Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens Williamsburg (Virginia) is once again unclocking “the fear that grows behind the Dark Side of the Gardens’ gate”. This year’s haunt will kick off haunt season early by opening on Sept. 14th! Howl-O-Scream will also be open longer, running for 17 select nights every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 28 and they’re promising more devious surprises than ever before.
We’re wishing we were closer to Willamsburg so we would only have a 2 week wait for our first haunt of the season. Alas, we’ll have to live vicariously through our VA haunt stalkers while we wait another week for our local haunts to open.
Here’s a look at the scares blooming in the gardens.
For 13 long years, the dark tower was locked away from the world—existing only in the nightmares of those who had dared to experience Howl-O-Scream’s first and most terrifying maze. But now the seal has been broken. The tower is open once more and on the 13th floor, your darkest phobias and fears lurk in the shadows. Are you brave enough to face them or is your number up?
Deep underground, construction of the newest line of the Pompeii Metro was moving smoothly until an ancient pipe was accidentally struck. At first, it seemed like steam. Then the mist became thicker, more sinister. Now the strange gas is leaking quickly, and everyone trapped inside is infected. The difficult decision was made to cut off all communication to the outside world. The Dead Line is off the grid.
On the dark outskirts of the Fair Grounds near Festa Italia, a traveling carnival is waiting under a stained and tattered big top. Lift the flaps of the tent and discover the macabre—a fantastic collection of freaks, psychotic clowns and other insane oddities that defy human explanation. Will your sides split with laughter? Or will you turn around and run for your life? Either way, you’ll quickly understand why this evil carnival is doomed to wander the Italian countryside … never stopping in the same village twice.