Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is slated to awaken guests’ innermost fears and make them scream to the extreme with parkwide terror including an all-new haunted house, two new scare zones and new interactive entertainment offerings.
Six scare zones, five haunted houses and four entertainment productions await guests at this year’s event. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Howl-O-Scream takes place select nights from Sept. 8 through Oct. 31, 2023.
Fan-favorite haunted houses such as Stranglewood Estate, Witch of the Woods and The Residence: Home for the Holidays will return, as well as scare zones including The Junkyard, Beyond the Veil, The Shortcut and Ravens Mill.
New fear-inducing offerings
Alongside favorites, new and re-imagined haunted houses and scare zones will be offered for this year’s grueling event.
- New haunted house, 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 haunted house, The Forgotten: Uprising. Be brave and fearless. Survive the night. Rise up against the vampires before they take back the city and kill every human in their way.
- New scare zone, 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.
- New scare zone, 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.
Performing live at the Festival Fields stage, guests can experience the all-new Rock the Grave. This high-energy live stage show merges the worlds of alternative and classic rock with pop hits. Rising from the grave, this year’s Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream sees the return of live musical performances by The Rolling Bones at Dragon Fire Grill and the death-defying acts of 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. 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.
Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event, taking place on select nights Sept. 8 through Oct. 31 after 7 p.m. To step further into the darkness, an Ultimate VIP Tour grants admission, unlimited front-of-line access to haunted houses and rides, a complimentary meal at Dragon Fire Grill, private complimentary beverage locations and free preferred parking. A daytime Behind-The-Scenes tour is also available for guests interested in learning more about what it takes to create Tampa Bay’s most terrifying Halloween event.
Now through Aug. 20, guests can save up to 65% on admission tickets with the limited-time Monster Sale offer. And with an Unlimited Admission Ticket, starting at $105, guests can scream their way through every Howl-O-Scream night.To purchase tickets and evil upgrades such as Front Line Fear passes, exclusive tours and other experiences at this year’s Howl-O-Scream, guests can visit HowlOScream.com.