Howl-O-Scream 2017 at Busch Gardens Tampa – Complete Guide

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Howl-O-Scream returns to Busch Gardens Tampa for another year of haunted houses, scare zones and late-night coaster rides. This year promises to up the scares as “creatures will be riding alongside the brave, thrill-seeking guests” on the rides! The event is scheduled for 19 select nights September 22 through October 29, 2017.

For 19 select nights, the scares are everywhere at Howl-O-Scream 2017. Designed to terrify, Busch Gardens’ haunted houses will return with a vengeance, but the scares don’t stop there. Unspeakable terror lives around every dark corner and even Busch Gardens’ pulse-pounding thrill rides are overrun with creatures riding alongside brave, thrill-seeking guests. Howl-O-Scream 2017 is bringing fear to the next level and once you’re in, you’re all in.

Unexpected terrors lurk around every corner, including hundreds of roaming creatures, new haunted houses and exciting live, interactive entertainment. As if that wasn’t enough, Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream is the only place to scream your way through Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark. Get ready for guts, gore and seriously sinister fun!


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Haunted Houses
Scare Zones
Entertainment
Ticket Info
Add-Ons
Eat Play Shop


Event Schedule

   • Friday, September 22 – Saturday, September 23
   • Friday, September 29 – Saturday, September 30
   • Friday, October 6 – Sunday, October 8
   • Thursday, October 12 – Sunday, October 15
   • Thursday, October 19 – Sunday, October 22
   • Thursday, October 26 – Sunday, October 29

Event runs from 7:30 PM to 1 AM on scheduled nights. Dates and times are subject to change.


Haunts, Thrills and Entertainment

A total of seven haunted houses will await your demise, but the scares don’t stop there. Unspeakable terror lives around every dark corner and even Busch Gardens’ pulse-pounding thrill rides are overrun with creatures riding alongside brave, thrill-seeking guests.

Haunted Houses

Five returning haunted houses and two brand new ones round out this year’s lineup.


NEW! Demented Dimensions

Get Lost in Infinite Dimensions Inside an Abandoned Manor
Constructed above a vortex of otherworldly energies, the abandoned Sterling Manor houses every door to unwanted worlds, creating a series of portals in Demented Dimensions. Every room and hallway holds a door to a different universe where rules of your world do not apply and escape is nearly impossible.


NEW! Undead Arena

Step Into the Arena & Fight to Stay Alive
In a post-apocalyptic world, survivors of the Great Conflict have been divided into The Worthy and The Unworthy. Now for sport, you are The Unworthy and the stars of a gruesome event at the Undead Arena: Live. Infested with Brain Eaters, this gauntlet is an almost impossible feat without guarantee that your group will stay together.


The Black Spot

Escape from Saw Tooth Silas’s Murderous Hideaway
When Saw Tooth Silas decides that one should no longer exist, he marks them for death. Victims are then sent to The Black Spot, where they meet their horrifying end. The trick lies within the dimly-lit corners of the mysterious retreat, holding the secret to escape… or demise.


Zombie Containment Unit 15

An Interactive Zombie-Hunting Experience
An undead invasion leads to a containment failure in Z.C.U.15, leaving zombies in search of flesh. Armed with only a Z.E.D. (Zombie Eradication Device), you’re the next target, and it’s up to you to hold off an undead mob in this interactive zombie hunting experience.


Death Water Bayou

Descend Into the Swamps if You Dare…
In the depths of the Bayou, the Voodoo Queen and her sadistic creatures transform wanderers into evil minions with dark magic. Descend into the swamps if you dare as you try to escape the evils that lurk in the shadows. Get out before you fall victim to her spell.


Unearthed

A Centuries-Old House Found Deep Beneath the Park
During maintenance at the park, an excavation crew uncovered a centuries-old house buried deep beneath the ground. Upon entering the house, a sinister force is Unearthed. The vengeful demon takes her revenge by collecting the eyes of all who enter the house.


Motel Hell

Where Your Worst Nightmares are Inescapable
The paranormal presence of its former owners still lurk on the untouched property, mysteriously preventing the brave souls who have attempted to tear it down. Guests who dare to enter will find themselves face-to-face with their worst nightmares and inescapable fate.


Scare Zones

NEW! Class Deceased

See what happens when savage school kids punish their cruel headmaster in this abandoned schoolhouse-inspired scare zone. Our Facebook fans voted to name this scare zone and now you can experience the terror first hand.


NEW! Carnie Camp

The backstage area of an old carnival breathes new life with its lingering dirty inhabitants. Eerie music fills the air as spine-chilling fairground performers prowl for new test subjects to be featured in the next spectacle of this horrid attraction.


New! Meat Market

Watch a band of sinister and cannibalistic creatures feast on the weak. With chainsaws and sheer disregard, they might just smell your fear and add you to their monstrous menu.


Wasteland

Dare to enter through the perils of the post-apocalyptic Wasteland where scenes of past and present atrocities still linger in an abandoned strip of roadway. Rush through the rusting and rotting piles of debris because those who remain will do the unimaginable to survive and make escape nearly impossible for newcomers.


Playground

A paranormal Playground lurks in the shadows of Howl-O-Scream 2017. Squeaking swings and rusty merry-go-rounds are now inhabited by hordes of deadly toys and lost children eager to stalk unsuspecting guests.


Thrill Rides

Are you brave enough to challenge Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark? Nowhere is safe, not even Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s newest attraction, Cobra’s Curse, as creatures from your nightmares take over. Experience our thrill rides, including Cheetah Hunt, Falcon’s Fury, Montu, SheiKra & Kumba.


Entertainment

Fiends Show

These captivating creatures of the night will infect you with dance fever and keep your pulse pounding with their deranged dance party at Stanleyville Theater.


Joshua Seth: Inside Your Mind

Your deepest secrets and inside thoughts are revealed as mentalist and psychological illusionist, Joshua Seth, pries them out of a few lucky guests at Dragon Fire Grill.




Ticket Information

Purchase your tickets online and get the best savings! We’ve got the right tickets to suit your scare. Choose from single-night tickets, group offers or even an unlimited pass to get you into every Howl-O-Scream 2017 event night.

Advance purchase prices are available online here or by calling 813-884-4FUN. Discount not available at the front gate.


Single-Night Ticket

Starting at $39.99

Valid for 1 visit on the selected Howl-O-Scream 2017 event night after 5 p.m. Howl-O-Scream starts at 7:30 p.m. each event night, but this ticket allows access to the park starting at 5 p.m. More info.


Single-Night Ticket for Groups 15+

$34.99 each

Must purchase 15 or more tickets at the same time to receive discount. Tickets must be used by group members entering as part of a group on the same event night. Valid for 1 visit on the selected Howl-O-Scream 2017 event night after 5 p.m. More info.


Recurring Nightmare

$104.99

Scream your way through all 19 nights of Howl-O-Scream 2017, Sept. 22-Oct. 29, 2017 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Valid for unlimited admission for one guest during Howl-O-Scream 2017 event nights after 5 p.m. More info.


Wild & Wicked Weekend Ticket

$104.99

Enjoy admission to both Howl-O-Scream 2017 and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay throughout the weekend of your choice. Valid for unlimited visits to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Howl-O-Scream 2017 for one consecutive weekend (Thursday – Sunday.) More info.


Stay and Save with a Vacation Package

Vacation Packages also available with event entry and your choice of accommodations from hand-selected hotel partners. Valid for event dates Sept. 22 – Oct. 29. Early access into Busch Gardens starting at 5:00 p.m. More info.


Evil Upgrades

Choose from experiences like our guided VIP Tours, front-of-the-line access with the Front Line Fear pass, dinner and a freakish show at Fright Feast or sample food and beverages from around the park with the Sampler Lanyard. Note: Front-Line Fear is not valid at Zombie Containment Unit 15: Moving Targets.


Front Line Fear

Starting at $35.00

Why wait! Get front-of-the-line access to 6 haunted houses of your choice and special offers throughout the park. Includes 20% off at all gift-shops. Howl-O-Scream Photo Key for $25. Buy One Game Get One Free at all Ring Toss and Skee-Ball Locations. More info.


Front Line Fear Extreme

Starting at $45.00

Enjoy front-of-the-line-access at 6 haunted houses and 6 major thrill rides of your choice, plus special offers throughout the park. Includes 20% off at all gift-shops. Howl-O-Scream Photo Key for $25. Buy One Game Get One Free at all Ring Toss and Skee-Ball Locations. More info.


5-Item Food & Beverage Sampler

$29.99

Enjoy 5 haunting samples of food, beer, wine, mixed alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages at any Howl-O-Scream culinary location throughout the park. More info.


10-Item Food & Beverage Sampler

$49.99

Enjoy 10 haunting samples of food, beer, wine, mixed alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages at any Howl-O-Scream culinary location throughout the park. More info.


Fright Feast

Starting at $29.99

Enjoy a delicious selection of all-you-care-to-eat cuisines and desserts, an exclusive showing of Inside Your Mind with illusionist Joshua Seth and front-of-the-line access to select houses until 8:30 PM. Fright Feast begins at 6:00 PM. More info.


Super Guided Tour

Starting at $79.00 per person

Prepare yourself for one haunting night with a 3-hour guided group tour full of perks. Includes Howl-O-Scream admission. Front-of-the-line access to most Haunted Houses. 5 item sampler lanyard to be utilized at private beverage locations that include beer, wine, water and soft-drinks. More info.


Mega Guided Tour

Starting at $119.00 per person

Enjoy a fun night of thrills and chills as well as exclusive benefits with a 5-hour group Mega Tour. Includes Howl-O-Scream admission. Front-of-the-line access to most haunted houses & thrill rides. 5 item sampler lanyard to be utilized at private beverage locations that include beer, wine, water and soft-drinks. More info.


Ultimate Private Tour

Starting at $229.00 per person

Enjoy a personalized thrilling experience full of exclusive benefits with a 7-hour private guided tour. Minimum 2 guests per reservation. Includes Howl-O-Scream admission. Fright Feast (Unlimited buffet from 6-7 p.m.) Unlimited front-of-the line access to haunted houses & thrill rides. 5 item sampler lanyard to be utilized at private beverage locations that include beer, wine, water and soft-drinks. More info.



Eat-Play-Shop

Whether you’re grabbing drinks at one of the full-service bars, snapping a photo with zombies or playing one of DarkHeart’s games, you’re sure to have a scary good time. Don’t forget to stop by Howl-O-Scream’s Shop of Horrors to pick up your souvenirs on the way out!


Full-Service Liquor Bars

If there’s one thing worse than being terrified, it’s being terrified on an empty stomach. With beer by the yard, roaming shot girls and deviously delicious signature drinks, Howl-O-Scream 2017’s bars and beer tents are not something to miss:

– Carnibar in Pantopia
– Howl-O-Scream Food Truck
– Dragon Fire Pub
– Serengeti Overlook Pub
– Stanleyville
– Meat Market Eats
– Nairobi Walkway


Photo Opportunities

Snap the perfect party pics at exclusive photo opportunities that aren’t for the faint of heart! You can find them at the following locations:

– The Butcherettes (near Undead Arena: Live)
– Fiends Naughty Nurses (Stanleyville Theater)
– Voodoo Girls (near Adventure Photo)


Shop of Horrors

Keep your Howl-O-Scream memories alive with memorabilia, commemorative gifts and photo opportunities. You’ll be sure to remember your horrifying night with evil trinkets, event-themed t-shirts and ghoulish goodies.


Games

Test your luck at DarkHeart’s Games of Skill, located in Pantopia. A plethora of classic and new-age carnival games means there’s something for everyone’s taste. You can also win prizes at several other games around the park!


Fright Feast

Devour monstrous main courses and desserts at this delicious buffet. Then, be the first to brave the dark with a half-hour of early access to the haunted houses and front-of-the-line privileges until 8:30 p.m. More info.


Event runs from 7:30 PM to 1 AM on scheduled nights. You can purchase tickets for the event and learn more at the official website. Stay tuned for more details and theme park news coming soon! Subscribe to our news feed to stay informed.

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