Last week was the opening night for Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa and they were kind enough to invite us out for their VIP night. So of course we sent Renée and Morgan out to take in the night, and if their night is any indication, it's going to be an amazing year for this highly rated event.
Written by Renée Girard
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Time for Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa
We spent some time with a few creepy friends before heading out on our adventure
Getting some night rides on Cobra's Curse and Cheetah Hunt before attacking the houses
And if drinking a yard of beer is your thing, you can also do that at Howl O Scream!
First house of the night at Howl O Scream is Death Water Bayou. Got some great scares!
Unearthed is a great returning house from last year that uses the former Gwazi queue and structure.
Circus of Superstition is the returning 3D house at Howl O Scream . Beware if you're afraid of clowns.
Club Karver has music and dancing, if you need a break from the scares.
Motel Hell is new to Howl O Scream this year, and is sure to be a favorite, with its retro motel theme.
I love how the Howl O Scream scare zones are spread out throughout the park, and are always full of surprises.
The Black Spot is another new Howl O Scream house this year, and who doesn't love a house with ghost pirates?
Ever want to ride bumper cars with zombies? Dreams come true at Howl O Scream
Night rides on Falcon's Fury! Yes please!
Zombie Mortuary was our final house of the night at Howl O Scream , a returning favorite.
The Fiends stage show plays 4 times nightly, and of course takes some jabs at the 2016 election
Lots of great scares and houses all around this year at Howl O Scream! Thanks for a fun night!
HOWL-O-SCREAM PUTS ON AN “EVIL ENCORE” IN 2016
Tampa, Fla. (Aug. 9, 2016) – Mr. Karver put his heart and soul into his dolls. After the authorities came to close him down, Karver locked himself in his “Hall Of Dolls” and burned it to the ground. Now, the dummies are back and they insist the show must go on. It’s the encore no one asked for, and it’s about to bring down the house, forever. It’s the Evil Encore everyone is dying to see.
This fall, for 21 select nights, no soul is safe from the Evil Encore at Howl-O-Scream 2016. Tampa Bay’s premier Halloween event returns with tormenting surprises and unexpected frights around every corner, two brand-new haunted houses and a bone-chilling storyline starring a disturbing cast of demon dolls.
Howl-O-Scream 2016 returns with seven haunted houses, two of which are new and creeper than ever:
NEW! Motel Hell
Nightmares become reality at this deserted motel once you realize why it’s conveniently vacant. The paranormal presence of its former owners still lurks on the untouched property, mysteriously preventing the brave souls who are attempting to tear it down. Guests who dare to enter will find themselves face-to-face with their worst nightmares and inescapable fate.
NEW! The Black Spot
When Saw Tooth Silas, an infamous pirate, 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 demise. The trick lies within the dimly-lit corners of the mysterious hideaway, holding the secret to escape… or demise.
Howl-O-Scream’s roaming hordes have heard the cries loud and clear. The infamous mobs are back and bigger than ever:
NEW! Inescapable Roaming Hordes
Throughout the park and in between haunted houses, every corner will be deemed unsafe. This year, roaming hordes are infesting Howl-O-Scream at an unstoppable rate as the infamous scare squads return bigger and more horrifying than ever. From their screeching welcome at the front gates to the eerie traps in the depths of the park, no corner is safe from these merciless roaming hordes.
Guests can test their limits while braving thrill rides in the dark, including Cobra’s Curse, Busch Gardens’ new one-of-a-kind spin coaster. Plus, challenge North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower Falcon’s Fury®, Florida’s first and only triple-launch coaster Cheetah Hunt® and others.
Freaky Preview returns this year and will open Howl-O-Scream 2016 on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24. The event then runs select nights from Sept. 29 through Oct. 30. Operating event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
This year, 4-Pack Ticket Deals start at $35.99 per person, plus tax. Reduced advance-purchase rates are available online, and special offers are available for Busch Gardens Pass Members. Additionally, out-of-towners can take advantage of great vacations packages, like the Overnight Fright or Wild & Wicked Weekends packages. For more information, visit HowlOScream.com.
Howl-O-Scream 2016 is a separately-ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed. For guest information, visit HowlOScream.com or call 1-888-800-5447.
Follow Howl-O-Scream on Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube where we will be revealing more haunted houses and event details. Plus, join the conversation using#EvilEncore.
Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience. This year's event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore and blood.
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