Busch Gardens compensated my trip to Howl-O-Scream in exchange for my honest opinion.
Fog creeps against the pavement below, while bats and witches play above, what time could it be? Halloween of course! One of my favorite holiday’s of the year. Spooky decorations, eerie music, ghost and pumpkin themed treats, bones lying around like it’s the norm. I just love it, I especially love all the fun activities you can do during this spooky season, like going to haunted houses or mazes with friends and family, see new horror movies that are being released, and don’t forget about trick ‘r’ treating! I am always trying to find new and fun things to do with my husband during this holiday, something we will both enjoy and something that isn’t necessarily made for younger children as is other things are.
Lucky for us, one of our favorite amusement parks turns their park into a scream fest every year from around September 25 through October 31. Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens is a yearly Halloween fright fest that is Tampa’s number one haunted attraction, aimed towards adult guests, Howl-O-Scream is a late-night party with scare zones, live shows, and of course haunted houses. My husband and I were so excited to go, we enjoy going out with each other and we knew something so fun like this would be awesome for the both of us.
For Howl-O-Scream you have to purchase separate tickets from the normal daytime Busch Gardens park tickets. There are also different ticket packages you can purchase. We had the Fright Feast tickets, these tickets get you dinner, a show, 30 minutes early-access to the Haunted Houses, and front-line access to the houses until 8:30 p.m.
Every year Howl-O-Scream has a different theme, this time the theme was “Cursed”. The tale is, once you’ve heard the haunting song you are cursed, and the only way to break the curse is to survive a night at Howl-O-Scream. Along with this terrifying theme came 8 haunted houses, each different and horrific in their own way.
We went to go eat first because the time we got there was about dinner time for us, and while we ate there was spook-tacular show that was performed on the stage. The show, “Fiends” was fun to watch and their jokes and music were up to date. The show included popular dances as well and familiar Halloween characters. I don’t want to spoil the show because it’s something you should experience for yourself. It was by far the best show I’ve seen at an amusement park, however I would rate the show to be PG-13. The “Fiends” show took place on stage in the Dragon Fire Grill. The food was very good, and the offered drinks for adults.
Afterwards we made our way through the park going to each house. The houses were:
-Zombie Containment Unit
-Death Water Bayou
-Circus Of Superstition 3D: The Show Must Go ON..
-The Experiment: The Final Test
My Husband really liked Dead Fall, Death Water Bayou, The Basement and Zombie Containment unit( which is an interactive house). As much as I was getting scared in each house I still watched my husband get spooked which was just as enjoyable. One of my favorite houses was the Circus Of Superstition 3D: The Show Must Go On. They gave you 3D glasses before you went it, the 3D effect made it more terrifying and I was chased out by a clown! My heart was beating so fast but it was so fun.
Another house called The Experiment: The Final Test, we didn’t get a chance to go to the house, it was a special kind of house. An intimate-interactive house that you can pay to enter, I don’t want to give away too much information, just know if you ever wanted to be put into an actual horror movie, this is the house for you.
Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa is something I would recommend to my adult friends. Somewhere where they can have fun, drink a little and be scared out of their mind. I definitely plan on going again.