Busch Garden Tampa Scares Guests with Howl-O-Scream for the 13th Year

This is year #13 for Busch Garden’s annual Howl-O-Scream Halloween event, and they are using that number to good effect.

Nowhere is that more evident than one of the new horror houses: Circus of Superstition 3-D. The Trickster will command crazed circus clowns to challenge you to survive 13 superstitions in their 3-D Tent of terror.


Another new house is called Blood Asylum. In it, a serial killer called “The Creature” escapes his holding cell in a mental hospital. He then proceeds to kill everyone he meets, turning the hospital into a bloody playground.

Other returning houses will test your fear with vampires, zombies, mutant possessed dolls, and even the legend of Edgar Allen Poe.

Also new this year is the show “Fiends,” featuring creatures of the night and their deranged dance party, along with Dr. Freakenstein.

“Dark Side of the Gardens” is the official theme for this year’s event, and there will be plenty of scare zones in addition to the horror houses and shows.

Another thrill for guests will be the opportunity to ride the park’s adrenaline-fueled coasters in the dark.

There is a “Freaky Preview” of Howl-O-Scream the weekend of September 21 and 22. After that, the event runs the following dates:

  • Sept. 27-29
  • Oct. 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27

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