloween experience.

The newest haunted house, Shadows of Wonderland, introduces a nightmarish twist to the classic tale. In this warped dreamscape, years of torment under the Queen of Hearts’ reign have transformed playful characters into bitter shadows. Fueled by anger from Alice’s abandonment, these characters, alongside the vengeful Queen, await visitors who dare to confront this distorted reality.

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25 years of scares at Howl-O-Scream in Tampa

Returning favorites include Stranglewood Estate, DH Bagger’s Circus of Fear, and Witch of the Woods: Rise of the Coven, each offering their own unique brand of terror. Guests can also enjoy sinister shows such as Cirque X-Scream, The Reckoning at Dragon Fire Grill, and Scare-E-Oke, ensuring that there’s no shortage of thrills and chills.

Adding to the eerie atmosphere, the park features eight different scare zones, each filled with unspeakable horror lurking around every corner. And for those brave enough, Busch Gardens’ pulse-pounding thrill rides take on a new level of fear under the cover of darkness.

Multiple scare zones and sinister shows to enjoy

Howl-O-Scream is not for the faint of heart. Designed for a mature audience, this event contains intense adult content including violence, gore, and blood. As a separately-ticketed night event, guests should be prepared for a night of unrelenting horror, where costumes are not allowed, and the only thing to fear is everything.

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With haunted houses, scare zones, sinister shows, and heart-stopping rides, Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is ready to celebrate its 25th anniversary by bringing fear to the next level. Don’t miss out on the fright of your life this Halloween season. Reserve your tickets in advance online.

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