Staff Report

Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay’s iconic Halloween event, Howl-O-Scream®, returns for 19 menacing nights with two new haunted houses, five terrifying scare zones and pulse-pounding thrill rides in the dark, some of which are “infected” with roaming creatures in the night.

From post-apocalyptic worlds to unwanted universes, Howl-O-Scream 2017 returns with two new haunted houses designed to terrify: Undead Arena: Live and Demented Dimensions.

Not even the streets are safe Howl-O-Scream’s infamous scare zones are amped up and swarming with creatures in the night:

Facebook Fans Name Scare Zone – See what happens when savage school kids punish their cruel headmaster. This year, Howl-O-Scream gave Facebook fans the power to choose the name of an abandoned schoolhouse-inspired scare zone.

Carnie Camp – The backstage area of an old carnival breathes new life with its dirty inhabitants. Eerie street-fair 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. 

Meat Market – Watch a band of sinister and cannibalistic creatures feast on the weak.
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 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. 
Guests have nowhere to hide – not even on Busch Gardens’ top thrill rides in the dark – including the all-new spin coaster, Cobra’s Curse®. Infested with cringe-worthy zombies and spine-chilling creatures, thrill rides will double down with suspense as empty seats get filled with roaming creatures in the night.

 Howl-O-Scream 2017 runs select nights from September 22 through October 29. Operating event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets start at $39.99, plus tax; with special offers for Busch Gardens Pass Members. Additionally, out-of-towners can take advantage of great vacation packages, like the Overnight Fright or Wild & Wicked Weekend packages. Visit

Howl-O-Scream 2017 is a separately-ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed. For information, visit or call 884-4FUN. Follow on Facebook, Snap Chat, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Join the conversation using#NowhereToHide.

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