Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has finally released the details for this year’s Howl-O-Scream.  As we already know,  they’re sharing the “Dark Side of the Gardens” theme with the Williamsburg, VA park. However, in Tampa, the subtitle is “Zombies Live Here” while at Williamburg it’s “Fear Grow’s Here”.  There won’t be any Scare Zones this year, but the zombies will be lurking and stalking from all over the park making the entire park a Scare Zone.

Here’s a full look at what’s lurking in the dark side of their gardens.

New Haunted Houses

Nevermore: This is the Edgar Allan Poe themed maze. Described as a living horror story of madness and disillusionment  where we venture through the manor of Lenore that’s filled with “beating hearts, swinging pendulums and a raven’s cries”.

Ultimate Gamble – Vampire Casino: This may be a knock to HHN XXI. Victims will  test their luck in this sultry vampire hangout straight from Sin City. The seductive games and high stakes thrills at Revivara Casino are sure to get your blood pumping, but will you escape before your luck gets drained?

Zombie Mortuary: No one remembers how the epidemic started, but now, zombies live here. The undead that infest this small town funeral home feed on the fresh flesh and brains of mortuary mourners to satisfy their insatiable hunger.

Returning Haunted Houses

Death Row Vengeance: The inmates at Grey Echo Penitentiary are slated for execution, and they blame you. With their last breath, they curse those who do nothing to save them from the electric chair or lethal injection and vow to haunt those who watched them suffer. Will you make it out alive when they come back to make good on their dying promise?

Deconstruction: Dr. Edger VonAngst has the skill and technology to make you over… but what will you become? This mad reconstructive surgeon has fallen one notch deeper into insanity, putting people back together with mechanical pieces, combining flesh, bone and steel in the most hideous ways.

Nightshade Toys: By day, the old Nightshade Toy Factory appears abandoned. But as night falls, the mysterious manufacturing plant is aglow and hums with blood-curdling shrieks. You’ll run for your life when this already-bizarre factory tour turns into the Son of Nightshade and his possessed playthings seeking revenge on his twisted, toymaking father.

Alone… (A personal experience in horror): The deranged Master Alexander Daedalus opened Minotaur Storage to house his vast collection of “cultural” remains. But now his sinister obsession with hoarding has expanded to stockpiling people. Escape this lunatic’s labyrinth or you will become part of his collection. Can you make it out alone?
Alone is a unique, all-alone experience through the haunted house. This year it costs a steep up charge admission of $40 to experience!


The Midnight Hour (Dinner Show): The music industry can be a devilish business to break into, especially at the Hellfire Club, where some of pop culture’s most sinister personalities are there to coach you.  Last year’s dinner show was full of pop culture references and pop music, so this year’s may not be all that different.

Fiends: Returning again, with Dr. Frankenstein and his “naughty nurses”.

Dates & Times

Sept 23 – Oct 29

Thursday’s 7:30pm-1am

Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm-2am


Freaky Preview: Sept 23-24 $32.99

Advanced: $52. 99       Facebook Fans  $42.99

Twisted Thursday 4-Pack $24. 99 (must buy 4 tickets)

At Gate$77.99