Howl-O-Scream returns to Busch Gardens Tampa with an “Evil Encore” from September 23 through October 30, 2016. With tormenting surprises and unexpected terrors around every corner, Busch Gardens makes escaping nearly impossible. Plus, roaming hoards, horrific haunted houses, chilling live shows and the chance to challenge Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark, including the all-new Cobra’s Curse™, will have guests spinning and screaming all night
To us ‘Evil Encore’ is a marketing speak for not too many new houses but fortunately most of the returning haunted houses are worth a repeat. We experienced a few of them during our last visit in 2012.
Here’s the rundown of the 2016 Haunted Houses.
NEW! The Black Spot
An infamous pirate has you marked for death and he has you right where he wants you. 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 end. The trick lies within the dimly-lit corners of the mysterious hideaway, holding the secret to escape… or demise.
NEW! Motel Hell
Nightmares become reality at this deserted motel once you realize why it’s conveniently vacant. 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 have attempted to tear it down. Guests who dare to enter will find themselves face-to-face with their worst nightmares and inescapable fate.
Circus of Superstition: The Last Laugh
It’ll take more than luck to survive Circus of Superstition: The Last Laugh. You’ve tried to avoid black cats and sidewalk cracks, but all those years of bad luck have finally caught up with you! New demented fears make it impossible to survive the terrorizing surprises and startling scares that wait inside Circus of Superstition: The Last Laugh.
A centuries-old house has been Unearthed, unleashing a vengeful demon seeking revenge. During maintenance at the park, an excavation crew uncovered a centuries-old house buried deep beneath the ground. Upon entering the house, a sinister force is Unearthed. The vengeful demon takes her revenge by collecting the eyes of all who enter the house.
Death Water Bayou
Escape the depths of the Bayou before you fall victim to the Voodoo Queen’s spell. In the depths of the Bayou, the Voodoo Queen and her sadistic creatures transform wanderers into evil minions with dark magic. Descend into the swamps if you dare as you try to escape the evils that lurk in the shadows. Get out before you fall victim to her spell.
Led by their queen, the zombies that infest this small town funeral home feed on the fresh flesh and brains of mortuary mourners to satisfy their insatiable hunger. Led by their queen, the zombies that infest this small town funeral home feed on the fresh flesh and brains of mortuary mourners to satisfy their insatiable hunger. Avoid the undead or you may find yourself six feet under.
We’re waiting for them to raise the curtains on a total of seven haunted houses coming to Howl-O-Scream 2016.
Freaky Preview returns this year and will open Howl-O-Scream 2016 on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24. The event then runs Thursday through Sunday nights, Sept. 29 – Oct. 30. Operating event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Get your tickets early and save on a single terrifying night at Howl-O-Scream 2016. For a limited time with the Summer Deal, any single-day admission to Howl-O-Scream 2016 is $45, and includes early access to the park starting at 5 p.m. Plus, Busch Gardens Pass Members receive a limited-time exclusive discount on any single-day admission for only $35 and new this year for $50, Pass Members can get two visits to Howl-O-Scream 2016. *Restrictions apply
Howl-O-Scream 2016 is a separate-ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed. Stay tuned to HowlOScream.com for the latest terrifying details, or call 1-888-800-5447 for more information.