This fall, Howl-O-Scream 2012 unlocks the fear that grows behind the Dark Side of the Gardens’ gate, where your own curiosity may seal your fate with more devious surprises than ever before. This year’s line up of 7 ‘houses’ includes 2 new offerings: Blood Asylum and Circus of Superstition 3D, featuring this year’s new icon  “Trickster”.

This season will also mark Howl-O-Scream’s 13th year of terrors and from our past visits we’ve always been impressed by their innovative and intense houses. In fact, it would be hard for us to choose between them and Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando as “Flordia’s Best Theme Park Haunt“. We have to say that Howl-O-Scream’s houses really push the envelope in employing new scare tactics such as; actors pretending to be guests who get violently attacked in front of real guests or by offering the first theme park “Alone” VIP house experience.  They also have expanded from only offering themed scare zone’s to having hordes of monsters roaming around and terrorizing the entire park.

If you dare, take another look at what’s lurking in the dark side of their gardens.

New Haunted Houses

You’ve been taught to avoid black cats and sidewalk cracks your whole life, but all those years of bad luck have caught up with you. Crazed circus clowns challenge you to survive thirteen superstitions in their 3-D Tent of Terror, but it will take more than luck to escape this whole new dimension of fear.
As lightning rages and thunder crashes outside, “The Creature” escapes from his holding cell in a high-security asylum for the criminally insane. Now this sadistic deviant is running rampant, skinning his former cellmates and turning the mental hospital into his own torture chamber. This serial killer’s bloody playground will drive you out of your mind with fear.

Returning Haunted Houses

Nevermore: Beating hearts, swinging pendulums and a raven’s cries haunt the manor of Lenore, creating a demented and twisted nightmare. Step inside to experience the gothic terror that maddens the lord of the house. And feel delusion overcome reality. Find your way out of this horror story before paranoia authors your final chapter.

Ultimate Gamble – CONDEMNED: *ReVamped for 2012*. Vampires have fallen out of vogue and the Ultimate Gamble casino has been shut down.  The power is off, and the neon signs that once lit up the sky have gone out.  Only the bravest guests dare visit the empty carcass of the once-vibrant casino, grabbing their flashlights to “enter at their own risk.”

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.

Nightshade Toy Factory -MUTATION: *Updated for 2012*. The old Nightshade Toy Factory has long been patrolled by diabolical dolls, terrible teddy bears and possessed playthings, but recent containment issues at a nearby nuclear facility have started to affect these terrible toys. Now, the mutations will stop at nothing to devour the humans that have “enslaved” them for so long.

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 with an up charge admission.

 Other Haunt Offerings
More information on dates, times, prices, and packages can be found on the Howl-O-Scream Tampa website.